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Friends Foundation Arts & Crafts Bazaar, Book Sale Dec. 2




Just in time for the holidays, the Iowa City Public Library will host the Sixth Annual Arts & Crafts Bazaar and Holiday Book Sale from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 2.


Thanks to the generous donations of local artists and crafters, shoppers will find a wide selection of unique gifts from quilts and knitted items to jewelry, holiday ornaments, and more. For every $10 spent at the bazaar, shoppers receive an entry for amazing door prizes. Winners do not need to be present to win.


The craft bazaar will be held in meeting rooms A, B and C at the Library, 123 S. Linn St. The used book sale will be held in Meeting Room D. Shoppers can name their own price all day at the book sale.


Proceeds from the Arts & Crafts Bazaar and book sale benefit the Iowa City Public Library Friends Foundation, which supports the Summer Reading Program and other Library programs and collections.

If you would like to donate a handmade craft to the bazaar, there's still time! We will accept items until Thursday, November 30. Go here for more information.


Sign up for digital magazines, chance to win an iPad Mini



Tired of impulsively buying magazines at the grocery store? Save big bucks by downloading magazines for free through Digital Johnson County’s digital magazine collection.


For more than a year, Coralville Public Library, Iowa City Public Library and the North Liberty Community Library have offered a combined digital magazine collection through RBdigital (formerly known as Zinio) to area residents. These magazines can be read on a computer, smartphone or tablet 24 hours a day, seven days a week.


This is a free library service, but patrons must live in Coralville, Hills, Iowa City, Lone Tree, North Liberty, University Heights or rural Johnson County, and have a Library Card from their home library in order to use it. Sign up for a new RBdigital account here and then find your device on that page to download the app. 


With more than 175 magazine titles available, everyone will find something they enjoy. To prove this, the Digital Johnson County libraries – Coralville, Iowa City and North Liberty – will each give away an iPad Mini to a lucky digital magazine reader in December. Go here to enter the drawing, then download and read five magazines throughout the month of November.


Explore ICPL's database collections: Consumer Reports



Thinking about making a big purchase and want to know what to buy? Consumer Reports online is a great resource to help you make the right decision.

The Library offers Consumer Report online. You can find the terrific product evaluations and ratings you have relied on from the print magazine and from the annual buying guide as well as additional videos, bonus reviews not found in print and a weekly news and recall section.


You will need an up-to-date Library Card and a password to access Consumer Reports online. If you need assistance with your card or password, give us a call at 319-356-5200 or click on Live Help and staff will be glad to assist you.


ICPL announces holiday hours


'Tis the season for holiday hours at the Iowa City Public Library.

The Library will close at 5 p.m. on Wednesday, November 22, and will be closed on Thanksgiving Day. The Library will be open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Friday, November 24.

The Library will be closed on Friday, December 8, for Staff Inservice Day.

The Library will be closed on Sunday, December 24, and Monday, December 25, for Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. The Library will be open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Tuesday, December 26.

ICPL will be open from noon to 5 p.m. on Sunday, December 31, but closed on Monday, January 1.

Find more information about holiday hours here.

Paddlers Invited to Practice at Bender Pool

Cedar Rapids, IA – The Cedar Rapids Parks and Recreation Department in cooperation with Linn County Conservation is offering kayakers, canoeists and stand-up paddle boarders, ages ten and up, a chance to practice their skills such as strokes, rolls and safety and rescue moves in the controlled environment at Bender Pool, 940 14th Avenue SE. Drop-in pool sessions for paddlers are being offered each month from 4:30-6:30 p.m. on November 19, December 17, January 14 and 28, and February 11 and 25. The sessions are practices, not lessons, but experienced paddlers will be available to help. The fee is $10 per person per visit. No advance registration is required. 

Participants bring their own kayaks, canoes or stand-up paddle boards and equipment and wear proper swim attire and clean life jackets. A helmet is required for those practicing rolls. The kayaks must be rinsed, inside and out, with the hose just inside the door before they can be placed in the pool. Youth must be supervised by an adult. 

For more information, call Cedar Rapids Parks & Recreation, (319) 286-5566.

Students invited to participate in "If I Were Mayor..." essay contest

Seventh grade students in Iowa City – what would you do if you were mayor?

Now’s your chance to think big and get creative! Enter the Iowa League of Cities essay contest, “If I Were Mayor ….”.

“This is a great opportunity for students to consider how they would make their cities a better place to live, while having a little fun, too,” Iowa City Mayor Jim Throgmorton said. “We hope many Iowa City seventh graders will participate.”  

An image promoting a video about the "If I Were Mayor ..." contest

Watch this video to learn more about the "If I Were Mayor" contest from Iowa City Mayor Jim Throgmorton and several Iowa City seventh grade students. 

Regional winners will receive a $250 college scholarship, and one statewide winner will receive a $500 scholarship. All winners will be formally recognized during a special ceremony in early 2018.

Essays should not exceed 250 words and fit on one page. They will be judged on creativity, clarity, sincerity of thought and proper use of grammar.

Entries must be mailed and received by Friday, Dec. 1, 2017.

Entry forms and additional contest information is available at

Special Access Browsing Hour at ICPL on Nov. 18

The Iowa City Public Library will open at 9 a.m. on Saturday, November 18, so individuals with autism can enjoy the Library in a calm and welcoming environment. ICPL’s Special Access Browsing Hour is open to individuals of all ages on the autism spectrum, as well as their family members and caregivers. 

November’s special access browsing hour will include a therapy dog and sensory toys in the Children’s Room, as well as special yoga event with Kelli from Zen Den Yoga in the Storytime Room. The Teen Center will be open for teens in 7th through 12th grades to play computer and video games. 

The Library will use natural lighting throughout the building to accommodate those with light sensitivity. 

ICPL will open to the general public at 10 a.m. For more information, call 319-356-5200.

Hamilton Sing-Along for Teens at ICPL

It’s time for all Hamilton-obsessed teens to rise up and be heard. 

The Iowa City Public Library will host a Teen Hamilton Sing-Along from 2 to 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, November 15, in Meeting Room A. 

Open to students in seventh through 12th-grades, attendees are encouraged to dress in their favorite Hamilton-inspired garb and sing along to award-winning musical. There also will be a trivia questions. Teens, don’t throw away your shot to have a great time at ICPL! 

For more information, call 319-356-5200.


Iowa City, Iowa – EXPERIENCE this timeless holiday classic as Iowa City Community Theatre presents IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE: A LIVE RADIO PLAY, by Joe Landry, directed by Brian Tanner to the stage.

TICKETS: $19 adults, $16 students & seniors, $11 children. Tickets are available online at or at the door, Johnson County Fairgrounds, Exhibit Hall A, 4261 Oak Crest Hill Road, Iowa City. Call 319-338-0443 for special seating needs.

THE STORY: This beloved American holiday classic comes to captivating life as a live 1940s radio broadcast. With the help of an ensemble that brings a few dozen characters to the stage, the story of idealistic George Bailey unfolds as he considers ending his life one fateful Christmas Eve.

The cast features Taylor Anderson (George Bailey), Elinor Levin (Mary Bailey), Craig Jarvie (Ensemble), Valerie Davine Bills (Ensemble) and Trent Yoder (Ensemble), and John Ramsey (Pianist) . Audiences have the opportunity to step back into time and experience a 1940s on-air broadcast, complete with radio sound effects.

"I think is a very unique take on the holiday classic many people know and love,” says director, Brian Tanner. “Audiences will appreciate seeing it in this format, and it'll still be accessible and engaging for new audiences. It's really going to be interesting to see something stripped down to the bare storytelling essentials and fun to watch this cast bring it to life right before your eyes."

REMINDER: Free Business Lecture November 14 - ‘Top 10 for Membership Growth’

CEDAR RAPIDS, IA – The City of Cedar Rapids is hosting a free lecture titled, “Top 10 for Membership Growth” on Tuesday, November 14, at 7:00 p.m. at the Cherry Auditorium at Coe College. Cherry Auditorium is located inside Peterson Hall, off College Drive. Parking is available in any Coe College parking lot, in addition to on-street parking on neighboring streets. For a campus map, please visit: The lecture is free and open to the public.

Presented by Shari Pash, owner and founder of Strategic Solutions for Growth, the lecture will offer technics on how businesses can recruit new members, strengthen engagement and retention, multi-task, and juggle multiple priorities.

Attendees will learn about the Top 10 focus areas for membership growth and engagement. Pash will outline recruitment and retention strategies, and will offer tools for organizations to impact their passive and disengaged members. All are welcome to attend, including those working in nonprofit, commercial, or business organizations.

Shari Pash is an accomplished business development coach and trainer with over 30 years of experience in helping organizations increase membership recruitment and engagement, grow revenue, and develop production measurements. 

Prior to starting Strategic Solutions for Growth in 2010, Shari built her career at Michigan State University, the Kellogg Center, managing and working with the Association market for over 20 years. Success in revenue generation, new market identification, and business development earned her industry awards of excellence. Following her career with MSU, she was appointed Vice President of Sales for the Greater Lansing Convention and Visitors Bureau and Lansing Convention Center.

Celebrate America Recycles Day at the Upcycling Fair

Upcycling FairLearn how to extend the life of ordinary items – transform plastic bags into rugs and old t-shirts into bags. The only limitation is your imagination.

Drop by for a short time, or stay for a few hours. There is no fee to participate and project materials will be provided.

RSVP to the America Recycles Upcycling Fair Facebook Event Page for event reminders and updates. For questions, contact Recycling Coordinator Jane Wilch at 319-887-6110 or

Holiday Market this Saturday, Nov. 11

Looking for the perfect holiday gift for a friend or family member? Stop by the Iowa City Holiday Market from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. this Saturday, Nov. 11, 2017 at the Robert A. Lee Recreation Center, 220 S. Gilbert Street.

The market will be held in the Recreation Center’s gym on the first floor and Social Hall on the second floor, so be sure to visit both areas to shop for the full selection of items. Many of your favorite Farmers Market vendors and other area artists and crafters from the area will participate, and your purchases of homemade, handcrafted gifts and foods will help support their work.

Can't make it this weekend? A second Holiday Market will be held  from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 9 at the Robert A. Lee Recreation Center.

For more information, contact Tammy Neumann with the Iowa City Parks and Recreation Department at 319-356-5210 or e-mail