Author Archive for Kara Logsden

A GREAT YEAR on the Bookmobile

by Kara Logsden on July 17th, 2019

Students from Alexander Elementary after a bookmobile visit.

FY19 numbers are in and what a great year we had on the ICPL Bookmobile! We set a new record on June 24 for the number of transactions in a single day – we had 353 checkouts on that day. Our greatest number of visitors came one day in the first quarter of the year when we had 279 visitors in one day. Our busiest day on record is from June 24, 2017 when we had 433 visitors in one day.

In FY19 we checked out 31,436 items and welcomed 16,349 visitors onto the Bookmobile. We offered Bookmobile services on 193 days and the Bookmobile was in service for 759 hours.

Wednesdays are our busiest day for visitors on the Bookmobile with an average of 96 visitors each Wednesday. On Fridays, we have the most visitors per hour with an average of 32.

Wednesdays are also our busiest day for checkouts with an average of 187 items checked out each Wednesday.

Mondays are our busiest day for checkouts by the hour. On Mondays we average 57 checkouts per hour, followed closely by Fridays with an average of 54 checkouts per hour. During the entire year, we checked out 9,121 items on Mondays.

At the beginning of the fiscal year we set a goal of 331 Bookmobile visitors per week. I’m happy to report we exceeded that goal with an average of 367 visitors each week. The 4th quarter (April-May-June 2019) was our busiest quarter with an average of 453 visitors each week. The first quarter (July-August-September 2018) was also busy with an average of 413 visitors each week.

The third quarter (October-November-December 2018) was the slowest with an average pf 277 visitors each week. Although we had fewer visitors in the third quarter, we still checked out an average of 620 items each week. Remember our awful winter?! Brrrrr …

But numbers don’t tell the whole story. Recently a patron told me, “Every time I pick up a hold on the Bookmobile instead of driving downtown, I think the Bookmobile is the best idea ever!” In FY19 we delivered 7,135 Holds to the Bookmobile and averaged 77 Holds on the Bookmobile each day waiting to be picked up.

Recently I was at a Stories in the Park Storytime with 2 Llamas and over 100 interested humans. One child told me, “I just love when the Bookmobile is at Storytime at Mercer Park!” Lots of people agree. In FY19 there were 104 Children’s programs offered as a part of Bookmobile services with 2,897 attendees.

My favorite statistics is Books Per Mile. In June we averaged 9 books checked out per mile driven. For the entire year we averaged 7 books per mile. 7 books per mile and thousands of stories. Come visit us on the ICPL Bookmobile. Schedule information is at



ICPL Bookmobile @ Science Thursday

by Kara Logsden on July 17th, 2019

Each week you can find the ICPL Bookmobile at Science Thursdays on the UI Health Sciences campus at the College of Medicine Courtyard. Science Thursdays feature great music, food trucks and the Bookmobile! It’s a great event and we see many friends who stop by to say HI to the Bookmobile staff (and many people who pick-up Holds).

Check out the Science Thursdays schedule and then come out and enjoy the music, food and Bookmobile. We’ll see you soon!

PS – The ICPL Bookmobile’s last day at Science Thursdays is August 15. Then we take a week off for cleaning and training. Our fall schedule begins on Monday August 26 and our College of Medicine Courtyard stop moves to a different day.

Literary Kiosk Returns!

by Kara Logsden on July 16th, 2019

Because of the popularity we experienced when the Literary Kiosk was at Iowa City Public Library last year, University of Iowa Libraries selected ICPL to host a Kiosk permanently. It will be located in the Lobby, to the right of the recycle bins. For the most part, the Kiosk will be at ICPL unless it is needed for a festival or other event.

University Libraries, City of Literature and Library staff are collaborating to make stories written by people from the Iowa City area available on the Kiosk.

Iowa City is a city of stories and we look forward to the many stories that will be shared through the Literary Kiosk.

We’ll see you at the Library soon!



by Kara Logsden on July 11th, 2019

Have you ever admired the graphics at Iowa City Public Library? Have you ever wanted to own one of the cool ICPL t-shirts staff wear? If so, Society6 can help!

Many of our most awesome graphics, including ICPL Bookmobile graphics, are available at Society6 and can be printed on t-shirts, mugs, pillows, wallets and much more. Just navigate to and search for “Iowa City Public Library.” Or, you can click on THIS LINK.

Proceeds from all sales of ICPL items on Society6 goes to the Iowa City Public Library Friends Foundation.  The Foundation supports the Library in many ways including funding Summer Reading Program, purchasing Library materials and supporting special guests or programs.

If you buy something with an ICPL graphic on Society6, you’ll be admired for your style and you will support the Library.

Inside tip: Society6 runs a lot of sales and offers many coupons. Make sure you takes advantage of that when ordering.

Telephone Notification System for Library Holds

by Kara Logsden on June 25th, 2019

ATTENTION: Patrons who receive notifications about Library Holds by telephone

Telephone calls announcing Holds available for pickup at the Library will end on June 30, 2019. This service is ending because the software that supports the telephone notification system is no longer supported by our vendor. Beginning July 1, 2019, we will send print notices via U.S. Mail to everyone who received telephone notices.

If you are affected by this and would prefer receiving an email notice instead of a notice via U.S. Mail, please call the Library at 319-356-5200 during regular Library hours. Please ask the staff member who answers the telephone to add your email address to your Library Account.

We are sorry for the inconvenience this will cause for some of our patrons.

ICPL Bookmobile at Juneteenth

by Kara Logsden on June 17th, 2019

The ICPL Bookmobile will be at the June 22 Juneteenth Commemoration from Noon to 4:00 pm. This year’s commemoration will be at Mercer Park, 2701 Bradford Drive in Iowa City. More information about Iowa City’s Juneteenth commemoration is available at the Juneteenth Facebook page.

Juneteenth is an annual commemoration of the 1865 abolition of slavery in the United States. Sometimes Juneteenth is called African American Emancipation Day.

We’ll see you at Mercer Park on June 22!

Bookmobile @ IC Pride

by Kara Logsden on June 10th, 2019

Iowa City PrideIowa City Public Library is a proud Pride Week sponsor and we’re excited to take the ICPL Bookmobile to two Pride events this week.

Pride Picnic at City Park – Friday, June 14, 5-7 pm: ICPL’s Bookmobile will head to City Park and be open during the Pride Picnic. Stop by, say hello and checkout the special display of materials related to Pride week.

Pride Fair Downtown – Saturday, June 15, 11 am-6 pm: Visit the ICPL Bookmobile at the vendor fair Downtown. We don’t know where we’re parking yet, but look for the big blue Bookmobile. We’ll have our special display of materials related to Pride week and, if it’s hot, we’ll have the A/C on.

Happy Pride Week! We’ll see you at the ICPL Bookmobile soon!


Summer Library Bus

by Kara Logsden on June 1st, 2019

The Summer 2013 Summer Library BusLibrary Bus program ROLLS OUT on Monday June 3.

An Iowa City Public Library card is a child’s ticket to ride an Iowa City Transit bus FREE this summer. The Library will provide free bus rides to children through 12th grade, and the adult caregivers who are with them, on any Iowa City Transit bus route, from Monday June 3 through Thursday August 22, 2019, on weekdays between 9:00 am and 3:00 pm.

Bus riders should show their Iowa City Public Library card to the bus driver to gain free access to the bus.

Riding home from Downtown: Year-round the Library will provide two FREE bus passes each week to people of all ages through our Ride and Read program. Just show your Library Card to any service desk at the Downtown Library and we’ll give you a pass for a ride home.

More information about riding the bus to the Library is available at this link:

Information about applying for a Library Card is available at:

Roll on down to the Library this summer on an Iowa City Transit Bus. We look forward to seeing you!

Have You Heard the News?

by Kara Logsden on May 29th, 2019

Beginning June 1, 2019 we will not charge overdue fines for materials checked out from the Children’s and Young Adult collections that are returned past their due date. We appreciate the support of the Iowa City City Council and the Library Board to make this change that will eliminate barriers for Library use. Both groups voted on budget requests to support this change and the Library Board recently voted to update the Circulation and Library Card Policy to reflect this change.

We understand there may be some confusion about this. It does not matter if it’s a child’s card or an adult’s card that checks out the materials. No overdue fines will be charged on materials returned late that are checked out from the children’s and young adult collections.

This does not mean materials do not have to be returned to the Library. A full replacement fee will be charged to the borrower’s account when materials are not returned. For items with a 7-day loan period, there will be a bill at 14 days overdue. For 21-day items, there will be a bill at 21 days overdue.

No fines – what a great way to blast off to an awesome summer of activities at the Library. We’ll see you here soon!

ICPL Bookmobile at Iowa Arts Festival

by Kara Logsden on May 24th, 2019

Students from Alexander after a bookmobile visit.

The ICPL Bookmobile will be at ABC Day (Arts-Books-Children) at the Iowa Arts Festival on Saturday June 1 from 11:00 AM to 3:00 PM. You’ll find us on Clinton Street with all the Children’s activities.

Stop by, pick up a copy of the Library’s Summer Bookmobile Schedule, sign-up for Summer Reading Program, and check out a book for summer reading – we’ve got lots of great books for people of all ages.

We are ready for a GREAT SUMMER beginning at the Iowa Arts Festival. We’ll see you at the Library and ICPL Bookmobile soon!