Author Archive for Kara Logsden



Fall Bookmobile Schedule

by Kara Logsden on August 13th, 2018

We are pleased to announce the Fall 2018 ICPL Bookmobile Schedule. The Fall Schedule runs from August 27 through December 21, 2018 and offers FREE PARKING at all stops, with the exception of the UI College of Medicine Courtyard stop.

Schedule information is available at icpl.org/bookmobile and in printed schedules available in the Library and on the Bookmobile.

The Bookmobile has a dedicated collection of over 2,000 new books and movies available for checkout with your ICPL Library Card. We also pull materials from the Downtown Library collection to feature on the Bookmobile.

Did you know you can also request to pick-up your Holds or Interlibrary Loans on the Bookmobile? It’s easy to indicate “Bookmobile” as your pick-up location when you reserve an item or make a request for an Interlibrary Loan. We’ll let you know when your item is ready for pickup on the Bookmobile.

Materials checked out on the ICPL Bookmobile may be returned to the Bookmobile, Downtown Library, or to one of our remote book returns, conveniently located at the 1st Avenue HyVee Pharmacy Drive (812 S. First Avenue) or the Mormon Trek location of the University of Iowa Community Credit Union (825 Mormon Trek Blvd).

The ICPL Bookmobile stops at elementary schools, retirement residences, parking lots, and mobile home communities throughout Iowa City and a couple locations in rural Johnson County. Each Bookmobile stop (with the exception of the UI College of Medicine Courtyard) offers free parking adjacent to the Bookmobile. Stops at the Bookmobile are quick and easy.

Haven’t visited the Bookmobile yet? What are you waiting for? The Bookmobile is a great way to access services the Library offers with the added bonus of free parking.

For more information, visit the Bookmobile webpage at icpl.org/bookmobile, give us a call at 319-356-5200 during regular Library hours, or ask us a question online.

First Year on the Bookmobile

by Kara Logsden on July 30th, 2018

Bookmobile at Mercer ParkThe FY18 statistics are in and what a GREAT first year for the Bookmobile! From July 1, 2017 to June 30, 2018, 15,233 people visited the ICPL Bookmobile and checked out 25,885 items.

The Bookmobile drove 3,863 miles around Iowa City and Johnson County. The Bookmobile’s checkouts per mile varied from a low of 5 in January and February to a high of 10 in July. The Bookmobile averaged 7 checkouts per mile driven in FY18.

Staff at the Bookmobile hosted 96 programs for children with 3,158 people attending. Most programs were a part of Stories in the Park, but there were many other special programs as well.

The University of Iowa Community Credit Union-Mormon Trek stop checked out the most items for an individual stop – 2,717. Lemme Elementary was the next busiest stop (2,444 checkouts) followed by Mercer Park (2,110) and Breckenridge Estates (2,156).

Bookmobile staff collected many wonderful stories while out in the community. My favorite story is service to Breckenridge Estates in rural Johnson County. Each week, a teacher from Lemme Elementary meets us at Breckenridge and helps students find books. She also brings sweet treats the children enjoy. On the last day of Bookmobile service last summer, two siblings came to the Bookmobile wearing the Summer Reading Program t-shirts they earned by completing all the required  SRP activities. They were especially proud of their t-shirts because they had never had an opportunity to participate in Summer Reading Program before. Living 5 miles out in the country without a ride to town, Summer Reading Program was not accessible until the Bookmobile rolled into their neighborhood.

Another happy story is the children who visit the Bookmobile at Mark Twain Elementary after school. Staff from their after school program, run by the Neighborhood Centers of Johnson County, help the children to find books and movies to check out. They also give reminders to return Bookmobile materials. Students at Mark Twain Elementary checked out 1,851 items from the Bookmobile in FY18.

Our most fun stop this summer has been the College of Medicine Courtyard stop on Thursdays from 11AM-1PM. It’s 12 Food Trucks plus the Bookmobile parked on the MERF/PBDB/BSB Courtyard with live music. We have many staff from the College of Medicine and UI Hospitals and Clinics visit us and everyone is happy because there’s delicious food and great books and movies.

If you haven’t visited us yet this summer, there’s still time. The Summer Schedule runs through August 17. Then we take a break for a week and the Fall Schedule begins on Monday August 25. Watch this blog for Fall Schedule announcements.

No Bookmobile Service on Independence Day

by Kara Logsden on July 3rd, 2018

The Iowa City Public Library Bookmobile will not be in service on Wednesday July 4th. The Downtown Library is also closed in honor of the holiday.

Bookmobile holiday hours are always available on the Library’s website.

Although the Bookmobile and Library are closed, online services are available 24/7 at www.icpl.org. This includes account access and, for those who live in our service area, access to ICPL’s Digital Library including eBooks, eAudiobooks, eMagazines, New York Times and Kanopy video streaming.

Speaking of 24/7 access – we know our community accesses services when we are closed. On Independence Day in 2017 there were 200 holds placed and 302 items renewed through our online catalog. Also on Independence Day 2017, 214 eAudiobooks and 272 eBooks were checked out. That’s a lot of reading for a holiday!

Happy Independence Day! We’ll see you back on the Bookmobile or at the Downtown Library on July 5th.

Public Displays @ ICPL

by Kara Logsden on June 21st, 2018

Did you know Library provides space for individuals and community groups to create displays at the Library? Information about displays is available on the Library’s webpage.

According to Library Board policy, displays from individuals or community groups must meet one of the following criteria:

  • Highlight current issues, events or other subjects of public interest.
  • Display high quality original art, crafts, photographs, writings, or interesting collections of Iowans.
  • Explain the activities of local organizations and agencies engaged in educational, recreational, cultural, intellectual, or charitable activities.

Space for community displays is available on the 2nd floor of the Library. Display spaces are reserved for a calendar month and individuals/groups are limited to one display in a 12-month period. For more information or to reserve display space, please contact the Community & Access Services Assistant at 319-887-6025.

Meeting Rooms @ ICPL

by Kara Logsden on June 14th, 2018

The Library has 5 meeting rooms available for community organizations to use free of charge. Information about each room is available on the Library’s webpage and includes details about room capacity, standard set-ups, equipment in the rooms and hours the rooms are available.

The Library’s meeting rooms are in high demand. In FY17 there were 1,497 community meetings with an estimated attendance of 30,883. In addition, there were 2,055 Library uses of the meeting rooms for programs, events, training and meetings.

Community groups are welcome to use the Library’s meeting rooms. According to Library Board Policy, “Rooms are available to non-profit corporations (defined as those entities granted tax-exempt status by the IRS under section 501(c)(3) or other tax exempt sections of the Internal Revenue Code), a candidate’s campaign committee (as defined in Iowa Code §68A.102(5)), a political committee (as defined by Iowa Code §68A.102 (18), a non-profit citizen’s group that provides appropriate contact information, a governmental subdivision, or a department/division/bureau of a governmental subdivision”

Please note – Rooms are not available for private parties or use as a regularly scheduled classroom or study space by educational institutions.

To schedule a meeting room, navigate to the Meeting Room information webpage and click on “Request a Meeting Room.” You may also call the Library at 319-356-5200 during regular business hours or stop by the Library’s Help Desk or Information Desk.

RAGBRAI T-Shirts for Sale @ICPL

by Kara Logsden on June 4th, 2018

RAGBRAI is rolling through Iowa City on Friday July 27. To celebrate, there are official RAGRAI t-shirts for sale at a number of locations, including the Library’s Help Desk, for $20 while supplies last.

The shirts for sale at the Library are Canvas Bella cotton/poly blend in size medium and large in both black and gold versions. Additional sizes are available through online ordering at the official RAGBRAI Merchandise webpage.

All t-shirt proceeds offset RAGBRAI expenses. Any profits from the event will go to the United Way of Johnson and Washington Counties.

The official RAGBRAI-Iowa City webpage includes everything you need to know about July 27th events and the webpage is updated as additional information becomes available.

If you are interested in volunteering for RAGBRAI, there are many opportunities available. More information is at the RAGBRAI-Iowa City webpage.

 

 

Bookmobile @ Juneteenth June 23

by Kara Logsden on June 3rd, 2018

Bookmobile at Mercer ParkThe ICPL Bookmobile will be at the June 23 Juneteenth Commemoration from Noon to 5:00 pm. This year’s commemoration will be at Mercer Park, 2701 Bradford Drive in Iowa City. More information about Iowa City’s Juneteenth commemoration is available at the Juneteenth webpage and on Facebook.

Juneteenth is an annual commemoration of the 1865 abolition of slavery in the United States. Sometimes Juneteenth is called African American Emancipation Day.

The theme of Iowa City’s 2018 Juneteenth commemoration is “Other Mother: It takes a Village.” We’ll see you at Mercer Park on June 23!

No Bookmobile Service May 25 through June 3

by Kara Logsden on May 11th, 2018

2017-07-bookmobileThe Bookmobile Spring Schedule concludes on Thursday May 24 and the Summer Schedule begins on Monday June 4, 2018. We’ve had a great Spring and look forward to a busy summer including Stories in the Park programs.

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.

For full Bookmobile schedule information, navigate to www.icpl.org/bookmobile

CHOMP on a Good Book

by Kara Logsden on May 1st, 2018

No time to pick-up your Holds at the Iowa City Public Library? CHOMP Delivery service can help! Beginning Tuesday May 1, CHOMP will deliver Iowa City Public Library holds to your door.

Once your Holds are ready for pick-up at the Downtown Library, login to www.chomp.delivery and schedule your delivery. CHOMP delivery charges for this service begin at $2.99 plus a $1.49 convenience fee. The total cost depends on how close you live to the Library. CHOMP delivers to Iowa City, Coralville, North Liberty, University Heights, Hills and Tiffin.

CHOMP is a locally-owned delivery service. Although CHOMP traditionally delivers food, they are offering the convenience of delivering Holds from the Downtown Library during regular Library hours. A CHOMP account is required for this service and delivery fees apply.

For more information, navigate to www.chomp.delivery or contact staff at the Iowa City Public Library.

Is the Library open during Ped Mall Construction?

by Kara Logsden on April 30th, 2018

YES YES YES YES. The Library is absolutely open during Ped Mall Construction.

2018 Construction begins today as a a part of Phase 1. In the map to the right, Phase 1 is shown in brown. Phase 1 includes the Dubuque Street portion of the Ped Mall away from the Library.

Construction near the Library is a part of Phase 2, which begins in May of 2019. Phase 2 is shown on the map in green. Next summer, when there is construction near the Library, we do not anticipate any closures of the Library.

There are a number of ways you can keep informed about Ped Mall construction:

  1. Sign up at the City’s Alerts at https://www.icgov.org/e-subscriptions – the alert is called Ped Mall Improvements Project” in the “Construction and Housing” section.
  2. Follow the hashtag #pedproject on Facebook and Twitter.
  3. Check out the City’s Ped Mall Construction Project webpage that has the most current information.
  4. Look at the April 2018 PowerPoint from the Public Open House to see maps, phasing, and renderings of what some of the improvements will look like.

We’ll keep our fingers crossed for good weather and smooth sailing with this project. We all have experience from the Washington Street phase last summer, so that gives us an idea of what to expect for the Summers of 2018 and 2019.