Bookmobile Winter/Spring Schedule Preview

by on December 18th, 2017

Library staff are finalizing the Bookmobile Winter/Spring schedule which begins on Monday January 8, 2018 and runs through May 24. There are a number of changes to the schedule, so Bookmobile users will want to pick-up a copy of the Winter/Spring schedule flyer. As a reminder, the Bookmobile will not operate from December 25 through January 4, giving staff time to do a deep clean, send the Bookmobile to the spa (maintenance garage), complete training, and update collections.

We are adding a few new stops. The Bookmobile will travel to Iowa City Rehabilitation, Regency Heights and Lemme Elementary on Mondays. Tuesdays we’re adding a Noon stop at the UI College of Medicine’s MERF/PBDB/BSB Courtyard. This is where the mobile food trucks park in the summer on Thursdays, so UI staff should be familiar with where this stop is located. We anticipate delivering many holds to this stop on Tuesdays. On Thursdays the Bookmobile will be at Hy-Vee on First Avenue.

The Grant Wood Elementary stop changes days and moves to just after school on Tuesdays and the UI Community Credit Union stop moves from Thursday to Wednesday.

The Winter/Spring schedule includes two stops where the Bookmobile will meet-up with the Crisis Center’s Mobile Food Pantry. The Bookmobile will be at Regency Mobile Home Community on Thursdays from 5:00-5:30 pm. The Mobile Food Pantry serves Regency the third Thursday of each month from 4:30-5:30 pm. On the 3rd Wednesday of each month, the Bookmobile will make a special trip out to Parkview Mobile Home Court to meet up with the Mobile Food Pantry. The Bookmobile is scheduled to be there from Noon-12:30 pm. Read the rest of this entry »

Reading the Night Away With the Jólabókaflóð

by on December 15th, 2017

What the heck is Jólabókaflóð? Literally, it means “Christmas Book Flood,” and it’s pronounced “Yo-la-bok-a-flot.” Maybe you’ve heard of it, since all things Nordic are very trendy right now (hygge, Nordic noir, Scandinavian minimalism, et cetera). It’s the Icelandic tradition of exchanging books on Christmas Eve, then spending the night reading those books. In Iceland, the holiday season kicks off in November with the delivery of the Bókatíðindi—the annual Book Bulletin, distributed by the Icelandic Publishers Association for free to each Icelandic home.

This tradition began during World War II after Iceland gained its independence from Denmark. Paper was one of the few commodities not rationed during the war, so books became the gift of choice, as other types of gifts were scarce. Iceland loves its books: 93% of Icelanders read at least one book a year (compared to 73% of Americans), and it is the third most literate country in the world (Finland and Norway are the first and second). In Iceland, one in ten people will publish a book in their lifetime, and in 2011 Reykjavík was designated a UNESCO City of Literature, three years after Iowa City received the same distinction.

Jólabókaflóð is easy to adapt to your family’s needs. While the original tradition is tied to Christmas, yours doesn’t need to be! Simply gather your family together, and enjoy each other’s company while exchanging your favorite books. Check out used bookstores, thrift stores, and library sales to get the best deals on your Book Flood gifts, or use library books for a totally free exchange (just be careful about overdue books). This article has some really fun ideas for creating your own Book Flood tradition.

This sweet tradition is very close to my heart. I grew up in a family of readers—which is probably not surprising, now that I’m working in a library and getting my Master’s in Library Science. For a lot of other families, Christmas day is a loud, boisterous occasion. For my family, it was all about the books. On Christmas Eve, we would gather around the tree and read classic picture books together; the next day was usually spent in pajamas, scattered around the house, reading all the new books we’d received as gifts. To me, there’s almost nothing better than being with people you love, reading.

What books will you give to your loved ones this holiday season?

Mock Caldecott Review: Now

by on December 15th, 2017

Image result for now antoinette portisAntoinette Portis consistently creates delightful read alouds for children and her latest, Nowis a treasure. A young girl shows us her favorite things including a paper boat, a song, a worm and mud. As we follow her throughout her day it becomes apparent that everything she does and has is her favorite, because it is what she is experiencing in the moment.

The exception emerges at the end of the title with her “favorite now”. Pay particular attention to Portis’s masterful use of negative space, vibrant colors and exaggerated brush strokes encouraging breath and space throughout.  Not only is this picture book a joy to read, but much like Wait before, it serves as a reminder to slow down and live every moment to its fullest potential.

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I need to return my books, but the Library is closed. What do I do?

by on December 15th, 2017

The holidays are here and that means some changes in Library hours. There is a complete list of Holiday Hours posted on the Library’s webpage.

If the Library is closed, most materials can be returned to our outside book return, on Linn Street, and the two remote book returns, located at First Avenue Hy-Vee and the Mormon Trek University of Iowa Community Credit Union. The remote book returns are emptied about 1:00 PM each day, 365 days a year.

15% of items returned to the Library come back through the two remote book returns. How do we know? Four times a year we count all items returned in a one-week period. Between November 27 and December 3, there were 17,308 items returned to the Library. Of those, 2,610 were items returned in the remote book returns.

Please give us a call if you have questions about Library hours or materials return. We’d be happy to answer your questions or help you renew items that can be renewed. You may also renew items at the “My Account” link on the Library’s webpage or by using the AWESOME Library App.

UPDATE: My Holiday Lights Won’t Work – Now What?

by on December 15th, 2017

Today I received an update from Jane Wilch, the City of Iowa City’s Recycling Coordinator. There are recycling bins for holiday lights at the following locations. Unless noted, these bins are seasonal.

  • Hy-Vee (1720 Waterfront Dr, Iowa City)
  • Hy-Vee (812 S. 1st Ave, Iowa City)
  • Hy-Vee (1125 North Dodge Street)
  • Hy-Vee (1914 8th Street, Coralville)
  • Stuff Etc. (2818 Commerce Dr, Coralville)
  • Coralville City Hall (1512 7th St, Coralville)
  • Coralville Recreation Center (1506 8th St, Coralville)
  • Iowa City Landfill and Recycling Center (3900 Hebl Ave, Iowa City) (year-round)
  • ReStore donation area (2401 Scott Blvd. SE, Iowa City) (year-round)

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‘Tis the season … for frustration with holiday lights. Every year it seems there’s a strand or two that won’t light up. I try checking bulbs, I try changing fuses, nothing works. I don’t what to throw them in the trash. What do I do?

Fortunately, Iowa City Recycles! The East Side Recycling Center at 2401 Scott Boulevard SE accepts holiday lights at the ReStore’s donation area. Lights can also be dropped off at the Iowa City Landfill and Recycling Center at 3900 Hebl Avenue SW. Their hours are 7AM to 4:30PM Monday through Saturday. Lights should be put in the electronic waste bins.

For a comprehensive list of what can be recycled in Iowa City, visit the City of Iowa City’s Recycling webpage. While you are there, check out the information about the new curbside recycling program that begins on Monday December 4th. Recycling becomes much easier because there’s no need to sort recycling materials – just throw everything in the bin together. There’s also a handy Curbside Recycling Guide.

 

 

Winter crafting inspired by the Bookmobile

by on December 14th, 2017

When the weather starts to cool, I brush off my crafting supplies and I know it’s time to get started on hand made gifts. I love to make crafts but some years I am stumped about what to make when it comes time to get started. This year, my crafting choice was made easy when the Feminist Icon Cross Stitch book caught my eye during some down time on the Bookmobile. I made two of the patterns for women in my life and I hope to make one for myself next! A new cross stitch book, Really Cross Stitch just arrived on the Bookmobile yesterday, so now I have even more patterns I am itching to make.

 

We like to boast that the Bookmobile is filled with the newest and most popular items. To keep that distinction, we are continually adding new books to the collections on the Bookmobile. Recently our Non Fiction section has been expanding with several new crafting books and cook books. The hardest part of my days on the Bookmobile has to be seeing so many great books and knowing that I don’t have time to read them all.

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Mock Newbery Nominee: Pashmina by Nidhi Chanani

by on December 12th, 2017
Mock Newbery Nominee: Pashmina by Nidhi Chanani Cover Image

In the third installment of our Mock Newbery summaries and reviews you’ll have a chance to decide if Pashmina by Nidhi Chanani is a story worthy of your vote. This graphic novel follows Priyanka, a second generation Indian-American, as she struggles with questions of identity and family secrets.

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ICPL Bags for Sale

by on December 12th, 2017

The Library has two new canvas tote bags for sale for $8 each. Bags may be purchased at the Library’s Help Desk on the first floor. We also have the $1 lighter-weight bags for sale.

The blue canvas bag is a sling style with one longer handle. The natural color canvas bag features two long handles, a front pocket and a zipper.

Need a last minute gift idea? What about an ICPL canvass bag full of books? Readers would really enjoy that gift! And Library staff can suggest books for every reader.

Stop in the Library and say HI this holiday season and pick-up a cool new bag. We’ll see you soon!

Net Neutrality

by on December 11th, 2017

Net Neutrality

Last week I taught a class over at the Senior Center about new technology. The majority of the questions related to “cord cutting” which is a means of opting out of expensive cable packages in lieu of streaming services (or content provided over and delievered through the internet). Seniors wanted to know how they could get entertainment using technology like a Roku or Smart TV to play content from subscription and free streaming services like YouTube, Netflix, Hulu, SlingTV, Amazon Prime and others. At the end of class concerns about Net Neutrality were raised as the delivery of streaming services may be impacted by the upcoming changes proposed by the FCC.

What is NET NEUTRALITY?

Net Neutrality is the principle that Internet Service Providers (or ISPs — think Comcast, Verizon, and AT&T) must treat all data on the Internet the same, and not discriminate or charge differently by user, content, website, platform, application, type of attached equipment, or method of communication. For instance, under these principles, internet service providers are unable to intentionally block, slow down or charge money for specific websites and online content.

Why am I Hearing About it NOW?

This Tuesday, December 14th the Federal Communications Commission will most likely repeal the Net Neutrality rules that were put into place in 2015 under the Obama administration.  Currently the chairman, Ajit Pai, has the 3 to 2 votes needed to repeal the designation due to the majority make-up of Republican commission members. Congress has oversight of the Commission including the ability to appointment members but will not vote on the issue as it is not in charge of regulation.

What is Being Repealed?

In 2015, ISPs were classified under Title II which made them “common carriers” instead of “information providers.” This classification means that Internet Service Providers have to follow the same rules as utilities as outlined in the Communications Act of 1934 which was amended in 1996 to make accommodations in technological advances and differences in service.  The repeal of the “common carrier” designation became a priority of the new chairman when appointed by President Trump.

What are People Nervous About?

Many see the Net Neutrality rules as pro-consumer and as a means to protecting how the internet functions today. Another concern is Pai’s prior connections to the Internet Service Provider, Verizon. Net Neutrality is an issue that has also been for the most part divided along party lines and the current repeal doesn’t have bipartisan support.

For more information about Net Neutrality see these sources:

How to Argue About Net Neutrality – Washington Post

Net Neutrality for Dummies – Business Insider

Net Neutrality – Last Week Tonight

Net Neutrality – New York Times (all coverage)

Bookmobile Winter Break December 25-January 7

by on December 11th, 2017

2017-10-homecoming-bookmobile-photoThe Bookmobile Fall Schedule concludes on Thursday December 21 and the Spring Schedule begins on Monday January 8, 2018. We’ve had a great fall, connecting with people in the community and taking Library services on the road. A break between schedule periods gives us time for vehicle maintenance, deep cleaning, and restocking the Bookmobile with great new Library materials.

On days when the Bookmobile is not in service, but the Library is open, Holds and ILLs may be picked up at the 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.

If you are wondering about winter weather and Bookmobile service, check out this blog post.

Happy Holidays! We’ll see you in 2018 on the Bookmobile.