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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.

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 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.

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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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!