What's Happening at Your Library

Mindful March

March 11, 18, and 25

10:00 am - 11:00 am

Meeting Room AB

Jenny Westendorf, yoga instructor at the Cedar Valley Sportsplex will teach three restorative yoga sessions at WPL! These sessions are low-impact and beginner-friendly. Yoga mats and blocks will be provided, but participants are welcome to bring their own.

Registration is Required. You may sign up for as many sessions as you like, but you will need to register separately for each date you'd like to attend. Register here.

Age group: Teens, Adults

March 25

9 am - 12 pm

Conference Room

Join some fellow bird-lovers for an urban birding adventure through downtown Waterloo! Local experts from the Prairie Rapids Audubon Society will lead participants on a walk near the river to spot waterfowl and other songbirds that nest in the city. We will meet in the Conference Room beforehand, refreshments will be provided after the walk. 

Age group: All

Join Us For Spring Break!

March 15

10:30 am - 11:15 am

Meeting Room AB

"Pop" into the WPL for an "Unbeliebubbly" good time, when the bubbleologists from Absolute Science visit WPL to demonstrate a variety of tricks and bubble feats that will "blow" your mind!

Age group: Youth

March 17

10:30 am - 11:00 am

Meeting Room AB

Waterloo Mayor Quentin Hart will present a special Friday storytime featuring the classic children's picture book, "The Gruffalo". Story-related activities will follow the reading.

Love the Story? See it live at the Gallagher Bluedorn on April 1. Learn more at gbpac.com

March 16

5 pm - 6:30 pm

Meeting Room AB

Have you ever seen a Magic: the Gathering card and wished you knew how to play, or wondered where to even begin? Join us for an informative, Magic-filled event! Teens will learn the basics of the game, be given a brief overview and example of what a battle looks like, and will go home with a stack of their very own Magic cards! This event is geared toward newer card players, but experienced players are welcome to join in on the fun.

Registration is required and limited to 40 participants, so please do so here: https://tinyurl.com/MagictheGatheringWPL

Age group: Tween-20 yrs

This event is made possible by MagiKids, and our local Video Games Etc. store, who both donated an abundance of cards for us, thank you!

Join us for this free six-part series where experts in their fields will discuss new and innovative ways to help seniors age at home. Presented by Fortified Life in collaboration with the Waterloo Public Library. 

March 14 | Aging Safely in Your Home

10 am - 11 am | Meeting Room AB

April 11 | Aging Safely in Your Home - Deeper Dive

10 am - 11 am | Meeting Room AB

May 9 | Technology for Success

10 am - 11 am | Meeting Room AB

June 13 | Why Technology Can Help Aid in Successful Aging

10 am - 11 am | Meeting Room AB

July 11 | Lifestyle Design on Your Terms

10 am - 11 am | Meeting Room AB

August 8 | Lifestyle Design on Your Terms - Deeper Dive

10 am - 11 am | Meeting Room AB

The Master Gardeners from Iowa State University Extension and Outreach are back for a five-part gardening series to share what's new in lawns, landscaping, flower trends, and raising happy urban chickens. No registration required.

March 21

6 pm - 7:30 pm

Meeting Room AB

No Mow May, or May-be Not

Should I or shouldn't I? Hear the pros and cons of letting it grow. 

April 4

6 pm - 7:30 pm

Meeting Room AB

Backyard Transformations

Make your backyard the envy of the neighborhood with these tips and tricks from the experts.

April 18

6 pm - 7:30 pm

Meeting Room AB

What's New in Backyard Landscaping

From patios to pergolas, get the trends on backyard building.

April 25

6 pm - 7:30 pm

Meeting Room AB

Peace, Love, and Keeping Urban Chickens

Get the scoop on the coop! Learn how to raise happy city chickens.

May 2

6 pm - 7:30 pm

Meeting Room AB

What's New in the Greenhouse 2023 with Heidi Tietz-Desilva

Everyone's favorite florist, Heidi Tietz-DeSilva, will share 2023's flower trends.

Visit the library to search billions of genealogy documents, including census, military, probate, immigration, birth, and death records. This resource is only available for use in the library. Visit the library to learn more.

Recurring Events

March 3

10 am - 12 pm

Meeting Room AB

Join us on the first Friday of the month to catch a new release (or classic film) on the big screen. Popcorn and soda are provided free of charge.

This month's movie is Where the Crawdads Sing (2022).

Sponsored by Friends of the Waterloo Public Library.

March 5

3 pm - 4 pm

Meeting Room AB

Children, fifth grade and younger, and their families are invited to see what they can build at this monthly event. We provide the theme and the Legos, your child provides the imagination.

This month's theme is Animals

All creations will be on display for one month in the library. Legos will be provided by the library, so please do not bring your own.

March 14

5:30 pm - 7:30 pm

Meeting Room AB

Enjoy a family-friendly evening with a movie, popcorn, and drinks! Every second Tuesday of the month.

This month's title is: Vivo

Age group: Youth, Families

This event is sponsored by the Friends of the Waterloo Public Library.

March 19

3 pm - 4 pm

Meeting Room AB

Come join us for these family-friendly events with STEM-themed stations where you'll be able to test the latest gadgetry and so much more!

No registration is required.

Evening Family Storytime

March 27

6:30 pm - 7 pm

Storytime corner

Can't make it to any daytime storytimes? Join us for a special evening family storytime.

March 28

5:30 pm - 7:30 pm

Meeting Room AB

Board game enthusiasts wanted! Whether you're a seasoned veteran or new to the world of board games, stop by to play old classics or new favorites, or bring your own to show the group. We will also have our growing list of games for patrons to check out on hand! "Shall we play a game?"

Book Clubs

March 13

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 every month to discuss a selected fiction or nonfiction title. We'll read anything and everything!

We will be discussing The Night Watchman by Louise Erdrich.

To participate, email Anderson at landerson@waterloopubliclibrary.org at least one day before the event. Virtual meeting details to follow registration.

March 22

5:30 pm - 6:30 pm 

SingleSpeed Brewing, Waterloo

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 SingleSpeed Brewing Co. in Waterloo on the fourth Wednesday of each month.

We will be discussing Throne of Glass by Sarah J Maas.

To participate, please email Sarah at ssellers@waterloopubliclibrary.org.

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 Hoopla.com.

Hive Workshops

March 9 | DIY Clay Pendants

5:30 pm - 7 pm | The Hive Main Room

In this workshop, embellish a simple clay pendant with paint and/or stamped letters to create a one-of-a-kind statement piece, a perfect enhancement to your favorite chain. Participants will leave with instructions to make their own clay at home. Registration is required.

March 20 | Knitting & Crocheting Drop-in

6 pm - 8 pm | The Hive Main Room

Come relax and work on making something cozy with others who are interested in the fiber arts! There won't be any formal instruction or specific projects to work on, but a volunteer will be on hand to help with questions.

March 29 | Cell Phone or Tablet Pillow

11 am - 1 pm | The Hive Main Room

Participants can learn basic sewing skills, such as using a sewing machine, accurate ways to measure, mark, and cut fabric, and some basic sewing tips. This inexpensive stand can be made to fit a cell phone or tablet.

Participants will need to bring: A fat quarter of material in a pattern of your choosing. All other materials will be supplied.

Participants are welcome to stay afterward starting at 1 pm to work on other sewing projects. Registration is required.

March 24 | Apple Device Help

11:00 am - 12:30 pm | Conference Room

Questions about your Apple products? This class is an open time to ask any tech questions you might have about your iPhone or iPad. Join us for this Q&A-style class where you'll get the answers you need! Registration is required.

Age group: Adult

March 30 | Computer Basics

2 pm - 3:30 pm | Conference Room

If you’re new to technology or just feel like you need a refresher on basic skills, this class is for you! This course will provide you with a solid introduction to computers and give you tips and tricks to help you effectively navigate your computer or laptop. Registration is required.

Age group: Adults

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