The Iowa City
City Council recently approved funding for a new Library service — a
bookmobile! The timeline calls for the bookmobile (which has to be
custom designed and built) to hit Iowa City streets in March of 2017.
idea for the service grew out of feedback from our last strategic
planning process. People wanted and needed greater access to Library
services, and for some, coming downtown was a barrier. Branch
libraries are very expensive to build, maintain and operate, and they
only serve the neighborhood in which they’re located. A bookmobile will provide
flexible, neighborhood services, as well as convenient access.
you have ideas about where you would like to see stops for the
bookmobile let us know. We're considering schools, parks, mobile home
parks, retirement communities, and retail areas. We need enough room to
park a large vehicle with safe access for people coming and going,
restrooms available nearby plus a safe area in case of severe
If you’re looking for a current bookmobile service, the Antelope Lending Library,
a local nonprofit library, has a full summer schedule planned. The
Antelope Lending Library’s primary focus is serving families and
children, but they have materials for adults, too.
We've recently teamed up with the Iowa City Parks and Recreation Department to create Wellness Wednesdays, a series of programs for students in kindergarten through third grade.
Wellness Wednesdays takes place from 1 to 2 p.m. every Wednesday
through July 27 at either the Library or the Robert A. Lee Community
Recreation Center, with activities focusing on healthy lifestyles.
Click here for the lineup of events and be sure to join us as we explore all the ways we can live well!
Do you follow us on social media? We're on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. It's a great way to share our latest news, plus interact with Library patrons near and far.
Recently, an Instagram user posted about their love of libraries, from the architectural designs and sounds to, of course, the books. ICPL received a special shout out "for being so cute and such a community gathering place."
Thank you for the kind words!