The Prince and the Dressmaker

by on November 16th, 2018

The Prince and the Dressmaker The first of our Mock Caldecott selections up for review is Jen Wang’s “The Prince and the Dressmaker”. Set in Paris at the turn of the century, this graphic novel is part realistic fiction, part fairy tale and wholly delightful. Not only is the story exquisite, expanding on all of the wonderful fairy tale tropes with which audiences are familiar, but the visual storytelling is truly remarkable.

Since we’re focusing on the art, all I will say plot wise is that this is about a young prince, Sebastian, who enjoys dresses and whose parents are trying to find him a marriage match. He happens across an up an coming haute couture seamstress, Frances, who agrees to make dresses for him to wear in secret. Tensions arise as Frances tries to reconcile wanting to help Sebastian and keep his secret with wanting to further her career. Read the rest of this entry »

Lobby Stop Pilot

by on November 15th, 2018

The Bookmobile has successful stops at several retirement homes in Iowa City, but we have noticed that there is a population of patrons at these stops who are not comfortable navigating the Bookmobile. There are also retirement homes that can’t accommodate the Bookmobile due to a lack of suitable parking. Staff have been thinking about how we can serve this population. One idea is a Lobby Stop Program, which provides library services in the comfort of the hosting facility. Staff learned about Lobby Stops at an ABOS (Association of Bookmobile and Outreach Services) conference a couple years ago. On Tuesday, I began investigating the possibilities of this new service with my spiffy outreach wagon, a few bins of large print books, and a staff laptop. The initial response was overwhelmingly positive.

The three pilot sites for this new service are Walden Place, Bickford Senior Living, and Legacy Assisted Living. Overall, I made 14 new library card accounts on Tuesday and checked out about 10 items. I also updated several accounts, helped with Digital Johnson County related questions, placed holds, and had fun chatting with new patrons. Materials I bring to the Lobby Stops will adapt as I get to know the patrons at the sites better. Two recommendations I will apply immediately, based on patron suggestions, are the inclusion of books-on-disc and photography/art books. The plan is to continue visiting each Lobby Stop site twice monthly and re-evaluate in the Spring. Beginning in January, we will likely add Emerson Point to the list of sites we visit. The Bookmobile will no longer visit this site, but many people there come to our Tales and Travels program, so we’re hoping a Lobby Stop would be the type of service they need.

ICPL Mock Newbery Awards 2019

by on November 15th, 2018

It’s time to prepare for our Mock Newbery Awards this year. The real Newbery Medal is awarded annually by the Association for Library Service to Children, a division of the American Library Association, to the author of the most distinguished contribution to American literature for children.  Read the rest of this entry »

Bookmobile Service during the Thanksgiving Holiday

by on November 14th, 2018

The Iowa City Public Library Bookmobile will not be in service on Thanksgiving Eve, Wednesday, November 21. The Downtown Library will be open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Both the Bookmobile and the Downtown Library will be closed on Thanksgiving — Thursday, November 22. The Bookmobile will remain out of service on Friday, November 23, but the Downtown Library will be open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

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

Remember, even when 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, The New York Times and Kanopy video streaming.

2020 Census Jobs

by on November 13th, 2018

2020 will be here before we know it and the US Census Bureau is ready to count! Right now, they need to count on people applying for jobs to conduct the 2020 Census. For more information, navigate to 2020census.gov/jobs or call 1-855-JOB-2020 (1-855-562-2020).

Please help get the word out about Census jobs. Feel free to print and post the flyers attached on this post or call the Census Bureau. They will email PDFs for you to print and post.

According to the Census 2020 timeline, the Census Bureau is currently seeking recruiting assistants, office operations supervisors and clerk positions for offices that will open in January 2019. In January 2019, they will begin recruiting for census taker positions for address canvassing. In the Summer of 2019 they will be recruiting several thousand people for more address canvassing.

I checked online, and the jobs in Johnson County, Iowa are paying $15 per hour and there is reimbursement for work-related mileage and expenses.

ICPL’s 2019 Mock Caldecott Awards

by on November 12th, 2018

In preparation for the ALA’s Youth Media Awards librarians and educators all over the country are talking about who could win, in particular the Newbery and Caldecott. Here at ICPL we like to host our own mini version of the awards in the months leading up to the announcement. This year we have narrowed the field of Caldecott eligible titles to 10. I will review one each Friday until we announce ICPL’s winners on January 25th. Voting for the ICPL’s mock awards will begin on December 1st and run through January 21st.

Without further ado, here is the list of ICPL’s Mock Caldecott contenders for 2019–disclaimer they are listed and will be reviewed in order of publication date.

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The Undoing Project

by on November 5th, 2018

If you’re a reader of nonfiction, there’s a good chance you’ve read something by Michael Lewis.  The Big Short, The Blind Side, and Moneyball are three of his books (all good reads) that have been made into movies.  

His The Undoing Project: a Friendship that Changed Our Minds probably isn’t going that route.  If it were a television series, it would be sort of like Masters of Sex but without the sex. Read the rest of this entry »

No Bookmobile Service on Nov. 12

by on November 2nd, 2018

The Iowa City Public Library Bookmobile will not be in service on Monday, November 12, in observance of Veteran Day.

The Downtown Library will be open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

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

Remember, even when the Bookmobile isn’t in service, 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, The New York Times and Kanopy video streaming.

We’ll see you back on the Bookmobile on November 13!

Swahili Translation

by on November 1st, 2018

Recently we identified a need to translate information about the Library into Swahili. Keep an eye out for information about “How to Get a Library Card” that is translated into Swahili. This information is already available in Spanish, French and Arabic.

We’ll also be rolling out translated information about our Ride and Read programs in Swahili.

If you are a part of an organization that works with community members who need Library information in languages beyond English, please let me know. We’d be happy to send information your way!

We are also collecting contact information for people we can depend on to share information about the Library with community members who do not get information in traditional venues such as email and social media. If you are a person who works with community members and posts information on bulletin boards or sends information in newsletters and would like to share Library information, please contact me.

 

 

Did you vote early? Track your absentee ballot!

by on November 1st, 2018

Today I learned that early voters can track their absentee ballot through the Iowa Secretary of State’s office. Here’s a snapshot of the info you need to look up your ballot:

Information needed to track your absentee ballot

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