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Video Staff Picks: All Iowa Reads with Susan

by Bond Drager on October 15th, 2014

Need a good book to read? Join our library director Susan for some wonderful book recommendations taken from the All Iowa Reads list.
This year’s author, Thomas Maltman, visited ICPL recently. A video of that talk is here:

Video Staff Picks: with Terri

by Bond Drager on August 29th, 2014

Terri’s back to talk about some great biographies from musicians and sports heroes.

Video Staff Picks: Book Club Recommendations and Epistolary Novels

by Bond Drager on August 4th, 2014

Meredith talks about one of her favorite epistolary novels (stories made up of letters or correspondence) and Katherine shares a novel that was a hit at her local book club.

Video Staff Picks – British TV and Getting the Body of a Werewolf

by Bond Drager on July 10th, 2014

Jason talks about a British mystery series you may have missed, and Melody shows that the library can teach you how to have the body of a werewolf.

Video Staff Picks with Terri

by Bond Drager on March 17th, 2014

On this episode of Staff Picks, Terri tells us about some great documentaries in the ICPL collection, some CDs, and coffee table books.

Valentine’s Dessert with Candice – Video Staff Picks

by Bond Drager on February 14th, 2014

Candice takes us behind the scenes at ICPL to make a special chocolate caramel sauce from the Mast Brothers Chocolate Cookbook.


Wedding Planning with Melody – Video Staff Picks

by Bond Drager on January 22nd, 2014]

Are you planning a wedding? We’ve got you covered. In this video, Melody talks about books and magazines in our collection that will give you some great ideas.
Items mentioned include

Planning a Wedding to Remember
by Beverly Clark

Martha Stewart’s Encyclopedia of Crafts

Michaels Book of Wedding Crafts

Creating Vintage Cards
by Jill Haglund

Paper to Petal
by Rebecca Fuss & Patrick Farrell

Flower Style
by Diane Wagner

Bouquets: A Year of Flowers for the Bride
by Marsha Heckman

BRIDES Magazine

Digital Magazines available online at

Wedding books are available at
call number 395

Crafts books are available at
call number 745

Video Staff Picks – with Kara

by Bond Drager on November 27th, 2013


How to Survive a Plague

by Bond Drager on November 14th, 2013

There is no shortage of well made films dealing with issues surrounding the AIDS epidemic. We Were Here from 2011 talks about San Francisco in the 80s and 90s. The Frontline film The Age of Aids took a comprehensive look at the history of the disease from beginning to end. Certainly many fictional films have addressed the topic as well.

When How to Survive a Plague came out last year, I almost didn’t watch it. I thought I had seen all I needed to see and wouldn’t find anything new or surprising in this story.  I watched it anyway, and I’m so glad I did. Though it definitely was sad (kleenexes required!) it has notes of hope that other films about AIDS usually don’t share.

It opens at the beginning of the HIV/AIDS epidemic in the US, and it follows the group ACT UP, who organized and protested while struggling to get the US government and pharmaceutical companies to develop and research new medications for the disease. It features a large amount of archival footage as well. The film was nominated for an Academy Award in 2012 and also was nominated for and won many other awards.

This story was compelling, affecting, and ultimately a beautiful portrait of a horrible situation.

If you’re still not convinced, here’s the trailer for the film.

Video Staff Picks – with Terri

by Bond Drager on October 30th, 2013


In this episode of Video Staff Picks, Terri talks about these collection items:

Carrie and Me : A Mother-Daughter Love Story by Carol Burnett

Shirley Jones: A Memoir by Shirley Jones with Wendy Leigh

Anyone Who Had a Heart: My Life and Music by Burt Bacharach

The Great Gatsby: Midnight in Manhattan

Love Him or Leave Him by Loni Love

The Astronaut Wives Club by Lily Koppel

Live Fire by Michael Chiarello

My Lunches with Orson by Henry Jaglom

Festival in Cannes

Hell on Wheels