Feb
28
Fri
Crafternoons @ Ladd Library
Feb 28 @ 2:30 pm – 4:30 pm

Each week will feature a new type of craft like pottery. Try the featured craft via an introductory project using the necessary tools. This program is geared to tweens and teens.

Featured Topics:

Paper Cutting – Friday, December 6
Fairy Gardens – Friday, December 13
Graphic Design – Friday, December 20
Knitting – Friday, January 3
Block Prints – Friday, January 10
Zines – Friday, January 17*
Clay Monster – Friday, January 24*
Wire and Wood Mobiles – Friday, January 31
Paper Making – Friday, February 7*
Needle Felting – Friday, February 14
Watercolor on Wood – Friday, February 21
Photography – Friday, February 28

*Dates marked feature a special guest who will talk about and teach the craft going on that day. Registration for those events are required as supplies are limited.

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

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

Feb
29
Sat
STEAM Saturdays @ Ladd Library
Feb 29 @ 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, December 14 – Engineering: Building Challenge

Saturday, December 21- Math: Calculating Distance, Rate and Time

Saturday, December 28 – Making Snow and Slime

Saturday, January 4 – Computer Science: Making a Cardboard Guitar Play

Saturday, January 11- Art: Poured Canvas Art

Saturday, January 18 – Physics: Bubbles and Balloons

Saturday, January 25 – Ecology: Biomes vs Habitats

Saturday, February 1 – Biology: Building our Own Cell

Saturday, February 8 – Robotics: Make Your Own Robot

Saturday, February 15 – Acoustics: Seeing Sound

Saturday, February 22 – Art: Creating Optical Illusion Art

Saturday, February 29 – Optics: Explore Light with Prisms

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

Mar
5
Thu
Yarn It! @ Cedar Rapids Downtown Library
Mar 5 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm

Bring a yarn project that you enjoy making. try new projects, learn something new you can make. Make items to donate to local charities.

This group is for anyone who would like to work on their yarn projects in a social setting, share what they are making or would like to learn how to crochet or knit.

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

Mar
7
Sat
STEAM Saturdays @ Ladd Library
Mar 7 @ 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!

Mar
14
Sat
STEAM Saturdays @ Ladd Library
Mar 14 @ 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!

Mar
19
Thu
School’s Out: Keepsake Butterfly Portrait @ Cedar Rapids Downtown Library
Mar 19 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am

Create a butterfly portrait with a photo of YOU welcoming spring. School’s Out programs are for elementary school students to enjoy when school is not in session.

At today’s School’s Out program, you will create colorful butterfly wings and then attach a photo cutout of yourself to them.  You become the butterfly!  This keepsake portrait is a great way to welcome spring. All materials will be provided, including photo.

Please arrive at 10:00 AM in order to complete the project in the allotted time.

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

Mar
26
Thu
After School Activities @ Cedar Rapids Downtown Library
Mar 26 @ 4:00 pm – 5:30 pm

From crafts to games. Fun things to do after school.

March 26th: Choose to make wristbands in Super Hero colors, Princess colors or create your own design! Don’t forget to make one for a friend!

April 23rd: Spend some time folding and making origami – from boats to Superheroes. We will have a variety of origami books and ideas for beginners up to more experienced Origami folders.

May 28th: Time to play with Ozobots! Draw lines, create codes and find out what Ozobots can do.

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

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

Apr
2
Thu
Yarn It! @ Cedar Rapids Downtown Library
Apr 2 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm

Bring a yarn project that you enjoy making. try new projects, learn something new you can make. Make items to donate to local charities.

This group is for anyone who would like to work on their yarn projects in a social setting, share what they are making or would like to learn how to crochet or knit.

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