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West Side Story Continues

In early 2013, the permanent west side library branch will open in a former Target building on Williams Boulevard, across the street from Westdale Mall. This space is currently under construction to make it into a beautiful and efficient space for the residents of the city’s west side. Features of the new library include an… View more

Banned Books Week 2012

For the past thirty years, at the end of September, the American Library Association’s Office for Intellectual Freedom holds Banned Book Week celebrating the freedom to read. Banned Book Week is an opportunity to bring communities together: librarians, publishers, journalists, teachers and readers of all kinds, and remember the importance of the freedom to seek and express ideas, even those some consider unpopular.

Show your card and be rewarded!

The Metro Library Network, consisting of the Cedar Rapids, Hiawatha and Marion Public Libraries, is partnering with local businesses in September to celebrate National Library Card Month. Metro Library Network card holders can show their library card at participating businesses and receive a special discount September 1 – 30. The discounts consist of a variety… View more

If Jack’s In Love

“If Jack’s In Love” by Stephen Wetta is a very pleasant surprise. This first novel by Wetta is set in the late 1960’s, the summer when Jack turns 13. Something terrible has happened in Jack’s small town–a popular boy has gone missing–as Jack’s older brother is the only suspect. To make matters worse, Jack is… View more

Share Your Story

The staff who work at the Cedar Rapids Public Library are passionate advocates for literacy and lifelong learning. Each day, hundreds of people visit the Library and use the resources available to assist them with finding a job, researching a school project, or accessing the latest materials. Library staff work hard every day to provide the public with assistance to meet all of their unique needs.

World Read Aloud Day

Wednesday, March 7, is World Read Aloud Day, an opportunity for the world to come together to raise their voices and celebrate the power of words. More than 793 million people are illiterate in the world today. World Read Aloud Day is a chance for kids, parents, educators, caregivers, and families to advocate for the… View more