Several of our virtual and in person fall programs require registration. To register, simply click the links below.
All Ages Programming
5PM – 3rd Wednesdays
Ages 13+. Stop by the library once a month for some gaming fun! Play old favorites or try out the featured modern game of the month. Registration recommended, but not required.
3:30 PM – 2nd & 4th Fridays starting in January
Ages 13+. Was your New Year’s resolution to learn something new? Get started right away with these great drop in hobbies! Each session, learn a different hobby from a fellow hobbyist. Try out sewing, drawing, knitting, and more!
10:30 AM – Monday, February 13th
Ages 0-4. Littles 0 to 4 and their caregivers are invited to Ida’s Baby Prom! Come to the library dressed in your best or come as you are and dance the morning away! Registration recommended.
bilingual story time
4 pm – 2nd and 4th Fridays
Ages 5 and up. Join us every other Friday for story times in English and Spanish. In this program, we will be reading a story in English and Spanish and having a craft related to our story. Please come and join us if you want your child to enjoy this fun activity. En este programa, leeremos un cuento en inglés y español y haremos una manualidad relacionada con nuestro cuento. Ven y únete a nosotros si quieres que tu hijo disfrute de esta divertida actividad.
4PM – 2nd Wednesdays
Ages 7-13. Show off your creativity by building with LEGOs and Keva Planks! We will have different challenges, themes, and contests every month!
10:30 AM – Saturday, December 17th, January 14th, & February 11th
Ages 5-7. We are excited to bring Children’s Yoga classes to Ida! Children are invited to attend these fun, engaging yoga classes with simple poses, breathing exercises, storytelling and other fun activities. Space is limited.
Choose your own adventure Live
2:30 PM – January 11th & 10:30 AM – February 17th
Ages 5-10. Back by popular demand! The beloved Choose-Your-Own Adventure genre meets the magic of tabletop roleplaying games in this interactive storytelling program. Bring your imagination, join some friends and your Adventure Guide, and begin your journey!
3PM – 2nd & 4th Thursdays
Ages 5-12 and families. Fall weather is coming, and it’s a great time to get outside! Stop by the library on the 2nd Thursday of each month for a story and activities based on a nature theme, then join us at Spencer Conservation Center on the 4th Thursday for outdoor exploration and more! Thanks to Boone County Conservation District for collaborating with us on this fun nature program!
4 PM – Wednesday, February 22nd
Ages 7-14. Let’s get crafting! Stop by the library to experience Minecraft in real life! Search for materials, craft tools, build structures, and more! Registration recommended, but not required.
Stuffed Animal Sleepover
Drop off between 4:30 – 6:00 PM, Tuesday, December 27th / Pick up December 28th
Ages 5-12. Bring your stuffed animal to the library for a special sleepover just for them! Drop them off between 4:30-6:00 and sign their permission slip, then read bedtime stories and tuck your animal in for the night. Your animal will spend the whole night at the library! Do you think they will sleep all night long? Come back the next day to pick up your animal and get some photos of what they were up to while they were at the library. One animal per guest.
10:30AM – Thursdays
Ages 0-2. We now have a storytime designed for Ida’s tiniest readers! Tiny Tales storytime is designed for babies from newborn to 24 months and their caregiver. We’ll encourage language development, socialization, and early literacy through books, play and songs!
Tween and Teen Programming
Beginners’ Dungeons & Dragons
4:30-6PM – In Person Thursdays ; 5PM-6:30PM – Virtual Thursdays
Ages 13-18. The hit tabletop role-playing adventure game Dungeons and Dragons continues at the library! Each Thursday will alternate between our virtual ongoing campaign and a different oneshot for new players each month. Beginners welcome. Please see the registration form for specific dates and details about each session.
4:30PM – 1st & 3rd Fridays
Ages 9-12. Let’s get coding! Try programming a small robot, learn how to make video games on a tablet, create your own levels for your favorite games, and more!
4 PM – 2nd & 4th Thursdays each month
Ages 8-14. It’s time to get outdoors! Meet outside with a librarian at conservation areas in Boone County to participate in fun activities like birdwatching, prairie seed collection, leaf rubbings, and more! Register to receive updated information about meeting locations and themes, which may change due to weather conditions.
BYOB – Bring Your Own Book Club
6 PM – 1st Thursdays
Read whatever you like and come prepared to discuss your favorites in our monthly Bring Your Own Book Club for Ida Library card holders! We meet in person or you can participate remotely via Zoom. Registration for Zoom link only. No registration needed for in person.
Cozy Mystery Book Club
10:30 AM – 3rd Mondays at the Keen Age Center
Do you love a good mystery? Each month we meet at the Keen Age Center to discuss a chosen cozy mystery book. If the 3rd Monday falls on a holiday, we will meet on the 4th Monday instead.
2PM – 1st Wednesdays
Stop by once a month in our meeting room to create a new and fun craft for adults!
7PM – Select Days
Ida Public Library is now a part of Illinois Presents, a consortium of Illinois libraries working together to bring patrons quality monthly programs for all ages. Register on Zoom.
- Tues, Dec 13, 7pm. Midwest Baking with Shauna Sever. Join Shauna Sever, cookbook author, TV and radio contributor, and daughter of the great Midwest, for this special Illinois Libraries Present holiday season event. Shauna will share her love of food, baking, and some tips to make your holiday gatherings delicious.
- Wed, Jan 11, 7pm. Inciting Joy; a Conversation with Ross Gay. Best-selling essayist and award-winning poet Ross Gay will discuss his most recent collection of essays that explore the joy we incite when we turn our attention to what we love and what brings us together. Ross will be joined by performance poet Dan Sullivan.
- Wed, Feb 8, 7 pm. Kwame Alexander, American writer of poetry and children’s fiction. His verse novel The Crossover won the 2015 Newbery Medal and was selected as an Honor book for the Coretta Scott King Award. Registration open soon.
University of Illinois Extension Office Winter Programs
It may be winter, but we can still garden! Join us as the Master Gardeners from U of I Extension Office show us how! Registration required.
- Friday, Dec 16, 11am to 1 pm. Seasonal Care for the Home Landscape.
- Friday, Jan 20, 11 am to 1 pm. Bulbs: Basics, Myths and Truths.
- Tuesday, Feb 21, 6 to 7 pm. Grow Your Own Backyard Tree Fruit.
Diamond Art Night
5:30 PM – Tuesday, Dec 13th
Wow! We’re making bookmarks with Julie’s Diamond Art here in the library. All supplies are provided free of charge. Space is limited and due to the high demand, we will have a wait list with preference given to library card holders. Adults 18 and older only. Be sure to sign up quickly!
Cookie Decorating with EK Cakery
5:30 PM – Wed, Jan 25th
Wow! Another great program in time for Valentine’s Day. We’re decorating cookies with EK Cakery! All supplies are provided free of charge for a 3 cookie kit. Space is limited and due to the high demand, we will have a wait list with preference given to library card holders. Adults 18 and over only. Be sure to sign up quickly!
Intro to ESL
2PM – 1st & 3rd Mondays
Are you looking into learning English? In this program, students will learn basic English vocabulary and concepts to describe everyday items, simple phrases they will use daily, and basic sentence structure.
¿Estás pensando en aprender inglés? En este programa, los estudiantes aprenderán vocabulario y conceptos básicos en inglés para describir elementos cotidianos, frases simples y estructura básica de oraciones.
ESL One on One
4PM, Monday, December 19th, January 30th, February 13 & 27
Do you want to improve your English skills? We are here to help. Come and schedule your own personal one on one session with Belena at the library to improve your reading, vocabulary, and speaking skills. Introductory and intermediate levels available.
True Crime Book Club
6 PM – 3rd Thursdays
Are you a True Crime junkie? If so, join our new book club! Every month we will get together to discuss a True Crime book & share our thoughts on the case!
Virtual Murder Mystery
January 9th – 20th
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