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Author: Alison Gowans

New and notable recommendations for National Poetry Month

April is National Poetry Month, and Librarian Kim Martens-Tyo gathered this list of recommended titles that are currently part of the Library’s collection or are on-order. All were published in 2020 or 2021, and they represent a diverse range of voices and poetry styles, from a collection documenting African American poetic history (African American Poetry:… View more

Urban Dreams brings job help, food pantry to Ladd Library

The Urban Dreams Cedar Rapids Food Pantry opens at the Ladd Library on April 15 at 9 am. Regular operating hours will be Tuesday and Thursday, 9 am to 5 pm. Walk-ins are welcome. Masks and physical distancing are required. This article is from the spring edition of OPEN+ magazine, available at the Library and… View more

Read Woke: In conversation with Monsoon Asian and Pacific Islanders in Solidarity

Lata D’Mello, Co-Director of Programs at Monsoon Asian and Pacific Islanders in Solidarity, spoke with Librarian Meredith Crawford for the latest installment of the Cedar Rapids Public Library’s Read Woke discussion series highlighting organizations and books that center marginalized groups. The conversation followed the March 16 shooting in Atlanta that killed eight, including six women… View more

‘Welcome to your library’ is National Library Week theme

April 4-10 is National Library Week, and this year’s theme from the American Library Association is “Welcome to your library.” Though the Cedar Rapids Public Library closed its doors in March 2020 because of the coronavirus pandemic, staff worked hard to pivot and find ways to keep welcoming patrons through digital services, curbside hold pickup,… View more

Thousands of new courses available as Lynda.com becomes LinkedIn Learning

What you can find on LinkedIn Learning LeadershipProject ManagementMental wellnessSalesJob HuntingPhotographyVideography3D and AnimationCADCloud ComputingPythonExcelData ScienceDigital MarketingAnd more! Lynda.com, a database of training courses available for access to Library patrons, is transitioning to LinkedIn Learning. Lynda.com users will see a new look when they log on as of Monday, March 15 – and thousands of additional… View more

Cedar Rapids Public Library Foundation Receives Million Dollar Bequest

The Cedar Rapids Public Library Foundation announced this week it is the sole beneficiary of the Nadine E. Sandberg Estate, which is valued in excess of $1 million. “Mrs. Sandberg has left us a truly transformational gift,” Foundation Director Charity Tyler said. “We are grateful for her investment in this community and excited to use… View more

Women’s History Month: Celebrating women’s lives through literature

March is Women’s History Month, and Librarian Heather Meyer-Boothby has curated a list of recommended reads. Narrowing down a short list wasn’t easy when considering the literary impact of half of humanity. “I picked voices that I felt have had a profound cultural impact on women’s lives. I didn’t reach back into classics so much… View more

Workforce development is part of Library’s strategic plan

This article is from the spring edition of OPEN+ magazine, available at the Library and metro-area Hy-Vees or online: fliphtml5.com/homepage/rofy Whether you’re looking for help updating a resume, finding job opportunities, practicing for an interview or getting training in a new job field, the Library has resources to help. Workforce development is part of the… View more

How Library volunteers are using YouTube to make programming more accessible

Before the COVID-19 pandemic, the Library’s YouTube channel didn’t get much use. There were only 20 videos uploaded in its first five years.  Then, the pandemic hit, the Library doors temporarily closed, and in-person programming ground to a sudden halt.  “Our programming team did an amazing job of pivoting to online programs,” said Library volunteer… View more