Summer Dare Kick Off Party at Ladd Library June 5

online landing page imageThe Cedar Rapids Public Library invites you to kick off summer learning with the Summer Dare Kick Off Party at the Ladd Library on Sunday, June 5, from 1 pm to 4 pm.

Join  us for face painting, balloon animals, a bouncy castle, ice cream, music and fun with some special guests, and get registered for the 2016 Summer Dare. All ages are invited to attend!

The Summer Dare Kick Off Party is sponsored by The Gazette.

The 2016 Summer Dare is not your average summer reading program. It is an intergenerational summer learning program that challenges the entire community to read it, picture it, move it, celebrate it, explore it, imagine it, make it, and wing it!

The 2016 Summer Dare includes a reading challenge for all ages, weekly themed activities designed to encourage lifelong learning, intergenerational programs, and unexpected experiences at the library and beyond. The program begins June 5 and runs through July 31. Participants can register online at summerdare.crlibrary.org or beginning June 5 at both the Ladd Library and the Downtown Library.

Everyone receives a free Dare Journal and a coupon for a free Friends Book Nook book simply by signing up. All who complete Summer Dare will receive a free book (adults receive another Friends Book Nook Coupon). Additionally, readers will get a free book for every 300 minutes read throughout the Summer Dare.

To complete the Summer Dare, participants must read 300 minutes and complete eight “dares” as listed in the Summer Dare guide by July 31. Dares are based on the theme of each week. Some can be done in the library but many can be done throughout the community or even at home.

Track your minutes read and dares completed throughout the program on the website summerdare.crlibrary.org.

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 puff-balls to add to the Dare Drop. The Dare Drop is a physical representation of all the reading and dares being done throughout the summer.

Special events for all ages will be held throughout the CRPL Summer Dare. For a complete listing, visit our event calendar on our website at www.crlibrary.org or pick up a CRPL Summer Dare guide at the Library.

Thank you to our Summer Dare Sponsors: Cedar Rapids Public Library Foundation, Hills Bank and Trust, the Friends of the Cedar Rapids Public Library, and The Gazette.

The Cedar Rapids Public Library is a passionate advocate for literacy and lifelong learning. We exist to impact our community and transform its quality of life through education, civic engagement, the arts, and entertainment.

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

online landing page imageThe Cedar Rapids Public Library is daring YOU to connect with the community and keep

learning all summer long. The 2016 Summer Dare is not your average summer reading program. It is an intergenerational summer learning program that challenges the entire community to read it, picture it, move it, celebrate it, explore it, imagine it, make it, and wing it!

“If you think literacy and lifelong learning aren’t exciting, you haven’t tried the Summer Dare.” said Dara Schmidt, Director at the Cedar Rapids Public Library. “Our program is for everyone.  Kids, teens, adults, families, seniors, singles, everyone can participate and stay connected to our community, engage with the library, and, of course, read!”

The 2016 Summer Dare includes a reading challenge for all ages, weekly themed activities designed to encourage lifelong learning, intergenerational programs, and unexpected experiences at the library and beyond. The program begins June 5 and runs through July 31. Participants can register online at summerdare.crlibrary.org or beginning June 5 at both the Ladd Library and the Downtown Library.

Everyone receives a free Dare Journal and a coupon for a free Friends Book Nook book simply by signing up. All who complete Summer Dare will receive a free book (adults receive another Friends Book Nook Coupon). Additionally, readers will get a free book for every 300 minutes read throughout the Summer Dare.

To complete the Summer Dare, participants must read 300 minutes and complete eight “dares” as listed in the Summer Dare guide by July 31. Dares are based on the theme of each week. Some can be done in the library but many can be done throughout the community or even at home.

Track your minutes read and dares completed throughout the program on the website summerdare.crlibrary.org.

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 puff-balls 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 Ladd Library on Sunday, June 5, from 1 pm to 4 pm. Everyone is invited to attend and get registered for the Summer Dare, participate in activities, including a bouncy house, face painting, balloon animals, and enjoy free ice cream!

We encourage participants to share their progress with us on social media using the hashtags #2016summerdare and #notyouraveragelibrary.

Special events for all ages will be held throughout the CRPL Summer Dare. For a complete listing, visit our event calendar on our website at www.crlibrary.org or pick up a CRPL Summer Dare guide at the Library.

Thank you to our Summer Dare Sponsors: Cedar Rapids Public Library Foundation, Hills Bank and Trust, the Friends of the Cedar Rapids Public Library, and The Gazette.

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The Cedar Rapids Public Library is a passionate advocate for literacy and lifelong learning. We exist to impact our community and transform its quality of life through education, civic engagement, the arts, and entertainment.

Creative Gardening Series: Planting for Pollinators!

Join the Linn County Master Gardeners and ISU Extension and Outreach as we present the 2016 Creative Gardening Series. This series meets three consecutive Thursday evenings at 6:30 pm in Whipple Auditorium at the Downtown Library and is free to all.

April 7: What’s the Buzz? What’s Happening with Pollinators?
Guest speaker is Dr. Donald Lewis, ISU Extension & Outreach Entomologist. Declines in the number of domestic honey bees that began nearly a decade ago have led to increased interest in the “other” pollinators and what can be done by gardeners, landscapers and others to promote and enhance the pollinator community on which much of our varied food supply depends. What have you done for pollinators lately? What more could you do? What more should you do? These and other questions and issues will be explored by Dr. Lewis

April 14: Messy Fields Make Good Neighbors
Guest speaker is Robert Ewoldt, Iowa Producer, Rafter E Ranch. Hear about the dilemmas and delights of being a Scott County farmer while attempting to make a living for family, and treating the land as sustainably as possible. Rob will explain what practices he has adopted to improve his soil while providing competitive yields. Some of the practices he uses are no-till farming, proper timing and placement of nutrients for crop utilization, cover crops and grassed waterways. He will also describe how he evaluates new practices and will chronicle some successes and challenges along the way.

April 21: Monarch Research Project & Monarch Zones
Guest speaker is Clark McLeod, CEO of Access Communications Holdings. What are Monarch Zones? By working together, how can we, as a community, bring back our Monarchs and their habitat quickly? Clark will give an overview of the research he and Cam Watts have conducted thus far, and how it has led to “Monarch Zones” and the Monarch Research Project. He will review the goals and purpose of the Monarch Research Project, and all the activities that will occur in 2016. Finally, he will provide ways that you, too, can be a part of this multi-county Monarch and habitat restoration project.

For more information on the Linn County Master Gardeners and ISU Extension and Outreach, visit http://www.extension.iastate.edu/linn/.

Orchestra Iowa Presents Pied Piper Concerts at the Cedar Rapids Public Library

11007848_1408017272838795_325958128_nThe sounds of woodwind instruments will fill the Whipple Auditorium at the downtown Cedar Rapids Public Library the first week of March. The talented woodwind musicians from Orchestra Iowa will present a special chamber concert just for children and families on Thursday, March 3, and Friday, March 4.

“Chamber music concerts like this are the perfect opportunity to introduce your child to music,” said Dara Schmidt, Cedar Rapids Public Library Director. “They have the opportunity to learn about each instrument and hear the different sounds they make. And these concerts are designed for children, so parents and caregivers don’t have to worry about their child sitting still the entire time. There’s interaction and fun throughout the entire performance.”

Pied Piper Concerts are free to everyone. No tickets are necessary but everyone is encouraged to register in advance by calling (319) 366-8206.

What: Pied Piper Concerts: Woodwinds
When: Thursday, March 3 and Friday, March 4 at 9:30 am, 10:15 am and 11:00 am each day
Where: Cedar Rapids Public Library Downtown, Whipple Auditorium
Tickets: FREE registration by calling (319) 366-8206

 

Celebrate Valentine’s Day at the Library!

super_candyland_board_background_by_wyldfantasyx-d2hl8yqVisit either location of the Cedar Rapids Public Library on Saturday, February 13 to take part in our Valentine’s Day celebrations.

The Downtown Library will be home to a life-sized Candyland experience from 10:30 am to 12:30 pm. Queen Frostine, Gramma Nutt, and Plumpy Princess Lolly will greet you as you travel through the Peppermint Forest exploring Candyland confections. Music, crafts, and, of course-candy! – highlight this fabulous festivity. Finish up the experience by making your way to our friends at the Cedar Rapids Museum of Art to celebrate Iowa artist Grand Wood’s 125th birthday from 11 am to 3 pm.

Visit the Ladd Library from 1:30 pm to 3 pm to explore their very own life-sized Candyland where characters and confections create a world all their own. Music, crafts and candy await you!

Linn Area Reads 2016: The Book Thief

MarkusZusakcolorThe planning committee for the annual community-wide reading program known as Linn Area Reads has selected The Book Thief by author Markus Zusak for the 2016 edition of the program.

Linn Area Reads is a program of the Metro Library Network, which is made up of the Cedar Rapids, Marion, and Hiawatha Public Libraries. All Linn Area Reads events are free and open to the public.

The Book Thief is a bestselling novel set in 1939 Nazi Germany featuring young foster girl Liesel Meminger living outside of Munich. Liesel manages to scratch out a sad existence for herself by stealing when she encounters something she can’t resist—books. With the help of her accordion-playing foster father, she learns to read and shares her stolen books with her neighbors and the Jewish man hidden in her basement.

“This book tells an enduring story of the power of books,” said Amber Mussman, Community Relations Manager with the Cedar Rapids Public Library and member of the selection committee. “We believe this book is an opportunity to discuss the power of stories as well as a part of history that should never be forgotten.”The_Book_Theif_book cover

The Linn Area Reads committee is thrilled to be able to bring author Markus Zusak to the Hotel at Kirkwood Center on March 13 for a live author event. Markus will sign books following his reading. Registration is requested: http://bit.ly/LinnAreaReads.

Additionally, Anneliese Tisdale, author of Christmas Trees Lit the Sky, will give a reading at the Marion Public Library on March 1 at 6:30 pm. Tisdale’s book is a memoir of her life as a child in wartime Germany.

Linn Area Reads 2016 programs include:

  • Group Book Discussions: February 25, March 3, and March 10; 6:30 pm at Barnes & Noble Booksellers, 333 Collins Rd. NE, Cedar Rapids.
  • Author Reading: Anneliese Tisdale: March 1, 6:30 pm, Marion Public Library, 1095 6th Avenue, Marion.
  • Author Visit: Markus Zusak: March 13, 5:00 pm, Hotel at Kirkwood Center, 7725 Kirkwood Blvd. SW, Cedar Rapids.
  • Movie Screening: “The Book Thief”, March 15, 6:30 pm, Whipple Auditorium at the Cedar Rapids Public Library, 450 5th Avenue SE, Cedar Rapids.

Linn Area Reads is supported by Barnes & Noble Booksellers, Friends of the Cedar Rapids Public Library, Friends of the Hiawatha Public Library, Friends of the Marion Public Library, and the Metro Library Network.

For more information on Linn Area Reads, visit www.metrolibrarynetwork.org/linnareareads.