Summer Dare Celebration July 30 in Greene Square

Summer Dare 2016The Cedar Rapids Public Library invites you to celebrate the end of the Summer Dare with

 

our Summer Dare Celebration on Saturday, July 30, from 10 am to Noon.

All ages are invited to our outdoor festival in Greene Square to wrap up the Summer Dare! Witness the amazing feats of Elevate Vertical Fitness and magician Jackson Greene; delight in the bubbles of street artist Michael Sanders; see two Iowa Raptors up close; enjoy free popcorn, visit the Rio Burritos or Grateful Crepe food trucks, or check out Greyhound Cafe indoors.

Activities include a bouncy tent, a Jungle Bus, face painting, local athletes, crafts, music, games, and lots of area businesses and organizations volunteering time and talent to make this a party not to be missed.

The Summer Dare Celebration is sponsored by Rockwell Collins.

About the Summer Dare

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 runs through July 31. Participants can register online at summerdare.crlibrary.org or 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.

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Pied Piper Concerts: Brass

2016-brass-dig banner-portraitJoin Orchestra Iowa’s talented chamber ensembles as they introduce preschool-aged children to the instruments of the orchestra! Focused on fun and learning, Pied Piper Concerts offer children the opportunity to enjoy an up-close and personal chamber concert absolutely FREE!

Concerts will be held June 9 and 10 at 9:30 am, 10:15 am, and 11:00 am in the Whipple Auditorium.

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.

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.

MLK Day Kick-Off and Public Employment Job Fair

selma-posterJoin the Cedar Rapids Civil Rights Commission and the Cedar Rapids Public Library as we kick off the Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday an MLK Day Kick-Off and Public Employment Job Fair. Visit the Downtown Library on Sunday, January 17, starting at 2pm to view a special screening of the 2015 movie “Selma”.

Following the film, interested persons will have the chance to speak with representatives from the City of Cedar Rapids, the Cedar Rapids Community School District, and Linn County on employment opportunities.

The story of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s historic struggle to secure voting rights for all people — a dangerous and terrifying campaign that culminated with the epic march from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama, and led to President Johnson signing the Voting Rights Act of 1965. See the story unfold dramatically on screen in the Whipple Auditorium.

Join us as we celebrate Dr. Martin Luther Kind, Jr.’s legacy and learn more about public employment opportunities available now.

Register today at http://bit.ly/MLKCR2016 or call (319) 261-READ.

Vote November 3

On Tuesday, November 3, 2015, voters will be asked to vote on a special 27 cent levy to provide funding for the Cedar Rapids Public Library.

The Library Board of Trustees determined that the library needed to find a sustainable source of funding to maintain service at current levels. While the demand for library services has historically been strong, the funding support has not kept pace. In recent years, the Cedar Rapids Public Library Foundation and the City bridged this funding until this levy proposition could be brought to the public. The library does not have the resources available to continue operating at the same levels of service moving into the future.

Ballot language:

Beginning July 1, 2016, shall an annual library levy of 27 cents per one-thousand dollars of assessed property value be authorized to support the Cedar Rapids Public Library?

Find answers to frequently asked questions on our library website. For more information on voting, such as finding your polling location, visit http://www.linncountyelections.org. Plan a plan b

Library Clubs Offer Various Opportunities to Participate

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Whether you are learning the nuances of chess, love to get deep into a game of Scrabble,

or are looking for fellow readers, the Cedar Rapids Public Library has a club for you!

The Library offers a variety of clubs and each one is open to anyone who would like to participate.

Chess Club: Meets each Wednesday evening from 5:30 to 8:30 pm in the Downtown Library

Scrabble Club: Meets each Wednesday at 1 pm at the Ladd Library OR the Last Thursday of each month at the Downtown Library

Book Clubs:
Ladd Library Book Club: Second Saturday of each month at 3:30 pm at the Ladd Library
Book Lovers Club: Second Tuesday of each month at 7 pm at the Ladd Library
Women’s Studies Reading Group: Second Thursday of each month at the Downtown Library

There is no fee to join these clubs, nor is there any registration or requirement that you participate on a weekly or monthly basis. Feel free to drop in and check one out, no strings attached.

For more information on each club and the many other programs at the Cedar Rapids Public Library, visit http://www.crlibrary.org.