The Iowa City Public Library’s Thursday preschool storytime will move to a special location on October 1.

The Library has partnered with the Iowa City Parks and Recreation Department to host Pioneer Storytime and Picnic Lunch at the historic log cabins at Upper City Park, 200 East Park Road, from 10:30 a.m. to noon.

The program will include stories, pioneer crafts and learning about Iowa City history. Parents and caregivers are encouraged to bring lunch for themselves and their children to enjoy an outdoor picnic.

The two cabins are commemorative efforts by the Old Settlers' Association of Johnson County to celebrate the city’s pioneer heritage. The single-room cabin, constructed in 1889, was originally built as an exhibit for Johnson County's Semi-Centennial. It was moved to City Park in 1918. The double log cabin, or dogtrot log house, is a replica of Iowa City's John Gilbert Trading Post. It was built with hewn oak logs in 1913.

Both cabins were added to the National Register of Historic Places in 2013. The City plans to launch a three-phase total restoration project once funding is secured.

For more information about the restoration project, contact Joyce Carroll, Iowa City Parks and Recreation Program Supervisor, at joyce-carroll@iowa-city.org or 319-356-5100.

For more information about the pioneer storytime program, contact the Library 319-356-5200.

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Tuesday, September 22, 2015

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