Responding to COVID-19 in our community

Updated March 18, 10:30 a.m.

Because of the COVID-19 situation, isolation is our new normal. The City of Literature offices are closed, though we all are working from home. Please do not mail any time-sensitive items to our office, because mail delivery has been suspended to our building until April 13.

The City of Literature organization has no pending events until MusicIC in June, and at this point we are moving forward with planning with the expectation these events will happen as scheduled. But things are fluid, and this may change.

We are exploring ways to provide you some entertainment and enlightenment through online channels, so please check in with our Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram where we will share our ideas and those of others to get us all through this trying time.

In the meantime, we wanted to share some information about what is open and what isn’t in our local literary and cultural community.


The Iowa City Public Library is closed effective Sunday, March 15. “If you have materials that are due, we invite you to keep them for now. We will be suspending current fines, and due dates will be extended to May 4.”

The Coralville Public Library is closed through April 12. Due dates are extended through April 15. Librarians are still at work. Call or email us!

The North Liberty Community Library, as well as the Community Center, are closed and programs and events have been cancelled. The closure and cancellations are scheduled through Sunday, April 12.


Captain’s Book Shoppe  is open.

The Haunted Bookshop is closed and will not open its doors again before April 1. “We will be reviewing the possibility of making in-area deliveries, and if we move forward with that, we’ll explain what precautions we’ll take.”

Prairie Lights Books “As a temporary measure Prairie Lights bookstore and café will be open from from 10 Am to 6 PM. The café  will be serving take out only.  Watch our website for any future changes in hours. During this difficult time we want to help all of you get the books you are looking for.   We are therefore offering curbside pick-up for those of you who would prefer not to come into the store.  You can call us at 319-337-2681 to arrange for that, or you can order online.

Sidekick Books and Coffee has closed. “We will miss seeing you but need to do our part to flatten the curve. Stay well!”

Downtown Cultural Organizations

The Englert Theatre will immediately suspend public events from now through Wednesday, April 8. “We hope to fully reopen on Thursday, April 9th, pending the situation at that time.”

FilmScene will temporarily close its two locations effective Monday, March 16 through Thursday, April 2.

The Iowa Writers’ House is moving its classes online with from now until end of May

Public Space One has closed temporarily. “To support the health of our community, all public events are cancelled or postponed through at least April 5.”

Riverside Theatre has temporarily ceased operations. “We are continuing to monitor the situation and a determination will be made at a later date for future scheduled public performances.”

We will attempt to keep this post up to date, but please do contact the above organizations before making any plans to be sure you have the most recent information available.

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