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ICPL Teens Invited to Anime Cosplay Tea Party

Celebrate no school on Wednesday, February 28, by attending the Library's Anime Cosplay Tea Party from 2 to 4 p.m. in the Teen Center. 

In celebration of the new anime season, we will watch anime, sip tea, and snack on treats just like those seen in “Black Butler,” “Tokyo Ghoul” and “Ouran Host Club.” 

There will be games and a prize for the best cosplay, so be sure to wear your finest anime-inspired cosplay -- but you can come as you are, too. 

Teen programs are for students in 7th through 12th grades. 

For more information, contact the Library at 319-356-5200.

ICPL Friends Foundation Big Book Bash at Big Grove Brewery

Mark your calendars now for the Iowa City Public Library Friends Foundation’s Big Book Bash at Big Grove Brewery. This all-ages event will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, March 6, at the Brewery, 1225 S. Gilbert St. 

Library lovers are invited to come, eat and talk all things books, including how support from the community makes ICPL better. The Bookmobile will be on site for tours and there will be opportunities to win prizes, too. Donations of gently read children's books will be accepted for The Book End store inside the ICPL. 

The Big Book Bash is a Big Grove for Good event. A percentage of the night's food and beverage sales will be donated to the Friends Foundation. 

For more information, call the Library at 319-356-5200.

Iowa City Public Library Friends Foundation opens Society6 store

In search of a gift for the book lover in your life? Visit the Iowa City Public Library’s Society6 store! 

Society6 is an online store featuring the work of thousands of artists around the world. Artists upload their original work, which is then transferred to consumer goods, including prints, clocks, stationary and coffee mugs. 

The Library’s account features the Get a Library Card designs created by the Library’s graphic designer, Mara Cole. Some of the designs includes the Library’s logo, while most do not, allowing the items to be enjoyed by book lovers around the globe; not just Iowa City. 

Visit and enter Iowa City Public Library in the search box to access ICPL’s store. All proceeds will go to the Library Friends Foundation, which supports the Summer Reading Program and other Library programs and collections. 

For more information, call the Library at 319-356-5200.

Archives Crawl at the Iowa City Public Library

The Iowa City Public Library will participate in the Iowa City Archives Crawl on Saturday, February 24. Learn more about local resources and archival items available at the Library in the newly expanded Computer Lab from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. that day. 

Library staff and speakers from local historical groups, including Friends of Historic Preservation, the Johnson County Historical Society and Historic Foodies, will share insights into collecting and preserving history. Come for one, two or all of the following programs:

11 to 11:15 a.m. – How to Find My Ancestors: A Genealogy Workshop

11:30 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. – Giving Your Personal History a Digital Makeover 

12 to 12:15 p.m. – Historic Preservation: The Original Whole-House Makeover, presented by Friends of Historic Preservation 

12:30 to 12:45 p.m. – Local History resources at ICPL or “What Really Happened Back in the Day?” 

1 to 1:15 p.m. – Iowa City’s Most Famous Athlete You Never Heard Of 

1:30 to 1:45 p.m. – Curating the 2006 Tornado Tour: Building a Strong Collection with the Community

2 to 2:15 p.m. – Johnson County Historical Society: Who We are and What We Do 

2:30 to 2:45 p.m. – CSI: Investigating a Murder with Local History Resources 

For more information about the Iowa City Archives Crawl and the other locations, visit or call the Library at 319-356-5200.

Iowa City Public Library’s TAG Meeting Announced

TAG, the Iowa City Public Library’s Teen Activity Group, is looking for new members. 

TAG is open to students in grades 7 through 12. TAG members help plan teen programs and give teenage students a voice in the Library. Anyone wanting to make a difference in the Library, and earn volunteer hours at the same time, should give TAG a try. 

Our February meeting will be held from 4 to 5 p.m. in the Koza Family Teen Center on Thursday, February 22. 

For more information, contact the Library at 319-356-5200.

Join Iowa City Police Officers for Coffee with a Cop

Meet up with neighbors, friends, and police officers for coffee and a conversation during the next Coffee with a Cop event. 

Iowa City Police officers will be at The Encounter Café, 376 S. Clinton St., from 9:30 to 11 a.m. on Friday, Feb. 23, 2018. 

There is no agenda scheduled. This is an opportunity to ask questions, voice concerns, and get to know police officers in a relaxed setting over a cup of coffee. 

RSVP to the Coffee with a Cop Facebook event page for updates and reminders about the event.  

Additional information about the Coffee with a Cop program is available at

For other questions, or to schedule Coffee with a Cop in your neighborhood, contact Officer Colin Fowler at or 319-356-5275.

“Pay What You Want” Book Sale at ICPL February 24 and 25

Two of the greatest words in the English language join together for one great event: Book Sale. 

The Iowa City Public Library Friends Foundation will host a Book Sale from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, February 24, and from noon to 3 p.m. on Sunday, February 25, in Meeting Room A. 

Featuring “Pay What You Want” prices on everything from fiction and cookbooks, to nonfiction, DVDs, art books, young adult and children’s books, everyone is sure to find something.

 All sales are final with proceeds benefitting the Library, courtesy of The Book End Committee of the Iowa City Public Library Friends Foundation. 

For more information, contact Patty McCarthy, Development Office Director, at 319-356-5249 or via e-mail at