Mother Goose on the Loose @ Ladd Library
Nov 18 @ 9:30 am – 10:25 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!

Video Gaming @ Ladd Library
Nov 18 @ 4:30 pm – 6:00 pm

Each week, teens will have the opportunity to play video games on the big screen. Special Virtual Reality events will happen as well!

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

NaNoWriMo Live Write-In @ Coralville Public Library
Nov 18 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

The Coralville Public Library will host a live National Novel Writing Month Write-In on Monday, November 18th, 2019 from 6:00 PM- 8:00 PM in Meeting Room B for anyone participating in NaNoWriMo 2019 or anyone interested in dedicating some time to their writing. There will be writing sprints and general conversation throughout the event to encourage everyone’s work and creativity as we work towards meeting our writing goals.

Days of Disaster: The Douglas Starch Works Explosion @ The History Center
Nov 19 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

Days of Disaster: The Douglas Starch Works Explosion

The History Center commemorates the 100th anniversary of the Douglas Starch Works Explosion, an event with repercussions for the entirety of Linn County – including the workers at the plant, local residents, business owners , and beyond.

The exhibit explores the disaster itself as well as the days immediately following. It’s a story of tragedy and resilience – and it’s a story of community coming together at a moment that could have sown division.


The History Center is open Tuesday – Saturday, 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM. You can find more information about this exhibit, and our other exhibits at .

Preschool Story Time @ Downtown Library - Cedar Rapids
Nov 19 @ 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!

Preschool Storytime @ Coralville Public Library
Nov 19 @ 10:30 am – 11:00 am

Children ages 3 and up listen to stories, sing, and participate in a range of activities planned just for them.

Held in the Storytime room. Program lasts approximately 30 minutes.

Occurs regularly on Tuesdays.
Unwrapped: Gifts from the Peter Norton Family Christmas Project, 1988-2018 @ Cedar Rapids Museum of Art
Nov 19 @ 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Retired computer entrepreneur Peter Norton (Norton Antivirus Software) is a contemporary art collector as well as an active participant in various civic and philanthropic activities. In 1988, the Norton Family Christmas Project began commissioning artists to create original, multiple-edition works that were mailed as holiday greetings to friends, colleagues, and selected institutions.  In 2017, the CRMA received the bulk of these wonderful holiday greetings from Director Emeritus Terry Pitts and his wife Kathy Hall.


The objects and artists’ books that comprise the Project collection are incredibly varied. A sense of whimsy runs through many of the pieces: salt and pepper shakers become snow globes, a music box exhorts us to be silent.  Many works also have a sociopolitical focus, addressing issues as varied as slavery, AIDS, and gender identity.  Taken together, the Norton Family Christmas Project objects and artists’ books provide a wonderful snapshot of the last thirty years of activity in the art world at large, presenting the work of both emerging and more established artists.  The 2018 edition of the Norton Family Christmas Project was the last and ended the series.

Community Writing Center @ Coralville Public Library
Nov 19 @ 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Need help writing a letter or e-mail?  Struggling with the right wording for your job application?  Need a sounding board for your creative writing piece?  If you need help with one of these or any other kind of writing come to our Community Writing Center. No appointment necessary.

The Community Writing Center will be available weekly on Tuesdays between 4 and 6 pm in study room 6.  It is staffed by tutors from the University of Iowa’s Writing Center.

Can’t make it to the Coralville Library?  The Community Writing Center is also available at the Iowa City Public Library. Check the Iowa City Public Library calendar for exact dates and times.

Family Fitness @ Downtown Library - Cedar Rapids
Nov 19 @ 6:30 pm – 7:15 pm

Melanie Smith, Tough Mudder extraordinaire and fitness leader will guide you through a moderately intensive workout. No experience is necessary and all are welcome.

Melanie is passionate about fitness. In this 45 minute class, you’ll get a great workout helping to ensure that you will maintain, not gain in the coming winter months.

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

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

Free English Language Class for Adults @ Coralville Public Library
Nov 20 @ 9:30 am – 11:00 am

Free English Language Class for Adults, Friday & Wednesday mornings 9:30-11:00 am, at the Coralville Library downstairs meeting rooms.

With support from the Friends of the Coralville Public Library.

Childcare is not provided.

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