Author Archive for Kara Logsden



How do I vote early for The November 6 General Election?

by Kara Logsden on October 3rd, 2018

Early voting for the November 6 General Election begins at Iowa City Public Library Monday, October 8 from 11 AM to 6 PM. By law, this is the first day for early voting for this election.

Early voting at the Johnson County Auditor’s Office, 913 S. Dubuque St. Iowa City, begins Monday, October 8 at 7:45 AM. Voting will be available at the Auditor’s Office office weekdays 7:45 to 5:30 with extended weekend hours Saturday October 27 (8-5), Sunday October 28 (10-5), Saturday November 3 (8-5) and Sunday November 4 (10-5). On October 29, 30 and November 1 the Auditor’s Office will stay open until 7 pm.

Early voting will be available at Iowa City Public Library:

Monday October 8 – 11AM-6PM

Saturday October 27 – 10AM-6PM

Sunday October 28 – Noon-5PM

Monday October 29 – 10AM-5PM

Tuesday October 30 – 3PM-7PM

Wednesday October 31 – 10AM-5PM

Thursday November 1 – 3PM-7PM

Friday November 2 – 10AM-5PM

Saturday November – 3 11AM-5PM

Here’s a printable list of all Early Voting sites in Johnson County:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

For more information, contact the Johnson County Auditor’s Office.

Early Voting for the October 2 Iowa City Special City Council Election

by Kara Logsden on September 6th, 2018

Early Voting for the October 2 Iowa City special City Council election begins on Wednesday, September 19.

Early voting is available weekdays at the Johnson County Auditor’s Office, 913 S. Dubuque Street, from 7:45 am to 5:30 pm each day. Early voting ends on Monday, October 1.

On Tuesday October 2, you must vote at your regular polling place. This helpful webpage can help you locate your polling place.

Two Early Voting satellite sites will be available for the October 2 Special Election:

University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics-Fountain Lobby, Wednesday September 26 from 10 am to 4 pm.

Iowa City Public Library-Meeting Room B, Thursday September 27 from 10 am to 4 pm.

The pre-registration deadline, and deadline to request an absentee ballot, is 5 pm Friday, September 21. Registration is available after September 21 with an ID and proof of address.

For more information, please visit the Johnson County Auditor’s Office in person or at their webpage. You may also call the Auditor’s Office at 319-356-6004 during regular business hours.

Early voting for the November 6 General Election begins on Monday October 8.

Library Card Sign-up Month

by Kara Logsden on August 27th, 2018

September is National Library Card Sign-up Month. If you don’t have a Library Card, or know someone who doesn’t have a Library Card, head to the Downtown Library or the Bookmobile to get your Library Card.

Anyone in Iowa may get a Library Card from the Iowa City Public Library. To save time, you may pre-register at icpl.org/cards. Pick-up your Library Card at the Help Desk or Bookmobile. All you need is a photo ID. If your current address is on your photo ID, you are all set. If not, bring a recent utility bill, copy of your lease, or official mail to verify your local address.

Information about children and Library Cards and different card types is available at icpl.org/cards.

What can you do with your Library Card? Beyond checking out traditional Library materials such as books and movies, your Library Card becomes your ticket for much, much more! Did you know the Library checks out Toys? Book Club Kits? Video Games? Giant Chess and Checkers?

Do you have Bare Wall Syndrome? Check out 2 art prints for two months from our Art-To-Go collection.

Need Internet access? The Library has many computers available for public use. Log-in with your Library Card for two free hours of use each day.

Need to catch a ride home from Downtown Iowa City on an Iowa City Transit Bus? Present your Library Card to any public service desk at the Library and get a pass for a free ride home. There is a limit of two free bus passes per week with our Ride and Read program.

If you live in our service area (Iowa City, rural Johnson County, University Heights, Hills, Lone Tree) you may use your Library Card to:

Access ICPL’s Digital Library including eBooks, eAudiobooks, Kanopy movie streaming, Digital Magazines, New York Times Online and the Local Music Project. Access is FREE. All you need is your Library Card number and password.

Browse Consumer Reports online to figure out which refrigerator to buy via our Online Resources collection.

Browse the Chilton Library in our Online Resources collection to learn how to fix your car or truck.

Check out a Laptop, Internet Hotspot, or other equipment.

There’s so many things you can do with your Library Card! If you have questions, give us a call at 319-356-5200 during regular Library hours, ask us a question online, or stop by the Library or Bookmobile. We are happy to help!

 

Libraries Make a Difference … Every. Day.

by Kara Logsden on August 24th, 2018

It’s been a great week at the Library! Most weeks are great, but this week included a couple of special events I really enjoyed.

On Tuesday, staff from ICPL and other area public libraries were at the Johnson County Board of Supervisors meeting where the Supervisors voted on a proclamation declaring September “Library Card Sign-up Month” in Johnson County. The photo with all the people was taken after members of the Board of Supervisors shared stories about how libraries have made a difference in their lives. Indeed, our area public libraries make a difference in our community every day.

On Tuesday night, members of the Iowa City City Council also proclaimed September as “Library Card Sign-up Month” in Iowa City. We appreciate the ongoing support from our City Council and recognition of the importance of Iowa City Public Library in our community.

Just before the City Council meeting, Library staff were at the Iowa City Community School District Ice Cream Socials at our elementary schools sharing information about the Library and helping children and their family members sign-up for Library Cards. We firmly believe a Library Card is one of the most important back-to-school supplies for students.

If you don’t have a Library Card, or know someone who doesn’t have a card, sign-up is easy at www.icpl.org/cards or in person at the Downtown Library Help Desk or on the Bookmobile. A picture ID and proof of current Iowa address is needed to get a Library Card.

Although the Bookmobile wasn’t in service this week, staff were busy preparing for the Fall Bookmobile Schedule that begins next week. Bookmobile information, including details about the Fall Schedule, is available at www.icpl.org/bookmobile. The Bookmobile had some warranty work done this week. When we picked it up, it was like reuniting with a friend we haven’t seen for a few days. We’re looking forward to being out on the road again next week!

At our Help Desk meeting today we celebrated that students are back in school and reflected on our summer. Overall, it was a great summer! Circulation is up, more Holds are being placed, we offered great programs for people of all ages, and we set some records for Summer Library Program participation.

And finally, I ended the week with a friend sending me a wonderful post about Libraries from Read it Forward called 13 Reasons Why Libraries are Holding Us All Together.

My favorite quote from this article? “Signing your name for your first library card is the first right of passage into being an active member of society.”

Three cheers for Libraries and Library Cards and the difference libraries make in our community every day.

REMINDER: No Bookmobile Services August 20 to August 24

by Kara Logsden on August 17th, 2018

We had a GREAT summer on the Bookmobile, but now it’s time for the Bookmobile to take a summer vacation. The Bookmobile is going to the spa (maintenance garage) for some pampering (warranty work), a massage (cleaning inside and out), and TLC (restocking with new Library materials).

The Bookmobile begins the Fall Schedule on Monday August 27. More information is available at icpl.org/bookmobile.

During Bookmobile service breaks, Holds and ILLs scheduled for pick-up on the Bookmobile may be picked up at the Help Desk at the Downtown 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.

Thanks for a great summer on the Bookmobile! We’ll be out on the road again beginning Monday August 27. See you soon 🙂

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.