Join us for these special children’s events this spring!

by on February 28th, 2012

The Iowa City Public Library is pleased to announce the following upcoming spring programs for school-age children. Registration is now open for our Poetry Workshop for students in grades 3-6. On Saturday, April 14, Children’s Librarian Katherine Habley will lead this annual creative verse writing workshop where kids will be given prompts to write haiku, concrete poems, acrostic poems and others. All supplies are provided. Registration is required by calling the Library at 356-5200 or stopping by the Children’s Desk to sign up.

Schools Out Specials for the month of March will include the Kidspectacular players performing in an African Safari Adventure and two Storm Chasers programs on March 15. The Library is also pleased to once again welcome Soilmates’ Scott Koepke as he teaches the basics of Gardening 101. Many interactive, hands-on programs are planned for spring. Check our calendar online at http://calendar.icpl.org/ for all the latest programs, and see more info below about these upcoming events for school-age children.

Family Special: Pied Piper Concert with Orchestra Iowa
Featuring classical music for children played by a wood wind quintet, 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. The event is recommended for all ages, but parents are asked to sit with their younger children.
Date: Saturday, March 10, 2012
Time: 10:30-11:00 a.m.

Location: Meeting Room A, ICPL
Contact: Children’s Desk, 319-356-5200, option 6
Co-Sponsor: Orchestra Iowa, Ed Karr, 319-366-8206, ekarr@orchestraiowa.org

Spring Break Special: African Safari Adventure
It’s musical fun as the Kidspectacular players perform two puppet and creative dramatic shows: “Move Over” and “The Lion’s Share” followed by an African Safari obstacle course with North Liberty’s Synergy Gymnastics.
Date: Monday, March 12, 2012
Time: 1:00-2:00 p.m.

Location: Meeting Room A, ICPL
Contact: Children’s Desk, 319-356-5200, option 6

School’s Out Special: Storm Chasers
The Chasing 4 Life crew present “what to do when hurricanes rage and tornadoes sweep the country.” Through disaster preparedness, the focus is on tornado safety, environmental issues, climate change, and the importance of home disaster kits. This children’s program will be presented at both 10:30 a.m. and at 1:30 p.m.
Date: Thursday, March 15, 2012
Time: 10:30-11:30 a.m. AND AGAIN FROM 1:30-2:30 p.m.

Location: Meeting Room A, ICPL
Contact: Children’s Desk, 319-356-5200, option 6

Family Special: Saint Patrick’s Day Hooley with the Beggarmen
It’s everyone is Irish Day so, to celebrate, kick up your heels to the Celtic tunes of Iowa City’s very own Beggarmen.
Date: Saturday, March 17, 2012
Time: 10:30-11:30 a.m.

Location: Meeting Room A, ICPL
Contact: Children’s Desk, 319-356-5200, option 6, Ddunn@icpl.org

Family Special: I Can Grow a Rainbow and Fairy Gardens
Soilmates’ Scott Koepke teaches the basics of Gardening 101, followed by interactive stations where you will transplant seedlings to take home, examine worm composting, plant a birdhouse fairy garden, and help Debra Pughe make fairy houses for a May 13th (Mother’s Day) treasure hunt in Hickory Hill Park.
Date: Saturday, March 24, 2012
Time: 10:30-11:30 a.m.

Location: Meeting Room A, ICPL
Presenter: Scott Koepke
Contact: Children’s Desk, 319-356-5200, option 6, Ddunn@icpl.org

Poetry Workshop for Kids
Children in grades 3-6 are invited to participate in the library’s annual Poetry Workshop for Kids where you will have fun writing your own poems. Children’s Librarian, Katherine Habley, leads this creative verse writing workshop where kids will be given prompts to write haiku, concrete poems, acrostic poems, and others. All supplies are provided. Registration is required by calling the library at 356-5200 or stopping by the Children’s Desk to sign up. Free. Parents may join us at 4:00 p.m. for a Poetry Slam to hear their kids read one of their poems in front of the group.
Date: Saturday, April 14, 2012
Time: 2:00-4:00 p.m.

Location: Meeting Room A, ICPL
Contact: Katherine Habley, 319-356-5200 or 887-6029, Katherine-Habley@icpl.org

REGISTER NOW FOR THESE UPCOMING EVENTS:

The Iowa City Public Library is pleased to offer Kids Tech Camp for children finishing Grades 3-6 who are interested in technology and Web-based learning, June 18-22, 10 am-noon. The Kids Tech Camp aims to offer children a way to learn new skills while making new friends. Activities will include making avatars, animation, and programs that allow children to manipulate images and sounds.

Kids can also learn from each other in this unique club, which can adjust each week’s topics based on the interests of the group. Tech Camp gives children an opportunity for hands-on experiences with new technology, independent of opportunities they may have at home or at school.
“Computer literacy is an increasingly important skill,” said Librarian Andrea Flemming. “The Kids Tech Camp is an opportunity to not only learn technology skills, but also for children to share what they know with each other. While iPads and flip cameras will be used, the focus will be on Web-based tools so that the children are more likely to be able to use them on their own, either at home or on the Library’s public computers.”

Participants can take what they learn and practice their new skills at the Library or on computers at home. Free Internet, application software, and educational game access for children (preschool through 6th grade) is available at public computers located in the Children’s Room on the first floor of the Library.

Sign up today for the new ICPL Kids Tech Club
What: A week of learning and sharing computer and technology skills for children finishing Grades 3-6. Activities will include making avatars, animation and sound editing.
Who: Children in Grades 3-6.
When: June 18-22, 10 am – Noon
Where: ICPL Computer Lab, Second Floor, 123 S. Linn St., Iowa City
Contact: To register, contact the Children’s Desk, 319-356-5200, option 6 or child1@icpl.org

REGISTER NOW:
Mini Solar Car Workshop with UNI’s Center for Energy & Environmental Education

For children in Kindergarten-Grades 6. Children in Grades K-2 must be accompanied by a parent.
Saturday, May 5, 2 p.m.
Meeting Room A
Registration required.
To register, contact the Children’s Desk, 356-5200, option 6.
Teen program at 4 p.m.

We hope to see you and your family at the Library for one of these special events.
Please contact me with any questions or for more information.

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

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