What's Happening at Your Library

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February 2

5 pm - 7 pm

Library Basement

Public Sale

February 4

9 am - 2 pm

Library Basement

The Friends of the Waterloo Public Library $5-a-Bag Book Sale brings you the best deal in town. If you love books, this sale is for you! We supply the bags; you fill them up!

Please note, the basement will be closed the Monday following this sale, so Friends have the opportunity to tidy up.

All proceeds benefit library events and programming.

*Memberships will be sold at the door! Yearly memberships are as little as $15. Seniors may purchase a membership for $10.

Every Saturday In February

10:30 am - 11:00 am | Storytime Corner

Join us for a Black History Month-themed storytime for children of all ages and their caregivers Saturday mornings during February. Each week, a different guest reader will share their favorite stories!

Age group: families

February 7

6 pm - 8 pm | Meeting Room AB

Local business owner and author of Puffy Hair Everywhere, Sharlonda Roorda, will be presenting this inclusive program for families of all types to empower caregivers with the knowledge they need to care for and celebrate their children's hair and culture! Pizza and beverages will be provided. Registration is required.

February 12

3 pm - 4 pm | Meeting Room AB

Calling all Dragons! "Wings of Fire" fans are invited to a party that celebrates this best-selling series. Enjoy dragon-themed crafts, play games, and enjoy a snack.

Age group: 4th & 5th grade

February 14 & February 28

10 am -11 am | Cedar Valley SportsPlex

The Waterloo Public Library and Cedar Valley SportsPlex will host a Community Walk and Talk!

You are invited to exercise your mind and body by participating in a two-part book discussion of The Boys in the Boat by Daniel James Brown while working towards your step goals on the Cedar Valley SportsPlex’s track. Members and nonmembers are welcome.

Registration is required. To sign-up, please email Miranda at mcanfield@waterloopubliclibrary.org

Once registered, you'll receive more details. A limited number of copies of The Boys in the Boat are available for checkout at the Waterloo Public Library. You may also download a digital copy from Libby.

Visit the 2nd floor of the library during the month of February to view a traveling exhibit from the African American Museum of Iowa. The "Iowa Civil Rights" exhibit explores the struggles and triumphs of the fight for equal rights. This exhibit features Alexander Clark, the man who helped desegregate Iowa schools, and Edna Griffin, the woman who led sit-ins at the Katz Drugstore in Des Moines.

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Recurring Events

February 5

3 pm - 4 pm

Meeting Room AB

Lego Lab @ the Library is back! 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 Something You Love

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.

February 7

6 pm - 7 pm

Conference Room

Join us for another Choose Your Own Adventure Read-Aloud Book Club! Starting October 4, the book club will meet twice a month to hear a story read aloud, where the group will choose which path to take along the way.

Sign up is easy:

To join in on the fun, register with the following link:



After registration, we’ll send participants more details regarding the club.

February 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 Harriet (2019).

Sponsored by Friends of the Waterloo Public Library.

February 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: The Bad Guys

Age group: Youth, Families

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

Every Third Sunday

February 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

February 27

6:30 pm - 7 pm

Storytime corner

Can't make it to any daytime storytimes? Join us for an evening family storytime every fourth Monday of the month through March 27!

February 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 Club

February 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 Crying in H Mart by Michelle Zauner.

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

February 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 The Rook by Daniel O'Malley.

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

February 9 | Puff Ball Bouquet

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

Make a DIY bouquet out of yarn puff balls using yarn, bamboo sticks, and floral tape! Registration is required and limited to 10 participants. Register here.

February 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.

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