Author Archive for Kara Logsden



ICPL Bookmobile at Juneteenth

by Kara Logsden on June 17th, 2019

The ICPL Bookmobile will be at the June 22 Juneteenth Commemoration from Noon to 4:00 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 Facebook page.

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

We’ll see you at Mercer Park on June 22!

Bookmobile @ IC Pride

by Kara Logsden on June 10th, 2019

Iowa City PrideIowa City Public Library is a proud Pride Week sponsor and we’re excited to take the ICPL Bookmobile to two Pride events this week.

Pride Picnic at City Park – Friday, June 14, 5-7 pm: ICPL’s Bookmobile will head to City Park and be open during the Pride Picnic. Stop by, say hello and checkout the special display of materials related to Pride week.

Pride Fair Downtown – Saturday, June 15, 11 am-6 pm: Visit the ICPL Bookmobile at the vendor fair Downtown. We don’t know where we’re parking yet, but look for the big blue Bookmobile. We’ll have our special display of materials related to Pride week and, if it’s hot, we’ll have the A/C on.

Happy Pride Week! We’ll see you at the ICPL Bookmobile soon!

 

Summer Library Bus

by Kara Logsden on June 1st, 2019

The Summer 2013 Summer Library BusLibrary Bus program ROLLS OUT on Monday June 3.

An Iowa City Public Library card is a child’s ticket to ride an Iowa City Transit bus FREE this summer. The Library will provide free bus rides to children through 12th grade, and the adult caregivers who are with them, on any Iowa City Transit bus route, from Monday June 3 through Thursday August 22, 2019, on weekdays between 9:00 am and 3:00 pm.

Bus riders should show their Iowa City Public Library card to the bus driver to gain free access to the bus.

Riding home from Downtown: Year-round the Library will provide two FREE bus passes each week to people of all ages through our Ride and Read program. Just show your Library Card to any service desk at the Downtown Library and we’ll give you a pass for a ride home.

More information about riding the bus to the Library is available at this link: icpl.org/hours-location/ride/

Information about applying for a Library Card is available at: icpl.org/cards

Roll on down to the Library this summer on an Iowa City Transit Bus. We look forward to seeing you!

Have You Heard the News?

by Kara Logsden on May 29th, 2019

Beginning June 1, 2019 we will not charge overdue fines for materials checked out from the Children’s and Young Adult collections that are returned past their due date. We appreciate the support of the Iowa City City Council and the Library Board to make this change that will eliminate barriers for Library use. Both groups voted on budget requests to support this change and the Library Board recently voted to update the Circulation and Library Card Policy to reflect this change.

We understand there may be some confusion about this. It does not matter if it’s a child’s card or an adult’s card that checks out the materials. No overdue fines will be charged on materials returned late that are checked out from the children’s and young adult collections.

This does not mean materials do not have to be returned to the Library. A full replacement fee will be charged to the borrower’s account when materials are not returned. For items with a 7-day loan period, there will be a bill at 14 days overdue. For 21-day items, there will be a bill at 21 days overdue.

No fines – what a great way to blast off to an awesome summer of activities at the Library. We’ll see you here soon!

ICPL Bookmobile at Iowa Arts Festival

by Kara Logsden on May 24th, 2019

Students from Alexander after a bookmobile visit.

The ICPL Bookmobile will be at ABC Day (Arts-Books-Children) at the Iowa Arts Festival on Saturday June 1 from 11:00 AM to 3:00 PM. You’ll find us on Clinton Street with all the Children’s activities.

Stop by, pick up a copy of the Library’s Summer Bookmobile Schedule, sign-up for Summer Reading Program, and check out a book for summer reading – we’ve got lots of great books for people of all ages.

We are ready for a GREAT SUMMER beginning at the Iowa Arts Festival. We’ll see you at the Library and ICPL Bookmobile soon!

 

ICPL eMail Notices

by Kara Logsden on May 22nd, 2019

We’re hearing reports that some emails sent from our circulation system are not being delivered. We believe a small number of patrons are impacted. We’re also hearing some notices are being intermittently delivered while others are going to spam folders.

Emails impacted could include those going to mchsi.com, q.com, centurylink.net and gmail.com accounts.

If you rely exclusively on courtesy email notices or other email notices from our circulation system, and you have not received them, please login to your account to check on the status of holds or item due dates. You may also call the Library during regular business hours at 319-356-5200. The ICPL App also helps with account management.

Please be assured we are working to resolve this issue and we apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused.

Library OPEN During Ped Mall Construction

by Kara Logsden on May 14th, 2019

The Ped Mall Improvement Project is in full swing. Phase Two of the project is literally outside the Library door (we can hear it!). The Library will remain OPEN during the Ped Mall improvement project; however, access to the Library may change. Please watch for directional signs that will help you navigate to the Library’s entrance.

There’s a wonderful display in the Library’s Gallery (just outside the Children’s Room on the first floor) with information about Iowa City’s Urban Renewal Project and the history of the Ped Mall. It will be there through the end of May. Stop by to check out the photos. When I was a child, I remember visiting Bushnell’s Turtle and Epstein’s Books while they were in temporary buildings along Clinton Street in Downtown Iowa City.

For updates about the Ped Mall Improvement Project, navigate to  icgov.org/downtownstreetscape. You can also learn more about this project with this video: https://youtu.be/rAYqwXylMOs.

Weekly construction update meetings are held at the Library on Fridays at 10:00 am in Meeting Room D. Watch for progress updates from the City after these meetings. To stay updated during construction, subscribe to the Ped Mall Improvements Project email list at icgov.org/e-subscriptions.  (While you are there, subscribe to one or all of the Library’s eNewsletters 🙂 ).

You can also follow the City of Iowa City on Facebook and Twitter using #PedProject to follow updates.

We thank you for your patience as our beloved Ped Mall is transformed into a new community space!

Children and Young Adult Materials FINE FREE beginning 6/1

by Kara Logsden on May 2nd, 2019

We are happy to announce beginning June 1, 2019 we will not charge overdue fines for materials checked out from the Children’s and Young Adult collections that are returned past their due date. Libraries across the country are stopping the practice of charging overdue fines after a study from the Colorado Library Association demonstrated fines are not the motivation for on-time return of library materials. Instead, the study demonstrated fines are a barrier for Library use, especially for children. We want to remove barriers that stop people from using the Library!

We appreciate the support of the Iowa City City Council and the Library Board. Both groups voted on budget requests to support this change and the Library Board recently voted to update the Circulation and Library Card Policy to reflect this change. We understand there may be some confusion about this change. It does not matter if it’s a child’s card or an adult’s card that checks out the materials. No overdue fees will be charged on materials returned late that are checked out from the children’s and young adult collections.

This does not mean materials do not have to be returned to the Library. A full replacement fee will be charged to the borrower’s account when materials are not returned. For items with a 7-day loan period, there will be a bill at 14 days overdue. For 21-day items, there will be a bill at 21 days overdue.

To help with summer reading, we’ve also waived up to $50 of past fines and replacement fees on accounts for people who are 18 years old and younger. In past years, we waived fees in the summer when children asked. In order to eliminate barriers to Library use, this year we automatically waived these fees.

If you stopped using the Library because of fines and replacement fees, we hope you will come back. If you owe more than $50, please ask to talk to our Customer Service Representative or to me and we’ll do our best to work out a plan so you can use the Library.

Our bottom line … we want people to use the Library. We want people to bring our materials back so other people can use them. We want kids to read in the summer.

Three cheers for NO FINES and three cheers for SUMMER READING! Our staff is planning an awesome summer of activities at the Library and Summer Reading Program Sign-up begins May 13th. We’ll see you here soon!

Library OPEN During Ped Mall Improvement Project

by Kara Logsden on April 9th, 2019

The Ped Mall Improvement Project begins again on May 13. Phase Two of the project brings updates literally to the Library’s door. Please be assured the Library will remain OPEN during the Ped Mall improvement project; however, access to the Library may change. Please watch for directional signs that will help you navigate to the Library’s entrance.

For updates about the Ped Mall Improvement Project, navigate to  icgov.org/downtownstreetscape. You can also learn more about this project with this video: https://youtu.be/rAYqwXylMOs

Weekly update meetings are held at the Library on Fridays at 10:00 am in Meeting Room D. Watch for progress updates from the City after these meetings. To stay updated during construction, subscribe to the Ped Mall Improvements Project email list at icgov.org/e-subscriptions.  (While you are there, subscribe to one or all of the Library’s eNewsletters 🙂 ).

You can also follow the City of Iowa City on Facebook and Twitter using #PedProject to follow updates.

The improvements I’m most excited about are the Story Wall and updated concert stage. We’ll see you at the Library soon and we thank you for your patience as our beloved Ped Mall is transformed into a new community space.

Check out an Experience

by Kara Logsden on March 5th, 2019

The Library recently introduced Discovery Kits for children, teens and adults, and they have been very popular! From pickle ball, to astronomy, cake decorating or how to play the ukulele, there’s something for everyone.

Many thanks to the Community Foundation of Johnson County for providing funds for these kits and KWWL for a great news story about the kits.

We invite everyone to check out a new experience.