Iowa City announces warming centers for extreme cold weather (Updated)

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Inside Shelter House’s winter emergency shelter. — photo courtesy of Shelter House

Update: This story has been updated to include the availability of certain winter clothing items at the Iowa City Public Library.

The lobby of the Iowa City Public Library will open at 8 a.m. on Wednesday and Thursday, to provide a warm shelter during the extreme cold temperature, the City of Iowa City announced Tuesday afternoon. Coffee and hot cocoa will be available in the lobby, and the library has mittens, hats and scraves for those who need them. The library itself will be open its normal operating hours, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.

The city also said the Senior Center, 28 S Linn St, will be available to the public as a warming center on Wednesday and Thursday. The building will be open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. All classes and events at the Senior Center have been cancelled until Feb. 1, due to the extreme weather.

Warm space for the public will also be available at the Robert A. Lee Recreation Center, 220 S Gilbert St, and the Mercer Park Aquatic Center/Scanlon Gym at 2701 Bradford Dr. Both will open from 6:15 a.m. to 9 p.m.

On its Facebook page, Shelter House announced it will keep both its front lobby at 429 Southgate Avenue and its winter emergency shelter, 821 Clinton St, open all day through Thursday, Jan. 31. “If you know someone experiencing homelessness, staying in their vehicles, or need shelter for any reason direct them to either shelter location,” Shelter House wrote. For more information, the nonprofit said to call 319-351-0326.

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