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School’s Out Winter Events for Children

School's Out Winter Break Events for Kids at the Iowa City Public Library, 123 S. Linn St.

For more information, call the Iowa City Public Library at 319-356-5200. For a list of all Library events, visit http://calendar.icpl.org/. It’s frosty fun time at the Library, so come on down when school is out. There are plenty of special programs guaranteed to give you and your children warm fuzzies.

Gingerbread Fun
When: 10:30 a.m.-noon Thursday, Dec. 20; ICPL Meeting Room A
Kids are invited to drop in and decorate gingerbread cookies and make seasonal crafts.

Book Babies with Karen
When: 10:30-11 a.m. and 1:30-2 p.m. every Friday in the Storytime Room
Rhymes, fingerplays, songs and short stories designed to stimulate your infant's language development; for babies 6 months to 18 months old. We ask that there be a lap for every baby. Contact Email: Child1@icpl.org.

Guys Read Book Club
When: Noon-1 p.m. Friday, Dec. 21 in the Library’s Second Floor Meeting Room E
Our mission: Matching ICPL guys with the appropriate books (and other readable things) in a fun, guys-only environment. With pizza. Aimed at guys in Grades 5-8. Guys Read, a literacy initiative founded by children's author Jon Scieszka, is designed to draw attention to boys' literacy and to help boys become self-motivated, lifelong readers. Contact Email: teens@icpl.org.

Family Storytimes
When: 10:30-11 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 22; 2-2:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 23; 10:30-11 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 29; 2-2:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 30; ICPL Storytime Room
Designed for the whole family and presented at a time convenient for most working parents. Storytime includes both shorter and longer stories combined with action games and activities. Family Storytime is recommended for all ages, but parents are asked to sit with their younger children.

Library Holiday Hours
On Christmas Eve, the Library is OPEN 10-4. The Library is closed in honor of the Christmas holiday on Christmas Day. The Library's website and catalog can be accessed 24 hours a day at www.icpl.org; Online collections are available at www.icpl.org/emedia.

Preschool Storytimes
When: 10:30-11 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 26; Wednesday, Jan. 2; ICPL Storytime Room
A preschool-age oriented program for preschoolers where longer stories and books are shared with fewer activities. Preschool Storytime is recommended for children who are 3, 4 or 5 years old.

Gunny the Clown
When: 10:30 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 27; ICPL Meeting Room A
Gunny will tickle your funny bone with his silly tricks in Meeting Room A.

Funky Blues Music Jam
When: 10:30 a.m. Friday, Dec. 28; ICPL Meeting Room A
Bring the whole family and get your groove on with the music of Kevin B. F. Burt in Room A.

Toddler Storytimes
When: 10:30-11 a.m. Monday, Dec. 31, ICPL Storytime Room
Specifically planned for toddlers or young preschoolers. The same program is performed Mondays and Tuesdays each week. Ideal for young children with short attention spans who need short stories, fingerplays and action rhymes.

Library Holiday Hours
The Library will be open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on New Year’s Eve. The Library is closed on New Year’s Day.

Music Together with Preucil School of Music
When: 10:30-11 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 3; ICPL Meeting Room A
Swing to the music and sway to the beat. A preschool-age oriented program for children who are 3, 4 or 5 years old.

Book Babies - Music Together
When: 1:30-2 p.m. Friday, Jan. 4; ICPL Storytime Room
It's a toe-tapping fun time with Lauren of Preucil School of Music. For babies 6 months to 18 months old including older siblings. We ask that there be a lap for every baby. Contact Email: Child1@icpl.org.

School's Out Special: SPOT and Company Puppy Fun
When:  10:30-11:30 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 5; ICPL Meeting Room A
Join Sue Pearson and her puppy teams to learn how to care for and train your new best friend: games, tricks, and doggone fun!

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Jennifer Ruffing December 20, 2012 at 02:55 AM
Here is another great idea to do with the kiddos this winter! The Harlem Globetrotters are bringing kid participation and fun to a whole new level when their 2013 “Your Write the Rules” World Tour comes to the Five Flags Center in Dubuque on Sunday, December 30 at 2pm. Even better, there is a great discount to save you $7 on tickets. Go to http://www.ticketmaster.com/event/06004933AEF54FAA to purchase tickets and save $7 on select tickets when using promotional code HGMOM. Restrictions apply. Nobody puts fans first like the Globetrotters. Families, and especially kids, are at the heart of EVERYTHING they do. Every trick, every joke, every play is driven by their promise to amaze and entertain every family who comes to watch. This year, for the first time ever in the history of the game, the Globetrotters let fans decide the rules. New rules could be anything from playing with two basketballs at once to getting double the points for each made basket. Just take your kids online to www.harlemglobetrotters.com/vote, pick your city, and vote for their favorite, craziest rule. Get your tickets to the game, and at the show the Globetrotters will reveal which rules won and put them into play that night. Share this discount with your friends and enjoy!! Your whole family will love it. I work for Miles Of Marketing and this information was provided to me by them (www.milesofmarketing.com). We are a group of moms passing along great information like this to other moms!

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