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Cedar Rapids Public Library’s downtown location will reopen Thursday, though fire clean-up and repairs continue

The downtown location of the Cedar Rapids Public Library will reopen on Thursday, five weeks after damage from a fire in a lighting fixture caused it to close. That fire was quickly contained with no reported injuries, and in a […]

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New cooling center for downtown Cedar Rapids announced, as library remains closed after fire

The main branch of the Cedar Rapids Public Library normally serves as the city’s downtown cooling center during hot weather such as Iowa has been experiencing, but the building has been closed since a fire last week. CRPL announced a […]

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Downtown Cedar Rapids Public Library remains closed following fire

The downtown location of the Cedar Rapids Public Library is closed following a fire on Wednesday afternoon. The fire broke out in a light fixture and was extinguished quickly, according to a statement posted on the library’s site. “The initial […]

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A library card could earn you a free pass to museums, gardens and more in cities across Iowa

Library cards have always allowed you to read about other people’s experiences for free, and now they can help have your own experiences. Also for free. Adults with active library cards from the Iowa City Public Library (ICPL), the Cedar […]

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Save CR Heritage marks its 10th anniversary amid efforts to preserve old school buildings

In October 2011, Cedar Rapids’ oldest church, the People’s Church Unitarian Universalist, was demolished. It was built in 1875 and became the first building listed on the National Register of Historic Places in the city to be razed without sustaining […]

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Youth at Linn County’s juvenile detention center offer ‘authentic reads on young adult books’ through the Read Woke program

On a recent visit to Linn County’s Juvenile Detention Center, Cedar Rapids librarian Meredith Crawford said she asked one of the kids what kinds of books they liked to read when they were younger. Crawford was surprised when they said […]

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Cedar Rapids Public Library is rolling out a technology van to increase access to computers and other tech tools

The Cedar Rapids Public Library (CRPL) will bring a variety of technology to neighborhood parks around the city this summer using its new mobile technology van. CRPL’s programming manager Kevin Delecki told Little Village the technology van is the backbone […]

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DIY videos, Black Lives Matter reading lists and laptop checkouts buoy local libraries’ summer programs during COVID-19 closure

When local libraries closed their doors in March due to COVID-19, it was unclear what would happen to their popular summer reading programs. With the duration of COVID-19-related closures unknown and summer reading program plans nearly solidified, local libraries had […]

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Public libraries in Cedar Rapids and Marion begin limited reopenings

People will be able to reserve a computer for an hour at the Cedar Rapids Public Library starting Monday. Both guests and members will have to schedule an appointment in advance to use a computer, and the library is limiting […]

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