Event Schedule

More fun events and details coming soon!

Saturday, February 26

10:00 a.m. – 4 p.m. Ice Skating on the Ped Mall – Free skating and skate rental, sponsored by Green State Credit Union and The Iowa City Downtown District. Skate, shoot pucks, and have fun with players from The Heartlanders, Jr. Heartlanders, and mascot Dash! Enjoy on-ice appearances and photo ops with Taco Dragon, Zoom Squirrel, Wild Thing, and Clifford the Big Red Dog.

11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Book Fair & Book Drive on the Ped Mall – Stop by the popup shops on Blackhawk Mini Park to check out fun new kids books, toys, and games from local book sellers. Have some older books at home that you’re ready to pass on? Donate them to our book drive, held in partnership with the Iowa Heartlanders and Miss Iowa, Grace Lynn Keller, who is touring the state as part of her mission to advocate for children’s literacy.

10:00 – 11:30 a.m. The University of Iowa Mobile Science Lab – Bring your budding scientist to Sidekick Coffee & Books for exciting hands-on experiments with scientists from the University of Iowa Mobile Science Lab. Sidekick has graciously offered to donate 10% of sales on Saturday, Feb. 26 to the One Book Two Book festival. Thank you Sidekick!

Location: Sidekick Coffee & Books, 1310 1/2 Melrose Ave, Iowa City, IA 52246

10:30 -11:00 a.m. Storytime with Iowa City Public Library – Special One Book Two Book Storytime is recommended for all ages and includes both shorter and longer stories combined with action games and activities. Featuring special guests Clifford the Big Red Dog and Wild Thing.

Location: Iowa City Public Library, Meeting Room A, 123 S Linn St, Iowa City, IA 52240

10:30 -11:00 a.m. Yoga Storytime with North Liberty Library – A fun time for all ages! Join librarians from the North Liberty Library for winter yoga storytime! A yoga mat or a towel is encouraged, but not required. Featuring special guest Taco Dragon.

Location: North Liberty Library, 520 W Cherry St, North Liberty, IA 52317

10:30 -11:00 a.m. Storytime with Coralville Public Library – Stories, songs, and rhymes for children and their families. Featuring special guest Zoom Squirrel.

Location: Coralville Public Library, 1401 5th St, Coralville, IA 52241

12:00 – 12:30 p.m. Storytime with Katy – Join Sidekick Coffee & Books owner Katy Herbold for a fun afternoon of stories! Katy’s passion for promoting literacy initially sparked the idea of starting a bookstore focusing on children’s books. Katy has graciously offered to donate 10% of Sidekick sales on Saturday, Feb. 26 to the One Book Two Book festival. Thank you Katy!!!

Location: Sidekick Coffee & Books, 1310 1/2 Melrose Ave, Iowa City, IA 52246

12:00 – 4:00 p.m. “Home” –  What does “Home” mean to you? During this fun, creative activity, participants of all ages, backgrounds and experiences will respond to simple writing prompts that later will be compiled in a public art project and shared with our community. Preschooler? Bookworm? English Language Learner? Seasoned author? All are welcome as we work to create a piece that reflects and celebrates the rich cultural fabric of this place. All participants will be entered into a drawing for special prizes! Brought to you by the Iowa City Area Business Partnership’s Community Leadership Program (CLP) class of 2021-22.

Location: Blackhawk Mini Park, on the Ped Mall in downtown Iowa City. 

12:30 – 1:00 p.m. Book Character Meet & Greet. Enjoy on-ice appearances and photo ops with Taco Dragon, Zoom Squirrel, Wild Thing, and Clifford the Big Red Dog.

Location: Blackhawk Mini Park, on the Ped Mall in downtown Iowa City. 

2:00 p.m. Illustration Workshop with Jennifer Black Reinhardt (Ages: 9-12, registration required) Participants will draw their own character and create their own “picture book page turn.” We will create Facebook and Instagram posts by taking a photo of the illustrators’ artwork and having them fill out a template with titles and hashtags. A compilation video will be created shortly after the event to be shared with parents and families on their own social media platforms. Space is limited, click to register.

Sidekick has graciously offered to donate 10% of sales on Saturday, Feb. 26 to the One Book Two Book festival. Thank you Sidekick!

Location: Sidekick Coffee & Books, 1310 1/2 Melrose Ave, Iowa City, IA 52246

2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. Skate with The Iowa Heatlanders and Dash – Skate, shoot pucks, and have fun with players from The Iowa Heartlanders, Jr. Heartlanders, and mascot Dash! Enjoy on-ice appearances and photo ops with Taco Dragon, Zoom Squirrel, Wild Thing, and Clifford the Big Red Dog.

3:15 p.m. – 3:45 p.m. Book Character Meet & Greet. Enjoy on-ice appearances and photo ops with Taco Dragon, Zoom Squirrel, Wild Thing, and Clifford the Big Red Dog.

Location: Blackhawk Mini Park, on the Ped Mall in downtown Iowa City. 

Sunday, February 27

2:00 – 4:00 p.m. Jr. High Writing Jam! Featuring Chuy Renteria (Grades 7-8, registration required). Alright, junior high friends – it’s Jam time once again! Every year the Iowa Youth Writing Project hosts a special workshop and author Q&A just for junior high students. This year we will be joined by author, dancer, artist, storyteller, and teacher Chuy Renteria, author of We Heard It When We Were Young (University of Iowa Press, 2021). Space is limited, click to register.

Location: Iowa City Public Library, Meeting Room A, 123 S Linn St, Iowa City, IA 52240