January children’s events to include author visit, mug-painting workshop, play and concert

by on January 4th, 2012

The Iowa City Public Library is pleased to announce the following upcoming winter programs that offer young students opportunities to get excited about reading, local authors and the arts. From 1-2 p.m. this Saturday, January 7, ICPL will once again welcome children’s author Sarah Prineas for a special meet-the-author event. Students can meet the local author of The Magic Thief series at the Library and hear her talk about her books, including her new book “Winterling,” a children’s fantasy novel geared for ages 10 and up.

Events this month also include a paint-a-mug workshop with Fired Up of Iowa City, a Kidspectacular play and a Pied Piper concert with Orchestra Iowa. Get event more special events listings here.

The Library is also pleased to be involved in the free Children’s Book Expo, a fun-filled day at the Iowa City Sheraton on January 14, part of the UNESCO City of Literature’s Children’s Literature Festival next weekend. More info can be found below, as well as is in the flyers attached here.

Saturday Special: Meet Local Author Sarah Prineas
Come and meet Iowa City children’s author, Sarah Prineas, author of The Magic Thief series. She will read from her newest fantasy, Winterling, geared for ages 10 and up plus talk about her writing process and background information. Books will be available to purchase at the door and Sarah will be available for book signing after the program. Free. No registration. Geared for children in third grade and older. Adults would also enjoy her presentation and are welcome to attend.
When: 1-2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 7
Where: Meeting Room A, ICPL
Contact: 319-356-5200, option 6 or khabley@icpl.org

Fired Up Paint a Pot Workshop
Children in Grades 3-6 are invited to paint a mug with our friends from Fired Up. Free but sign-up is required by calling the Children’s Desk at 356-5200. Ceramic items will be available to pick up January 23 at Fired Up, 520 E Washington, St., Iowa City.
When: 2-3 p.m. Monday, Jan. 16
Where: Meeting Room A, ICPL
Contact: 319-356-5200, option 6 or aflemming@icpl.org

Family Special: “The Practically Perfect Frog Prince” with Kidspectacular
There’s trouble in the kingdom as Princess Adeline tries to shake Freddie the Frog who is in hot pursuit of his Sweet Baboo. Followed by a wedding, and a Sno-Much Fun Winter Carnival complete with refreshments, duck pond, and prizes.
When: 10:30-11:30 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 21
Where: Meeting Room A, ICPL
Contact: 319-356-5200, option 6 or ddunn@icpl.org

Family Special: Pied Piper Concert with Orchestra Iowa
Featuring classical music for children played by a percussion ensemble, this concert is one of the Pied Piper Series and co-sponsored by Orchestra Iowa and the Iowa City Public library.
Family Specials are designed for the whole family and presented at a time convenient for most working parents. They are recommended for all ages, but parents are asked to sit with their younger children.
When: 10:30-11 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 28
Where: Meeting Room A, ICPL
Contact: 319-356-5200, option 6 or debgreen@icpl.org
Co-Sponsor: Orchestra Iowa, 319-366-8206

Children’s Book Fair Schedule of Events
January 14, 2011 at the Sheraton Iowa City Hotel, unless otherwise noted
www.onebooktwobook.org
9 a.m. to 4 p.m. with events at both ICPL and the Sheraton Iowa City Hotel, with events to include:

9:00-4:00 Book Drive all day & Funny Face Designs by Lori
9:30 Strolling Storytellers
10:00 Book Babies with Karen Gordon of the Iowa City Public Library – this special program features Mother Goose, action rhymes, baby games, music and more to help parents and infants bond and encourage early literacy and language acquisition.– Fair Main Stage
10:00 How to Train Your Dragon (2010) Rated PG – Iowa City Public Library
10:30 Popo the Puppet hosts Higgledy Piggledy Pop Mini Puppet Shows beginning with “The Runaway Tortilla” with ICPL’s Kidspectacular followed by “Popo’s Hullabaloo” with Deanne Wortman and Debbie Dunn of the Iowa City Public Library – Fair Main Stage

11:00 “All Aboard the Duplo Train” with Dan Daly. It’s full steam ahead with Brio train building, stories, and people-powered “Little Engine That Could.” – Fair Main Stage
11:30 Book Character Meet & Greet: Join Maisy, Corduroy, Madeline, Geronimo Stilton, the Wild Thing, Biscuit, and One-Minute stories with Hoolie Dingle, along with master puppet maker Lisa Belladonna Nyx, Mother Goose, and others. Take pictures, dress up in your favorite costume, and join the Wild Thing Rumpus and Parade. (Repeated at 3:00 p.m.)
12:00 Shrek Forever After (2010) Rated PG – Iowa City Public Library
12:00 Kevin B.F. Burt – Fair Main Stage
1:00 Dan Wardell Reading/Performance – Fair Main Stage
2:00 Coraline (2009) Rated PG – Iowa City Public Library
2:00 Cedar Rapids Opera Theatre Young Artists will perform a one-act children’s opera. They will perform Herman the Horse: A Healthy Tail by Susan M. Yankee. It is written for children and uses familiar opera tunes to tell the story about Herman, a race horse, who finds out that by eating well and exercising he can run faster! – Fair Main Stage
2:30 Illustration demonstration
3:00 Strolling Storytellers
3:00 Book Character Meet & Greet: Join Maisy, Corduroy, Madeline, Geronimo Stilton, the Wild Thing, and Biscuit, and One-Minute stories with Hoolie Dingle, along with master puppet maker Lisa Belladonna Nyx, Mother Goose, and others. Take pictures, dress up in your favorite costume, and join the Wild Thing Rumpus and Parade. (Also at 11:30 a.m.)
3:00 Harry Potter activities
4:00 Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs (complimentary tickets available inside the Children’s Book Fair) – The Englert Theatre
4:00 Children’s Book Fair ends
Please note: Children’s Literature Festival events are tentative and subject to change.
For more information on the One Book Two Book festival presented by the Pearson Foundation, ticketed events, ticket pricing, complimentary ticket instructions, please visit www.onebooktwobook.org

Find out about even more special events for kids here.

Public Relations Specialist
Iowa City Public Library
319-887-6216
publicrelations@icpl.org

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