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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.

ICPL Introduces Totally Tweens LittleBits Club

by Meredith Hines-Dochterman on September 24th, 2015

The Iowa City Public Library’s Totally Tweens program has a new club for students in third through sixth grades who like to invent things.

Totally Tweens LittleBits Club will meet from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. every Thursday from October 1 through November 19 in the Storytime Room to master different design challenges using LittleBits electronic modules and craft supplies. This program is designed to increase students’ STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) and STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, the Arts and Mathematics) skills.

Registration is required for each LittleBits event. To register, visit and click on the date you wish to attend.

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

ICPL Preschool Storytime at Upper City Park Log Cabins

by Meredith Hines-Dochterman on September 21st, 2015

The Iowa City Public Library’s Thursday Preschool Storytime will move to a special location on October 1.

The Library has partnered with the Iowa City Parks and Recreation Department to host 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.log cabins

The program will include stories, 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.

The two cabins are commemorative efforts by the Old Settlers’ Association of Johnson County to celebrate the city’s pioneer heritage. The single-room cabin, constructed in 1889, was originally built as an exhibit for Johnson County’s Semi-Centennial. It was moved to City Park in 1918.The double log cabin, or dogtrot log house, is a replica of Iowa City’s John Gilbert Trading Post. It was built with hewn oak logs in 1913.

Both cabins were added to the National Register of Historic Places in 2013. The City plans to launch a three-phase total restoration project once funding is secured.

For more information about the restoration project, contact Joyce Carroll, Iowa City Parks and Recreation Program Supervisor, at or 319-356-5100.

For more information about Pioneer Storytime, contact the Library 319-356-5200.

ICPL Invites Parents, Children to a Performer’s Showcase

by Meredith Hines-Dochterman on September 15th, 2015

Parents with children ages three and above are invited to attend the Iowa City Public Library’s Performer’s Showcase on Friday, September 25.

This special event will feature performers from around the state and beyond. It will be held from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. in Meeting Rooms, A, B, C and D, though families are encouraged to come and go as they please.

Each entertainer will have 15 minutes of show time, giving local librarians, educators and families a sneak peek of their shows. A meet-and-greet will take place during the lunch hour, giving all who attend the opportunity to talk with the performers.

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

ICPL Announces After School Minecraft Dates

by Meredith Hines-Dochterman on September 11th, 2015

Do you play Minecraft? Do you want to meet other Minecraft players? Are you a student in third through eighth grades? If you answered yes to all of these questions, then the Iowa City Public Library’s After School Minecraft program is perfect for you.

After School Minecraft will be held from 3 to 5 p.m. on Sept. 17, Sept. 24, Oct. 15, Oct. 22, Nov. 19 and Dec. 17 in the Library’s Computer Lab on the second floor. Registration is required. You can register online at by clicking on the date of the event you wish to attend.

Students should have a Minecraft account to play in multiplayer mode. Players without an account may use a library account, but these are limited and first come first serve. Otherwise players without an account may still play in single player mode.

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

ICPL Announces Totally Tweens Fall Lineup

by Meredith Hines-Dochterman on September 4th, 2015

The Iowa City Public Library’s Totally Tweens program has an exciting lineup of activities and programs for students in third through sixth grades.

September 10: Reading RemixTotally Tweens

3:30 to 4:30 p.m. in Meeting Room A

Have you ever wanted to change a boring story? Join us today to get creative and make some changes. Get inspired by the literary mash-up “Battle Bunny” by Jon Scieszka.

October 8: Author Visit with Sarah Prineas

3:30 to 4:30 p.m. in the Storytime Room

Local author Sarah Prineas, author of the Magic Thief series, will share insights into her writing process and advice for aspiring young writers.

October 30: Creepy Lock-In

6:30 to 9:30 p.m. in Meeting Room A

Celebrate Halloween by staying late at ICPL. Enjoy a spooky movie, snacks and more before taking over the library after it closes. Permission slips required.

November 12: Knit-In

3:30 to 4:30 p.m. in the Storytime Room

Learn some basics of knitting. We’ll provide knitting needles and yarn to get you started on a simple scarf. All skill levels welcome.

November 14: Chess Tournament

12:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. in Meeting Rooms A, B, C, D

Sign-up to compete in the library’s annual Chess Tournament. Refreshments will be provided. Registration is required by email to Eric Vigil:

December 10: Minute to Win It

3:30 to 4:30 p.m. in the Storytime Room

Get into the holiday spirit by playing fast and festive games with friends to win silly prizes.

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

ICPL Launches Music is the Word Series with Musical Revue

by Meredith Hines-Dochterman on August 19th, 2015

The Iowa City Public Library will kick off nine months of special programming with the Music is the Word Musical Revue at 2 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 20, at The Englert Theatre.

The revue will feature live performances by local musicians playing everything from bluegrass and rock to vocal choir and ethnic love songs. Performers include The Beggermen with the Champagne Academy of Irish Dance; Kol Shira; the Extra Credit Project; Cedar County Cobras; The Recliners; Combined Efforts Theatre Men’s Choir; and Chase Garrett.

“We want to showcase the wide variety of musical talent in Iowa City,” Paul Bethke of Children’s Services said. “At the same time, we see this concert as an opportunity to introduce new genres to the audience – adults and children – who might not otherwise experience it.”

The Library’s Music is the Word celebration is to help our community welcome the University of Iowa School of Music building to downtown Iowa City, currently scheduled to open in the fall of 2016. Weekly programs focused on all things musical are scheduled from September 2015 through May 2016.

“The Musical Revue is the first of what will be nine months of programming of all types for all ages,” Library Director Susan Craig says. “This is an opportunity for us to share Iowa City’s rich musical culture through live performances, presentations, displays, hands-on activities, movies, and sing-alongs.”

“This is an exciting time in our community, as we prepare for the opening of the UI School of Music downtown and adding to Iowa City’s abundant musical complexity,” said Maeve Clark, the Library’s coordinator of adult services.

General admission tickets for MITW Musical Revue are $10 each; children 5 and under are free. Everyone must have a ticket to the show, free or paid, to gain entry to the Englert.

Tickets are for sale at Library’s first floor Help Desk at the Library and The Englert Theatre’s website at

All performers are donating their time and talent to the Musical Revue. Ticket proceeds will help support additional Music is the Word programming.

For a list of Music is the Word events, visit For more information, contact the Library at (319) 356-5200.

ICPL releases August Sunday Fun Day schedule

by Meredith Hines-Dochterman on July 30th, 2015

Celebrate the last month of fun in the sun with Sunday Fun Days at the Iowa City Public Library!

Sunday Fun Day features fun activities for families to enjoy together. Each day has a theme with stories, crafts, or games to celebrate it.

Sunday Fun Day happens every Sunday except the first Sunday of the month. That afternoon is reserved for Sit, Stay, R.E.A.D. with Therapy Dogs of Johnson County.

August’s Sunday Fun Day events include:

August 9: Last Day of the Superhero Summer Reading Program

Make superhero gliders and create your own superhero story. Don’t forget to turn in your Summer Reading Program game card!

August 16: Permanent Marker Tie-Dyeshoes

Do you have any clothing items that you would like to spruce up or modify before school starts next week? Bring t-shirts, jeans, shoes, backpacks and any cloth item that would be fun with a little more color you as we teach you how to tie-dye with permanent markers!

August 23: Paper Bag Puppets

Bring your favorite characters to life with a little imagination and a paper bag.

August 30: Homework Organizers.

With school now underway it’s going to be tough keeping track of all those homework papers and important forms. Join us in turning ordinary clothes pins into attractive and sparkly homework organizers! Parents please note that glue and magnets will be used.

All Sunday Fun Day events begin at 2 p.m. and are held in the Storytime Room.

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

Way Cool Chemistry Dates Announced

by Meredith Hines-Dochterman on June 3rd, 2015

Way Cool Chemistry, a program designed to make chemistry accessible and fun for fifth- through eighth-grade students, returns to the Iowa City Public Library this summer.

Students interested in chemistry will have the opportunity to participate in hands-on demonstrations and experiments from 2 to 3 p.m. Saturday, June 20, and Saturday, Aug. 1.

Both programs will be held in Meeting Room A. Pre-registration is not required.

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

ICPL Announces Monday Matinee Lineup

by Meredith Hines-Dochterman on June 2nd, 2015

The Iowa City Public Library will kick off its Monday Matinee series Monday, June 8, with Disney Pixar’s The Incredibles.

Join us every Monday at 2 p.m. in the Storytime Room for a screening of some of our favorite family movies.

June 8: The Incredibles

Undercover superhero family, the Parrs, are trying to live quietly until they are forced to don their masks again to try to save the world.

June 15: How to Train Your Dragon

Aspiring dragon hunter Hiccup discovers that there may be more to dragons than his clan thinks.

June 22: Shrek

When his swamp fills with magical creatures, Shrek the Ogre agrees to rescue a princess for the king. In return his swamp will be emptied of creatures.

June 29: Kung Fu Panda

Po the Panda dreams of being a master of Kung Fu while working in his parents’ noodle shop. When he is chosen to fulfill an ancient prophecy despite having no martial arts experience, Po is forced to try to make his dreams a reality.

July 6: Brave

Princess Merida, determined to make her own path, defies a custom, creating chaos in her kingdom.

July 13: Wreck-It Ralph

Videogameland villian Weck-It Ralph aspires to be the hero of his game.

July 20: WALL-E

In the distant future a small garbage compacting robot, WALL-E, inadvertently sets out on a space adventure that will change the fate of the human race.

July 27: Mulan

To save her father from being drafted into the Chinese army, Mulan takes his place and becomes one of China’s most celebrated heroines.

Monday Matinee is a free event for children of all ages. For more information, call the Library at (319) 356-5200.