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Birds of a Feather

by Casey Maynard on June 27th, 2016

Flora is at it again in the latest installment of Molly Idle’s wordless series. Flora and the Peacocks is a beautifully wrought sequel to Flora and the Flamingo and Flora and the Penguin. In this latest iterance, Flora continues dancing through life and lessons with two new friends who just happen to be peacocks.

Characteristic of her style, Idle has dressed Flora with matching colors and accoutrements that mimic the body type of her avian dance partner: a fan with peacocks, flippers for the flamingo and ice skates for the penguin. Beautiful, delightful and humorous, audience members should prepare for this pas de trois to turn a little fowl before the bold finish. Idle  has continued to impress with this series and remains an enduring contender for the Caldecott.

For a book trailer from Chronicle Books visit: Flora Book Trailer

 

Water Fun with Little Ones!

by Karen Gordon on June 22nd, 2016

Beat the heat! Summer is a great time to get babies and toddlers into the water. Water play encourages the development of eye/hand coordination through pouring, squeezing, stirring, and squirting. Water helps release their emotions by pounding, splashing, swishing, stamping and kicking feet.

Here are some watery nursery rhymes to share with your child. Read the rest of this entry »

Iowa Public Television’s Dan Wardell to Visit Iowa City Public Library

by Meredith Hines-Dochterman on June 17th, 2016

Dan Wardell, the popular host of IPTV KIDS Clubhouse, will be at the Iowa City Public Library on Monday, June 27, as part of his 10th annual Iowa Public Television’s Reading Road Trip.DanWardell@ICPL

Wardell will travel to 75 local communities this summer to share an original, interactive story connected to the 2016 Summer Reading Program theme: On Your Mark, Get Set … Read!

“We are excited to welcome Dan Wardell back to ICPL as he travels across the state to promote reading,” Children’s Coordinator Angela Pilkington says. “His enthusiasm for books, reading and using your imagination is what the Summer Reading Program is all about.”

Kids are invited to attend Wardell’s storytimes at 9:30 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. in Meeting Room A. During this special event, attendees will compete against cosmic aliens during the Intergalactic Olympic Championships. Every child attendee will receive a commemorative “space orb” for their efforts.

Support for the Reading Road Trip is provided by Blank Children’s Hospital, Casey’s General Stores and The Coons Foundation. For more information, visit Iptv.org/clubhouse.

Read Aloud 15 Minutes A Day

by Angela Pilkington on June 16th, 2016

summer15minutesRead Aloud 15 Minutes is a non-profit organization that is working to make reading aloud every day for at least 15 minutes the new standard in child care/parenting. “Reading aloud is the single most important thing a parent or caregiver can do to improve a child’s readiness to read and learn.” Their newest survey found that fewer than half (46%) of parents read aloud to their children every day, and only 34% do so for at least 15 minutes. Less than one in 10 parents reported reading aloud daily for 15 minutes from birth, as recommended by the American Academy of Pediatrics. Read the rest of this entry »

Stories in the Park begins June 8

by Meredith Hines-Dochterman on June 1st, 2016

The Iowa City Public Library’s Stories in the Park summertime outdoor reading series begins June 8 and continues through July 29.StoriesInThePark

Stories in the Park will be held at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday mornings at Willow Creek Park, 117 Teg Dr., and 10:30 a.m. Friday mornings at Mercer Park, 2701 Bradford Dr.

In the event of rain, the Wednesday storytimes will be held at the Library and the Friday storytimes will be cancelled.

Stories in the Park is an outdoor storytime geared toward children between the ages of three and six. All children in attendance need to be accompanied by a parent or adult caregiver.

Children should remember to bring their Library Card, as there will be a selection of books available for check out at each storytime. Children who don’t have a Library Card can sign up at icpl.org/cards. Library staff will be available to issue new Library Cards at Stories in the Park.

This event is co-sponsored by the Iowa City Parks and Recreation Department and the Iowa City Public Library. For more information, please call the Library at 319-356-5200.

ICPL and Iowa City Parks and Rec present Wellness Wednesdays

by Meredith Hines-Dochterman on May 31st, 2016

The Iowa City Public Library and the Iowa City Parks and Recreation Department have teamed up to create Wellness Wednesdays as part of this year’s Summer Reading Program – On Your Mark, Get Set … Read!WellnessWednesday

Beginning June 8 and continuing through July 27, Wellness Wednesdays will take place from 1 to 2 p.m. at either the Library or the Robert A. Lee Community Recreation Center, with programs focusing on healthy lifestyles for students in kindergarten through third grade. Join us as we explore all the ways we can live well!

June 8: Swimming
Bring your suits and towels to the Robert A. Lee Community Recreation Center pool where we will learn the benefits of swimming to help us live a healthy lifestyle!

June 15: Martial Arts
Join us at the Robert A. Lee Community Recreation Center as we learn what martial arts are all about. Be prepared to try some new moves!

June 22: Yoga
We’ll meet in Meeting Room A at the Library to learn about yoga and practice basic poses.

June 29: Dance
It’s a Dance Party at the Robert A. Lee Community Recreation Center! Come move along to the music and learn how dancing can lead to a healthy life!

July 6: A Stress-Free Me
Join us in Meeting Room A at the Library as we learn about meditation, coloring, stretching and mindfulness for kids.

July 13: Relay Races
Get ready to tackle our relay races at the Robert A. Lee Community Recreation Center.

July 20: Healthy Eating
Join us in Meeting Room A at the Library as we try different healthy snacks and why we need to learn to eat healthy.

July 27: Zumba
Today is all about learning the benefits of Zumba! Join us at the Robert A. Lee Community Recreation Center as we learn to move to a healthy beat.

The Iowa City Public Library Summer Reading Program will be held May 31 through July 31; registration begins May 31. Patrons can either register in-person at the Library or online at srp.icpl.org.

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

I Found Spot, Can You?

by Casey Maynard on May 26th, 2016
I Found Spot, Can You? Cover Image

Henry Cole has written and illustrated over 50 books for children including Big Bug, and Unspoken. His most recent delves into the realm of eye spy. Spot, The Cat is a wonderful wordless romp through a quaint urban setting. Readers follow and find a cat appropriately named Spot as he weaves his way through town. Parents and children will have a delightfully difficult time discovering the errant Spot and his pursuant owner.

 

 

Introducing eMagazines for Kids on Zinio

by Morgan Reeves on May 24th, 2016

Zinio, the eMagazine service, keeps getting better and better. First, it became even easier to access all of your favorite magazines online–you just need to log in once. Now, the service has added new titles, this time for children of all ages. I’ve put together a handy guide for ages and interests.

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Babies Learn in the Womb

by Karen Gordon on May 16th, 2016

Babies are learning more than you think. Studies show that your baby can start to hear and recognize voices of you and your partner in the womb as early as 25 weeks. This is a great time to talk to your baby or read to her.

A few weeks ago I was invited to be a part of North Liberty Community Library’s Womb Literacy initiative. Womb Literacy was created to encourage expecting families to begin developing daily reading rituals, while their child is still in the womb. NLCL’s Stork Storytime Podcast was created for new and expecting parents. The podcast makes it easier for busy parents to learn about early literacy before their baby is born. Parents can tune in to Stork Storytime Podcast and listen to a variety of guest speakers as they engage expecting parents while helping them to feel confident in their role as their child’s first teacher.

I lead the Iowa City Public Library’s Book Babies program (which is held on Fridays at 10:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.) so a good part of my job is to role model reading and offer early literacy tips.  I was excited to share and talk about Narrative skills with librarians Jennifer Jordebrek, and Emily O’Sheridan-Tabor for their May Podcast.

Narrative Skills:

Narrative Skills includes: describing things and events, telling stories, knowing that a story has a beginning, middle and end.

If you would like more information about the North Liberty Community Library’s Womb Literacy visit their website at www.northlibertylibrary.org

Listen to NLPL’s May’s Stork Storytime Podcast here: https://soundcloud.com/nl-community-library/stork-storytime-podcast-early-narrative-skills-with-karen-gordon

 

 

 

A Hungry Lion or A Dwindling Assortment of Animals

by Casey Maynard on April 25th, 2016
A Hungry Lion or A Dwindling Assortment of Animals Cover Image

Once upon a time there was a hilariously funny picture book that had me laughing so hard I cried, but only a little. I’m sure you can tell by the title that A Hungry Lion or A Dwindling Assortment of Animals is about a lion who is ravenous and some animals who disappear.  Where do they go? You’ll have to read the book to find out even though you probably have a guess already.  I did, and boy was I wrong.

Lucy Ruth Cummins’ debut picture book is side-splitting and surprising. Jon Klassen’s quote on the back cover sums it up nicely, “So smart and so cute and so dark all at the same time. Sheesh.” A must read!




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