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Everything You Need to Know About the Teen Summer Reading Program

by Guest on June 14th, 2013

The Teen Summer Reading Program—themed “Groundbreaking Reads”—continues through July 31. Participants can sign up online and either download and print their Gameboard and Summer Activities List using the link below or register in person at any public service desk in the Library.

SRP2013After reading and completing activities, participants should return their Game Board to the Reference Desk to receive a prize and be entered into the grand prize drawing for a Kindle Fire.

There are a variety of exciting teen programs planned for June and July on Tuesday and Friday afternoons. Featured programs include a screening of the movie Beautiful Creatures, our Anime & Manga Club, and making jewelry and other accessories from recycled materials. To top it off, there’s a  Lock-in Finale Party on Friday, July 26 from 8-11 p.m.

To register for the Summer Reading Program or to download a Gameboard and Summer Activities List, visit


Summer Reading Program Events

Bookmarking the Best

Create a bookmark for your favorite book, tuck it away in its pages on the shelf, and a lucky reader will discover the bookmark and the book you love.

When: Tuesday, June 18 from 2-3:00 p.m.

Where: Meeting Room B

Beautiful Creatures Movie Screening

Join us for a screening of the 2012 movie based on the YA novel. Free popcorn and soda.

When: Tuesday, June 25 from 2-4:15 p.m.

Where: Meeting Room A

Upcycled Accessories

Make a purse from an old t-shirt or a soda bottle. Get ready to cut up something old and make it something new.

When: Friday, June 28 from 2-3:00 p.m.

Where: Meeting Room B

Minecraft Meet-Up

Meet other Minecraft players and play on ICPL’s own Minecraft server.

When: Tuesday, July 9 from 4-6:00 p.m.

Where: Computer Lab

Junk Jewelry

We’re making sweet, wearable jewelry from tossed-side items: bracelets from soda can tabs and safety pins, a set of earrings from duct tape, and more.

When: Friday, July 12 from 2-3:00 p.m.

Where: Meeting Room B

Meet & Read

We’ll chat about what we’ve read this summer while enjoying delicious treats from Capanna.

When: Tuesday, July 16 from 2-3:00 p.m.

Where: Meeting Room B

Lock-In Finale Party

Hang out at the Library after hours with your friends. Food will be provided by Pancheros.

When: Friday, July 26 from 8-11:00 p.m.

Where: Teen Area


Recurring Events

Teen Tech Zone – Summer Sessions

The Computer Lab will open teens who want to use the internet, create multimedia projects, play PS3 or Xbox 360 on the big screen, or hangout.

When: Mondays from 3-5:00 p.m. through August 19; Wednesdays from 3-5:00 p.m. through August 14; Thursdays from 3-5:00 p.m. through August 15 (excluding July 4); Saturdays from 1-4:00 p.m. through August 18 (excluding the second Saturday of each month)

Where: Computer Lab

Anime & Manga Club

Watch anime, talk about your favorite manga, draw, trade cosplay tips and suggest anime and manga the Library should add to its collection.

When: Friday, June 14 from 4-5:00 p.m. & Friday, July 19 from 4-5:00 p.m.

Where: Meeting Room A

Guys Read Book Club

Our mission: matching ICPL guys with the appropriate books (and other readable things) in a fun, guys-only environment. Free pizza! Aimed at guys in Grades 5-8.

When: Friday, June 21 from 2-3:00 p.m. & Tuesday, July 23 from 2-3:00 p.m.

Where: Meeting Room B


At CoderDojo, kids in grades 5-12 learn how to code, develop websites, apps, programs, games, and more. Ongoing meetings are held the second Saturday of each month.

When: Saturday, July 13 from 2-4:00 p.m. & Saturday, August 10 from 2-4:00 p.m.

Where: Computer Lab


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GIF Workshop TODAY!

by Guest on June 11th, 2013

You probably don’t need me to tell you what a GIF is. Tiny, looped videos of hilarity, right?


Can you make them yourself?

Brian will be in the Computer Lab TODAY from 4:00-5:00 PM helping you make super sweet, funny GIFs to amaze and amuse your friends.

For teens grades 7-12.

Interruption to Library Services on Tuesday, June 18

by Guest on June 10th, 2013

Server UpgradeThe Iowa City Public Library will be upgrading the Library servers from 10:00 a.m. until approximately 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday, June 18. During this time, patrons will not be able to check out materials using the self-check stations. Staff will be available to manually check out materials at the Help Desk on the first floor.

The Library catalog computers will also be down. Staff at the Help, Children’s, and Reference Desks will be able to assist with finding items in lieu of the catalog.

Patrons should also note any materials returned during this time will not be processed and checked in until the server upgrade is complete.

ICPL's 1.5 millionth patron checkout.Once the upgrade is done, Library services will return to normal. For further information, please call the Library switchboard at 319-356-5200.


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The 2013 Summer Reading Program Launches with a Bang

by Guest on June 7th, 2013

SRP2013The Iowa City Public Library Summer Reading Program (SRP) launched this week, featuring activities for every level of reader and the possibility of winning a Kindle Fire. Over 1,500 people have registered in person and online, from toddlers to grandparents.

The SRP consists of four age-appropriate groups, each with a different, though related, theme: “Dig with Me” is for Babies and Toddlers; “Dig into Reading” is for school-age children; and the teen and adult programs are both themed “Groundbreaking Reads.” Each program features an interactive game board and accompanying activities list. If a participant completes every activity on the list, she will win an SRP t-shirt, and be entered to win a Kindle Fire.

Participating in the SRP is a great way for families to keep reading during the summer break from school. The program provides the opportunity for all readers to read for entertainment in a relaxed setting. Denise Rehmke, Library Coordinator for the Iowa City Community School District, notes, “We encourage all families to make time for reading year-round, but particularly in the summer, so that children stay in the habit of reading, increasing literacy, fostering the love of reading, and keeping them on track for better academic performance when they return to school in August.”

This year, the Library is pleased to offer online registration for the SRP. Sign-up is as simple as visiting Downloadable game boards and activities lists are also available on the website, in addition to the SRP schedule of events. Patrons are welcome to register in person at the Library, too. Please visit the Help Desk or the Reference desk and a librarian will be able to assist you.

Vickie_storytimeIn addition to the game board and activities list, the SRP is replete with wonderful events, including the annual Children’s Day in the Ped Mall, held this year for the first time on a Saturday (June 8, 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.). Recurring events include Book Babies (Fridays, 10:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.), Toddler Times (Mondays and Thursdays, 10:30 a.m.), Stories in the Park (Wednesdays, 10:30 a.m. at Willow Creek Park; Fridays, same time, at Mercer Park), and regular Thursday events for preschoolers at 10:30 a.m. in Meeting Room A, such as a Bob the Builder DUPLO event and digging for dinosaurs with a paleontologist.


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Boardgamery with Critical Hit Games!

by Guest on June 6th, 2013

This picture was taken at "Snakes and Lattes," a coffee shop/board game enthusiast's dream located in Toronto, Ontario.

Do you love board games?

Critical Hit Games will be here tomorrow at 2:00 PM in Meeting Room B to share and explain some of their sweet board games as part of our summer reading program. We’ll also have some classics to play (Monopoly, Scrabble, Apples to Apples).

Do you have a favorite board game? Tell us about it in the comments, and bring it along to share and play!

Curious about Critical Hit Games? Be sure to check out their website and Facebook page to find out more.

Totally Crazy Duct Tape Crafts!

by Guest on June 3rd, 2013

Back by popular demand, we will be creating some totally crazy duct tape stuff on Tuesday, June 4 from 2:00-3:00 PM in Meeting Room B.

All materials are provided: I’ll have grommets, clasps, and earring hardware to make bags and jewelry, as well as cardboard and fabric to make bags or purses. Of course, there will be LOTS of SUPER SWEET duct tape, so the sky is the limit!

I mean, somebody made a duct tape Mount Rushmore. And the Stuck at Prom scholarship will award you a $5,000 scholarship if you make a super sweet duct tape prom dress. It’s totally worth stopping by the library to learn and share some duct tape skills!

ICPL Unveils Digital History Project

by Guest on May 22nd, 2013

The Iowa City Public Library is pleased to announce the launch of the Digital History Project, a web-based archive highlighting historic Iowa City and Johnson County, this Thursday evening, from 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. in Meeting Room A at the Library. The public is welcome to attend to learn about the archive, as well as celebrate Irving Weber Days with Weber’s favorite treat, ice cream.Carnegie Library

Featuring a growing collection of more than 300 photos and videos, the Digital History Project showcases significant moments in Iowa City’s past. Highlights from the collection include photos from the Iowa City Centennial Parade in 1939 and the 1970s urban renewal phase that razed buildings and made way for the Ped Mall, plus a video from the 1930s commissioned by a local group advocating for the construction of a high school, now City High.

Iowa City and Johnson County have a wealth of libraries, archives, and historical societies, many with their own local history collections. But while these groups have unique collections of photographs, films, and slides, they often lack the necessary resources to digitize them.  And that’s where the Library comes in. Combining the Library’s goal to enrich, inform, and entertain, with the objective to provide access to materials in diverse formats, and tech-savvy staff, the Library’s mission is clear: to expand access to local history materials by digitizing them and making them available online at

JCHS-821029In the Project’s early stages of development, staff at the Iowa City Public Library partnered with two local organizations: The Johnson County Historical Society (JCHS) and the Iowa City Host Noon Lions Club. The JCHS provided a wide-range of materials from their own collection and the Lions Club donated a generous monetary gift the Library used to purchase a high resolution flatbed scanner. Without the help from our partners, the Digital History Project would not be launching this Thursday night. Thank you to the JCHS and the Lions Club!

Be sure to check back for announcements on upcoming scanning days, when members of the community will be invited to digitize their own materials. For more information, please email Candice Smith at

Digital History Project Launch

Date: Thursday, May 23, 2013
Time: 7:00-9:00 p.m.
Location: Meeting Room A


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Congratulations to City High Student Emma Holmes, Winner of the Paul Engle Day: Glory of the Senses Essay Contest!

by Guest on May 22nd, 2013

We have a winner!

City High sophomore Emma Holmes is the winner of the 2013 Paul Engle Day: Glory of the Senses Essay Contest, with her submission, “Swing Tree,” in which she writes “about a fire caused by lightning that destroyed a tree where she played as a child.”

She will be awarded one year of free tuition at the University of Iowa for her efforts.

Way to go, Emma!

Paul Engle was “the long-time director of the University of Iowa’s Writers’ Workshop and co-founder of the UI’s International Writing Program,” and the Glory of the Senses Essay Contest was created in an effort to celebrate his writing, particularly his memoir, A Lucky American Childhood. The contest, held by the Iowa City UNESCO City of Literature, encourages young writers to share their “Iowa experience” in a three-five page essay, exploring and “drawing on a specific memory to capture the sights, sounds, smells, tastes and touches of the day.”

Emma will be honored on Paul Engle Day, October 12, 2013.

And here’s a cool quote to think about, if you’re gearing up to enter the contest next year:

“What was true about Iowa for Paul Engle at the beginning of the twentieth‐century is true now, at the dawn of a new millennium: we are surrounded by a vivid tapestry of sight and sound and smell that, if you pay attention to it, will not only enrich your experience, it will enlighten your mind.”

Congratulations, Emma!

Volunteers Needed for 2013 Children’s Day

by Guest on May 21st, 2013

IMG_0001Are you looking for a volunteer opportunity this summer? Please consider volunteering for Children’s Day on Saturday, June 8.  You will receive a t-shirt to wear in appreciation for your help. Children’s Day celebrates the children of Johnson County, and features dozens of activities for kids, including a duck pond, live music, the Children’s Garden planting, and much more.

There are two shifts, from 9:30-12:30 PM and from 12:30 -3:30 PM.  We will need 60 volunteers over the course of the day (30 per shift).  Volunteers would help at the art and activity booths.

If you’re interested in helping out, please sign up through the Summer of the Arts website:

Step 1:  Go to and find the box that says “Volunteers Needed!”
Step 2:  Click on “HERE.”
Step 3:  On the next page, click on “Sign Up!” under the box that says “I would like to volunteer.”
Step 4:  On the next page, choose whether you already have an account or not.  If not, it will walk you through signing up.  If you do, use the next page to sign in, with your username and password.
Step 5:  The next page is where you can indicate Children’s Activities.
Step 6:  Then, if you already have an account, it takes you to a page with information from your previous application.  If your information is the same, just hit “Save” at the bottom of the page to continue. If you don’t already have an account, there are a few pages of further information it walks you through.
Step 7:  After getting through your information, you have the option to log out or go to the “Sign-Up” page.  Choose the “Sign-Up” page.
Step 8:  The next page starts a long list of Summer of the Arts activities.  Scroll down until you see Iowa Arts Festival – Children’s Activities.  Here is where you can choose Children’s Day Booth Helper.

If you have any questions, or need assistance signing up for a shift, please contact Devyn Alexander, Volunteer & Community Relations Manager at


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Summer Updates

by Guest on May 17th, 2013

School is almost over!! WOOOOOO!!!

Summertime means awesome stuff at the Iowa City Public Library. Here’s the details:

Summer Library Bus:

Once again, we’re partnering with City of Iowa City Transit to offer free bus service for children and teens (and their parents) through grade 12. Just show your library card on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays between 9:00 AM and 3:00 PM, June 4 – August 15 and you can ride to the library for FREE! Return passes are issued at the library (just ask at any desk).

Summer Reading Program: Groundbreaking Reads!

The summer reading program at ICPL has seen some big changes this year, and we’re all super excited to get you all reading! This year, there’s a gameboard and activities to complete, so be sure to register here starting May 28th, and in person (at the library) on June 1st. The grand prize this year is a Kindle Fire!