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Creating a List in the Catalog

by on January 17th, 2017

The My List option allows you to create a list of items (books, DVDs, CDs, anything in the catalog) that you can reference later. I use it to keep track of books I would like to read at some point, especially since I always max out my holds. You can create multiple lists, so if you want to create a list of mysteries or travel books or holiday cookbooks, you can create a list for each topic.

Adding an Item to a List/Creating a New List

When you found what you want to add to a list, under additional actions, click on the icon of the shopping basket.

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Storytime Recap: Music and Movement

by on January 14th, 2017
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With the winter cold in full effect, cabin fever is setting in. It’s hard to work out all of your energy when you’re stuck inside. So today we explored all the different movements our bodies can make, then jumped, wiggled , and danced to the beat.

We started off with our welcome song, “Clap Everybody and Say Hello” by Kathy Reid-Naiman. We kept things musical and followed the directions in the song “Bodies 1-2-3” by Peter & Ellen Allard. To keep things moving we went through the action rhyme “Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes.” Then we found out how animals move in the book Move by Steve Jenkins and Robin Page.

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Cooking with Cast-Iron

by on January 11th, 2017
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Cooking with cast-iron cookware is something you either love or you hate.  Those who love it make it look so easy – their pans are a lovely shiny black and nothing ever sticks or burns. Then there are people like me – who have tried over and over to cook with cast-iron with less-than stellar results.  I’m determined to learn how to use my cast-iron the right way, and a new book in  ICPL’s cookbook collection may be where I start.

People all around the world have been cooking on iron or cast-iron for centuries. What makes Charlotte Bruckman’s new Stir, Sizzle, Bake – Recipes for your cast-iron skillet so different is that she has included recipes from cultures all around the world. This isn’t your basic fried chicken and biscuits cookbook.

Stir, Sizzle, Bake is laid out with the easiest recipes at the beginning so that, if you choose to, you can work your way through the book learning as you go. It’s focused mainly on forms of baking, and is divide into four main sections: No-Bake Baking; On-The-Rise Baking; Make-The-Most-Of Baking; and Condiments.  The books biggest oddity (and the only thing I disliked about it) is that each section has its own table of contents for the 16 or so recipes in that section, rather than one normal table of contents at the front. However there is a complete index in the back.

Due to the international flavor of the book there are often one or more ingredients in each recipe that may be a stretch for a lot of people.  How many of us have masarepa (precooked corn flour especial for arepas), green pea flour, pumpkin seeds, nigella seeds, or duck fat on hand?  (or even know what nigella seeds are?)

If you’re like me, and you read cookbooks for fun, you’ll enjoy this book. Each recipes begins with a long paragraph or two about the recipe and either its history or why it was included in the book.  Recipes are never created out of thin air.  They are based on something – a recipe borrowed or stolen and then changed into something new. In Bruckman’s own words “What elevates each act of stealing to something noncriminal and original are the seemingly small but significant adjustments every person makes along they way.”

Most of these recipes are beyond the contents of my pantry, but I am going to try a few and see how they turn out.  Wish me luck.

Celebrating Martin Luther King Jr. Day

by on January 10th, 2017

marting-luther-king Today at the information desk, we had a patron looking for Martin Luther King Jr.’s  “Letter from a Birmingham Jail.” The patron wanted a printed copy to read in order to celebrate MLK day which is this coming Monday. While looking for this letter online, we came across Stanford University’s collection of King’s papers which have been digitized. We found a digitized version of an early draft of the letter along with a recording of King reading the letter. You can see other items like King’s birth certificate, an invitation to the inauguration of John F. Kennedy, and much more on the site.

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Stuffed Animal Sleepover at ICPL

by on January 10th, 2017

Hey kids, you have a slumber party with your stuffed animal every night, but what if they had one with their stuffed friends? What adventures would they have when you aren’t looking? What trouble would they get into? Find out at the Iowa City Public Library’s Preschool Storytime: Stuffed Animal Sleepover!stuffed-animal-sleepover

Bring one of your stuffed animals and join us for storytime from 10:30 to 11 a.m. on either January 18 or January 19 in the Storytime Room. We’ll read books and sing songs, but when it’s time to go, your stuffed friend stays behind to spend the night at the Library!

Be sure to come back to ICPL the next day to pick up your friend. We’ll even have photos showing what the “stuffies” got up to while not sleeping at their slumber party. Children who attend the January 18 storytime will pick up their friend on January 19. Preschoolers who come to the January 19 storytime will come back for their stuffed animal on January 20. Please note that if you can’t reclaim your friend on either of those days, the Library will hold on to them until your next visit.

Parents, we suggest your child bring a stuffed animal he or she is comfortable leaving behind for a night.

The Library’s preschool storytime is recommended for children between the ages of three and five. Younger and older siblings are welcome to attend, too.

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

Learn about food with Green Iowa AmeriCorps at ICPL

by on January 9th, 2017

Green Iowa AmeriCorps will be at the Iowa City Public Library from 2 to 3 p.m. Saturday, January 21, for a special program for children in kindergarten through third grades.

“Where Does your Food Come From?” will explore local, regional and exotic foods, with samples for kids to try. Representatives from Green Iowa AmeriCorps will talk about where food comes from and the steps it takes before it arrives on kids’ dinner plates. Participants will make a craft and receive seeds to take home to nurture throughout the winter months, then plant in the spring.

Registration is required for this program. Register online here, or call the Library at 319-356-5200.

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

ICPL to Host Crazy 8s Math Club for Kids

by on January 4th, 2017

Join the national movement to make math the cool thing to do after school by attending Iowa City Public Library’s Crazy 8s Math Club.

Beginning January 10, this fun and educational program for elementary students in kindergarten through second grade meets from 4 to 5 p.m. in the Storytime Room every Tuesday.

Crazy 8s from the Bedtime Math Foundation is designed to get kids fired up about math. Participants will build things, run and jump, make music – even make a mess – while making new friends and increasing their understanding of math.

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Drum Roll, Please…

by on January 3rd, 2017

Image result for caldecott medal pngThe votes have been tallied with more than 100 cast for our Mock Caldecott nominees. Of the fifteen titles chosen we are naming one winner and five honor books as there was a tie for the fourth space. Without any further ado, let’s get to which titles you chose to represent ICPL’s first Mock Caldecott Award.

And the Winner is…

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Got to have Faith!

by on December 31st, 2016
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Heroes come in all shapes and sizes, so it’s about time that superheroes did too.  Plus-sized Faith Herbert is the title character of Faith: Hollywood and Vine.  She might just be the most relatable superhero ever.  Like many of her potential fans, she has a passion for popular culture.  She grew up reading about superheroes in comic books.  Now she has become one.  With the powers of flight and a “telekinetic field”, Faith patrols the skies of Los Angeles as Zephyr.  She has also created a new secret identity for herself as mild-mannered pop culture blogger, Summer Smith.  Can she navigate the complex and complicated world of super-heroics and alien invaders, while keeping her positive outlook and sense of wonder intact?  Spoiler alert: Yes, she can.  Written with humor, heart, and hope by rising star, Jody Houser, with stunning artwork by Francis Portela (and “fantasy” pages by Marguerite Sauvage), Faith is a different kind of superhero mostly because she is a kind superhero.  Kindness is an awesome super-power!

ICPL Staff Top Picks for 2016: Best of the Best

by on December 31st, 2016

It’s here! Iowa City Public Library’s Top Picks for 2016!

Staff members nominated more than 100 books released in 2016 as their favorite reads of the year. Those that made this list were nominated by more than one person, which truly makes them the Best of the Best.

Adulthood Is a Myth book cover
American Cake book cover
The Dream Lover book cover
Eligible book cover
A Few of the Girls book cover
The Fireman book cover
Girl Who Drank the Moon book cover
Greetings From Utopia Park book cover
Heartless book cover
Hidden Figures book cover
Morning Star book cover
The Night Gardener book cover
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Raymie Nightingale book cover
Readers of Broken Wheel Recommend book cover
Scrappy Little Nobody book cover
Underground Railroad book cover
When Breath Becomes Air book cover

Two graphic novels tied for the title of Most Recommended Book in 2016:

Snow White book cover
Ghosts book cover


Forget everything you know about Snow White, as Matt Phelan’s illustrated take on this classic tale takes place in New Your City in the 1920s. Samantha White is back after being sent away by her cruel stepmother, the Queen of Follies. Her father, the King of Wall Street, survived the stock market crash only to die from a strange and sudden death. However, that’s not the only mystery Samantha and her “protectors” — seven street urchins — face in what critics have called “a stunning, genre-bending graphic novel.”

In Raina Telgemeier’s Ghost, Catrina and her family have moved to the coast of Northern California because her little sister, Maya, is sick. Cat isn’t happy about leaving her friends, but as she and Maya explore their new home,  a neighbor shares a secret: there are ghosts in Bahía de la Luna. Called a  “can’t miss addition to middle school graphic novel shelves,” Telgemeier’s latest has been praised for “bold colors, superior visual storytelling” by Kirkus Reviews.

Did your favorite read of 2016 make our list?





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