Annotated Editions of Classics

by on July 16th, 2018
Annotated Editions of Classics Cover Image

For all the Jane Austen fans out there who watch public television, MASTERPIECE has just announced that a multi-part dramatization of Sanditon is coming.  Sanditon was unfinished when Jane Austen died; the original story is contained in the Library’s copy of Lady Susan; The Watsons; Sanditon. The screenwriter for the miniseries is Andrew Davies (he also wrote the screenplay for the 1995 A&E version of Pride and Prejudice), and filming is scheduled to begin next spring.  Casting has not yet been announced.

While waiting to see this new miniseries, perhaps you can get your Jane Austen fix by checking out one of our annotated editions of her other titles. We have annotated editions for Emma; Persuasion; and Pride and Prejudice.

Annotated books typically provide the original text of the book on one half of each page, with the other half of the page devoted to notes on the text. The notes may be historical background, references to foreshadowing, definitions of obscure terms, or translations of foreign phrases. There may be pictures or photographs that add historical or modern context. The goal of most annotated books is to increase the reader’s understanding of the original text.

ICPL has a variety of annotated versions of popular literature. Do a keyword search for “annotated” in the catalog and you will see a list. The annotated editions usually are shelved with other works of literary criticism in the 800s on the second floor. (You will also find the CliffsNotes study guides of literary titles in the same place–sort of the opposite of an annotated edition.)  Please ask at the Information Desk if you have any questions.

I’m not sure I would want to read a novel for the first time in an annotated edition–I think the intended pace of the storyline would be severely compromised. But once the storyline is known, to go back and reread all of the illuminating details is a real treat.

Eating up some history

by on July 16th, 2018

Some years ago I was vacationing with my friend Carrie in Krakow, Poland, and we found ourselves having dinner in a restaurant called Wierzynek. It has been around since 1364. I honestly don’t remember the food being anything spectacular, but that has more to do with being a vegetarian choosing from a traditional Polish menu. What I do remember is being amazed by the idea of sitting in a place where people from all walks of life had come to eat for hundreds of years. Touching the same walls, going through the same doors, seeing the same city square and market hall that they saw–it’s some weird sort of time-travel. I’m still enthralled by moments like that, and get the same feeling when I’m at a place like Clinton St. Social Club, where you climb the steep, narrow stairs that people have used for over a hundred years, see the worn, geometric tile floors, the old brick walls and huge wooden beams. We still have a fair amount of old structures in downtown Iowa City, and I always enjoy being in them, wondering what they used to be, how they were used, what happened in them (did you know the Yacht Club was a mortuary? Same for just about every building in the pedmall block of E. College St, north side, at one time or another). I was having pizza at Flight the other night, looking out of their windows at the view of the old Jefferson Hotel and the tops of the other buildings on the street, wondering what had gone on in the space I was in.

Turns out, I work in one of the best places to find out that kind of information. Read the rest of this entry »

RAGBRAI Kids’ Art Contest on display

by on July 13th, 2018

Find the display outside of the Children’s Room

Are you looking forward to RAGBRAI as much as these kids?  Come see the twenty-six entries to the Kids’ Art Contest for Iowa City’s RAGBRAI stop, on display in the library through July 29.

To promote spirit during The Register’s Annual Great Bike Ride Across Iowa overnight stop in Iowa City on Friday, July 27, kids in grades K-5 were encouraged to capture the fun of RAGBRAI through original artwork on the “Book it to Iowa City” theme.

Iowa City’s winner: A.J. 4th Grade

A.J. won the Iowa City contest with this beautiful line drawing spattered with paint!  Vote for his piece in the statewide kid’s art contest.  The winner will receive a $350 prize.

No Bookmobile Service on Independence Day

by on July 3rd, 2018

The Iowa City Public Library Bookmobile will not be in service on Wednesday July 4th. The Downtown Library is also closed in honor of the holiday.

Bookmobile holiday hours are always available on the Library’s website.

Although the Bookmobile and Library are closed, online services are available 24/7 at www.icpl.org. This includes account access and, for those who live in our service area, access to ICPL’s Digital Library including eBooks, eAudiobooks, eMagazines, New York Times and Kanopy video streaming.

Speaking of 24/7 access – we know our community accesses services when we are closed. On Independence Day in 2017 there were 200 holds placed and 302 items renewed through our online catalog. Also on Independence Day 2017, 214 eAudiobooks and 272 eBooks were checked out. That’s a lot of reading for a holiday!

Happy Independence Day! We’ll see you back on the Bookmobile or at the Downtown Library on July 5th.

Using Multiple Cards with Libby

by on July 2nd, 2018
Screen shot showing how to add a name to a linked library card

Screen shot showing how to add a name to a linked library card. This is key if you are going to link more than one card.

One nice feature with Overdrive’s newer Libby app that is not available with the Overdrive App (as far as I know) is the ability to add multiple cards.  For example, if you have a family iPad, each family member can add his or her card.  All the titles appear together on your shelf.  When you check out new items, you can choose which  card to put them on.  However, there is one key step.  In order to distinguish between the cards, you have to rename each card as you put it in, otherwise they will all show up as a “linked card” which can lead to confusion.

Screenshot showing libby with 2 library cards linked.

Screenshot showing libby with 2 library cards linked. To use the second card, click the “use this card” link near the arrow.

All of the card management options appear under the “libby” icon in the upper right corner.  After you add a card, tap on the card and then under ‘actions”, choose “change name on card”.  Do this for each card you add.  Later when you go to checkout a new title you can choose which card you want.  See the screenshot at left.  One card is selected by default, but you can choose a different one.   I found this very confusing at first.  I didn’t realize that it was listing two cards. Also, on your shelf, if you have renamed both cards, you can click on each title to see which card it’s checked out under.

Summer Reading Program on the Bookmobile

by on June 21st, 2018

Bookmobile at Mercer ParkThe Summer Reading Program is in full swing on the ICPL Bookmobile and everyone is invited to participate. The first step is to sign-up at home or in-person on the Bookmobile. For those signing up at home who want to participate in the Summer Reading Program via the Bookmobile, choose “Bookmobile” as your branch when you register. So far 14 babies, 114 kids, 6 teens and 22 adults have registered for the Summer Reading Program and listed the Bookmobile as their branch. Choosing the Bookmobile as your branch gives us an idea of how many prizes to stock on the Bookmobile, but we always carry extra so feel free to be flexible and pick up Summer Reading Program prizes at the most convenient location (Downtown or on the Bookmobile) for you.

Being on the Bookmobile is always a blast, but summertime is my favorite season to visit our Mobile Library. In addition to our regular stops, we also have Stories in the Park on Monday (Willow Creek Park), Wednesday (Wetherby Park) and Friday (Mercer Park) mornings at 10:30 AM. These stops include regular Bookmobile service along with a Storytime program. Throughout the summer, for an extra special Stories in the Park Storytime we will feature local performers and musicians on some days. See page 2 of our Summer Reading Program Activity Guide for more information about these special performances.

For some extra summer fun, find the Bookmobile at Party in the Park programs on Thursdays from 6:30-7:30. Each week, join the celebration at a different Iowa City park to hear live music, participate in kids crafts, see a fire truck, check out an item from the Bookmobile, and connect with friends and neighbors. For the full schedule of Party in the Park events, read more here.

We’ll see you this summer on the Bookmobile!

Public Displays @ ICPL

by on June 21st, 2018

Did you know Library provides space for individuals and community groups to create displays at the Library? Information about displays is available on the Library’s webpage.

According to Library Board policy, displays from individuals or community groups must meet one of the following criteria:

  • Highlight current issues, events or other subjects of public interest.
  • Display high quality original art, crafts, photographs, writings, or interesting collections of Iowans.
  • Explain the activities of local organizations and agencies engaged in educational, recreational, cultural, intellectual, or charitable activities.

Space for community displays is available on the 2nd floor of the Library. Display spaces are reserved for a calendar month and individuals/groups are limited to one display in a 12-month period. For more information or to reserve display space, please contact the Community & Access Services Assistant at 319-887-6025.

Have fun road tripping this summer

by on June 19th, 2018

I’ve got two weddings to go to this summer and it’s a long drive to both. Since I’ve got a little wiggle room in between when I leave and when I need to be there, I’ve been looking into pit stops to make along the way. There’s a few sites I like to check before taking a drive in case I can add some fun into what would otherwise be a long and boring drive.

Roadtrippers is a phenomenal source for finding lesser-known things along your travel path. You can put in your departure and destination cities and find neat things to check out on the way. Read the rest of this entry »

Food during the summer for students

by on June 14th, 2018

Summer is in full swing, and many children who rely on school for their meals go hungry when they’re on break. The Summer Food Service Program, administered by the Iowa Department of Education, seeks to remedy that.  It provides nutritious meals and snacks for free to all children during the summer.  Food is provided on a first come, first served basis at the sites and times as follows:

Breckenridge Estates

4494 Taft Ave SE, Iowa City
Monday through Friday
Lunch: 12:00-1:00 pm

The Dream Center

611 Southgate Avenue, Iowa City
Monday through Friday
Lunch 12-12:30pm
Snack 3:00-3:30pm

Forest View Trailer Court

1205 Laura Drive, Iowa City
Monday through Friday
Snack: 3-3:30 pm

Resurrection Assembly of God Church

1330 Keokuk Street, Iowa City
Monday through Friday
Snack: 9:00-9:30am
Lunch: 11:30-12 Noon

Robert A Lee Rec Center

220 S Gilbert St, Iowa City
Monday through Friday
Snack: 12-1pm or 4:30-5pm

All programs go from June 11th to August 3rd, and are closed the week of July 4th.

 

Meeting Rooms @ ICPL

by on June 14th, 2018

The Library has 5 meeting rooms available for community organizations to use free of charge. Information about each room is available on the Library’s webpage and includes details about room capacity, standard set-ups, equipment in the rooms and hours the rooms are available.

The Library’s meeting rooms are in high demand. In FY17 there were 1,497 community meetings with an estimated attendance of 30,883. In addition, there were 2,055 Library uses of the meeting rooms for programs, events, training and meetings.

Community groups are welcome to use the Library’s meeting rooms. According to Library Board Policy, “Rooms are available to non-profit corporations (defined as those entities granted tax-exempt status by the IRS under section 501(c)(3) or other tax exempt sections of the Internal Revenue Code), a candidate’s campaign committee (as defined in Iowa Code §68A.102(5)), a political committee (as defined by Iowa Code §68A.102 (18), a non-profit citizen’s group that provides appropriate contact information, a governmental subdivision, or a department/division/bureau of a governmental subdivision”

Please note – Rooms are not available for private parties or use as a regularly scheduled classroom or study space by educational institutions.

To schedule a meeting room, navigate to the Meeting Room information webpage and click on “Request a Meeting Room.” You may also call the Library at 319-356-5200 during regular business hours or stop by the Library’s Help Desk or Information Desk.