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4-H on Wheels in Lone Tree

by Anna Sewell on July 7th, 2014

lone treeWe really enjoyed partnering with 4-H on Wheels in Lone Tree this summer.  Library staff traveled to Lone Tree once a week to check out Library materials to children based on the weekly 4-H on Wheels theme.  All the topics were related to STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math).

There were 26 youth signed up for the program, and they check out 48 books over the past 5 weeks.  Fifteen children signed up for Library Cards during the 4-H on Wheels registration process and received their cards in the mail.  Staff issued another 10 library cards at the park in Lone Tree.

It was a lot of fun seeing the children participate in science experiments, create art projects, play games, and eat nutritious snacks, and then come over to the Library table and find books correlating to what they had just learned.  I hope this is a partnership that continues for years to come!

Volunteer Spotlight: Theo Prineas

by Anna Sewell on May 7th, 2014

We asked Theo Prineas a few questions for this “Volunteer Spotlight:”

How long have you been volunteering for the Iowa City Public Library?

About a year.theo

What do you do at the Library?

Check-in books and organize them on the carts.  Once a month I go to TAG (Teen Activity Group) meetings in the Koza Family Teen Center.

Why did you decide to volunteer at the Library?

It was spontaneous.  I turned 13 and decided, “Hey, I want to volunteer!”

What is your favorite part of the collection?

J.R.R. Tolkien

What else do you like to do?

I read a lot.  I like to do homework.  I live in the country, so I also like to play outside.

Thank you, Theo, for all of your time and hard work!
If you’re interested in volunteering, go or come in to the Library and fill out an application.


Volunteer Recognition… Tomorrow!

by Anna Sewell on April 29th, 2014

The Library has such an amazing group of volunteers. We are looking forward to recognizing our volunteers for their service during calendar year 2013 tomorrow night from 6:30-7:30 p.m.  Thirty-eight of these volunteers will receive hours of service awards ranging from 100 to 3,500 hours.

Here is a link to the video we will be showing about volunteering at the Library:

Stay tuned to hear who we will name the 2013 Volunteer of the Year…

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.