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Soup and Salad Children’s Garden

by on May 28th, 2015

flower_spring_2015Children’s Day is Saturday, June 6th and that means it’s time to plant the Children’s garden! This year Scott Koepke, the education and outreach coordinator for New Pioneer Food Co-op’s Soilmates program, will focus on root crops and greens, like potatoes, onions, carrots, beets, and lettuce – perfect ingredients for soup and salad. We’ll also grow sunflowers to make a natural trellis for cucumber vines to climb, and we’ll plant more herbs like rosemary, oregano, thyme, sage, parsley, and basil to compliment the cilantro and dill that self-seeded from last year. The perennial flowers are back and stronger than ever, providing biodiversity for important pollinators and beneficial insects.

Scott reports that the garden soil condition is extremely healthy and happy. Compost and cultivated rye grass are providing tremendous nutrients.  As we know, healthy soil is the foundation for healthy plants.

We’ll need your help on Children’s Day to sow seeds around the edge of the garden and to make row signs for each type of plant. Reminder: All produce harvested from the Children’s Garden is donated to Table To Table, which provides food for the area’s hungry, homeless and at-risk population.

Overdrive Tips: Holds

by on May 28th, 2015

I’ve gotten several calls recently about users who were confused when they where notified of available holds but could not find them on their bookshelf.

When you place holds for eBooks and eAudioBooks, you have the option of being notified via email and to have Overdrive check the book out automatically when it becomes available.  We learned in a previous Overdrive Tips post that there are actually two bookshelves.  The ebook will be checked out to  your library bookshelf waiting to be downloaded.  See this article on how to find these items that have been checked out.

If you did not select the “automatically borrow this item when it becomes available” then the items will be found on your holds list.  You have 3 days to retrieve the hold before it moves on to the next patron.  Here is how to find that list.  You can then manually check out the held title.

If you want more help we have time and staff dedicated each week to answer your questions about Overdrive in Drop-In Tech Help.  Once again, good luck and enjoy your eBooks!

ICPL Hosts Animation Workshop for Students

by on May 28th, 2015

Professional animator Ben Rosales will lead an Animation Workshop for students in fifth- through 12th-grades Saturday, June 6, at the Iowa City Public Library.

Ben Rosales

Ben Rosales

Rosales is a professional animator whose resume includes Open Season 3. He also is an animation instructor.

During his workshop about computer animation, students will learn about the programs they can use to create great animated works. Any student interested in animation should attend to learn about principles and techniques from an industry pro.

This program will be held from noon to 2 p.m. Saturday, June 6, in the Computer Lab on the Library’s second floor.

For more information, contact the Library at (319) 356-5200.

Iowa Department of Transportation’s Driver’s License Kiosk at Iowa City, North Liberty Libraries

by on May 28th, 2015

An Iowa Department of Transportation self-service driver’s license renewal station is now available at the Iowa City and North Liberty libraries.

The renewal kiosk is a web-based device that uses touch-screen technology to allow each customer to renew their own driver’s license or ID, including a secure update of the photo that will appear on the customer’s new card.DOT kiosk

ICPL’s kiosk is located on the Library’s second floor. North Liberty’s kiosk is locatedin the entry,across from the Information Desk. The kiosks are accessible all hours the libraries are open, offering evening service that is not available at the Iowa City driver’s license station.

The DOT’s self-service kiosks made their debut at the Iowa State Fair in 2013. Since then, several kiosks have been installed at driver’s license stations, grocery stores, and libraries throughout the state. The Iowa Department of Transportation expects self-service kiosks to save time and travel for customers who choose electronic service options, while saving time and reducing congestion for customers who choose or require personal service at issuance locations.

Self-service kiosks transactions can be used to renew and replace licenses. To do this, customers must meet the following conditions:

  • The customer has a valid noncommercial Iowa driver’s license or ID (not a commercial driver’s license).
  • The customer is at least 18, but younger than 70 years old.
  • The customer’s driver’s license or ID has not been expired for more than a year.
  • It is not more than 180 days before the expiration date on the customers current driver’s license or ID.
  • The customer is a U.S. citizen.
  • The customer does not have any medical or vision conditions that negatively impact the customer’s ability to safely drive.
  • The customer does not need to change the customer’s name, or license class, endorsements or restrictions.

The kiosks are serviced by personnel from the Iowa City driver’s license station.

For more information, call the Iowa City Public Library at (319) 356-5200 or the North Liberty Community Library at (319) 626-5701.

Interior Decorating @ICPL

by on May 27th, 2015
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One of the things I like about being both a book buyer and a cataloger (the person who says where to put the books in the stacks) is that I get to see all the new nonfiction books come in—especially those books that are in demand. This means that I see a ton of cookbooks that make my mouth water before lunchtime, as well as other new books that tempt me to click that “Place a Hold” button in the catalog.

Today, cataloging Terence Conran’s new books Conran on Color made me remember what an awesome interior design collection we have. When it is not checked out, it will be living with the other interior decorating books about color with the 747.94s on the second floor. Our general interior decorating section starts with the 747s.

Don’t know where to start? Here are a few recommendations from the shelves: Read the rest of this entry »

ICPL announces June classes for adults

by on May 27th, 2015

Getting back into the workforce? Trying to land a summer job? The Iowa City Public Library’s classes for adults will focus on resume and cover letter skills in June.

The library will kick off the month with LinkedIn for Beginners. Learn the basics by creating a LinkedIn profile, adding new contacts, joining groups, and searching for jobs. This class will be taught at 10 a.m. on Saturday, June 6, and again at 5 p.m. Monday, May 29.

Unsure of how to begin writing a resume? Join us at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, June 10, for Writing your Resume, a how-to on getting started. A librarian will give you helpful brainstorming tips for thinking about the content of your resume and provide methods to organize it after the brainstorming process.

At 10 a.m. on Friday, June 19, learn what a successful resume should look like by registering for the Overview of Resumes & Cover Letters. We will review the different types of resume sand discuss tips and tricks for catching an employer’s eye.

All classes for adults are held in the Library’s Computer Lab on the second floor. Classes are free, but space is limited to 10 people per program, so patrons should register early.

Visit www.icpl.org/classes to register online. You can also register by calling the Library at (319) 356-5200.

ICPL, Summer of the Arts Annual Children’s Day Event June 6

by on May 27th, 2015

Children are invited to celebrate the arts during Children’s Day on Saturday, June 6.

This annual event, produced by the Iowa City Public Library with Summer of the Arts during the Iowa Arts Festival, encourages kids’ creativity with an extensive lineup of hands-on activities to promote Every Hero Has a Story – the 2015 Summer Reading Program for children. More than a dozen booths will be set up on the City Plaza, with activities ranging from super hero cape crafts and musical instruments to chess and magic. In case of rain, activities will be held inside the Library.

Children also can enjoy live performances on the Family Stage. This year’s schedule is as follows:

10 a.m.: Jester Puppets H.E.R.O.schildren's day14

10:45 a.m.: Zach Metzler Juggling

11 a.m.: Mr. S and the Sand Box Band

12:15 p.m.: Zach Metzler Juggling

12:30 p.m.: Mrs. Hinky Dink Clown and Magic Show

1 p.m.: Zach Metzler Juggling

1:15 p.m.: The After School Specials concert by Shimek Elementary School BASP

2:15 p.m.: Zach Metzler Juggling

2:30 p.m.: Kol Shira band

Strolling entertainment will include Dean Franzen juggling on his unicycle from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., and the Tubador playing from 12:30 to 3 p.m.

Children’s Day also is the official planting day for the Library’s Children’s Garden on the City Plaza. Kids are invited to help Scott Koepke, the education and outreach coordinator for New Pioneer Food Co-op’s Soilmates program, plant this year’s garden, which will include green beans, lettuce, and carrots. All produce harvested from the Children’s Garden is donated to Table To Table, which provides food for the area’s hungry, homeless and at-risk population.

Children’s Day begins at 10 a.m. with activities concluding at 3 p.m.

For more information about Children’s Day, call the Iowa City Public Library at (319) 356-5200.

For more information about the Summer Reading Program, visit srp.icpl.org

For a complete schedule of the Iowa Arts Festival, visit www.summeroftheARTS.org

Sometimes It’s Good to be Bad

by on May 26th, 2015

Underneath my mild-mannered librarian persona, I must be a covert criminal.  Not only do I revel in action movies where lots of things get blown up, I also read a fair amount of fiction from the “Dark Side” point of view.  Therefore, contrary to our Summer Reading Program‘s superhero theme, these books offer a fun way to be a felon vicariously.

Good Thief's Guide.phpWhen a title begins with “A Good Thief’s Guide to. . .”, a certain plot is expected:  something will be stolen and complications will occur.  After all Charlie Howard, whose day job is writing novels about a burglar, is only a good thief, not an excellent one.  What is unexpected is the wry humor that Chris Ewan uses to navigate the various circumstances in each specific location.

Heist Society.phpThe Heist Society series by Ally Carter also mixes humor and action with criminality.  After 15 years of a larcenous lifestyle with her family, Kat Bishop uses her skills to escape to an elite boarding school where she believes she can have a normal life.  Very shortly thereafter, her best friend Hale arrives with the news that her father has been framed for a theft, allegedly one only he has the skills to commit.  Can Kat and her crew make things right and save the day?  Most likely.  But it’s the daring escapades used to accomplish this that will keep the pages turning and make you wish you could join the team.

Artemis Fowl.phpAt age 12, Artemis Fowl II is already a master villain, definitively overshadowing his father’s modest criminal enterprises and earning millions in the process.  He uses his ill-gotten gains to fund his obsession with fairies.  When he tries to and succeeds in kidnapping one in order to prove their existence, mayhem ensues.  Artemis must use his formidable intellect to outwit the magical realm and gain his heart’s desire.  This initial book in the eponymous series by Eoin Colfer caused me to check out the next one immediately for more shenanigans.  The first four are also available as graphic novels.

Fast and Furious.phpLastly, this blog would not be complete without a mention of the Fast and Furious movie franchise.  The story begins with Paul Walker as an undercover police officer tasked with locating a gang of high-speed thieves.  After acquiring a tricked-out car, he successfully infiltrates the street racing scene and “the family”.  The action accelerates from there and into each subsequent film.  Fueled by fast cars filled with pretty people, this series is a joyride.

Check these out to see how the other “evil” half lives!

Author Michael Perry at ICPL June 3

by on May 26th, 2015

The Iowa City Public Library and Prairie Lights are pleased to welcome New York Times bestselling humorist Michael Perry to the Library on Wednesday, June 3.jesus cow

Perry will read from his first fictional novel, The Jesus Cow, a story about how Harley Jackson’s low-key life was turned upside down after a calf in his barn bears the image of Jesus Christ. Does he try to hide the calf from the media circus pounding on his barn door or does he gamble anonymity for fame and fortune?

A review in Publishers Weekly states that “Perry’s novel wrestles with some big issues — religion, environmentalism, community — but he resists letting his narrative get too bogged down in them. The result is a purposeful story that doesn’t overwhelm, an often charming read that rarely takes itself too seriously.”

Perry’s reading will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. in Meeting Room A at the Library. Prairie Lights will have copies of The Jesus Cow available for purchase at the program.

For more information, contact the Library at (319) 356-5200.

ICPL Announces Totally Tweens Summer Lineup

by on May 26th, 2015

The Iowa City Public Library’s Totally Tweens program has an exciting lineup of activities and programs for students in third through sixth grades as part of the Every Hero Has a Story Summer Reading Program.

Totally Tweens will meet at 2 p.m. every Tuesday in June and July, beginning June 9, in the Storytime Room, unless otherwise noted.

June 9: Literary LEGOs

Start the summer by using LEGOs to recreate scenes from your favorite books, then show off your creations in the Children’s Room display case.

June 16: Ready, Set, Draw! With Leo Kelly

What is a story? What makes a good character? Join Leo Kelly and find out how drawing can bring your heroes to life.

June 23: Marvelous Marbling

Try your hand at something new: paper marbling. Swishes of color and patterns combine to create unique works of art.

June 30: Weather Academy with Justin Gehrts

Join special guest Justin Gehrts, a meteorologist with the KCRG-TV9 Storm Team, for some fun experiments to learn how weather works and how to stay safe in storms.

July 7: Spy School

Do you have what it takes to be a spy? Join us for an hour of avoiding detection and secret messages.

July 14: Movie and Popcorn

Join us for a screening of Despicable Me 2. Watch as Gru tries to be a hero instead of a villain. We’ll provide the popcorn.

July 21: Explore Electronics

Learn how circuits work and make simple robots using littleBits, magnetic modules with no risk for electrocution.

July 28: Game Time

Tired of playing the same old games? Come and create your own using pieces from old games or ones you make yourself.

We will end the summer with a Totally Tweens Movie and Lock-In from 6 to 9 p.m. on Friday, July 31, in Meeting Room A. We’ll have games, crafts, snacks and a movie for our tween Summer Reading Program participants.

In addition to our Tuesday Totally Tweens events, Tween Minecraft Time will take place from 2 to 3 p.m. and 3 to 4 p.m. Friday, June 12, and Friday, July 17. Registration is required for Tween Minecraft Time. You can register online at calendar.icpl.org by clicking on the date of the event you wish to attend. Each participant may only register for one time slot.

Tweens should have a Minecraft account to play in multiplayer mode. Players without an account may use a library account, but these are limited and first come first serve. Otherwise players without an account may still play in single player mode.

The Iowa City Public Library Summer Reading Program will be held June 1 through Aug. 9; registration begins May 18. Patrons can either register in-person at the Library or online at srp.icpl.org.

For more information about Totally Tweens, call the Library at (319) 356-5200.





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