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.

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.

Summer Dare Kick Off Party at Ladd Library June 5

online landing page imageThe Cedar Rapids Public Library invites you to kick off summer learning with the Summer Dare Kick Off Party at the Ladd Library on Sunday, June 5, from 1 pm to 4 pm.

Join  us for face painting, balloon animals, a bouncy castle, ice cream, music and fun with some special guests, and get registered for the 2016 Summer Dare. All ages are invited to attend!

The Summer Dare Kick Off Party is sponsored by The Gazette.

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.

We Dare You! This Summer at the Cedar Rapids Public Library

online landing page imageThe Cedar Rapids Public Library is daring YOU to connect with the community and keep

learning all summer long. 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!

“If you think literacy and lifelong learning aren’t exciting, you haven’t tried the Summer Dare.” said Dara Schmidt, Director at the Cedar Rapids Public Library. “Our program is for everyone.  Kids, teens, adults, families, seniors, singles, everyone can participate and stay connected to our community, engage with the library, and, of course, read!”

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.

The CRPL Summer Dare Kick-Off Party will be held at the Ladd Library on Sunday, June 5, from 1 pm to 4 pm. Everyone is invited to attend and get registered for the Summer Dare, participate in activities, including a bouncy house, face painting, balloon animals, and enjoy free ice cream!

We encourage participants to share their progress with us on social media using the hashtags #2016summerdare and #notyouraveragelibrary.

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.

part of a roller coaster in front of blue sky

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.

A Book Journey

The New York Public Library recently followed a copy of “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” through their library system, recording in detail the odyssey it took from when a patron put it on hold to when it was checked out. We thought this was a really wonderful idea, and while our library system is exponentially smaller than NYPL, we wanted to share the same kind of journey with all of you.

  1. Place on Hold:
    The first step was to log onto the Cedar Rapids Public Library catalog and choose a book. Because it’s the holiday season, we wanted something fitting, so we chose “The Art of Gift Wrapping: 50 Innovative ideas using organic, unique and uncommon materials” by Wanda Wen.

1. Place Hold

We can place this item on hold directly from the catalog station in the library (seen here at our Downtown Library) or from your computer or mobile device (download the MLN2GO app from iTunes or the Bookmyne app from the Google Play store). We have the option to choose where to have the item picked up and we’re asking to pick this item up at the Ladd Library (3750 Williams Blvd SW).

Our collection of materials is shared not only with our two branches but also with neighboring libraries in Marion and Hiawatha. That means our books, movies, and cds all travel from library to library via courier to meet the demands of our patrons. Last year we circulated more than 1.5 million items in our libraries alone, and 173,174 items were placed on hold in Cedar Rapids while over 287,980 items were placed on hold in the entire Metro Library Network.

  1. Because our item was available and not waiting for another patron, our hold will be pulled the next day. Each morning before we open at 9 am, a report is generated from our system listing each requested hold, and our wonderful volunteers use this list to locate the items and pull them from the shelves. Once they’re pulled from the shelf they head to our sorter room. The downtown library has a collection of over 150,000 materials, a mix of all types of offerings. The collection of materials is maintained by staff who choose items based on reader requests, demand and shelf space.

2. Hold Pulled

  1. Holds, once pulled from the shelf, are put onto the library’s sorter. The sorter is a system of conveyor belts and computers with RFID technology that “traps” the item for the patron and notifies the person that their hold is available. Because we want to pick up our book at the Ladd Library, it is placed into a bin slated for the Ladd Library by the time we open our doors at 9 am.

3. Put on Sorter

  1. The bin holding “The Art of Gift Wrapping” is picked up by our courier before 11 am to make the four mile trek to the Ladd Library, with stops at local HyVee Stores to pick up items from those book drops. The library contracts with Per Mar to act as our courier. Last year, 356,297 items moved from one Cedar Rapids library to another via courier.

4. In Transit to Ladd

  1. The courier arrives before noon at the Ladd Library to deliver the bins. Our book is placed on the sorter in the back room of the Ladd Library and a slip is printed with the first three letters of our last name and the last four digits of our library card. The slip is inserted into The Art of Gift Wrapping and the book is placed on a cart ready to head to the library hold shelves before the end of the day. At the Ladd Library, these are located near the front doors. At the Downtown Library, they are located near the entrance to the Children’s Library.

5. Ladd Recieves Item

  1. A volunteer or staff member bring the cart to the hold shelves and the item is placed there awaiting pickup. We have one week to pick the book up before it is pulled from the shelf by a staff member and put back into circulation or onto the hold shelf for the next person in line.

7. Hold is Shelved

 

 

 

Putting items on hold is easy to do and allows us to help you access the entire collection no matter which library you use, including our neighbors at the Hiawatha Public Library and Marion Public Library.

Pink Floyd Studio Albums Available on Freegal January 1

Pink Floyd released the ‘Dark Side Of The Moon’ LP in March of 1973. It was on the Billboard charts for fourteen consecutive years after that date. The LP holds the record as the longest time spent on the charts. According to Billboard, the album still sells an estimated 8-9,000 copies a week and it remains one of the best-selling albums in the world.The Dark Side Of The Moon was also named the #1 Rock Album of all time by Rolling Stone. That  legendary album was only one of Pink Floyd’s massive releases.

“The Wall’ LP is also one of the top selling albums in music history, having sold over 23 million copies in the U.S. alone. Just some of the band’s other major releases include ‘Animals’ LP, ‘Atom Heart Mother’ LP and ‘The Division Bell’ LP.

Pink Floyd was named as one of the ‘Greatest Artists of All Time’ by Rolling Stone and has been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

Starting January 1, 2016, all fifteen of the Pink Floyd studio albums, and more, will be available on the Freegal site.

Cedar Rapids Public Library card holders have access to thousands of songs for free via Freegal, the online library service for free and legal music downloads. Card holders can download up to five songs per week for absolutely free! Please note: This service is available to Cedar Rapids residents only.

Login to Freegal with your library card twenty-four hours a day, anywhere you can access the Internet.

http://www.freegalmusic.com

Children’s Adventures in Coding at the Cedar Rapids Public Library

The Cedar Rapids Public Library is thrilled to offer a new four-week program designed to introduce kids ages 5-7 years of age and their adults to early coding skills based on the book Hello Ruby. Hello Ruby is a hello rubybook designed to be a whimsical way to learn about technology, computing and coding.

The four-week program, called Children’s Adventures in Coding, will meet starting January 12 at 4 pm at the downtown library. Each week will build on the previous week’s skills, including reading from the book and participating in two to three early coding activities. No computers are used in this program, but basic skills necessary to learn coding are taught to begin laying the groundwork for this new kind of language.

WHAT: Hello Ruby: Adventures in Coding Early Childhood Program
WHEN: January 12, 19, 26 and February 2 at 4 pm
WHERE: Downtown Cedar Rapids Public Library, 450 5th Avenue SE, Cedar Rapids 52401
WHO: Children ages 5-7 and their caregivers
REGISTER: Registration is required and attendance at each session highly encouraged. Please click here to register, or call (319) 261-READ for assistance.

Hello Ruby: Adventures in Coding Early Childhood Program is supported by the Giacoletto Foundation.