Author Archive for Karen


Friday, May 31, 2019

Developing a reading ritual begins at birth! Did you know that we have a reading program for babies and toddlers, too? Parents and caregivers can register their baby or toddler for summer reading and together work on a fun activity game card that...

Friday, Feb 1, 2019

Families are faced with many changes after baby arrives, but implementing a daily reading routine doesn’t need to be one of them. Today the Iowa City Public Library launches a new program – Belly Baby Reads – to help growing families...

Friday, Jan 11, 2019

Singing – is one of the Five Early Literacy Practices, and preschoolers, toddlers, and babies love to sing! We Children’s librarians love to sing in all our storytimes! We encourage parents to sing with their children and remind parents that...

Friday, Nov 3, 2017

Parents who are expecting the pitter-patter of little feet are invited to the Iowa City Public Library’s Belly Babies. This is a pre-birth class held in the Children's Storytime Room each Saturday afternoon from 3-4 pm. The topic this Saturday,...

Friday, Oct 20, 2017

Parents who are expecting the pitter-patter of little feet are invited to the Iowa City Public Library’s Belly Babies. This is a pre-birth class held in the Children's Storytime Room each Saturday afternoon from 3-4 pm. You’ll learn early...

Tuesday, Oct 10, 2017

Parents who are expecting the pitter-patter of little feet are invited to the Iowa City Public Library’s Belly Babies. This is a pre-birth class held in the Children's Storytime Room each Saturday afternoon from 3-4 pm. The topic this Saturday,...

Wednesday, Feb 15, 2017

I babysit my 3 year old grandson on Thursdays. He’s a good kid and he’s lucky that communication and parenting are loving and consistent in his home. Theo and Mimi "Date" at the Children's Museum. Many times we have “Grandma dates.”  Like...

Wednesday, Oct 5, 2016

Earlier this year I received my yoga certificate for A Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT) 200 hours. Two weeks ago I completed The Kids ’ Yoga Teacher Training, a 25-hour course with Dana Robinson, Founder of Sweet Feet Yoga. I love working with...

Wednesday, Sep 7, 2016

Wow! What a busy time in the Children’s Room this summer! Now that the kids are back at school we are busy planning fall and winter programs. It’s also that time of year to talk up the services the children’s room offers, like our outreach...

Wednesday, Jun 22, 2016

Beat the heat! Summer is a great time to get babies and toddlers into the water. Water play encourages the development of eye/hand coordination through pouring, squeezing, stirring, and squirting. Water helps release their emotions by pounding,...

About Karen

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I'm Karen, and I work in the Children's Department. You can find me at the Children's Desk, or out and about town delivering outreach storytimes at community daycares and preschools. I also lead the Book Babies program on Friday. Kids books are my speed. I love the stories, and I appreciate the art and creative concepts found in picture books and...