Free Garden Programs at Ladd Library

2015-Fall-Free-Garden-Classes-dig-banner-portraitThe Cedar Rapids Public Library (CRPL) will host free garden classes presented by the Linn County Master Gardeners (LCMG) at the Ladd Library beginning August 31.

New Perennials for 2015
August 31, 6:30 pm, presented by Deb Walser, LCMG
Every year the garden catalogs are full of NEW amazing perennials. How do we select the right perennials for our garden? Which perennials are the best for Iowa gardens? Even if you have been growing perennials for years, Deb Walser will show some of the perennials available in nurseries.

Putting Your Landscape to Bed
September 14, 6:30 pm, presented by Wil Carew, LCMG
It’s autumn. Time to clean up yard, landscape and gardens, but how do I start? Join Wil as he covers what to do, when to do it, and why!

Spring Flowering Bulbs
September 21, 6:30 pm, presented by Zora Ronan, LCMG
This class looks at the major spring flowering bulbs that are hardy in Iowa: tulips, daffodils, alliums, and frittillaria. There are bulbs that bring early spring color to almost every location in your garden.

Pretty Poisons Lurking in Your Garden
September 28, 6:30 pm, presented by Jean Wilson, LCMG
Learn which plants in your garden are deadly and which are merely harmful. It’s not always the obvious culprits – even some helpful plants can be harmful if misused or overused. Understanding what you are growing promotes safer gardening.

For a complete list of programs, visit our event calendar or call the library at (319) 261-READ.

Take the Stage

take-the-stage-dig-banner--portraitThe Cedar Rapids Public Library loves partnering with local experts to educate our community on everything from gardening to music! We are very excited to partner with local theatre group RHCR and their talented cast of “Disney’s Cinderella Kids” on a new series of theatre programs called Take the Stage!

This Saturday, parents of children who want to be on the stage in some way or just have an interest in learning how to become involved with local theatre, are invited to “So Your Kid Wants to be in Showbiz?

Join us from 1:30 – 3 pm in the Beems Auditorium of the downtown library. Learn how to nourish your child’s passion for the stage within the Cedar Rapids community. Registration is requested (click here to register) but not required. The program is presented by RHCR with additional support from Barnes & Noble, Cost Cutters and Skogman Homes/Realty.

 

Library Clubs Offer Various Opportunities to Participate

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Whether you are learning the nuances of chess, love to get deep into a game of Scrabble,

or are looking for fellow readers, the Cedar Rapids Public Library has a club for you!

The Library offers a variety of clubs and each one is open to anyone who would like to participate.

Chess Club: Meets each Wednesday evening from 5:30 to 8:30 pm in the Downtown Library

Scrabble Club: Meets each Wednesday at 1 pm at the Ladd Library OR the Last Thursday of each month at the Downtown Library

Book Clubs:
Ladd Library Book Club: Second Saturday of each month at 3:30 pm at the Ladd Library
Book Lovers Club: Second Tuesday of each month at 7 pm at the Ladd Library
Women’s Studies Reading Group: Second Thursday of each month at the Downtown Library

There is no fee to join these clubs, nor is there any registration or requirement that you participate on a weekly or monthly basis. Feel free to drop in and check one out, no strings attached.

For more information on each club and the many other programs at the Cedar Rapids Public Library, visit http://www.crlibrary.org.

Summer Learning at the Cedar Rapids Public Library Can Help Prevent Summer Slide

IMG_6611Studies show that over the summer months, when students are not in school, they can lose as much as two months’ worth of grade level equivalency. A study by the National Summer Learning Association confirms that teachers spend a significant amount of time re-teaching material due to summer learning loss. The Cedar Rapids Public Library Summer Dare program is one way to combat this summer slide and there is still plenty of time to get started.

The CRPL Summer Dare is not your average summer reading program. It is a newly designed twist on conventional summer reading programs that challenges the entire community to read it, picture it, celebrate it, move it, write it, share it, explore it, imagine it, make it, change it, learn it, and wing it!

A significant majority of teachers surveyed by the NSLA agree that summer learning loss could be ameliorated if students participate in a summer learning program. The Cedar Rapids Public Library is here to help parents successfully manage summer fun and learning at the same time.

So far more than 4,600 community members ranging from babies to grandparents have registered to participate in the Summer Dare. They are helping us to fill our Dare Drop with red and black pom poms, representative of the more than 432,000 minutes of reading and more than 4,300 dares completed (as of July 14). We hope to fill the Dare Drop at both locations by the end of the summer.

The CRPL Summer Dare is a summer learning challenge for all ages, weekly themed activities designed to encourage life-long learning, intergenerational programs, and unexpected experiences at the library and beyond. The program runs through August 22 with programs and events throughout the summer. Participants can register online at http://summerdare.crlibrary.org or at both the Ladd Library and the Downtown Library.

To complete the program, participants must read 300 minutes and complete eight “dares” as listed in the Summer Dare program by August 22. Dares are based on the theme of each week. Some can be done in the library but many can be done throughout the community.

Participants can stop in to either library location throughout the summer and visit the Dare Desk to register, record their progress, turn in their completed reading logs, and get pom poms to add to the Dare Drop. The Dare Drop is a physical representation of all the reading and dares being done throughout the summer.

We encourage participants to share their progress with us on social media using the hashtags #2015summerdare and #notyouraveragelibrary.

Programs for all ages will be held throughout the CRPL Summer Dare. For a complete list of programs, visit our event calendar on our website at www.crlibrary.org or pick up a CRPL Summer Dare program at the library.

Piper Kerman

Piper Kerman will finish the Out Loud! Author Series on Friday, June 26, at 7 p.m. t the Piper Kerman-Sam Zalutsky Spiegel and GrauHotel at Kirkwood Center.

Kerman is the author of the best-selling memoir Orange is the New Black, which was adapted into a critically-acclaimed TV series of the same name. The memoir chronicles what the author calls her “crucible experience”, the 13-months she spent in the Federal Correctional Institution in Danbury, Connecticut. Since her release, Kerman has worked tirelessly to promote the cause of prison and criminal justice reform.

While no tickets are required, series organizers are requesting pre-registration. Alternately, patrons may contact any of the Metro Libraries or send an email OrangeistheNewBlack_Kermanto events@crlibrary.org.

All Out Loud! authors will take questions from the audience and sign books following their presentations.

Out Loud! The Metro Library Network Author Series is supported by the Giacoletto Foundation with media support from The Gazette and event book sales provided by Barnes & Noble Booksellers.

Rainbow Rowell

Rainbow Rowell will continue the Out Loud! Author Series on Friday, June 19, at 7 p.m. at the Hotel at Kirkwood Center.rainbow

Rowell is the New York Times bestselling author of Fangirl, Eleanor & Park, and Attachments. Her latest book, Landline, received the Goodreads Choice Award for best fiction in 2014. Her work spans the young adult and adult genres, appealing to people of all ages. Formerly a columnist and ad copywriter at the Omaha World-Herald, Rowell’s two young adult novels, Eleanor & Park and Fangirl were released in 2013 and both were named by The New York Times as among the best young adult fiction of the year.

While no tickets are required, series organizers are requesting pre-registration. Alternately, patrons may eleanor&park_rowellcontact any of the Metro Libraries or send an email to events@crlibrary.org.

All Out Loud! authors will take questions from the audience and sign books following their presentations.

Out Loud! The Metro Library Network Author Series is supported by the Giacoletto Foundation with media support from The Gazette and event book sales provided by Barnes & Noble Booksellers.

Maureen Corrigan

Corrigan, Maureen - pic2Maureen Corrigan will open this year’s Out Loud! Author Series on Friday, June 12 at 7 p.m. at the Hotel at Kirkwood Center.

Corrigan is one of America’s most trusted and loved book critics. For more than 20 years, Corrigan has been the book critic for NPR’s Fresh Air. She is also a columnist for The Washington Post and the critic-in-residence at Georgetown University where her courses are very popular, as well as a critic for The Village Voice.

She is the author of two books of her own; Leave me Alone I’m Reading and So We Read On: How the Great Gatsby Came to Be and Why it Endures, which was named one of the ten best books of the year by Library Journal in 2014. AsiSo We Read On by Maureen Corrigande from her writings for The Washington Post and The Village Voice, Corrigan has also written reviews for The New York Times, The Boston Globe and The Nation among others. She is an associate editor of and contributor to Mystery and Suspense Writers and the winner of the 1999 Edgar Award for Criticism. In 2012 she served as a juror for the Pulitzer Prize in Fiction.

While no tickets are required, series organizers are requesting pre-registration. Alternately, patrons may contact any of the Metro Libraries or send an email to events@crlibrary.org.

All Out Loud! authors will take questions from the audience and sign books following their presentations.

There will also be a special Meet & Greet reception with Corrigan for Friends of the Cedar Rapids and Marion Public Libraries preceding her program. Get details and register here.

Out Loud! The Metro Library Network Author Series is supported by the Giacoletto Foundation with media support from The Gazette and event book sales provided by Barnes & Noble Booksellers.