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Several of our virtual and in person spring programs require registration and an Ida Public Library card.  Programs with an * are open to anyone but require registration.  Programs with ** are only open to Ida Public Library card holders and require registration.  To register, simply click the links below.

All Ages Programming

game jam*

May 1st – 31st

Ages 11 and up. Take on the challenge to create a video game in one month! Register to use our game dev laptops, or work at home. Connect with other aspiring game devs and learn new skills. Share your finished game for the chance to win a prize! No library card required.

Youth Programming

build your own story**

10:30AM – 4th Fridays

Ages 2-5. Every book was once an idea in someone’s head. Let’s give our imagination a workout with toys such as puppets, props, and story dice, and act out our own dazzling tales of adventure and whimsy!

KEVA CHallenge**

4PM – 2nd Tuesdays

5:30 PM – 4th Tuesdays

Ages 5-12. Join us for a fun and challenging afternoon of creative building using evenly balanced KEVA planks. Meet our challenge, then create your own engineering marvels.

lego play day**

4PM – 2nd Tuesdays

5:30 PM – 4th Tuesdays

Ages 5-12. It’s time for Lego fun at Ida! Play games, complete challenges, and just have fun playing with Legos with your friends.

story sprouts**

10:30AM – Wednesdays, starting in April

Ages 2-5. In-person storytime is back! Join Ella Rose, Kiwi, and friends every week for stories and fun. More sessions will be opened if demand is high.

Tween and Teen Programming

Beginners’ Dungeons & Dragons*

5 PM – Every other Thursday, starting March 3rd

For ages 13-17. The hit tabletop adventure game Dungeons and Dragons is now at the library! Create a character and join a party of fellow adventurers to solve mysteries, explore dungeons, and fight bad guys. Beginners welcome! Email for more information. Space is limited.

game guild*

4 PM – 2nd and 4th Fridays

For ages 11 – 18. Do you like playing video games? Have you ever thought of making one? Join our video game development club to learn everything you need to make your own video games! Twice a month, meet in person to walk through game creation step by step, and get access to our game dev laptops for use inside the library, full of great game making programs for you to experiment with! Laptops provided through a grant from Project Next Generation. Space is limited.

Ida’s Explorers*

4 PM – 2nd & 4th Thursdays

For ages 8-14. It’s time to get outdoors! Meet outside with library and Boone County conservation district staff at conservation areas around the county to participate in fun outdoor activities! Register to receive more information on themes and meeting places. Questions? Email

Inventor’s Playground**

4 PM – May 4th & 18th

Ages 9-14. Everyone can be an inventor! Meet outside in the grassy lot near the library to participate in invention challenges, like egg drops, bridge building, mini house construction, and more! Can your inventions stand out?

teen craft corner**

4PM – 4th Wednesdays

Ages 13-18. Every month, register for a fun craft with a take home kit full of reading suggestions, activities, and more. In March, learn DIY pranks to prepare for April Fool’s. In April, make a seed bomb to spread flowers! And in May, learn self care activities for that end of school stress.

teenzine vol 2: photography

Through May 31st

Submit your poetry to the library registration form to be printed in our free library poetry zine! Zines will be printed and made available at the library Teen Zine Station display.

Adult Programming

BYOB – Bring Your Own Book Club

6 PM on Zoom or outdoors if weather is nice- Every first Thursday, March 3, April 7, May 5

Join your fellow bibliophiles for a lively monthly book chat. Read whatever you like and join us on Zoom for discussion.  Zoom link provided upon registration.

Cozy Mystery Book Club**

5:30 PM every second Monday-Ida Meeting Room or outside if weather is nice

Do you love a good mystery? If so, come and join us for our Ida’s Cozy Mystery book club. Each month we will meet to discuss some of the cozy mysteries we have been reading and why we love them.  Come join us and share your favorites. Space is very limited. 

ESL One-on-One*

By Registration Only-Ida Meeting Room

Do you want to improve your English skills?  Schedule your own personal ESL session with our Assistant Director, Belena. Various skill levels welcome.

How to Grow Your Own Tea Garden**

1 PM – Saturday, May 21-Ida Meeting Room

Learn about different tea gardens, different types of tea plants, and how to design your own tea garden from University of Illinois Extension Office Master Gardener Jennifer Crider.  This presentation will be held inside. Seating is limited.


Illinois Presents An Evening with Jessamine Chan and Emily Maloney*

7 PM – Wednesday, May 25-Zoom

Join Jessamine Chan and Emily Maloney on May 25 for a discussion about the systems of power that impact our lives, our families, and our finances, through the lens of their acclaimed books, “The School for Good Mothers” and “Cost of Living.”
Jessamine Chan is the New York Times bestselling author of “The School for Good Mothers,” her debut novel. Her short stories have appeared in Tin House and Epoch. She holds an MFA from Columbia University and lives in Chicago with her family.
Emily Maloney is the author of “Cost of Living,” a collection of essays. Her work has appeared in Glamour, Virginia Quarterly Review, and Best American Essays, among others. She holds an MFA from The University of Pittsburgh and lives in Evanston, Illinois, with her partner and their dog.

Illinois Presents An Evening with Chef Kwame Onwuachi*

7 PM – Wednesday, June 15-Zoom

Join Ida Public Library and Illinois Presents for an evening with Chef Kwame Onwuachi as he discusses his career in food and his best selling memoir, Notes from a Young Black Chef. A James-Beard award-winning chef, Onwuachi opened five restaurants before turning thirty. He was a 2015 Top Chef contestant and can currently be seen judging Food Network’s Chopped. In 2021, Onwuachi became the youngest Executive Producer at Food & Wine magazine.  This program was provided by Penguin Random House, the Secretary of State/Illinois State Library and IMLS, and Illinois Libraries Present.  

Illinois Presents An Evening with Michelle Zauner*

7 PM – Wednesday, June 30-Zoom

*NOTE: This event has been rescheduled from May 18 to June 30.  Michelle and Japanese Breakfast have been invited to perform on Saturday Night Live on May 21, so she will be unable to meet with us on May 18. Be sure to catch the show! 

Michelle Zauner, the indie rock star of Japanese Breakfast fame, discusses her music career and her bestselling book Crying in H Mart. Her memoir about growing up Korean American, losing her mother, and forging her own identity was a New York Times notable book of the year.

In conversation with Jessica Hopper, Chicago-based music critic, producer, and author.


Join us on Zoom.

Local Author Chat*

6:00 PM on Zoom- Tuesday, May 3, May 31

Join local and regional horror/thriller writers as they discuss their latest books and the writing process. NY Times Best Seller and co-other of The Shape of Water and Trollhunters, Daniel Kraus in May along with Damian Serbu, author of gay horror/speculative/romance novels.

Movie Mania**

Last Week of Every Month

Register for a movie kit put together by Liz, our movie fanatic,  You check out the movie specially selected by Liz and receive a treat kit to go along with the movie.  While supplies last.  One kit per household per month.

The Texas Job-discussion with author Reavis Z. Wortham

 6 PM – Wednesday, June 29-Zoom

Texas Ranger Tom Bell is simply tracking a fugitive killer in 1931 when he rides into Kilgore, a hastily erected shanty town crawling with rough and desperate men―oil drillers who’ve come by the thousands in search of work. The sheriff of the boomtown is overwhelmed and offers no help, nor are any of the roughnecks inclined to assist the young Ranger in his search for the wanted man.

In fact, it soon becomes apparent that the lawman’s presence has irritated the wrong people, and when two failed attempts are made on his life, Bell knows he’s getting closer to finding out who is responsible for cheating and murdering local landowners to access the rich oil fields flowing beneath their farms. When they ambush him for a third time, they make the fatal mistake of killing someone close to him and leaving the Ranger alive.

Borrow a copy and join us for a discussion with the author, Reavis Z. Wortham on June 29th!

Thriller compilation with authors Julie Clark, Joshua Moehling, and Carter Wilson

 6 PM – Wednesday, July 27-Zoom

Join us for a live virtual event featuring thriller authors Julie Clark (THE LIES I TELL), Joshua Moehling (AND THERE HE KEPT HER), and Carter Wilson (THE NEW NEIGHBOR).

  1. The Lies I Tell by Julie Clark is a twisted domestic thriller that dives deep into the psyches and motivations of two women and their unwavering quest to seek justice for the past and rewrite the future.
  2. Unrelentingly suspenseful and written with a piercing gaze into the dark depths of the human soul, And There He Kept Her by Joshua Moehling is a thrilling page-turner that introduces readers to a complicated new hero and forces us to consider the true nature of evil.
  3. USA Today bestselling author Carter Wilson returns with The New Neighbor, a chilling psychological thriller about Bury, NH and a standalone story with crossover to his previous novel The Dead Husband

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