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ICPL Teen Instagram Scavenger Hunt

by on May 31st, 2016

Have you all signed up for the Teen Summer Reading Program? Because you should. The grand prizes are awesome.

One way to earn a point for the Summer Reading Program is to participate in our Instagram Scavenger Hunt! Post pictures of 10 of the following items:

  1. A yearbook from the year you were born
  2. A bicycle repair book from the Adult Nonfiction section
  3. A library book with a battle on the cover
  4. A library book with people kissing on the cover
  5. Your favorite book from the library
  6. A CD you like in our music collection
  7. A shelfie (a picture of your bookshelves)
  8. A library card in a strange place
  9. You with your library card
  10. A posted rule in the library
  11. Your favorite piece of the Art-to-Go collection
  12. A recipe from one of our cookbooks
  13. your favorite movie from our DVD collection
  14. someone reading in a park
  15. A #bookface selfie (look it up if you don’t know what I’m talking about!)
  16. A librarian flexing his/her muscles
  17. A selfie with your favorite library staff member
  18. A librarian with a copy of a book they’ve been meaning to read
  19. You or a friend eating fruit
  20. You or a friend looking cool in sunglasses
  21. You or a friend on a bike
  22. You or a friend performing a skateboard trick
  23. You or a friend picking up trash to throw away
  24. A newspaper headline from your birthday
  25. You or a friend listening to an audiobook

Tag those images using #ICPLteens and #ICPLscavengerhunt and let Brian, Lillie, or me (Allie) know what your username is so we can see your awesome pictures!  Every participant will be entered into a drawing for a super neat prize at the end of the summer!

ICPL and Iowa City Parks and Rec present Wellness Wednesdays

by on May 31st, 2016

The Iowa City Public Library and the Iowa City Parks and Recreation Department have teamed up to create Wellness Wednesdays as part of this year’s Summer Reading Program – On Your Mark, Get Set … Read!WellnessWednesday

Beginning June 8 and continuing through July 27, Wellness Wednesdays will take place from 1 to 2 p.m. at either the Library or the Robert A. Lee Community Recreation Center, with programs focusing on healthy lifestyles for students in kindergarten through third grade. Join us as we explore all the ways we can live well!

June 8: Swimming
Bring your suits and towels to the Robert A. Lee Community Recreation Center pool where we will learn the benefits of swimming to help us live a healthy lifestyle!

June 15: Martial Arts
Join us at the Robert A. Lee Community Recreation Center as we learn what martial arts are all about. Be prepared to try some new moves!

June 22: Yoga
We’ll meet in Meeting Room A at the Library to learn about yoga and practice basic poses.

June 29: Dance
It’s a Dance Party at the Robert A. Lee Community Recreation Center! Come move along to the music and learn how dancing can lead to a healthy life!

July 6: A Stress-Free Me
Join us in Meeting Room A at the Library as we learn about meditation, coloring, stretching and mindfulness for kids.

July 13: Relay Races
Get ready to tackle our relay races at the Robert A. Lee Community Recreation Center.

July 20: Healthy Eating
Join us in Meeting Room A at the Library as we try different healthy snacks and why we need to learn to eat healthy.

July 27: Zumba
Today is all about learning the benefits of Zumba! Join us at the Robert A. Lee Community Recreation Center as we learn to move to a healthy beat.

The Iowa City Public Library Summer Reading Program will be held May 31 through July 31; registration begins May 31. Patrons can either register in-person at the Library or online at srp.icpl.org.

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

Checking out some bookmobiles

by on May 27th, 2016

We knew a bookmobile could help us further expand library services beyond downtown, but some of us (including me) had never set foot in one!  Over the past year, ICPL staff members have visited several bookmobiles to get a feel for these moving libraries that fit DVDs, magazines, and books for all ages in the size of a bus.

Inside the Scott County Library System bookmobileI’ve been impressed by how bright and inviting bookmobiles can be. Some have cozy wooden shelves like the Ames Public Library’s, and others have modern-looking metal shelving that can be easily adjusted like one bookmobile we saw in the Chicago area.  Many use creative ways to keep small things like board books and music CDs from flying around while driving, some stagger materials for different ages so that taller people can browse behind children looking at the lower shelves, and they all do their best to maximize every last square inch in the space.  (If you like to daydream about tiny houses like me, here’s a variation!)

I had the pleasure of seeing the Scott County Library System’s bookmobile in Eldridge, Iowa last weekend.  Their two-year-old Bluebird-style bookmobile travels throughout the county to residential neighborhoods, parks, gas stations, a farmers market, a swimming pool, a shopping mall, and even a baseball diamond!  They enjoy being out on the road and getting to know the people at each stop.

scottco_bookmobileThis was a meeting of the Midwest Bookmobile Alliance, a group composed of mainly Iowa bookmobiles that includes the Antelope Lending Library, Scott County, Ames Public Library, and now us.  I received some great advice from Cassi and Braeden of the Antelope Lending Library and Cathy of Scott County about all the little details that go into organizing and operating a bookmobile.  We talked about back-up cameras, picking up holds on the bookmobile, climate control, tips for getting a bookmobile un-stuck in the snow, and much more, including Antelope‘s expanded summer schedule in Iowa City.  I shared my dream of broadcasting music from ICPL’s bookmobile like an ice cream truck, and Cathy said their old bookmobile did play calliope music!  Everyone hated it.  :)

We’re excited to be preparing for a mobile library branch that will get out to where you are!   Did you grow up with a bookmobile?  Share with us what you loved about it!

Overdrive Tips: Pick a Winner

by on May 27th, 2016

Sometimes when I’ve just finished a book in Overdrive, I’m at a total loss for what to start next.  CaptureIf you are on the ball, you have been collecting titles in your wish list.  If not, here is one technique I often use: search for award winners.  To do this:

  1.  Click on “advanced search” in the upper right.
  2.  On the advanced search page, click the “all awards” drop down to pick the list.  I’ve been using “Notable Books for Adults” recently and found some things that I enjoyed.
  3.  You might also want to check the “show only items that are available to save some time

Good Luck!

I Found Spot, Can You?

by on May 26th, 2016

Henry Cole has written and illustrated over 50 books for children including Big Bug, and Unspoken. His most recent delves into the realm of eye spy. Spot, The Cat is a wonderful wordless romp through a quaint urban setting. Readers follow and find a cat appropriately named Spot as he weaves his way through town. Parents and children will have a delightfully difficult time discovering the errant Spot and his pursuant owner.

 

 

Memorial Day Observances

by on May 26th, 2016

Memorial_Day-026Memorial Day is always the last Monday in May, and provides us the opportunity to remember and honor those who have died in service to the United States of America.

According to the U. S Department of Veterans Affairs, Memorial Day originated as Decoration Day and was established several years after the Civil War ended by an organization of Union veterans.  The practice of decorating graves with flowers and flags dates to this time.  After World War I, this day of remembrance was expanded to include veterans lost in all American wars.  In 1971 the U. S. Congress declared Memorial Day to be a national holiday.  In 2000, Congress passed the “National Moment of Remembrance Act” which encourages citizens to pause wherever they are at 3:00 pm local time on Memorial Day “to observe a National Moment of Remembrance to honor the men and women of the United States who died in the pursuit of freedom and peace”.

In Iowa City, there are three Memorial Day observances:

  • Ceremony to honor soldiers and sailors lost at sea will be held on the bridge on Park Road, off N. Dubuque Street, at 8:30 a.m.
  • Celebration at Oakland Cemetery, 1000 Brown Street, beginning at 9:30 a.m., sponsored by the Grand Army of the Republic, American Legion Post 17 and Auxiliary, and the Johnson County Military Affairs Association, and Iowa City Parks and Recreation (see their website for more details).  In case of rain, the ceremony will be moved to Opstad Auditorium at City High School, 1900 Morningside Drive.
  • Memorial Day Service will be held at Memory Gardens Cemetery, 2600 Muscatine Avenue, at 11:00 a.m., by the Johnson County Military Affairs Association with American Legion Post 17.

In Coralville, there will be a service at Oak Hill Cemetery, First Avenue north of I-80, beginning at 11:15 a.m. by the Coralville American Legion and Color Guard.  In case of rain, it will be moved to Coralville American Legion, 901 2nd Street, at 11:30 a.m.

ICPL to Host Teen Summer Book Club

by on May 26th, 2016

Attention teens, the Iowa City Book Club has a book club just for you as part of the On Your Mark, Get Set … Read Summer Reading Program.

Our first book, An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir, appeared on the New York Times best-seller list. It tells the story of Laia, a Scholar living under the iron-fisted rule of the Martial Empire. When her brother is arrested for treason, Laia goes undercover as a slave at the empire’s greatest military academy in exchange for assistance from rebel Scholars who claim that they will help to save her brother from execution.

A limited number of copies are available for check out from the Information Desk on the Library’s second floor. Pick up a copy today and be sure to come to the discussion from 2 to 3 p.m. Tuesday, June 28.

Our second book was a National Book Award Finalist: Nimona by Noelle Stevenson. Nimona is an impulsive young shape shifter with a knack for villainy. Lord Ballister Blackheart is a villain with a vendetta. As sidekick and supervillain, Nimona and Lord Blackheart are about to wreak some serious havoc. Their mission: prove to the kingdom that Sir Ambrosius Goldenloin and his buddies at the Institution of Law Enforcement and Heroics aren’t the heroes everyone thinks they are.

We will discuss Nimona from 2 to 3 p.m. on Tuesday, July 26. A limited number of copies are available for check out from the Information Desk on the Library’s second floor.

The Teen Summer Book Club is for students in grades 7 through 12, including teens who will start seventh grade in the fall. Meetings will be held in the Koza Family Teen Center on the Library’s second floor.

For more information, contact the Library at 319-356-5200.

Self-check user?

by on May 25th, 2016

If you are a self-check user you are in the majority of people who use the library to check out materials.  This year, Jan.-May 72% of items checked out have gone through the self-check machines.  This is an increase of about 1% from last year and 35% from the first year of use. We are on our 3rd or 4th generation of self-check equipment and each time it  becomes more intuitive and user friendly.  The newest one in the Children’s’ room even talks to you!

There are 4 stations on the 1st floor by the entrance/exit, 2 in the Children’s room, and 1 on the 2nd floor by the Info desk. The addition of these machines has made the experience of checking out materials so streamlined we have almost eliminated the sometimes very long lines that those of us who have been around here forever remember not so fondly.

Currently you can renew materials, see and pay fines as well as check out items.  If you are interested in learning to use them, staff at any of the service desks would be happy to provide assistance.

Try them out sometime,  they are pretty slick!

1846: Iowa City

by on May 25th, 2016

newhallWhat was Iowa City like 170 years ago? To get an idea, we can turn to John B. Newhall, author of A Glimpse of Iowa in 1846*. In this work, he states that one couldn’t help but think of Saint-Omer in France and he “speaks as an eye-witness.” I do not believe Newhall in this. He was a noted salesman in his day and his product was Iowa. He wrote a number of books and he lectured both on the east coast and in England proclaiming the wonders of the new state (or territory depending on the publication date of the book).

Despite what Iowa diarist T.S. Parvin calls “too flowery” of language, Newhall is extremely useful in providing a directory for the city in 1846. He lists sellers of dry goods, doctors, mills, schools, churches, and newspapers. For our purposes, Iowa City had two coffee houses, one owned by Charles Frink and the other by R. C. Keathy. Lawyers included G. Folsom, M. Reno, and W. Penn Clark. There was one insurance company.

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We Can Code at ICPL

by on May 25th, 2016

The Iowa City Public Library is pleased to present We Can Code, a workshop for teens to explore the basics of computer programming and web development in a self-paced, example-driven, supportive environment.

We Can Code will be held from 1 to 3 p.m. in the Library’s Computer Lab on the second floor every Wednesday, beginning June 1 and continuing through Aug. 17. The workshop is open to teens in grades 7 through 12, including students who will start seventh grade in the fall.

For more information, contact the Library at 319-356-5200.





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