Author Archive for Kara Logsden



I need to return my books, but the Library is closed. What do I do?

by Kara Logsden on December 15th, 2017

The holidays are here and that means some changes in Library hours. There is a complete list of Holiday Hours posted on the Library’s webpage.

If the Library is closed, most materials can be returned to our outside book return, on Linn Street, and the two remote book returns, located at First Avenue Hy-Vee and the Mormon Trek University of Iowa Community Credit Union. The remote book returns are emptied about 1:00 PM each day, 365 days a year.

15% of items returned to the Library come back through the two remote book returns. How do we know? Four times a year we count all items returned in a one-week period. Between November 27 and December 3, there were 17,308 items returned to the Library. Of those, 2,610 were items returned in the remote book returns.

Please give us a call if you have questions about Library hours or materials return. We’d be happy to answer your questions or help you renew items that can be renewed. You may also renew items at the “My Account” link on the Library’s webpage or by using the AWESOME Library App.

UPDATE: My Holiday Lights Won’t Work – Now What?

by Kara Logsden on December 15th, 2017

Today I received an update from Jane Wilch, the City of Iowa City’s Recycling Coordinator. There are recycling bins for holiday lights at the following locations. Unless noted, these bins are seasonal.

  • Hy-Vee (1720 Waterfront Dr, Iowa City)
  • Hy-Vee (812 S. 1st Ave, Iowa City)
  • Hy-Vee (1125 North Dodge Street)
  • Hy-Vee (1914 8th Street, Coralville)
  • Stuff Etc. (2818 Commerce Dr, Coralville)
  • Coralville City Hall (1512 7th St, Coralville)
  • Coralville Recreation Center (1506 8th St, Coralville)
  • Iowa City Landfill and Recycling Center (3900 Hebl Ave, Iowa City) (year-round)
  • ReStore donation area (2401 Scott Blvd. SE, Iowa City) (year-round)

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‘Tis the season … for frustration with holiday lights. Every year it seems there’s a strand or two that won’t light up. I try checking bulbs, I try changing fuses, nothing works. I don’t what to throw them in the trash. What do I do?

Fortunately, Iowa City Recycles! The East Side Recycling Center at 2401 Scott Boulevard SE accepts holiday lights at the ReStore’s donation area. Lights can also be dropped off at the Iowa City Landfill and Recycling Center at 3900 Hebl Avenue SW. Their hours are 7AM to 4:30PM Monday through Saturday. Lights should be put in the electronic waste bins.

For a comprehensive list of what can be recycled in Iowa City, visit the City of Iowa City’s Recycling webpage. While you are there, check out the information about the new curbside recycling program that begins on Monday December 4th. Recycling becomes much easier because there’s no need to sort recycling materials – just throw everything in the bin together. There’s also a handy Curbside Recycling Guide.

 

 

ICPL Bags for Sale

by Kara Logsden on December 12th, 2017

The Library has two new canvas tote bags for sale for $8 each. Bags may be purchased at the Library’s Help Desk on the first floor. We also have the $1 lighter-weight bags for sale.

The blue canvas bag is a sling style with one longer handle. The natural color canvas bag features two long handles, a front pocket and a zipper.

Need a last minute gift idea? What about an ICPL canvass bag full of books? Readers would really enjoy that gift! And Library staff can suggest books for every reader.

Stop in the Library and say HI this holiday season and pick-up a cool new bag. We’ll see you soon!

Bookmobile Winter Break December 25-January 7

by Kara Logsden on December 11th, 2017

2017-10-homecoming-bookmobile-photoThe Bookmobile Fall Schedule concludes on Thursday December 21 and the Spring Schedule begins on Monday January 8, 2018. We’ve had a great fall, connecting with people in the community and taking Library services on the road. 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.

If you are wondering about winter weather and Bookmobile service, check out this blog post.

Happy Holidays! We’ll see you in 2018 on the Bookmobile.

Our Souls at Night 2.0

by Kara Logsden on December 8th, 2017
Our Souls at Night 2.0 Cover Image

Kent Haruf is one of my favorite authors. His death from lung cancer in 2014 was a tragedy because it meant no more lyrical novels detailing the life and landscape of Eastern Colorado. Haruf was an Iowa Writer’s Workshop graduate and drew details from his life experiences to bring his characters to life. Haruf finished writing his final novel, Our Souls at Night, just before his death. I found the lyrical book delightful but haunting – I knew it would be the last Haruf book I would read and I didn’t want it to end.

I was haunted in a different way recently when I finished watching Season 3 of Grace and Frankie on Netflix. I’m not much of a TV watcher, but I am guilty of binge watching on Netflix – they make it so easy. At the end of Grace and Frankie, an ad popped up for a new Netfix Original starring Jane Fonda and Robert Redford … Our Souls at Night! I wouldn’t normally recommend watching a Netflix movie over checking one out at the Library, but this was a wonderful movie. It made me want to read the book again.

(PS … Watch the trailer for the movie … you’ll be glad you did!)

 

Great Holiday Gifts from ICPL

by Kara Logsden on December 5th, 2017

Suddenly Winter is here – it blew in overnight. If you are looking for a cozy holiday gift, check out these clothing items embroidered with the ICPL Logo thanks to our friends at Underground Printing. You need to act quickly, though, because items may only be ordered at this link through MIDNIGHT Wednesday December 6th. Your order supports the Library because the ICPL Friends Foundation receives a donation for each item purchased.

Here’s the details: You place your order and pay directly online. Items you order will be available to pick up at the ICPL Help Desk beginning Thursday, December 21, 2017. We cannot take any late orders for the December 21st delivery; however, we may offer another purchase option in early 2018.

Happy Holidays and keep warm with ICPL apparel.

 

 

Pick Up Holds and ILLs at the Bookmobile!

by Kara Logsden on December 1st, 2017

Picking up Holds and Inter-Library Loans is easy at the Bookmobile! When you place your request, indicate where you want to pick-up your item – Downtown Library or Bookmobile. We’ll let you know when your item is ready for pick-up.

For more information, check out this fun video created by our awesome staff.

When the Bookmobile is not in service Friday through Sunday, Holds and ILLs are available for pick-up at the Help Desk.

For a full schedule of Bookmobile stops, navigate to icpl.org/bookmobile. Information about the Winter/Spring schedule, which begins on Monday January 8, 2018, will be available soon.

Singing the Lost and Found Blues

by Kara Logsden on November 27th, 2017

There’s never a dull day at Iowa City Public Library and our Lost and Found area often serves up a bit of entertainment and pondering about the story of items left behind at the Library. Recently this guitar was left at the Library as well as the cool shades Mr. Bear is wearing [see photo]. If they are yours, please claim them at the Library’s Help Desk on the first floor.

Items left at the Library are sent to the Help Desk and sorted into various bins to help with retrieval. The most popular things left at the Library include cell phones, hats, mittens, and backpacks. We are always happy when we reunite a list item with the owner, but more often than not we send left items to Goodwill or the Iowa City Police Department if the item has significant value. Lost Library Cards have a stop put on the account and are mailed back to the owner. Mailed Library Cards must be reactivated at the Help Desk or by calling the Library during regular business hours at 319-356-5200.

For lost cell phones, if the phone is not locked we look through the address book for an entry called, “Mom” or “Dad” and give them a call. If the phone is locked, we wait for a call. If we are able to answer the phone, we’re able to tell the caller where to retrieve their phone.

Often we get sets of keys turned in that are found away from the Library. Because there’s an ICPL Library Card keytag attached, the keys are sent here for return to the owner. That’s always a nice phone call and a strong sense of relief at the other end of the phone when we report a lost item has been found (note – this is another reason to make sure the Library has your current phone number and contact information!).

If you’ve spent time in the Library recently and are missing something, please stop by the Help Desk and check in our Lost and Found.

 

Baby It’s COLD Outside!

by Kara Logsden on November 13th, 2017

We don’t need Dean Martin crooning the classic holiday song to remind us it is cold outside. My daughter is living in an old home that is always cold. Recently we went shopping for weatherizing materials to keep the heat in and cold out. This reminded me of the old Amana Society house we restored during graduate school. We had an annual ritual of putting plastic up on all the windows and stuffing rubber weather-stripping caulk into drafty spaces. Now that we live in a newer home, I still find myself weatherizing. It has made a difference in home energy costs. If you are looking for ideas to winterize your home, check out the many resources available at the Library.

The book Spend-A-Little Save–A-Lot Home Improvements: Money-Saving Projects Anyone Can Do by Brad Staggs is a great place to start. Chapter 3 is dedicated to saving energy and includes information about insulating and weather-sealing. The chapter begins with a practical discussion about where and why air leeks occur.

Although not dedicated to winterizing ideas, Do-It-Yourself Home Energy Audits by David Findley shares many good ideas divided between free, low-cost, and large renovation projects. Suggestions are practical and well-explained. Findley advocates for sealing all openings to and from your home, including cracks, seals, door frames, cable installations, and other opening into your home.

Family Handyman magazine has articles about energy efficiency and winterizing projects. The magazine is available for checkout from the Library’s Magazine area on the first floor and as an eMagazine digital checkout via RB Digital. The October 2016 edition has a list of 10 projects to complete before winter. The November/December 2016 edition of This Old House magazine has a an article called “Stop Winter Drafts.” It is also available as a digital magazine via RB Digital.

The Library also has locally produced online videos about energy conservation that you may watch at home. These include two Eco Iowa City programs with helpful suggestions for preparing your home for winter. In Energy Efficiency in your Home, John O’Roake, Energy Efficiency Manager at MidAmerican, offers energy savings tips and ways to heat and cool your home efficiently. Bob Yapp shares information about winterizing windows in Preserving Old Windows.

Make your house cozy and warm this winter with help from the collections at Iowa City Public Library.

Bookmobile Holiday Hours

by Kara Logsden on November 2nd, 2017

2017-10-homecoming-bookmobile-photoYowza – it’s November! Suddenly I’m thinking about holidays and winter weather. The Bookmobile will have a few schedule changes because of the holidays and concluding the Fall Schedule on Thursday December 21. Full Bookmobile schedule information is available at www.icpl.org/bookmobile

The Bookmobile will not operate on Wednesday November 22 and Thursday November 23 in honor of the Thanksgiving holiday. The Bookmobile Fall Schedule ends on Thursday December 21 and starts up again on Monday January 8, 2018.

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.

And speaking of ILLs (Inter-Library Loans), beginning November 1 you can choose your ILL pick-up location: Downtown Library or Bookmobile. As a patron recently stated, “This Bookmobile just keeps getting better!”

If you are wondering about winter weather and Bookmobile service, check out this blog post.

We’ll see you on the Bookmobile!