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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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Kids can get a free bus ride to downtown Iowa City summer weekdays by showing their library card

Starting Wednesday, Iowa City kids will be able to get a free bus ride downtown by showing their library card, as the Summer Library Bus program returns. The Iowa City Public Library (ICPL) partners with Iowa City Transit every year […]

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The Iowa City Public Library wants to know what the heck you experienced during the pandemic

For Candice Smith, the pandemic blurred the last few years. “It has wiped my sense of time from my brain,” she said. The pandemic was another heavy stone tied to the heels of an already terrible year. Smith was diagnosed […]

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‘Bloom County’ is coming to television as an animated series, bringing echoes of Iowa City with it

Almost 42 years after it was first launched, 33 years after its creator discontinued it and seven years after he revived it, the much-beloved comic strip “Bloom County” is set to become an animated series on Fox. And when Berkeley […]

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Celebrate Black History Month in the CRANDIC

Happy February, readers! It’s time to begin celebrating Black History Month in the CRANDIC. Throughout the month, you’ll find numerous events to take part in as we celebrate Black culture and the achievements and legacies of Black Americans.  Editor’s Pick: […]

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Sounds like a lotta hoopla to make over a library app, right? Wrong!

Just in time for winter’s arrival, the Iowa City Public Library (ICPL) has partnered with a new streaming service to bring members audiobooks, e-books, comics, movies, television shows and music. hoopla is the digital service of Midwest Tape, an Ohio-based […]

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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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Cedar Rapids, Hiawatha and Marion public libraries will resume curbside hold pick-up

The public libraries in Cedar Rapids, Hiawatha and Marion will resume curbside hold pick-up of library materials on Friday, May 22. The libraries, which are part of the Metro Library Network, are currently closed to the public to help prevent […]

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Two houses represent a forgotten period of segregation in Iowa City, University of Iowa history

The houses at 942 Iowa Ave and 914 S Dubuque St in Iowa City may seem nondescript — just another couple of old, off-campus rental properties for college students — save for the rust-brown metal signs out front. These signs, funded by a grant from the National Park Service, detail the background of the Iowa Federation Home and Tate Arms house, which have had quiet but important roles in the history of Iowa City and the University of Iowa. […]

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