Apr
1
Wed
CR Chess Club @ Cedar Rapids Downtown Library
Apr 1 @ 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm

A relaxed, casual session playing this great universal game!

Join the All-Ages meeting of the Cedar Rapids Chess Club from 5:30 to 7:30 pm weekly on Wednesdays at the Downtown Library for a relaxed, casual session playing this great universal game! Whether you are interested in learning chess, advancing your knowledge of the game, or teaching others, you are invited to attend. For more information, connect with us on Facebook or visit www.chessiniowa.org/crchess.

We always recommend confirming details before attending. We hope to see you there!

Apr
3
Fri
Virtual Reality @ Cedar Rapids Downtown Library
Apr 3 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Come experience virtual reality at the Cedar Rapids Public Library.

Come experience virtual reality at the Cedar Rapids Public Library as we travel to strange and incredible places. Explore new worlds, solve puzzles, and outrun the occasional stray dinosaur.

This program is sponsored by the Giacoletto Foundation.

We always recommend confirming details before attending. We hope to see you there!

Crafternoons @ Ladd Library
Apr 3 @ 2:30 pm – 4:00 pm

Each week will feature a new type of craft like pottery. Try the featured craft via an introductory project using the necessary tools. All ages are welcome.

Please register by calling the library or online at www.crlibrary.org on the events page.

Some of the crafts may be difficult for children younger than 12 because they use tools or techniques that may need adult assistance. If your child is younger than 12, we ask that a caregiver/older sibling (over the age of 12) attend to assist. For questions, please contact Jen at eilersj@crlibrary.org. Registration is suggested as supplies are limited. In order to complete the project, attendance is required for both dates for classes marked (*).

Featured Topics:

Friday, March 6 – Hand-sewn felt animals: Create a cute, felt animal out of embroidery floss, buttons, and wool felt. Several patterns will be on-hand for participants to choose from.

Saturday, March 14 – Metal Stamping: Use metal stamping tools to create one-of-a-kind key chains or bracelets.

Saturday, March 28 – Acrylic Paint Pouring: Learn the techniques to obtain these beautiful designs to hang on your own wall at home.

Friday, April 3 – Handmade Original Stamps: Try out using lino cutters to create unique designs you can use to stamp paper, cloth or other materials.

Saturday, April 11 – Macrame: Learn a handful of knots which will help you on your way to creating a beautiful, mini-plant hanger perfect for an air plant.

Friday, April 17* – Wood and Resin Casting Part 1: Learn how to match wood with colorful resins to create unique wall art.

Saturday, April 25* – Wood and Resin Casting Part 2: During this session we will polish and clean-up our resin works of art after they have cured

Friday, May 8 – Cut Paper Dioramas: Create a beautiful art piece by layering cut paper designs on top of one another.

Saturday, May 16 – Clay Molding and Stamping: Using air drying clay we’ll create beautiful molded pieces with everyday objects

Friday, May 22 – Tapestry Weaving: Get inspired to create interesting and modern tapestry using different materials.

We always recommend confirming details before attending. We hope to see you there!

Apr
4
Sat
Family Fun – Learn a Craft @ Ladd Library
Apr 4 @ 10:00 am – 2:00 pm

Families, grandparents, kids, and caregivers come to the library to enjoy a free activity and share some quality time with your loved ones. All children should be accompanied by an adult.

Please register by calling the library or online at www.crlibrary.org on the events page.

Families can try out all or one of the crafts we will explore during today’s event. Get inspired by artists taking these crafts to a new level, and checkout the resources the library has to explore each craft at home. Please register ahead of time as space will be limited.

Macrame plant hangers

3-D Paper cut art

Hand-sewn felt animals

We always recommend confirming details before attending. We hope to see you there!

Apr
5
Sun
Scholastic Chess Club @ Downtown Library - Cedar Rapids
Apr 5 @ 2:00 pm – 4:30 pm

Group lessons, organized chess activities, friendly tournaments, and free time to just play chess.

Join the Scholastic Chess Club the first and third Sundays of the month (Sept-May) from 2-5 pm at Downtown Library. Students grades K-12 are welcome to come and learn how to play this great universal game! Take part in group lessons, organized chess activities, friendly tournaments, and free time to just play chess. For more information, connect with the Cedar Rapids Chess Club on Facebook or visit www.chessiniowa.org/crchess.

We always recommend confirming details before attending. We hope to see you there!

Apr
6
Mon
Comic Aficionados @ Cedar Rapids Downtown Library
Apr 6 @ 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Graphic novel and comic book club for ages 8-12 years! Read, learn, and connect with fellow enthusiasts your age.

Our new graphic novel club for ages 8-12 years will be taking a critical look at popular graphic novels by favorite authors. Read, learn, and connect with fellow enthusiasts your age.

We always recommend confirming details before attending. We hope to see you there!

Open Gaming @ Ladd Library
Apr 6 @ 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Teens will have the opportunity to play an assortment of video games, board games, or card games.

Each week, teens will have the opportunity to play an assortment of video games, board games, or card games. Special Virtual Reality events will happen as well!

We always recommend confirming details before attending. We hope to see you there!

Apr
7
Tue
Game On! @ Cedar Rapids Downtown Library
Apr 7 @ 3:30 pm – 6:00 pm

Stop by and enjoy some afternoon video game entertainment!

Whether you’re into racing, fighting, (or even just watching) video games, stop by and indulge in some afternoon entertainment!

We always recommend confirming details before attending. We hope to see you there!

Children’s Book Author Kelly DiPucchio @ Ladd Library
Apr 7 @ 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm

As part of the One2Read program, New York Times Bestselling children’s book author Kelly DiPucchio will join us to talk about her work, and share her stories.

Books will be available for purchase after the event.

We always recommend confirming details before attending. We hope to see you there!

Apr
8
Wed
Spring Seed Swap – Community Event @ Cedar Rapids Public Library
Apr 8 @ 6:00 am – 7:15 am

Gear up for gardening season with some new seeds!

Bring your seeds from last year in mini sealed and labelled envelopes (some will be on hand if you don’t have them). Seeds will be provided so even if you don’t have any to swap, join us and take some home.

Tips on seed starting, propagation and maintenance will be provided and small pots will be available to start seeds while supplies last.

We always recommend confirming details before attending. We hope to see you there!