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Just in time for the Holidays!

by Kara Logsden on November 9th, 2015

2015 11 New ICPL BagThe Library has new reusable bags for sale at the Help Desk. At $1.00 per bag, they work great for loading up books and movies and keep plastic bags out of our landfill. They also work really well as gift bags.

If you’re looking for a snazzy new tote or need a great bag for holiday gifts, head to the Help Desk. We also have the blue “Read More Books, It’s Good for You” bag for $1.00 each and the “Read Food Eat Books” canvas tote for $9.00 each.

We also have many of the 2015 Summer Reading Program t-shirts in adult sizes for sale for $5.00 each. They may also be purchased at the Library’s Help Desk.

Happy Holidays!

All Things Cello: Preucil School of Music

by Kara Logsden on November 8th, 2015

Cello(Cello) Music is the Word at Iowa City Public Library on Friday November 13, 2015 when the Preucil School of Music’s Cello Department presents an awesome program of cello choirs, solos, and faculty performances.

Friday November 13th is a NO SCHOOL day in Iowa City, so it’s a great opportunity to head Downtown, pick up some lunch and listen to great music at the Library. Preucil is planning a program that showcases all levels of cello performance, giving the audience an opportunity to hear a variety of music.

According to Wikipedia, “The name cello is a contraction of the Italian violoncello,[2] which means “little violone“. The violone (“big viol”) was the lowest-pitched instrument of the viol family, the group of stringed instruments that went out of fashion around the end of the 17th century in most countries except France, where they survived another half-century before the louder violin family came into greater favour in that country as well. In modern symphony orchestras, it is the second largest stringed instrument (the double bass is the largest).”

If you want to investigate cello music more, a simple SUBJECT search of the Library’s catalog returns 356 items with the subject of “Cello.” Most items are music CDs; however, there are some books mixed in as well. One that caught my eye? “I Know a Shy Fellow Who Swallowed a Cello” – a rhyming book for children (now I have that title in my head!). Enjoy!

Music on Wednesday: Saul Lubaroff

by Kara Logsden on October 24th, 2015

2015 09 Music on WednesdayOnce upon a time nearly 40 years ago, there were two young Iowa City musicians who met in Mr. McNally’s 6th grade Band at City High School. One was an aspiring young saxophone player who showed tremendous talent. The other was a timid young flute player who felt overwhelmed by the whole band experience.

One musician went on to have an amazing and productive musical career. The other loves to sing in the shower and discovered a passion for working in libraries. Fast forward 40 years and, although Saul and I no longer play in the same band, our paths still cross.

2015 09 Saul LSaul Lubaroff is local iconic musician who plays with many area bands including The Fez-Iowa City’s Steely Dan tribute band, The Monday Night All Stars, The Johnny Killowatt Band and The Saul Lubaroff Quartet. Lubaroff has received tremendous praise from music reviewers during his long musical tenure. One writer said, “Lubaroff’s approach is to gently massage the songs into the cranium as opposed to forcing them down the throat.” Saul is featured on many YouTube videos. One of my favorites is Blues 4 Zane and Will that can be viewed here.

I look forward to Saul’s performance at Noon on Wednesday October 28th in the Library’s Lobby. And I can always say, once upon a time, I was in a band with Saul Lubaroff!

Fall at the Farmer’s Market

by Kara Logsden on October 13th, 2015
Fall at the Farmer’s Market Cover Image

2015 DoughnutIt’s fall at the Iowa City Farmer’s Market. Pumpkins and gourds are for sale, the air is crisp, apples are fresh, and we’re starting to think about frost.

This time of year I start making my “just one more” list …

Just one more order of breakfast tacos …

Just one more cup of delicious coffee enjoyed while sitting on a curb watching people …

Just one more Farmer’s Market pie …

Just one more (well … 2 more) spring rolls for my lunch …

Just one more pint of jalapenos for Poppers …

And my favorite … Just one more CIDER DONUT … (How will I live without them?)

The good news is there are a few more weeks of Farmer’s Market remaining and time to check off the items on my “just one more” list.

When I was a child my Mom used to make homemade donuts. I remember dough fried in oil in a cast iron skilled, flipped over with a fork, drained on a paper towel and then tossed in powdered sugar. Yummy! We didn’t have donuts often, but when we did it was a treat. I’ve never made donuts for my family – crepes are our go-to weekend morning treat. The Library has a few books about donuts, though, and I may give them a try. To find these books, navigate to the Library’s catalog (, select the SUBJECT tab, and type in DOUGHNUT. You can type in DONUT but it will refer you to the formal spelling. The book that caught my eye was A baker’s field guide to doughnuts : more than 60 warm and fresh homemade treats. :)



Music on Wednesday: Pigs and Clover

by Kara Logsden on October 10th, 2015

2015 09 Music on WednesdayPigs and Clover will perform in the Library’s Lobby at  Noon on Wednesday October 14th. Pigs and Clover is the dynamic duo of Iowa City Musicians Jamie Kearney and Matt Kearney. Jamie grew up in Eastern Iowa and sings and plays guitar, banjo and drums. Matt grew up in Western Iowa and sings and plays guitar, bass, banjo, mouth harp and piano. 

According to the Pigs and Clover webpage, “Matt and Jamie write and sing all kinds of songs, but the ones they like best speak truth to power, challenge the status quo, and give voice to the voiceless in the great tradition of American protest music.”

2015 09 pigs and cloverI’ve enjoyed watching some of the Pigs and Clover performances featured on YouTube as I prepared for the Music on Wednesday series. Their upcoming performance schedule can be found on the Pigs and Clover Facebook Page.

We look forward to Jamie and Matt’s performance in the Library’s Lobby at Noon on Wednesday October 14th.

Music Music Music

by Kara Logsden on October 8th, 2015

2015 10 lmpMusic is the Word at Iowa City Public Library and we’re off to a great start. Music is the Word is a 9-month celebration of music to welcome the University of Iowa School of Music to Downtown Iowa City.

We’ve hosted a couple music events and already I’ve broadened my “music horizons.” The kickoff at The Englert Theatre in September was awesome and I was in awe of the many talented people who performed (thank you!). After seeing The Beggarmen, Kol Shira, and others, I want to hear more! Fortunately the Library’s Local Music Project has options for listening to local musicians.

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Scott Cochran and Matt Kearney’s performance at a recent Noon program sparked my interest in their music and I was able to see Scott’s band, Slewgrass, at the Iowa City Farmer’s Market a week or so ago. I also found Scott’s music with his other band, Flannel, in the Local Music Project and, after downloading it, I’ve been listening to their music at work and at home.

2015 10 SlewgrassMany other Music is the Word performers have music available in the Local Music Project. These include Awful Purdies, Crystal City, and David Zollo.

We invite to you head to the Library for the many upcoming musical events. A full schedule is available at There’s something for everyone! See you at the Library :)

Music on Wednesday: Scott Cochran and Matt Kearney

by Kara Logsden on September 19th, 2015

2015 09 Music on WednesdayHead to the Library at Noon on Wednesday September 23rd for some toe-tapping Americana music from Scott Cochran and Matt Kearney.

Scott Cochran is a musician from the Iowa City-based bands, Slew Grass and Flannel. In a recent post about the Slew Grass CD, one reviewer described the music as “Singer-songwriterly regional bluegrass music with vocal harmonies, and instrumental finesse that will take your breathe away.” You can preview Scott’s vocals and guitar while playing with Flannel on this recording on YouTube. Listening makes me excited for the live performance at the Library!

Matt Kearney is also a musician from Iowa City and plays with the Iowa City-based band Pigs and Clover. (Pigs and Clover will perform in the Library’s Lobby on Wednesday October 14th at Noon.) Matt grew up in Western Iowa and discovered his passion for music at a young age while playing with friends. Matt’s vocals and instrumentals can be previewed on this recording from the Pigs and Clover webpage.

2015 09 Scott CochranOn a personal note, I’ve known Scott since we were in junior high together more years ago than we’d like to admit. Recently we’ve become reacquainted on Facebook and I’ve been curious about his music. When I asked Scott for a photo to help promote his program, he sent me the awesome photo of him playing guitar when he was young.

I’m looking forward to Scott and Matt’s performance at the Library and the experience of live music in the Lobby. We hope to see you at Noon on Wednesday September 23rd. :)

Music on Wednesday Kickoff

by Kara Logsden on September 15th, 2015

2015 09 Music on WednesdayMark your calendars and head to the Library for a wonderful variety of live music. Music is the Word at the Library and we are excited to share live music at NOON on many upcoming Wednesdays. Most performances will be in the Library’s Lobby but we’ll move to Room A if we have a big group of performers. The Fall 2015 schedule is below and we’ll have another wonderful series in the Spring of 2016.

The kickoff event is Wednesday September 23rd at Noon with Scott Cochran and Matt Kearney. Scott and Matt are local songwriters and musicians who will share an eclectic mix of original songs of Americana. OK … confession time. Scott has been inviting me to the many local performances of his band, Slew Grass, but despite hearing how awesome the band is and my good intentions, I haven’t gone to a performance. I’m excited to hear Scott play at the Library and for sharing live music with our Library audience.

For a full list of Music is the Word programs, check out See you soon :)

Date Location Performer
September 23 Lobby Scott Cochran and Matt Kearney
October 14 Lobby Pigs & Clover: Jamie Kearney & Matt Kearney
October 28 Lobby Saul Lubaroff
FRIDAY November 13 (Note: Not Wednesday) Room A Preucil School of Music
December 9 Room A Preucil School of Music


Happy Library Card Memories

by Kara Logsden on September 8th, 2015

Do you remember when you got your first Library Card? I do. Actually I have two memories.

My first memory of getting a Library Card is at Iowa City Public Library’s old Carnegie Building (kitty-corner from the current Library). We moved to Iowa City in 1967 and I’m guessing we found the Library a couple years later. The legendary Ron Prosser, with his bushy eyebrows and loud voice, welcomed me to the Library and said something about always being responsible for my card. I wasn’t really listening because I was eager to head up to the Children’s Room.

My second memory is of Library staff traveling to my elementary school, Hills Elementary, to issue new Library Cards. This is when I received the iconic yellow ICPL plastic Library Card (I still have it) and close to the time when the Library moved to an electronic online catalog. I remember the enthusiasm of Library staff. They reinforced my already established love for the Library.

Library staff still tr2005 Zach and Amyavel to local elementary schools and talk about Library Cards, Summer Reading Program, Summer Library Bus, and all the awesome collections, programs and services available at the Library. The photo in this post is from when Library staff visited Weber Elementary School ten years ago and enlisted Weber Students to help tell a story. My son and his friend are now Juniors in High School but I bet they could tell you the story of when Library staff visited their school :)

Fast forward more years than I care to think about and now I’m the one creating Library Card accounts for members of our community. I love it when parents take a photo of their child getting their first Library Card and I get excited when I see young children who can’t wait to get their card and jump into using the Library. I also enjoy going to community events, such as the recent Iowa City elementary schools Ice Cream Socials, when I can talk to children and families about the Library and help them sign up for a Library Card.

Do you remember when you got your first Library Card? We’d love to hear from you.


Cooler than being Cool

by Kara Logsden on September 2nd, 2015

September is L2015 09 Library Cardibrary Card sign-up month across the country. At Iowa City Public Library we make it easy to get a Library Card. Online sign-up is available to everyone on the Library’s webpage at Once registered, head into the Library with a picture ID and proof of your current address. Staff at the Help Desk will set-up your account, help you set-up a password if needed, and then you are set.

Community members who already have Library Cards may receive a free replacement card all month. If you have your card number memorized, but your card is damaged, we can make a free replacement card with the same number – we’ll just need the original card to create the new card.

We live in a community that loves its Library and the numbers prove it. At the end of Fiscal Year 2015 (June 30, 2015) the Library had 64,957 active cardholders who borrowed 1,391,482 items. That makes ICPL the busiest library building in the state of Iowa. Some other libraries have higher circulation, but their services are delivered in multiple buildings.

Please join your friends and neighbors and be Cooler than Cool. Make sure you have a Library Card. See you at the Library!