Apr
10
Fri
Mother Goose on the Loose @ Downtown Library - Cedar Rapids
Apr 10 @ 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!

Parachute Fun! @ Ladd Library
Apr 10 @ 10:00 am – 10:30 am

Join us for a session of parachute games and songs at Ladd!

Parachute play can help children learn fine motor skills and how to play cooperatively with their peers.

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

School’s Out: Poetree @ Cedar Rapids Public Library
Apr 10 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am

Help us fill a tree with poems! We’re creating a Poetree in honor of National Poetry Month.

Stop in the Commons of the downtown library to write a poem for our Poetree.  This program is part of our School’s Out series, for children grades K-5.

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

School’s Out: Poetree @ Ladd Library
Apr 10 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Help us fill a tree with poems! We’re creating a Poetree in honor of National Poetry Month.

Stop in the Community Room at Ladd Library to write a poem for our Poetree. This program is part of our School’s Out series, for children grades K-5.

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

Virtual Reality @ Cedar Rapids Downtown Library
Apr 10 @ 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!

Apr
11
Sat
Housing Resource Fair @ Downtown Library - Cedar Rapids
Apr 11 @ 10:00 am – 2:00 pm

In celebration of Money Smart week and Fair Housing Month, this event aims to provide critical financial well-being and housing resources to community members.

In celebration of Money Smart Week and Fair Housing Month, co-collaborators Cedar Rapids Civil Rights Commission, Cedar Rapids Public Library and Horizons, A Family Service Alliance will hold the first annual “Housing Resource Fair” on Saturday, April 11th, 2020 from 10:00 A.M. to 2:00 P.M at the Downtown Cedar Rapids Public Library. Various organizations, workshops, and resources focusing on financial well-being and housing will be available throughout the event. More details will be posted on the Cedar Rapids Public Library’s website, www.crlibrary.org. This resource fair seeks to provide information and education to all, regardless of your current housing situation.

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

Spring Crafts for Kids @ Downtown Library - Cedar Rapids
Apr 11 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am

Get creative making springtime crafts at the library!

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

STEAM Saturdays @ Ladd Library
Apr 11 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am

Saturday mornings are for investigation! Elementary aged children and parents/guardians/ care-givers are invited to participate in a STEAM project that they will work on individually or with others.

Participants will be encouraged to share their findings or work with the group. We will also celebrate the scientists, mathematicians, engineers, and artists who inspired today’s project.

Saturday, March 7 – Coding: Computer Logic with LEGOS

Saturday, March 14 – Art: Mobius Strips

Saturday, March 28 – Circuitry: Light Up Cards

Saturday, April 11 – Forensics: Techniques for Solving a Case

Saturday, April 18 – Chemistry: Bath Bomb Science

Saturday, April 25 – Botany: Plant Life

Saturday, May 9 – Film: Stop Motion with Lego*

Saturday, May 16 – Aerodynamics: Paper Airplane Physics

Saturday, May 23 – Acoustics: Building Sound Waves

* The library has some tablets for individuals without a smartphone or tablet, but participants who own these devices are encouraged to bring them for use. The FREE app used is Stop Motion Studio. Consider downloading this on your own device before the program. Thank you!

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

Who Was? A Storytime @ Cedar Rapids Downtown Library
Apr 11 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm

Based on the Who Was Story time series, on the second Saturday of the month a middle or high-school student will transform into a famous African American and lead a story hour.

This year the Cedar Rapids Public Library is partnering with the African American Museum of Iowa to provide a collaborative story time highlighting and celebrating local and national African American historical and contemporary figures. Over the span of the entire year, there will be creative projects, musical activities and more. This program is most beneficial for children between the ages of 6-12 years old. All are welcome.

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

Crafternoons @ Ladd Library
Apr 11 @ 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!