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The Darkest Dark

by Casey Maynard on September 19th, 2016

Overcoming a fear of the dark has never been so fun or beautiful. The Darkest Dark by Chris Hadfield and illustrated by the Fan brothers has become my new favorite book of September! Be sure to stop by the ICPL children’s department to check it out.

 

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ICPL announces Pajama Storytime in October

by Meredith Hines-Dochterman on September 27th, 2016

Add variety to your bedtime routine with Pajama Storytime at the Iowa City Public Library.

Join Casey from 6:30 to 7 p.m. every Monday night in October, except Halloween, for a special nighttime storytime with books, songs and activities focused on sleep preparation. This program is geared towards families with children of all ages. Parents and little ones are encouraged to attend in their PJs. Stuffed animal friends and dolls are welcome, too.

Pajama Storytime will be held in the Storytime Room. For more information, contact the Library at 319-356-5200.

ICPL’s Sunday Fun Day Presents October Improv!

by Meredith Hines-Dochterman on September 26th, 2016

The Iowa City Public Library invites children interested in the performing arts to visit ICPL Sunday afternoons for October Improv!

Using a variety of drama techniques to bring popular children’s stories to life, October Improv! will explore the many ways there are to tell stories, and how actors can experience the character, action, and themes inside of stories. These weekly drama sessions will be led by AmyRuth McGraw and students from the University of Iowa’s Drama in the Classroom course as part of Sunday Fun Day.

Sunday, October 2: Caps for Sale

Designed for students in grades kindergarten through second, children are invited to take on the role of monkeys and experience this well-loved story in a new way. They’ll also learn to build a story with their bodies, voices, and an empty room.

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Learn Baby Massage at the Iowa City Public Library

by Meredith Hines-Dochterman on September 19th, 2016

The Iowa City Public Library is pleased to offer infant massage instruction as part of our lineup of free parent and baby classes.

Join licensed massage therapist Kristin Bergman, KB, LMT, CAN, of consciousbirthiowa.com from 9:45 to 10:15 a.m. on September 26 and October 10 in Meeting Room A to learn how to connect with your child through massage. Infant massage provides a special time of communication between parent and child. It also can improve a baby’s circulation, enhance neurological development, and help with congestion, gas, and colic.

This class is intended for parents with infants ranging from birth to seven months. Parents should bring a towel or blanket, and food grade unscented baby massage oil or lotion.

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

New Way Cool Chemistry Date Announced

by Meredith Hines-Dochterman on September 13th, 2016

Students interested in chemistry will have the opportunity to participate in hands-on demonstrations and experiments from 2 to 3 p.m. on Saturday, September 17, in Meeting Room A at the Iowa City Public Library.

Way Cool Chemistry is designed to make chemistry accessible and fun for fifth- through eighth-grade students. Pre-registration is not required.

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

Children’s Outreach and More!

by Karen Gordon on September 7th, 2016

Wow! What a busy time in the Children’s Room this summer! Now that the kids are back at school we are busy planning fall and winter programs.

It’s also that time of year to talk up the services the children’s room offers, like our outreach program, because outreach is such a fun part of our job.

Outreach KarenIf you are not familiar with the Iowa City Public Library’s outreach service, Casey Maynard, Nancy Holland and I do children’s outreach each week and visit 40 Iowa City sites, which include preschools, daycares, Neighborhood Centers, and Hacap (Hawkeye Area Community Action Program) centers. We share 30-minutes outreach stories with babies, toddlers, and preschoolers.outreach Nancy

Do you know that we have boxed thematic Storytime Kits? Please stop by the library and take a look at this unique collection.

storytime kitsThese kits are geared for 3-6 year-olds and you check-out the whole kit for three weeks! We have 80 kits and you will love sharing them for your own circle time with your children.

 

cat on booksFinally, for your convenience, you may call the library each week for a Book Pull with your topic and the Children’s Room staff will set aside 15 books for you to pick up at the Children’s Room Desk. Just give us 24 hours’ notice for this free service. Let us be your resource for the best children’s books available and fun guest storytimes!

Music on Wednesdays @ICPL

by Kara Logsden on September 6th, 2016

2015 09 Music on WednesdayLast year the Music on Wednesdays series was so popular we decided to plan a second year of great programs. Join us for some toe-tapping tunes featuring musicians from our community.

All programs are at Noon on the Wednesdays below – Mark your calendars! Most programs are in the Lobby, but if it’s cold we move to the Gallery (near the first floor Magazine Area). If we’re hosting the students from Preucil School of Music, we’ll be in Meeting Room A (they bring a big crowd). Read the rest of this entry »

Fresh Picks: Beautiful Nonfiction

by Morgan Reeves on August 31st, 2016
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In the world of children’s literature, picture books are the shining jewels that we admire for their beautiful illustrations and imaginative stories. Nonfiction titles are often seen as unglamorous workhorses, judged on their ability to meet educational standards in imparting information to their young readers. While there is certainly a necessary place for curriculum supporting, report fodder nonfiction, there is plenty of room on the shelves for nonfiction that captures the imagination as well as presenting the facts.

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Win tickets to see Rick Riordan at The Englert

by Meredith Hines-Dochterman on August 30th, 2016

Best-selling author Rick Riordan will be in Iowa City for the Iowa City Book Festival October 4 through October 9, appearing at The Englert Theatre on October 7. Tickets to the event are sold out, but the Iowa City Public Library has two to award to the winner of our Rick Riordan fan fiction writing contest.

The contest is open to students in 4th through 12th grades. The stories can be about any of Riordan’s works, but must be written by the student and no more than four pages in length.

Finished stories must be turned in at the Children’s Room Desk or Info Desk on the Library’s second floor by 5 p.m. Friday, September 23. Only one story per entrant, please. The winner will be announced at the Library’s screening of Percy Jackson and The Olympians: The Lightning Thief and trivia contest at 3:30 p.m. Thursday, September 29, in Meeting Room A.

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

ICPL Announces Shakespeare-Themed Sunday Funday Programs

by Meredith Hines-Dochterman on August 29th, 2016

To be or not to be isn’t the question when it comes to family fun at the Iowa City Public Library!

Celebrate William Shakespeare during Sunday Funday in September with activities for families and children of all ages. ICPL’s Shakespeare-themed programming coincides with the Shakespeare First Folio exhibit currently on display at the University of Iowa Main Library.

All Sunday Funday programs are held from 2 to 4 p.m.

September 4 in the Storytime Room: Gnomeo & Juliet

This animated adaptation of one of Shakespeare’s Romeo & Juliet takes the audience inside the garden rivalry between Miss Capulet and Mr. Montague, which leads to the feud between their garden gnomes.

September 11 in the Storytime Room: Shakespearean Puppets and Paper Dolls

Create your own set of players to perform a mini-Shakespearean performance with puppets and paper dolls.

September 18 in the Storytime Room: Flower Crowns and Nature Masks

Dress up like the characters from A Midsummer Night’s Dream with natural materials to create your own masquerade mask or a flower crown.

September 25 in Meeting Room A: William and Blackjack Storytelling

William’s use of props, including juggling sticks, dragon tears, magical pirate treasure and Blackjack the Dragon, will entertain all ages! William will be in the Children’s Room before and after his storytelling performance.

For more information, visit the Library’s calendar at calendar.icpl.org or call the Library at 319-356-5200.




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