All Iowa Reads Author Visits – Iowa Center for the Book

The Iowa Center for the Book is excited to sponsor virtual visits in 2021 from each of the All Iowa Reads authors!

All Iowa Reads fosters a sense of unity through reading. Iowans are encouraged to come together in their communities to read and talk about a single book title in the same year.

There are three winning titles each year, an adult title, a teen title, and a kids title.  Starting this month, the authors of the winning selections will offer free virtual author visits to the public.  Each author will conduct three webinars each over the course of the next few months.

  • May 15th at 2:00pm:  Remy Lai, the author of the 2021 Kids All Iowa Reads title, Pie in the Sky will conduct the first of her free virtual webinars.
  • May 19th at 7:00 pm: Nickolas Butler, the author of the 2021 Adult All Iowa Reads title, Little Faith will conduct the first of his free virtual webinars.
  • Late June:  Randy Ribay, the author of the 2021 Teen All Iowa Reads title, Patron Saints of Nothing, is scheduled for his first free webinar.

All the webinars will be hosted by the Iowa Center for the Book and will last about an hour.  The author will discuss the book and answer questions from attendees submitted in the chat window during the webinar.

You can find more information, see the complete schedule of the virtual author visits, and register for the webinars at www.IowaCenterfortheBook.org/AIR.

Do you want to read the book before the webinar? Call the library and request them!  We have all three selections in audio, braille, and large print.

April Recap @ The Playground

On April 12th at our Makerspace Monday event, we touched and explored each strand of yarn softness, as we weaved and tied our Feathery Fun Macramé! Did you know a “chicken” has the longest feather and a “BEE Hummingbird” has the smallest feather? In fact, this little bird’s nest is the size of a quarter, kid you not! We also learned how to create hanging wall feather macramé art. Not only do we make incredibly “cool” stuff at the MakerSpace events but we also learn about science too.

Next, on April 17th for our STEM and Stories Saturday we met up with Cat, no, not a cat that goes meow, but our friend Cat Turner McAculiffe, TheraPets Coordinator from the Animal Rescue League of Iowa. Cat shared with us all of the MANY wonderful animal programs that ARL does each and every day around the entire state of Iowa. Cat even introduced us to her parrot that talks! Thank you so much for joining our library for a visit Cat, we are fortunate to have you in our community doing all the good that you do for our furry little friends.

Coming up next month on May 10th for Makerspace Monday Event, we will be using clothespins, twine, and sparkles as we make a Springtime Clothespin Planter, just in time for Mother’s Day! Seeds will be sprouting on May 15th with guest Roger Erpelding, Master Gardner as he shares with us his love for gardening. Who knows, you may want to become a Master Gardner too.

Coming up in May @ the Playground

Makerspace Monday Virtual Event
Date and Time: May 10th 6:30 p.m.

Activity: Springtime Clothespin May Planter
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STEM and Stories Saturday Virtual Event
Date and Time: May 15th 10:00 p.m.

Activity: Roger Erpeling, Master Gardner
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Coming up this Summer!

2021 Tales and Travels Summer Reading Program
Dates: June 7, 2021 – August 6, 2021 on Monday, Wednesday and Fridays
Time: 1:00pm – 1:45pm
More Information
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Tales and Travels Summer Reading Program

Next Stop, Tales and Travels Summer Reading Program!

The Summer Reading Program Tales and Travels is coming fast. This program will encompass Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math.

Go ahead, hop in, and buckle up your seatbelt. You do not want to miss out on this summer’s traveling vacation, because we are starting up our engines VAROOM, VAROOM as we shift into gear!
The Summer Reading Program will have, 27 youth programs and will be offering 9 activity kits containing 3 programs each week, along with prizes too numerous to count. We will be taking you for a bus, train, or boat ride as we travel through the many Tales of our Library. This 2021 summer event promises to be nothing short of magical, mysterious, and outrageously fun! What if I told you that you might learn a little magic trick along the rails?

Also, at time of sign up, your family will receive 2 Blank Park Zoo passes, access to our online ReadSquared program, free personalized SRP T-Shirt and passport! Step on for a spectacular ride because we will take off on June 7th at 1:00 pm sharp! We will meet every Monday, Wednesday and Friday for 45 minutes of entertaining, engaging, hands-on activities. Spots are limited, don’t miss out!

2021 Tales and Travels Summer Reading Program

Dates: June 7, 2021 – August 6, 2021 on Monday, Wednesday and Fridays
Time: 1:00pm – 1:45pm
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Join Us for Makerspace Monday on April 12th!

Makerspace Monday @ The PlaygroundDon’t miss the Makerspace Monday Virtual Event on Monday, April 12th at 6:30pm. We will not only discover the magic of feathers but get ready to tie and trim as you assemble the Feathery Macramé craft! You will learn to turn yarn into wall art just one feather at a time.

Makerspace Monday Virtual Event
Date and Time: April 12th 6:30 p.m.

Activity: Feathery Macramé Fun
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This Saturday! STEM & Stories Saturday and Braille Babies

Join us this Saturday, March 20th at 10:00am for our virtual STEM and Stories Saturday, it is Story Time with Dan Chibnall, astronomer, as we experience space sounds in space.  Also, this Saturday join us for virtual Braille Babies at 11:00am for fun learning about Braille, singing songs, and more! We didn’t want to leave anyone out, grown-ups will also learn about a great parenting tip.

STEM and Stories Saturday Virtual Program
Date and Time: March 20th 10:00 a.m.
Activity: Featuring special guest, Dan Chibnall Story Time in Space!
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Braille Babies Virtual Program
Date and Time: March 20th 11:00 a.m.
Activity: Braille, learning and Parenting Tip
Ages: 0 to 4 years old
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Did you miss this month’s virtual Makerspace Monday Virtual Event?  Don’t worry, check out the recording. This month you can touch the moon and create textures and make scientific discoveries when you learn about the different Moon Phases.

Makerspace Mondays are held on the 2nd Monday of each month at 6:30pm.
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Upon sign up, you will receive a “free” material kit!

STEM & Stories Saturdays are held on the 3rd Saturday of the month at 10:00am.
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To view past programs and for more information about Makerspace Mondays and STEM & Stories Saturdays visit our Mondays and Saturdays Page.

Join Us for Makerspace Monday on March 8th!

Makerspace Monday @ The PlaygroundDon’t miss the Makerspace Monday Virtual Event on Monday, March 8th at 6:30pm.  We will touch the moon as we create textures and make scientific discoveries when we learn about the different Moon Phases. Who knows, you may discover chocolate along the way!

Makerspace Monday Virtual Event
Date and Time: March 8th 6:30 p.m.

Activity: Space with Texture!
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