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ICPL, Summer of the Arts Annual Children’s Day Event June 7

by Meredith Hines-Dochterman on May 29th, 2014

Children are invited to celebrate the arts during Children’s Day on Saturday, June 7.

This annual event, produced by the Iowa City Public Library with the Summer of the Arts during the Iowa Arts Festival, encourages kids’ creativity with an extensive lineup of hands-on activities to promote Fizz, Boom, Read – the 2014 Summer Reading Program for children.

More than a dozen booths will be set up on the City Plaza, with activities ranging from fiber art crafts and musical instruments to dinosaurs and magic. In case of rain, art activities will be held inside the Library.garden_3

Children also can enjoy live performances on the Family Stage. This year’s schedule is as follows:

  • 10 a.m.: The After School Specials Rock Concert by Shimek Elementary School BASP
  • 10:45 a.m. Eulenspiegel Puppets presents “Eulenspiegel’s Circus”
  • 11:45 a.m. Orchestra Iowa’s Pied Piper String Quartet Concert
  • 12:30 p.m. Craig Stevens, Magician
  • 1:30 p.m. City Circle Acting Company and “The Mystery of Edwin Drood”
  • 1:45 p.m. Mrs. Hinky Dink’s Clown Magic Show
  • 2:30 p.m. Family Folk Machine Sing-Along

Children’s Day also is the official planting day for the Library’s Children’s Garden on the City Plaza. Kids are invited to help Scott Koepke, the education and outreach coordinator for New Pioneer Food Co-op’s Soilmates program, and Rachael Carlson, who works with the Iowa City UNESCO City of Literature, plant this year’s garden, which will include green beans, lettuce, and carrots.

All produce harvested from the Children’s Garden is donated to Table To Table, which provides food for the area’s hungry, homeless and at-risk population by partnering with nearly 30 organizations in Johnson County.

Children’s Day begins at 10 a.m. with activities concluding at 3 p.m.

For more information about Children’s Day, call the Iowa City Public Library at (319) 356-5200.

For more information about the Summer Reading Program, visit www.icpl.org/srp

For a complete schedule of the Iowa Arts Festival, visit www.summeroftheARTS.org

ICPL’S SUMMER READING PROGRAM FOR ADULTS BEGINS JUNE 1

by Meredith Hines-Dochterman on May 24th, 2014

The Iowa City Public Library’s Summer Reading Program for adults – Make the Library Your Laboratory – begins June 1. Registration begins that day, too. Participants can register for the Summer Reading Program at the Library or online at www.icpl.org/srp.AdultGamecard2014_topress_Page_1

Each participant will receive an oversized bookmark to track their progress in meeting summer reading goals. Adults can either read five books, or read three books and attend two Summer Reading Program events, to receive their first prize: an Iowa City Public Library beach bag. The bookmark is then entered into a drawing for the grand prize: a tote bag filled with signed books and a Kindle Fire.

Anyone who completes their bookmark early can pick up a Bonus Game Card. Completing the game card will result in more entries for the grand prize.

Movies, book discussions, and hands-on presentations are among the list of adult Summer Reading Program activities, beginning with a screening of Ghostbusters at 7 p.m. on Thursday, June 5. Thomas Maltman, author of the 2014 All Iowa Reads selection, Little Wolves, will be at the Library for a book discussion at 7 p.m. on Monday, June 9. A complete listing of programs can be found at http://www.icpl.org/srp/adults and on the back each bookmark.

Make the Library Your Laboratory continues through Aug. 2. For more information, call the Library at (319) 356-5200.

SPARK A REACTION: ICPL’S SUMMER READING PROGRAM FOR TEENS BEGINS JUNE 1

by Meredith Hines-Dochterman on May 23rd, 2014

The Iowa City Public Library’s Summer Reading Program for teens – Spark a Reaction – begins June 1. Registration begins that day, too. Teens in grades seventh through 12th can register for the Summer Reading Program at the Library or online at www.icpl.org/srp.spark_poster_sm

Each participant will receive an oversized bookmark to track their progress in meeting summer reading goals. Teens can either read five books, or read three books and attend two Summer Reading Program events, to complete receive their first prize: a drawstring backpack, and coupons for free food from Hardee’s and Noodles & Company. The bookmark is then entered into a drawing for one of four prizes:

  • The John Green Pack: a signed copy of Looking for Alaska and an audio book of The Fault in Our Stars.
  • A Daydreams Comics gift certificate.
  • A Prairie Lights gift certificate.
  • A Marcus Theatres gift certificate.

Teens also will be entered into the grand prize drawing for a Kindle Fire.

Teens that complete their bookmark early can pick up a Bonus Game Card. Completing the game card will result in more entries for the grand prize.

Crafts, movies and games are included in the lineup for Summer Reading Program activities, beginning with light painting at 2 p.m. Tuesday, June 10, and ending with a Library Lock-In from 8 to 10 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 1. A complete listing of programs can be found at www.icpl.org/srp/teens and on the back each bookmark.

Spark a Reaction continues through Aug. 2. For more information, call the Library at (319) 356-5200.

FIZZ, BOOM, READ: ICPL’S CHILDREN’S SUMMER READING PROGRAM BEGINS JUNE 1

by Meredith Hines-Dochterman on May 22nd, 2014

The Iowa City Public Library’s Children’s Summer Reading Program begins June 1.fizz, boom, read

Fizz, Boom, Read – the theme for this year’s program for babies and children through sixth-grade – merges reading with children’s natural curiosity in a combination designed to promote reading, creativity, and fun.

Beginning June 1, children can register for the Summer Reading Program at the Library or online at www.icpl.org/srp. Each participant will receive a game card to track their progress in meeting summer reading goals.

The game card for babies and toddlers promotes early childhood literacy skills. Prizes – a stuffed animal and a board book – are awarded for every 10 activities completed. After the game card is finished, turn it in to be entered in the drawing for the grand prize: a $50 gift card to Prairie Lights.

Students in pre-school through sixth-grade also receive a game card when they register for Fizz, Boom, Read, with three levels of prizes – coupons from sponsors, a book, and a backpack – to keep participants motivated. Every student who turns in their completed game card will be entered in the grand prize drawing for a Kindle Fire.

Fizz, Boom, Read also has a Bonus Game Card for students who finish early and want to keep reading. Completing the game card will result in more entries for the grand prize.

In addition to the game cards, all summer reading program participants can attend weekly storytimes and special programs at the Library, including Tweens on Tuesday every Tuesday at 2 p.m. (crafts and fun for tween age kids beginning June 10); Little Beakers every Thursday at 10:30 a.m. (a special program for preschoolers beginning June 12); and Knowledge Seekers at 2 p.m. every Thursday, beginning June 12, for school-age children. A complete listing of programs can be found at www.icpl.org/srp/childrens and on the back each game card.

Fizz, Boom, Read continues through Aug. 2. For more information, call the Library at (319) 356-5200.