Summer Sci-Fi Film Series

The Cedar Rapids Public Library invites you to cool off from the warm August weather with the Second Annual Summer Sci-Fi Film Series.The free film series, hosted by Steven Marc Weiss, Professor of Theatre Arts at Coe College, will begin with a brief introduction to the films each night.

This year the film series features science fiction films from the 1960s. The schedule is as follows:

  • Thursday, August 4: The Time Machine (1960)
  • Thursday, August 11: Fantastic Voyage (1966)
  • Thursday, August 18: Planet of the Apes (1968)
  • Thursday, August 25: 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)

“The 1960s witnessed a fall off in production of American science-fiction films after a post-World War II upsurge of interest in the genre during the so-called Classical Age of Sci-Fi of the 1950s,” said Weiss. “The genre would recover again in the 70s and 80s but, meanwhile, several important additions to the science-fiction filmography were made in the 60s, and this series explores four of the most successful and influential of tsummer sci-fi series-dig bannerhem.”

The series will be held in Whipple Auditorium on Thursday evenings throughout the month of August.  Each film event will begin at 6:00 pm.

“The exploration of time and space–both outer and inner–form the subject matter of these important films, which bridge the gap between the Golden Age and the resurgence of science fiction that was partly ushered in by the artistic and popular success of Stanley Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey, with which this series concludes,” said Weiss.

Each event is free and open to all. Audience members are encouraged to stop at Greyhound Café on the first floor of the Library and pick up a snack to bring. Food and beverages are welcome.

Summer Dare Celebration July 30 in Greene Square

Summer Dare 2016The Cedar Rapids Public Library invites you to celebrate the end of the Summer Dare with

 

our Summer Dare Celebration on Saturday, July 30, from 10 am to Noon.

All ages are invited to our outdoor festival in Greene Square to wrap up the Summer Dare! Witness the amazing feats of Elevate Vertical Fitness and magician Jackson Greene; delight in the bubbles of street artist Michael Sanders; see two Iowa Raptors up close; enjoy free popcorn, visit the Rio Burritos or Grateful Crepe food trucks, or check out Greyhound Cafe indoors.

Activities include a bouncy tent, a Jungle Bus, face painting, local athletes, crafts, music, games, and lots of area businesses and organizations volunteering time and talent to make this a party not to be missed.

The Summer Dare Celebration is sponsored by Rockwell Collins.

About the Summer Dare

The 2016 Summer Dare is not your average summer reading program. It is an intergenerational summer learning program that challenges the entire community to read it, picture it, move it, celebrate it, explore it, imagine it, make it, and wing it!

The 2016 Summer Dare includes a reading challenge for all ages, weekly themed activities designed to encourage lifelong learning, intergenerational programs, and unexpected experiences at the library and beyond. The program runs through July 31. Participants can register online at summerdare.crlibrary.org or at both the Ladd Library and the Downtown Library.

Everyone receives a free Dare Journal and a coupon for a free Friends Book Nook book simply by signing up. All who complete Summer Dare will receive a free book (adults receive another Friends Book Nook Coupon). Additionally, readers will get a free book for every 300 minutes read throughout the Summer Dare.

To complete the Summer Dare, participants must read 300 minutes and complete eight “dares” as listed in the Summer Dare guide by July 31. Dares are based on the theme of each week. Some can be done in the library but many can be done throughout the community or even at home.

Track your minutes read and dares completed throughout the program on the website summerdare.crlibrary.org.

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 puff-balls to add to the Dare Drop. The Dare Drop is a physical representation of all the reading and dares being done throughout the summer.

Special events for all ages will be held throughout the CRPL Summer Dare. For a complete listing, visit our event calendar on our website at www.crlibrary.org or pick up a CRPL Summer Dare guide at the Library.

Thank you to our Summer Dare Sponsors: Cedar Rapids Public Library Foundation, Hills Bank and Trust, the Friends of the Cedar Rapids Public Library, and The Gazette.

Out Loud! Author Series Presents Jenny Lawson

Out Loud! The Metro Library Network Author Series is thrilled to present another season of outstanding authors in 2016. The collaborative program of the Cedar Rapids, Hiawatha, and Marion Public Libraries will finish with Jenny Lawson in free events at the Hotel at Kirkwood Center.

The series will end with #1 New York Times bestselling author Jenny Lawson, best known as “The Bloggess”, on Friday, July 8, at 7 p.m. Known for her sardonic wit and her hysterically skewed outlook on life, Lawson has made millions of people question their own sanity. Lawson’s blog (TheBloggess.com) is award-winning and extremely popular, seeing more than half a million page-views per day. She is also the author of two books: Let’s Pretend This Never Happened (A Mostly True Memoir), which won Goodread’s Best Humor Book of 2012 and was chosen as one of Hudson Bookseller’s Best Books of 2012; and Furiously Happy, a comical and emotional exploration of her lifelong battle with mental illness.

While no tickets are required, series organizers are requesting pre-registration. To register, visit www.metrolibrarynetwork.org/outloud and select the author event you wish to attend. 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.

More information about the Out Loud! Author Series is available at www.metrolibrarynetwork.org/outloud.

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. Additional support comes from the Friends of the Cedar Rapids Public Library, Friends of the Hiawatha Public Library, Friends of the Marion Public Library, Hills Bank and Trust Company, and Nancy and Steve Miller.

Out Loud! Author Series Presents Matt de la Peña

Out Loud! The Metro Library Network Author Series is thrilled to present another season of outstanding authors in 2016. The collaborative program of the Cedar Rapids, Hiawatha, and Marion Public Libraries will continue on July 1 with Matt de la Peña and July 8 with Jenny Lawson in free events at the Hotel at Kirkwood Center.

Young adult author Matt de la Peña will continue the series on Friday, July 1, at 7 p.m. Matt de la Peña is the New York Times Bestselling, Newbery Medal-winning author of six young adult novels: Ball Don’t Lie, Mexican WhiteBoy, We Were Here, I Will Save You, The Living, and The Hunted. He’s also the author of the critically-acclaimed picture books A Nation’s Hope: The Story of Boxing Legend Joe Louis (illustrated by Kadir Nelson) and Last Stop on Market Street (illustrated by Christian Robinson). de la Peña currently lives in Brooklyn NY. He teaches creative writing and visits high schools and colleges throughout the country.

The series will end with #1 New York Times bestselling author Jenny Lawson, best known as “The Bloggess”, on Friday, July 8, at 7 p.m. Known for her sardonic wit and her hysterically skewed outlook on life, Lawson has made millions of people question their own sanity. Lawson’s blog (TheBloggess.com) is award-winning and extremely popular, seeing more than half a million page-views per day. She is also the author of two books: Let’s Pretend This Never Happened (A Mostly True Memoir), which won Goodread’s Best Humor Book of 2012 and was chosen as one of Hudson Bookseller’s Best Books of 2012; and Furiously Happy, a comical and emotional exploration of her lifelong battle with mental illness.

While no tickets are required, series organizers are requesting pre-registration. To register, visit www.metrolibrarynetwork.org/outloud and select the author event you wish to attend. 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.

More information about the Out Loud! Author Series is available at www.metrolibrarynetwork.org/outloud.

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. Additional support comes from the Friends of the Cedar Rapids Public Library, Friends of the Hiawatha Public Library, Friends of the Marion Public Library, Hills Bank and Trust Company, and Nancy and Steve Miller.

Out Loud! Author Series Presents Sara Gruen

Out Loud! The Metro Library Network Author Series is thrilled to present another season of outstanding authors in 2016. The collaborative program of the Cedar Rapids, Hiawatha, and Marion Public Libraries will present Sara Gruen, Matt de la Peña, and Jenny Lawson in free events at the Hotel at Kirkwood Center.

The series will kick off with Sara Gruen on Friday, June 24 at 7 p.m. Gruen is the #1 New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of At the Water’s Edge, Water for Elephants, Ape House, Riding Lessons, and Flying Changes. Her works have been translated into forty-three languages, and have sold more than ten million copies worldwide. Water for Elephants was adapted into a major motion picture starring Reese Witherspoon, Rob Pattinson, and Christoph Waltz in 2011.

Young adult author Matt de la Pena will continue the series on Friday, July 1, at 7 p.m. Matt de la Peña is the New York Times Bestselling, Newbery Medal-winning author of six young adult novels: Ball Don’t Lie, Mexican WhiteBoy, We Were Here, I Will Save You, The Living, and The Hunted. He’s also the author of the critically-acclaimed picture books A Nation’s Hope: The Story of Boxing Legend Joe Louis (illustrated by Kadir Nelson) and Last Stop on Market Street (illustrated by Christian Robinson). de la Peña currently lives in Brooklyn NY. He teaches creative writing and visits high schools and colleges throughout the country.

The series will end with #1 New York Times bestselling author Jenny Lawson, best known as “The Bloggess”, on Friday, July 8, at 7 p.m. Known for her sardonic wit and her hysterically skewed outlook on life, Lawson has made millions of people question their own sanity. Lawson’s blog (TheBloggess.com) is award-winning and extremely popular, seeing more than half a million page-views per day. She is also the author of two books: Let’s Pretend This Never Happened (A Mostly True Memoir), which won Goodread’s Best Humor Book of 2012 and was chosen as one of Hudson Bookseller’s Best Books of 2012; and Furiously Happy, a comical and emotional exploration of her lifelong battle with mental illness.

While no tickets are required, series organizers are requesting pre-registration. To register, visit www.metrolibrarynetwork.org/outloud and select the author event you wish to attend. 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.

More information about the Out Loud! Author Series is available at www.metrolibrarynetwork.org/outloud.

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. Additional support comes from the Friends of the Cedar Rapids Public Library, Friends of the Hiawatha Public Library, Friends of the Marion Public Library, Hills Bank and Trust Company, and Nancy and Steve Miller.

Pied Piper Concerts: Brass

2016-brass-dig banner-portraitJoin Orchestra Iowa’s talented chamber ensembles as they introduce preschool-aged children to the instruments of the orchestra! Focused on fun and learning, Pied Piper Concerts offer children the opportunity to enjoy an up-close and personal chamber concert absolutely FREE!

Concerts will be held June 9 and 10 at 9:30 am, 10:15 am, and 11:00 am in the Whipple Auditorium.

Get Your Summer Reading List from Local Experts at Book Boost June 9

Wondering what to read this summer? Hear local experts with The Gazette discuss which books should top your summer reading list during Book Boost on Thursday, June 9, at 6 pm at the Downtown Cedar Rapids Public Library.

Join Alison Gowans, Erin Jordan, and Scott Dochterman as they explain which books they are reading this summer and leave with some great recommendations.

We’ll start with a discussion at 6 pm, and follow it with a chance to meet them and chat about our favorite books. Light refreshments will be served. Thanks to The Gazette for making this event possible. We DARE you to be there!

Alison Gowans first job was shelving books at the Cedar Falls Public Library in junior high school. Though she no longer works at the library, she still spends a lot of time there. She writes for the Gazette’s features staff, focusing on the people, places and events that make the Corridor a great place to live.

Erin Jordan is an investigative reporter for The Gazette, but in her free time she likes to investigate a good book. The Des Moines native previously worked for the Des Moines Register’s Iowa City bureau and the Lewiston (Idaho) Morning Tribune. Erin is president of the board of the Iowa Center for Public Affairs Journalism (IowaWatch.org). She is married and has three kids – all of whom are signed up for summer reading programs.

Scott Dochterman has worked as a sports and news reporter covering Iowa athletics and the Big Ten at The Gazette the last 10 years. Scott has won national honors from the Football Writers Association of America, the United States Basketball Writers Association and the Associated Press Sports Editors. Scott previously has worked for newspapers in St. Joseph (Mo.), Fort Dodge, Muscatine and Burlington. He is a 1997 Western Illinois University graduate.

About the 2016 Summer Dare

The 2016 Summer Dare is not your average summer reading program. It is an intergenerational summer learning program that challenges the entire community to read it, picture it, move it, celebrate it, explore it, imagine it, make it, and wing it!

The 2016 Summer Dare includes a reading challenge for all ages, weekly themed activities designed to encourage lifelong learning, intergenerational programs, and unexpected experiences at the library and beyond. The program begins June 5 and runs through July 31. Participants can register online at summerdare.crlibrary.org or beginning June 5 at both the Ladd Library and the Downtown Library.

Everyone receives a free Dare Journal and a coupon for a free Friends Book Nook book simply by signing up. All who complete Summer Dare will receive a free book (adults receive another Friends Book Nook Coupon). Additionally, readers will get a free book for every 300 minutes read throughout the Summer Dare.

To complete the Summer Dare, participants must read 300 minutes and complete eight “dares” as listed in the Summer Dare guide by July 31. Dares are based on the theme of each week. Some can be done in the library but many can be done throughout the community or even at home.

Track your minutes read and dares completed throughout the program on the website summerdare.crlibrary.org.

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 puff-balls to add to the Dare Drop. The Dare Drop is a physical representation of all the reading and dares being done throughout the summer.

Special events for all ages will be held throughout the CRPL Summer Dare. For a complete listing, visit our event calendar on our website at www.crlibrary.org or pick up a CRPL Summer Dare guide at the Library.

Thank you to our Summer Dare Sponsors: Cedar Rapids Public Library Foundation, Hills Bank and Trust, the Friends of the Cedar Rapids Public Library, and The Gazette.

The Cedar Rapids Public Library is a passionate advocate for literacy and lifelong learning. We exist to impact our community and transform its quality of life through education, civic engagement, the arts, and entertainment.