Mar
28
Sat
STEAM Saturdays @ Ladd Library
Mar 28 @ 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!

Nature Explorers @ Cedar Rapids Downtown Library
Mar 28 @ 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

Keep Talking and Nobody Explodes – A Virtual Reality Competition @ Cedar Rapids Downtown Library
Mar 28 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

Compete with a friend in order to disarm digital explosives in order to win the coveted title of Least Exploded!

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

Crafternoons @ Ladd Library
Mar 28 @ 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!

Mar
30
Mon
Open Gaming @ Ladd Library
Mar 30 @ 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!

Mother Goose on the Loose @ Ladd Library
Mar 30 @ 9:30 pm – 10:30 pm

“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!

Mar
31
Tue
Preschool Story Time @ Downtown Library - Cedar Rapids
Mar 31 @ 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!

Game On! @ Cedar Rapids Downtown Library
Mar 31 @ 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!

Apr
1
Wed
Mother Goose on the Loose @ Downtown Library - Cedar Rapids
Apr 1 @ 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!

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!