2018 Guide to Fall Family Activities in the Iowa City Area

School is back in session, football season is here, and Halloween is just around the corner. Fall can be a busy time, but there’s also so much to enjoy in our area. Get your calendars ready, and choose a few of these family-friendly activities to try out! Better yet–most of these activities are FREE! (I’ve included more events for tweens and teens this year, so be sure to check them out!)


September

Beginning September 1

What: Halloween Costume Exchange. Beginning September 1 and up until the day of the event, bring your gently-used Halloween costumes and accessories for all ages to the Children’s Desk anytime the library is open. These items will be heat-treated and all will be available in the Tween Space during our Halloween Costume Exchange event. 
Who: All ages
When: Sept. 1 through Fri., Oct. 12 for the October 12th Costume Exchange
Where: Iowa City Public Library. Drop costumes and accessories at the Children’s Desk anytime the library is open
Cost: Free

Wednesday, September 19

What: Tippi Toes Dance. Join in this program for tots (18months and up) where music, movement, balance and, basic dance steps are introduced in a fun, friendly and positive manner. This will take place during the regularly scheduled storytime.
Who: Kids 18 months and up
When: Wed., Sept. 19, 10:30-11:00 a.m. (Also on Oct. 17th and Nov. 14th)
Where: North Liberty Library
Cost: Free

Wednesday, September 19

What: ScienTweens. Don’t just learn science – DO science with the Iowa City Science Booster Club. This monthly hands-on program for tweens gives you a chance to use cool scientific equipment to discover and explore the world around you. This month’s topic is rising sea levels and how they affect your life and the world.
Who: Kids in 3rd through 6th Grades
When: Wed., Sept. 19, 3:30-4:30 p.m.
Where: Iowa City Public Library Storytime Room
Cost: Free

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Wednesday, September 19

What: Coral Ridge Mall Play. This event is part of September’s  PLAYvolution. Free ice skating, free carousel rides, and free admission to The Iowa Children’s Museum
Who: All ages
When: Wed., Sept. 19, 4:00-6:00 p.m.
Where: Coral Ridge Mall, 1451 Coral Ridge Ave., Coralville
Cost: Free

Thursday, September 20

What: Preschool Storytime: Tippi Toes. Special guest Kaylee from Tippi Toes will offer a unique program of dance and creative movement. Tippi Toes provides children with a fun, positive and nurturing environment so they are able to experience the joys of dance, self-expression, and movement. Classes are specifically designed to develop motor skills and body awareness while enhancing each child’s self-esteem.
Who: Recommended for preschoolers ages 3-5
When: Thurs., Sept. 20, 10:30-11:00 a.m.
Where: Iowa City Public Library Meeting Room A
Cost: Free

Thursday, September 20

What: Tween Minecraft Time. Do you play Minecraft and want to meet other Minecraft players? Come play at the library in our Digital Media Lab. Build peacefully in creative mode or fight to stay alive in survival mode. Game rotation and group play are encouraged. Players should have a Minecraft account to play in multiplayer mode. Players without an account may use a library account. Registration is required (see below).
Who: Kids in 3rd through 6th Grades
When: Thurs., Sept. 20, 3:30-5:00 p.m.
Where: Iowa City Public Library Digital Media Lab
Cost: Free, but please register in advance

Thursday, September 20

What: Tippi Toes Dance. Join in this program for tots (18months and up) where music, movement, balance and, basic dance steps are introduced in a fun, friendly and positive manner. This will take place during the regularly scheduled storytime.
Who: Kids 18 months and up
When: Thurs., Sept. 20, 6:30-7:00 p.m. (Also on Oct. 18th and Nov. 15th)
Where: North Liberty Library
Cost: Free

Thursday, September 20

What: Barnes & Noble Young Readers’ Sci-Fi and Fantasy Book Group: The Red Pyramid by Rick Riordan
Who: This book geared toward readers ages 9-12
When: Thurs., Sept. 20, 6:30 p.m.
Where: Barnes & Noble, Coral Ridge Mall, 1451 Coral Ridge Avenue, Suite 1108, Coralville
Cost: Free

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Friday, September 21

What: Minecraft Jr. Come enjoy an hour of Minecraft for the game’s youngest fans. Meet other fans of your favorite game. We will play on the computers in the Digital Media Lab. This event is just for children in grades K-2 (ages 5-8). Registration is required (see below).
Who: Kids in Kindergarten through 2nd Grades (ages 5-8)
When: Fri., Sept. 21, 4:00-5:00 p.m.
Where: Iowa City Public Library Digital Media Lab
Cost: Free, but please register in advance

Friday, September 21

What: Free Community Meal. Gather with friends and neighbors for a free Community Meal. Coralville Public Library and the Coralville Community Food Pantry will be on the Library front lawn with a taco bar.  In addition to the meal, we will have live music by the Dandelion Stompers and kids activities. Also enjoy using the Library during extended hours that evening. In the case of bad weather, the meal and all events will be moved inside the Library. It’s a Picnic!  Bring blankets and lawn chairs and stay awhile.
Who: Family event, all ages
When: Fri, Sept 21, 5:00-7:00 p.m.
Where: Front lawn of Coralville Public Library
Cost: Free

Friday, September 21

What: Free Movie – Won’t You Be My Neighbor. Stick around the Coralville Library after the Free Community Meal for a Free Movie. They are screening Won’t You Be My Neighbor?, a documentary exploring the life, lessons, and legacy of iconic children’s television host, Fred Rogers.
Who: Families, teens and up? (film is rated PG-13 for thematic elements and language)
When: Fri., Sept. 21, 7:00-8:30 p.m.
Where: Coralville Public Library Lower Level
Cost: Free

Friday, September 21

What: Friday Flick: A Bug’s Life. Can misfit ant, Flick, save his colony’s winter food supply from the greedy grasshoppers? Come on by to find out! You are welcome to bring your own snacks from home.
Who: All ages (film is rated G) 
When: Fri., Sept. 21, 5:30-7:15 p.m.
Where: Iowa City Public Library Storytime Room
Cost: Free

Saturday, September 22

What: Smithsonian Museum Day. Museum Day is an annual celebration of boundless curiosity hosted by Smithsonian magazine. Participating museums and cultural institutions across the country provide free entry to anyone presenting a Museum Day ticket. The Museum Day ticket provides free admission for two people on Saturday, September 22, 2018. 
Who: All ages
When: Sat., Sept. 22
Where: Participating museums include:

Cost: Free, just download your ticket that provides free admission for two people!

Saturday, September 22, and Saturday, September 29

What: Stage production of Charlotte’s Web. After eight-year-old Fern rescues Wilbur, the runt of the litter, Wilbur knows he must be some pig! At the Zuckerman barn, Wilbur meets Charlotte, a spider with a talent for spinning webs and spelling words. E.B. White’s award-winning story reminds us that even though time moves on, true friendship is forever. 
Who: All ages
When: Sat., Sept. 22 at 10:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m., Sat. Sept. 29 at 10:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m.
Where: Old Creamery Theater, 39 38thAve, Amana
Cost: $10.00

Saturday, September 22

What: Barnes & Noble Storytime: Princesses Save the World by Savannah Guthrie and Allison Oppenheim. Princess Penelope Pineapple is back and ready to save the day! When she receives an SOS from Princess Sabrina, Princess Penny learns that the Kingdom’s bees have disappeared and they need to help. Join B&N for Storytime and get a coupon from the Café for a grilled cheese sandwich with milk or juice for $4! 
Who: This book geared toward children ages 3-7
When: Sat., Sept. 22, 11:00 a.m.
Where: Barnes & Noble, Coral Ridge Mall, 1451 Coral Ridge Avenue, Suite 1108, Coralville
Cost: Free

Saturday, September 22

What: Moon Walk & Star Party. Fall nights and the STARS are OUT! Come join Take A Kid Outdoors (TAKO) and view planets, stars and other celestial bodies with the help of local Amateur Astronomers. Don’t worry if the sky is cloudy, they will have alternative nighttime activities lined up and ready to go. Spend the evening under the stars as we listen for owls and other nocturnal creatures. Come out early and see Jupiter in the daytime! Stay for nighttime snacks including Gourmet S’mores and refreshments! 
Who: All ages
When: Sat., Sept. 22, 6:30-9:00 p.m.
Where: Penn Meadows Park, 250 N. Dubuque St., North Liberty
Cost: Free. RSVP on Facebook!

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Sunday, September 23

What: The Iowa Children’s Museum Nature Play: Winter Ready. Discover how earth gets ready for colder weather! Learn about how animals and plants adapt to the temperature change. Ready or not, winter is coming! Explore your world with this free outdoor program. Active learning activities get the whole family involved in scientific exploration and observation. There is no charge to join but registration is required. Register online by clicking the link below.
Who: Kids and tweens
When: Sun., Sept. 23, 1:30-3:00 p.m.
Where: Kent Park, 2048 Hwy 6 NW, Oxford
Cost: Free, but registration is required at this link.

Sunday, September 23

What: Sunday Funday: Mario Madness. Are you a fan of Mario?? You don’t have to use up your screen time to appreciate the world of Mario. Stop by the Storytime to make a Mario-themed craft and enjoy the game IRL. This activity is part of September’s PLAYvolution.
Who: Children and their families (This is listed for both kids & teens)
When: Sun., Sept. 23, 2:00-4:00 p.m.
Where: Iowa City Public Library Storytime Room
Cost: Free

Sunday, September 23

What: Party in the Park: Heyday at Highland Park. Part of Party in the Park, a popular City of Iowa City program. , this event will take place at Highland Park. Enjoy the Eulenspiegel puppets at 3 p.m. followed by music by Deb Singer. This event will feature a farm theme, a nod to the Lucas Farms Neighborhood, with a down-home cookin’ themed menu. 
Who:
 All ages
When: Sun., Sept. 23, 3:00-5:30 p.m.
Where: Highland Park, 750 Highland Dr., Iowa City
Cost: Free

Wednesday, September 26

What: Barnes & Noble T.B.G.: Teen Book Group The Hate U Give by A.C. Thomas. Join B&N for their Teen Book Group! Each month they will discuss a different title. Newcomers welcome!
Who: Teens
When: Wed., Sept. 26, 6:30 p.m.
Where: Barnes & Noble, Coral Ridge Mall, 1451 Coral Ridge Avenue, Suite 1108, Coralville
Cost: Free

Thursday, September 27

What: Banned Books Week: Where the Wild Things Are (book & movie!). Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak is one of the most celebrated Children’s books of all time, but did you know it was banned!? Find out why this afternoon as we watch the full length featured film of Where the Wild Things Are (2009), enjoy snacks and crafts, read the picture book and learn about the author! Crafts and celebration of the picture book begin at 2:30, and the film begins at 3:00. You want to miss this wild rumpus!
Who: Kids & Tweens
When: Thurs., Sept., 27, 2:30-5:00 p.m.
Where: Iowa City Public Library Storytime Room
Cost: Free

Friday, September 28 & Saturday, September 29

What: Kalona Fall Fest. Enjoy fall in Kalona along with hourly entertainment, homemade crafts and local gifts, Old World Demonstrations (rug weaving, spinning, quilting, canine treadmill, broom maker, old farm displays & corn grinding, copper kettle apple butter), antique sale, wood carver, antique tractors, children’s activities (face painting, pony rides, corn bin & other games, make & take crafts, UI Mobile Museum)
Who: All ages
When: Fri., Sept 28 9:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m. & Sat., Sept 29, 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Where: Kalona, IA
Cost: Adults: $6.00, Children (7-12): $2.00. Includes free admission to Antique Show and Sale, Handmade Arts & Crafts Sales and all Events, Buildings, and Exhibits

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Friday, September 28

What: History Club – The Berlin Wall. Each month participants will explore a different period of history with museum staff.
Who: Students in grades 5-8
When: Fri, Sept. 28, 5:30-7:30 p.m.
Where: U of Iowa Old Capitol Museum, 21 N. Clinton St., Iowa City
Cost: $30 per student per program. Register here!

Friday, September 28

What: Friday Flick: A Little Princess. After her father is presumed dead, Sara is relegated to a life of servitude in her boarding school. You are welcome to bring your own snacks from home.
Who: All ages (film is rated G)
When: Fri., Sept. 28, 5:30-7:15 p.m.
Where: Iowa City Public Library Storytime Room
Cost: Free

Friday, September 28

What: Barnes & Noble Pajama Storytime  (Check the link for more details as date approaches!) Join B&N for Pajama Storytime! You will be read story and do a craft. 
Who: This activity geared toward children ages 3-7
When: Fri., Sept. 28, 8:00 p.m.
Where: Barnes & Noble, Coral Ridge Mall, 1451 Coral Ridge Avenue, Suite 1108, Coralville
Cost: Free

Saturday, September 29

What: Barnes & Noble Storytime: I am Neil Armstrong by Brad Meltzer. Learn about Neil Armstrong, the first man to walk on the moon, in this fun picture book that focuses on the traits that make our heroes great. Join B&N for storytime and get a coupon from the café for a grilled cheese sandwich with milk or juice for $4!
Who: This book geared toward children ages 5-8
When: Sat., Sept. 29, 11:00 a.m.
Where: Barnes & Noble, Coral Ridge Mall, 1451 Coral Ridge Avenue, Suite 1108, Coralville
Cost: Free

Saturday, September 29

What: Northside Oktoberfest and SodaFest. The Northside Oktoberfest benefiting Iowa City area nonprofits showcases the Bohemian nature of the Northside Marketplace with great craft beers, neighborhood food, beer games, and much more! This is an open festival, so ANYONE can come in and enjoy the atmosphere, food vendors, activities etc. ONLY those with tickets will be allowed the tasting glass that will allow them to sample beers, ciders and wines from over 70 booths.

For the kids at SodaFest: Take part in the football toss or basketball shootout, climb the rock wall, take a few rides down the big double lane blowup slide or dance with all the great performers! The Iowa Children’s Museum will also be there facilitating many different fall craft activities. 
Who: All ages
When: Sat., Sept. 29, 12:00-3:00 p.m.
Where: 300 Block E Market, Iowa City. SodaFest will be in the Pagliai’s Pizza parking lot and on N. Linn St.
Cost: Entry is free. There are $45 general admission drink tickets available for those choosing to drink beer and $5.00 tickets for SodaFest which includes soda drink tickets and a specialty acrylic soda glass for tasting.

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Sunday, September 30

What: Sunday Funday: Create Your Own Sensory Bottle. The final PLAYvolution Sunday Funday activity is creating a calming toy you can take with you! Using bottles, water, and small and shiny objects, create a snow globe-like sensory toy to look at for hours!
Who: Children and their families (This is listed for both kids & teens)
When: Sun., Sept. 30, 2:00-4:00 p.m.
Where: Iowa City Public Library Storytime Room
Cost: Free

Sunday, September 30

What: Altmaier Family Park Grand Opening. Come enjoy a beautiful day opening Coralville’s newest Park, Altmaier Family Park. Try disc golf, take a walking tour of the farm now turned into a park, or play bags.
2:15 p.m. – Remarks and Ribbon Cutting
2:30-4:00 p.m. – Disc Golf Lessons
2:45-3:30 p.m. – Hike the Farm
2:30-4:00 p.m. – Bags and Other Games on the Barn Commons
Who: All ages
When: Sun., Sept. 30, 2:00-4:00 p.m.
Where: Altmaier Family Park, 3444 Deer Creek Rd., Coralville
Cost: Free

Sunday, September 30

What: Dance Rhapsody – A Lively Free-Form Dance Affair. Dance Rhapsody is a lively 60 minute, heart pumping, beat driven free-form dance affair where you can express yourself through movement and dance. What is free-form dancing? You decide! There is no right or wrong way of moving, no specific dance moves to repeat or learn. Just listen to your heart & let the music inspire you. We play a mix of music including Pop, country, R&B, rap, and reggae. Dancing calms the mental chatter & keeps the body, mind & soul healthy. Dancing is also the shortcut to happiness & cheaper than therapy! This is a perfect affair to attend solo or with a friend! Feeling nervous about coming by yourself? Don’t worry! This is a terrific opportunity to connect with others who like having fun too. This is an affair where EVERYONE is looking to make new friends. FREE ION Cleanse Detoxifying Footbath with registration.
Who: Age 13 and above
When: Sun., Sept. 30, 3:30-5:00 p.m.
Where: Americ Inn, 2597 Holiday Road Coralville
Cost:$15 at the door. Be sure to register here early as space will fill quickly.

Sunday, September 30

What: Party in the Park: A Community Fun Fest at Fairmeadows Park. Part of Party in the Park, a popular City of Iowa City program. this event will take place at Fairmeadows Park. This finale event will feature local youth talent and professional entertainment performances, plus a taco bar, burgers and more.
Who: All ages
When: Sun., Sept. 30, 3:00-7:00 p.m.
Where: Fairmeadows Park, 2500 Miami Dr., Iowa City
Cost: Free 


October

Tuesday, October 2

What: Intergenerational Story Time. On this special day, led by Iowa City Public Library children’s librarians, children of all ages, and Emerson Point residents will enjoy fun stories and songs together. Following storytime, a fall craft and snacks will be available for all.
Who: Kids of all ages
When: Tues., Oct. 2, 10:30-11:30 a.m.
Where: Emerson Point Assisted Living, 1355 Shannon Drive, Iowa City
Cost: Free

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Thursday, October 4

What: Celebrate National Taco Day! Head to the North Liberty Library to celebrate national taco day! There will be activities, crafts, a photo booth, and TACOS!
Who: School-aged kids Kindergarten through 6th grade
When: Thurs., Oct. 4, 3:00-5:00 p.m., come and go
Where: North Liberty Library Meeting Rooms A-D
Cost: Free but registration is required (starts Sept. 27th)

Thursday, October 4

What: TWO EVENTS! Creative Matters: Gerry Hofstetter, light artist. One of the world’s best known light artists, Gerry Hofstetter transforms buildings, monuments, and natural landscapes throughout the world into temporary works of art with spectacular light projections. He has illuminated icebergs, the Colosseum, Great Pyramids, Washington Cathedral, among many others. He will stop in Iowa City for his current project, the Light & Art Tour of the United States, which will highlight one monument in each state. After his Creative Matters talk, Gerry will showcase a light performance on the side of the Old Capitol Museum.

Light Art Grand Tour USA – 50 US Monuments in the Spotlight: IOWA CITY. Gerry Hofstetter and his daughter, Céline, present Light Art Grand Tour USA – 50 US Monuments in the Spotlight – Exploring history and friendship from 2017 to 2019. They will travel to all 50 states to put the roots and history of the USA in the spotlight. On this night, the tour will reach Iowa City. 

The “Light Art Grand Tour USA” will feature one U.S. monument or landmark per state and we are thrilled to have the Old Capitol Museum be their canvas in Iowa. For one night they will project a free public light art performance for around 2 hours to highlight the friendship between US and Switzerland. The pioneering spirit of the “Light Art Grand Tour USA” characterizes America’s history. The monuments featured in this extraordinary Light Art Tour will recall the history surrounding each individual location. Each one is an important piece in the jigsaw puzzle making up the founding of the United States of America and plays a role in fostering friendships with other countries, including Switzerland.

Who: All ages
When: Thurs., Oct. 4, Artist Talk: 5:00-6:00 p.m., Light Show: 8:00-10:00 p.m.
Where:  Artist Talk: U of Iowa Old Capitol Museum, 21 N. Clinton St., Iowa City. Light Show: U of Iowa Pentacrest, 1 N. Clinton St., Iowa City
Cost: Free. Registration requested for the Artist Talk.

Fridays in October, starting October 5

What: Motion Madness. Simply a recreational opportunity for kids to use all their body muscles in a fun way! Kids just want to play, so various activity points will be set up in an obstacle course format for kids to go wild!
Who: Preschoolers ages 3-5
When: Fridays in October, starting the 5th (also Oct. 12th, 19th, and 26th), 9:00-9:45 a.m. (There’s a second session which starts November 2nd!)
Where: North Liberty Rec Center Roberts Gym Court 2
Cost: Registration for all 4 sessions: $25.00 for residents, $30.00 for non-residents (see link above)

Fridays in October, starting October 5

What: Music and Movement. Mommy and me class lets children and caregivers use instruments and manipulatives to explore music while getting their wiggles out by dancing, singing and socializing. Perfect for families with multiple children. Instructor: Rebecca Anderson
Who: Preschoolers ages 3-5
When: Fridays in October, starting the 5th (also Oct. 12th, 19th, and 26th), 10:00-10:45 a.m. (There are also sessions in November and December!)
Where: North Liberty Rec Center Gerdin Room 2
Cost: Registration for all 4 sessions: $16.00

Friday, October 5

What: Read on the Rug storytime: SHAPES. Come enjoy a story and related activities at the Museum of Natural History!
Who: Ages 2-4
When: Fri., Oct. 5, 10:00-10:30 a.m.
Where: U of Iowa Old Capitol Museum, 21 N. Clinton St., Iowa City
Cost: Free, but sign-up required as space is limited to 10 kids for each program. Sign up here.

Friday, October 5 through Sunday, October 7

What: Oktoberfest in The Amana Colonies. Come celebrate German heritage with good food, entertainment, and events including the Timber Trek, Oktoberfest Parade (Sat. at 10:00 a.m. in Main Amana), Keg Toss, Log Sawing, Brat Eating Contest, various Artisan Demonstrations, Kid Activities (including Pony-Go-Round Pony Rides 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. Sat.), and a wide range of Musical Entertainment. Check out the full brochure here!
Who: All ages
When: Noon Fri., Oct. 5 through 5:00 p.m. Sun., Oct 7
Where: The Amana Colonies
Cost: 1-day pass: $10, 2-day pass: $15, Sunday: Free admission

Friday, October 5

What: Teen Video Game Tournament–Super Smash Bros for Nintendo Wii U. Bring your game face because we’re throwing down with Super Smash Bros for Nintendo Wii U. The winner shall receive a glorious prize.
Who: Teens grades 7-12
When: Fri., Oct. 5, 1:00-3:00 p.m.
Where: Iowa City Public Library Teen Center
Cost: Free

Friday, October 5

What: Night at the Museum: Mad Science (Chemistry). Explore the Museum of Natural History after dark for an evening of pizza and STEM fun! Each month, explore a different area of science, technology, and culture with interactive demonstrations, fun activities, and hands-on materials. Each child receives an official MNH Miner Helmet with a headlamp to keep, and the group explores the darkened bird and mammal galleries as part of the evening’s activities. This is a drop off program, long enough for parents to have dinner or even go see a movie! 
Who: Kids in grades 1-5
When: Fri, Oct. 5, 6:00-9:00 p.m. [Same program asOct. 12]
Where: U of Iowa Museum of Natural History, 17 N. Clinton St., MacBride Hall, Iowa City
Cost: $30; Pre-registration required here. Each evening requires separate registration.

Saturday, October 6

What: We Can Code. Come check out this workshop where teens are taught and encouraged to explore the basics of computer programming and web development in a self-paced, example-driven, supportive environment.
Who: Teens grades 7-12
When: Saturdays in October, 2:00-4:00 p.m., starting  Oct. 6th (Also Oct 13th20th, and 27th)
Where: Iowa City Public Library Digital Media Center, 2nd Floor
Cost: Free

Monday, October 8

What: Totally Tweens: Escape from Hogwarts. Something evil has returned to Hogwarts! Use your magical knowledge, skills, and spells in a real-life adventure game to escape Dementors and Death Eaters. Dark and difficult times lie ahead for all brave enough to accept this challenge. Butterbeer and pumpkin juice will be served.
Who: Kids in 3rd through 6th grades
When: Mon., Oct. 8, 2:00-3:00 p.m. AND 3:00-4:00 p.m. AND 4:00-5:00 p.m. (Please only register for one time slot)
Where: Iowa City Public Library Meeting Room D
Cost: Free, but registration is required (click on times above!)

Monday, October 8 through Saturday, October 13

What: Teen Read Week– It’s Written in the Stars. Celebrate Teen Read Week at the North Liberty Library with activities each day. See the list below for times each day!
Who: Teens
When: Daily times/activities:
– Monday, Oct. 8, 6:00 p.m. – Young Adult Book to Movie Trivia
– Tuesday, Oct. 9, 5:00-8:00 p.m. – 3-hour Read-a-Thon with snacks
– Wednesday, Oct. 10, 6:00 p.m. – Redesign a book cover contest
– Thursday, Oct. 11, 5:00-8:00 p.m. – 3-hour Read-a-Thon with snacks
– Friday, Oct. 12, 6:00 p.m. – Book to film movie day featuring Love, Simon(Rated PG-13 for thematic elements, sexual references, language, and teen partying)
– Saturday, Oct. 13, 5:00-7:00 p.m. – Teen after hours Lock-In
Where: North Liberty Library Teen Lounge
Cost: Free

Monday, October 8

What: Family Night. These are programs for the whole family. A Family Night might involve crafts, games, stories, music—or any combination!
Who: Family event, all ages
When: Mon., Oct. 8, 6:30-7:30 p.m. (Generally held the 2nd Monday of each month)
Where: Coralville Public Library, Schwab Auditorium
Cost: Free

Tuesdays in October, starting Oct. 9

What: Lil Chefs. Does your preschooler like to help you in the kitchen? This class will put fun in food! Preschoolers create delicious treats to enjoy during class or to take home with them. 
Who: Preschoolers ages 3-5
When: Tuesdays in October, starting the 9th (also Oct. 16th, 23rd, and 30th). Two sessions available: 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.or 6:00-7:00 p.m.
Where: North Liberty Rec Center Kitchen (classroom N1)
Cost: Registration for all 4 sessions: $35.00 for residents, $40.00 for non-residents (see links on times above)

Wednesday, October 10

What: Bizarre History of Iowa. Join us at the Coralville Library as Paranormal Researcher Chad Lewis shares his experiences and research about phantom animals, mysterious UFOs, and the things that go bump in the night…right here in Iowa!
Who: Teens and older
When: Wed., Oct. 10, 7:00-8:30 p.m.
Where: Coralville Public Library, Schwab Auditorium
Cost: Free

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Thursday, October 11 (also Nov. 1 & Dec 6)

What: Kids Create. Join in for a different activity each month at Kids Create.  It might be a craft, building with Legos, or playing a game.
Who: Kids in Kindergarten through 6th grade, registration opens 1 week prior to program
When: Thurs., Oct. 11, 2:30-3:30 p.m. (Also held on Nov. 1st and Dec. 6th)
Where: Coralville Public Library Children’s Storytime Room
Cost: Free, but registration required (see link above)

Thursday, October 11, through Sunday, November 4

What: Stage production musical of The Addams Family. Join your favorite creepy, kooky, mysterious and spooky family for this madcap musical adventure! When teenage daughter Wednesday brings her straight-laced Midwestern boyfriend and his parents home for dinner at the mansion, nothing will ever be the same for… the Addams family. *Snap, snap.*
Who: Tweens/teens and older (production is rated PG – may not be suitable for children under 10)
When: Starts Thurs., Oct. 11 and runs through Sun., Nov. 4
Where: Old Creamery Theater, 39 38thAve, Amana
Cost: $31.50

Friday, October 12

What: Halloween Costume Exchange. Whether your family is looking for an accessory to round out a disguise, or your child needs an entire outfit, come “shop” through your community’s gently-used Halloween costumes! Beginning September 1 and up until the day of the event, bring your gently-used Halloween costumes and accessories for all ages to the Children’s Desk anytime the library is open. These items will be heat-treated and all will be available in the Tween Space during our Halloween Costume Exchange event. You don’t need to donate in order to receive a costume, but everyone is asked to limit themselves to one costume per person. Families with children of all ages are welcome to peruse the selections!
Who: All ages
When: Fri., Oct. 12, 4:30-6:00 p.m.
Where: Iowa City Public Library Tween Space
Cost: Free

Friday, October 12

What: Friday Flick: Black Beauty. Based on Anna Sewell’s classic novel, Black Beauty tells the story of a horse’s life in late 19th century England. You are welcome to bring your own snacks from home.
Who: All ages (film is rated G)
When: Fri., Oct. 12, 5:30-7:00 p.m.
Where: Iowa City Public Library Storytime Room
Cost: Free

Friday, October 12

What: Night at the Museum: Mad Science (Chemistry). Explore the Museum of Natural History after dark for an evening of pizza and STEM fun! Each month, explore a different area of science, technology, and culture with interactive demonstrations, fun activities, and hands-on materials. Each child receives an official MNH Miner Helmet with a headlamp to keep, and the group explores the darkened bird and mammal galleries as part of the evening’s activities. This is a drop off program, long enough for parents to have dinner or even go see a movie! 
Who: Kids in grades 1-5
When: Fri, Oct. 12, 6:00-9:00 p.m. [Same program as Oct. 5]
Where: U of Iowa Museum of Natural History, 17 N. Clinton St., MacBride Hall, Iowa City
Cost: $30; Pre-registration required here. Each evening requires separate registration.

Saturday, October 13

What: Belgian Waffle Breakfast. It’s that time of year again, support the FRIENDS of the North Liberty Library while enjoying all you can eat delicious waffles from Dad’s Belgian Waffles of Algona, IA.
Who: All ages
When: Sat., Oct. 13, 8:00-11:00 a.m.
Where: North Liberty Rec Center Gym
Cost: Tickets $6/each or $60/11 tickets in advance. $8 at the door. Kids 5 and under are free.

Saturday, October 13

What: Pumpkin Painting & Carving. Come to the North Liberty Rec Center and enjoy painting or carving a pumpkin to display just in time for the Halloween season. Kids pick their own pumpkin. All materials needed to paint/carve pumpkins will be supplied. Treats included.
Who: Kids ages 1-11
When: Sat., Oct. 13, 8:30-10:30 a.m.
Where: North Liberty Rec Center
Cost: $8.00 per person

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Saturday, October 13

What: Parrots on the Pentacrest. Come to the Biosphere Discovery Hub in the Museum of Natural History’s Bird Hall for a very special visit from some parrot friends right here on the Pentacrest! The Iowa Parrot Rescue and a few of their parrots will fly over for a bird-filled morning. A birdy meet-and-greet (real live parrots!) plus an opportunity to learn about the wonderful work the Iowa Parrot Rescue is doing – including conservation methods used to save the species and their habitats. 
Who: All ages
When: Sat., Oct. 13, 10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Where: U of Iowa Museum of Natural History, Bird Hall, 39-53 East Jefferson St., Iowa City
Cost: Free

Saturday, October 13

What: Pumpkin Decorating with Grannie Annie. Get ready for this fun-filled pumpkin painting event! Come together as a family and paint a pumpkin perfect for your fall porch décor. The only supplies you need to bring are your ideas! Registration required and limited (see link below). Limited to 1 pumpkin per family.
Who: Kids through 6th grade
When: Sat., Oct. 13, 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Where: North Liberty Library
Cost: Free, but registration is required and limited (starts Oct. 1st at 9 a.m.)

Monday, October 15

What: Creative Matters: Ed Boyden, Neuroscientist. Ed Boyden is a Professor of Neurotechnology at MIT, and associate professor of Biological Engineering and Brain and Cognitive Sciences at MIT’s Media Lab and McGovern Institute for Brain Research. He leads the Synthetic Neurobiology Group, which develops tools for analyzing and repairing complex biological systems such as the brain. His group applies these tools in a systematic way in order to reveal ground truth scientific understandings of biological systems, which in turn reveal radical new approaches for curing diseases and repairing disabilities. His TED talks have been viewed over 2 million times: “A new way to study the brain’s invisible circuits” and “A light switch for neurons
Who: Teens and up
When: Mon., Oct. 15, 5:30-6:30 p.m.
Where: U of Iowa Art Building West, Room 240, 141 North Riverside Drive, Iowa City
Cost:Free, but registration requested. Register here.

Monday, October 15

What: Our Neighbors, The Amish” with Don and Dianne Kramer. Come learn about the beliefs and lifestyle of a community of people whose religious practices are often mystifying and whose way of life is much different than our own. All ages are welcome. Amish refreshments provided!
Who: All ages
When: Mon., Oct. 15, 6:00-7:30 p.m.
Where: North Liberty Library
Cost: Free

Wednesday, October 17

What: Tippi Toes Dance. Join in this program for tots (18months and up) where music, movement, balance and, basic dance steps are introduced in a fun, friendly and positive manner. This will take place during the regularly scheduled storytime.
Who: Kids 18 months and up
When: Wed., Oct. 17, 10:30-11:00 a.m. (Also on Sept. 19th and Nov. 14th)
Where: North Liberty Library
Cost: Free

Thursday, October 18

What: U of I Homecoming Event: Iowa Shout. Don’t miss this amazing event where current Iowa students show their spirit through a number of performances. Catch the talented dancing, acting, and just plain fun that fellow UI students will show off. Come by the Pentacrest to experience this exhilarating display of Hawkeye Spirit! All students are invited to take in the experience with their fellow Hawkeyes!
Who: All ages
When: Thurs., Oct. 18, 6:00-9:00 p.m.
Where: U of I Pentacrest, 1 N. Clinton St., Iowa City
Cost: Free

Thursday, October 18

What: Barnes & Noble Young Readers’ Sci-Fi and Fantasy Book Group (check link for book for this month!)
Who: Geared toward readers ages 9-12
When: Thurs., Oct. 18, 6:30 p.m.
Where: Barnes & Noble, Coral Ridge Mall, 1451 Coral Ridge Avenue, Suite 1108, Coralville
Cost: Free

Thursday, October 18

What: Tippi Toes Dance. Join in this program for tots (18months and up) where music, movement, balance and, basic dance steps are introduced in a fun, friendly and positive manner. This will take place during the regularly scheduled storytime.
Who: Kids 18 months and up
When: Thurs., Oct. 18, 6:30-7:00 p.m. (Also on Sept. 20th and Nov. 15th)
Where: North Liberty Library
Cost: Free

Friday, October 19

What: Friday Flick: The Dark Crystal. Halloween is right around the corner, so tonight we are screening the Jim Henson classic, The Dark Crystal. In another time, on another planet, a young Gelfling starts on a quest to find the missing shard of a magical crystal to save his people. You are welcome to bring your own snacks from home.
Who: Kids & Tweens (film is rated PG for some frightening/intense scenes)
When: Fri., Oct. 19, 5:30-7:15 p.m.
Where: Iowa City Public Library Storytime Room
Cost: Free

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Friday, October 19

What: U of I Homecoming Event: Homecoming Parade. The Homecoming Parade is an annual tradition that unites students, alumni, faculty, staff, and community members across the Iowa City community. Each year we welcome Hawkeye Alumni back home to Iowa City and celebrate more than 15,000 spectators that come from around the world to watch the parade. The Homecoming Parade is a time to celebrate being a Hawkeye! With fancy floats, and guests of honor riding in corvettes, to student & community organizations & University of Iowa Departments flaunting their school spirit— The Homecoming Parade is an event NO Hawkeye will want to miss!
Who: All ages
When: Fri., Oct. 19, 5:45 p.m.
Where: Downtown Iowa City. Click here for parade route.
Cost: Free

Friday, October 19

What: U of I Homecoming Event: IMU Family Open House. Following the Homecoming Parade, enjoy the Family Fun Open House hosted at the Iowa Memorial Union! There will be live kids music, a balloon play area, coloring, snacks, and more! This event is free and open to the public! All children must be accompanied by a responsible adult.
Who: All ages
When: Fri., Oct. 19, Following the U of I Homecoming Parade
Where: Iowa Memorial Union Main Lounge, 125 Madison St., Iowa City
Cost: Free

Friday, October 19 through Sunday, October 21

What: Stage production of Sleepy Hollow, A Musical Tale presented by Young Footliters Youth Theater. On Halloween night, when three modern-day kids decide to trick-or-treat at the old “Crane House,” they are magically transported right into the middle of the classic tale of Ichabod Crane, Brom Bones, Katie Van Tassel, and – of course – the Headless Horseman.
Who: All ages
When: Fri., Oct. 19 & Sat., Oct 20, at 7:00 p.m. and Sun., Oct. 21 at 2:00 p.m.
Where: Coralville Center for the Performing Arts, 1301 5th Street, Coralville
Cost: Adults $19, Seniors (55+) $16, Student $16, Child 12 and under $13

Saturday, October 20

What: Pumpkin Party. Please join Take A Kid Outdoors (TAKO) for their Annual Pumpkin Carving Event. There will be plenty of carving kits, paint, pumpkin patterns, and supplies. Bring your own pumpkin or carve one of theirs! For this event, they are partnering with Grow: Johnson County, the Johnson County Historical Society and the City of Iowa City. Lunch will be served at 11:30 a.m., and they will have some hot apple cider and roasted pumpkin seeds to share!
Who: All ages
When: Sat., Oct., 20, 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Where: Johnson County Poor Farm. Just west of 4515 Melrose Ave., Iowa City
Cost: Free

Tuesday, October 23

What: Genealogy 101. October is Family History Month! This program will cover websites and databases that can help you uncover your family history. Look at HeritageQuest, My Heritage, Familysearch.org, Ancestry.com, and other online resources. You will also discuss the pros and cons of Ancestry DNA and 23 and Me. You are welcome to bring your laptop or tablet to try out these sites as they are discussed.
Who: Teens and up
When: Tues., Oct. 23, 6:30-8:00 p.m.
Where: North Liberty Library
Cost: Free

Wednesday, October 24

What: Barnes & Noble T.B.G.: Teen Book Group Ball Don’t Lie by Matt de la Peña. Join B&N for their Teen Book Group! Each month they will discuss a different title. Newcomers welcome!
Who: Teens
When: Wed., Oct. 24, 6:30 p.m.
Where: Barnes & Noble, Coral Ridge Mall, 1451 Coral Ridge Avenue, Suite 1108, Coralville
Cost: Free

Thursday, October 25

What: Orchestra Iowa: Pied Piper. Join 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. This week we will be learning about the strings section and sampling music performed by string musicians.
Who: Recommended for children ages 3-5
When: Thurs., Oct. 25, 10:30-11:00 a.m.
Where: Iowa City Public Library Storytime Room
Cost: Free

Thursday, October 25 & Friday, October 26

What: Haunted Happenings. The Recreation Center gets spooky! Tunnel, mazes, games, and fun! Come in costume and have a frightful time. Snacks, drinks, and candy will be provided.
Who: All ages
When: Thurs., Oct. 25 AND Fri., Oct. 26, 6:30-8:30 p.m. each night
Where: North Liberty Rec Center
Cost: $2.00 per person (drop-in event, no pre-registration required)

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Friday, October 26

What: North Liberty Trunk or Treat. Bring your tots in costume to trick or treat with staff from different City of North Liberty departments and local non-profit organizations. Cara of Cara Hocking Photography will be set up in the storytime room to take keepsake photos of your tots in costume during the event.
Who: Geared toward pre-schoolers
When: Oct. 26, 10:30 a.m.1:30 p.m.
Where: North Liberty Rec Center,
Cost: Free, but please register via Eventbrite (choose the General Registration option)

Friday, October 26

What: Friday Flick: Goosebumps. Halloween is right around the corner, so tonight we are screening Goosebumps. After moving to the town of famed author, R.L.Stine, young Zach finds out that the author has a dark secret. You are welcome to bring your own snacks from home.
Who: All ages (film is rated PG for some scary/intense creature scenes & some rude humor)
When: Fri., Oct. 26, 5:30-7:15 p.m.
Where: Iowa City Public Library Storytime Room
Cost: Free

Friday, October 26

What: Barnes & Noble Pajama Storytime  (Check the link for more details as date approaches!) Join B&N for Pajama Storytime! You will read story and do a craft. 
Who: This activity geared toward children ages 3-7
When: Fri., Oct. 26, 8:00 p.m.
Where: Barnes & Noble, Coral Ridge Mall, 1451 Coral Ridge Avenue, Suite 1108, Coralville
Cost: Free

Sunday, October 28

What: Sunday Funday: Ghost Pops for Halloween. Trick or Treat! These ghost pops are so easy that the kids can make them all by themselves. Make, and take home a fun and tasty treat just in time for Halloween!
Who: Children and their families (This is listed on the kids’ calendar)
When: Sun., Oct. 28, 2:00-4:00 p.m.
Where: Iowa City Public Library Storytime Room
Cost: Free

Wednesday, October 31

What: Preschool Halloween Dance Party. Come celebrate Halloween with a huge preschoolers party! Children are encouraged to wear their Halloween costumes to this “scary fun” event! Listen to groovy Halloween dance music like the Monster Mash, and enjoy spooky games and crafts! If you don’t have a costume ready to go, there will be a silly costume box to borrow items from! The party will end with a trick-or-treat parade through the library.
Who: Preschoolers, age 3-5 (Older and younger siblings are welcome as well!)
When: Wed., Oct. 31, 1:30-3:00 p.m.
Where: Iowa City Public Library Meeting Room A
Cost: Free


November

Fridays in November, starting November 2

What: Motion Madness. Simply a recreational opportunity for kids to use all their body muscles in a fun way! Kids just want to play, so various activity points will be set up in an obstacle course format for kids to go wild!
Who: Preschoolers ages 3-5
When: Fridays in November, starting the 2nd (also Nov. 9th, 16th, and 30th – NOT Nov. 23rd), 9:00-9:45 a.m. (See above for the first session which starts October 5th!)
Where: North Liberty Rec Center Roberts Gym Court 2
Cost: Registration for all 4 sessions: $25.00 for residents, $30.00 for non-residents (see link above)

Friday, November 2

What: Read on the Rug storytime: OPPOSITES. Come enjoy a story and related activities at the Museum of Natural History!
Who: Ages 2-4
When: Fri., Nov. 2, 10:00-10:30 a.m.
Where: U of Iowa Museum of Natural History, 17 N. Clinton St., MacBride Hall, Iowa City
Cost: Free, but sign-up required as space is limited to 10 kids for each program. Sign up here.

Friday, November 2

What: Friday Flick: The Land Before Time. It’s DINOvember! Join Littlefoot and his friends as they make their way to The Great Valley in order to reunite with their families. You are welcome to bring your own snacks from home.
Who: All ages (film is rated G)
When: Fri., Nov. 2, 5:30-6:45 p.m.
Where: Iowa City Public Library Storytime Room
Cost: Free

Friday, November 2

What: Night at the Museum: Inside the Human Body (Biology). Explore the Museum of Natural History after dark for an evening of pizza and STEM fun! Each month, explore a different area of science, technology, and culture with interactive demonstrations, fun activities, and hands-on materials. Each child receives an official MNH Miner Helmet with a headlamp to keep, and the group explores the darkened bird and mammal galleries as part of the evening’s activities. This is a drop off program, long enough for parents to have dinner or even go see a movie! 
Who: Kids in grades 1-5
When: Fri, Nov. 2, 6:00-9:00 p.m. [Same program as Nov.9]
Where: U of Iowa Museum of Natural History, 17 N. Clinton St., MacBride Hall, Iowa City
Cost: $30; Pre-registration required here. Each evening requires separate registration.

Friday, November 9

What: Friday Flick: The Good Dinosaur. It’s DINOvember! What if Dinosaurs never become extinct? Come on by to watch Arlo, the Apatosaurus, make an unlikely friend. You are welcome to bring your own snacks from home.
Who: All ages (film is rated PG for peril, action, and intense scenes)
When: Fri., Nov. 9, 5:30-6:45 p.m.
Where: Iowa City Public Library Storytime Room
Cost: Free

Friday, November 9

What: Night at the Museum: Inside the Human Body (Biology). Explore the Museum of Natural History after dark for an evening of pizza and STEM fun! Each month, explore a different area of science, technology, and culture with interactive demonstrations, fun activities, and hands-on materials. Each child receives an official MNH Miner Helmet with a headlamp to keep, and the group explores the darkened bird and mammal galleries as part of the evening’s activities. This is a drop off program, long enough for parents to have dinner or even go see a movie! 
Who: Kids in grades 1-5
When: Fri, Nov. 9, 6:00-9:00 p.m. [Same program as Nov. 2]
Where: U of Iowa Museum of Natural History, 17 N. Clinton St., MacBride Hall, Iowa City
Cost: $30; Pre-registration required here. Each evening requires separate registration.

Monday, November 12th

What: Creative Matters: Charles Limb, surgeon. Charles Limb is a doctor and a musician who researches the way musical creativity works in the brain. He is a Professor of Otolaryngology at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). He also directs the Douglas Grant Cochlear Implant Center at UCSF, and he is a former faculty member at the Peabody Conservatory of Music. In search of a better understanding of how the mind perceives complex auditory stimuli such as music, his research looks at the brains of improvising musicians and studies what parts of the brain are involved in the kind of deep creativity that happens when a musician is really in the groove.

Watch Limb’s popular TED talk, “Your Brain on Improv,” which has been viewed over 1.2 million times. On the TED blog: What’s it like to have a song inside your head, itching to get out? Charles Limb and a songwriter compare notes from the frontier of music and science in, “What making music does to your brain,” published November 10, 2015.
Who: Teens and up
When: Mon., Nov. 12, 5:30-6:30 p.m.
Where: U of Iowa Art Building West, Room 240, 141 North Riverside Drive, Iowa City
Cost: Free, but registration requested. Register here.

Monday, November 12th

What: U.S. Railroad Operations During WWI with Rudy Daniels and Veterans Day Reception. Join us as we learn about U.S. railroad history during World War I, both at home and overseas. Find out about the trains used and the amount of rail constructed by the U.S. Army! There will be a short reception for our Veterans following the presentation.
Who: All ages
When: Mon., Nov. 12, 6:30-8:00 p.m.
Where: North Liberty Library
Cost: Free

Wednesday, November 14

What: Tippi Toes Dance. Join in this program for tots (18months and up) where music, movement, balance and, basic dance steps are introduced in a fun, friendly and positive manner. This will take place during the regularly scheduled storytime.
Who: Kids 18 months and up
When: Wed., Nov. 14, 10:30-11:00 a.m. (Also on Sept. 19th and Oct. 17th)
Where: North Liberty Library
Cost: Free

Thursday, November 15

What: Barnes & Noble Young Readers’ Sci-Fi and Fantasy Book Group (check link for book for this month!)
Who: Geared toward readers ages 9-12
When: Thurs., Nov. 15, 6:30 p.m.
Where: Barnes & Noble, Coral Ridge Mall, 1451 Coral Ridge Avenue, Suite 1108, Coralville
Cost: Free

Thursday, November 15

What: Tippi Toes Dance. Join in this program for tots (18months and up) where music, movement, balance and, basic dance steps are introduced in a fun, friendly and positive manner. This will take place during the regularly scheduled storytime.
Who: Kids 18 months and up
When: Thurs., Nov. 15, 6:30-7:00 p.m. (Also on Sept. 20th and Oct. 18th)
Where: North Liberty Library
Cost: Free

Friday, November 16

What: Autism Friendly Movie Matinee. Head to the North Liberty Library on this no school day for a special movie matinee! The room and movie screening will be as accommodating of sensory needs as possible. This movie will only be open to individuals on the autism spectrum and their families. No sign up is necessary to attend. Autism Friendly events are hosted in partnership with the Iowa City Autism Community.
Who: Individuals on the autism spectrum and their families
When: Fri., Nov. 16, 1:00 p.m.
Where: North Liberty Library
Cost: Free

Friday, November 16

What: Friday Flick: Walking with Dinosaurs: The Movie. It’s DINOvember! Have you ever wondered what it was like when dinosaurs roamed planet Earth? This is the movie for you! You are welcome to bring your own snacks from home.
Who: All ages (film is rated PG for creature action, peril, and mild rude humor)
When: Fri., Nov. 16, 5:30-6:45 p.m.
Where: Iowa City Public Library Storytime Room
Cost: Free

Friday, November 16

What: History Club – Modern Conveniences. Each month participants will explore a different period of history with museum staff.
Who: Students in grades 5-8
When: Fri, Nov. 16, 5:30-7:30 p.m.
Where: U of Iowa Old Capitol Museum, 21 N. Clinton St., Iowa City
Cost: $30 per student per program. Register here!

Friday, November 16

What: Creative Matters: Alsarah, singer-songwriter. Alsarah is a singer, songwriter, bandleader and a somewhat reluctant ethnomusicologist. Born in Khartoum, Sudan, she relocated to Yemen with her family before abruptly moving to the USA, finally feeling most at home in Brooklyn, NY, where she has been residing since 2004. She is a self-proclaimed practitioner of East-African Retro-Pop music. With her main outfit, Alsarah & the Nubatones, she has released 2 full-length albums titled Silt, followed by Manara (Wonderwheel Recordings, 2014 and 2016). She has also released 1 full-length album with French electronic producer Débruit titled Aljawal (Soundways Recordings, 2013). And she was featured on the Nile Project‘s debut CD, Aswan (named in the top 5 must hear international albums by NPR, 2014).
Who: Teens and up
When: Fri., Nov. 16, 7:00-8:00 p.m.
Where: U of Iowa Hancher Auditorium, Strauss Hall, 141 Park Road, Iowa City
Cost: Free, but registration requested. Register here.

Saturday, November 17

What: Author Visit: Kate DiCamillo. Kate DiCamillo is coming to the North Liberty Library, made possible by Prairie Lights Bookstore and Candlewick Press. (Prairie Lights will have books available for purchase at the event.) Kate DiCamillo is the author of many books for young readers. Her books have been awarded the Newbery Medal (Flora & Ulysses in 2014 and The Tale of Despereaux in 2004); the Newbery Honor (Because of Winn-Dixie, 2001), the Boston Globe Horn Book Award (The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane, 2006), and the Theodor Geisel Medal and honor (Bink and Gollie, co-author Alison McGhee, 2011; Mercy Watson Goes for a Ride, 2007). She is a National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature Emerita, appointed by the Library of Congress. Kate’s newest book is called Louisiana’s Way Home, and will be published in October.
Who: All ages
When: Sat., Nov. 17, 11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Where: North Liberty Library
Cost: Free. Registration required and limited. Register via Eventbrite starting October 1 at 9 a.m. **Due to the high demand of this event if you register and are unable to attend please let the NL Library know so that they can release the tickets.

Saturday, November 17

What: The Gobble Wobble Autumn Hike. Gobble Gobble! Please join Take A Kid Outdoors (TAKO) on Saturday, November 17th, rain or shine for their annual Gobble Wobble! Go on a hike through the woods from the Tom Harkin trailhead to the Rotary Camp Park. The hikers will be challenged to shout “Gobble Gobble” every time they see something cool on the hike. After our hike, there will be a free lunch and a campfire to roast bananas. 
Who: All ages
When: Sat., Nov. 17, 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Where: Tom Harkin Trailhead, 719 Camp Cardinal Blvd., Coralville
Cost: Free

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Saturday, November 17

What: Totally Tweens: Annual Chess Tournament. Sign-up to compete in the Library’s Annual Chess Tournament in memory of Steve Young. Players rated over USCF 1000 will be in a separate section. USCF membership is NOT required (except for the over 1000 section and 2nd grade and younger). Trophies awarded for each grade. Pencils for all players! Refreshments will be provided. Please plan to stay for the entire afternoon. We will play as many rounds as possible. Registration is REQUIRED by email to Eric Vigil: [email protected] Walk-ins may register on the day of the tournament between 12:00-12:45 p.m.
Who: Kids in 3rd through 6th grades (2nd graders and below may register if they are USCF members)
When: Sat., Nov. 17, 1:00-5:00 p.m.
Where: Iowa City Public Library Meeting Rooms A, B, C, D, and Storytime Room
Cost: Free, but registration is required (see above)

Friday, November 23

What: Alternative Black Friday. Skip the mall and craft some homemade gifts at the library instead! We’ll provide supplies for beaded jewelry, paper plate wreaths, felt bookmarks, and more. Get into the holiday spirit and spend some time with family at the library.
Who: Kids & Tweens
When: Fri., Nov. 23, 2:00-4:00 p.m.
Where: Iowa City Public Library Storytime Room
Cost: Free

Saturdays, November 24, December 1, 8, & 15

What: Stage production of The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe. Join the adventures of four children as they wander through a dusty old wardrobe into the mystical, snow-covered land of Narnia! C.S. Lewis’ classic novel comes to life onstage as the children help Aslan the Lion try to defeat the White Witch’s curse of eternal winter. 
Who: All ages
When: Sat., Nov. 24 at 1:00 p.m.; Sat. Dec. 1, 8, & 15, at 10:00 a.m.
Where: Old Creamery Theater, 39 38thAve, Amana
Cost: $10.00

Wednesday, November 28

What: Barnes & Noble T.B.G.: Teen Book Group. (Check link for specific book for November!) Join B&N for their Teen Book Group! Each month they will discuss a different title. Newcomers welcome!
Who: Teens
When: Wed., Nov. 28, 6:30 p.m.
Where: Barnes & Noble, Coral Ridge Mall, 1451 Coral Ridge Avenue, Suite 1108, Coralville
Cost: Free

Friday, November 30

What: Barnes & Noble Pajama Storytime (Check the link for more details as date approaches!) Join B&N for Pajama Storytime! You will read story and do a craft. 
Who: This activity geared toward children ages 3-7
When: Fri., Nov. 30, 8:00 p.m.
Where: Barnes & Noble, Coral Ridge Mall, 1451 Coral Ridge Avenue, Suite 1108, Coralville
Cost: Free


 

Sara C
Sara is a NW Iowa native who moved across the state to become a Hawkeye! After her time at the U of I, she left for optometry school and residency before coming home to Iowa to start her “adult” life in Coralville. She was in clinical practice for 5 years before trying her hand at the research side of eye care, working on clinical trials in the pharma/biotech industry. Sara is a wife, mom to a 5-year-old boy, and step-mom to four teenagers! Because her son was born at 25 weeks and had a lengthy NICU stay, Sara is passionate about all things related to prematurity, especially parent support in the NICU. She loves connecting with fellow NICU moms, both online and in person. Sara also enjoys spending time with friends and extended family, reading, scrapbooking, organizing, knitting, travel, keeping up with tech trends, finding new wines to enjoy, honing her photography skills, and serving on the Family Advisory Council for UI Children’s Hospital. She’s a consultant for Jamberry Nails, too, which lets her dabble in her creative side.

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