Kyle and Claire Benson are graphic designers and artists on a mission to find out what talented people across the country are passionate about. In September they stopped by Iowa City and interviewed our very own library director, Cassandra Elton. Check it out!
Today is the first day of our October book sale! Come visit us at the Mercer Park Farmers’ Market every Tuesday in October from 3-6 pm: pick up some great reads for you and support our bookmobile services in the process. All donations are tax deductible. It’s a win-win!
Many thanks to our friend Kathryn Heffner for this amazing flyer! See it printed in rainbow colors at the Market today!
Due to the excessive heat we will NOT be at the Mercer Park Farmers’ Market today.
Keep cool and we’ll see you all next week!
"Hi friend, here’s a book! No big deal: I made it."
One of our last weeks of programming this summer we made mini zines (or InstaBooks or origami books—whatever you’d like to call them). At Grant Wood we had the kids design a book, then we made 10 copies of it that they then folded and assembled so they could share it with others.
All summer we’d had a hard time getting this particular boy excited about anything. He would often tell us that he was bored, but would refuse to engage in the activity. Even for the making of the mini zine itself he did the bare minimum. But once he had copies of it in his hands, and we showed him how to fold his own, all of a sudden he was doing it all by himself without any help and without having to be prompted.
Once he had all 10 in a stack he asked, “Now what?” We told him that he could give them to his friends, and suggested the following script, which we overheard him practicing to himself, so we asked if we could make a video of him to share. He smiled and agreed.
This is our last week in the parks with the Parks and Rec Summer Playground Program. To celebrate, we’ve been giving away 2 books to each kid who has participated in our programming this summer. We’ve had a great time getting to know the kids and families at each of these locations and we think they’ve had fun too. ;)
We’ll be visiting each of our parks locations once more next week and after that you can continue to find us at the Mercer Park Farmers’ Market on Tuesdays from 3-6 pm until October 29th. For our full schedule (and to sign up to volunteer!), go to our Sign-Up Genius page.
We talked about mysteries this week and the kids had the option to check out some books we had wrapped in brown paper with 3 clues on the outside as to what the book was. The kids had a great time unwrapping their library books!