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New Program: Story Play

by Angela Pilkington on October 27th, 2016

Where fun & learning come together!story_play1

The library is a great place for little ones to begin or enhance their educational journey through our Storytime programs. Story Play will help to build upon and to incorporate social and emotional components to our Storytimes.

Our newest program encourages you to bring your child to the library for a play-date! There will be books, toys, music and games to play and interact with. Caregivers can have the chance to meet and talk with one another. Story Play will take place on Monday’s, Wednesday’s, and Friday’s after Storytime beginning November 7th from 11:30-12:30 in our Storytime Room.
Many studies show that young children actively explore their environment and the world around them through learning-based play. Play is a vital part of a child’s optimal social, cognitive, physical and emotional development. Researchers agree that play provides a strong foundation for intellectual growth, creativity, problem-solving and basic academic knowledge. ICPL hopes that through Story Play young ones will grow in their learning skills through play with others.
Please feel free to bring lunch or snacks for you and your little one! No registration required. For ages 0-5 with a caregiver who must be present the entire time their child is at the library.

ICPL Family Storytime: Autumn Yoga with Karen on Nov. 5

by Meredith Hines-Dochterman on October 27th, 2016

Come to the Iowa City Public Library Storytime Room from 10:30 to 11 a.m. November 5 for Family Storytime: Autumn Yoga with Karen.

Through yoga postures, breathing techniques, and creative movement, kids will learn to listen to their bodies connecting to the 4 B’s: body, brain, breath and balance. This session will focus on movements inspired by autumn. Bring yoga mats if you have some; we’ll have a limited amount available for those who don’t.

Saturday Storytime is designed for the whole family and presented at a time convenient for most working parents. It’s recommended for all ages, but parents are asked to sit with their younger children.

For more information, call the Library at 319-356-5200.

Your Vote Needed in ICPL’s Mock Caldecott Award

by Meredith Hines-Dochterman on October 25th, 2016

Have you ever wanted to award a prize to your new favorite book? Here’s your chance!

Voting in the Iowa City Public Library’s Mock Caldecott Award begins Tuesday, November 1. The public is invited to cast their votes for their five favorite picture books out of 15 titles nominated by ICPL’s Children’s Room librarians. The titles include:

The Night Gardener by Terry Fan and Eric Fan
Poor Little Guy by Elanna Allen
Henry & Leo by Pamela Zagarenski
When Spring Comes by Kevin Henkes and Laura Dronzek
A Hungry Lion, or A Dwindling Assortment of Animals by Lucy Ruth Cummins
Hand in Hand by Rosemary Wells
Spot, the Cat by Henry Cole
Are We There Yet? by Dan Santat
Home at Last by Vera B. Williams and Chris Raschka
Have you Seen Elephant? by David Barrow
Thunder Boy Jr. by Sherman Alexie and Yuyi Morales
Frank and Lucky Get Schooled by Lynne Rae Perkins
A Hat for Mrs. Goldman: A Story About Knitting and Love by Michelle Edwards and Brian Karas
Ghosts by Raina Telgemeier
Snow White: A Graphic Novel by Matt Phelan

Voters will be asked to rank their choice, 1 through 5, and adhere to the one vote per person policy. The title with the most No. 1 votes will win ICPL’s Mock Caldecott Award.

The Caldecott Medal is awarded to the artist of the most distinguished American Picture Book for Children published in the United States during the preceding year. Named in honor of the nineteenth-century English illustrator Randolph J. Caldecott, the first medal was awarded in 1933.

The 2017 Caldecott winner will be announced in January. ICPL will announce its Mock Caldecott winner on January 3.

For more information about the Caldecott Award, visit For more information about ICPL’s Mock Caldecott Award, contact the Library at 319-356-5200.

Fresh Picks: Election Edition

by Morgan Reeves on October 19th, 2016
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It may seem like this election season may never end, but soon enough it will be Election Day (November 8th this year) and we will have a new president. While kids may not be able to have an official say just yet, they can check out some of our newest presidential reads from the jNonfiction section. Read the rest of this entry »

Popo’s Halloween Puppet Festival at ICPL Oct. 22

by Meredith Hines-Dochterman on October 12th, 2016

The Iowa City Public Library’s annual Popo’s Puppet Festival will be held from noon to 4:30 p.m. on Saturday, October 22, in Meeting Room A.

This year’s festival features three acts. Come for one performance or stay for all three!

First, join Parasol Puppets at noon for their performance of The Teeny Tiny Woman and Other Halloween Tales. This audience participation version of the old English folk tale features a teeny tiny woman who takes a teeny tiny walk and finds a teeny tiny bone. Suddenly, her teeny tiny house echoes with the cry of “Give me my bone!”

Popo’s Halloween Show takes the stage at 2:30 p.m. for a performance that will have the audience laughing so hard, it’s scary!

Finally, at 3:30 p.m., enjoy a shadow puppet show. Sea Beast Puppetry’s hero gets lost in the shadow. Will she ever be saved?

Stick around after the performances for crafts, or put on a show of your own with the Library’s collection of puppets.

For more information, call the Library at 319-356-5200.

Fresh Picks: Graphic Novels

by Morgan Reeves on October 9th, 2016
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Formerly derided as lazy reading, these days graphic novels have come into their own and offer some of the most complex and interesting stories around. Classic comics themes of adventure and humor are still the most prevalent in the format, but nonfiction and historical fiction are gaining in popularity. Some of the newest additions to our jGraphic Novels collection showcase the format’s growing diversity. Let’s start with the sixth volume in the American history series “Nathan Hale’s Hazardous Tales,” Alamo All-Stars. This book covers the convoluted early history of Texas and its ties to Mexico. The historical facts are kept flowing through the funny narration of Nathan Hale and questions from his executioners. Tangential stories from the lives of Davy Crockett, Jim Bowie, and Vicente Guerrero help keep the story personal.

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Leave Me Alone!

by Casey Maynard on October 5th, 2016

Image result for vera brosgol leave me aloneLeave Me Alone! by Vera Brosgol is one of my new favorite picture books for 2016.  It’s funny, original and has a great message.  The art is wonderful and jam packed with highly colorful detail. A must read for anyone who enjoys their space when working on projects–especially knitters and crocheters–introverts and grumpy ladies.

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Yoga with Karen

by Karen Gordon on October 5th, 2016

Earlier this year I received my yoga certificate for A Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT) 200 hours. Two weeks ago I completed The Kids003’ Yoga Teacher Training, a 25-hour course with Dana Robinson, Founder of Sweet Feet Yoga.

I love working with families and children at the library and out at outreach. Life gets incredibly busy for families trying to balance family life, and kids are busy with school, homework, and afterschool and weekend activities. Yoga can offer kids tools to learn to de-stress!

Through yoga postures, breathing techniques, and creative movement kids will learn to listen to their bodies connecting to the 4 B’s: body, brain, breath and balance. Offering the practice of yoga encourages kids to learn and listen to their bodies

Join me on Saturday, October 15th from 11:30-12:30 I will be hosting a yoga program for kidsThe_Giving_Tree ages K-2nd grade at the library in the Storytime Room.

The theme is Loving Kindness and I will be reading The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein. Bring mats if you have one; we’ll have mats in case you come without. No registration required.

ICPL to celebrate Star Wars Read Day Oct. 8

by Meredith Hines-Dochterman on October 3rd, 2016

Travel to a galaxy far, far away without leaving the Iowa City Public Library.

Visit us Saturday, October 8, in the Children’s Room as we celebrate this year’s Star Wars Read Day with crafts, stories, a movie, and an appearance by the 501st Legion. The fun begins with a special storytime at 10:30 a.m. and continues until noon.

Everyone is encouraged to dress as their favorite Star Wars character and join the fun. This event is for all fans, from the youngest Padawan to the wisest Jedi.

Contact the Library at 319-356-5200 for more information.

ICPL to host Well Fed, Well Read on Oct. 7

by Meredith Hines-Dochterman on September 28th, 2016

The Iowa City Public Library is working with the Johnson County Crisis Center to fight hunger. Children can help by attending Well Fed, Well Read from 1 to 4:30 p.m. Friday, October 7, in the Storytime Room.

Stop by with a book and/or food donation for a family in need, then stick around for stories, snacks, and activities, including upcycled crafts, a sorting game about composting and recycling, and a lesson on planting an indoor garden by Jenni Mettemeyer from Farm to School.

Miss Jamie’s Farm will present a special interactive storytime about buying local, eating healthy, and the importance of farms in our community from 2 to 2:45 p.m. Hy-Vee Nutritionist Cathy Gehris will teach participants how to make healthy snacks from 3 to 3:30 p.m. and 3:30 to 4 p.m. Well Fed, Well Read will conclude with a screening of What’s on Your Plate?, an educational documentary about farming and the environment.

The Crisis Center’s Food Bank provides weekly food assistance to Johnson County residents. Of all the households served, one third has children in the home. The Food Bank always welcomes donations of peanut butter and jelly, pasta and rice, soups and stews, canned vegetables, canned fruit, toilet paper, baby formula and food, diapers, and laundry detergent. Well Fed, Well Read also will collect new children’s books for The Crisis Center.

For more information, call the Library at 319-356-5200.