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April Displays

by Anna Sewell on April 2nd, 2014

The Library has several new displays this month… Stop by and check them out!

poetryThe National Poetry Month display is located next to the Help Desk on the first floor.  Staff are keeping it stocked with a good variety of new and classic poetry.  You can also celebrate National Poetry Month by coming to Meeting Room A on Tuesday, April 8, from 12-1:00 p.m. to hear The Read Aloud group from Iowa City/Johnson County Senior Center read some of their favorite poems.

YAWe have a new display of Young Adult books in the Gallery area on the first floor, One Read Fits All.  ICPL staff members love YA books!  Our 2012 and 2013 picks for Book of the Year were both YA books, John Green’s The Fault in Our Stars and Rainbow Rowell’s Eleanor & Park.  Come check out some of our other favorites.  You can always find more in the Young Adult collection on the Library’s second floor.

Book Madness is still going strong, and we’re down to the Final Four:

  1. Harry Potter vs. Shel Silverstein poems
  2. Pigeon books by Mo Willems vs. Amelia Bedelia books by Peggy Parish
  3. The Hunger Games trilogy by Suzanne Collins vs. The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams
  4. Me Talk Pretty One Day by David Sedaris vs. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

Stop by before the end of the day on Saturday to vote for your favorites!

rainy dayAre you tired of this dreary weather? Come to the Library’s second floor and check out our Things to Do on a Rainy Day display to help inspire you to have fun indoors.  We’re keeping this filled with books about games, crafts, cooking, baking, organizing, indoor gardening, drawing, and so much more!

Stay tuned for a display from the Digital History Project on April 22.  We’ll have photos from the Digital History Project’s scanning days.  We will also have books about genealogy and family archive preservation on a display nearby that will be available for check-out.

Lone Tree Visit

by Anna Sewell on February 25th, 2014

1Staff members had a wonderful time visiting Lone Tree on Saturday.  We were excited to issue several new Library cards and help update some expired accounts.  Lone Tree residents came with a lot of great questions about Library cards and services.

Since the City of Lone Tree signed a contract with the Iowa City Public Library last month, residents are now eligible for “Resident Cards” and correlating services.  This means that along with checking out books, movies, discs, magazines, art prints, and Storytime kits, Lone Tree residents are now also eligible to check out equipment, use our Interlibrary Loan Services, enroll in At Home Services, and access our eResources.

2Several Lone Tree residents stopped by to learn more about the eResources.  Residents are now able to download audiobooks & music, eBooks & digital magazines, and access our references databases from home.


A few kids came by and had fun with the “Twitters & Tweets” Storytime and craft.


It was a great day.  Thank you to everyone who came to see us!


Saturday in Lone Tree

by Anna Sewell on February 19th, 2014

Iowa City Public Library staff members are looking forward to visiting Lone Tree this Saturday, February 22.  We are excited to welcome Lone Tree’s residents to the Library!  Staff members will be at the Lone Tree Library from 9:00 – 10:30 a.m. to help share information about Library collections and services.

Staff will be available to issue Library cards and answer general questions about the Library.  If residents are interested in getting a Library card, please make sure to bring photo identification and proof of current residential address.

There will be an eResources class at 9:15 a.m. with Tech Help to follow.  If you have any questions about online products and services available at ICPL please feel free to bring your tablets and other devices so we can show you how to access the Library’s eBooks and eMagazine collections.

birdsJoin us for a bird Storytime, “Twitters & Tweets,” at 9:30 a.m. and we’ll think about warm weather and birds.  Plan to stay after for a children’s craft – we’ll provide a bird template and kids will be able to glue feathers on.

We hope to see you there!

Volunteering at the Iowa City Public Library

by Anna Sewell on February 12th, 2014

Volunteer Program LogoIt is a privilege to be able to observe the willingness of our patrons to dedicate their time and energy to make a difference in the community and in Library operations.  For over 30 years volunteers have been a valued resource.  We love our volunteers!

The Library is always accepting volunteer applications.  Our needs vary throughout the year, but right now we are specifically looking for volunteers to help check in Library materials, work at The Book End used bookstore, and assist with the Library’s CoderDojo program.  We also always have openings for volunteers to straighten shelves and help clean audiovisual collections.

Young Adults (Grade 7 and up) and Adults are eligible to participate in the Volunteer Program.  Please follow this link for more information about ICPL’s Volunteer Program and for a volunteer application:

If you are interested in volunteering, please fill out the application so we can see if there are any volunteer positions that work with your availability.  Return all applications to Volunteer Assistant, 123 S. Linn St, Iowa City, IA 52240.

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