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Roasters opens new cafe at Downtown Library

Growing up, Amanda Steines loved visiting libraries.  “I’ve always had a connection to libraries throughout my life. In hard times, they have been places of solace,” she said. “Books are like friends when you’re lonely. I’ve just always found solace in libraries.” So when she had the opportunity to take over the cafe space in… View more

Laptops now available to borrow from Cedar Rapids Public Library

The Cedar Rapids Public Library now has laptop kits available for patrons to borrow and take home from the Downtown and Ladd Libraries. The kits are part of an effort to expand internet and computer access for patrons, a need highlighted during the COVID-19 pandemic, and to offer options for patrons who prefer home access… View more

Through pandemic, volunteers step up to help meet growing Library needs

When Dona Ditri walks into the Library, she said she feels like she’s home. “The Library is my happy place, and I just love it. The people, the staff, are so friendly and appreciative,” she said. “And now that the patrons are allowed back in, I love helping them.” As a volunteer on the Holds… View more

I’m Not Really A Waitress: How One Woman Took Over the Beauty Industry One Color At a Time

I’m Not Really A Waitress: How One Woman Took Over the Beauty Industry One Color At a Time

If you’re a manicure aficionado, you’ve probably heard of a nail polish company called OPI.  (In fact, you’re probably wearing one of their colors right now.)  Lincoln Park After Dark and Let Me Bayou a Drink are just two of the whimsically-named polishes this company has produced over the years. If you know OPI, then it’s time… View more