Author Archive for Kara Logsden



No Bookmobile President’s Day-Monday February 19

by Kara Logsden on February 12th, 2018

2017-10-homecoming-bookmobile-photoThere will be no Bookmobile service on Monday February 19, 2018 in honor of President’s Day. The Library will be open from 10AM-6PM.

On days when the Bookmobile is not in service, but the Library is open, Holds and ILLs may be picked up at the Library.

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

Happy President’s Day – we’ll see you on the Bookmobile soon.

Knope, Knope, Knope, YEP!!

by Kara Logsden on February 6th, 2018

The Iowa City Public Library is in the running for the best library in the United States, advancing to the Sweetums16 Round! KNOPE, we are not kidding! Vote for ICPL at this link and help us advance to the Group of 8. Voting runs through Friday February 9th.

The Sweetums16 Round is a B1G showdown pitting Iowa City Public Library against the public library that serves Penn State.

The Engaging Local Government Leaders (ELGL) group sponsors the Leslie B. Knope Award to highlight “organizations and individuals that motivate, inspire and attract the best and brightest to local government.”

Astute readers and fans of NBC’s “Parks and Recreation” know Leslie B. Knope, played by actress Amy Poehler, is a local government champion in the town of Pawnee, Indiana. Unfortunately, Knope dislikes libraries because of the Pawnee library director, Tammy Swanson, who is the ex-wife of her friend and co-worker. Fortunately ICPL doesn’t employ anyone named Tammy … and we have an awesome Library Director!

One of Leslie Knope’s goals is to make her town more fun. Join in the fun and vote for Iowa City Public Library for Best Library in the United States!

 

 

No Bookmobile ML King Jr Day-Monday January 15

by Kara Logsden on January 5th, 2018

2017-10-homecoming-bookmobile-photoThere will be no Bookmobile service on Monday January 15, 2018 in honor of Martin Luther King Jr Day. The Library will be open from 10AM-6PM.

On days when the Bookmobile is not in service, but the Library is open, Holds and ILLs may be picked up at the Library.

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

Happy MLK Jr Day – we’ll see you on the Bookmobile soon.

Bookmobile Service Returns Monday January 8, 2018

by Kara Logsden on January 4th, 2018

The Bookmobile has enjoyed its time at the Bookmobile Spa (a nice, heated garage) but it’s ready to return to service on Monday January 8. The Winter/Spring 2018 Schedule has a number of new stops as well as a few time changes for existing stops. Some stops stay the same. A full Winter/Spring schedule is available online at www.icpl.org/bookmobile.

During the Bookmobile’s break, we have been collecting Holds at the Library. They will be loaded on the Bookmobile on Monday morning and ready for pick-up at any Bookmobile stop. We hold items for 7 days, so please make sure you pick-up your hold this week.

If the weather is bad and you think there’s a possibility Bookmobile services may have been canceled, please call the Library or check our webpage before heading out. Information about Bookmobile services when there is severe or winter weather can be found at this blog post.

If you have questions about the new Bookmobile schedule, give us a call at 319-356-5200 during regular Library hours or navigate to www.icpl.org/bookmobile.

We’ll see you in the community soon!

[LOVE] Biographical Fiction

by Kara Logsden on December 24th, 2017
[LOVE] Biographical Fiction Cover Image

I enjoy reading Historical Fiction and recently have come to appreciate the sub-genre “Biographical Fiction.”

According to Wikipedia, “Biographical fiction is a type of historical fiction that takes a historical individual and recreates elements of his or her life, while telling a fictional narrative, usually in the genres of film or the novel. The relationship between the biographical and the fictional may vary within different pieces of biographical fiction. It frequently includes selective information and self-censoring of the past. The characters are often real people or based on real people, but the need for “truthful” representation is less strict than in biography.”

I can’t think of a better way to spend a cold winter night than curled up with a good book that will sweep me away to another place and time. Biographical Fiction keeps my mind engaged and I often research facts and details of the person’s life while reading. More than once, learning about someone’s life has sent me on a trip to view their art or learn more about their life. Below is a list of some of my favorite Biographical Fiction novels. All are highly recommended.

Author/Title Description
Benjamin, Melanie

 Swans of Fifth Avenue

Melanie Benjamin’s novel features the relationship between Truman Capote and Babe Mortimer Paley with the backdrop of many upper class members of New York City society in the 1960’s. Reading the book made me want to read Breakfast at Tiffany’s!
Benjamin, Melanie

 The Aviator’s Wife

A memorable book about the life of Charles Lindbergh and his family told through the eyes of Anne Morrow Lindbergh. Anne Morrow Lindbergh was the first woman to earn a first-class guider pilot license. She was also a writer and poet, best known for her novel, Gift from the Sea.
Boyle, T.C.

 The Women

Iowa Writer’s Workshop graduate T.C. Boyle writes an interesting story about architect Frank Lloyd Wright as told by a fictional narrator about the women Wright had relationships with during his lifetime. Boyle lives in the George C. Stewart house in Southern California, which was designed by Wright.
Davis, Fiona

 The Address

The Singer Sewing Machine company co-founder, Edward Clark, commissioned the building of The Dakota apartment building in 1880 as the first luxury apartment building and one of the first buildings on the Upper West Side of Manhattan. The Dakota has been the home to many celebrities over the years, including John Lennon who was shot just outside in 1980. Davis’ story brings the building alive, hopping between fictional characters who live at The Dakota and their stories in the 1880’s and 1985.
Horan, Nancy

Loving Frank

Horan tells a compelling story about the lives of Frank Lloyd Wright and Mamah Borthwick Cheney. I didn’t know a lot about Wright or Cheney before I read the book, and an unexpected plot change sent me to Google and a bit of quick research about the real lives of Wright and Cheney (yes … it’s true). Fascination with the story also sent me on a road trip to Oak Park, IL where I toured Frank Lloyd Wright’s home and studio.
Horan, Nancy

Under the Wide and Starry Sky

Be ready to be swept away through time and travel in this fictional account of the life of Scottish Lawyer Robert Louis Stevenson and his American wife Fanny Van de grift Osbourne. Through travel in Scotland, France, New York, Australia & Samoa and reflection on passion and illness, the story unfolds to help the reader understand the man who created both A Child’s Garden of Verse and Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde.
McLain, Paula

Circling the Sun

An unforgettable story that transports readers to colonial Kenya in the 1920’s and a story based on the real life of aviator Beryl Markham. Markham, abandoned by her mother when a child and by her father when she was a teenager, struggles to find her path. Circling the Sun not only captures what made Beryl Markham famous (horse training and being the first woman to successfully fly across the Atlantic from east to west) but also chronicles her free-spirited childhood, adolescent struggles, happiness, insecurities, and heartbreaks.
McLain, Paula

The Paris Wife

The fictional story of Ernest Hemingway and his first wife, Hadley Richardson. After a whirlwind courtship the couple marries and moves to Paris so Ernest can pursue his writing career. In Paris the couple is caught up in the fast paced social life and struggle with balance, identities, love and loyalty.
Moriarty, Laura

The Chaperone

Laura Moriarty’s newest novel is a hybrid story about the life of silent-film star Louise Brooks and fictionalized character Cora Carlisle. The story begins in 1922 when 36-year-old Cora Carlisle agrees to chaperone 15-year-old Louise Brooks for a summer in New York City dancing with the Denishawn School of Dance.  Readers learn Cora’s life, just like Louise Brooks’, is not what it appears and the story revolves around Cora’s path of self-discovery and quest for happiness.
Russell, Mary Doria

Dreamers of the Day

 

Midwesterner, schoolteacher, influenza epidemic survivor, and world traveler, Agnes Shanklin, witnesses the 1921 Cairo Peace Conference where world leaders, including Winston Churchill, T.E. Lawrence and Lady Gertrude Bell, make a plan to divide the Middle East into the countries of Iraq, Syria, Lebanon, Israel, and Jordan.
Vreeland, Susan

Clara and Mr. Tiffany

 

Because of this book, I went to New York City to the Metropolitan Museum of Art and other places to see Tiffany Glass. This is the story of Clara Driscoll, who worked with Louis Comfort Tiffany at his New York studio and is possibly the person who conceived the idea for the iconic Tiffany stained glass lamps. Set with the turn-of-the-century New York City backdrop with issues such as the rise of labor unions, women in the workplace, and advances in technology.

Bookmobile Winter/Spring Schedule Preview

by Kara Logsden on December 18th, 2017

Library staff are finalizing the Bookmobile Winter/Spring schedule which begins on Monday January 8, 2018 and runs through May 24. There are a number of changes to the schedule, so Bookmobile users will want to pick-up a copy of the Winter/Spring schedule flyer. As a reminder, the Bookmobile will not operate from December 25 through January 4, giving staff time to do a deep clean, send the Bookmobile to the spa (maintenance garage), complete training, and update collections.

We are adding a few new stops. The Bookmobile will travel to Iowa City Rehabilitation, Regency Heights and Lemme Elementary on Mondays. Tuesdays we’re adding a Noon stop at the UI College of Medicine’s MERF/PBDB/BSB Courtyard. This is where the mobile food trucks park in the summer on Thursdays, so UI staff should be familiar with where this stop is located. We anticipate delivering many holds to this stop on Tuesdays. On Thursdays the Bookmobile will be at Hy-Vee on First Avenue.

The Grant Wood Elementary stop changes days and moves to just after school on Tuesdays and the UI Community Credit Union stop moves from Thursday to Wednesday.

The Winter/Spring schedule includes two stops where the Bookmobile will meet-up with the Crisis Center’s Mobile Food Pantry. The Bookmobile will be at Regency Mobile Home Community on Thursdays from 5:00-5:30 pm. The Mobile Food Pantry serves Regency the third Thursday of each month from 4:30-5:30 pm. On the 3rd Wednesday of each month, the Bookmobile will make a special trip out to Parkview Mobile Home Court to meet up with the Mobile Food Pantry. The Bookmobile is scheduled to be there from Noon-12:30 pm. Read the rest of this entry »

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.