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June 2016 | Visit us online at

2016 Summer Reading Program

Have you registered for this year's Summer Reading Program?

On Your Mark, Get Set … Read! continues through July 31 with programs and activities for book lovers of all ages, babies through adults. As always, participation is free. You can register in-person at the Library or online.

Here's a sneak peek at some of our upcoming programs:

For Children: Ready, Set, Polka with Pint Size Polkas, 10:30 to 11:15 a.m. Tuesday, June 28.

Designed for children through first grade and their families, Pint Size Polkas is back for another raucous, toe-tapping, hand-clapping musical adventure! Be sure to have on your dancing shoes on as Mike Schneider leads us through a healthy portion of ooms and pahs.

For Teens: Bike Ride with Bicyclists of Iowa City, 2 to 3 p.m. Tuesday, June 21.

We’re going for a bike ride around Iowa City. Meet us in the Koza Family Teen Center and we’ll ride at a pace that’s great for beginners and for experienced bicyclists. Helmets required and beverages will be provided.

For Adults: 40+ Years on a Bike, 7 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, June 22.

Dr. Oscar Beasley began riding his bike to work in the 1970s due to the cost of gas. This led to biking long distances all over the world. More than 40 years later, and now in his late 80s, Dr. Beasley is still at it. Join us as he shares stories of his adventures on two wheels.

From Library Director Susan Craig


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.

The 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.

If 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 weather.

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.

Wednesdays are a time for wellness

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!

We're feeling all kinds of social


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!