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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.

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.

Spend Spring Break at the Iowa City Public Library

by Meredith Hines-Dochterman on March 7th, 2016

No plans to travel over spring break? Spend your time off from school and work at the Iowa City Public Library! In addition to our regular lineup of Library happenings, we have special programs and events planned for all age groups the week of March 13 through March 19.

Sunday, March 13

Our final Second Sunday Garden Forum of the 2016 series will be held from 2 to 4 p.m. in Meeting Room A. Join David Cavagnaro, former Preservation Gardens Manager at Seed Savers Exchange in Decorah, as he takes attendees “around the world in 80 minutes” to look at the origins of all our major food crops.

Also happening from 2 to 4 p.m. is Sunday Fun Day in the Storytime Room. Families are invited to stop by and make a dream catcher.

Monday, March 14

Join Nancy for Toddler Storytime from 10:30 to 11 a.m. in the Storytime Room. Specifically planned for toddlers or young preschoolers, this program is ideal for young children with short attention spans who need short stories, fingerplays, and action rhymes.

Children can join Simba and his friends on a journey of growth during a screening of “The Lion King” from 2 to 4 p.m. in the Storytime Room. Even better, this screening is a sing-along so if you want to join in on the chorus of “Circle of Life,” you are more than welcome to do so.

Tuesday, March 15

Join Karen for Toddler Storytime from 10:30 to 11 a.m. in the Storytime Room. Specifically planned for toddlers or young preschoolers, this program is ideal for young children with short attention spans who need short stories, fingerplays, and action rhymes.

Teens, better get your game face on because we’re throwing down with Super Smash Bros for Nintendo Wii U at our Spring Break Video Game Tournament. The battle will be held from 1 to 2 p.m. in the Koza Family Teen Center. This program is for students in seventh through 12th grades.

Tweens, get ready to put your problem solving and engineering skills to work at our Totally Tweens: LEGO Robots program, which will be held from 1 to 3 p.m. in the Storytime Room. Totally Tweens programs are for students in third through sixth grades. Registration is required for this program. To register, visit calendar.icpl.org and click on the program.

Wednesday, March 16

Blank Park Zoo will visit our storytime from 10:30 to 11 a.m. in Meeting Room A for a Spring Break Special Show-and-Tell Program. Stop by to meet a zoologist, a couple of the zoo’s animals and Ruby the Reading Red Panda.

Local children’s book author Delia Ray is the featured guest at our Totally Tweens: Author Visit from 2 to 3:30 p.m. in the Storytime Room. She will give a presentation on her latest novel, “Finding Fortune,” which is recommended for third through sixth grade students. If you have your own copy of her book, Delia will autograph it. After her program, stick around to create a button craft to take home. All Totally Tweens programs are for students in third through sixth grades.

Are you ready to find out what makes you tick? Time of Your Life is the theme of this week’s Crazy 8s Math Club. Students in kindergarten through second grade will race their way through crazy stunts, “be” a clock and see if they have the winning birthday. Join us from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. in the Storytime Room.

Thursday, March 17

100 Grannies will host today’s preschool storytime from 10:30 to 11 a.m. in Meeting Room A.

Calling all teen Whovians! Come geek out about The Doctor and his companions at our annual Teen Doctor Who Day celebration from 1 to 4 p.m. in the Koza Family Teen Center. We’ll watch specially-selected episodes of the show and hold a trivia contest. This program is for students in seventh through 12th grades.

Students in third through eighth grades who love to play Minecraft are invited to our After School Minecraft program from 3 to 5 p.m. in the Computer Lab. Students can register for one hour of play at calendar.icpl.org by clicking on the date of the event. Participants 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.

Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with a live performance by Dunlavin Green. Join Larry Mossman, Guy Drollinger, David Hicks, and Kathy Maxey from 7 to 8 p.m. in Meeting Room A as they perform traditional Irish music. This concert is part of the Library’s Music is the Word celebration.

Friday, March 18

Join Karen for Book Babies from 10:30 to 11 a.m. and again at 1:30 to 2 p.m. This program features rhymes, fingerplays, songs and short stories designed to stimulate an infant’s language development. We ask that there be a lap for every baby.

Saturday, March 19

Relive the experience of watching cartoons on a Saturday morning with the Library’s Retro Saturday Morning Cartoons program from 10:30 to 11 a.m. We’ll screen a lineup of Saturday morning classics from the 1980s from 10:30 to 11 a.m. Pajamas, pillows and stuffed animals are welcome – we may even have cereal for you to enjoy!

Calling all teenage adventurers! Our Saturday Dungeons and Dragons campaign will be held from 1 to 3 p.m. in the Koza Family Teen Center. Teens in grades seventh through 12th are invited to play. Never played before? No problem! Allie is there to instruct you in the dark arts.

Our Music is the Word Spring Break family Concert from 2 to 3 p.m. in Meeting Room A features Tom Pease. Tom has been entertaining families for more than 30 years, with songs that touch on a variety of themes from cultural diversity to self-esteem.

All Week

The Koza Family Teen Center will have extended School’s Out Tech Times this week. The Teen Center will be open for teens in grades seventh through 12th to use the Internet, play video games on the big screen, use iPads and laptops, or just hang out. School’s Out Teen Tech Times will be 1 to 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday; 1 to 8 p.m. Friday; and 1 to 6 p.m. Saturday.

Buy 1, Get 1 Free CD sale at The Book End, the Friends Foundation’s used bookstore located on the Library’s second floor.

For more information about any of these programs, contact the Library at 319-356-5200.

Storytime Recap: Black History

by Morgan Reeves on February 21st, 2016
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Saturday’s family storytime was in honor of Black History Month. We started off by singing a favorite welcome song, “If You’re Happy and You Know It.” After clapping, stomping and saying hello, I talked to everyone about how February is a month full of celebrations. We have Valentine’s Day, President’s Day, plus Black History Month. This is a time to honor the many historic accomplishments and current contributions of black Americans.

The first book we read was We March by Shane W. Evans. This simple story follows a family as they join in the crowds marching to Washington, D.C. to demonstrate for civil rights.

Next we all stood up and moved together as we did the action rhyme “Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes.” One time slow and one time fast is always a fun way to repeat these.

Head, shoulders, knees and toes, knees and toes
Head, shoulders, knees and toes, knees and toes
And eyes and ears and mouth and nose
Head, shoulders, knees and toes, knees and toes

Then I introduced our next book by talking about how many contributions black Americans have made to music styles over the years. This Jazz Man by Karen Ehrhardt takes the tune of “This Old Man” and adapts it to a swinging jazz band counting from one to ten. This is a joy to read with the rhythmic beat and scat-style interjections.

Next I asked everyone to join me in singing and moving to “Mr. Sun”

Oh Mr. Sun. Sun. Mr. golden sun. Please shine down on me.
Oh Mr. Sun. Sun. Mr. golden sun. Hiding behind a tree.
These little children are asking you. To please come out so we can play with you.
Oh Mr. Sun. Sun. Mr. golden sun. Please shine down on me

Then I reminded everyone that black or white or somewhere in between, we all start out as babies, so our last story was Please, Baby, Please by Spike Lee and Tonya Lewis Lee. This is a sweet and funny story about a parent asking their mischievous baby to behave.

 

Then we finished up with our call and response goodbye rhyme.

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Our movie today was the animated version of This is the Rope by Jacqueline Woodson, which follows a rope’s uses as it travels with a family from South Carolina to Brooklyn.

 

Storytime Recap: Favorites of 2015

by Morgan Reeves on December 30th, 2015
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Today we started storytime off with our new hello song, “Oh Hey, Oh Hi Hello” by Jim Gill. Hopefully we will be real pros at singing this when Jim Gill gives his show at the Englert on January 23rd. We talked a bit about what everyone’s year of 2015, mostly how good it was. Since this was our last storytime of 2015 I decided we would take a look back at some favorite stories from this year. Our first book, Wait by Antoinette Portis, uses just a couple of words, “hurry” and “wait” to tell the story of a busy morning and remembering to stop and enjoy the little things in life. I read the word hurry and asked the kids to say “wait,” when I pointed to them, a little interaction goes a long way.

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Storytime Recap: Get Ready for Winter

by Morgan Reeves on December 16th, 2015

Today we started storytime off with a new song, “Oh Hey, Oh Hi Hello” by Jim Gill. This is a fun way to say hello in a bunch of silly voices, plus it’s a great way to practice for when Jim Gill comes to town on January 23rd. I talked first about how winter would officially be here next week, but that animals have already been getting ready for winter for awhile now. I then introduced a vocabulary word for the day, “hibernation.” We had a smart group today, as a few already knew that hibernating meant sleeping in the winter for a long time. Our first story followed a squirrel getting ready for winter, The Busy Little Squirrel by Nancy Tafuri.

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Storytime Recap: Noisy in the Library!

by Angela Pilkington on November 30th, 2015

There was no SHHHHHHing in the Library Saturday! Family Storytime was full of CLAPs, STOMPs, SNAPs and of course LAUGHING! It was time to wake everyone up from their food comas from all the holiday meals they may have had over the last couple of days!

To start us out we sang along to Jim Gill’s Oh Hey Oh Hi Hello! This is a great song by a Children’s Musician who likes to make noise!  Look for a future announcement from the library about him coming to Iowa City to perform on Jan. 23 2016!

After making tons for noise with our hello song we read the book, Too Noisy! by Malachy Doyle and illustrated by Ed Vere. Everyone is Sam’s family is just too loud for him. With all the booming, twooting, banging, clanging  his family does, Sam decides to set out to find some peace and quiet and in the end finds there is no better place than home.

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The next book we read was, Dog’s Noisy Day by Emma Dodd. The clumsy canine star of Dog’s Colorful Day had the children barking, braying, chirping, and hooting with laughter. It is always a delight to hear the kids yell out all the animal sounds!

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I asked if we could be quiet mouses like the ones that visit Dog at the end of his story and taught them our next fingerplay:

“Quiet Mouse”
Here’s a quiet little mouse
Living in a quiet little house (hold thumb in fist)
When all was quiet as could be
OUT! popped he! (pop out thumb)

 

Our next story was, Click, Clack, Peep! by Doreen Cronin and Betsy Lewin. Farmer Brown is back and is oh-so-sleepy, because he has a new, adorable – and LOUD – duckling to deal with on the farm! The kids had a blast making all the farm animal noises and parents chuckled from experience when Duck finally got duckling asleep.

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Then, we got up to stretch and recite this action rhyme:

 “Loud and Quiet”
Quietly, quietly not a sound
I’m listening and I’m listening
As I look around
No sounds as I nod (nod)
No sounds as I clap (clap)
No sounds as I tap my hands on my lap (tap)
Loudly, loudly, stamp and clap (stamp and clap)
Loudly, loudly, stamp and clap (stamp and clap)
Loudly, loudly, stamp and clap (stamp and clap)
All that noise, well fancy that!

That brought us to the end of the Storytime, so we said our goodbye chant:

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And as a bonus I showed the movie, Noisy Nora! This is a classic from my childhood and from one of my favorite authors, Rosemary Wells, who will be at the Library this Sunday, Dec 6 at 2pm! The group laughed a lot during this one, especially given all the mischief that Nora gets into.

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What a noisy and fun day we had! Don’t forget to visit us for more noisy and fun times when Rosemary Wells (12/6/15) and Jim Gill (1/23/16) personally come to town!

Storytime Recap: So Happy

by Morgan Reeves on November 18th, 2015

As the weather turns colder and grayer, it becomes a bit more difficult to be cheerful and happy. So I thought everyone would enjoy a storytime all about what makes us happiest. As usual, we began our time together with our welcome song, “Clap Everybody and Say Hello.” Then I talked a bit about some things that make me happy, like my dogs and cat, or reading a good book. I asked everyone to think about their happy things as I read our first book 100 Things That Make Me Happy by Amy Schwartz.

Each rhyming pair of happiness possibilities evokes such fun responses from the kids. “Chocolate chips, camping trips…hula hoops, double scoops,” received the most enthusiastic sounds of approval.

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Storytime Recap: Veterans Day

by Morgan Reeves on November 11th, 2015

In honor of Veterans Day, we had a veterans and peace themed storytime. As usual, we began our time together with our welcome song, “Clap Everybody and Say Hello.” Afterwards, I introduced the concept of honoring our veterans for their contribution to keeping the peace by reading excerpts from Veterans Day by Arlene Worsley. I talked about how Veterans Day used to be called Armistice Day, honoring the peace agreement after World War I.

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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.




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