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The Week in Social 5/31 - 6/4

June 08, 2021

The Week in Social rounds up the best of Iowa’s uplifting stories, exciting initiatives and fun events from all 99 counties discovered through social media. In a time where every bit of good news is cherished, this series is devoted to being a fun, lighthearted way to stay informed about Iowa’s good news.


One of Iowa City Public Library’s (ICPL) best services is making a comeback this summer — the Bookmobile! The Bookmobile carries a collection of new and popular books, as well as DVDs. Any book that belongs in ICPL’s collection can be checked out by placing a hold and requesting a pickup at the Bookmobile.

The Bookmobile will travel around Iowa City and surrounding areas until August 20. Those who wish to go onto the Bookmobile may do so to browse for books for five minutes at a time. Masks and social distancing will be required.


Coffee is a great mood-booster, but Chris James and his 11-year-old pug, Sooshie, are spreading smiles with more than just their coffee. James’ business, Buffalo Brew Coffee Roasting, hand-delivers its coffee to customers in the Des Moines area from the back of James’ bicycle.

In addition to the coffee beans, James loads up Sooshie into a compartment in the back. Sooshie is blind and has trouble moving her hind legs, but she loves the attention customers give her, as well as the chance to be outside and enjoy the summer weather.

“Getting outdoors, enjoying the sunshine, being with Sooshie, waving to the neighbors. It’s a great time!” James said. Those interested in picking up a bag or two can find more info on Buffalo Brew Coffee Roasting’s Roastmaster Collection page.


The Prometheus Awards are the Technology Association of Iowa’s way of celebrating Iowa technology companies in the most extravagant way possible. On November 4, Iowa’s biggest names in tech will gather to celebrate the most important accomplishments of the state’s technology innovators. Nominations for awards just opened, with categories like “Creative Technology Solution of the Year,” “Startup of the Year,” “Emerging Technology Leader of the Year” and many more.

Know a person or company worth nominating? Help them get recognized for their work.


Catch Des Moines, the travel entity for Iowa’s capital city, provides fantastic lists and resources for exploring the Des Moines area. Its latest list is the Best Vegetarian Options in Greater Des Moines. The insider’s guide features 12 delectable restaurants that serve vegetarian and vegan fare. Some of the spots on this list serve almost exclusively vegan and vegetarian, while others offer traditional meat options as well. Whether you’re in the mood for sushi, Mexican, plant-based burgers or sweets, this list has it all.


Residents of the Quad Cities are in for a special treat over the next few days — Museum Week! QC Museum Week provides 10 opportunities for free admission, as well as exclusive exhibits and tours, special discounts and other deals at 14 local museums in the Quad Cities area. Want to plan your week out and select which museums to visit? View the Quad Cities Museum Week schedule and calendar of events to find out what’s happening at each museum.

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