Free snacks for kids at ICPL

by Maeve Clark on June 10th, 2019

The Iowa City Public Library is partnering with the Iowa City Community School District to provide free snacks to any child age 1-18. Free snacks will be distributed at 3 pm in the Children’s Room and the Teen Center. Snacks will be available from Monday, June 10 – Friday, August 9.

Bookmobile @ IC Pride

by Kara Logsden on June 10th, 2019

Iowa City PrideIowa City Public Library is a proud Pride Week sponsor and we’re excited to take the ICPL Bookmobile to two Pride events this week.

Pride Picnic at City Park – Friday, June 14, 5-7 pm: ICPL’s Bookmobile will head to City Park and be open during the Pride Picnic. Stop by, say hello and checkout the special display of materials related to Pride week.

Pride Fair Downtown – Saturday, June 15, 11 am-6 pm: Visit the ICPL Bookmobile at the vendor fair Downtown. We don’t know where we’re parking yet, but look for the big blue Bookmobile. We’ll have our special display of materials related to Pride week and, if it’s hot, we’ll have the A/C on.

Happy Pride Week! We’ll see you at the ICPL Bookmobile soon!


Summer Library Bus

by Kara Logsden on June 1st, 2019

The Summer 2013 Summer Library BusLibrary Bus program ROLLS OUT on Monday June 3.

An Iowa City Public Library card is a child’s ticket to ride an Iowa City Transit bus FREE this summer. The Library will provide free bus rides to children through 12th grade, and the adult caregivers who are with them, on any Iowa City Transit bus route, from Monday June 3 through Thursday August 22, 2019, on weekdays between 9:00 am and 3:00 pm.

Bus riders should show their Iowa City Public Library card to the bus driver to gain free access to the bus.

Riding home from Downtown: Year-round the Library will provide two FREE bus passes each week to people of all ages through our Ride and Read program. Just show your Library Card to any service desk at the Downtown Library and we’ll give you a pass for a ride home.

More information about riding the bus to the Library is available at this link:

Information about applying for a Library Card is available at:

Roll on down to the Library this summer on an Iowa City Transit Bus. We look forward to seeing you!

Baby & Toddler Summer Reading

by Karen Gordon on May 31st, 2019

Developing a reading ritual begins at birth!

Did you know that we have a reading program for babies and toddlers, too? Parents and caregivers can register their baby or toddler for summer reading and together work on a fun activity game card that lists activities based on the five early literacy skills: Reading, Singing, Talking, Playing and Writing.

Babies and toddlers who participate in the summer reading program can earn prizes, like a plush toy rocket and a board book of your choice. When you complete the game card, you’re automatically entered into a grand prize drawing. There’s a chance you could win one OF these prizes.  A $50 gift certificate from Prairie Lights Book Store; a Baby & Me or Tots Yoga series at Zen Den Yoga in Iowa City; or a $50 gift card for a massage at Wild Flower Healing Arts.

Hurry and register your little one for summer reading today!

Have more fun with your little one by attending our Book Babies program on Friday at 10:30 a.m. or at 1:30 p.m. (for ages birth – 24 months). Attend storytime at 10:30 a.m. during the week that best fits in your busy schedule.  If you work during the week, come to storytime on Saturday at 10:30 a.m. Our Storytimes are designed to meet the needs of your child from birth – 5 years of age. And don’t forget that we have Stories in the Park this summer every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday at 10:30 a.m. with the Bookmobile.

Zero to Three is a wonderful site filled with a vast amount of early literacy information. Parents, grandparents, and caregivers play a very important role by understanding what happens in a baby’s brain while being read to. This video is just six minutes – you’ll be amazed at how much of an important role you play just by reading to your baby.



Have You Heard the News?

by Kara Logsden on May 29th, 2019

Beginning June 1, 2019 we will not charge overdue fines for materials checked out from the Children’s and Young Adult collections that are returned past their due date. We appreciate the support of the Iowa City City Council and the Library Board to make this change that will eliminate barriers for Library use. Both groups voted on budget requests to support this change and the Library Board recently voted to update the Circulation and Library Card Policy to reflect this change.

We understand there may be some confusion about this. It does not matter if it’s a child’s card or an adult’s card that checks out the materials. No overdue fines will be charged on materials returned late that are checked out from the children’s and young adult collections.

This does not mean materials do not have to be returned to the Library. A full replacement fee will be charged to the borrower’s account when materials are not returned. For items with a 7-day loan period, there will be a bill at 14 days overdue. For 21-day items, there will be a bill at 21 days overdue.

No fines – what a great way to blast off to an awesome summer of activities at the Library. We’ll see you here soon!

The Bookmobile is on a Break – Where are my Holds?

by Shawna Riggins on May 24th, 2019

Summer is nearly here – School is winding down, temperatures are rising (slowly), and the 2019 Summer Bookmobile schedule is approaching quickly. The Summer Bookmobile schedule begins Monday, June 3 and runs through Friday, August 16. Next week, May 27 through 31, the Bookmobile is out of service for a seasonal service break. If you had holds you were expecting to pick up on the Bookmobile, those items are currently available at the Downtown Library building. Simply ask at the Help Desk for help finding these materials. All holds that have been requested to be delivered to the Bookmobile have also been extended to give folks a chance to pick them up during our first week of service. If you are unsure about when or where you can find an item you placed on hold, call the Library at 319-356-5200.

If you haven’t seen the Bookmobile’s 2019 Summer Schedule yet, take a look to find the stop that will work best for your schedule. If you haven’t yet registered for the Summer Reading Program, take a moment to sign up online, or ask staff to help you sign up during your next visit to the Library building or Bookmobile. The Summer Reading Program runs from June 1 through August 10 with lots of fun activities for all ages happening at the Library building and in partnership with the Bookmobile. Prizes will be available throughout the summer, beginning on June 8, at the Library building and on the Bookmobile.

We look forward to seeing you on the road!

ICPL Bookmobile at Iowa Arts Festival

by Kara Logsden on May 24th, 2019

Students from Alexander after a bookmobile visit.

The ICPL Bookmobile will be at ABC Day (Arts-Books-Children) at the Iowa Arts Festival on Saturday June 1 from 11:00 AM to 3:00 PM. You’ll find us on Clinton Street with all the Children’s activities.

Stop by, pick up a copy of the Library’s Summer Bookmobile Schedule, sign-up for Summer Reading Program, and check out a book for summer reading – we’ve got lots of great books for people of all ages.

We are ready for a GREAT SUMMER beginning at the Iowa Arts Festival. We’ll see you at the Library and ICPL Bookmobile soon!


ICPL eMail Notices

by Kara Logsden on May 22nd, 2019

We’re hearing reports that some emails sent from our circulation system are not being delivered. We believe a small number of patrons are impacted. We’re also hearing some notices are being intermittently delivered while others are going to spam folders.

Emails impacted could include those going to,, and accounts.

If you rely exclusively on courtesy email notices or other email notices from our circulation system, and you have not received them, please login to your account to check on the status of holds or item due dates. You may also call the Library during regular business hours at 319-356-5200. The ICPL App also helps with account management.

Please be assured we are working to resolve this issue and we apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused.

No Bookmobile Service May 28 through May 31

by Meredith Hines-Dochterman on May 18th, 2019

2017-07-bookmobileThe Bookmobile will be on Summer Service Break from Tuesday, May 28, through Friday, May 31.

During this break, the Bookmobile will undergo vehicle maintenance, deep cleaning, and restocking the shelves with great new Library materials.

During Bookmobile service breaks, Holds and ILLs scheduled for pickup on the Bookmobile may be picked up at the Help Desk in the Downtown Library. We will not capture any holds when the Bookmobile is not in service, so there may be a period of time when the Bookmobile is on break when holds will be at the Library waiting for pick-up. Don’t worry, though, because the 7-day waiting period for picking up a hold does not begin until we “trap” the hold. That’s when we send the eMail, call you on the telephone, or mail your Hold Pick-up Notice.

For full Bookmobile schedule information, visit

No Bookmobile Service on Monday, May 27

by Meredith Hines-Dochterman on May 17th, 2019

The Iowa City Public Library Bookmobile will not be in service on Memorial Day: Monday, May 27. The Downtown Library is also closed that day.

Holiday hours are always available on the Library’s website.

Although the Bookmobile and Library are closed, online services are available 24/7 at This includes account access and, for those who live in our service area, access to ICPL’s Digital Library including eBooks, eAudiobooks, eMagazines, The New York Times and Kanopy video streaming.