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Welcome to ICPL | Iowa City Public Library Building Tour and Overview of Services

Join the staff of Iowa City Public Library as we take you for a tour of our building and talk about some of the ways we serve our community. We welcome you to visit us in person or visit

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The Remarkable Irish Family - the story of Frederick Macy "Captain" Irish | Weber Days 2021

Presented by local historian Tom Schulein, "The Remarkable Irish Family" tells the story of the patriarch Frederick Macy Irish, best known as "Captain" Irish, and the notable...

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Introduction to Genealogy with Iowa City Public Library

Have you ever wondered about your family tree? Not sure how to start searching for your ancestors? Join us for a virtual Introduction to Genealogy. We will take you through what questions to ask,...

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Black Athletes Then & Now: Jackie Robinson Movie Discussion & UI Athletic Sports Panel

In this event, we will discuss Ken Burn's movie Jackie Robinson: An African American Baseball Player and Civil Rights Activist (listed as a full movie on Kanopy and Parts 1 and 2).

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Susan Craig Retirement Reception

Recorded December 2, 2018

A celebration of Susan Craig's retirement from Iowa City Public Library after serving as director since 1994, and as a Library employee since 1977.

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The University of Iowa and the Race for Space | ICPL Adult Summer Reading 2019

Did you know that Iowa played a major role in the International Space Race of the 1960s? Join UI Professor Cornelia Lang for stories of the contributions of University of Iowa scientists and...

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Longfellow Community Celebration & Ribbon Cutting

On September 9, 2018, The Iowa City Community School District held a community celebration in honor of Longfellow Elementary School's centennial and the completion of the building's...

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Crystals: Nature's Most Beautiful Rocks

Recorded July 25, 2018

Crystals have been admired and used for thousands of years. As amulets or talismans for luck or protection, for their energy or healing properties, or simply for...

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Weber Days: Larry Ginter and Iowa City's Horse Racing Tradition

Standard bred horse-racing was all the rage at the beginning of the 20th Century. ICPL Librarian Anne Mangano shares her research on Larry Ginter, Iowa City's most famous race horse.


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Weber Days: A Brief History of the Lucas Farms Neighborhood

Hear the 175 year old story of this modest neighborhood with a rich history! Lucas Farms Neighborhood sits on the original farmland of Iowa's first Territorial Governor, Robert Lucas. Judy...

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