Author Archive for Kara Logsden

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 You can also learn more about this project with this video:

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  (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.

What’s Up with the Bookmobile and No Heat?

by Kara Logsden on March 5th, 2019

The long winter is wearing on everyone, including the Bookmobile. We’ve thought of the Bookmobile’s two heaters this winter as the “Little Heaters that Could.” Unfortunately, last week they just couldn’t keep up with the extended cold and their attempts to keep the inside of the Bookmobile toasty warm. The good news is the heaters are fixed. The bad news is a fuel pump to one of the heaters is not working. Our good friends at the City’s Equipment Division have a new fuel pump on order. Hopefully the Bookmobile will be ready to roll in time for Wednesday afternoon stops. Many thanks to everyone for your patience this winter. Spring will be here soon, right?

Numbers Numbers Numbers

by Kara Logsden on January 15th, 2019

Our community LOVES the Library! I’m looking at the report of use of the Library between July 1 and December 31, 2018 and it’s amazing to see the numbers. I know there are many stories about how the Library enriched lives woven through these numbers. Here’s a few snippets that made me smile 🙂

An average of …

208 people walk into the Library every hour we are open.

22 people visit the ICPL Bookmobile each hour it is in service (up from 14 last year!)

378 items were checked out every hour the Library was open.

In addition to this …

The Library hosted 716 non-Library meetings with an estimated 13,708 people attending.

2,847 individuals/groups used one of our Study Rooms on the 2nd Floor.

1,973 Ride and Read Bus Passes were distributed.

eMaterials checkouts were up 66% to 107,207 checkouts of 27,770 items.

Drop-In Tech Help answered 334 tech related questions.

The Info Desk answered 8,104 questions in person and the Switchboard answered 3,018 questions on the phone.

Our ICPL Mobile App was used 63,510 times. It’s available in the Apple App Store and in Google Play.

We mailed 995 packages of Library materials to our At Home patrons.

We sent 1,020 items to collections we support at retirement residences, neighborhood centers and other community sites.

17% of all items returned to the Library were returned at our two remote Book Return locations at First Avenue Hy-Vee and University of Iowa Community Credit Union on Mormon Trek. Library staff empty the Remote Book Returns 365 days a year!

2,549 teens attended 176 programs.

17,514 children attended 376 programs in the Library and 2,820 children attended 135 programs hosted in the community.

3,524 people got new Library Cards.

If you have a story about how the Library enriched your life or what these numbers mean to you, we’d love to hear from you!

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

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 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.


“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.