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City Park Pool and Iowa City Splash pads to open June 3

Time to break out the sunscreen and bathing suits. City Park pool and the spray/splash pads at Wetherby, Fairmeadows, and Tower Court Parks will open to the public on Saturday, June 3, 2017. 

The City Park Pool is located outdoors on Park Road in Upper City Park on the northwest side of Iowa City. Adult lap swim will be held 7 days a week, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m., followed by open swim from 1-5 p.m. and Twilight swim from 5-8 p.m. Monday through Friday an additional adult lap swim session will be available from 6:15 a.m.-9 a.m. Admission is $4 per person, and $2 per person for Twilight swim. Children 2 years-old and younger swim for no fee. Additionally, 30-day and annual passes are available for families and individuals. These passes grant access to all Iowa City pools including Robert A. Lee, Mercer Park Aquatic Center and City Park.

The splash pads are open daily, 9 a.m.-8 p.m., during the summer season and do not require a fee. The pads are located at:

  • Wetherby Splash Pad
    2400 Taylor Drive 
  • Fairmeadows Splash Pad
    2500 Miami Drive
  • Tower Court Spray Pad
    1124 Tower Ct.

For more information, visit the Iowa City Parks and Recreation website:

Dine Out to Support ICPL

Here’s a novel idea: take the night off from preparing dinner and go out to eat. Better yet, have dinner out and support the Iowa City Public Library Friends Foundation at the same time.

The Foundation has partnered with local restaurants for a new fundraising program: Eat Out to Read. On Wednesday, June 7, dine at Motley Cow Café at 160 N Linn St. anytime between 5 and 9 p.m., and a percentage of your tab will be given to the Friends Foundation.

For more information, call the Library at 319-356-5200.

Bur Oak Land Trust will speak about Iowa’s natural history at Johnson County Historical Society.

Bur OakThe natural history of Johnson County and the whole of Iowa-Cedar Rivers corridor plays an important role in who we are now as communities and why the land has been home to people for thousands of years. Secretary of Bur Oak Land Trust, Steve Schomberg, will be discussing options for protecting land, benefits associated with land protection, and the opportunities for enjoying and conserving Iowa's natural heritage on June 4th, starting at 2:00 p.m. at the Johnson County Historical Society, 860 Quarry Road, Coralville. 

Eastern Iowa is home to a rich diversity of native plant and animal species. Protecting and conserving the natural areas where wild life thrive is important for knowing about the past and for enjoying natural beauty into the future.  Bur Oak Land Trust is a non-profit 501(c)3 whose mission is to protect and conserve the natural areas of Johnson and surrounding counties for future generations.

This event is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Johnson County Historical Society at (319) 351-5738.

Stage on the Page - May 25

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Stage on the page is a drama discussion group that meets in the Library Board Room. Copies of plays are available for checkout at the library.

Stage on the page is a drama discussion group that meets in the Library Board Room.  Copies of plays are available for checkout at the library.  Come when the plays sound interesting or become a regular.  Everyone is welcome to join the discussion!

Machinal - a drama by Sophie TreadwellMay 25 : Machinal - a drama by Sophie Treadwell

A major rediscovery of a forgotten woman playwright of the twenties, Machinal is a powerful expressionist play about the status of women in an increasingly mechanized society, and the torture of a loveless marriage.



ICPL’S Summer Reading Program Begins June 1

Poet W.H. Auden said people “… are here on earth to do good to others.” How people choose to accomplish that will be explored during the Iowa City Public Library’s 2017 Summer Reading Program: Build a Better World.

The 2017 Summer Reading Program will be held June 1 through August 11, with registration beginning June 1. Registration can be completed in-person at the Library, online at or during ABC Saturday, formerly known as Children’s Day, on Saturday, June 3. ABC Saturday will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. as part of the Summer of the Arts Festival.

Participation is free and available for all ages, babies through adults. All registrants will receive a game card to track their progress in meeting summer reading goals. The game cards also include information for all Summer Reading Program activities, programs and events.

The game card for babies and toddlers promotes early childhood literacy skills, with prizes awarded at two levels: a bath toy at the first level, and a free book and entry into the grand prize drawing – a $50 gift card to Prairie Lights -- at the second level.

The pre-school through sixth-grade game card has three levels of prizes. The first is a collection of food and activity coupons from McDonald’s, Aspen Leaf Free Frozen Yogurt, the Iowa Children’s Museum, Blank Park Zoo, Iowa City Parks and Recreation Department, Bruegger's Bagels, Pizza Ranch, Buffalo Wild Wings, and Westdale Bowling Center. The second is a T-shirt. The third is a free book and an entry into the grand prize drawing. This year’s children’s prizes are provided by Walmart.

Both Teen and Adult Summer Reading Program participants complete the program when they read five books, or read three books and attend two programs. Teens who complete the program will receive a free book and a food coupon from Z’Mariks Noodle Café, and be entered into the grand prize drawing for one of four $50 Downtown Iowa City gift cards. Adults who complete their game card will receive a free book and be entered into the grand prize drawing for one of four $50 Downtown Iowa City gift cards.

All free books are provided by a gift from the Iowa City Public Library Friends Foundation.

For more information about Build a Better Word, visit or call the Library at 319-356-5200.

Mayor’s Walk on May 19, 2017

Mayor Jim Throgmorton will continue his series of neighborhood walks through Iowa City on Friday, May 19, 2017. These Mayor’s Walks provide him with the opportunity to learn more about how things are going in the City directly from the residents he serves.

Mayor Throgmorton will begin his walk at the Transit interchange, located at Clinton and Washington Streets, where he will catch the 4:30 p.m. Towncrest bus. He will take that bus to the stop at 2nd Ave. and Muscatine, then walk east on Muscatine to 3rd Ave., south on 3rd to J St., east on J St., then north on 2nd Ave.

For more information about the Mayor’s Walks series, email or call 319-621-9391.

ICPL to Host All Iowa Reads 2017 Book Discussion

The Iowa City Public Library will host a discussion about the 2017 All Iowa Reads book, “Bottomland” by Michelle Hoover, from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. on Saturday, June 10, in Meeting Room B.

Based on the true story of Hoover's grandmother, “Bottomland” begins in Iowa in the years after World War I as the family attempts to rid themselves of the Anti-German sentiment that stains their name. But when the youngest two daughters vanish in the middle of the night, the family must piece together what happened while struggling to maintain their life on the unforgiving Iowa plains. Told in the voices of the family patriarch and his children, “Bottomland” is described as a haunting literary mystery that spans decades before its resolution.

“Bottomland” is Hoover’s second novel. She is the Fannie Hurst Writer-in-Residence at Brandeis University and teaches at GrubStreet, where she leads the Novel Incubator program. She is a 2014 NEA Fellow and has been a Writer-in-Residence at Bucknell University, a MacDowell Fellow, and a winner of the PEN/New England Discovery Award. Her debut, “The Quickening,” was a 2010 Massachusetts Book Award "Must Read.” She is a native of Iowa and lives in Boston.

All Iowa Reads was established in 2003 as a way to foster a sense of unity through reading, with Iowans throughout the state coming together to read and discuss a single book title in the same year. The program is sponsored by the Iowa Center for the Book. For more information about All Iowa Reads, visit

The Library’s All Iowa Reads Book Discussion is part of the 2017 Adult Summer Reading Program, which begins June 1. For more information about the summer reading program, visit or call the Library at 319-356-5200.

Youth encouraged to participate in essay and visual art contest as part of Juneteenth

It’s time to get your creative juices flowing and submit an essay or visual art piece as part of the annual Juneteenth celebration. ​

Juneteenth, or the African American Emancipation Day, is a celebration commemorating the 1865 end of slavery in the United States.  The contest, titled “Civil Rights Movement: Past and Present” is intended to reflect on the progress and the ongoing struggle for equal rights, and is being organized by The Johnson County Juneteenth Committee and the Iowa City Human Rights Commission.

Entries for the art contest will be displayed at the festival, and the winning essay will be read by a representative of the Johnson County Juneteenth Committee. Both contests are limited to kids living in Johnson County.

Essay Contest

The essay contest is open to students age 14 to 18 years old. Essays must be at least 500 words, but no longer than 700 words. Each written entry should include a title and be typed in Times New Roman or Arial font, size 12 to 14-point, and be double-spaced. Students should not use maps, drawings, photos, or graphics as part of the essay. Submissions will be judged on originality, as well as the correct use of grammar, spelling, and punctuation. First prize for the essay contest is $75.

Visual Art Contest

The visual art contest is open to youth aged 5 to 18 years old. Only two-dimensional art will be accepted, in the form of photographs, paintings, collages, or sketches. The art contest will be divided into three age groups: 5-11, 12-13, and 14-18 years old. A winner will be named for each age group, and each winner will receive a $75 prize.

Contest Submissions

Entries should be dropped off or mailed to: Iowa City Human Rights Commission, City Hall, 410 E. Washington Street, Iowa City, IA 52240. Submissions must be received by June 2, and each entry must include the full name, address, email address (if available), phone number and age of the participant.

Winners will be notified in writing or by phone. Awards will be presented at the Juneteenth Festival, scheduled from noon to 6 p.m. on Saturday, June 24 at Mercer Park, 2701 Bradford Dr., Iowa City.

All entries become the property of the Johnson County Juneteenth Committee. For more information, call 319-356-5022. 

Beneficiary announced for 2017 Farm to Street Dinner

The City of Iowa City, along with The Iowa City Downtown District, Johnson County and the Johnson County Community Foundation have announced that Iowa Valley Global Food Project will be the beneficiary of the 2017 Farm to Street Dinner. 

The committee was impressed by IVGFP's application, and its dedication to bringing local food to new facets of our vibrant community. 

The Farm to Street Dinner is an annual event focusing on local food, community, and culinary excellence.The 2017 dinner will take place in the 200 block of Linn Street, where guests will be invited to join each other at communal tables, and enjoy a six-course meal with each course prepared by a different Downtown or Northside Marketplace restaurant. Tickets open to the public in July. 

This event is a joint effort between the City of Iowa City, Johnson County, the Iowa City Downtown District and the Johnson County Community Foundation