May
21
Thu
Reading to Dogs @ Ladd Library
May 21 @ 6:30 pm – 7:15 pm

Make new furry friends as you improve your reading skills! Trained, certified therapy dogs provide comfortable companionship to emerging readers as they earn a free library book and bookmark. Everyone welcome to read to the dogs.Then stay as the pups perform at 7 p.m.! Presented in partnership with Therapy Dogs International.

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

May
22
Fri
Mother Goose on the Loose @ Downtown Library - Cedar Rapids
May 22 @ 9:30 am – 10:30 am

“Mother Goose on the Loose” is a 20-minute nursery rhyme program for newborns to three-year-olds, followed by a 30-minute playtime. This program helps strengthen babies’ and toddlers’ foundation for literacy with rhymes, rhythm, repetition, story and movement.

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

May
26
Tue
Preschool Story Time @ Downtown Library - Cedar Rapids
May 26 @ 10:00 am – 10:30 am

Join us for stories, rhymes, and songs.

Grow your child’s love of reading by attending Preschool Story Time. Each week explore new stories, songs, and rhymes.

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

May
27
Wed
Mother Goose on the Loose @ Downtown Library - Cedar Rapids
May 27 @ 9:30 am – 10:30 am

“Mother Goose on the Loose” is a 20-minute nursery rhyme program for newborns to three-year-olds, followed by a 30-minute playtime. This program helps strengthen babies’ and toddlers’ foundation for literacy with rhymes, rhythm, repetition, story and movement.

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

May
28
Thu
Preschool Story Time @ Ladd Library
May 28 @ 10:00 am – 10:30 am

Join us for stories, rhymes, and songs.

Grow your child’s love of reading by attending Preschool Story Time. Each week explore new stories, songs, and rhymes.

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

May
29
Fri
Mother Goose on the Loose @ Downtown Library - Cedar Rapids
May 29 @ 9:30 am – 10:30 am

“Mother Goose on the Loose” is a 20-minute nursery rhyme program for newborns to three-year-olds, followed by a 30-minute playtime. This program helps strengthen babies’ and toddlers’ foundation for literacy with rhymes, rhythm, repetition, story and movement.

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

May
30
Sat
Nature Explorers @ Cedar Rapids Downtown Library
May 30 @ 10:30 am – 11:00 am

Calling all nature explorers! Join us once a month as we explore nature through hands-on-projects and stories. Some activities will involve going outside, weather permitting.

Be sure to wear clothing that is appropriate for the weather we will be having as well as clothing that you can get messy in.

January: Animal Tracks

February: V-Day Activities: heart scavenger hunt and/or snowball fight, homemade pet toys for CVHS

March: Plants & Birds, grow a seed and/or make a bird feeder to take home

Sep
21
Mon
ABC: A Book and a Craft
Sep 21 @ 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm

Join us online for our new monthly family event! Listen to a book & watch a craft tutorial.  ABC: A Book and a Craft will be available to view for one week on Facebook and YouTube.

Craft materials – Call the Library 248-1850, September 21-25, to arrange a time to pick up the materials to make your own craft at home.

Sep
25
Fri
SHENANIGANS: Animals in Charge! A Drive-in Theatre Experience @ Coralville Aquatics Center parking lot (behind City Hall)
Sep 25 @ 7:00 pm
Enjoy an evening of drive-in theatre with Shenanigans: Animals in Charge! The show opens with a parade-size Mother Earth as she introduces us to the zany antics of animals exploring venues that, under normal circumstances, humans dominate. But, as people around the world suspend their normal activities in the face of a world-wide pandemic, the animals take charge! The show transitions from large rod puppets in the early evening, to shadow puppets as the sun sets. From start to finish the puppets are accompanied by live music with original songs written just for this show.
Your family can enjoy this show from the comfort of your car at the Aquatics Center parking lot, located behind City Hall. Show sound will be broadcast to your car radio. Parking spaces are very limited, so make your reservation now! Free-will donations are welcome at the event, or as an online donation.
Audience members may get out of their cars to watch the performances as long as they remain in their designated parking space. Each group will be socially distanced from other patrons, and are required to wear a face mask if they exit their vehicle.
To make your reservation, or if you have any additional questions, contact Patrons Services Supervisor Nancy Mayfield at 319-248-9372, nmayfield@coralville.org.
The creation and performance of this fun, mad-cap tale is made possible through a generous grant from the Roy J. Carver Charitable Trust.
Sep
26
Sat
Stanley Creates: Elizabeth Catlett-inspired monoprinting @ Online (registration required)
Sep 26 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Led by Lauren Linahon, art education masters student, UI College of Education.

Stanley Creates is an interactive program for children and teens to learn artmaking techniques using everyday materials. Taking inspiration from the museum’s collection, participants will play with materials to create unique projects at home. Lauren Linahon will demonstrate the process and provide feedback and support to participants as they make their artwork.

In this workshop, participants will make their own prints with materials found at home. Taking Elizabeth Catlett’s lithographs as an example, Linahon will guide kids through the process of making a monoprint (a single impression of a design).

Lauren Linahon is a graduate student in art education. She has led artmaking workshops for United Action for Youth and taught studio sections of the course Create, Imagine, Play: Human Development through Arts at the University of Iowa.

Free. Participation is limited to 15, please register in advance: https://uiowa.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_3xhQ0JloCyGFYih

After registration, you will receive a welcome letter with a supply list, all of which are common household items.

Video instructions will be available after the event for those who are unable to attend, but would like to make the projects.

Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to attend all University of Iowa-sponsored events. If you are a person with a disability who requires a reasonable accommodation in order to participate in this program, please contact the SMA in advance at 319-335-1727.