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Author: Alison Gowans

Karla McMurrin has worked at every Library building in more than 40 years on staff

Meet the Cedar Rapids Public Library staff This week in our ongoing series introducing Library staff, meet Patron Services Specialist Karla McMurrin. Karla has worked at the Library since 1980 and has held numerous jobs at the Library over the last 41 years. These days, she can usually be found Downtown. What made you want… View more

Children reading to dogs is one of Patron Services Specialist Melia Tatman’s favorite Library memories

Meet the Cedar Rapids Public Library staff This week in our ongoing series introducing Library staff, meet Patron Services Specialist Melia Tatman. Melia has worked at the Library since 1998 and can most often be found at Ladd Library. What does your job typically include? Guiding patrons in all aspects of the library experience, from… View more

For Patron Services Specialist Sampurna Ghosh, Library is ‘a temple of positivity’

Meet the Cedar Rapids Public Library staff This week we’re introducing Patron Services Specialist Sampurna Ghosh, as part of our series on the employees who make the Library great. Sampurna started at the Library in September 2019, and primarily works downtown. What does your job typically include? I like to think of my role as… View more

Patron Services Specialist Elysha Holley loves helping patrons and Harry Potter

Meet the Cedar Rapids Public Library staff This week we’re introducing Patron Services Specialist Elysha Holley, who goes by Lysh, as part of our series on the employees who make the Library great. Lysh started at the Cedar Rapids Public Library in July 2018 and primarily works Downtown. What does your job typically include? I… View more

Meet the Cedar Rapids Public Library Summer Reading Corps members

Serving at the Cedar Rapids Public Library for the summer through AmeriCorps, you’ll see these three Summer Reading Corps members at outreach events at area parks with the Mobile Technology Lab, and they’ll be helping out with the Summer Dare Reading Program and other Library events and programs. Katie Struckman-Johnson, from Vermillion, South Dakota, graduated… View more

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

The 2000s Made Me Gay: Essays on Pop Culture by Grace PerryPublished June 1, 2021. Social Science. A longtime contributor to The Onion and The Reductress, Perry turns her pen to the 2000s pop culture she grew up on. In a time when queer representation was largely missing from mainstream media, she recounts finding it… 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