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Dine Out to Support ICPL on Jan. 22

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 Monday, January 22, dine at the new VUE Restaurant at the top of the Hilton Garden Inn, 328 S Clinton St, Iowa City, between 4 and 10 p.m., and a percentage of your food and non-alcoholic beverage sales will be given to the Friends Foundation. 

Reservations are recommended and can be made at www.vuerooftop-ic.com

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


Reminder: East Wall Highlighted in Mural Lecture Series January 10

CEDAR RAPIDS, IA – The next lecture in the “History Restored” mural lecture series will be held this Wednesday, January 10, 2018, from 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. in the City Hall Council Chambers. Residents can view the murals and chat with the guest speaker starting at 6:30 p.m.

The lecture on January 10, “American Civilization” will highlight the east wall, painted by Everett Jeffrey and restored in 2015.  Two compelling scenes make up the majority of the east wall. The first depicts a scene of vigilante justice on the wild frontier and the rise of law and order.  The second depicts a scene of witchcraft and superstition, followed by a depiction of the rise of modern medicine. Guest speaker on January 10 is Cedar Rapids Museum of Art Executive Director Sean Ulmer

All lectures will be held in the City Hall Council Chambers on the third floor of City Hall (101 1st Street SE) and are free and open to the public. Full schedule of remaining lectures is listed below.

 

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Lecture: 7:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Open House: 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

American Civilizations – Highlighting the East Wall, restored in 2015

Thursday, February 15, 2018

Lecture: 7:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Open House: 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

Contemporary Life – Highlighting the West Wall, restored in 2015

For more information on the murals, including videos and photos, visit www.cityofcr.com/visualarts.


East Wall Highlighted in Mural Lecture Series January 10

CEDAR RAPIDS, IA – The next lecture in the “History Restored” mural lecture series will be held Wednesday, January 10, 2018, from 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. in the City Hall Council Chambers.

The lecture on January 10, “American Civilization” will highlight the east wall, painted by Everett Jeffrey and restored in 2015.  Two compelling scenes make up the majority of the east wall. The first depicts a scene of vigilante justice on the wild frontier and the rise of law and order.  The second depicts a scene of witchcraft and superstition, followed by a depiction of the rise of modern medicine. Guest speaker on January 10 is Cedar Rapids Museum of Art Executive Director Sean Ulmer

All lectures will be held in the City Hall Council Chambers on the third floor of City Hall (101 1st Street SE) and are free and open to the public. Full schedule of remaining lectures is listed below. 

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Lecture: 7:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Open House: 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

American Civilizations – Highlighting the East Wall, restored in 2015

Thursday, February 15, 2018

Lecture: 7:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Open House: 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

Contemporary Life – Highlighting the West Wall, restored in 2015

For more information on the murals, including videos and photos, visit www.cityofcr.com/visualarts.


Fire Department Hosting Puppy Jake Retreat on Saturday

CEDAR RAPIDS, IA – The Cedar Rapids Fire Department will be hosting a Puppy Jake Foundation Retreat at the Central Fire Station, 713 1st Avenue SE, on Saturday, January 6th from 9:00-11:00 a.m.

The goal of the retreat is to allow handlers and dogs, which are being trained to be Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) service animals for veterans, to be around various types of equipment, sounds, and smells related to the Fire Department and Police Department.  It will also give the dogs an opportunity to be exposed to sounds, sights, and smells that could occur if their veteran has a fire or medical issue.

Three handlers and their dogs will partake in a firefighter turnout gear presentation to see what firefighters wear when battling a fire.  They will also explore various emergency response vehicles used by the Cedar Rapids Fire Department and Cedar Rapids Police Department.  Hiawatha Fire Department is assisting by bringing an ambulance unit so that handlers and their dogs can experience what it would be like to be loaded onto a stretcher.

This is the first time that the Puppy Jake Foundation will have trained new puppies in Cedar Rapids.  Puppy Jake Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to helping military veterans through the assistance of well bred, socialized and professionally trained service dogs.  Selecting, training, and placing service dogs with brave wounded warriors is goal of the Foundation. Puppy Jake Foundation also provides resources for the advocacy, awareness and acceptability in public for those that require the assistance of a service dog.


The Little Window - from the ICPL


Sign up now for ICPL's Winter Reading Program for kids

Sweet Reads

Add a little sweetness to winter with Sweet Reads, our Winter Reading Program for children.

Register online or in the Children's Room.

Kids who read and track 10 books on their reading log will receive an ice cream treat from McDonald's. Anyone who reads and tracks an additional 10 books, for a total of 20 books, will receive a pass to the Iowa Children's Museum and a sweet treat.

Sweet Reads continues through February 28.


ICPL's Picks for Best Children's Books of 2017

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The Library recently released its annual Best of the Best books of 2017. The list consists of the 21 books Library staff considered the best reads of the year. It includes everything from picture books to adult fiction.

Leading up to our announcement, we shared our staff's top picks of books released in 2017 in eight categories, including children's books. If you missed the blog post announcing our favorite kids reads of 2017, you'll find it here.

What was your favorite book of 2017?


Upcoming event: social justice film festival, service project

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Join us from 2 to 3 p.m. on Saturday, January 13, for a social justice film festival in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

First, watch a collection of short films focused on black history, racial equity, and social justice. Following the film festival, families can work together on service projects benefiting the community. These include decorating cookies for the Free Lunch Program; creating postcards for our elected officials urging them to take action for racial equality; and assembling care packages for the homeless.

Families are invited to bring a non-perishable food item for the Crisis Center food bank.


Story Play returns to the Library

Story Play

Storytimes at the Library just got better with Story Play. 

Story Play is held immediately after storytime from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Monday through Friday. During this time, the Library will has books, toys and music for youngsters to play with while their parents and caregivers meet and talk with each other. 

Feel free to bring snacks and/or lunch. No registration is required. Stay for the whole time or just a few minutes; whatever works best for you and your child.

Story Play is open to children from infancy through pre-school. All children in attendance must be accompanied by a parent or caregiver.