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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

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