Join Iowa City Public Library as we celebrate all things musical with Music is the Word. This special series of programming, to continue through May 2016, welcomes the University of Iowa School of Music building to downtown Iowa City. Here’s what’s happening in January:

2 to 4 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 3, in Meeting Room A: Sing-Along – “Frozen.” Does the weather have you down? Let it go with today’s sing-along!

7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 5, at the Robert A. Lee Recreation Center Gymnastics Room: Yahoo Drummers. This Family Drumming Session at the Robert A. Lee Recreation Center will have families exploring and playing percussion instruments from all over the world. No fee; no registration required.

Noon to 1 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 13, in the Lobby: Music on Wednesday @ICPL with Deb Singer. Since 1980, Deb Singer has shared her passion for music and movement with the Iowa City community. A perennial favorite at ICPL Storytimes, local preschools, and other events for the "under 5 crowd, Singer also shares her joy in music through her performance with the world music band Kol Shira. Stop by to listen to Singer play some of her classical guitar favorites.

10:30 to 11 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 14, in Meeting Room A: Preschool Storytime – West Music’s Sing and Play and Learn Today. West Music will lead a special musical preschool storytime. Stop by to learn some new songs, and have a great time singing, dancing and playing together.

7 to 9 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 14, in Meeting Room A: Documentary – “Keep on Keepin’ On.” This documentary follows jazz legend Clark Terry’s mentorship of 23-year-old blind piano prodigy Justin Kauflin. 84 min (2014)

Noon to 1 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 20, in Meeting Room A: Lunch talk – German POWs Making Music in Iowa during the Second World War. Join Kelsey Kramer, a doctorate student in musicology at the University of Iowa, for this informative presentation. Kramer also is a staff member at the UI Center for Human Rights.

10:30 to 11 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 21, in Meeting Room A: Preschool Storytime with Marc Falk. Marc Falk, a music professor at Coe College and founder of Iowa City's Outdoor Adventure Camps, will present a concert of fun and interactive music for kids and parents.

2 to 3 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 23, at The Englert Theatre: Family Concert – Jim Gill. Jim Gill is an award-winning musician, picture book author and child development specialist. Get ready to sing, dance and play at this free family concert at the historic Englert.

7 to 8 p.m. Monday, Jan. 25, in Meeting Room A: Dali Quartet – String Quartet Residency Program Concert. The Dalí Quartet’s captivating performances of traditional string quartet and Latin-American repertoire create an extraordinary concert experience that takes listeners on an eclectic journey of rhythm and sound.

2 to 3 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 30, in Meeting Room A: Family Concert – Awful Purdies. The Awful Purdies are an eclectic quintet of female multi-instrumentalists who take turns stepping up as songwriter and lead singer.

For more information, visit or call the Library at 319-356-5200.

Date of publication

Monday, January 04, 2016