Library Program Highlight: Children's Outreach Services
Maybe you've seen our Librarians leaving ICPL with bags of books in their wheeled Library suitcases and wondered "How many books can one Librarian read?" The answer is a lot, but that's not what they're doing.
Karen Gordon, Katherine Habley and Nancy Holland are responsible for the Library's Children's Outreach Services storytimes. Combined, this trio visits 40 sites in Iowa City -- including preschools and daycare centers, the Hawkeye Area Community Action Program (HACAP), and Neighborhood Centers -- promoting early childhood literacy through weekly 30-minute storytimes with babies, toddlers and preschoolers.
Each year, the Library's Children's Outreach program reaches more than 11,000 children. That's a lot of great stories! If your child comes home with one of our bookmarks, talk to them about that day's Outreach visit.
If you would like to suggest a location for a future Children's Outreach site, call the Library at 319-356-5200.
It's time for Book Madness @ ICPL!
The brackets for our third annual literary competition, Book Madness @ ICPL, are ready!
Visit the display in the Library's Gallery on the first floor to pick up your bracket. Anyone who turns in a completed bracket before the Library closes on Feb. 28 is
eligible to win a $20 gift card to Prairie Lights.
We’ll award two winners; one
in the adult and teen bracket, and one in the children’s bracket.
Voting begins Feb. 29, with the public’s picks deciding
which books advance in each round. We will update the brackets every Monday
until there’s a winner. Books that advance through the “tournament” will be
posted on the Library’s blog and social media accounts.
Winter Reading Program Reminder!
Read to the Rhythm, our Winter Reading Program, ends Monday, Feb. 29. Be sure to complete your program's requirements on your Bingo card in order to attend the pizza and popcorn party from 6 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 1! Click here for more information.
"You have got to love a place where folks are waiting in packs at 9:58 a.m.
with strollers and walkers, jockeying for position, to barrel into the Library. They are a fierce group." -- An ICPL patron