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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

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

siblings reading

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


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.


2018 Safety Scoop Presentation Schedule Announced

CEDAR RAPIDS, IA – The Cedar Rapids Fire Department offers a monthly presentation of safety topics of interest to older adults and/or families.  All are welcome to attend.

The monthly programs focus on timely safety topics for older adults.  The Fire Department hopes to connect older adults with available community resources.  Many of the topics will be presented in partnership with other organizations such as AARP, Area Substance Abuse Council, Cedar Rapids Police Department, and Linn County TRIAD, to reduce older adults’ vulnerability to fire, injury, or crime.

The sessions will be held on the fourth Wednesday of each month from 11:00 a.m. to Noon at the Central Fire Station, 713 1st Avenue SE.  Scheduled topics for 2018 include:

·         January 24th - Caregiver Resources

·         February 28th - Understanding and Responding to Stress

·         March 28th - Health and Safety Fair (11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.)

·         April 25th - Chair Yoga: How Staying Active Prevents Falls

·         May 23rd - Alzheimer's - The Long Goodbye

·         June 27th - Eating Healthy

·         July 25th - Grandparent First Aid and CPR

·         August 22nd - In-Home Care

·         September 26th - Transportation Resources: Not Having a Car in the City

·         October 24th - Scams

·         November 28th - What Really Matters at the End of Life

·         December 26th - Fire/Fall Safety

Participants will be offered a tour of the Central Fire Station following the “Safety Scoop” presentation. 

Parking is available on the 2nd Avenue side of the Central Fire Station in the old Rapid Reproductions parking lot at 2nd Avenue and 7th Street SE.

Join City Council for 'Breakfast on a Budget' this Saturday


New mural to be unveiled at the Robert A. Lee Recreation Center

Iowa City Parks and Recreation staff will unveil a new mural at the Robert A. Lee Recreation Center at 5 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 10, 2018, in conjunction with the monthly Parks and Recreation Commission meeting. The mural is sponsored by the Iowa City Public Art program and based around the principles of Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math (STEAM). This event is open to the public and light refreshments will be served.

The mural, "Exploring Iowa’s Renewable Energy," uses visual, sound, and tactile elements to provide visitors with an interactive experience that spotlights Iowa’s Green Energy potential. Visitors activate light, sound, and wind in a graphically displayed Iowa landscape. Turning a hand crank moves a windmill, covering the solar panel affects the building lights, and touching the river activates light and sound. The mural was created by a team of faculty members from the University of Iowa who represent a broad range of disciplines including Computer Science, Industrial and Mechanical Engineering, Emerging Technologies and Sculpture, Photography, Art and Art History, and Digital Media in Performance. The UI team includes Kyle Rector, Stephen Baek, Daniel Fine, Dana Keeton, Daniel Miller, Yifan Du, Colleen Reynolds, and Jon Winet.

Senior Affordable Apartments for Rent

Apply now for a brand new spacious 2-bedroom apartment at Coral Ridge Apartments opening January 2018! At least 1 applicant per household must be 55 years of age and up. Rent amounts vary from $520-$975 (subject to change, income restrictions apply) and includes all major kitchen appliances, and in unit washer/dryer.  For more information contact Sand Property Management, LLC at 319-333-1602 National Voice Relay System 711 or email Equal Housing Opportunity, Accessible units.

ICPL to host Harry Potter Winter Party for 5th-8th graders

Attention all Muggles! The Iowa City Public Library will host a Harry Potter Winter Party for students in fifth through eighth grades from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. on Thursday, January 4, in Meeting Room A. 

The celebration will begin with the sorting hat to determine participants’ houses. From there, the fun will include spell practice, trivia, potion making and a hidden Quidditch game. Snacks and beverages prepared by the Library’s house elves will be provided.

The Harry Potter Winter Party is free to attend, but registration is required. To register, visit or call the Library at 319-356-5200.