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Author: Alison Gowans

New and notable LGBTQ+ titles, from novels to memoirs to photography

Dear Senthuran: A Black Spirit Memoir by Akwaeke EmeziPublished June 8, 2021. Biography. The New York Times-bestselling author of “The Death of Vivek Oji” penned this memoir through letters, exploring their life from their childhood in Nigeria to their path to success as an author, all the while diving into spiritual and artistic explorations of… View more

Library publishes student book for Reed Park Story Walk

Cedar Rapids fifth grader Reese Olalde is a published author, and she’s loving it. “I’ve always wanted to write a book,” she said. “I’ve been making a lot of stories at home. I really like how I can be creative with them.” She’s one of four students from Cedar River Academy at Taylor Elementary who… View more

Mobile Technology Lab ready to roll to Cedar Rapids parks

The Mobile Technology Lab is rolling to a Cedar Rapids park near you this summer, and this is not your average library outreach. Instead of a traditional bookmobile, the Cedar Rapids Public Library’s new van is fully loaded with all kinds of technology, from laptops to 3D printers to Ozobots – tiny robots designed to… View more

Summer programs are here, from virtual camps to the Summer Dare

When the pandemic forced the closure of in-person events last summer, the programming team at the Library had to quickly pivot. They had a summer’s worth of camps planned for teens and kids, and suddenly, they couldn’t hold them as planned. “We were really committed to not canceling those camps,” Programming Manager Kevin Delecki said. … View more

Roasters opens new cafe at Downtown Library

Along with soup, salads and sandwiches, they have ramped up the breakfast choices, including a biscuit sandwich, with a maple biscuit, bacon, egg, and cheddar, and a breakfast bowl featuring greens topped with roasted vegetables, cheese, and a fried egg, among other dishes like avocado toast and quiche. “We have lots of ideas,” Steines said…. View more

Laptops now available to borrow from Cedar Rapids Public Library

The Cedar Rapids Public Library now has laptop kits available for patrons to borrow and take home from the Downtown and Ladd Libraries. The kits are part of an effort to expand internet and computer access for patrons, a need highlighted during the COVID-19 pandemic, and to offer options for patrons who prefer home access… View more