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Storytime Recap: Intergenerational Storytime at Emerson Point Assisted Living

by Anne Wilmoth on May 4th, 2018

In honor of National Children’s Book Week, a special storytime was held this week at Emerson Point Assisted Living.

Children of all ages came with their parents and arrayed themselves on the floor in the activities room. Behind them, care facility residents sat in a large half-circle of chairs.

We started with books, songs, and rhymes, focusing on classics that all ages were likely to know – we read oversized book versions of Little Red Hen and The Three Little Kittens, recited some nursery rhymes with the help of flannel board pictures, and sang “Old McDonald,” “The Grand Old Duke of York,” “Row, Row, Row Your Boat,” and others. Erin Moore, the activities director at Emerson Point, accompanied the singing on her guitar.

After enjoying stories together, snacks were laid out. A May basket craft incorporating watercolors and sparkly pipe cleaners was also available. Parents, children and residents mingled, chatted, and made connections as they felt comfortable – though there was no pressure to do so. Simply being together with community members in all phases of life offered social benefits to all in attendance.

Around the country, a handful of public libraries hold periodic storytimes at nursing home facilities. There are even several preschools located within the walls of an elder care facility. A 2017 documentary film, Present Perfect, explores one such intergenerational learning center. Filmmaker Evan Briggs points out how “generationally segregated” American society has become – a phenomenon the preschools and events like this week’s Intergenerational Storytime are trying to combat.

According to The Atlantic, “Numerous studies have linked social interaction with decreased loneliness, delayed mental decline, lower blood pressure, and reduced risk of disease and death in elders. Socializing across generations has also been shown to increase the amount of smiling and conversation among older adults, according to one Japanese study from 2013.”

It was clear at ICPL’s Intergenerational Storytime that the Emerson Point residents found the children a source of joy, and the parents, too, were enthusiastic. One mother commented that without grandparents living nearby, this was a rare and valuable opportunity for her toddler to have meaningful interaction with the elderly. Residents, in turn, were already asking if the children could come back another time.

Winter Break Events for Kids at ICPL

by Mari Redington on December 5th, 2017

As the holidays creep up, it’s not too early to start planning your family’s two week winter break, when the kids are home from school and the excitement of new toys and eating until your tummy aches has worn off. The library has something going on every day besides city holidays, including a family-friendly party to ring in the New Year! Events are always free and there’s something for all ages. And be sure to sign up for the Winter Reading Program to kick off 2018 with a sweet reading goal. You can register online, at the Children’s Room desk or on the Bookmobile beginning January 2nd, look for the link on our website.  Check out these library events coming up while school’s out!   Read the rest of this entry »

Friday Night Movie Series

by Casey Maynard on August 30th, 2017

Friday Night Movies (Sept. 2017)Our new Friday Night Movie series is starting this upcoming Friday, September 1st! Every Friday evening starting at 5:30 we will be showing a movie in the Children’s Storytime Room. While we will not be serving snacks you are always welcome to bring your own.  Floor cushions, stuffed friends, pillows and blankets are welcome as well.

This month we are showing Ponyo, Bridge to Terabithia, The Little Mermaid, Matilda and The Great Mouse Detective.For a sneak peak at the other films we will be showing this fall be sure to check out the ICPL Online Calendar.

ICPL Presents Chilly Readers Winter Book Reading Club for Children

by Meredith Hines-Dochterman on December 20th, 2016

Registration for the Iowa City Public Library’s Chilly Readers Winter Reading Book Club begins January 2, 2017.

Available for young readers ages zero through 12, the book club will help children pass the winter hours when it’s too cold to play outdoors. It will run from January 2 through February 28, with participants encouraged to read 20 books during that time. Children can count books they read independently as well as those read to them.

Sign up at the Children’s Desk or online at wrp.icpl.org. All participants will receive a bookmark to track their progress to 20 books. A prize will be awarded after children read 10 books. There’s only one prize per person, including those who read more than 20 books.

Visit wrp.icpl.org for more information or call the Library at 319-356-5200.

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.

ICPL Preschool Storytime at Upper City Park Log Cabins

by Meredith Hines-Dochterman on August 3rd, 2016

The Iowa City Public Library’s Wednesday and Thursday preschool storytimes will move to a special location Aug. 10 and Aug. 11.017 (resized 75 x75)

The Library will host a Pioneer Storytime and Picnic Lunch at the historic log cabins at Upper City Park, 200 East Park Road, from 10:30 a.m. to noon on both days.

The program will include stories, games, pioneer crafts and learning about Iowa City history. Parents and caregivers are encouraged to bring lunch for themselves and their children to enjoy an outdoor picnic.

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

ICPL Presents Songs of Peter Rabbit

by Meredith Hines-Dochterman on July 27th, 2016

The Iowa City Public Library will celebrate Beatrix Potter’s 150th birthday next week with a special reading and performance of The Songs of Peter Rabbit.peterrabbit_peter_1280

Based on Potter’s beloved classic, The Tale of Peter Rabbit, the adaptation by composer Dudley Glass captures the trouble-making spirit of Peter Rabbit without losing the story’s cautionary lesson. Written for voice and piano, Glass’ version will be performed by ICPL children’s room staff during preschool storytime from 10:30 to 11 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 3, and Thursday, Aug. 4.

Both storytimes will be held in Meeting Room A. The performances also will be broadcast live on The Library Channel, Iowa City cable channel 20.

The Library’s preschool storytime is recommended for children between the ages of three and five. Younger and older siblings are welcome to attend, too.

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

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.

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.