Bookmobile Update

by on June 22nd, 2017

2017-06-bookmobile-lemmeCONNECT … ENGAGE … ENRICH! Bookmobile services are in full swing and we are connecting with our community in new ways, engaging new readers and community partners and enriching lives. It is heartwarming to experience the welcome we’ve received throughout our community.

We’re connecting with new populations in many of the neighborhoods we’re serving. Recently teachers from Lemme Elementary met us at a stop. Not only did they provide popsicles, but also encouraged the students to find their friends and make sure they came out to the Bookmobile (see picture). At the end of the stop, everyone had Library materials, a book bag, and a wallet attached to their book bag that held their Library card. We can’t wait to go back this week!

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Read with Pride: Celebrating LGBTQ+ with Children’s Lit

by on June 21st, 2017

Every June I am happy to see the wonderful and fun ways that Iowa City celebrates the LGBTQ+ community. I feel very fortunate to live in a progressive and diverse city that is frequently recognized for its equality and inclusion year round, but even more so during the week of Iowa City Pride. For example, did you know that Iowa City scored a perfect 100 on the annual index by the Human Rights Campaign?  This recognizes cities that excel at creating legislation for relationship equality, nondiscrimination in employment, fairness to LGBT city employees, and other areas which are paramount to the LGBT community, and citizens at large.

This month of Pride was celebrated in the Children’s Room with a display showcasing some of our favorite picture and chapter books for children that celebrate LGBTQ+ families and young individuals as well as sharing some more fun facts about Iowa City’s supportive community, such as the university’s role–the University of Iowa was home to the first nationally recognized college LGBTQ organization in 1970, the group now known as Spectrum UI. Stop by the small display case in the Children’s Room during the remainder of June to read more about equality in Iowa City and more LGBTQ+ titles you can borrow from the library.

this-dayThis Day in June by Gayle E. Pitman

This colorful picture book illustrates a pride parade and provides a reading guide chock-full of facts about LGBT history and culture, as well as a ‘Note to Parents and Caregivers’ with information on how to talk to children about sexual orientation and gender identity in age-appropriate ways. The illustrations in this books are filled with detail, and very much has the spirit of the Pride parade here!

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Stella Brings the Family by Miriam B. Schiffer stella

Stella’s class is preparing for Mother’s Day. She is feeling anxious because she doesn’t have a mother — Stella has two dads instead, plus an assortment of other relatives, but no mom. This adorable picture book shows Stella’s solution!

george-smallGeorge by Alex Gino 

George may look like a boy and her family and classmates may treat her like a boy, but she knows she’s really a girl. When her fourth grade class performs the theater production of Charlotte’s Web and she is denied her desired role because of her gender, she teams up with a good friend who makes her realize the importance of being yourself and feeling comfortable in your own skin.

Home at Last by Vera B. Williams hom

After Lester is adopted by Daddy Albert and Daddy Rich, he develops a big problem—he can’t fall asleep. A poignant, apt, and significant picture book about fear, adoption, family, and the joy of fatherhood, written by award-winning author Vera B. Williams and illustrated in collaboration with two-time Caldecott Medalist Chris Raschka.

 

The Most Dangerous Place on Earth by Lindsey Lee Johnson

by on June 20th, 2017
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Lindsey Lee Johnson’s The Most Dangerous Place on Earth is everything you want a summer read to be. It’s fast-paced, full of drama, and you can’t put the book down. The novel weaves the story of a group of wealthy high school juniors in a San Franciscan suburb, all tied in some way to a tragic event that occurred when they were in eighth grade. Fast-forward to junior year, their idealistic new teacher, Molly Nicoll, strives to connect with them. She wants to share her love of A Room of One’s Own and The Great Gatsby. She wants to foster a passion for learning. She wants to understand them and for her students to Read the rest of this entry »

Father’s Day at the Library

by on June 18th, 2017

It’s Father’s Day and we are celebrating all of our dynamite dads at the library. We’ve put our favorite books about all kinds of fathers on display in the Children’s Room. Come in to the library to check these out and stop in for our Sunday Funday at 2pm to make a Father’s Day craft.

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Late Night at ICPL on June 24

by on June 14th, 2017

Were you one of those kids who stayed up late reading under the covers with a flashlight? If the answer is yes, Late Night at the Library is for you!

The Iowa City Public Library will stay open until 10 p.m. on Saturday, June 24, in conjunction with the Downtown Iowa City Block Party. All Library services will be available during our late operating hours, including computer use and checkouts. We also have a few special activities planned.

Old School Gaming, 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. in Meeting Room D.

We’ll have some of your favorite games from yesteryear, including Super Mario Bros, so brush off old grudges and finally settle that videogame dispute with your best from the early 2000s, if not sooner. This event is free for all participants.

Super Smash Bros Tournament, 7 to 9 p.m. in Meeting Room A.

Winner takes all, and a Downtown District gift card, in this Super Smash Bros for Nintendo Wii U battle. Registration begins at 7 p.m. The tournament begins at 7:30 p.m. Participation is free.

I SPY @IC Library, 7 to 9 p.m. in the Library Lobby.

Explore our collection like never before with our first-ever ICPL scavenger hunt! Form a team and be the first to solve all our clues, recording your answers on your smartphone. This is the one time a librarian can’t help, so we hope you’re up to the challenge!

I SPY is a fundraiser for the ICPL Friends Foundation. Participation is $5 per person with the winning team receiving a Downtown District gift card. Register your team at 7 p.m. in the Library Lobby; the hunt begins promptly at 7:30 p.m.

For more information about Late Night at the Library, call 319-356-5200. For more information about the Downtown Iowa City Block Party, visit downtowniowacity.com.

Pajama Storytime Returns!

by on June 12th, 2017

Would you love to bring your children to storytimes at ICPL but don’t have time during the morning? Have no fear, Pajama Storytime is here! Stop by the children’s storytime room from 6:30-7:00 on the second and fourth Monday of the month in June, July and August where we will be getting roudy and loud before we settle back down for bed. Pajamas are encouraged and stuffed friends, blankets and pillows are all welcome to attend this special evening program!

 

Pajama Storytime is designed with the whole family in mind, babies, toddlers and older siblings are all welcome.

Learn How to Build a Better World

by on June 9th, 2017
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In conjunction with this year’s summer reading program, “Build a Better World,” read about ways people have made the world a better place, how you can help right now, and the possibilities of the future.

Since witnessing the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, J. J. Keki has been working with his neighbors of different religions to coexist peacefully and grow coffee together. By focusing on what unites them, instead of what divides them, this village has created an example of religious tolerance and harmony for the world. Read about it in Growing Peace by Richard Sobol.

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ICPL, IYWP to offer fantasy writing summer workshops

by on June 9th, 2017

The Iowa City Public Library has teamed up with the Iowa Youth Writing Project to offer two writing camps for teens this summer.

Worlds Away: Fantasy Writing

June 26 through June 30, 1 to 3 p.m. in Room D at the Iowa City Public Library

Teens who love stories of fantasy, folklore and mythology are invited to attend a week of world building and creativity with World Away: Fantasy Writing. Participants will make maps of new lands, write spells, discuss the finer points of magical creatures, dream up characters emerging into wild and mysterious predicaments, and turn the everyday scenes of Iowa City into enchanting and unfamiliar settings.

Choose Your Own Adventure: Writing and Designing Interactive Stories

July 17 through July 21, 1 to 4 p.m. in the Computer Lab at the Iowa City Public Library

If you’ve ever wanted to write a story that gives readers the freedom to seek their own destiny, this is the camp for you. We’ll explore the basics of choose-your-own-adventure storytelling and learn how to use free online tools to help organize and visually map multi-thread narratives. Students will create their own interactive adventure stories and turn them into digital, playable products.

Both camps are open to teens ages 13 through 18. Camps are free to attend, but registration is required. To register, visit iywp.org/programs/summer-programs and click on the registration button below the program description of the camp you wish to attend.

The Iowa Youth Writing Project is a non-profit outreach collective founded by University of Iowa Writers’ Workshop graduates in 2010 that aims to join Iowa City’s unique literary heritage with Iowa’s larger community by empowering, inspiring, and educating Iowa’s youth through language arts and creative thinking. For more information, visit iywp.org.

For more information about the IYWP programs offered at ICPL, call the Library at 319-356-5200.

New Website Coming Soon

by on June 8th, 2017

Look for our new website on the morning of Tuesday, June 13th!

Some changes: New materials and links to digital content will now be highlighted on the front page. A big change will be the navigation menu, which will move from the side to along the top header area. The menu has also been reorganized. Along with this, each page has also been simplified to make it more readable.

We know a lot of people are using mobile devices to visit our site and so responsive design was also a large priority. The content has been designed to look good on phones, tablets, desktops computers, and everything in between.

We will continue working on improvements and will have a feedback form for comments, questions, and concerns as soon as we release. Questions before then? Feel free to contact us either through phone at (319) 356-5200 or online by chat or email on our Ask Us page.

New Website Image Screenshots – Desktop and Mobile versions, respectively:
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Be Crafty This Summer

by on June 8th, 2017

This is your reminder–ICPL’s Arts & Crafts Bazaar to benefit the Friends Foundation is less than six months away!  Summer is a great time to get started on your crafting donations.  Those messy spray paint or collage projects are much easier to clean up when done outside in nice weather.  Break up your staycation with a day trip to art fairs or a library visit (we have a fabulous collection) to get some inspiration.  Sewing an apron for your mother for her birthday?  Making a cornhole game to take to your family reunion?  Make two and donate one to us.

Be crafty…. and mark your calendar:  Saturday, December 2, 2017 is the sale date.