Library Closings

The library will be closed Thursday, July 4th, for Independence Day.

What's Happening

We are thrilled to announce that our campaign dedicated to enhancing our newly remodeled Youth Area with vibrant, educational play and learning tools for children has secured enough funds to purchase our first Wishlist item! We will move on to the next item on the list, a Discovery Activity Table with Lightbox Top. 

Every dollar counts! Support this campaign by donating to the Community Foundation of Northeast Iowa.*

Together, let's create a library experience that keeps our youngest visitors eager to return!

*Donors who contribute $1,000 or more will be acknowledged on a special Wishlist Campaign donor plaque.

Experience a summer full of sustainable stories, eco-friendly adventures, and upcycled imagination! Don't miss out—visit our website to see all we have to offer!


Register to participate in the Youth Summer Library Program and receive a free book! Register here.

July 1 | Picture Book Pinwheels

1:00 pm - 2:00 pm | Meeting Room AB

July 7 | Summer Stem with a Twist

3:00 pm - 4:00 pm | Meeting Room AB

Registration Required

July 12 | Read, Renew, Repeat Finale Party!

2:00 pm - 4:00 pm | Meeting Room AB


Create a bookmark for WPL! Make an original design using the Summer Library Program theme “Read. Renew. Repeat.” as inspiration. Pick up a template at the Youth Desk to enter! Turn the decorated bookmark back into the Youth Desk by July 14th to be entered into the contest! Winners will be chosen July 17th and will receive an art kit and 15 of their bookmarks to share with family and friends. Winning bookmarks will be reproduced and made available to patrons at WPL.


July 2 | Pokémon League

1 pm - 3 pm | Meeting Room AB

Registration Required

July 8 | Succulent Propagation Workshop for Tweens!

2 pm - 3 pm | Meeting Room AB

Registration Required

July 8 | Succulent Propagation Workshop for Teens!

3 pm - 4 pm | Meeting Room AB

Registration Required

July 10 | Finale Party & Trashion Show!

3:30 pm - 5:30 pm | Meeting Room AB

Author Seedbed Workshop Series

July - August

Are you a writer looking to connect with others in the Cedar Valley community? Whether you're just starting out or already writing your own stories, join us for Author's Seedbed sessions at the Waterloo Public Library. It's free!

We’ll meet every second and fourth Tuesday to discuss writing, marketing, and finding readers. Learn from local authors who've been there. Let's support each other on this writing journey! For more information click here.

Shorts to Success: Breaking into Publication Through Short Writing

July 9 | 10 am-11:30 am | Meeting Room AB

Finding Your Writing's Place: Navigating Publication Outlets with Confidence

July 23 | 10 am-11:30 am | Meeting Room AB

Building Community: Engaging with a Local Audience

August 13 | 10 am-11:30 am | Meeting Room AB

Discover Your Writing Niche

August 27 | 10 am-11:30 am | Meeting Room AB

DIY Book Cover Flower Press

July 11 | 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm | Meeting Room AB

Preserve your favorite flowers using upcycled old books! Join us in the Meeting Rooms where you'll learn how to make your own mini flower press using old hard cover books, cardboard sheets, and watercolor paper! Participants are encouraged to bring their own flowers to press, but we will have some on hand for use as well.

Registration is required and limited to 30 participants, so please do so here.

Age group: Adults

Ice Cream Social

July 19 | 2 pm - 3 pm | Library Courtyard

We're incredibly grateful for our patrons and their unwavering support, patience, and encouragement! As a token of our appreciation, we invite you to enjoy a scoop of ice cream on us. Join us outside in the courtyard, weather permitting, and make your visit even sweeter!

While supplies last.

Wepa! A Bilingual Storytime in the Courtyard!

July 20 | 10:30 am - 11:30 am | Library Courtyard

Get ready to Fiesta with us this year! Come to our special Bilingual Storytime in the courtyard as part of Fiesta! Programming. We'll read "Wepa" by J de la Vega—a story in both English and Spanish! Wepa means joy and excitement, and there'll be plenty of that at the library! Stick around for a craft, salsa music, and a snack after the story.

Age group: Families

Cedar Valley Monarch Zones

July 23 | 5 pm - 6 pm | Meeting Room AB

The Cedar Valley Arboretum is here to teach you everything you need to know about Cedar Valley Monarch Zones! Learn about the significance of pollinator-friendly planting and how raising monarchs contributes to the environment. Don't forget to explore the Monarch kits available for purchase after the discussion.

Age group: Adults

Recurring Events

Book Clubs

The Well Read Club

July 8

Virtual: 6 pm - 7 pm 

If you're looking to broaden your reading horizons, have we got the book club for you! The Well Read Club meets virtually from 6pm-7pm every month to discuss a selected fiction or nonfiction title. We'll read anything and everything!

We will be discussing The Boys in the Boat by Daniel James Brown.

To participate, email Nolan at at least one day before the event. Virtual meeting details to follow registration.

Altered Reality Book Club

July 25 | 5:30 pm - 7 pm 

Doughy Joey's

300 W 4th St., Waterloo, IA 50701

Love Sci-Fi, Fantasy, or any type of Speculative Fiction? If so, join the Altered Reality Book Club at the WPL! This book club will meet at Doughy Joey's in Waterloo on the fourth Wednesday of each month.

We will be discussing The Prison Healer by Lynette Noni.

To participate, please email Sarah at

Once registered, you'll receive more meeting details. A limited number of copies of each month's selected titles will be available for checkout. You may also download digital copies from

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