Stop That Yawn!

by on January 18th, 2019

Stop That Yawn! The last of ICPL’s 2019 Mock Caldecott titles is “Stop that Yawn”, written by Caron Levis and illustrated by LeUyen Pham. From the outset of this title it is clear that this is not your ordinary, quiet bedtime tale.

Gabby Wild’s story starts on the endsheets with her leaning out a window crashing cymbals into a dark and sleepy urban night. Gabby begs Granny to take her “somewhere a-wake” so they head to Never Sleeping City in a plane made out of Gabby’s bed. Once there, Gabby and Granny set out to stay up all night, but even these best laid plans go awry when Granny lets out a large “YAWN” which sets off a chain reaction through the city. From here we move through panel after panel of Gabby and Granny trying to contain the yawn as it spreads through the city, causing its residents to fall asleep.

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Mock Newbery Nominees 2019: Amal Unbound and The Journey of Little Charlie

by on January 16th, 2019

 Mock Newbery round four is here! Today brings us to two titles that explore slavery and bravery. Aisha Saeed’s “Amal Unbound” shines a light on modern slavery as Amal must find the bravery to stand up to injustice. “The Journey of Little Charlie” by Christopher Paul Curtis is the story of a boy forced to pay off a debt by helping to hunt down runaway slaves.

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Numbers Numbers Numbers

by on January 15th, 2019

Our community LOVES the Library! I’m looking at the report of use of the Library between July 1 and December 31, 2018 and it’s amazing to see the numbers. I know there are many stories about how the Library enriched lives woven through these numbers. Here’s a few snippets that made me smile 🙂

An average of …

208 people walk into the Library every hour we are open.

22 people visit the ICPL Bookmobile each hour it is in service (up from 14 last year!)

378 items were checked out every hour the Library was open.

In addition to this …

The Library hosted 716 non-Library meetings with an estimated 13,708 people attending.

2,847 individuals/groups used one of our Study Rooms on the 2nd Floor.

1,973 Ride and Read Bus Passes were distributed.

eMaterials checkouts were up 66% to 107,207 checkouts of 27,770 items.

Drop-In Tech Help answered 334 tech related questions.

The Info Desk answered 8,104 questions in person and the Switchboard answered 3,018 questions on the phone.

Our ICPL Mobile App was used 63,510 times. It’s available in the Apple App Store and in Google Play.

We mailed 995 packages of Library materials to our At Home patrons.

We sent 1,020 items to collections we support at retirement residences, neighborhood centers and other community sites.

17% of all items returned to the Library were returned at our two remote Book Return locations at First Avenue Hy-Vee and University of Iowa Community Credit Union on Mormon Trek. Library staff empty the Remote Book Returns 365 days a year!

2,549 teens attended 176 programs.

17,514 children attended 376 programs in the Library and 2,820 children attended 135 programs hosted in the community.

3,524 people got new Library Cards.

If you have a story about how the Library enriched your life or what these numbers mean to you, we’d love to hear from you!

No Bookmobile Service on Monday, Jan. 21

by on January 14th, 2019

The Iowa City Public Library Bookmobile will not be in service on Monday, January 21. The Downtown Library will be open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

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

Even though the Bookmobile won’t be on the road, 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 Jan. 22

Early season tax information

by on January 11th, 2019

Due to the federal government shutdown and tax code changes enacted last year, we are not sure what to expect with regards to receiving our regular order of federal paper tax forms for individuals and businesses. If you are hoping to pick up free federal forms from ICPL you can keep checking our Tax Programs information page and we will update the red notice box at the top when they arrive.

The Iowa Department of Revenue does not provide us with free individual state forms but we can print them for 10 cents per page at the second floor Info Desk.

VITA free tax help events happening at ICPL are also listed at the bottom of our Tax Programs information page as calendar entries. For eligibility, what to bring, as well as other times and locations visit Beta Alpha Psi’s VITA page.

Iowa Rent Reimbursement forms are now available for download via the Iowa Department of Revenue’s page and we will provide free copies of this for those that ask at the Info Desk.

Books and Music Benefits Child’s Brain Development

by on January 11th, 2019

Singing – is one of the Five Early Literacy Practices, and preschoolers, toddlers, and babies love to sing! We Children’s librarians love to sing in all our storytimes! We encourage parents to sing with their children and remind parents that kids don’t care how their parents sound, they love their parent’s voices, so sing! And, not only are songs fun, but they also serve as a learning tool for children as they reinforce early childhood concepts.

Singing is a natural way to learn about language and helps children develop listening skills and pay attention to the rhymes and rhythms in spoken language. Picture books can be read by being sung. I like to model singing picture books in Book Babies whenever I can.

I also sing books with toddlers and preschoolers during my outreach visits.  I’ve noticed that when I sing using a book, it has a wonderful way of focusing and calming kids down. Sing songs more than once, because children learn by repetition. Singing with children helps them to hear different parts of words, slows language down so they notice how syllables are alike and different, and songs help boost vocabulary and general knowledge. Here are several books to share with your little ones. Check them out and have fun singing!

 

One of my favorite illustrators is Tim Hopgood. Tim’s bright and colorful pictures make these songs come alive. If you never knew the lyrics to these songs, here’s your chance and guaranteed to get stuck in your head.

Here’s a list of books you can sing along to.

Imagine!

by on January 11th, 2019

ImagineThis week we are taking a look at Raúl Colón’s wordless title, ‘Imagine’. Following a young boy as he travels to and through the Museum of Modern Art, ‘Imagine’ is a visual fantasy tour of New York and of individual creativity.

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New Year, New Bookmobile Schedule

by on January 8th, 2019

After our seasonal service break the Bookmobile is back in action! Our Winter/Spring schedule began on January 7, 2019 and extends through May 23, 2019. The newest stops that we have added to our route include weekly visits to Shimek Elementary, Good Shepherd Center, Pheasant Ridge Neighborhood Center, and Hills Elementary. Keep in mind, all ICPL Bookmobile stops are open to the public and all (excluding the UI College of Medicine Courtyard) offer free, nearby parking.

If you’ve considered visiting the Bookmobile, but have not yet stopped in maybe now is the right time! Don’t have a library card (or lost your old one)? Not a problem! We can issue new cards on the Bookmobile – Adults, just bring a photo ID and we can set you up with library services in a matter of minutes. More information about getting a library card can be found here.

While we feel ready for Spring weather, our calendars tell us Winter is still going strong. Now is a great time to make note of our weather policy. The Bookmobile will not operate on days when inclement weather would result in hazardous driving or service conditions, including any day the Iowa City Community School District cancels due to weather. If this were to occur, public web announcements will be able to be found on our website.

Cheers to a great new Bookmobile season. I hope to see you on the road!

Drop In Tech Help Times Changed

by on January 7th, 2019

ICPL’s Popular Drop-In Tech Help times are changing.  The new times are:
Tue: 11 am – 2 pm
Wed: 11 am – 2 pm

At Drop-In Tech Help, we try to help patrons with just about any kind of Tech-related question.  We often help people with questions related to using the web, setting up email or getting more from their mobile devices. There are a few things we can’t help with: device repair, setting up routers and getting rid of malware.  As always the service is free but we encourage users to be patient and respectful of others while waiting their turn.

Note: Senior Tech Zone time is still Thu: 10:30 am – 12:30 pm.

 

Dreamers

by on January 4th, 2019

DreamersThis week’s mock Caldecott title is Yuyi Morales’s “Dreamers”. Part memoir, part ode to reading, books, and libraries–I’ve been casually referring to this one with other staff as ‘medal bait’ with good reason. In telling us her own immigration story, Morales reveals the power that stories, libraries as institutions, and librarians as people have to impact our communities and the world in meaningful ways. And she does so resplendently.

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