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ABC’s Saturday: Art, Books & Children 2017

by Mari Redington on May 4th, 2017

childrens-day-2On Saturday June 3rd, 10 am-3 pm, we are celebrating Art, Books and Children, or the ABC’s, during the Iowa Arts Festival!  Mark your calendars now for this annual event, formerly known as Children’s Day, produced by the Iowa City Public Library with Summer of the Arts. This is a great time to sign up for the ICPL’s summer reading program—Build a Better World. Learn about art, music, science and more with activity booths from local groups and enjoy a show on the Family Stage. With live performances, arts and crafts, fun activities, and Planting Day for ICPL’s Children’s Garden, there’s something for everyone! Read the rest of this entry »

New Children’s Nonfiction Books to Celebrate Black History Month

by Mari Redington on February 10th, 2017

bhmFebruary has been a busy month for the Children’s Room. Well, it’s pretty much always a busy time for us, but with Valentine’s Day, the 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten anniversary, and the One Book, Two Book festival coming up, we wanted to be sure to offer some great programs and resources for children to learn about black history in our country. For upcoming programs for kids and adults, see our Black History Month series in the calendar. And be sure to check our Black History Month book display and the Behind the Beat: African American Music display by the African American Museum of Iowa, both located in the Children’s Room. Here are some of my favorite newer nonfiction books I’ve been reading this month to learn more.  Read the rest of this entry »

Storytime Recap: Stuffed Animal Sleepover

by Mari Redington on January 19th, 2017

img_5091A lot of libraries lately have been hosting stuffed animal sleepovers for kids who bring their stuffed animals to Storytime. The kids leave their stuffed animals overnight, and the next day they get to see pictures of what their fluffy friends did during their sleepover party at the library.

This week, ICPL had their first Stuffed Animal Sleepover. We didn’t have a lot of animals “stay the night,” but the Storytime was really fun, and we had a great time taking pictures of the cuddly antics. We will absolutely host another sleepover this summer, because summer is the best time for sleepovers, especially at the library.  Read the rest of this entry »

Storytime Recap: Pioneer Log Cabins at City Park

by Mari Redington on August 11th, 2016

ClotheslineThis week for our preschool storytimes, Casey and I teamed up with the Iowa City Parks & Rec department to explore stories, games, crafts, and even chores common during the time of the pioneers. Despite the heat and humidity and bug bites, the kids enjoyed learning about the history of the cabins on Wednesday. buildingOn Thursday, we were rained out. Sigh. But, kids still enjoyed books, songs and games, as well as building our own indoor cabins with Lincoln logs. Read the rest of this entry »

Take a Summer Field trip!

by Mari Redington on July 1st, 2016

As a former teacher, current part-time nanny, and a librarian who has witnessed many busy summers in the Children’s Room, I know that kids can get stuck in summertime rut of computers, video games, and TV. While the library is always a great place to find books to read, attend storytime, and collect SRP prizes, I love to recommend some local educational getaways for the family, and of course some awesome books from the children’s nonfiction section to supplement learning. Just because school’s out on summer vacation, doesn’t mean your brain has to be.

A millipede from the Blank Park Zoo visits the library.

A millipede from the Blank Park Zoo visits the library.

Think of it as summertime field trip, and field trip day is the best day of the whole school year!  This year I am watching a four-year old and an eight-year old, which is pretty much the perfect age range for these enrichment activities. To be honest, I am probably more excited about our little trips than they are. Luckily I can keep my cool under pressure.

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