About Amber

Public Information Officer and Adult Programming Coordinator

Early Childhood Literacy at the Library

Learning to read or write doesn’t start with the first day of school. Developing language and

literacy skills starts at birth. Parents are a child’s first teacher and those early years are instrumental in how a child will perform later in life.

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The Cedar Rapids Public Library offers a variety of resources for parents and caregivers. These resources vary from items in the library collection of books to programs geared at the youngest library users. Staff are trained in “Every Child Ready to Read” an initiative of the American Library Association, to work with parents and caregivers on those five early literacy skills:

  1. Talking
  2. Writing
  3. Reading
  4. Playing
  5. Singing

Each of these five traits help get kids ready for school and set them up to be lifelong learners.

If you have a child or care for a child under the age of five, join us at the library each week for programs such as Play and Learn, Mother Goose on the Loose, Stories for Scooters and Parachute Play (starting in January). These programs offer curriculum based fun for early learners and their grown ups, and everyone leaves with added skills to take home. For more information or to register for any of our programs, visit our events calendar today.

Vote November 3

On Tuesday, November 3, 2015, voters will be asked to vote on a special 27 cent levy to provide funding for the Cedar Rapids Public Library.

The Library Board of Trustees determined that the library needed to find a sustainable source of funding to maintain service at current levels. While the demand for library services has historically been strong, the funding support has not kept pace. In recent years, the Cedar Rapids Public Library Foundation and the City bridged this funding until this levy proposition could be brought to the public. The library does not have the resources available to continue operating at the same levels of service moving into the future.

Ballot language:

Beginning July 1, 2016, shall an annual library levy of 27 cents per one-thousand dollars of assessed property value be authorized to support the Cedar Rapids Public Library?

Find answers to frequently asked questions on our library website. For more information on voting, such as finding your polling location, visit http://www.linncountyelections.org. Plan a plan b

Audiobooks Straight to Your Device

Road trips can be great fun if the driver is armed with all the right tools: good snacks, good company, and a good audiobook! The Cedar Rapids Public Library has audiobooks on CD for checkout in our libraries, as well as downloadable audiobooks that can loaded onto your phone or other device anytime.

OneClick Digital provides a special collection of audiobooks to users via a free app which you can find in the iTunes store or the Google Play store. Titles from a variety of authors and publishers are accessible through OneClick Digital.

OverDrive is another platform for audiobooks and ebooks. Look for the app in the iTunes store or the Google Play store.

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

White king stands tall next to defeated black king

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.