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Iowa City Fire Department Responds to Garage Fire

At 1:34 PM on Thursday, June 21st, the Iowa City Fire Department responded to a report of a garage fire at 2807 Eastwood Drive.  The first unit arrived on scene 4 minutes after notification and reported a garage fire with light smoke from a split-foyer style residence.  All occupants had evacuated the building prior to the arrival of the fire department.  The fire was contained to the garage and extinguished within 15 minutes after arrival.   

The residence sustained fire damage to the garage and light smoke damage throughout the building.  A loss estimate is not yet available.  The cause of the fire remains under investigation by the Iowa City Fire Department. 

Outside agency support and assistance was provided by the Iowa City Police Department, Johnson County Ambulance Service, Johnson County Joint Emergency Communication Center and Mid-American Energy.  

For more information, contact the on-duty Battalion Chief at 319-356-5255.

Road Construction - S. Clinton Street

IOWA CITY -- Weather permitting, on Monday, June 25, 2018, the eastbound lane of Court Street will be closed between S. Clinton Street and Dubuque Street for pavement repairs as part of the Burlington Clinton Street Intersection Improvements Project. It is anticipated that normal traffic will resume Thursday, June 28, 2018.  

Drivers should take note of this closure and use another route. As always, use caution when traveling in construction areas.

For updated information on road construction in Iowa City,

Visit the Farmers Market for all things Iowa City RAGBRAI



RAGBRAI shirts for sale at the Library



RAGBRAI is rolling through Iowa City on Friday July 27. To celebrate, there are official RAGRAI t-shirts for sale at a number of locations, including ICPL's Help Desk.

The cost is $20 per shirt, while supplies last.

The shirts for sale at the Library are Canvas Bella cotton/poly blend in size medium and large in both black and gold versions. Additional sizes are available through online ordering at the official RAGBRAI Merchandise webpage.

All proceeds offset RAGBRAI expenses. Any profits from the event will go to the United Way of Johnson and Washington Counties.

Rock-N-Read to support ICPL Tuesday, June 26


 Toes will be tappin’ when HomeBrewed takes the stage on Tuesday, June 26, for a live concert benefiting the Iowa City Public Library Friends Foundation. 

The music will play from 5:30 to 8 p.m. at The Mill Restaurant, 120 E. Burlington St. There will be a cover charge of $10 per adult, $5 per child (17 and younger), with all funds going to the Friends Foundation. 

HomeBrewed is music with a mission, with members playing songs that go back to the intersection of blues, gospel and country, also known as the beginning of rock and roll. HomeBrewed uses music to give back to the community by playing fundraisers to benefit nonprofit organizations. All funds raised at Rock-N-Read will support various Library programs, including the Bookmobile and Summer Reading Program. 

For more information, call Development Office Coordinator Patty McCarthy at 319-356-5249.


Late Night at the Library Saturday, June 23


The second annual Downtown Block Party will be held from 5 to 11 p.m. on Saturday, June 23. Last year's event brought an estimated 30,000 people to downtown Iowa City. Will you be part of the 2018 celebration?

The Library will join the fun by staying open until 10 p.m. on June 23. All Library services will be available at that time, including checkouts and public computer use. We'll also host a Mario Kart 8 Video Game Tournament in Meeting Room A.

Registration begins at 7 p.m., with the game starting at 7:30 p.m. The victor will receive a Downtown District gift card!

SRP Update: Things are rockin' at ICPL!


Have you registered for Libraries Rock!, the 2018 Summer Reading Program? No? Don't worry; there's still time to join the fun! Participants can register online, at the Library or on the Bookmobile

Teen and Adult Summer Reading Program participants complete the program when they read five books, or read three books and attend two programs.

Teens who complete the program will receive a free book and food coupon, and be entered into the grand prize drawing for one of four $50 Downtown Iowa City gift cards. Adults who complete their game card will receive a free book and be entered into the grand prize drawing for one of four $50 Downtown Iowa City gift cards.

Want to know what programs each program has? You'll find them listed on back of the Teen and Adult game cards.


Road Construction – Burlington Street, Johnson Street, Court Street

IOWA CITY -- Weather permitting, on Monday, June 25, 2018, street repairs and resurfacing will begin on Burlington Street between Van Buren Street and Summit Street; Johnson Street between Burlington Street and Bowery Street; and Court Street between Johnson Street and Dodge Street. During this work, local access and emergency vehicles will be maintained, but lane reductions will occur. It is anticipated that normal traffic will resume on Burlington Street, Johnson Street, and Court Street by Sept. 1, 2018.

Drivers should take note of this closure and use another route. As always, be cautious when traveling in construction areas. 

For more information about this project, visit

Housing, event volunteers still needed for Iowa City RAGBRAI

With only a few weeks remaining until 12,000 RAGBRAI riders roll into Iowa City, volunteers are still needed to provide housing or camping to riders and to help with the festivities taking place Downtown.

Iowa City will be an overnight stop for RAGBRAI on Friday, July 27. RAGBRAI is the Register’s Annual Great Bicycle Ride Across Iowa, which this year will begin in Onawa on July 21 and end in Davenport on July 28. The theme is “Book it to Iowa City.”

Volunteer host homes are needed to accommodate RAGBRAI groups of 15 or fewer people overnight on Friday, July 27. Community members willing to provide host housing, which can range from yard camping to indoor sleeping space, should fill out the Host A Rider form by July 1. Host housing is most needed in areas of relative proximity to the Downtown District, where the entertainment will take place.

In addition, hundreds of volunteers still are needed to help make Iowa City’s overnight stop a success. Duties include hospitality, information centers, campgrounds, beverage garden, trash and recycling, shuttle assistance, and volunteer check-in. Shifts are three hours long, and volunteers can sign up for more than one shift.

Those interested in volunteering can sign up at

All volunteers will receive a T-shirt, which will provide access to the volunteer hospitality stations located at the main campground in City Park and Downtown Iowa City during the event. 

For the latest news and information about Iowa City RAGBRAI and to buy merchandise, visit and follow Iowa City RAGBRAI on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Theft Suspect Arrested After Crime Stoppers Tips

CEDAR RAPIDS, IA – On May 14th, the Cedar Rapids Police Department requested the public's assistance in the identification of a theft suspect.  The suspect allegedly used a stolen credit card to purchase items at five convenience stores throughout the city.  The credit card was stolen from a vehicle on March 28th

Surveillance photographs were disseminated through Cedar Rapids Police Department social media and local media.  There were several tips through Linn County Crime Stoppers that led to the identification of the suspect.

Jeffrey R. Stone, DOB/02-27-1986, age 32, of Red Wing, MN was arrested at 7:15 p.m. last night in Cedar Rapids for Theft-5th Degree and 5 counts of False Use of a Credit Card.

The Police Department is appreciative of the public’s assistance in this case.

Disclaimer:  Any arrest information included above is based on the legal conclusion that, as with any criminal case, a charge is merely an accusation and a defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.

City Seeking Input on Pedestrian Master Plan

CEDAR RAPIDS, IA – The City of Cedar Rapids is seeking public input to help shape a new Pedestrian Master Plan. The goal of the plan is to develop an updated priority list of sidewalk needs throughout the community, tailored for residents of all ages, interests, and abilities and taking into consideration existing transit and trail amenities.

Residents are invited to an interactive workshop on Wednesday, June 27, from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at the Cedar Rapids Public Library (450 5th Avenue SE). The workshop will allow residents to provide feedback on current sidewalk conditions and areas of improvement. The workshop is kid-friendly; activities will be provided for children. 

Getting Involved

Public outreach will play a key role in the plan’s update, and there are several ways for residents to share their feedback with the City. Outreach will include both online tools as well as public open houses, workshops with stakeholders, and “pop-up” workstations at local grocery stores and libraries. Online tools have been designed to encourage interactive feedback – residents can leave comments on the online map and help staff learn problem areas or concerns with connectivity and sidewalk gaps.

WEBSITE: Access interactive maps and surveys:

SCHEDULE: In addition to the workshop on June 27, several “Pop-up Workshops” are also scheduled where residents can get material on the plan and talk with staff:

  • Thursday, June 28, 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.
    Ground Transportation Center, 450 1st Street SE

Public outreach will run from June to July. A draft plan will be publically presented this winter.

Emmons Street Closure between Center Point Road and 4th Avenue Friday June 22nd. Traffic to follow marked detour on Center Point Road, Blair’s Ferry Road, and 10th Avenue.

HIAWATHA, IA – Emmons Street will be closed starting Friday June 22nd from Center Point Road to 4th Avenue for pavement reconstruction. A detour will be established on Center Point Road, Blair’s Ferry Road, and 10th Avenue. Temporary access will be provided to all businesses. Access to City Hall front driveway and parking lot to remain open. Work to reconstruct Emmons Street will continue for approximately 4 weeks.    

Through traffic should expect delays.

If you have any questions please call the Engineering Department at (319) 393-1515 (EXT. 511)

Coralville Transit Layover Change for Downtown Block Party

Due to road closures for the Downtown Block Party in Iowa City, Coralville Transit will not serve the following stops all day on Saturday, June 23, 2018:

  • Downtown Iowa City interchange (stop #0001)
  • Iowa Memorial Union (stop # 0125)
  • Macbride Hall (stop # 0120)

All routes will be diverted to E. Court Street between Clinton and Dubuque Streets in Iowa City for layovers. No other stops are scheduled to be affected. Service delays are anticipated, and any changes to service will be posted at

Route changes, road closures, and traffic delays will make predicted bus arrival times on Bus on the Go (Bongo, inaccurate on June 23, however, the real-time maps on Bongo with actual bus locations will be accurate and should be used to locate buses.

Normal transit service and Bongo operations will resume on Monday, June 25. For more information, contact Coralville Transit at 319.248.1790.