Author Archive for Mari


Thursday, Aug 15, 2019

We traveled to South Korea when we read this book by Chloe Perkins. Summer Reading 2019 is winding down this week as we give away our final prizes and draw Grand Prize winners. Children's programming slows way down during this time of year, but...

Tuesday, Apr 9, 2019

Students from Alexander after a bookmobile visit. National Bookmobile Day is Wednesday April 10 th , and all week we are celebrating the second birthday of our very own ICPL bookmobile! I spend almost half of my work week on the Bookmobile, and my...

Monday, Dec 10, 2018

As the holidays creep up, it’s not too early to start planning your family’s two week winter break, when the kids are home from school and you already need a break from the coveted family time at home. The library has something going on every...

Wednesday, May 30, 2018

You don't have to choose between a morning trip to the library for storytime or a playground visit before the sun gets too hot this summer, check out Stories in the Park all summer long! The Iowa City Public Library’s summertime outdoor reading...

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

The Arts Fest is the unofficial kick-off of summer in Iowa City, so be sure to bring your whole family down to Clinton Street for all of the fun, free activities perfect for children of all ages. On Saturday June 2nd, 11 am-3 pm, we are...

Thursday, Feb 15, 2018

I have always been a craft dabbler. In high school I learned how to sew when I made Juliet’s dress for my final project during Romeo & Juliet . It was the one of the dresses in the class that looked “mom interference-free.” Collaging in...

Tuesday, Dec 5, 2017

As the holidays creep up, it’s not too early to start planning your family's two week winter break, when the kids are home from school and the excitement of new toys and eating until your tummy aches has worn off. The library has something going...

Saturday, Oct 14, 2017

All of the Children’s librarians were abuzz this week after voraciously reading Pashmina , the first graphic novel from artist Nidhi Chanani. Born in Kolkata, Chanani brings her Indian heritage and her talent and love of art together in this...

Wednesday, Sep 6, 2017

Starting this month, the ICPL Bookmobile will be making stops at area preschools on Wednesday mornings. This will be an additional service for several preschools who are already receiving regular visits from an ICPL Children’s librarian each...

Thursday, Aug 3, 2017

Thursday August 10 th is the last big program day for the 2017 Summer Reading Program season, and we are having one last hurrah to celebrate an amazing summer! Children of all ages are invited to attend a mini-version of the Iowa State Fair in...

About Mari

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Mari has the best job in the library because she gets to plan children's programming, create displays, do preschool storytimes and take the bookmobile out to the Iowa City schools. She enjoys reading kid and adult fiction, true crime and memoirs.