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ICPL Bookmobile Update

by Kara Logsden on March 9th, 2017

2017-03-bookmobile-drawingComing soon to a stop near you – ICPL’s new BOOKMOBILE!

The Iowa City Public Library is pleased to introduce new Bookmobile services to our community. The purpose of the Iowa City Public Library’s Bookmobile is to offer collections and services beyond the Downtown and extend Library services throughout our community. The idea for a Bookmobile came from months of Strategic Planning and asking a simple question, “What is the best and most affordable way to extend Library services into our community?”

The Bookmobile will have three annual schedule periods. The Summer Schedule (June-August) focuses on serving children and the Fall and Spring Schedules (August-December and January-May) focus on serving people of all ages.

Watch for the Bookmobile to appear around town in May, with a set schedule beginning in June. For more information, visit www.icpl.org/bookmobile. This under construction webpage will eventually be the “online home” of the Bookmobile. Online this week you will see a map with stop location information and photos showing the construction of the new Bookmobile. Check back often for schedule and photo updates.

Ready! Set!! Bookmobile!!!

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Mormon Trek Remote Book Return is BACK!

by Kara Logsden on March 9th, 2017

Yesterday was a happy2017-03-remote-1 day! The West Side Remote Book Returns are once again available at the University of Iowa Community Credit Union drive-thru located at 825 Mormon Trek Blvd. The Remote Book Returns at this location were damaged in a “Car vs. Book Return” incident in January.

When our Maintenance Manager went into the UICCU branch yesterday to let them know the Book Returns were back, the staff applauded. We received a lot of feedback about the missing Book Return-many people expressing what a difference it made in their busy lives. Sometimes we forget little things mean a lot. Although we don’t want incidents like this to happen often, the silver lining is we hear from people who appreciate our services. Thank you!

The new Remote Returns are a bit different. There are three bins for returning materials. Any material that can be returned in the remote bin can go into any bin. Since the Remote Book Returns were installed 18 years ago, the manufacturer changed the sizes of the bins. To get the capacity needed, we had to order three of equal size. Things change and that’s OK.

When we emptied the drop at 1:00 PM yesterday, there were 6 books waiting to be picked up. I’m sure there’s more today.

Bruce Springsteen Reads Me Bedtime Stories

by Kara Logsden on February 28th, 2017
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My New Year’s Resolution was to switch from listening to audiobooks via CDs in my car to listening on my smart phone. WOW! I love listening to eAudiobooks on my phone! They go everywhere with me – in the car, on a walk, while eating breakfast, and yes, to bed with me at night. More information about eAudiobooks via ICPL and OverDrive is available here.

I’m currently listening to Born to Run by Bruce Springsteen and the audiobook is narrated by The Boss himself. I am not typically a biography reader, but I am loving this book. The other morning, while driving into work, the E Street Band was formed. I may have had tears. I now understand why I don’t like Springsteen’s earlier music, but I’m going to give it a new try after listening to the book. I think I’ll understand it better. Today I listened to his music while driving into to work. The songs have been bumping around in my head and I wanted a day to listen. Born to Run, Born in the  USA, Streets of Philadelphia, My Home Town, I’m on Fire … all songs from my youth and just as fun to listen to today.

If you want to take a trip down Springsteen Memory Lane, check out Rolling Stone’s 100 Greatest Bruce Springsteen Songs of All Time. It’s a great tribute and there are many photographs and fun links.

Born to Run is a well written book that is fast paced and engaging. I would highly recommend it to Springsteen fans and people who grew up in the 1960’s and 1970’s. And yes, if you take it to bed at night, Bruce Springsteen will read you bedtime stories. Enjoy!

Iowa Safe At Home

by Kara Logsden on February 23rd, 2017

2011-12-iowa-safe-at-homeIowa Safe at Home is an address confidentiality program of the Iowa Secretary of State’s Office designed to help victims of domestic crimes. Melanie Shellenberger from the Iowa Secretary of State’s Office will share information about this program on Friday March 3, 2017 at 10:30 AM in Meeting Room A.

The Iowa Safe at Home program provides three services to help survivors improve their lives: Read the rest of this entry »

Human Rights Resources from the City of Iowa City

by Kara Logsden on January 31st, 2017

2017-01-human-rightsToday I learned about a series of “Know Your Rights” brochures, available AT THIS LINK, provided by our Human Rights Office. The brochures are available in English, French, Arabic, Spanish and Chinese and cover these topics:

Unlawful Discrimination

Hate Crimes

Your Housing Rights and Rental Subsidies in Iowa City

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The Race for Paris by Meg Waite Clayton

by Kara Logsden on January 30th, 2017
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Wednesday Sisters author, Meg Waite Clayton’s, newest novel, The Race for Paris, captures the fictionalized story of two women who served as journalists during World War II. Clayton layers the story between the brutality of war, determination of the women, and the personal toll a war takes on the human spirit. Her research about women journalists in WWII brings their spirit to life and tells a lesser-known story about WWII heroes.

Liv is an Associated Press photographer who is determined to be the first photo journalist in a liberated Paris. She joins forces with Jane, a reporter who is unsure about this challenge but reluctant to abandon her friend. Together they disobey orders, barter for gasoline and supplies, and stay on the outskirts of the press camps as they make their way across France.

I listened to this story and Jennifer Ikeda’s narration is excellent. I was sad when the novel came to an end. It’s always a pleasure to find a book with excellent storytelling, a compelling plot, and solid characters who the reader cares about.

Mormon Trek Book Return Unavailable

by Kara Logsden on January 26th, 2017

2017-01-remote-book-returnThe Mormon Trek Remote Book Return is unavailable until further notice. We’re working on a replacement. Please return books to the Downtown Library or to the Eastside book return at the First Avenue Hy-Vee. We are sorry for the inconvenience.

Our remote book returns handle an average of 15% of total returns to the Library. In FY16 the Library circulated 1,369,069 items. Library Staff empty the books returns 365 days a year. Please check back for more information.

The Dollhouse by Fiona Davis

by Kara Logsden on December 15th, 2016
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Alternating between 1952 and 2016 in the Barbizon Hotel in New York City, the lives of four women are illuminated by ghosts of the past and future uncertainty.

Darby is a Midwesterner who moves to the city to attend secretarial school. Her first day in town she meets Stella who is a model. Darby also befriends Esme, who aspires to a singing career while fighting discrimination because of her Puerto Rican roots. Rose is intrigued by the women of Barbizon’s past and a tragedy that changes all of their lives.

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Can I recycle my Christmas Lights?

by Kara Logsden on December 12th, 2016

Just in time for the holidays, the City of Iowa City sent a media release today (below) with information about recycling holiday lights. Recycling is available through January 9th. I don’t know about you, but holiday lights are something I find beautiful … and frustrating. I’m glad to know there’s an option when the lights don’t work. Happy Holidays!

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Fredrik Backman Books

by Kara Logsden on November 28th, 2016
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Swedish writer Fredrik Backman is my new favorite author. A friend recommended A Man Called Ove and I really enjoyed it. It was a feel-good heartwarming story that I couldn’t put down.

Recently an ICPL Friends Foundation Board Member recommended another of Backman’s books in a spread in an upcoming Library newsletter (you can see a preview here – look on page 6). The book, My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She’s Sorry, is a heartwarming story about a seven year old girl who goes on a journey of discovery after the death of her beloved grandmother. I don’t want to give too much away, but it’s a compelling story that shows there are many good people in the world. Read the rest of this entry »




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