Author Archive for Kara Logsden



How do I vote EARLY for the December 18 Johnson County Special Election?

by Kara Logsden on December 5th, 2018

Early voting for the December 18 Johnson County Special Election for the Board of Supervisors begins on Wednesday December 5 at 7:45 AM. Early voting is available at the Johnson County Auditor’s Office, 913 S. Dubuque Street, every hour the Auditor’s Office is open until 5:30 PM on Monday December 17.

There are two Early Voting opportunities outside the Auditor’s Office. On Friday December 14 there’s an Early Voting site at University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics in the Fountain Lobby from 10am to 4pm.

On Saturday December 15 there’s early voting HERE AT THE IOWA CITY PUBLIC LIBRARY from 10am to 4pm.

The election is Tuesday December 18. On this day, you must vote at your precinct location. NOTE: 17 of the 60+ precincts will be combined into 8 voting locations so some voters will vote at a different place. Visit the Auditor’s webpage for information about where to vote on December 18. If your precinct is not listed as one that changed, you vote at your normal location. A full list of voting locations is available on the Auditor’s Webpage.

You may view a sample ballot at this link.

If you have questions, please contact the Johnson County Auditor’s Office at 319-356-6004 or www.jcauditor.com

2020 Census Jobs

by Kara Logsden on November 13th, 2018

2020 will be here before we know it and the US Census Bureau is ready to count! Right now, they need to count on people applying for jobs to conduct the 2020 Census. For more information, navigate to 2020census.gov/jobs or call 1-855-JOB-2020 (1-855-562-2020).

Please help get the word out about Census jobs. Feel free to print and post the flyers attached on this post or call the Census Bureau. They will email PDFs for you to print and post.

According to the Census 2020 timeline, the Census Bureau is currently seeking recruiting assistants, office operations supervisors and clerk positions for offices that will open in January 2019. In January 2019, they will begin recruiting for census taker positions for address canvassing. In the Summer of 2019 they will be recruiting several thousand people for more address canvassing.

I checked online, and the jobs in Johnson County, Iowa are paying $15 per hour and there is reimbursement for work-related mileage and expenses.

Swahili Translation

by Kara Logsden on November 1st, 2018

Recently we identified a need to translate information about the Library into Swahili. Keep an eye out for information about “How to Get a Library Card” that is translated into Swahili. This information is already available in Spanish, French and Arabic.

We’ll also be rolling out translated information about our Ride and Read programs in Swahili.

If you are a part of an organization that works with community members who need Library information in languages beyond English, please let me know. We’d be happy to send information your way!

We are also collecting contact information for people we can depend on to share information about the Library with community members who do not get information in traditional venues such as email and social media. If you are a person who works with community members and posts information on bulletin boards or sends information in newsletters and would like to share Library information, please contact me.

 

 

Early Voting Schedule for the November 6, 2018 General Election

by Kara Logsden on October 25th, 2018

Early Voting begins at Iowa City Public Library on Saturday October 27 and continues until Saturday November 2. A complete schedule, including the calendar graphic in this blog post, is available at the Johnson County Auditor’s Office webpage.

Voter registration information is available on the Johnson County Auditor’s Voter Registration Webpage. Note – there are deadlines you should be aware of. Saturday October 27 at 5:00 PM is the deadline for voter pre-registration.

From now until 5:00 PM on Saturday October 27, Online registration is available if you have a valid Iowa driver’s license or non-driver ID issued from the Iowa Department of Transportation. You can also print a form and return it by mail or in person to the Auditor’s Office. You may also visit the Auditor’s Office in person. Hours are posted on the graphic in this post. Note – they are open until 5:00 PM on Saturday October 27.

After 5:00 PM on Saturday October 27, the Election Day Registration Procedures for voter registration apply. This means you will need to take a Proof of ID and Proof of residence to your polling place on election day. Visit the Iowa Secretary of State’s webpage for details.

It’s very easy to check and confirm that you are registered to vote in Iowa. You can check your voter registration at the Iowa Secretary of State’s Office webpage.

For more information, please contact the Johnson County Auditor’s office through their webpage or by calling 319-356-6004.

UPDATE FROM THE JOHNSON COUNTY AUDITOR’S OFFICE 10/25/18:

“Our office has received reports of possible misinformation being distributed on campus during today’s early voting. An Iowa driver’s license is NOT required to vote early. All requirements for IDs and ID numbers for early voting were suspended by court order earlier this year. ID – not necessarily an Iowa license – and proof of address WILL be required for voters completing election day registration after the pre-registration deadline this Saturday, October 27 at 5 PM.”

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.