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Welcome RAGBRAI pre-riders to Iowa City on Friday



The 2018 Summer Reading Program is in full swing!



Libraries Rock!, the 2018 Summer Reading Program, started on June 1 with nearly 950 young readers enrolled in our children's, babies and toddlers program. That number continues to grow, with people signing up every day online, at the Library and on the Bookmobile. As of today, we have nearly 2000 elementary school students, preschoolers, toddlers and babies enrolled in Libraries Rock! Have you registered yet?

Learn more about this year's Summer Reading Program by checking out our 2018 Kids Activity Booklet that includes every single children's program and event happening at the Library this summer.

Be sure to visit YouTube to watch our librarians rock out to an original song, written by our very own Miss Casey, that celebrates all things summer reading.

Talk your parents and older siblings into signing up for the Summer Reading Program, too. We have activities at the teen and adult level. After all, reading is good for everyone!

Summer Reading Program Special Access for all ages

Special Access

For almost two years, the Library has opened its doors an hour early on select Saturdays so individuals with autism and their families can enjoy the Library in a calm and welcoming environment.

This summer, we will extend our Special Access program to include Summer Reading Program activities:

June 8, 3 to 4 p.m. in the Tween Space -- Try it Out Friday: Watercolors

June 11, 4 to 6 p.m. in the Storytime Room -- Monday Matinee: The Incredibles

June 12, 3 to 4 p.m. in the Storytime Room -- Game On!: Just Dance Marathon

July 6, 3 to 4 p.m. in Meeting Room A -- Try It Out Friday: Yoga

July 11, 3 to 4 p.m. in the Storytime Room -- World Wednesday: Japanese Koinobori

July 14, 9 to 10 a.m. -- Special Access Browsing at ICPL

July 16, 4 to 6 p.m. in the Storytime Room -- Monday Matinee: How to Train Your Dragon

July 19, 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. in Meeting Room A -- Mad Mixture with the Grout Museum

August 2, 4 to 5 p.m. in Meeting Room A -- SRP Kids: All Ages Lego Play

Celebrate Pride Month with ICPL!



The Iowa City Public Library is proud to celebrate the LGBTQ community every month, but we have a few special activities planned in honor of Pride Month.

Look for the Library's Book Cart Drill Team in the Pride Parade, happening at noon on Saturday, June 16, in downtown Iowa City. After the parade, come to the Library to make several fun crafts that will show your LGBTQ pride.

Our Family Storytime on Saturday, June 30, will celebrate Pride Month with a special Drag Storytime Party. Fun costumes are encouraged and we will have silly props available as we read LGBTQ stories and sing and dance with some local drag kings and queens. Designed for the whole family and presented at a time convenient for most working parents, this Family Storytime will be held from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. in Meeting Room A.


LGBTQIA+ picture books for young readers


June is the American Library Association's GLBT Book Month. This is a nationwide celebration of the authors and writings that reflect the lives and experiences of the gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender community.

Here are some of Miss Casey's favorite picture books that discuss family make-up, gender identity and sex roles as well as a few reassuring titles encouraging children to be and love themselves:

This Day in June by Gayle E. Pitman

Stella Brings the Family by Miriam B. Schiffer

A Family is a Family is a Family by Sara O'Leary

Find more titles here.


Attend the 100 year celebration at the Iowa City Airport


RAGBRAI riders will travel through heart of UI campus to City Park campground

When an estimated 12,000 RAGBRAI riders arrive in Iowa City on Friday, July 27, they will approach the city from the south on Sand Road/Gilbert Street on their way to the campground at City Park, 200 Park Road.

The in-town bike route will take riders from:

  • South Gilbert Street north to Market Street 
  • Market Street west to Madison Street
  • Madison Street south to Iowa Avenue
  • Iowa Avenue west to Riverside Drive
  • Riverside Drive north to Park Road and the main entrance to City Park

RAGBRAI support vehicles, which will park in the University of Iowa’s Hancher Auditorium lot adjacent to City Park, are asked to approach Iowa City from Interstate 80, and travel south on Dubuque Street (exit 244) to City Park. It is anticipated that the Park Road bridge will be open for Registered RAGBRAI vehicles. No camping will be allowed anywhere on the UI campus, with the exception of RV parking in the Hancher lot.

At the campground in City Park, amenities will include:

  • First Aid in Shelter 8
  • An information booth in Shelter 6
  • Food trucks
  • A bike shop/repair station
  • Showers at and near the City Park Pool
  • Numerous shuttle stops taking riders to the main entertainment hub Downtown (about one mile south of the campground)

Iowa City RAGBRAI map

The University of Iowa also will provide assistance with wayfinding and information from a tent adjacent to Hancher Auditorium, just across Park Road from City Park. 

A supplemental RV space will be in Napoleon Park, 2501 S. Gilbert St. on the south edge of Iowa City. Vehicles parking in this area are asked to approach Iowa City from Highway 218 and need to access the site from McCollister Boulevard. This location will include showers, a shuttle stop to entertainment Downtown, and an information booth just south of the park at Terry Trueblood Recreation Area.

Iowa City will be an overnight stop for RAGBRAI on Friday, July 27. RAGBRAI is the Register’s Annual Great Bicycle Ride Across Iowa, which this year will begin in Onawa on July 21 and end in Davenport on July 28. The annual event draws about 12,000 cyclists from around the world. The theme is “Book it to Iowa City.”

For the latest news and information about Iowa City RAGBRAI, or to order t-shirts and sign up to volunteer, visit and follow Iowa City RAGBRAI on FacebookTwitter and Instagram.

Enjoy Kids Day with public safety at Upper City Park

IOWA CITY -- Families are invited to two special days this summer where they can enjoy a free donut and beverage while they meet the professionals who work to keep our community safe. 

Kids Day will be held from 1 to 3 p.m. on Wednesday, June 27, 2018, and again from 5 to 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 8. Enjoy a delicious (and free!) Hurts donut, $2 admission to City Park Pool, plus a meet-and-greet with Iowa City police and firefighters, as well as the Johnson County bomb squad and ambulance crews. A K9 unit police dog will also be there to visit. 

For updates and reminders, RSVP to the event Facebook Page

Kids Day at Upper City Park flyer 2018

Schedule Announced for North Liberty Blues & BBQ

Programming for more than just the little ones

Full schedule announced

We've revamped our activity schedule to provide more options for teens and adults! This year guests will notice a few new options in the park including laser tag, minute to win it games, and stunt kites! The little ones will also enjoy new additions like the new Centennial Park playground, airbrush tattoos, and a giant cornbox.

Thanks to South Slope Cooperative Communications, programming remains free and will stretch an extra hour this year with activities open from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. View the full schedule of activities here


Hughes Park informational open house to be held June 7

CEDAR RAPIDS, IA – The Cedar Rapids Parks and Recreation Department will hold an informational open house regarding Hughes Park on Thursday, June 7, from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. at Time Check Hall in the City Services Center, 500 15th Avenue SW. The public meeting is intended to update park neighbors and others interested in the project. Participants will discover how feedback from the first open house was used to create the park design and learn about the first phase of development. Items in this phase primarily consist of park infrastructure and include a parking lot, ADA accessible sidewalks, fencing and a large berm that will serve as the foundation for play spaces. Phase one is anticipated to cost approximately $280,000 and will be completed this year.

Designs for the first and second phase of park development will be available as well as a list of park amenities that are planned for the second phase of construction. Those include primary and secondary trails, an outdoor classroom, birding station, challenge course, adventure play structure, naturalized climbers and slides, open space for baseball and soccer, restrooms, shelters and picnic areas. These elements were identified as priorities by the public in the 2017 open house. Funding for the second phase is currently being sought through grant sources and partnerships.

“We are eager to get back to the neighborhood with plans for construction this year and to show them what will be coming in the future. We greatly appreciated the input they provided at the start of this project. The park design and amenities reflect what they wanted to see in this park,” said Brent Neighbor, Interim Parks Superintendent.

Hughes Park consists of 7.3 acres, located at 2100 Wilson Avenue SW, that were purchased for $403,000 in 2016. The Parks and Recreation Department received a $300,000 grant from Resource Enhancement and Protection, commonly referred to as REAP, to assist with acquiring the park. The land was purchased for the purpose of creating a neighborhood park in the southwest quadrant, an area that had been identified in the Parks and Recreation Master Plan as having a deficiency in green space accessible to the public. This is the first naturalized park design in the Cedar Rapids parks system.

City Circle Teens to Present Return to the Forbidden Planet

City Circle Acting Company of Coralville will present Return to the Forbidden Planet on June 15-17 at the Coralville Center for the Performing Arts. Performances are June 15 and 16 at 7:30 pm and June 17 at 2:00 pm.

Students from area junior and senior high schools make up the cast of this Jukebox musical by playwright Bob Carlton based on Shakespeare’s The Tempest and the 1956 science fiction film Forbidden Planet. The score includes pop hits from the 1950s and 1960s and has been billed as Shakespeare’s forgotten rock and roll masterpiece.

Tickets to the show are $12–$27 and can be purchased online at or by calling 319.248.9370 or in person at the CCPA box office at 1301 5th Street and at the Coralville Recreation Center at 1506 8th Street.

Thrivent Night at the Ballpark to Benefit Special Olympics

Cedar Rapids, IA – The Cedar Rapids Parks & Recreation Department invites the public to support the local Special Olympics program and cheer for the Cedar Rapids Kernels on Tuesday, June 26. Thrivent Financial has bought Veterans Memorial Park, 950 Rockford Road SW, for the evening and all ticket sales will support the Cedar Rapids Special Olympics program. Gates open at 5:30 p.m. The game begins at 6:35 p.m.

Tickets are only $8 each and are available at Northwest Recreation Center or the Parks & Recreation Department at City Services Center. Call Rob Wagner, Cedar Rapids Parks & Recreation Special Populations Program Supervisor, for more information at 319-286-5799.

Special Olympics Iowa (SOIA), a statewide nonprofit organization, provides high-quality training and competition for children and adults with intellectual disabilities in all 99 counties of Iowa.  SOIA offers 23 Olympic-style sports to nearly 12,000 athletes and Unified Sports partners year-round. Since 1968, Special Olympics has provided an inclusive culture that stresses athletic excellence, rewards determination, emphasizes health, and celebrates personal achievement. 

Police Station and Central Fire Station Tours Highlight Cedar Rapids’ Story of Resilience from the Flood of 2008

CEDAR RAPIDS, IA – The Flood of 2008 had a major impact on public safety buildings in our community.  As the City of Cedar Rapids continues with the 10-year flood anniversary commemoration, the Police Department and Fire Department invite the public to tour the Police Station and the Central Fire Station to experience the continuing story of our community’s resilience.

The Cedar Rapids Police Station, which was built in 1997, was flooded with 7 feet of water and sustained damage to critical equipment, functions, and contents, including files, evidence, and firearms during the Flood of 2008.  While police officers were attempting to minimize damage to the Police Station, other police officers were performing rescue operations, securing the evacuation areas, and continuing to respond to emergencies throughout the City.  Although officers used several remediation tactics, including constructing a temporary dike, sandbagging, and pumping, their efforts could not prevent losses.  Today the Police Station is fully restored and has made improvements to minimize any future flood damage. 

The public is invited to tour the Police Station, 505 1st Street SW, on Tuesday, June 12, 2018 between 4:00-6:00 p.m. 

The Cedar Rapids Fire Department’s Central Fire Station was located at 222 3rd Street NW from 1985 until the Flood of 2008 destroyed the building.  Firefighters were steering motorboats through flood water 10 to 12 feet deep through the neighborhood that housed their fire station.  All personnel and equipment had to be relocated to other fire stations throughout the community.  There would be 423 boat rescues conducted during the flood event.

Five years later, in October 2013, a new Central Fire Station opened at 713 1st Avenue SE.  The new Central Fire Station would be the first LEED Platinum fire headquarters in the nation and would improve response times.  The new facility serves as the City of Cedar Rapids Emergency Operations Command Center and houses the Fire Department's administrative offices and training classrooms.

The public is invited to tour the Central Fire Station, 713 1st Avenue SE, on Tuesday, June 12, 2018 between 4:00-6:00 p.m.

Visit for more details about the City’s events and  for a full listing of community events related to the flood anniversary.