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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.

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.

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.

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

 

 

 

ICPL to Host Crazy 8s Math Club for Kids

by Meredith Hines-Dochterman on February 24th, 2016

What do you get when you add hands-on activities plus fun-loving kids? Crazy 8s Math Club!Crazy8sLogo

The Iowa City Public Library is joining the national movement to make math the cool thing to do after school by hosting a Crazy 8s Math Club for kindergarten through second grade students. Beginning March 2, this fun and educational program will meet from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. in the Storytime Room every Wednesday for eight weeks.

Crazy 8s was created by the Bedtime Math Foundation to get kids fired up about math. Participants will build things, run and jump, make music – even make a mess – while making friends and increasing their understanding of math. First launched in the winter of 2014, there are currently more than 6,000 clubs nationwide serving 80,000 kids.

The Library’s club is open to any child in kindergarten through second grade ready to have fun. Registration isn’t required and participants don’t need to attend every club meeting – but they’ll probably want to! Here’s what we have planned:

March 2: Glow-in-the-Dark Geometry. Join us as we make geometric shapes with glow sticks, including a gleaming Egyptian pyramid!

March 9: Let’s Get Loud. We’ll experiment with water and straws to create different sounds, then build a working flute out of milkshake straws. Find out exactly how loud you are down to the number!

March 16: Time of Your Life. Are you ready to find out what makes you tick? Get ready to race through some crazy stunts, “be” a clock, and see if you have the winning birthday!

March 23: Toilet Paper Olympics. Test your Olympian skills in the shot put, long jump and relay race!

March 30: Spy Training. See if you have what it takes to be a spy. Work to break the clues to find the hidden treasure!

April 6: Flying Marshmallows. Send marshmallows flying through the air using Popsicle sticks and rubber bands. You’ll need to figure out what positions work best and then measure the flight to prove it.

April 13: Zip Line Zoo. It’s time to build a zip line for brave stuffed animals and race them across the room. Measure the distance and time their rides to see how fast they can go!

April 20: Bouncy Dice Explosion. This is your chance to throw things because you’re supposed to! Find out your chances of rolling a 2 or a 5, and then try to be the winning chip on a giant human Bingo board.

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

Oscar Mayer WIENERMOBILE coming to ICPL

by Meredith Hines-Dochterman on October 22nd, 2015

It’s no bologna – the Oscar Mayer WIENERMOBILE will be at the Iowa City Public Library for two special visits!wienermobile_billboard_lg

The WIENERMOBILE will make its first appearance at Preschool Storytime from 10:30 to 11 a.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 28. There will be Halloween and hot dog stories read in the Storytime Room before a tour of the WIENERMOBILE, which will be parked outside of the Library.

Families unable to attend Wednesday’s event have a second chance Sunday, Nov. 1. The WIENERMOBILE will be parked outside of the Library on the Ped Mall from 2 to 4 p.m. Again, hot dog stories will be read to the visitors, who also will have the opportunity to tour the unique vehicle.

The Oscar Mayer WIENERMOBILE has been roaming America’s highways and backroads since 1936, with six WIENERMOBILE vehicles on the road any given time. You can follow the iconic 27-foot-long hot dog on wheels’ adventures on Twitter (@oscarmayer) and Instagram (@oscarmayer).

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




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