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Wednesday, Feb 19, 2020

Are you interested in coding?  Join us for We Can Code this Saturday!  We Can Code is a workshop to teach and encourage teens to explore the basics of computer programming and web development in a self-paced, example-driven, supportive environment. Workshops are on Saturdays from 1 to 3 p.m. in Meeting Room E on the 2nd floor of the Iowa City Public Library.  Anyone in grades 7-12 is welcome to attend.  No experience is needed--just bring your curiosity!

Thursday, Jun 14, 2018

Summer is in full swing, and many children who rely on school for their meals go hungry when they're on break. The Summer Food Service Program, administered by the Iowa Department of Education, seeks to remedy that.  It provides nutritious meals...

Wednesday, May 2, 2018

The Iowa City Public Library is now offering streaming movies from Kanopy.  All you need is a Library card and to be a resident of Iowa City, Hills, Lone Tree, University Heights, or rural Johnson County. Kanopy set up is easy.  Go to  http://

Wednesday, Jan 31, 2018

I read a lot of Star Wars comics.  A lot.  I blogged in the past about my favorite title,  Star Wars: Darth Vader , which ended in 2016.  Star Wars: Doctor Aphra is a sequel of sorts.  Doctor Aphra is a character who was introduced in Star...

Wednesday, Dec 27, 2017

Families with babies and owners of dogs rejoice!  It is now illegal to use of fireworks inside the city limits of Iowa City.  Some fun folks like to ring in the New Year with a Roman candle or two.  If someone does, call the Iowa City Police...

Thursday, Nov 16, 2017

On October 17, 2017, Electronic Arts , the largest video game publisher in the industry, announced that it was canceling a highly anticipated Star Wars game and shutting down the developer that had been making it, Visceral Games .  This caused...

Friday, Oct 13, 2017

I don't like scary movies or books or anything.  Honestly, I'm a big wimp.  So, do you think I'd go anywhere near a haunted house?  No, normally not, but I've got two scare-crazy kiddos.  Yes, my seven and four year old children are braver than...

Thursday, Oct 5, 2017

You probably don't need any encouragement to read a Neil Gaiman book.  They are treats to be savored, and, honestly, Gaiman writing about Norse mythology is a bit of a no-brainer.  Like peanut butter and chocolate together.  If you're on the...

Saturday, Sep 2, 2017

Sometimes I feel the inescapable need for some Science Fiction with star ships, other planets--the whole bit.  Luckily, The Collapsing Empire, by John Scalzi   scratched that particular itch, though it presented me with a different problem: It...

Wednesday, Dec 14, 2016

Want the read some new Star Wars books after watching Rogue One ?  The Library has you covered! In Catalyst: A Rogue One Novel , author James Luceno sets the stage for Rogue One:  War is tearing the galaxy apart. For years the Republic and the...

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Brian works as the Adult & Teen Services Librarian at the Iowa City Public Library