What’s in the State Historical Society of Iowa archives?

by on September 19th, 2018

Sometimes we get a question at the Info Desk that makes us turn to the archives held by the State Historical Society of Iowa (SHSI). The SHSI’s official web presence has information maintained by the State of Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs, their parent body. You can dig for the links on their website to find a way to search the SHSI’s catalog of items, or you can stick this knowledge in your back pocket: the University of Iowa Libraries hosts the SHSI catalog, so you can go directly to their InfoHawk+ catalog to do your research.

 

Simple InfoHawk Search Bar

 

The two SHSI research centers are in Des Moines and Iowa City. Being a local history searcher at ICPL, I generally limit my search to what is held in the SHSI Iowa City stacks. Find the “Refine my results” section and check “Iowa City Historical Library.”

 

Refine Search by Library Location

 

The limiters available are powerful. Here I can separate out the type of document I’m looking for so I can home in on what I’m really looking for.

Active Filters

I do find myself sometimes getting lost on the website maintained by the State, which is why I like knowing I can go directly to InfoHawk+. The State’s research center Collections page does provide a nice overview of what kind of items the institution as a whole preserves, but I’m out of luck if I want to be able to tell someone they can just walk down the street to find what they are looking for.

Happy researching!

Renew Your Drivers’ License at ICPL

by on September 14th, 2018

In fall with influx of new Iowa City residents we get many people asking about  license renewals.  If you are one of these people, there is an option other than going to the DOT office and potentially waiting in a  long, slow line.

ICPL may have the solution for you.

We have  a DOT kiosk on the 2nd floor of the library .  It is available for use any time that the library is open to renew or replace your license. There are some restrictions. For example, if your current license if not from Iowa or if  it has been expired for a long time (more than 1 year and 60 days), you will still need to go to the DOT office. The kiosk, similar to visiting the DOT in person, will give you a paper receipt at the conclusion of your transaction. You must pay with either credit or debit card. Your actual license will be mailed to you within 21 days of application.

Our Kiosk sees a continual increase in use  but we have not had any lines waiting to use it–so far.

The kiosk also gives you 2 chances at getting a decent photo although it doesn’t seem to let you choose.  My first one was bad the second one was worse and that is the one I had to use.  I guess the motto is to take a  “do over” at your own risk.

For complete information about requirements and who is eligible to use this convenient service go to:  https://iowadot.gov/mvd/kiosks.

If you are not able to use the kiosk for some reason,  here is the information on the DOT office:

Eastdale Mall

1700 South First Ave.

Iowa City
(319) 338-5294
and their website:

Early Voting for the October 2 Iowa City Special City Council Election

by on September 6th, 2018

Early Voting for the October 2 Iowa City special City Council election begins on Wednesday, September 19.

Early voting is available weekdays at the Johnson County Auditor’s Office, 913 S. Dubuque Street, from 7:45 am to 5:30 pm each day. Early voting ends on Monday, October 1.

On Tuesday October 2, you must vote at your regular polling place. This helpful webpage can help you locate your polling place.

Two Early Voting satellite sites will be available for the October 2 Special Election:

University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics-Fountain Lobby, Wednesday September 26 from 10 am to 4 pm.

Iowa City Public Library-Meeting Room B, Thursday September 27 from 10 am to 4 pm.

The pre-registration deadline, and deadline to request an absentee ballot, is 5 pm Friday, September 21. Registration is available after September 21 with an ID and proof of address.

For more information, please visit the Johnson County Auditor’s Office in person or at their webpage. You may also call the Auditor’s Office at 319-356-6004 during regular business hours.

Early voting for the November 6 General Election begins on Monday October 8.

Attention Artists & Crafters!

by on September 1st, 2018

It’s time to get your craft on to support ICPL.

On Tuesday, September 4th, we will begin accepting donations of handmade arts and crafts for the 7th Annual ICPL Friends Foundation Arts & Crafts Bazaar.

This year the bazaar will be on Saturday, December 8th, so you still have plenty of time to let your craftiness fly to support ICPL.

Information about the Bazaar is available online and you can download a donation form or pick one up here at the Library.   Donations can be dropped off at the Help Desk until December 6th.

 

 

 

 

Library Card Sign-up Month

by on August 27th, 2018

September is National Library Card Sign-up Month. If you don’t have a Library Card, or know someone who doesn’t have a Library Card, head to the Downtown Library or the Bookmobile to get your Library Card.

Anyone in Iowa may get a Library Card from the Iowa City Public Library. To save time, you may pre-register at icpl.org/cards. Pick-up your Library Card at the Help Desk or Bookmobile. All you need is a photo ID. If your current address is on your photo ID, you are all set. If not, bring a recent utility bill, copy of your lease, or official mail to verify your local address.

Information about children and Library Cards and different card types is available at icpl.org/cards.

What can you do with your Library Card? Beyond checking out traditional Library materials such as books and movies, your Library Card becomes your ticket for much, much more! Did you know the Library checks out Toys? Book Club Kits? Video Games? Giant Chess and Checkers?

Do you have Bare Wall Syndrome? Check out 2 art prints for two months from our Art-To-Go collection.

Need Internet access? The Library has many computers available for public use. Log-in with your Library Card for two free hours of use each day.

Need to catch a ride home from Downtown Iowa City on an Iowa City Transit Bus? Present your Library Card to any public service desk at the Library and get a pass for a free ride home. There is a limit of two free bus passes per week with our Ride and Read program.

If you live in our service area (Iowa City, rural Johnson County, University Heights, Hills, Lone Tree) you may use your Library Card to:

Access ICPL’s Digital Library including eBooks, eAudiobooks, Kanopy movie streaming, Digital Magazines, New York Times Online and the Local Music Project. Access is FREE. All you need is your Library Card number and password.

Browse Consumer Reports online to figure out which refrigerator to buy via our Online Resources collection.

Browse the Chilton Library in our Online Resources collection to learn how to fix your car or truck.

Check out a Laptop, Internet Hotspot, or other equipment.

There’s so many things you can do with your Library Card! If you have questions, give us a call at 319-356-5200 during regular Library hours, ask us a question online, or stop by the Library or Bookmobile. We are happy to help!

 

Libraries Make a Difference … Every. Day.

by on August 24th, 2018

It’s been a great week at the Library! Most weeks are great, but this week included a couple of special events I really enjoyed.

On Tuesday, staff from ICPL and other area public libraries were at the Johnson County Board of Supervisors meeting where the Supervisors voted on a proclamation declaring September “Library Card Sign-up Month” in Johnson County. The photo with all the people was taken after members of the Board of Supervisors shared stories about how libraries have made a difference in their lives. Indeed, our area public libraries make a difference in our community every day.

On Tuesday night, members of the Iowa City City Council also proclaimed September as “Library Card Sign-up Month” in Iowa City. We appreciate the ongoing support from our City Council and recognition of the importance of Iowa City Public Library in our community.

Just before the City Council meeting, Library staff were at the Iowa City Community School District Ice Cream Socials at our elementary schools sharing information about the Library and helping children and their family members sign-up for Library Cards. We firmly believe a Library Card is one of the most important back-to-school supplies for students.

If you don’t have a Library Card, or know someone who doesn’t have a card, sign-up is easy at www.icpl.org/cards or in person at the Downtown Library Help Desk or on the Bookmobile. A picture ID and proof of current Iowa address is needed to get a Library Card.

Although the Bookmobile wasn’t in service this week, staff were busy preparing for the Fall Bookmobile Schedule that begins next week. Bookmobile information, including details about the Fall Schedule, is available at www.icpl.org/bookmobile. The Bookmobile had some warranty work done this week. When we picked it up, it was like reuniting with a friend we haven’t seen for a few days. We’re looking forward to being out on the road again next week!

At our Help Desk meeting today we celebrated that students are back in school and reflected on our summer. Overall, it was a great summer! Circulation is up, more Holds are being placed, we offered great programs for people of all ages, and we set some records for Summer Library Program participation.

And finally, I ended the week with a friend sending me a wonderful post about Libraries from Read it Forward called 13 Reasons Why Libraries are Holding Us All Together.

My favorite quote from this article? “Signing your name for your first library card is the first right of passage into being an active member of society.”

Three cheers for Libraries and Library Cards and the difference libraries make in our community every day.

No Bookmobile Service on Labor Day

by on August 24th, 2018

The Iowa City Public Library Bookmobile will not be in service on Monday, September 3. The Downtown Library is also closed in honor of Labor Day.

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, The New York Times and Kanopy video streaming.

We’ll see you back on the Bookmobile or at the Downtown Library on September 4.

Extra, Extra! Read all about it!

by on August 23rd, 2018

Did you know we have online newsletters promoting the latest Library news?

The Little Window, our online Children’s Room newsletter, is sent to subscribers the first Thursday of the month. The Windshield, our Bookmobile newsletter, is mailed to subscribers the second Thursday of the month. Check It Out, our general Library newsletter, is released the third Thursday of the month. Each newsletter includes fun features, upcoming programming information and staff recommendations.

Don’t miss out; subscribe today using the City of Iowa City’s eSubscription form.

REMINDER: No Bookmobile Services August 20 to August 24

by on August 17th, 2018

We had a GREAT summer on the Bookmobile, but now it’s time for the Bookmobile to take a summer vacation. The Bookmobile is going to the spa (maintenance garage) for some pampering (warranty work), a massage (cleaning inside and out), and TLC (restocking with new Library materials).

The Bookmobile begins the Fall Schedule on Monday August 27. More information is available at icpl.org/bookmobile.

During Bookmobile service breaks, Holds and ILLs scheduled for pick-up on the Bookmobile may be picked up at the Help Desk at the Downtown Library.

We will not capture any holds when the Bookmobile is not in service, so there may be a period of time when the Bookmobile is on break when holds will be at the Library waiting for pick-up. Don’t worry, though, because the 7-day waiting period for picking up a hold does not begin until we “trap” the hold. That’s when we send the eMail, call you on the telephone, or mail your Hold Pick-up Notice.

Thanks for a great summer on the Bookmobile! We’ll be out on the road again beginning Monday August 27. See you soon 🙂

The Bookmobile is on a Break – Where are my Holds?

by on August 17th, 2018

Fall is nearly here – School is starting up, pumpkin-spice items are popping up left and right, and the 2018 Summer Bookmobile schedule has wrapped up. The 2018 Fall Bookmobile schedule begins Monday, August 27th and runs through Thursday, December 21st. Next week, August 20th through 24th, the Bookmobile is out of service for a seasonal service break. If you had holds you were expecting to pick up on the Bookmobile, those items are currently available at the Downtown Library building. Simply ask at the Help Desk for help finding these materials. All holds that have been requested to be delivered to the Bookmobile have also been extended to give folks a chance to pick them up during our first week of service. If you are unsure about when or where you can find an item you placed on hold, call the Library at 319-356-5200.

If you haven’t looked at the Bookmobile’s 2018 Fall schedule yet, take a moment to find the stop that will work best for your schedule.  Now is a great time (or really, anytime is a great time) to place some holds to be picked up on the Bookmobile during the upcoming Fall schedule period. We look forward to seeing you on the road!