Out Loud! The Metro Library Network Author Series is thrilled to celebrate its tenth season in 2017 with a wonderful line up of authors. The collaborative program of the Cedar Rapids, Hiawatha, and Marion Public Libraries will present Anne Perry, Kwame Alexander, and Debbie Macomber on three consecutive Friday nights in June at the Hotel… View more
I love character driven thrillers with a perfect sense of place. Tight plotting. Page turning. I read thrillers to transport myself. My love affair with (…the books of…) Harlan Coben, Lee Child, and David Baldacci is rooted in their characterizations of hero: Everyman against the world. Sinister sucks. These seasoned writers are tough to compete… View more
The CRPL Summer Dare Everywhere volunteers (Susy Jones, Sandy Steckler, Jeri Vincent, and Vicki Brubaker) are finalists for United Way’s Outstanding Group Volunteer Award. Summer Dare Everywhere Volunteers Last summer, the Cedar Rapids Public Library piloted a new summer reading outreach program, Summer Dare Everywhere, with the Cedar Rapids Metro YMCA. The program brought the library to youth… View more
Ever since its expansion from Women’s History Week in the 1980’s March is known as Women’s History Month. During this time it’s appropriate to appreciate, recognize, and salute those ground breaking females that have blazed trails in front of all of us. As former President Carter said in 1980: “From the first settlers who came… View more
The Grace of Silence, by Michelle Norris Former NPR All Things Considered journalist Michelle Norris has a particularly elegant way of reporting. It is at once fluid, deep, articulate, enlightening and pensive. Her memoir is no different. The Grace of Silence is a book encompassing race in America and how it affects family ties, social… View more
The National Medal for Museum and Library Service is the nation’s highest honor given to museums and libraries by the Institute of Museum and Library Services in recognition of exceptional service to the community and for making a difference in the lives of individuals, families, and communities. We are honored to share that Cedar Rapids… View more
Winner of the 2015 Newbery Medal for The Crossover, poet Kwame Alexander draws on rules of sports as the background for life lessons of hardship, perseverance, and focus. In The Playbook: 52 Rules to Aim, Shoot, and Score in This Game Called Life, he uses sports analogies (predominately basketball as you might imagine from the cover)… View more
My kids were home this week so I had a legitimate reason to check out a whole stack of children’s books. Here are a couple that stood out… One Proud Penny, by Randy Siegel and Serge Bloch “Whatever you are, be a good one”. – Abraham Lincoln See a penny pick it up all day… View more
The only way for a woman, as for a man, to find herself, to know herself as a person, is by creative work of her own. There is no other way. ― Betty Friedan Each year on March 8th we gather to celebrate International Women’s Day. Through rallies, performances, networking events and more, we recognize… View more
All members of the community are invited to the first Community Cultural Celebration & Expo on Saturday, March 18, 2017, from 10 am-2 pm at the Downtown Library. Come to celebrate your own culture and enjoy learning about the many other cultures in our diverse community! The festivities will include: * Music, dance, performances &… View more
By this point, most know of the harrowing story of bravery of Nobel Prize-winning Malala Yousafzai. Taking the very real story of how a young girl in Pakistan was shot by the Taliban for fighting for young girls’ rights to an education and interpreting it for children is no easy feat but Raphaele Frier and… View more
The planning committee for the annual community-wide reading program known as Linn Area Reads has selected A Wrestling Life: The Inspiring Stories of Dan Gable by Dan Gable with Scott Schulte for the 2017 edition of the program. Linn Area Reads is a program of the Metro Library Network, which is made up of the… View more
Last month, I was the lucky recipient of a big, beautiful easel. For painting. For painting paintings! Having only produced a few dozen paintings over the course of my fifty plus years, I thought I’d try to actually learn how to do it. Enter Sam Piyasena and Beverly Philp’s Just Paint It! I’m an admittedly… View more
I went through a reading slump in the second half of 2016. Blame it on the siren song of social media. Blame it on the election. I couldn’t sit down and finish a book to save my life. I found other things to occupy my time. I cooked a lot. I started learning Polish. (Check… View more
Join us for a new story time program called Play, Sing, and Read! Held at 10 am each Wednesday morning at the Downtown Library, we will have a 20 minute play and socialization time followed by interactive stories and songs. A simple art or sensory activity will be provided each week. This program is designed… View more
It’s official! It’s 2017! You’ve started on that vision board. You have your Fitbit ready to measure your every move. But have you considered managing your microbiology? More and more, the tiny, non-human make-up of your body has become increasingly interesting to scientists. Microbiology plays an integral role in your life and your body is… View more
It’s always interesting to learn what books are the most popular each year in our library collection. This year we have it broken out into a few different categories. What was your favorite book in 2016? Top 5 Children’s Titles: Fancy Nancy : Splendiferous Christmas Pokémon Adventures Pokémon Black and White Babymouse Pete the Cat… View more
Happy birthday to the Cedar Rapids Public Library! Celebrate 120 years of the Cedar Rapids Public Library in 2017. The community is invited to a birthday celebration from 10 am to Noon on January 14 at the Downtown Library. Enjoy activities and party games for families, capture your library memories in our story booth, and… View more
Are you ready to engage your creativity and imagination in an artful undertaking? When was the last time you called the right side of your brain forward on purpose? We meet 5:30-7:30 pm on the first Thursday of the month at the Downtown Library for hands-on recreational arts and crafts projects with bookish themes for… View more
The Cedar Rapids Public Library is ready to ring in the New Year with the entire family on December 31! Join us for the party of the year culminating in our big balloon drop at Noon. Our Noon Year’s Eve Celebration begins at 10 am at the Downtown Library. Make your very own New Year’s… View more
Where Did They Go? a spotting book by Emily Barnoff Emily Barnoff’s new “seek and find” book for children takes us on a world tour searching the pages for a tree sloth, a bison, a tapir, and other rare animals. Children will see – quite literally – how hard it is to spot these creatures…. View more
Winter weather is creeping in and children are reveling in freshly fallen snow. What better time to get the hot cocoa going and curl up with them and a great book? CRPL has you covered. Below is a list of great reads for elementary aged children from the past year. These books are a perfect… View more
How do we wake up and relate to other cultures? I was culturally slapped in the face (and literally slapped in the face) at a Pow-Wow at the Lac du Flambeau reservation in northern Wisconsin in 1991 when I was 15. I had been up there that summer to work for the Department of Natural Resources… View more
The Cedar Rapids Public Library offers a variety of popular and specialty magazines for download to your device using a service called Zinio. There is no cost to use Zinio–all you need is your library card and pin! Discover your favorite magazines on your digital device. Zinio offers magazines for all types of interests, including… View more
The Metro Library Network is partnering to support HACAP Food Reservoir this November through Food for Fines! Pay off your library fines with non-perishable food items between October 31 and November 30. Receive $1 off your overdue fines for each item you donate. Donations in exchange for your fines can be taken at any of… View more
Home is a desperate mix of loyalty, pain, family and friendship. But it’s loyalty that takes center stage in Harlan Coben’s latest New York Times bestselling mystery. Home stars Myron Bolitar and his lifelong friend, Windsor Horne Lockwood III (aka “Win”). When Myron gets a call for help from Win, the man who never asks for anything, he… View more
The Cedar Rapids Public Library wants you to spark a new interest by checking out a new collection. Spark Kits are now available at the Downtown Library for checkout. Spark Kits are small circulating kits of crafts, activities, or projects. The first two kits available are “Adult Coloring Spark Kit” and “Learn to Crochet.” These… View more
The Cedar Rapids Public Library is embracing the popular adult coloring phenomenon and we need your help. We are compiling a local coloring book full of line drawings created by the people of our community that represents Cedar Rapids. We are asking you to submit your line drawing to us by October 4 to be… View more
The Downtown Cedar Rapids Public Library will reopen on Monday, October 3, at 9 am, and resume normal library operations. The Library closed on Saturday, September 23 due to flood concerns. Safety of our patrons and our community remained the priority during the flood crisis, and the Downtown Library, while in no immediate danger, was… View more
UPDATE Sept 28, 1:46 pm The Downtown Cedar Rapids Public Library will reopen on Monday, October 3, at 9 am, and resume normal library operations. The Library closed on Saturday, September 23 due to flood concerns. Safety of our patrons and our community remained the priority during the flood crisis, and the Downtown Library, while… View more
Ref·u·gee Noun: refugee; plural noun: refugees; a person or persons who have been forced to leave their country in order to escape war, persecution, or natural disaster. “Tens of thousands of refugees fled their homes”. According to the UN Refugee Agency there are 65.3 million people worldwide that have been forcibly displaced: fleeing from ethnic,… View more
I confess that most of the world apparently disagrees with my assessment of In a Dark, Dark Wood. It was an instant NYT bestseller, and just two months after it was published last summer, Reese Witherspoon’s production company bought the movie rights. Marketed heavily as a psychological thriller, again, I disagree. In a Dark, Dark… View more
The Cedar Rapids Public Library is looking for great stories and we want yours! Share your great library story with us by Sept 25 and be entered to win a $100 HyVee gift card. We want to know what the Library means to you: Why do you visit the Library? What services or resources do… View more
Be Here to Love Me is a new release biography DVD about the life and times of Townes Van Zandt. I’ve heard his name in passing for years: Emmy Lou Harris mentions him, Nancy Griffith wouldn’t have the song Tecumseh Valley (a personal favorite) without Van Zandt, and of course there would be no Pancho and… View more
The Cedar Rapids Public Library is partnering with Imagination Iowa, an initiative of NewBoCo, to provide a new series of programs called “Ctrl Alt Create” and “Ctrl Alt Connect” and “LaddWorks” at the Library. These programs, designed specifically for young adults, will use robotics, art, science, technology and so much more to spark imagination and… View more
Children are learning the basic skills necessary to read long before kindergarten. The Library’s early childhood program “Mother Goose on the Loose” teaches the basics through rhyme, repetition, song, and movement. Mother Goose on the Loose is a 30-minute nursery rhyme program for newborns to three-year-olds, followed by a 30-minute playtime. The program begins in… View more
City Atlas: Travel the World with 30 City Maps, written by Georgia Cherry, illustrated by Martin Haake
“I was surprised, as always, by how easy the act of leaving was, and how good it felt. The world was suddenly rich with possibility.” – Jack Kerouac Before there were Google maps and GPS, there were Atlases. I remember as a child scouring over villages and towns; examining how cities oozed into suburbs and suburbs… View more
No longer the stodgier sort of Carnegie-era library, where you might have dropped in to borrow a book or two, and perhaps looked up stock information in a book, the Cedar Rapids Public Library today is busy hub for business, civic and social meetings. By busy, we mean people are using Library spaces by the… View more
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… View more
Sometimes I feel like my life is a research project that I started in my ‘tweens. It was at that time that I remember really paying attention to what was happening around me and in the summer of my sixth grade year a boy who was interested in my oldest sister started hanging around our… View more
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 absolutely FREE! Concerts will be held June 9 and 10 at 9:30 am, 10:15 am, and 11:00 am… View more
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… View more
The 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… View more
According to the most recent data by UNHCR, the United Nations Refugee Agency, almost 60 million people around the world have been forced from their home. Almost 20 million of those are refugees, of which nearly 5 million are from Syria where a civil war between Bashar al-Bassad’s government, Sunni rebel groups, ISIL and various… View more
Perhaps the kids are signed up for swim lessons, you’re road tripping to the Black Hills, or they’re pitching on the mound all summer. At any rate there will still be days when you need some great reads and ideas for things to keep their little hands occupied. CRPL has you covered! Below is a… View more
One of my favorite antiheroes, the improbable Amos Decker, is back. We met a few years ago in David Baldacci’s Memory Man, and I instantly fell in love with Amos’ exceptional brain. You see, he is gifted and cursed with hyperthymesia and synesthesia resulting from a helmet to helmet collision at his first professional football… View more
It’s Friday, the weather is warm, time to load the car stereo with music and open the windows so everyone going by knows you’re not afraid of the weekend funk (dancing not smelling). I’ve three new music Cd’s available at the library that can help you fulfill those needs: I’ve got a soft spot for… View more
The 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,… View more
Moshe Cotel is a composer who loves to listen to the sounds of the city. He listened outside himself and he listened inside himself, just as his teacher had taught him when he was a boy. When he was done listening, he would turn all those wonderful sounds into beautiful music. One day, after he… View more
Essay = noun: /ˈesā/ A short piece of writing on a particular subject. The question: Can a literary form that that caused so much anxiety in my high school years find redemption in my dotage? Oh, the exercise in misery that was the high school essay. Did students really enjoy writing them? Did teachers really… View more
Awake Beautiful Child Words by Amy Krouse Rosenthal Illustrated by Gracia Lam What a wonderful ABC book! Awake Beautiful Child, written by Amy Krouse Rosenthal, is a mesmerizing walk through a child’s day. On each page, a three-word “ABC” description tells the reader about what’s pictured. It’s the illustrations that captivated me. There’s a crisp,… View more
If you have kids, teach kids, have seen kids pottering around, you will most likely be familiar with Mo Willem’s work. From “Knuffle Bunny” to “Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus,” “That is not a Good Idea” to “Amanda and her Alligator,” this author is the bread and butter, the meat and potatoes, the… View more
Add Samuel Bjork to this list: Jo Nesbo, Henning Mankell, Anders Roslund and Borge Hellstrom, and Stieg Larsson. All of these Scandinavian authors write delicious thrillers, and Samuel Bjork’s American debut, I’m Traveling Alone, assures him a spot among the greats. If you’ve never read Nordic Noir – yes, that’s a thing – let me… View more
“I wanted to cut loose from the world, and I shared, too his desire to escape to the wild, a desire that can rip away all human softness and leave you stranded in a world of savage, courteous despair”.- Helen Macdonald on T.H. White’s need to train a goshawk. When her father passed away suddenly… View more
Fool Me Once is Harlan Coben’s ninth consecutive novel to reach #1 on the New York Times best seller list. Nine books in a row at #1. I mean, can you imagine that? Seriously. I almost got to brag once when I came in second in a middle school spelling bee. But I digress. In… View more
“All these non-singing, non-dancing, wish-I-had-me-some-clothes fools who tell me my albums suck. Why should I pay any attention to them?” -Prince I opened up the internet yesterday and gasped out loud. I understand that the last few months may have made celebrity death reactions a near cynical experience, I’m there with you on that level, but… View more
Spring is most definitely in the air! While the trees are blossoming and budding out, we’re prepping our veggie beds, cleaning off our grills and getting our yards ready for the season. I’m constantly looking for fresh ideas for new recipes that use simple, local, fresh ingredients and also taste amazing. Here are some cookbooks… View more
The stats are in. Millennial children (those born after 2005) spend an average of 35 hours a week on media. That’s the equivalent to a French work week! Though there are positive aspects to TV- certain shows can teach your child information they may not otherwise be exposed to, there have, in recent years been… View more
Playtime Poppy Children’s Theatre will visit the Whipple Auditorium at the Downtown Library for a vignette from Washington High School’s upcoming production of Harold and the Purple Crayon. Kids will learn a dance from the show and create a brilliant suncatcher. Bring your imagination and a friend or two!
Life is a struggle. Sometimes just getting out of bed can be hard. Trying to justify to yourself that you are good enough merely for waking and running errands, while it may be a stretch, is completely necessary sometimes. Jenny Lawson is mentally ill. Sometimes, she admits that she sets the bar unabashedly low that… View more
Ruta Sepetys’ most recent work Salt to Sea is a very well written historic novel– accurate in its description of time and place with mostly fictional characters that are based on real people’s lives and experiences. It illustrates the evacuation of East Prussia in January of 1945, a miserable winter towards the end of WWII when… View more
Aaron Becker’s first wordless picture book, Journey came out in August 2013 and received a Caldecott honor in 2014. There’s a scene in the book near the beginning where the main character, a young girl seemingly unmoved and bored by her life takes a red crayon, draws a door on her wall and ends up… View more
Join the Linn County Master Gardeners and ISU Extension and Outreach as we present the 2016 Creative Gardening Series. This series meets three consecutive Thursday evenings at 6:30 pm in Whipple Auditorium at the Downtown Library and is free to all. April 7: What’s the Buzz? What’s Happening with Pollinators? Guest speaker is Dr. Donald… View more
I remember once going to an Asian Farmer’s market when I lived in Sacramento excitedly and frantically throwing exotic looking fruits and vegetables into my basket. I had no idea what most of them were or how to prepare them and while I did make a few recipes, most of my market booty ended up… View more
On March 25th this week Third Man Records, the labeled owned by Jack White, released Midwest Farmer’s Daughter, the debut album from Margo Price. It’s getting a lot of buzz this week among critics and Nashville music hawks, and for good reason. Margo Price is originally from Aledo, Illinois; for us in Cedar Rapids that… View more
“That you are here—that life exists, and identity; That the powerful play goes on, and you will contribute a verse.” ― Walt Whitman, Leaves of Grass There are humans who conquer literature and humans who conquer science, but it is a rare human who can successfully master both. Paul Kalanithi is one such human. In… View more
The sixth and final season of award-winning costume drama, Downton Abbey, has come and gone. For those of us following the adventures of the Crawley family, Sunday nights have become a bit of a lonely affair. Cast adrift and clutching our teacups, we must now sit back and wait for writer Julian Fellowes to pen… View more
“Books will help him clear the weeds and plant the seeds so he’ll succeed” – Lewis Henri Michaux Lewis Henri Michaux opened up The National Memorial African Bookstore in 1932 and it became an integral hub in Harlem for African Americans, drawing prominent figures such as W.E.B. Du Bois, Langston Hughes, Muhammed Ali, Eartha Kitt… View more
A growing trend in readership and publishing comes in the form of the graphic novel. Perhaps a connection with the film industries penchant for comic book superheros, readers are reaching out for bright colors, bold pictures, and quick interchanges of graphic novels. One should not assume that though the interactions between the characters are brief… View more
With the recent passing of the producer for The Beatles, George Martin, there was a wave of Internet and radio stories describing the sound that Martin had crafted for The Beatles. As a consumer of music with an untrained ear it is irrelevant to wonder who creates what sound for what artist. That is, unless,… View more
It’s Spring Break! Whether you’re going to Grandma’s and need some books for bedtime, heading to Florida and need an alternative to puzzles, dolls and TV on the road, having a stay-cation or you’re anywhere in between, here are some great kids reads to see you through… The Adventures of Beekle the Unimaginary Friend- Dan… View more
David Baldacci is the king of government conspiracy thrillers. From Absolute Power to The Camel Club to his latest series about government assassin Will Robie, Baldacci has always known how to keep his fans in suspense. The first Will Robie book, published in 2012, was The Innocent. It gave us a glimpse into this new… View more
Almarian blanco calmindon caves of androth demons dor-cúarthol drúedain of beleriand durin’s day (day) dírnaith dúnedain eldest galadriel hasufel haven of the swans house of hador hrívë irmo kin-strife lord of the rings mungo baggins máhanaxar númenórean sindarin ringlord rochirrim somath spies of the valar tuilérë valaraukar valinor woodmen. Amon rûdh arvedui last-king awakening of… View more
Almarian blanco calmindon caves of androth demons dor-cúarthol drúedain of beleriand durin’s day (day) dírnaith dúnedain eldest galadriel hasufel haven of the swans house of hador hrívë irmo kin-strife lord of the rings mungo baggins máhanaxar númenórean sindarin ringlord rochirrim somath spies of the valar tuilérë valaraukar valinor woodmen. Amon rûdh arvedui last-king awakening of… View more
Though snowflakes are still sporadically gracing our windshields as I look down at my feet I see them; little signs of a big change in the season. Tiny succulents are poking through my mulch as a precursor of the next big thing-Spring! Looking up the squirrels are more playful as they carefully scamper after one… View more
After reading and being deeply engrossed in The Namesake and Pulitzer Prize winning novel Interpreter of Maladies, I was eager to learn more about the author in her new autobiography, In Other Words. Lahiri’s fiction is fluid, honest and highly insightful, so I was intrigued to read her first work of non-fiction. The themes in… View more
I highly recommend Erin Gleeson’s The Forest Feast, a collection of easy Vegetarian recipes. First of all, I like the background story: Erin Gleeson grew up on an orchard in Sonoma County, CA but moved to New York City as a young adult with an art major, initially drawn to food photography via a volunteering job at the… View more
“Once I commit to something, I commit-at least until I quit, which can happen at any time” –Michael Ian Black I know Michael Ian Black best from his time as a cultural commentator on the long running ‘I love the —‘series on VH1; his dry, crass observations held up a brief relatable mirror into the… View more
“Imagination is everything. It is the preview of life’s coming attractions.” ― Albert Einstein In a world of Common Core, filling in the correct bubbles and being data-driven in schools, there is a sparkling shimmer of magic and solace in a glorious piece of blank paper and a pen. The beginning of this completely black… View more
The sounds of woodwind instruments will fill the Whipple Auditorium at the downtown Cedar Rapids Public Library the first week of March. The talented woodwind musicians from Orchestra Iowa will present a special chamber concert just for children and families on Thursday, March 3, and Friday, March 4. “Chamber music concerts like this are the… View more
A Man Called Ove is the first novel by Swedish blogger and author Fredrik Backman, and what a great uplifting read it is! Ove is a 59-year old grumpy, lonely man who thrives on routine and principles, and who gets extremely bent out of shape when he encounters people who don’t. Needless to say, he… View more
A father and son sit together and enjoy a little respite in the afternoon sun when their cart loses a wheel of cheese which is sent careening down the hill, up a tree and onto a branch where it rests until squirrel wakes to find it. Convinced the wheel of cheese is the moon, and… View more
Princess Pinecone is not your average Princess. With dreams of being a warrior, she has been disappointed to find that on previous birthdays, while waiting for a horse that is strong and fit for battle, her parents have instead bestowed countless cozy sweaters. The latest one displaying the words “special girl” across her chest… View more
By the time February arrives in Iowa, cabin fever runs amuck. This week’s bitter cold temperatures prompted the following recommendations from some of the Cedar Rapids Public Library staff. Since you’ll probably stay inside this week, some of us think you should watch a DVD or Blu-ray that’s truly worth your time. Sarah’s pick is… View more
Visit either location of the Cedar Rapids Public Library on Saturday, February 13 to take part in our Valentine’s Day celebrations. The Downtown Library will be home to a life-sized Candyland experience from 10:30 am to 12:30 pm. Queen Frostine, Gramma Nutt, and Plumpy Princess Lolly will greet you as you travel through the Peppermint… View more
The planning committee for the annual community-wide reading program known as Linn Area Reads has selected The Book Thief by author Markus Zusak for the 2016 edition of the program. Linn Area Reads is a program of the Metro Library Network, which is made up of the Cedar Rapids, Marion, and Hiawatha Public Libraries. All… View more
The Cedar Rapids Public Library is excited to announce the release of a new tablet designed to meet the needs of its youngest customers: Launchpads. Launchpads are made possible by the Cedar Rapids Public Library Foundation with a grant from ITC Holdings Corp. Launchpads, a kid-friendly tablet designed for libraries to lend, come preloaded with… View more
Today I have visions of tea, scones and arsenic dancing in my head. While scouring the stacks at the Cedar Rapids Public Library, I discovered that we have an incredible selection of Agatha Christie novels. For a mystery lover, this is a treasure indeed. Dame Agatha Christie, the doyenne of the proper English murder mystery,… View more
The world we live in requires solutions. This is something one comes to realize as an adult; simply talking about issues or social problems are nary an answer to tangible change. How do we recognize that we are capable as humans of directing the energy that flows through society, how do we find importance in… View more
The SENG & Guided Discussion Group for Parents has been cancelled. We apologize for any inconvenience. *** Parenting is a difficult yet highly important job. Understanding our children is fundamental to supporting them and parenting effectively. There can be unique challenges and nuances involved in parenting gifted children. Their parents often express feeling isolated and… View more
Join the Cedar Rapids Civil Rights Commission and the Cedar Rapids Public Library as we kick off the Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday an MLK Day Kick-Off and Public Employment Job Fair. Visit the Downtown Library on Sunday, January 17, starting at 2pm to view a special screening of the 2015 movie “Selma”…. View more
10% Happier: How I Tamed the Voice in My Head, Reduced Stress Without Losing My Edge, and Found Self-Help That Actually Works–A True Story by Dan Harris
Dan Harris, current co-anchor of ABC News’ “Nightline” and co-anchor of the weekend edition of “Good Morning America,” has worked with ABC News since 2000 and has become a regular fixture on the channel’s various news programs. Following a long stint covering war in Baghdad in 2003, he returned stateside suffering symptoms he did not… View more
Lisbeth Salander, the brilliant and fierce heroine of the Millennium Series, recently returned to international bestseller lists in The Girl in the Spider’s Web. Salander fans know that Stieg Larsson, the author of the original Millennium Trilogy – The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, The Girl Who Played With Fire, and The Girl Who Kicked… View more
The Cedar Rapids Public Library wants you to make us your New Year’s Resolution for 2016! This is one resolution you can actually keep. Stop by either the Downtown or Ladd Library during the month of January and pick up library punch card. Each card has six tasks; one for each of the first six… View more
I picture myself at age eight, in a stiff wooden church pew, the family in a row starting with my slumped over father at the aisle, and ending with myself daydreaming. I see a heaven up in the clouds with blue sky and gold everywhere and there’s the gates that look a lot like a… View more
The Immortal Nicholas is a novel by television host and political commentator Glenn Beck. It is a fable that aims at retelling the Santa Claus story in a way that guides people away from the commercial Kris Kringle and toward the spirituality and altruism of the man, Saint Nicholas. The main character is a simple… View more
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… View more
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… View more
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 book designed to be a whimsical way to learn about technology, computing and coding. The four-week… View more
One of the mystery series that I have looked forward to reading is the Max Tudor Mystery series by G.M.Malliet. The Haunted Season is the fifth book in the Max Tudor Mystery series. It is always interesting to see how she ties in seemingly unrelated story threads at the end. Max Tudor is a handsome… View more
My 82-year-old father picked up one of the three books on my living room table and chuckled, “Timmy Failure!” I explained I had chosen to read this book series for middle readers for my Children’s Resources class at the University of Iowa. While the rest of us chatted, he continued to read, and to chuckle… View more
New Year’s Eve is a few weeks away and the pressure is on to come up with a resolution that will dazzle. In anticipation of this, I am reading books written by people who have embarked on a one-year challenge and recorded their experience. As consistency is not my strong suit – I am neither… View more
Growing up in Germany, I was unfamiliar with pie until I came to the U.S. Germany embraces sweets and desserts, boasts bakeries and confectionary shops, is home to many different cakes and cookies, tarts and tortes. But PIE is not to be found. Upon my move across the Atlantic I was quickly intrigued by the… View more
Remember the nineties? I do, I graduated from high school in 1993, a year that was marked by a stiff rise in what had recently been labeled ‘grunge’ music. Nirvana’s ‘Nevermind’ was released in 1991 and had taken over MTV along with Sonic Youth, Stone Temple Pilots, and Pearl Jam. Movies like ‘Singles’ the… View more
Last month the reference librarians at the Library were assigned to read Setting the Table: The Transforming Power of Hospitality in Business by Danny Meyer. Since I sit in on the meetings of this group, I also read it. My expectations were similar to other books on customer service: good ideas, but pretty dry reading…. View more
There’s nothing like reading aloud as a family on a long winter night, and some of our favorite children’s book authors have new books to take the chill right out of the brisk Iowa air. Here are a few of my favorite new children’s books that are suitable for the whole family…. View more
Daisy Dalrymple is an independent woman who earns her living as a freelance writer. Times are hard in the 1920s. Over 700,000 young men have been killed in the war with many others wounded in body and mind. As she takes on her freelance writing assignments around the country, she stumbles upon murder. This leads… View more
I always wanted to be a rocker chick. I can still see the ones I knew in my youth, the black bottomed tennis shoes, feathered hair, and jean jackets loaded with patches from various shows. Joan Jett seemed like she had the world figured out, and Lita Ford looked like she could tear your head… View more
Learning to read or write doesn’t start with the first day of school. Developing language and literacy skills starts at birth. Parents are a child’s first teacher and those early years are instrumental in how a child will perform later in life. The Cedar Rapids Public Library offers a variety of resources for parents and… View more
I haven’t been everywhere, but it’s on my list. ~ Susan Sontag As we journey into the month of November, I acknowledge that this is not prime travel season. But, if your goal is to make memories all over the world, why not start thinking about your next trip? The Cedar Rapids Public Library has… View more
Dear Reacher, I’m sure I’ve told you before, but, dang it Reacher, you’re adorable. Some people think that men who are 6’5” tall and built like refrigerators don’t want to be called adorable (or cute, as I often remark during college football games), but I mean it most sincerely. And let’s face it – I’m… View more
The question we get asked most often the week before Halloween is, “Do you have any scary movies?” Oh yes, my friend, we most certainly do. We have your standard scary movie fare – the Friday the 13th series, the Halloween movies, the Scream tetralogy. All excellent choices. But we’ve dug a little deeper into… View more
On Tuesday, November 3, 2015, voters will be asked to vote on a special 27 cent levy to provide funding for the Cedar Rapids Public Library. The Library Board of Trustees determined that the library needed to find a sustainable source of funding to maintain service at current levels. While the demand for library services… View more
Yes, yes, I’m a big boring fan of feminist literature. There’s a part of me that could have been a gender studies major in college, but I wasn’t, I was an English major who got way into Virginia Woolf. It surprised me too. On the canon of what to read when it comes to women’s… View more
I have always loved mysteries, especially series mysteries. You can get to know and like a character even if they sometimes frustrate you with their obtuseness or naiveté. Such is not the case with Dorothy Martin in The Gentle Art of Murder by Jeanne M. Dams. Dorothy is an older woman, a retired teacher married… View more
Children aged 6 months to 6 years can receive FREE hearing, vision, dental and developmental health screenings on Tuesday, October 27, from 10 am to 2 pm. There will also be community resources available to provide information about health, insurance and nutrition programs. All families are invited to join us.
It is with the utmost excitement that I announce, “NaNoWriMo is upon us!” What is NaNoWriMo, you ask? It is only the Mount Everest of writing experiences. The Ironman of novel construction. The Iditarod for aspiring authors. If you hope to one day be a writer, it is something you must attempt at least once… View more
Born and raised on a different continent, I am always interested in reading about immigration stories , specifically what compelled them to come this far, did their preconceived notions hold true to reality and did “their” American dream become fulfilled. Americanah was a wonderful surprise as it is so much more than merely a tale… View more
Enter the world of Todd Aaron, longtime resident of Payton Living Center, autistic fifty-something hero and heartbreaker, narrator of Best Boy by Eli Gottlieb. To say that reading Best Boy is to enter Todd’s world is gross understatement. Todd has much to say. He will tell you about his lovely mother, long gone now, who… View more
Many of my favorite books are stories of transformation. They are about people who begin a journey one way and emerge at the end completely altered. Through tests and trials, hardships and happy coincidences, they discover their true selves and a new way of living. The story of the Beekman Boys is just such a… View more
There’s a narrative in history and in literature that relinquishes the soul of a bored woman. The woman who has settled into marriage, kids, and finds herself uninteresting. When my husband was in the Army and deployed to Iraq it was in the faces of the young women left behind. For a woman in her… View more
You may know Kate White as the wildly successful editor-and-chief of Cosmopolitan magazine. For fourteen years she sat at the helm of this behemoth of a women’s magazine. In 2012, at the top of her game, White passed the torch having increased monthly circulation by 700,000 readers and reached a pinnacle of over three million… View more
“Good morning, class. Your Scholastic book order has arrived.” Were there ever words more magical than these? If you were a young scholar, post-1948, chances are you received a Scholastic order form at school each month. You’d take it home and mark the fifty books you most wanted to purchase. From there, your parents made… View more
Today we mark the passing of Swedish crime novelist Henning Mankell, who succumbed to lung cancer at the age of 67. Mankell is best known as the creator of the Kurt Wallander series set in the tiny hamlet of Ystad. Wallander is an intelligent but brooding detective who makes for a gritty hero. Alcoholic, overweight,… View more
How important is happiness to the average human being? How much of a difference does it make, really? Is it overrated or, as Aristotle once said, is happiness “the meaning and purpose of life?” Studies show that happy people earn more money, are less likely to get sick, and are more successful in relationships than… View more
The thrills and chills of the Halloween season are upon us and they aren’t only for the little ones. This is the time of year that a book-lover pulls out a spooky novel, crawls under the covers and white-knuckles it until the clock strikes midnight. (Are those footsteps you hear out in the hall? They… View more
When HBO’s mini-series John Adams dominated Hollywood’s award season several years ago, I put the show on my to-watch list and forgot about it. I’m reminded of my initial interest in it nearly every time I work – patrons regularly borrow the DVDs – I see them coming and going like New York Times Bestsellers…. View more
Road trips can be great fun if the driver is armed with all the right tools: good snacks, good company, and a good audiobook! The Cedar Rapids Public Library has audiobooks on CD for checkout in our libraries, as well as downloadable audiobooks that can loaded onto your phone or other device anytime. OneClick Digital… View more
If you are an Iowan and love literature, chances are you experience a thrill when you come across a book written by a graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop. While its alumni are numerous and diverse, I would argue that over the years the Workshop has developed a distinctive brand. That of meticulously-crafted literature and… View more
Did you know that each year food companies use 5 billion pounds of salt, or that scientists in the food industry have used brain scans to determine that our brains respond to sugar in much the same way they respond to cocaine, or that one in every three adults and one in five children are… View more
The Cedar Rapids Public Library (CRPL) will host free garden classes presented by the Linn County Master Gardeners (LCMG) at the Ladd Library beginning August 31. New Perennials for 2015 August 31, 6:30 pm, presented by Deb Walser, LCMG Every year the garden catalogs are full of NEW amazing perennials. How do we select the… View more
The Cedar Rapids Public Library loves partnering with local experts to educate our community on everything from gardening to music! We are very excited to partner with local theatre group RHCR and their talented cast of “Disney’s Cinderella Kids” on a new series of theatre programs called Take the Stage! This Saturday, parents of children… View more
Gummy Bears Should Not Be Organic (and other opinions I can’t back up with facts) by Stefanie Wilder-Taylor.
I came upon this book while roving through the new adult non-fiction on the second floor and picked it up because of the giant gummy teddy on the front (it was almost break time and I was looking forward to a sugar fix and this seemed to at least temporarily appease my cravings). I immediately… View more
If you are on the lookout for a quick and entertaining, yet well-written summer read, I’ve found one for you in The Rosie Project. The Rosie Project is the debut novel of Australian author-cum-IT consultant, Graeme Simsion. It focuses on routine-laden genetics professor, Don Tillman, who has decided he is ready for marriage. He hopes… View more
Whether you are learning the nuances of chess, love to get deep into a game of Scrabble, or are looking for fellow readers, the Cedar Rapids Public Library has a club for you! The Library offers a variety of clubs and each one is open to anyone who would like to participate. Chess Club: Meets each… View more
Do you know who Meghan Daum is? If you do, you are one step ahead of me. She wrote a previous collection of essays titled ‘My Misspent Youth’ and if I had seen that title I guarantee I would have pulled it off the shelf based on curiosity alone. As it is, the title I… View more
Studies show that over the summer months, when students are not in school, they can lose as much as two months’ worth of grade level equivalency. A study by the National Summer Learning Association confirms that teachers spend a significant amount of time re-teaching material due to summer learning loss. The Cedar Rapids Public Library… View more
Yes. Daredevil is on Netflix. And it’s a great show. But Daredevil, like so many other great characters, was in print before he was on film. The graphic novels, comic books, and other incarnations, has been around for over 50 years. The thing is, the character, created by Stan Lee and Bill Everett for Marvel,… View more
Piper Kerman will finish the Out Loud! Author Series on Friday, June 26, at 7 p.m. t the Hotel at Kirkwood Center. Kerman is the author of the best-selling memoir Orange is the New Black, which was adapted into a critically-acclaimed TV series of the same name. The memoir chronicles what the author calls her… View more
Rainbow Rowell will continue the Out Loud! Author Series on Friday, June 19, at 7 p.m. at the Hotel at Kirkwood Center. Rowell is the New York Times bestselling author of Fangirl, Eleanor & Park, and Attachments. Her latest book, Landline, received the Goodreads Choice Award for best fiction in 2014. Her work spans the… View more
Maureen Corrigan will open this year’s Out Loud! Author Series on Friday, June 12 at 7 p.m. at the Hotel at Kirkwood Center. Corrigan is one of America’s most trusted and loved book critics. For more than 20 years, Corrigan has been the book critic for NPR’s Fresh Air. She is also a columnist for… View more
The Cedar Rapids Public Library (CRPL) is daring YOU to take summer reading to a whole new level in 2015! The CRPL Summer Dare is not your average summer reading program. It is a newly designed twist on conventional summer reading programs that challenges the entire community to read it, picture it, celebrate it, move… View more
We Were Liars is one of those books people really love or really hate. Written by National Book Award finalist and Printz Award honoree E. Lockhart, the book tells the story of the beautiful and rich Sinclair family. Each summer, they go to their private island where they take boat trips and buy fudge. Everything is… View more
Here are just a few of the best movies released on DVD and Blu-ray this month that the Metro Library Network has purchased. Remember to check the Media Boxes at the Ladd and Downtown libraries first for hot new releases! Still Alice Julianne Moore gives a mesmerizing performance as Alice Howland, a linguistics professor diagnosed… View more
All the Light We Cannot See is one of only a handful of books I’ve read that I didn’t want to end. I loved this book. Anthony Doerr sees the world as a scientist, but feels it as a poet. He knows about everything—radios, diamonds, mollusks, birds, flowers, locks, guns—but he also writes a line… View more
The Robin Makes a Laughing Sound: a birder’s journal by Sallie Wolf Sallie Wolf has written a sweet little children’s book that will help your kids (and you!) identify birds and their unique behaviors. Line drawings and water colors share the page with short poems and other insights. This non-fiction treat is ideal for a… View more
On this day in 1996, Rent opened at the Nederlander Theatre on Broadway. On the final night of dress rehearsal, one day before the show opened, Jonathon Larson, Rent’s composer and librettist, died. He had worked on Rent for seven years. There are just not enough adjectives to describe the gut-wrenching musical performances that played… View more
I love to work in the non-fiction section of the library. Wait, let me widen that statement, I love to work in the library, but the non-fiction area calls a siren song to me. Recently, while actively roving the floor, I spied a new book titled The Death of Caesar by Barry Strauss. I did… View more
Need help reclaiming your home this spring? The Nesting Place is a slightly different take on ‘the decorating book’, in that the focus is on creating personalized spaces using meaningful objects, rather than following a color and space formula to achieve “style”. Myquillin Smith, author of the popular Nesting Place blog, shares her refreshing perspective… View more
“Attachments” is lovely. It takes place at newspaper towards the end of 1999 with the Y2K “crisis” in full swing. Beth is funny, engaging, writes for the entertainment section, and has been dating a local rock star for nine years. Her best friend Jennifer is delightful, witty, works as a copy editor, and has a… View more
What? A children’s book by Jane Lynch? Yes! Jane Lynch, the scene stealing, Emmy and Golden Globe winning actress who plays bully Sue Sylvester on TV’s Glee, has written a children’s book about a bully. Marlene – playground tyrant and queen of mean – struts and swaggers all over town until a child finally stands… View more
The Cedar Rapids Public Library, designed by OPN Architects, has been named one of six recipients of the 2015 AIA/ALA Library Building Awards. Biennually, representatives from the American Institute of Architects (AIA) and the American Library Association (ALA) gather to encourage and recognize excellence in the architectural design of libraries. The Cedar Rapids Public Library,… View more
The fifth and final book in the Percy Jackson series was, as you might imagine, an adventure of mythical proportions. It begins with Percy and Co. waging yet another battle against Luke/Kronos, one that ends in a stalemate sending Percy into the depths of the ocean. Being the son of Poseidon and all, this is… View more
Submit your video and tell us why YOU should be the one to introduce one of our Out Loud! Authors this summer: Maureen Corrigan, Rainbow Rowell, or Piper Kerman. The rules are simple. You must be a valid library card holder in the Metro Library Network (consisting of Cedar Rapids, Hiawatha, and Marion Public Libraries). Your… View more
Out Loud! The Metro Library Network Author Series is thrilled to present three outstanding authors in 2015. The collaborative program of the Cedar Rapids, Hiawatha, and Marion Public Libraries will present Maureen Corrigan, Rainbow Rowell, and Piper Kerman in free events at the Hotel at Kirkwood Center. Maureen Corrigan will open this year’s series on… View more
The Mickey Bolitar detective series for Young Adults is a great set of page-turners by New York Times Bestselling author Harlan Coben. The series, Shelter, Seconds Away and Found, is character and plot driven – strong spinoffs of Coben’s wildly successful Myron Bolitar series. Each of the first two books stands alone, while providing great… View more
Simply the best read aloud book to come out in ten years, The Book With No Pictures is a must read for anyone with children. Written by one of the great comedic writers working today, B.J. Novak (The Office) turns reading to your kids into an event. The Book With No Pictures lives up to… View more
“Hollow City” picks up where “Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children” left off with Jacob, now a part of the 1940s world of Peculiar Children and discovering his own peculiarity. Their time loop however has been discovered and attacked by the dreaded Hollows and Wights, neither of which should be physically capable of entering the… View more
On the first Wednesday of March every year, World Read Aloud Day calls global attention to the importance of reading aloud and sharing stories. The Cedar Rapids Public Library celebrates this each year with a Readaloudathon on March 4 at the downtown library. Readers will begin reading stories out loud at 9 am, when the… View more
Despite being a relative newcomer to the magical world of fantasy, Ransom Riggs makes a darn good introduction. The first in the “Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children” series begins with Jacob Portman, a rather uninterested and uncommitted average teenager in Florida who is, well, bored. He’s bored of his life as it is and… View more
The cold weather means a lot more time for indoor activities! The Library wants to help you read and play together with “10 From 26: The ABC Family Reading Program.” This inter-generational reading program is designed to get you and your little one’s reading together! Visit the Library and check out a bag of 10 family-friendly… View more
The downtown Cedar Rapid Public Library will be buzzing on Tuesday for the STEM Fair from 4 – 8 pm. Over 40 exhibitors and community presenters will be on hand demonstrating STEM technology and careers. Representatives from Rockwell Collins, Iowa BIG Academy, the City of Cedar Rapids, and so many more organizations will be on… View more
The planning committee for the annual community reading program known as Linn Area Reads has selected One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest by author Ken Kesey for the 2015 edition of the program. Linn Area Reads is a program of the Metro Library Network, which is made up of the Cedar Rapids, Marion, and Hiawatha… View more
The sequel to The Emerald Atlas picks up nine months later with Kate, Michael, and Emma back in their rather disagreeable Baltimore orphanage where Dr. Pym leaves them after mysteriously leaving on Christmas Eve. When monsters interrupt the uppity orphanage director’s party, the trio make their hasty exit through time and space. Or rather, Michael… View more
Each year, the American Library Association (ALA) announces the winners of the most prestigious youth book, video and audio book awards during its annual mid-winter conference. The winners for 2015 were announced today. Look for these and past award winners at the Cedar Rapids Public Library. A list of all the 2015 award winners follows:… View more
The Cedar Rapids Public Library will celebrate Teen Fitness Month in February with free and fun exercise programs. Throughout the month, teens will be able to participate in any of the three sessions: Boot Camp Tai Chi Kick Boxing Each class is taught by a trained professional. Registration is required and a waiver must be… View more
The Cedar Rapids Public Library is excited to share Freegal® with our library card holders. Freegal is a free music service from the library. All you need is your library card number and PIN and you can access to nearly 8 million songs, including Sony Music’s catalog of legendary artists, and over 15,000 music videos…. View more
The Cedar Rapids Public Library invites you to celebrate the music of the Chicago and Blood, Sweat and Tears with the BTA: Brass Transit Authority. This free musical performance will be held on Thursday, February 12, 7:00 pm, at the Cedar Rapids Public Library downtown in the spectacular Whipple Auditorium. Tickets are not needed but… View more
Let me start by saying this is one of those books that I thought I should read. It had been on my goodread’s “want to read” list because everyone I knew loved it, but the subject matter – family drama – isn’t my usual fare. We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves is a novel about… View more
It seems you can’t turn a corner without running into a post-apocalyptic teen dystopia but I read “The Maze Runner” nonetheless and really did enjoy the story. It features a young teen boy, Thomas, who awakes inside a rising elevator. When it opens, he discovers he is trapped in a new and unfamiliar world surrounded… View more
Kate, Michael, and Emma are sibling who have been tossed from orphanage to orphanage, something found terribly wrong with them at each one. Kate, the oldest, is left with the task of trying to mother her siblings; Michael, studious and obsessed with dwarves; and Emma, the youngest and a fighter. Eventually the three are shipped… View more
This is the time of year when top ten lists are all over the news and we have one of our very own to share. We’ve done the research and here are the top ten books checked out from the Cedar Rapids Public Library in 2014. Sycamore Row by John Grisham Gone Girl by Gillian… View more
Third wave feminism has found a leader in Lena Dunham. Her book, Not That Kind of Girl (published this year by Random House), is an all-lady look at what it is to come of age during times that seemingly should be further along. If you’re already a fan of her HBO hit Girls or even… View more
I was immediately drawn to the cover of The Flea because I don’t recall ever seeing such an adorable, minimalist interpretation of a parasite. The story begins with our protagonist (the flea) showing us exactly how teeny he is (1mm) but as we turn the page, we see him moving from lofty to loftier vantage… View more
Tis the season! We’ve got your favorite December movies, from White Christmas to The Polar Express, so hurry in and check them out for a few days so you can come back and get some more. Here are just a few of our staff movie recommendations. They’re all available through the Metro Library Network. Home… View more
The holiday season is a time of family, fun, and the highly anticipated winter break for school-age kids and families! The Cedar Rapids Public Library wants to help you make the most of this holiday season with fun programs, good company, and great reads! Kick off the holidays right with the festivities on December 6!… View more
There’s nothing like coming home from work on a chilly day to a house filled with the yummy smell of pot roast. Having dinner ready to eat when I get home from work is a gift I love to give myself, and as the days get shorter, I find myself using my slow cooker regularly. … View more
The Cedar Rapids Public Library is always excited to share our space with entertaining music and theatre performances, especially when they are brought to us by local partners. This month we have several opportunities to check out the amazing performances happening in Cedar Rapids. Join us Saturday, November 8, for two fun-filled opportunities: 10:30 am–Playtime… View more
I’ve always found it to be pretty amazing that flamingos sleep with one leg in the air. I mean, the sheer knobby kneed-to-body ratio makes it quite the feat! Flora and the Flamingo is not, however, a tale about a flamingo’s knobby knees, but rather is a wonderfully illustrated and delicate attempt to show a… View more
The Iowa Children’s Choice Award books this year cover a wide array of interests and are certainly catered to very different youth audiences. “Pie” by Sarah Weeks is more of a general audience pleasing book without a direct theme and could easily be enjoyed by multiple groups. It features Alice Anderson, a young gal whose… View more
Dutch author Herman Koch structures the entire plot of The Dinner around a sophisticated five course meal shared by two brothers and their wives. These men don’t like each other. At all. But their fifteen year-old sons are friends, and it is the boys who the parents have met to discuss. You see, the boys,… View more
Kids love books about animals. Adults love books about animals. We all love books about animals, especially about animals who overcome obstacles. “The One and Only Ivan” by Katherine Applegate is the 2013 Newbery Award winner and well-deserving of such an honor. It is told from the perspective of Ivan, a silverback gorilla taken from… View more
The Millennials are coming! The Millennials are coming! Over 78 million young adults will be entering the workforce and shaping the cultural habits of this country over the next 10 years. Are the older citizens prepared for this new generation? I have heard my generation described as “lazy”, “the boomerang generation”, “narcissistic”, and “trophy kids”…. View more
It seems that young adult literature has reached new peaks of popularity – YA books are being sold to movie studios and adults everywhere are browsing teen reading lists. “If I Stay” by Gayle Forman certainly falls into both of those categories. Adults are (im)patiently waiting for their turn on the hold list for a… View more
“Beautiful Music for Ugly Children” is a young adult novel and the winner of the Stonewall Award, an award given to books who stand out for their representation of LGBTQ characters and their handling of such sensitive subjects. “Beautiful Music” is specifically about Gabe, born Liz, and his transition from female to male and the… View more
A coworker of mine was very enthusiastic about Holly Black’s work thus far, specifically mentioning “Doll Bones” so I popped over to Overdrive and checked out the audio version read by Nick Podehl. The story, if anything, is about imagination. Zach, Poppy, and Alice are in middle school now and everyone around them is getting… View more
“Flora and Ulysses” by Kate DiCamillo is very worthy of its 2014 Newbery Medal and would be a welcome addition to anyone’s personal library though we are thankful to have several copies of it available in our very own Metro Library Network. The story is wonderfully imaginative following one Flora Belle Buckman, a young, self-described… View more
Did you know that there are hundreds of attempts to ban books each year in the United States? The Cedar Rapids Public Library is proud to participate in Banned Books Week, September 21 – 27, a national movement to remind Americans of the importance of preventing censorship and ensuring the freedom to read. This year,… View more
Are you brave? Do value peace? How about being completely honest? Or is being intelligent more your style? Or do you value others happiness above your own? If you fit into one of these categories, then you will fit into the society presented in Divergent. If you don’t fit into just one then you may… View more
The Cedar Rapids Public Library has a wonderful program called “Pronunciator” that provides card holders with instant access to the world’s largest language-learning service. Choose from over 80 languages and learn from your computer, tablet or even your smart phone! Pronunciator features speech recognition, so you can test your pronunciation in real time; scored quizzes… View more
Out Loud! The Metro Library Network Author Series will conclude this Friday night at 7 pm with bestselling author Elizabeth Berg presented at the Hotel at Kirkwood Center. The collaborative program of the Cedar Rapids, Hiawatha, and Marion Public Libraries previously presented Sarah Vowell and Wally Berg to capacity audiences. Elizabeth Berg, one of America’s… View more
Out Loud! The Metro Library Network Author Series will continue this Friday night at 7 pm with bestselling author Wally Lamb presented at the Hotel at Kirkwood Center. The collaborative program of the Cedar Rapids, Hiawatha, and Marion Public Libraries will also present Elizabeth Berg in a free event July 18. Wally Lamb is the… View more
More Than This, by award-winning author Patrick Ness, is a fast-paced and philosophical story of life, death, and the meaning we find in each other. Ness begins his new novel with a death, the death of its main character, Seth, to be more specific. After Seth dies from drowning, he wakes up alone outside his… View more
Submit your video and tell us why YOU should be the one to introduce one of our Out Loud! Authors this summer: Sarah Vowell, Wally Lamb, or Elizabeth Berg. Your video should make a compelling case for why you should be the one to introduce one of our three 2014 Out Loud! Series Authors—Sarah Vowell, Wally… View more
The Cedar Rapids Public Library (CRPL) kicks off the annual Summer Reading Program on Sunday, June 1. Programs are available for babies (0-36 months), children (age 3 through 11), young adults (ages 12-17) and adults (ages 18 and up). Registration begins June 1 and the program runs through July 25. Register online at www.crlibrary.org beginning… View more
Cinder is a retelling of the age old fairy tale of Cinderella with a futuristic twist. In this version, New Beijing is threatened by a number of calamities, including plague and an inevitable war between Earth and the Moon kingdom, Luna. Cinder, a cyborg, is living life as a mechanic with her two stepsisters and… View more
Into the Darkest Corner by Elizabeth Haynes is a psychological thriller that follows a young woman, Cathy, who was attacked by her ex-boyfriend, Lee. As she tries to deal with the aftermath from the attack and nearly being killed, she develops PTSD and OCD. The novel is split between the present and the past when… View more
The Cedar Rapids Public Library and the Cedar Rapids Museum of Art are partnering to offer badge-earning opportunities to local Girl Scouts. In April, fifty Junior Scouts and their leaders gathered in Whipple auditorium to earn their Scribe writing badge and their Jeweler badge. We have invited two of our 4th and 5th grade participants to serve as guest bloggers and share some of the details of their experience.
Another GREAT decorating book! I don’t usually pick up any book with the word “rustic” in the title, but I’m trying to get out of my reading comfort zone, so I started with Modern Rustic. It turned out to be a great choice. Surprising new ways to pair rustic stone fireplaces with unexpected elements provide… View more
Spring has finally arrived, so I’m geared up to do a little spring cleaning – or at least read about it. House Beautiful has a new book called Quick Changes: Fresh Looks for Every Room, and it’s a great little decorating book. My favorite “fresh looks” are from the chapter called Punch It Up! The… View more
Jennifer Wilson, author of the Linn Area Reads 2014 selection “Running Away to Home: Our Family’s Journey to Croatia in Search of Who We Are, Where We Came From, and What Really Matters,” will read from her work on Saturday, March 29, at 3 pm in Whipple Auditorium at the downtown library. Wilson is an… View more
he planning committee for the annual community reading program known as Linn Area Reads has selected Running Away to Home: Our Family’s Journey to Croatia in Search of Who We Are, Where We Came From, and What Really Matters by author Jennifer Wilson for the 2014 edition of the program. Linn Area Reads is a program of… View more
I saw the Blu-ray of Babe on a library shelf a couple of weeks ago and couldn’t help saying “awwww”. Fortunately, all of my colleagues know I seldom contain my enthusiasm when I really like something, so my little outburst of nostalgia went relatively unnoticed. I have great memories of watching this movie with my… View more
We all know who we’ll be cheering for this Sunday when the Broncos play the Seahawks in Super Bowl XLVII. I just hope it’s a good game: not as many penalties and injuries as we’ve seen during the playoffs, and a beautiful Hail Mary ending. I really don’t ask for much. Except when it comes… View more
Looking for something to read for the Adult Winter Reading Program? Check out my list of bestsellers and top picks for the season! Click on the book cover for more information and availability. The Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd. “The story follows Hetty “Handful” Grimke, a Charleston slave, and Sarah, the daughter of… View more
The Cedar Rapids Public Library is gearing up to participate in the third annual World Read Aloud Day on Wednesday, March 5. This event, sponsored by LitWorld, calls attention to the importance of literacy as a human right. Literacy is one of the keys to intellectual curiosity, of course, but it’s also fundamental to emotional wellness,… View more
If you’re looking for an easy way to keep up with new books at the library, we have some great monthly newsletters with the newest titles! Available through our website, you can sign up to get free newsletters on new books at the library sent straight to your email inbox. Looking for more? You can… View more
The third annual One Book Two Book Children’s Literature Festival, presented by the Iowa City UNESCO City of Literature and sponsored by the Pearson Foundation, will be held Jan. 17-19, 2014.
The weather outside is frightful, but the drive-up at Press Cafe downtown gives you easy access to hot beverages (and food!) without ever leaving your vehicle. Press Cafe, located on first floor of the downtown library, features a full menu of great coffee drinks as well as tea and soda. They make fresh pastries daily,… View more
If you haven’t read The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein, I highly recommend it as a goodness jump-start for 2014. The story is told from the perspective of a wonderful mutt named Enzo, who believes the Mongolian legend that dogs will be reincarnated in their next life as a human if… View more
Are you hunting for the perfect job in 2014? Have you been looking but haven’t found the right thing? Or are you back in the market for work after being laid off? The Cedar Rapids Public Library is thrilled to partner with RuffaloCODY to provide a free series of classes for job hunters called Employ… View more
The new year is upon us and for many people that means deciding what books to put on their to-read list. Getting recommendations from those who read for a living (and no, this time I don’t mean librarians!) is always a great way to find something new to read. Gazette reviewers Rob Cline, Laura Farmer… View more
So, the basic premise of this book is: wife finds letter to be opened only in the event of her husband’s death, wife reads letter, lives are ruined. And, here’s the thing – it’s a great read. There’s plenty of suspense leading up to the discovery of the husband’s secret, and the secret is not… View more
The library will be closed for the holiday on Nov. 28 and 29 but you can still check out eBooks, eAudiobooks, digital magazines, and music through our eLibrary! Have a tablet like an iPad, Samsung Galaxy, Kindle Fire, or Nook Tablet/HD? You can download apps directly to your device! Click here to look at the… View more
Finished this book a week or so ago. NPR loves it (and I love NPR). The New York Times loves it. Vanity Fair talked to the author. The Guardian talked about the stink Kwan is making concerning stereotypes. There are so many book reviews about how everyone loves it so I had to check it out…. View more
The Cedar Rapids Public Library is honored to be the host for a Bully Seminar on Sunday, November 10, from 1 pm to 4 pm, presented by the Girl Scouts of East Central Iowa and Western Illinois. The seminar will consist of a special showing of the documentary BULLY followed by a forum with guest… View more
The first episode of this series was so disturbing that I wasn’t sure I could keep watching it. I’m glad I stuck with it. It is outrageously scary and horrifying but extremely well acted and produced. The series follows famous fictional cannibal Hannibal Lecter years before The Silence of the Lambs. The real hero of… View more
Here’s a must-read for Halloween from the children’s library. Nightmares come and go, but after reading Go Away, Big Green Monster by Caldecott winner Ed Emberly, your child’s nightmares just may go away forever. The ingenious construction of this book “builds” a monster’s face as children turn the pages: first the yellow eyes, next… View more
Director Suzi Tempteton’s short film, Peter & the Wolf, is an imaginative new take on Sergei Prokofiev’s famous composition and children’s story. Using stop frame animation, Templeton succeeds at creating a visually stunning retelling of this well-known tale about a boy and his adventures with a duck, bird, cat, and wolf. Although no words are… View more
We’ve had a fabulous time the past few weeks welcoming old friends and new to the beautiful new downtown library. Thousands have visited, checked out books, used the public access computers, played, gathered and appreciated. What a delight to serve as a community gathering place for book clubs, board meetings, story times, lunch dates, and… View more
On the Road by Jack Kerouac has often been thought of as a book that couldn’t and shouldn’t be filmed. So much would be lost in translation to the screen that it wouldn’t be worth doing. The original story only has a very loose plot. Sal Paradiso is an aspiring writer looking for experiences to… View more
What a fascinating book. The 19th Wife by David Ebershoff is based on the life of Ann Eliza Young, the 19th wife of Brigham Young, then president of the Church of Jesus Christ of the Latter-day Saints. A clearly well researched novel, Ebershoff provides a thorough historical perspective on the beginnings and ends of polygamy… View more
“In this cross between Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and A Night in the Museum, Agatha Award winner Chris Grabenstein uses rib-tickling humor to create the perfect tale for his quirky characters. Old fans and new readers will become enthralled with the crafty twists and turns of this ultimate library experience.” This is such a… View more
The new downtown Cedar Rapids Public Library is inching closer and closer to Grand Opening Day–August 24! The finishing touches are happening throughout the building and books are on shelves and ready to be checked out. Odds are good that when you check out an item from the new library you will be the first… View more
Great title, right? This new read-together-as-a-family book will have all of you bending your brains solving wordles. These little puzzles are word phrases with absolutely nothing in common – except for the fact that they sound the same. In I Scream, Ice Cream, readers guess alternative meanings of words with pictures (“me, cloud”) before turning… View more
Progress continues on the downtown library and the timeline until opening is getting shorter. This month we see furniture arrive, shelves going up, and in a couple of weeks we will have books! Six semi-trucks will bring the new opening day collection of materials (books, movies, music) to the new library mid-July. These books and… View more
We might as well face it, it’s gonna rain forever. As far as I’m concerned, at this point, the one redeeming value in more summer storms is the chance to watch some “must see” movies. At the top of my list are the best picture Oscar nominees that I missed in the theater, a list… View more
The Cedar Rapids Public Library is honored to present contemporary American craft expert Jane Milosch at the Cedar Rapids Metro Economic Alliance on July 11 at noon. She will discuss Albert Paley’s recent commission Regeneration, 2012-13, for the Cedar Rapids Public Library, in the context of other public art commissions by Paley, including his Portal Gates, 1974, commissioned… View more
The weather is getting warmer and along with the sunshine comes dreams of the new library and grand opening day–August 24! The staff are getting ready for the big move to the new building. Right now, our IT Department is taking computers into the new library and getting them ready for use. They have over… View more
Mark Haddon’s books, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time and A Spot of Bother, are among my favorites. So when I heard he’d written another novel about weird families, I was delighted, to say the least. Sadly, The Red House just didn’t live up to my expectations. The plot centers on… View more
The downtown library construction site continues to make progress as the crew works on completing the spaces and prepping the building for furniture, fixtures and equipment. Shelving, technology, furniture will all begin to appear on site in June.
An unprecedented event starts today, May 15, as libraries around the world read the same ebook through a program called Big Library Read. Library card holders can access a digital copy of Michael Malone’s The Four Corners of the Sky for free via OverDrive between May 15 and June 1. When libraries purchase ebooks it… View more
We’ve added a new eBook service called 3M Cloud Library to the Cedar Rapids Public Library webpage! It features a streamlined downloading process, easier browsing, and a new selection of titles to choose from. Have a tablet? Just download the app from your app store and get started right away. Click here for details! Detailed… View more
Harlan Coben’s standalone thrillers are compulsively readable. Great characters. Unpredictable plots. I’ve read every one of his standalones, but I’ve never picked up one of the Myron Bolitar mysteries until a few weeks ago. I made the rookie mistake of thinking that since the character of Myron Bolitar was once a professional basketball player, the… View more
A report released on May 1 by the Pew Internet & American Life Project found that the vast majority of parents with children under 18 feel libraries are very important. In fact, 94% of the parents surveyed felt that libraries are important for children and 79% describe them as “very important.” Nearly every parent in… View more
The new downtown library continues to make progress as we head deeper into spring and hopefully toward warmer weather. The interior is taking shape as drywall continues to be completed throughout the building, light fixtures are installed and functional, and flooring and wall treatments are being completed. Take a look at the latest images and… View more
I am an Anne LaMott fan. Her (largely autobiographical) books are always meaty and honest. I read Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life, many years ago expecting another gushy treatise on letting creativity flow. Not so. Anne LaMott is funny. Witty, even. And oh, so honest. Then I read Traveling Mercies: Some… View more
Construction on the new downtown library continues to progress and each of the spaces is starting to look more finished. Installation of lighting fixtures, painting and laying carpet all add to the feeling of excitement as we get closer to opening day, August 24.
Prior to viewing director John Curran’s 2006 version of The Painted Veil, one might expect a typical romance full of clichés and predictability. This film, however, is anything but that. As the story unfolds, one is given an honest and captivating look into the minds and hearts of distant lovers. Based on the novel by… View more
Out Loud! The Metro Library Network Author Series will present three of the most famous names in fiction this June. The collaborative program of the Cedar Rapids, Hiawatha, and Marion Public Libraries will present Ann Patchett, Gillian Flynn, and Dennis Lehane in free events at the Hotel at Kirkwood Center. Patchett, an alumna of the… View more
The new Cedar Rapids Public Library will open to the public on Saturday, August 24, 2013. The public is invited to participate in a grand opening celebration, including an interactive ribbon-cutting, special programs and events, refreshments and more throughout the day. Stay tuned to our website in coming months for more information. Construction continues inside… View more
Check out some of these books about books! The bookshelves of famous authors, discussing books & all the pretty ways books can be lined up on shelves! My Ideal Bookshelf by Jane Mount Judging a Book by Its Lover by Lauren Leto Weird Things Customers Say in Bookstores by Jen Campbell Bookshelf by Alex Johnson… View more
The Metro Library Network, which is made up of the Hiawatha, Marion and Cedar Rapids Public Libraries, is excited to introduce The Salon Series, a quarterly author event hosted at and sponsored by Campbell-Steele Gallery in Marion, Iowa. The first author to be presented in the series is New York Times bestselling author and creator… View more
What a fun book! Jonathan Adler has created a tribute to his unique mixture of pop and mid-century modern design aesthetic with his new book, 100 Ways to Happy Chic Your Life. Vibrant photos of happy houses kept me up late more than once – I loved soaking up the details. Furniture and accessories like… View more
As the construction of the new downtown Cedar Rapids Public Library continues we look to spring as a season of renewal and of complicated Iowa weather. Fortunately, most of the work taking place at the Library takes place indoors. Work on the footing for the skywalk connecting the Library with the parking ramp next door… View more
The Ladd Library is open and the community is celebrating the first week in the new space. The staff worked long and hard to make sure the space was ready for the public on Saturday, February 23. The response has been wonderful. We still have many things to improve and make more user-friendly, but overall… View more
The new Ladd Library at 3750 Williams Blvd. SW will open on Saturday, February 23, at 10:00 am. A ribbon-cutting ceremony will be held inside the new library at 10:00 am. The public is invited and encouraged to attend and celebrate this special day. The Ladd Library is named for Marilyn Ladd, a life-long Cedar… View more
Two weeks from today the Cedar Rapids Public Library will begin the move to its new permanent west side branch, called the Ladd Library, at 3750 Williams Blvd SW. The move will mean closing the west branch February 18 through 22. The Grand Opening celebration and ribbon cutting will be on Saturday, February 23, at… View more
The winner of the Newbery Award (best children’s literature) 2013 is The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate. Read her response (stunned belief) here. The winner of the Caldecott Award (best picture book) is This Is Not My Hat by Jon Klassen. Check out both books at your local library!
The Ladd Library, located at 3750 Williams Blvd. SW, is starting to look more and more like a library. One of the most highly anticipated features of this new permanent branch began installation this week–windows. The amount of natural light in this former retail space will be a wonderful addition for both our customers and… View more
The snow and cold weather are not hindering progress on the new downtown Cedar Rapids Public Library.
Did you just get a new e-reader or tablet? Get your eBooks for free through the Cedar Rapids Public Library Overdrive page! Don’t know how to download eBooks? No problem. We’ve got directions for you. Our Overdrive selection has new titles added all the time, so keep checking back! We also have several upcoming classes… View more
If you are one of the many American’s who received an ereader or tablet computer as a gift during the holiday season, the Cedar Rapids Public Library is offering a series of classes to help you get started on downloading ebooks from the library. “Learning to use a new device can be difficult for many… View more
From the new book, Unpacking my Shelves: writers & their books, we see short interviews with famous authors about what their most favorite books mean to them complete with pictures of their library shelves! Jonathan Lethem, author of Chronic City and Motherless Brooklyn. Gary Shteyngart, author of Super Sad True Love Story one of the… View more
Three adult siblings are called home to Emlyn Springs, Nebraska, to bury their father. Although they’ve already lost their mother, Hope, the three struggle to make sense of death – because Hope was, literally, lost when she disappeared without a trace during a tornado over thirty years ago. The siblings not only live with pain,… View more
As construction continues at the new downtown library, we see more and more of the spaces taking shape. The children’s programming room has been drywalled and is ready for the next step. The white paneling on the south side of the building has begun to be installed. This swill pearl paneling is a stark contrast… View more
A richly realized novel set in Victorian times. You follow the prostitute Sugar as she tries to rise above her circumstances through her association with Mr. William Rackham, the rich perfumier who takes an interest in her as his mistress. As you journey through this book, you will meet a cast of other characters like… View more
Mark Vogel was unemployed and seeking work. Three months ago he started coming to the Jobs Lab on Monday mornings from 9 – noon at the Cedar Rapids Public Library. A librarian by the name of Nancy helped him set up an email account, redo his resume, and learn how to apply for jobs online. Thanks to her help, he had three separate interviews with local companies and successfully landed a job.
Check this out! “The Biblio-Mat is a random book dispenser built by Craig Small (thejuggernaut.ca) for The Monkey’s Paw, an idiosyncratic antiquarian bookshop in Toronto. Biblio-Mat books cost two dollars. When a customer puts coins into it, the Biblio-Mat dramatically whirrs and vibrates as the machine is set in motion.” Read more about it here.
If you haven’t heard about this book then read on, because it is amazing and everyone should read it. Auggie Pullman, fifth grader, was born with a facial deformity. “Whatever you’re thinking, it’s probably worse,” he says when describing his looks to the reader. He has never been to public school but he is about… View more
We have an exciting new service available at the CRPL eLibrary called Zinio Magazines. You can read over one hundred magazines from your computer or mobile device. All you need is your library card number and PIN, and a little patience for setting it up. Like all of our free digital offerings, it takes a… View more
If you’re in-between the ages of 18 – 34 there’s a 50/50 chance you checked Facebook this morning immediately after waking up. That and many other statistics at Digital Buzz make me wonder if people in their 20s read books anymore. I know I do, but I’m a librarian. It’s part of my job description…. View more
Not sure what to get the kids in your life this holiday season? Along with toys and clothes why not pick up a great book they can read over and over. Here are some lists of great books to choose from! You can also come to the library and pick them up for the holiday… View more
If you’re looking for something fun to watch over the holidays, I highly recommend Doc Martin, a BBC television comedy/drama series. The show centers around Dr. Martin Ellingham’s new career as a GP in the fictional town of Portwenn, a job he applied for after developing an unfortunate aversion to blood while a surgeon. Martin… View more
Tablets and e-readers are looking like one of the biggest gifts of the season. So which one should you get? What are you going to use it for? That makes a big difference. If you only want to read books, maybe a black and white e-reader would be better for you. If you want it… View more
Two libraries are under construction in our city and progress on both sites continues to move at a dramatic pace. The new downtown library has been fully enclosed for winter and temporary heat has been installed so that work can continue during the coldest months of the year. On the west side of town, the… View more
It’s that magical time of year again when everyone is putting out their picks for the best books of the year. Check out these lists from Publisher’s Weekly, Amazon, and NPR.
‘Tis the season for sharing as Horizons, A Family Service Alliance and the Cedar Rapids Public Library (CRPL) team up to provide gifts to home-bound older adults.
In early 2013, the permanent west side library branch will open in a former Target building on Williams Boulevard, across the street from Westdale Mall. This space is currently under construction to make it into a beautiful and efficient space for the residents of the city’s west side. Features of the new library include an… View more
This is a big weekend of grand openings and celebrations in our city! Today we celebrate the renovation and re-opening of the historic Paramount Theatre in downtown Cedar Rapids. The Paramount Theatre was another victim of the devastating floods of 2008 and four years of painstaking detail work has gone into the renovation project which… View more
Scout. Jem. Dill. Atticus. Boo Radley. Even now – 52 years after the publication of Harper’s Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird – these names warm readers’ souls everywhere as they beckon us back to a tiny town in the 1930’s American South – Maycomb, Alabama. When I read the 1960 Pulitzer Prize-winning novel in junior… View more
Our founding fathers protected our free speech knowing that a healthy, strong society must have a free exchange of ideas. Banning books is a fear-based exercise which tries [grapes of wrath] to block this exchange by suppressing words that might inspire or enlighten. When I come across a book that has been banned, I immediately want to read it to find out what it is that someone else thinks I shouldn’t know. That is why banning a book will never work .
Our founding fathers protected our free speech knowing that a healthy, strong society must have a free exchange of ideas. Banning books is a fear-based exercise which tries to block this exchange by suppressing words that might inspire or enlighten. When I come across a book that has been banned, I immediately want to read it to find out what it is that someone else thinks I shouldn’t know. That is why banning a book will never work .
Visit our book blog for regular updates and book recommendations: www.crbookconnection.com. “He’ll be famous – a legend… there will be books written about Harry – every child in our world will know his name!” Professor McGonagall, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone There are books written about Harry Potter. He is famous. And I’m sure… View more
“He’ll be famous – a legend… there will be books written about Harry – every child in our world will know his name!” Professor McGonagall, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone
In the near future, the United States Government is overthrown by a conservative religious organization called Sons of Jacob and they establish the Republic of Gilead. The theocratic society views women as “undesirables” and an element that must be controlled. Women’s financial assets are frozen, they are removed from their jobs and ultimately taken from… View more
For the past thirty years, at the end of September, the American Library Association’s Office for Intellectual Freedom holds Banned Book Week celebrating the [beware_med] freedom to read. Banned Book Week is an opportunity to bring communities together: librarians, publishers, journalists, teachers and readers of all kinds, and remember the importance of the freedom to seek and express ideas, even those some consider unpopular.
For the past thirty years, at the end of September, the American Library Association’s Office for Intellectual Freedom holds Banned Book Week celebrating the freedom to read. Banned Book Week is an opportunity to bring communities together: librarians, publishers, journalists, teachers and readers of all kinds, and remember the importance of the freedom to seek and express ideas, even those some consider unpopular.
Daring Adventures in Paint by Mati Rose McDonough is a quirky, inspirational “how to” book for artists. Normally, when I check out a book like this, I skip most of the text. But I found McDonough’s prose charming and easy to digest. There’s no pretentious artsy lingo, just simple directions with lovely pictures. McDonough explains… View more
Tana French’s fourth book in her Dublin Murder Squad series, Broken Harbor, now follows Detective Frank “Scorcher” Kennedy as he investigates a mysterious family murder in a quiet suburban village outside of Dublin, Ireland destroyed by the recession. Scorcher is also dealing with flashback memories of the death of his mother and a younger sister… View more
The Metro Library Network, consisting of the Cedar Rapids, Hiawatha and Marion Public Libraries, is partnering with local businesses in September to celebrate National Library Card Month. Metro Library Network card holders can show their library card at participating businesses and receive a special discount September 1 – 30. The discounts consist of a variety… View more
Cedar Rapids Public Library Partners with Community Organizations to Promote Literacy in Preparation for Inside Out with Tony Hawk
The Cedar Rapids Public Library is partnering with local volunteers and seven non-profit organizations to reach reluctant readers through the Revolution(ary) Readers program. This program is a part of the Inside Out with Tony Hawk event held on Friday, September 7. Throughout the week of August 24, community volunteers distributed 200 copies of books from… View more
Along with the destruction of the main library building, the loss of two-thirds of the collection in the flood of 2008 was tremendously devastating to the staff of the Cedar Rapids Public Library. While the building construction project continues to progress, the collection development team at the CRPL have been working for months to develop the opening day collection.
David Baldacci’s newest book reminds readers why he has been the king of “conspiracy in high places” thrillers since he wrote Absolute Power in 1996. The Innocent stars Will Robie, government assassin who stoically follows orders – until he’s ordered to kill a midlevel Washington bureaucrat with two young sons. Something’s off with this assignment,… View more
Construction continues on the new Cedar Rapids Public Library and the progress is evident to passersby
The Adult Summer Reading Program “Choose Your Adventure” was a big hit this year at the Cedar Rapids Public Library. Almost 650 adults participated in the program which required participants to read three books to be eligible for a CRPL tumbler and entered to win a Barnes and Noble Nook eReader.
Progress continues on the new Cedar Rapids Public Library as construction crews work to enclose the building before winter. Take a look at the latest images below. Remember to visit the blog regularly for updates on construction and all the great things happening at the Cedar Rapids Public Library!
J. Edgar, AFI’s 2012 Best Picture winner, is a darkly compelling biopic of the strange and powerful leader of the FBI for almost fifty years – J. Edgar Hoover (Leonardo DiCaprio) When Hoover began his career at the FBI, evidence from crime scenes was thrown away and most professionals thought fingerprinting was hocus pocus. To… View more
The Cedar Rapids Public Library is proud to present Inside Out with Tony Hawk Friday, September 7, at 7:30 pm, at Theatre Cedar Rapids. Hawk is the most recognized action-sports figure in the world, a respected business man and philanthropist. He is also the author of two bestselling books and the brand behind the young… View more
Our latest project update from the good people at Ryan Companies is posted here. Please check out the construction progress here and as always be sure to visit the webcam for time-lapse images and regular updates. 120720 CR Public Library Project Update
The Cedar Rapids Public Library Board of Trustees has a new president and vice president, elected at their July 12 board meeting. Susan McDermott is the new president; Joe Lock is the new vice president. “We are very excited to have Susan in place to lead the Library Board through the next chapter in our… View more
The final event of the 2012 edition of Out Loud! The Metro Library Network Author Series will feature bestselling science writer Sam Kean. The presentation, which is free and open to the public with no tickets required, will take place on Friday, July 13, at 7 p.m. at the Hotel at Kirkwood Center. The Out… View more
Boston-based acoustic duo “Sweet Wednesday” will be performing at the Cedar Rapids Public Library at 2 pm on Sunday, July 15th, sharing exciting songs from their new CD “Escaping From the Pale Moonlight”.
The Cedar Rapids Public Library is pleased to present author Jill Hathaway on Saturday, July 14, at 3:00 pm. Hathaway, an Iowa native and author of the book Slide will read from her book, answer audience questions, and discuss her current project. Light refreshments will be provided and all attendees are eligible to win a… View more
Progress on the new Cedar Rapids Public Library continues. Highlights include: Concrete floor slab pours continues Structural steel erection continues Structural steel fireproofing is ongoing Exterior wall framing has commenced Above ceiling mechanical rough-ins have started Here is a brief update with images from the construction manager Ryan Companies.
Out Loud! The Metro Library Network Author series will present bestselling thriller writer James Rollins on Sunday, July 1, at 1 p.m. at the Hotel at Kirkwood Center. The event is free and open to the public with no tickets required. The Out Loud! Author Series is a program of the Cedar Rapids, Marion, and… View more
Boston-based acoustic duo “Sweet Wednesday” will be performing at the Cedar Rapids Public Library at 2 pm on Sunday, July 15th, sharing exciting songs from their new CD “Escaping From the Pale Moonlight”. Sweet Wednesday is on a national tour in support of the new CD, which has been garnering rave reviews in No Depression,… View more
Out Loud! The Metro Library Network Author series will present Wendy Delsol, author of [Frost by Wendy Delsol] the “Stork” trilogy for young adults, on Thursday, June 21 at 7 p.m. at the Hotel at Kirkwood Center.
During the week of April 22 through 29, customers at the Wilson Avenue Hy-Vee Food Store celebrated spring with many gifts to the Cedar Rapids Public Library’s West Side Story campaign to establish a permanent, vibrant branch on the west side of Cedar Rapids. The theme of the Wilson Avenue Hy-Vee’s annual springtime party promotion… View more
A. David Lewis will discuss the role of religion and the religious in comics and graphic novels on Friday, June 8 at 7 p.m. at the Hotel at Kirkwood Center. The presentation is part of Out Loud! The Metro Library Network Author Series
Construction continues on the new downtown library project. In the month since our Groundbreaking Celebration the building has been starting to take shape. Steel has been erected and the first floor slab has been poured.
The Cedar Rapids Public Library (CRPL) kicks off the annual Summer Reading Program June 1. Programs are available for children (pre-school through grade 5), young adults (grades 6-12) and adults. Registration begins June 1 and the program runs through July 27. Register online at www.crlibrary.org or visit the Library to get started.
Students in 6th – 12th grades are invited to participate in Toastmasters Youth Leadership, a 9-week program that gives students the opportunity to practice presentation skills by preparing speeches and giving impromptu speeches.
There are times when books leave you feeling heartbroken that they are over. This was the case with “Heft” by Liz Moore. In “Heft” we meet the severely obese Arthur Opp, a former professor who hasn’t left his home for over a decade. Arthur’s struggle with his weight and the shame of it keep him inside and it takes the chance phone call from an old friend to shake things up.
We’ve just added about 200 new eBooks to our Overdrive collection! Here’s a sampling of our newest titles, just click on the picture to read the description. Hurry before they’re all gone!
The Cedar Rapids Public Library (CRPL) 2011 Annual Report has been awarded honorable mention in the 2012 American Library Association (ALA) “Best of Show” competition. This annual competition recognizes outstanding library public relations materials; winners are selected based on content, originality, design, format and effectiveness. “Our panel of judges was very impressed with their work,”… View more
Actress Nancy Margulies will perform her one-woman show “Deaf Poets Society” on Wednesday, May 23, at 7 pm, at Coe College’s Hickok Hall. Tickets are $10 each and benefit the Cedar Rapids Public Library.
Nicolette Hahn Niman, author of the 2012 Linn Area Reads selection “Righteous [Righteous Porkchop by Nicolette Hahn Niman] Porkchop,” will give a presentation on Friday, May 11, at 7 p.m. at the Hotel at Kirkwood Center. The presentation is part of Out Loud! The Metro Library Network Author Series.
Sixteen year old Bailey Zaputil of Cedar Rapids has been selected as the winner of the “Love My Library” Essay Contest held by the Cedar Rapids Public Library.
Winter’s Bone is the Oscar nominated drama based on the novel by Daniel Woodrell. The story follows a teenage girl named Ree in the search for her missing father. Ree and her family live in a remote part of the Ozarks, surrounded by a tight-knit community of meth cookers and dealers. Ree’s father has offered… View more
The title tells it all in this fabulous cookbook: single serving, yummy looking pie. The book begins with interchangeable versions of pie crust, and then takes on the fillers and toppings. You can bake your treats in piejars (mini mason jars) or create cutie pies, petits or piepops. Fillings from apple-cheddar-rosemary to berry black bottom… View more
Are you tired of vampires who are either sparkly, sexy, or wearing leather pants? Yeah, I am too. Here’s the antidote. Hide Me Among the Graves is a gritty gothic horror novel starring the Rossetti family, the famous British painters and poets. The plot is pretty wild and complex, with a colorful cast of characters…. View more
Kevin Brockmeier will be featured during the second event of the 2012 edition of Out Loud! The Metro Library Network Author Series. Brockmeier will appear at the Hotel at Kirkwood Centeron Friday, April 27 at 7 p.m.
“If Jack’s In Love” by Stephen Wetta is a very pleasant surprise. This first novel by Wetta is set in the late 1960’s, the summer when Jack turns 13. Something terrible has happened in Jack’s small town–a popular boy has gone missing–as Jack’s older brother is the only suspect. To make matters worse, Jack is… View more
The Cedar Rapids Public Library invites the community to a special Groundbreaking Celebration at the site of the new downtown library on Saturday, May 5, from 10 am to Noon. A brief program will be held at 10 am, followed by activities and refreshments for the whole family to enjoy. “Literacy and lifelong learning are… View more
We all heard about the movie Cedar Rapids when it appeared in theaters in February, 2011. But I, for one, didn’t make the time to see it until recently. I’m glad I finally decided to sit down and watch it. Ed Helms stars as naïve, idealistic insurance agent Tim Lippe, who is sent to a… View more
This commercial will begin airing on local OnMedia cable beginning April 16. Let us know what you think! A big thanks to DeNovo Alternative Marketing and their “Video Dude” Arsalan for the great work. [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x2Mhksr9be4]
This year’s edition of Out Loud! The Metro Library Network Author Series gets underway on Saturday, April 21 at 1 p.m. with Robin Hemley, a writer of both fiction and non-fiction and the director of the University of Iowa’s Nonfiction Writing Program. The event—which is free and open to the public with no tickets required—will take… View more
The Cedar Rapids Public Library is holding an essay contest in anticipation of the new library groundbreaking celebration on May 5. The essay contest, entitled “Love my Library” is open to all 6 – 12 grade students in the Cedar Rapids metro area.
The Jefferson County Library Cooperative (Alabama) recently shared a special web page they designed to help answer questions they were receiving from the public regarding ebook availability. They did an excellent job of posting links to specific publishers who are unwilling to work with libraries as well as providing information on why libraries don’t have… View more
You’ve probably heard by now that the entire Harry Potter series is available now in eBook form but you may not have heard that you can also check them out for free from Cedar Rapids Public Library. Relive the magic and start from the beginning with Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone. Just click on… View more
The staff who work at the Cedar Rapids Public Library are passionate advocates for literacy and lifelong learning. Each day, hundreds of people visit the Library and use the resources available to assist them with finding a job, researching a school project, or accessing the latest materials. Library staff work hard every day to provide the public with assistance to meet all of their unique needs.
The public is invited to attend a special Groundbreaking Ceremony for the new Cedar Rapids Public Library from 10 am to Noon on Saturday, May 5. The entire family is invited to take part in this community celebration. A brief program will be held at 10:00 am, followed by refreshments, activities, crafts and prizes. More… View more
The Hunter is another great standalone thriller by John Lescroart. One of Lescroart’s dynamic, recurring characters, San Francisco private investigator Wyatt Hunt, stars in a very private story about family and identity. The Hunter begins with Hunt receiving a cryptic text about the biological parents who abandoned him: “How did ur mother die?” We quickly… View more
Take a look at the newest March releases! Just click on the picture to check availability and browse the rest of the new titles.
Wednesday, March 7, is World Read Aloud Day, an opportunity for the world to come together to raise their voices and celebrate the power of words. More than 793 million people are illiterate in the world today. World Read Aloud Day is a chance for kids, parents, educators, caregivers, and families to advocate for the… View more
Sherlock is a smart modern retelling of the classic Doyle stories about the brilliant Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson. Fans of the original stories won’t be disappointed, this series is like a love letter to the devoted but it is still exciting and accessible to anyone who hasn’t read them. You might miss some jokes… View more
Fiction, nonfiction, comics, and books for young people will all be featured during the 2012 edition of Out Loud! The Metro Library Network Author Series.
An acclaimed investigation into the conditions and effects of factory farms has been selected as the 2012 title for the community reading program known as Linn Area Reads. “Righteous Porkchop: Finding a Life and Good Food Beyond Factory Farms” by Nicolette Hahn Niman will be the centerpiece of this year’s programming. Linn Area Reads is a program of the Metro Library Network, which is made up of the Cedar Rapids, Marion, and Hiawatha Public Libraries.
The Cedar Rapids Public Library Foundation is the winner of the prestigious Gale Cengage Learning Financial Development Award. The award is presented annually to a library organization for exhibiting meritorious achievement in carrying out a project to secure new funding resources for a public or academic library.
The Cedar Rapids Public Library has always focused on children’s literacy and preparing children for school. Now they are pushing that mission even further by implementing tools from the Every Child Ready to Read program developed by the Public Library Association (PLA) and the Association for Library Service to Young Children (ALSC).
The Cedar Rapids Public Library invites you to attend a swinging songbook of Richard Rodgers and Lorenz Hart with the Dennis McPartland Quintet in 781.65: Jazz in the Stacks. This free musical performance will be held on Friday, February 10, at the Cedar Rapids Public Library West, Seuss Room. Performances are held at 7:00 pm… View more
“Portlandia” is a sketch comedy show created by Carrie Brownstein and Saturday Night Live’s Fred Armisen. The sketches mostly poke fun at the ultra-liberal, politically correct hipster culture in Portland, Oregon and while they sometimes wildly exaggerate, they are often comically accurate. The comedy is incisive but manages to stay good-natured. It’s clear that Fred… View more
The Cedar Rapids Public Library Public Art Task Force is seeking qualifications from artists for two projects associated with the new downtown library. Opportunities exist for artists to create a sculpture for the Urban Plaza, as well as a southern exterior art installation.
Don’t feel like driving out to the library this weekend? No problem, just visit us at our virtual branch and checkout the latest titles!
Each year, the Cedar Rapids Public Library presents the City Council and the community with an annual report. The goal of the annual report is to share information such as the annual Library operating budget, some valuable statistics, and highlight some of the successes from throughout the fiscal year. The Library presented the Annual Report to the City Council at last night’s meeting and is very excited to share it with the public online now. We hope you will enjoy the unique format and share it with your friends and family.
The Cedar Rapids Public Library board is asking for the public’s input on the selection of a permanent location for the west-side library branch.
Our reference staff has created these easy to follow instructions for using your new e-Reader with the Library!
Did you get an eReader as a gift this year? We have a growing collection of fiction, young adult, non fiction, and children’s books for you to choose from. Follow our easy directions below for your type of eReader. If you don’t see your eReader on the list, follow the directions for the Nook and… View more
Did you get a new e-reader this holiday season? The Cedar Rapids Public Library has hundreds of ebooks available to card holders. Attend one of our upcoming Library E-Book Informational Sessions and learn how easy it is to access our titles for your new device!
Did you receive an ereader as a gift this year? Downloading ebooks from the Cedar Rapids Public Library is easier than ever. Follow these helpful guidelines or visit the help section of the OverDrive site for more information.
Progress continues at the future site of the new downtown library. Crews are working to selectively remove and recycle everything that can be salvaged. Up to 94% of the building will be diverted from the landfill and recycled.
The Cedar Rapids Public Library will observe the holiday season with special hours. The Cedar Rapids Library will close both locations at 1:00 pm on Friday, December 23. Both locations will be closed Saturday, December 24; Sunday, December 25; and Monday, December 26. Both locations will be closed Saturday, December 31; Sunday, January 1; and… View more
Going to a movie over the holidays? Read the book first! We have a great selection of print, eBooks, and eAudiobooks of the season’s hottest book-to-movie adaptations. Click on the picture of the book to go to Overdrive, our collection of eBooks and eAudiobooks. Or check the catalog for the print copies! eBooks: … View more
The Cedar Rapids Public Library is partnering with the Mississippi Valley Regional Blood Center to host a blood drive Wednesday, December 21, from 10 am – 2 pm, at the CRPL West.
Demolition of the former TrueNorth building will soon be underway on the site located on the 400 block of 4th Avenue SE in preparation for the construction of the new Cedar Rapids Public Library.
Goodreads has just announced the winners of their Goodreads Choice Awards. Here are some of the winners: Divergent by Veronica Roth- Favorite book of 2011 IQ84 by Haruki Murakami- Best Fiction A Dance with Dragons by George R.R. Martin- Best Fantasy Bossypants by Tina Fey- Best Humor Browse the nominees and see… View more
The Metro Library Network is partnering with the Cedar Rapids Barnes & Noble on a book fair Saturday, December 3 to support the annual Out Loud Author Series. Make a purchase at the store December 3 and mention Out Loud! to the cashier. A portion of the sale will be donated to the Out Loud Author Series.
The next step in the new library project is now underway. Sections of fence are slated to go this week around the new library’s site, located at 421 4th Avenue SE.
Since a nifty trailer for the long awaited movie, The Hunger Games, just went viral, I thought it was time I found out what all the fuss was about. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins is the first of the bestselling Hunger Games trilogy for young adults. It begins like nearly every post-apocalyptic novel. The… View more
Check out our newest eBook titles available for your Kindle, nook, and iPad.
One of the six largest publishing companies in the country, Penguin Group, announced yesterday it is suspending ebook lending through libraries and won’t allow libraries to loan ebooks for the Amazon Kindle.
The Cedar Rapids Public Library invites veterans, family and friends to an Open House from 11 am to 1 pm at CRPL West on Friday, November 11.
Arts and crafts aren’t just for kids! The Cedar Rapids Public Library offers a monthly arts and crafts program called “open studio” on the first Tuesday evening from 6:30 to 8 pm. Open studio is designed specifically for adults (participants must be 14 to attend). Each month a different project is presented for up to… View more
The Friends of the Cedar Rapids Public Library this month celebrate 40 years of service in the community. For the past 40 years, the Friends have committed countless hours and dollars to their mission: The Friends supports the Cedar Rapids Public Library services and programs, promotes literacy through outreach programs that encourage and enhance reading throughout the community and conducts fundraising activities to assist with library and outreach projects.
Jeff- Them! – A classic 1950’s horror movie involving giant mutated ants attacking the Southwest. Dixie- The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman, True Blood, and the Halloween movie series with Michael Myers. Renee- Rot and Ruin and Dust and Decay are fun zombie thrillers by Jonathan Maberry. Curtis- The Last Sin Eater– A dark dramatic… View more
Join Simon Pegg, Nick Frost and Bill Nighy as they battle zombies! Simon Pegg stars as everyman Shaun who we find is a little down on his luck when we meet him. After his community experiences a zombie outbreak, Shaun must step up to the plate as never before as he tries to save the… View more
The Historian is different from the vampire novels coming out over the last few years, don’t look for any paranormal romance here. As the title suggests, it is much more of a historical novel than anything else. The story follows three generations of historians trying to unravel a mystery that leads them to uncovering the… View more
Cedar Falls author Scott Cawelti discusses his new book, “A Brother’s Blood: A Heartland Cain and Abel” on Friday, November 4, at 7:00 pm, at the Cedar Rapids Public Library.
Iris Johansen continues her series on detective Eve Duncan in Bonnie, which tells the story of Eve’s daughter. Infernals by John Connolly is the sequel to his supernatural thriller The Gates. Christmas Wedding is a rare romance from the prolific James Patterson. Local favorite Ed Gorman has a new SamMcCain mystery called Bad Moon Rising.
Lee Child’s The Affair, the 16ththriller in the bestselling Jack Reacher series, finally delivers the origins of the idealistic (and lethal) Reacher persona. When the series started in 1997 with The Killing Floor, the hero was already a former Army M.P. At last, we find out why he had to leave the Army. The first… View more
Join Bruce Campbell in this zany adventure also starring Ossie Davis. Bruce Campbell stars as an aging Elvis, yep, he didn’t really die, in a retirement community where the residents seem to be dying off at a much higher rate. Sensing something is amiss, Elvis goes to see his fellow resident and buddy Jack, who… View more
So why on Earth would I recommend Troll 2? Because it’s widely considered to be one of the worst films ever made, it’s even the subject of the documentary Best Worst Movie (which the library also owns). Most of the crew, including the director and screenwriter, were Italian and spoke very little English. The actors… View more
This beautiful, very human documentary not only highlights the civil rights issue of our day, but gives an overview of American gay history by connecting the dots of events over four decades as seen through the eyes of Edie & Thea, a passionate & unlikely couple. Marriage equality is a loaded phrase no matter what… View more
I didn’t know Amanda Knox from Casey Anthony, and I hadn’t read much more than the headlines enveloping her. So, it was by chance that I picked The Fatal Gift of Beauty, Nina Burleigh’s account of Meredith Kercher’s murder, from the shelf. It’s a terrific book. Burleigh places the murder and Amanda Knox’s arrest and… View more
The School of Essential Ingredients by Erica Bauermeister is about more than just a cooking class. Personal histories of the each class member are mingled with ongoing interpersonal relationships between them. It all starts with the teacher who brings a unique perspective to the world of cooking. She is part mentor and part psychologist. And… View more
Adding ebooks to the Amazon Kindle is finally available and really easy to do! OverDrive has put together this easy to follow video to help get you started.
We’ve just added about 150 more eBooks titles to our digital library, ranging from older favorites to new releases. Here’s a sample but check out the whole list here.
The Night Circus is the debut novel by Erin Morgenstern. Set at the turn of the 19th century, two master magicians make a wager on who can train the better student. They separately raise two children, training them for this mysterious contest. The arena is the magical night circus. This circus appears at night without… View more
Kindle users now have the ability to download ebooks from the Metro Library Network, which consists of the Cedar Rapids, Hiawatha and Marion Public Libraries. OverDrive, the service used by the Metro Library Network to lend ebooks, announced the change yesterday. “Our customers have been asking for this since we began lending ebooks,” said Amber… View more
Bids for the construction of the Cedar Rapids Public Library were read today at City Hall and came in under the estimated budget amount of $24.65 million.
Jacqueline Kennedy: Historic Conversations on Life with John F. Kennedy contains seven interviews Mrs. Kennedy conducted in 1964 on her life with the President. Heat Rises is the third Nikki Heat book by Richard Castle. J.D. Robb continues her In Death series with New York to Dallas. Deer in the Headlights: My Life in Sarah… View more
The inaugural Inside Outevent held September 9 with bestselling author and celebrity chef Alton Brown raised more than $22,000 for the Library 3.0 Campaign.
Family friendly website and newsletter Macaroni Kid Cedar Rapids is partnering with the Cedar Rapids Public Library to bring for the first ever National Halloween Costume Swap on Sunday, October 2 from 1 pm – 4 pm. Drop off your gently used and clean costumes (up to kids size 14) at the Cedar Rapids Public… View more
Here are some fun facts on the Library, the Library 3.0 Campaign, and the future! Focus on: FAMILY In 2011, 810,115 items were checked out from The Cedar Rapids Public Library. This is a 15% increase from 2010. Focus on: NUMBERS If our 1985 library building was built today, it would cost approximately $25 million…. View more
Ignore the cover, this is one of the most entertaining books I’ve read in a long time! It’s an intricate, unpredictable, exciting fantasy adventure novel following master thief Locke Lamora and his gang of thieves, the Gentleman Bastards. Locke Lamora is an infamous thief in the metropolis his gang operates out of, relying on great… View more
Denis Johnson, the author of Jesus’ Son and Tree of Smoke, is a wonderful writer. He’ll lull you into his tale with clear, straight forward prose and then surprise you with a poetic scene of both beauty and import. This simple novella tells the story of Robert Granier, a laborer in the Northern Rockies during… View more
Lemony Snicket’s children’s book, 13 Words, is as advertised: a word book, long a literary staple. But this one’s told uproariously and irreverently, in true Snicket off-the-wall style. The lovely illustrations are by Maira Kalman of New Yorker fame. Children will learn the meanings of 13 words of incredible importance, including panache, goat, and despondent…. View more
The Cedar Rapids Public Library has partnered with the Matthew 25 Tool Library to offer a selection of books on home improvement, decorating and gardening for checkout at the Tool Library. The collection of more than 80 books includes several by Black and Decker, Country Living, House Beautiful, Stanley, Better Homes and Gardens, Martha Stewart… View more
Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children is a recently released young adult book by first time author Ransom Riggs. The story of teenage Jacob and his grandfather’s mysterious stories and death is combined with odd, old photographs which appear throughout the book. Miss Peregrine’s is delightfully creepy, like listening to ghost stories by campfire. My… View more
In My Time is the new tell-all by Dick Cheney getting all kinds of buzz in the press, sure to be controversial and thought provoking. James Patterson’s latest thriller Kill Me If You Can, is one of Patterson’s co-written stand alone titles. Flash and Bones is Kathy Reich’s 14th installment of the… View more
House Rules by Jodi Picoult is, in my opinion, one of the best fiction titles around whose main character lives on the Autism spectrum. Meet Jacob, a teen with Asperger’s Syndrome. He’s a forensic analysis junkie – over-focused on one area, like many other kids with AS. He has steered the local police in the… View more
The Metro Library Network, consisting of the Cedar Rapids, Hiawatha and Marion Public Libraries, is partnering with local businesses in September to celebrate National Library Card Month. Metro Library Network card holders can show their library card at participating businesses and receive a special discount September 1 – 30. The discounts consist of a variety… View more
The Gaslight Mystery series by Victoria Thompson features midwife Sarah Brandt and Detective Sgt. Frank Malloy. When Sarah chose to marry a doctor, she caused a breach between herself and her rich family which has only been healing since her widowhood. Her career leads her into all areas of the city and into crimes that… View more
In America, 1 in 6 people are hungry. The Metro Library Network is hoping to draw awareness to the need for food donations in our community by holding a Food for Fines week September 3 – 9.
To Have and to Hold by Tracie Peterson and Judith Miller is the duo’s latest Christian Fiction romance. It is part of their Bridal Veil Island series. Richelle Mead starts a new paranormal series with the first called Bloodlines, the new series takes place in the same world as her wildly popular Vampire Academy… View more
John Sandford’s latest entry in the Prey series brings back Lucas Davenport and all the characters we’ve grown to love: Del, Marcy, Weather and Letty, Shrake and Jenkins. It’s a terrific suspense novel. Two plastic-wrapped bodies are unearthed at a construction site, and Davenport has to see for himself. He is certain these are the… View more
The Cedar Rapids Public Library today launches a new website and mobile site designed to be more user-friendly and match the new brand. (www.crlibrary.org)
The Secret of the White Rose by Stefanie Pintoff is the third book in a series of mysteries about New York Detective Simon Ziele and criminologist Alistair Sinclair set at the turn of the 20th century. New York is seething with anger over the death of a child during a bombing by anarchists when the… View more
Join the Cedar Rapids Public Library Tuesday, August 16, at 6:00 pm, as we celebrate the end of the Teen Summer Reading Program with a special party, including special guests Carpe Geekdom. Carpe Geekdom is a four-piece band of self-described nerds with instruments and wizard rockers who play songs about Harry Potter and much more…. View more
I recently started running long distance again after taking a few years off. A running friend of mine recommended this as a way to inspire myself to keep it up. What I Talk About When I Talk About Running is a memoir by Haruki Murakami which is composed of brief essays of how running has impacted his life. … View more
We have selected our Adult Summer Reading Prize winner! Shawnna Ripple of Cedar Rapids won the new Barnes & Noble Nook. She was very excited to win and promised to share the ereader with her daughters. We had more than 350 adults finish our summer reading program this year. That’s a 15% increase over last… View more
The Magicians is the first book in a series by Lev Grossman about adolescents in a magical private academy called Brakebills. Sound familiar? The premise is similar to Harry Potter but that’s where the similarities end. This book feels like a much more “realistic” depiction of how teenagers would actually act in a poorly supervised… View more
Representatives from Hills Bank visited the Cedar Rapids Public Library today to award bikes to the winners of the Children’s Summer Reading Program. Westdale Bowl also announced winners of two bowling parties. Bicycle winners were: Isham Chawla, 5, Cedar Rapids; Alyssa Stastny, 7, Cedar Rapids; Jathan Hanson, 9, Cedar Rapids. Bowling winners were: Jake Schiek,… View more
Nominations are now being sought for the Carnegie Corporation of New York/New York Times I Love My Librarian Award!
The Cedar Rapids Public Library is proud to present Inside Out with Alton Brown Friday, September 9, at 7:30 pm, at Theatre Cedar Rapids. Brown is the author of several award-winning and bestselling books and the host of the Food Network series Good Eats. He reprises his role as the resident food historian, scientist and… View more
As an adoptive Iowan and a lifelong carnivore (with a couple of brief forays into vegetarianism under her belt), it was with trepidation that I chose to listen to the book on cd of this title. Because I had previously read When Elephants Weep: The Emotional Lives of Animals the scales tipped in favor of… View more
Heaven is for Real:a little boy’s astounding story of his trip to Heaven and back by Todd Burpo with Lynn Vincent is an amazing book. Colton, the 4-year-old son of Todd, a Nebraska pastor, has to have an emergency appendectomy. During the operation, he “dies” and takes a trip to Heaven, where he meets his… View more
Felix Francis is adding to his father Dick Francis’ mystery tradition with Gamble. Ghost Story is the highly anticipated 13th installment of Jim Butcher’s Dresden Files. Spellbound is the continuation of Kelley Armstrong’s paranormal adventure Otherworld series. Diana Palmer’s Merciless is the latest addition to her Western themed romances.
Jaycee Dugard’s long awaiting memoir A Stolen Life is out now. Get yourself on the hold list now because this one is going to be crazy popular! Portrait of a Spy is the 11th installment of Daniel Silva’s series on his character Gabriel Allon. Prolific author Danielle Steel has a new romantic family drama called… View more
Lungs is the debut album from British band Florence + the Machine. It’s on constant rotation at my house right now. The songs are a blend of Florence Welch’s powerful voice, driving percussion, and light touches of harp. The album has been popular in England since its release in 2009, the first single “The Dog… View more
A Dance With Dragons is the much anticipated 5th book in George R.R. Martin’s Song of Ice and Fire series. These have gained massive popularity since the first book in the series, A Game of Thrones, was made in to a miniseries for HBO. Blockbuster romance author Mary Balogh has a new hardcover novel called… View more
The subtitle of this book, “Rethinking the American Dream in a New Economy”, is the core of the book. It has more to do with the psychological aspects of why we do what we do, than financial advice per se. Salsbury examines the reasons some of us save, some of us spend, and some of… View more
Green Rider is the first book in a four book series of fantasy novels. The main character is a girl named Karigan, who runs away from school after fighting off a bully. In the woods she encounters a Green Rider, one of the king’s elite messengers, with arrows in his back. Before he dies, he… View more
Okay, this isn’t a review but Meg Cabot’s new book Overbite, the sequel to Insatiable just came out yesterday. Meg Cabot is our next visiting author in the Outloud Author Series, she’ll be at Ballantyne Auditorium on the Kirkwood Community College campus at 7 pm, she will be signing books after the question and answer… View more
The latest in J.A. Jance’s long running J.P. Beaumont mystery series, Betrayal of Trust, is out this week. The Silent Girl by Tess Gerritsen continues her Rizzoli and Isles series. The Kid by Sapphire is the sequel to her novel Push, which inspired the award winning film Precious. The Pretty Little Liars… View more
Sometimes, food plays such an important role in a movie that it should be listed in the credits. Author and movie lover Becky Thorn has compiled a great collection of these memorable foods and turned it into a truly fun book: Movie Dinners: Reel Recipes From Your Favourite Films. Of course, lots of movies are… View more
Meg Cabot will read from Overbite, her newest novel for adults, and discuss her career as a writer for adults and young adults on Tuesday, July 12 at 7 p.m. in the final event of the 2011 edition of Out Loud! The Metro Library Network Author Series. The event—which is free and open to the… View more
James Patterson’s latest thriller Now You See Her was just released on Tuesday. Keep an eye on our QuickPicks to snag a copy without the wait! Jamrach’s Menagerie, an imaginative nautical tale by Carol Birch is described as “intensely atmospheric, and thundering with tension”. The Dark Enquiry is the latest installment of the historical Julia… View more
The “Sisterchicks” books by Robin Jones Gunn are about real sisters, or friends as close as sisters. Each title hosts a different set of “sisterchicks” with a different adventure in travel. All are poignant and funny, and make you want to find your own “sisterchick” to take on an adventure of your own. “Sisterchicks Do… View more
Let your imagination soar with the amazing Wright Brothers at the Cedar Rapids Public Library Thursday, June 30. Join Madcap Production Puppet Theatre for a special performance of “Tales of Flight with the Brothers Wright” at 10:30 am and 1:30 pm at CRPL West. This high-flying adventure includes the Greek myth of Icarus, the man who flew too close to the sun.
Janet Evanovich has a new addition to her blockbuster Stephanie Plum series called Smokin’ Seventeen. Leaving by Karen Kingbury is the continuation of her Bailey Flanagan series, started with this past Spring’s Leaving. Alexander McCall Smith’s new “Corduroy Mansions” novel, The Dog Who Came in from the Cold, continues the story of… View more
A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness joins the crowded paranormal genre with a story of vampires, witches, and demons. But this one has a different feel from many of it’s counterparts, with libraries and yoga pants instead of stakes and leather. The main character is a history professor named Diana, most of the story… View more
If you wished you lived in a coffeehouse, Cleo Coyle’s Coffeehouse Mysteries are for you! Start with the first one – On What Grounds, though, as there is a sequential storyline in the series. There is an abundance of information on the mysteries of coffee and it’s spin-offs – latte, cappuccino, espresso, and more, as well… View more
The political season is heating up in Iowa, but nothing on the campaign trail is likely to rival the intrigue on display in Steve Martini’s political thrillers. Martini will read from his latest novel, Trader of Secrets, for Out Loud! The Metro Library Network Author Series on Friday, June 24 at 7 p.m. The event—which… View more
Known for his legal thrillers, David Baldacci goes in a a new direction with his new family drama One Summer. Against All Enemies is the newest adventure from Tom Clancy, complete with thrilling conspiracies and gripping action. Sister by Rosamund Lupton is a high quality crime fiction novel getting very positive reviews,… View more
Deathless by Catherynne M. Valente is a retelling of a Russian folktale about the villain Koschei the Deathless and his cunning wife Marya Morevna. This is an old tale of obsession, betrayal, and war but Valente tells it against the backdrop of the Bolshevik Revolution and the later Siege of Leningrad to give it new… View more
Startlingly fast-paced and desperately honest, The Social Network is a movie filled with such rapid-fire dialog and electrifying performances that the viewer can’t help but watch open-mouthed as the protagonist bares all. Jesse Eisenberg’s portrayal of Mark Zuckerberg, the billionaire founder of Facebook, is fierce, brilliant, and absolutely compelling. Zuckerberg’s ironic fatal flaw is blatantly obvious… View more
If you like Janet Evanovich and her “Between the Numbers” books featuring Diesel, you will love Wicked Appetite. Diesel is now the main attraction with new characters in tow. Still fun-loving, mysterious, and sexy in an honorable way, Diesel is on the hunt for his evil cousin – someone to really be afraid of. Janet’s… View more
Celebration of the Stars: Children’s Music by Grammy Celebrated Artists is a wide mix of talent, musical genres, themes and messages jam packed into this delightful cd. Educational without preaching, patriotic without being trite, the cd is multicultural and multilingual not to mention nonsensical, just to round things out. Danny Glover speaks a story called,… View more
Jeeves and Wooster is an award winning television series based on the beloved stories of British author P.G. Wodehouse. His stories are the original source of that stereotypical butler named Jeeves. In this series, a young British aristocrat named Bertie Wooster (played by Hugh Laurie) hires a valet named Jeeves (played by Stephen Fry). Bertie… View more
I’m not one to read a lot of “young adult” offerings, but the summary of this book greatly intrigued me and I was not disappointed. This is the story of Eona a girl pretending to be a boy as she learns the skills that would make her a dragoneye, a person capable of communing with… View more
Laurell K. Hamilton, author of the bestselling Anita Blake: Vampire Hunter and Meredith Gentry series, will answer questions from readers as part of Out Loud! The Metro Library Network Author Series. Hamilton’s event, which will include adult content and is therefore not appropriate for children, is set for Friday, June 10 at 7 p.m.
Clive Cussler’s latest novel, The Kingdom, continues adventures with the Fargo husband and wife treasure hunters. Critically acclaimed author Ann Patchett has a new novel called State of Wonder, which is already getting rave reviews. Laurel K. Hamilton (our Outloud Author this week) has a new addition to her Anita Blake series… View more
Let’s assume, for a minute, there’s an afterlife. Most people already do this. However, one step past the assumption the road diverges. One person imagines this particular heaven, while another pictures that one. A third might envision being reborn as a wholly different life form, a fourth a return to some ultimate state of being,… View more
Dead Reckoning is the latest in the Sookie Stackhouse series by Charlaine Harris, which means it is sure to be a huge hit. This installment is a continuation of the the drama from the last few books. Sookie’s vampire boyfriend Eric Northman and his sidekick Pam (my favorite character in the series) are in political… View more
The Alex Awards are given each year to books originally written for adults that appeal to a young adult audience. As a Young Adult librarian, I really wanted to read at least one of the winners, and I was really pleased with this year’s awards. The list was full of exciting titles, from vampire families… View more
The Love Finds You… books are an eclectic group of light Christian romance stories. Half are written in past time periods, and the other half written in modern-day. All are in different locations in the United States, and most are written by different authors. Melody Carlson, Sandra Bricker, and Melanie Dobson are just a few… View more
The Cedar Rapids Public Library (CRPL) kicks off the Young Adult Summer Reading Program “You Are Here” June 1. Students in grades 6th – 12th are invited to sign up to read and be entered to win prizes, including a Nook e-reader. There are a variety of programs throughout the summer, including a food series… View more
David Stark Design (by David Stark) is a treasure of a book for anyone who wants to spend a few dreamy hours ogling seriously cool “art masquerading as a party.” Stark heads a team of event planners that use ordinary objects (peanut butter jars, bubble wrap…) to create over-the-top installations. The book is full of… View more
Nowhere to run. Nowhere to hide. Except in your own body, where ignorance is not bliss. Meet Wayne Blake, a child growing up unaware of his infant diagnosis of hermaphroditism. Mother and midwife sense girl, father and doctor insist boy. As he is being raised male in Labrador, where one bows to the supremacy of… View more
Can a sock be a work of art? If it’s designed by Cookie A. it can be. Knit. Sock. Love. is Cookie’s newest collection of coveted knitted sock patterns. This collection is probably better for intermediate to advanced knitters but it will give beginners inspiration. She gives multiple options to accommodate all shapes and sizes… View more
The Complete Tightwad Gazette by Amy Dacyczyn was originally written as a series of newsletters. It contains tips and helps for saving money, doing-it-yourself ideas, and making do with what you have. Most content comes from Amy, and the rest from the readers of her newsletters. For instance: Amy shows how to compare the real… View more
Mistress of the Art of Death by Ariana Franklin is the first in a series of four mysteries set in Medieval England and Europe. The entire series is a blend of mystery, history, political intrigue, and a little romance. Our heroine is Adelia Aguilar, a woman trained as a doctor, who has been hired by… View more
As part of our Summer Reading Program 2011, we need your help!
There are so many exciting aspects to Library 3.0, more than we can show in a few sketches. These artistic renderings show how full of light the new library will be and how the space is meant to be flexible and easy to navigate. A 200-seat auditorium with a view of Greene Square Park will… View more
Friends of the Cedar Rapids Public Library Donate $400,000 in Honor of the Group’s 40th Anniversary The Cedar Rapids Public Library is one giant step closer to rising from the flood waters that destroyed it nearly three years ago to building a library of the future. The library kicked off the public phase of its… View more
The Cedar Rapids Public Library Foundation will hold an event on Tuesday, May 17, from 5:00-6:30 pm to kick off the public phase of the Library 3.0 capital campaign. The public is invited to attend! There will be refreshments, music, and architectural renderings of the new Library. Help us celebrate the early success of the… View more
Andrew Shaffer, who grew up in Cedar Rapids and once worked for the Cedar Rapids Public Library, will be the next author to read as part of Out Loud! The Metro Library Network Author Series. Shaffer’s event is set for Sunday, May 22 at 2 p.m. All series events—which are free and open to the… View more
Severe weather is wreaking havoc on our neighbors to the south, especially the state of Alabama where more than 200 people were killed last week and many more remain missing. Throughout the states of Alabama, Georgia, Tennessee and Mississippi, lives were lost and entire neighborhoods destroyed in a matter of minutes. Today, Memphis braces for… View more
There are a variety of theories on what type of programming should be offered at the library. Some people are adamant that only programs which have some element of literature involved should be presented by the library, such as author readings or book clubs. Others are very supportive of programs which may seem more recreational, like a cooking class or art class.
In the Library world we talk a great deal about the importance of providing access to technology in our communities. According to the recently released Public Library Funding & Technology Access study conducted by the American Library Association, 83% of Iowa libraries offer the only free access to computer/Internet in their communities. The national average is 67%. More than just offering computers and Internet access, Iowa libraries offer licensed databases, homework help, virtual reference, ebooks and downloadable audio books.
Amazon announced today that it is working with OverDrive (our ebook supplier) to begin lending Kindle ebooks through libraries.
On Friday the public service staff of the Cedar Rapids Public Library took the day off from serving patrons directly to receive special training in readers’ advisory. Readers’ advisory is a service which involves suggesting fiction and nonfiction titles to a reader through direct or indirect means.
It is National Library Week and a wonderful time to stop and think about what the Library means to you. National Library Week was established in 1958 by the American Library Association (ALA). It is celebrated each April with a special theme and opportunities to promote use and support of the library.
The Cedar Rapids Public Library QuickFlicks self-service robotic media station for DVDs, CDs, and video games now checks items out for seven days. After listening to the needs of our customers, it was decided to extend the length of check-out time to seven days. QuickFlicks allows patrons to check out DVDs, CDs and video games… View more
OverDrive, the service the Cedar Rapids Public Library uses for ebooks, has just announced the release of a BlackBerry App that will allow direct library ebook downloads. This free application is available on the OverDrive website.
There is a new way to find out what is new at the Cedar Rapids Public Library! Visit our website and click on “New Additions to the Collection” under Library Services to find New Book Alerts. Scroll through the latest additions including fiction, DVDs, cds and more. The site also includes reviews and links to… View more