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Program Registration

Several of our virtual and in person fall programs require registration.  To register, simply click the links below.

All Ages Programming

Comic Book Workshop with Do Art Productions

Thursday, May 4th, 5:00 PM – Ida Public Library Meeting Room. 

Just in time for Comic Book Day, Do Art Productions will lead this comic book workshop focusing on creating a six panel comic either together or individually, depending on the skill and age set of those participating. With those who are beginner artists, they will utilize a white board, illustrating recognizable cartoon characters, and after gathering all of their ideas, create a six panel story with a beginning, middle, and end.  With those more ambitious or experienced, they will walk through the process of not only creating a six panel comic, but how to lean into the patience of the process in order to create a much more refined work of art.

Illinois Storm Chasers 

Wednesday, April 12th, 6:00 PM -Ida Public Library Meeting Room

Join us as Illinois Storm Chaser Nick Bartholomew explains severe weather, local climatology, and storm chasing.  Nick will share photos/videos and there will be a Q&A session at the end, so bring all your weather and mysterious Boom questions!

Youth Programming

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.

Children’s Yoga

10:30 AM – Saturday, April 8th & Saturday, May 6th

 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.

Coding Corner

3:30 PM – 1st & 3rd Fridays

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!

Dog Man Party

3 PM – Tuesday, March 28th

Calling all Dog Man fans! You won’t want to miss this Dog Man Party as we celebrate the long-awaited release of Twenty Thousand Fleas Under the Sea!

Ida’s Explorers

3PM – 4th Thursdays

The world is warming up, so it’s a great time to get outside! We’ll visit the library or the Boone County Conservation District for crafts, games, and hikes. Please register for information on meeting locations! Thanks to Boone County Conservation District for collaborating with us on this fun nature program!

Teen Programming

Beginners’ Dungeons & Dragons

4:30-6PM – In Person Thursdays ; 5PM-6:30PM – Virtual Thursdays

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.

SereniTea Party

5 PM – Thursday, April 13th

Step into the library and be transported to the world of Teyvat for a lovely tea party! Genshin Impact fans are invited to join us for tea, snacks, and games based on the popular open world game. Come dressed in cosplay to win a small prize! Registration recommended but not required.

Silent Library Challenge

3 PM – Wednesday, March 29th

We don’t have to be quiet in the library nowadays, but to win in this challenge, you’ll have to keep it down! Sign up to try wacky challenges, where if you laugh, you lose! Winners will receive small prizes.

Adult Programming

BYOB – Bring Your Own Book Club

3 PM – 1st Mondays

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 remotely via Zoom during winter.  Register once to get a Zoom link good through December 2023.. 

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.

Crafters’ Corner

2PM – 1st Wednesdays

Stop by once a month in our meeting room to create a new and fun craft for adults!

Illinois Presents

7PM – Select Days

Ida Public Library is now a part of Illinois Presents, a consortium of Illinois libraries working together to bring patrons quality virtual programs for all ages. Register on Zoom.

  • Tues, April 4, 7 pm.  Danny Trejo talks Tacos, Hollywood, and Redemption.  We are excited to welcome Actor/Author/Restaurateur Danny Trejo, who has developed a prolific career in the entertainment industry with a hard-earned and atypical road to success. From years of imprisonment to helping troubled youth battle addiction, to acting, producing, and now restaurant ventures, Trejo’s name, face, and achievements are well recognized in Hollywood and beyond. Link to register coming soon!
  • Tues, April 25, 7 pm.  Secrets of the Puzzle Master: A Conversation with Will Shortz. What’s an enigmatologist? It’s Will Shortz, the world’s only academically accredited puzzle master. We can’t wait to share more about this event which will include a special, interactive surprise for our patrons and attendees. Link to register coming soon!
  • Wed, May 6, 10 am.  Drawing Comics with Jarrett J. Krosoczka .  Registration coming soon.
  • Wed, May 17, 7 pm.  On Being Fabulous with Jonathan Van Ness.  Registration coming soon.

Container Gardening

March 22,  6 pm.  Ida Public Library meeting room.  Learn how to select, plant, and maintain container gardens so they become attractive, season long additions to you home landscape.  Presented by the University of Illinois Extension Office.

For Snap Recipients Only-Meal Planning to Make Life Simple

Friday, March 24, 11 am. This program has been cancelled and will be rescheduled for a later date.

Ida Public Library meeting room.  Learn how to plan your meals ahead of time using what you already have in your cupboards or fridge while following the MyPlate guidelines.  Participants will taste a simple recipe that is easy to prepare. *For SNAP recipients only. Presented by The University of Illinois Extension Office. 

Houseplant Help

Houseplant Help – Monday, April 17 at 6 p.m.

Having problems with your houseplants?  Come learn about transplanting, propagating, plant identification, diseases and more.  There will be a transplanting demonstration.  Feel free to bring pictures or plants with problems to the class.  Boone County Master Gardener, Bobbi Burke, will be leading this program and providing tips on how to care for your houseplants.


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!

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