Summer Learning at the Cedar Rapids Public Library Can Help Prevent Summer Slide

IMG_6611Studies show that over the summer months, when students are not in school, they can lose as much as two months’ worth of grade level equivalency. A study by the National Summer Learning Association confirms that teachers spend a significant amount of time re-teaching material due to summer learning loss. The Cedar Rapids Public Library Summer Dare program is one way to combat this summer slide and there is still plenty of time to get started.

The CRPL Summer Dare is not your average summer reading program. It is a newly designed twist on conventional summer reading programs that challenges the entire community to read it, picture it, celebrate it, move it, write it, share it, explore it, imagine it, make it, change it, learn it, and wing it!

A significant majority of teachers surveyed by the NSLA agree that summer learning loss could be ameliorated if students participate in a summer learning program. The Cedar Rapids Public Library is here to help parents successfully manage summer fun and learning at the same time.

So far more than 4,600 community members ranging from babies to grandparents have registered to participate in the Summer Dare. They are helping us to fill our Dare Drop with red and black pom poms, representative of the more than 432,000 minutes of reading and more than 4,300 dares completed (as of July 14). We hope to fill the Dare Drop at both locations by the end of the summer.

The CRPL Summer Dare is a summer learning challenge for all ages, weekly themed activities designed to encourage life-long learning, intergenerational programs, and unexpected experiences at the library and beyond. The program runs through August 22 with programs and events throughout the summer. Participants can register online at http://summerdare.crlibrary.org or at both the Ladd Library and the Downtown Library.

To complete the program, participants must read 300 minutes and complete eight “dares” as listed in the Summer Dare program by August 22. Dares are based on the theme of each week. Some can be done in the library but many can be done throughout the community.

Participants can stop in to either library location throughout the summer and visit the Dare Desk to register, record their progress, turn in their completed reading logs, and get pom poms to add to the Dare Drop. The Dare Drop is a physical representation of all the reading and dares being done throughout the summer.

We encourage participants to share their progress with us on social media using the hashtags #2015summerdare and #notyouraveragelibrary.

Programs for all ages will be held throughout the CRPL Summer Dare. For a complete list of programs, visit our event calendar on our website at www.crlibrary.org or pick up a CRPL Summer Dare program at the library.

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Maureen Corrigan

Corrigan, Maureen - pic2Maureen Corrigan will open this year’s Out Loud! Author Series on Friday, June 12 at 7 p.m. at the Hotel at Kirkwood Center.

Corrigan is one of America’s most trusted and loved book critics. For more than 20 years, Corrigan has been the book critic for NPR’s Fresh Air. She is also a columnist for The Washington Post and the critic-in-residence at Georgetown University where her courses are very popular, as well as a critic for The Village Voice.

She is the author of two books of her own; Leave me Alone I’m Reading and So We Read On: How the Great Gatsby Came to Be and Why it Endures, which was named one of the ten best books of the year by Library Journal in 2014. AsiSo We Read On by Maureen Corrigande from her writings for The Washington Post and The Village Voice, Corrigan has also written reviews for The New York Times, The Boston Globe and The Nation among others. She is an associate editor of and contributor to Mystery and Suspense Writers and the winner of the 1999 Edgar Award for Criticism. In 2012 she served as a juror for the Pulitzer Prize in Fiction.

While no tickets are required, series organizers are requesting pre-registration. Alternately, patrons may contact any of the Metro Libraries or send an email to events@crlibrary.org.

All Out Loud! authors will take questions from the audience and sign books following their presentations.

There will also be a special Meet & Greet reception with Corrigan for Friends of the Cedar Rapids and Marion Public Libraries preceding her program. Get details and register here.

Out Loud! The Metro Library Network Author Series is supported by the Giacoletto Foundation with media support from The Gazette and event book sales provided by Barnes & Noble Booksellers.

We Dare You! This Summer at the Cedar Rapids Public Library

The Cedar Rapids PButton-image-for-web-and-newsletterublic Library (CRPL) is daring YOU to take summer reading to a whole new level in 2015! The CRPL Summer Dare is not your average summer reading program. It is a newly designed twist on conventional summer reading programs that challenges the entire community to read it, picture it, celebrate it, move it, write it, share it, explore it, imagine it, make it, change it, learn it, and wing it!

“Summer reading has traditionally been a way for libraries to help keep kids from losing ground on their literacy and learning during summer break,” said Amber Mussman, Community Relations Manager at the Cedar Rapids Public Library. “The Summer Dare takes that challenge one step further and encourages everyone to read but also to engage with their community and each other in a brand new way.”

The CRPL Summer Dare is a reading challenge for all ages, weekly themed activities designed to encourage life-long learning, intergenerational programs, and unexpected experiences at the library and beyond. The program begins June 1 and runs through August 22. Participants can register online at http://summerdare.crlibrary.org or beginning May 30 at both the Ladd Library and the Downtown Library.

To complete the program, participants must read 300 minutes and complete eight “dares” as listed in the Summer Dare program by August 22. Dares are based on the theme of each week. Some can be done in the library but many can be done throughout the community.

Participants can stop in to either library location throughout the summer and visit the Dare Desk to register, record their progress, turn in their completed reading logs, and get tokens to add to the Dare Drop. The Dare Drop is a physical representation of all the reading and dares being done throughout the summer.

The CRPL Summer Dare Kick-Off Party will be held at the Downtown Library on Saturday, May 30, from 10 am to noon. Everyone is invited to attend and get a sneak peak at the dares for the summer, get registered for the program, and enter to win a new bike! (The bike drawing will be held at noon and you must be present to win.)

We encourage participants to share their progress with us on social media using the hashtags #2015summerdare and #notyouraveragelibrary.

Programs for all ages will be held throughout the CRPL Summer Dare. For a complete list of programs, visit our event calendar on our website at www.crlibrary.org or pick up a CRPL Summer Dare program at the library.

On With the Show

The Cedar Rapids Public Library is always excited to share our space with entertaining music and theatre performances, especially when they are brought to us by local partners. This month we have several opportunities to check out the amazing performances happening in Cedar Rapids.

Join us Saturday, November 8, for two fun-filled opportunities:

  • 10:30 am–Playtime Poppy Presents: “Honk Jr” in Whipple Auditorium
  • 2:00 pm–Washington High School will do teaser performance of their upcoming musical “West Side Story” at the downtown library

Sunday, November 23, from 2 – 3:30 pm, join us for a special performance by the Funky Renegades Dance Team in Whipple Auditorium. See the latest hip-hop line dances with this fun dance group from Marion. Then learn them! Audience participation is part of the program.

Monday, November 24, join us at 1 pm for a one-time performance of “Romeo and Juliet” by WCP’s Black Hawk Children’s Theatre in Whipple Auditorium. In this play: Romeo and his crew are up to no good when they crash the party of their rivals, the Capulets. Little does young Montague know that one escapade leads to love with Juliet. This encounter sets up a series of events spiraling to a tragic ending for this star-crossed pair. With passion and poetry, we share Shakespeare’s timeless tale of young love that brings unity to fighting factions. Recommended for upper elementary and middle school students and their families.

Bully Seminar Held Sunday at Library

The Cedar Rapids Public Library is honored to be the host for a Bully Seminar onbully Sunday, November 10, from 1 pm to 4 pm, presented by the Girl Scouts of East Central Iowa and Western Illinois.

The seminar will consist of a special showing of the documentary BULLY followed by a forum with guest speakers Dawn Behar of Mt. Mercy University and Linn Mar Anti Bully Prevention Specialists Symon Sanborn and Andrew Lyons.

Filmed over the course of the 2009/2010 school year, BULLY opens a window onto the pained and often endangered lives of bullied kids, revealing a problem that transcends geographic, racial, ethnic and economic borders. It documents the responses of teachers and administrators to aggressive behaviors that defy “kids will be kids” clichés, and it captures a growing movement among parents and youths to change how bullying is handled in schools, in communities and in society as a whole.

Teens and parents are invited to attend this public event and encouraged to discuss the issues of bullying and bullying prevention.

 

Thank You Cedar Rapids

We’ve had a fabulous time the past few weeks welcoming old friends and new to the beautiful new downtown library.  Thousands have visited, checked out books, used the public access computers, played, gathered and appreciated.  What a delight to serve as a community gathering place for book clubs, board meetings, story times, lunch dates, and performances.

The photos below illustrate a few of the many ways you are bringing our Vision Statement to life:  Cedar Rapids Public Library exists to impact our community and transform its quality of life through education, civic engagement, the arts, and entertainment.

Thank you, Cedar Rapids.

July 30 Construction Update

The new downtown Cedar Rapids Public Library is inching closer and closer to Grand Opening Day–August 24! The finishing touches are happening throughout the building and books are on shelves and ready to be checked out. Odds are good that when you check out an item from the new library you will be the first one to use it–the collection of more than 200,000 books, cds, dvds and video games was assembled over a period of two years by more than half a dozen librarians.

"Regeneration" by Albert Paley was installed July 18.

“Regeneration” by Albert Paley was installed July 18.

The atrium looks down onto the main Customer Service Commons.

The atrium looks down onto the main Customer Service Commons.

Whipple Auditorium features 200 seats, a sound system, projection and a spectacular 2-story view of Greene Square.

Whipple Auditorium features 200 seats, a sound system, projection and a spectacular 2-story view of Greene Square.

The children's library staff area is getting nearly complete.

The children’s library staff area is getting nearly complete.

Whimsical furniture in the children's library adds to the fun of the space.

Whimsical furniture in the children’s library adds to the fun of the space.

The new library will feature a media box for vending movies and video games.

The new library will feature a media box for vending movies and video games.

The skylight into the second floor creates a beautiful spot to relax and read a book.

The skylight into the second floor creates a beautiful spot to relax and read a book.

The second floor is home to nonfiction, music and dvds, as well as the technology commons.

The second floor is home to nonfiction, music and dvds, as well as the technology commons.

The parking lot on the south side of the building features permeable pavement.

The parking lot on the south side of the building features permeable pavement.

The Union, the new teen library, gets shelving and furniture.

The Union, the new teen library, gets shelving and furniture.