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Top 10 Challenged Books of 2021

The ALA Office for Intellectual Freedom tracked 729 challenges to library, school, and university materials and services in 2021. Of the 1597 books that were targeted, here are the most challenged, along with the reasons cited for censoring the books: Gender Queer by Maia KobabeReasons: Banned, challenged, and restricted for LGBTQIA+ content, and because it was considered to have… View more

Fifth Avenue Entrance Opens for Holds Pickup and Returns

The Fifth Avenue entrance of the Downtown Library is now open for holds pickup and material returns during regular library hours. The drive-up return is now open as well. Curbside hold pickup is available for those who prefer. The rest of the Downtown Library remains closed for cleaning and repairs at this time. Additionally, masks are requested but… View more

Cedar Rapids Public Library is Certified Sensory Inclusive

KultureCity has partnered with the Cedar Rapids Public Library to make the library and the programs and events the library hosts to be sensory inclusive. This new initiative promotes an accommodating and positive experience for all guests and patrons with a sensory issue that visit either the Downtown or Ladd Libraries.  The certification process entailed the staff at the library being trained by leading… View more

Cedar Rapids Public Library Seeks Input on Permanent Westside Facility

The Ladd Library is currently in a leased space located at 3750 Williams Blvd SW. In 2020, the Cedar Rapids Public Library Foundation received a significant gift from the estate of Nadine Sandberg which will lead the way toward establishing this permanent location on the city’s west side. The Library, City of Cedar Rapids, and Linn… View more