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Author: Alison Gowans

Community Cultural Celebration and Expo Returns to the Library

After going virtual in 2021, the Community Cultural Celebration and Expo returns to the Cedar Rapids Public Downtown Library on Sept. 10, from 10 am to 1 pm.  With performances, exhibitors, and art, the day is a festival highlighting Cedar Rapids’ diversity.   Presented alongside the Cedar Rapids Civil Rights Commission, the day will start… View more

Cedar Rapids Wins Pacesetter Award for School & Library Collaboration

The Campaign for Grade-Level Reading announced it is recognizing Cedar Rapids with Pacesetter Honors for its work supporting student success during the twin crises of the derecho and COVID-19 pandemic.  The Cedar Rapids and Marion Public Libraries worked with the Cedar Rapids Community School District, Linn Mar Community School District, and Marion Independent School District… View more

Library Partners with Waypoint to Offer Temporary Cooling and Computer Center

With the Downtown Cedar Rapids Public Library closed temporarily after a fire on July 27, library staff have partnered with Waypoint to open a cooling and computer center next to the Madge Phillips Center Shelter at 520 Fourth Ave. SE.  “We recognize the vital role the library plays in our community, and having access to both… View more

Reading into Success, Library Hosting Children’s Health Fair

Reading Into Success and the Cedar Rapids Public Library are partnering with Urban Dreams to host a Children’s Health Fair.  The event will be 9:30-11:30 a.m. Aug. 2 at Ladd Library, 3750 Williams Blvd. SW, Cedar Rapids.   Parents of young children are invited to attend to meet with health and dental providers and receive information,… View more

Library Board of Trustees Elects New Officers, Welcomes New Trustees

The Cedar Rapids Public Library Board of Trustees elected Clint Twedt-Ball as president and Monica Challenger as vice president at the July 7 board meeting. The board also welcomed two new members, Christine Casey and Elsabeth Hepworth.  The Board of Trustees is composed of volunteers who serve as the policy-making body for the Cedar Rapids… View more

Three New Resources for Library Patrons

The library is excited to unveil three new resources for patrons on July 1: Newspapers.com, PressReader, and Fold3. These services replace Newspaper Archive, which will no longer be available through the Cedar Rapids Public Library. The additions will ensure expanded access to historic newspaper archives and historical research via Newspapers.com and Fold3 while adding access to… View more

Library Board Member Recognized with National Award

United for Libraries awarded a Trustee Citation award to Cedar Rapids Public Library Board of Trustees member Susan McDermott at the American Library Assocation’s annual conference on June 24.  Established in 1941 to recognize public library trustees for distinguished service to library development, the award honors the best contributions and efforts of the estimated 60,000… View more

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