by Kara Logsden on August 18th, 2015
Jalapeno Poppers are a family favorite and the Iowa City Farmer’s Market is the best place to purchase fresh jalapenos this time of year. Often these morsels serve as a meal at our house. Baked Poppers can be stored in the refrigerator for a couple days (although they rarely last that long at our house) and are delicious cold as well as reheated.
Jalapeno Peppers from the Iowa City Farmer’s Market
We have many variations of our Jalapeno Popper recipe and often the final product is contingent on what’s in the refrigerator. Crumbled crispy bacon, goat cheese, and artichoke dip can all be substituted into the basic recipe for delicious results.
One word of caution: Make sure you remove all the seeds from the jalapenos. In general, Jalapeno Poppers are only a bit “warm” – especially with the delicious cheese to cool down the palate. Forgotten seeds can surprise the person eating the popper, though, so caution is needed if consumers are wary of hot food.
Here’s our basic recipe:
Logsden Jalapeno Poppers
Select fresh, large Jalapenos.
Cut off the top and split in half lengthwise.
Remove all seeds.
Fill with cream cheese.
Wrap with Prosciutto (we prefer Iowa-made La Quercia)
Logsden Jalapeno Poppers
Arrange on cooking pan.
Bake at 350 degrees for 20 minutes. Check after 15.
If you are looking for summer recipe inspiration, browse our catalog or check out the many awesome books at the Library. 641 is the call number to get you started.
Let us know which delicious dishes you are creating from the fresh ingredients you find at the Iowa City Farmer’s Market.
See you at the Market!
by Kara Logsden on August 12th, 2015
OK … I’m ready to forgive C.J. Box. I thoroughly enjoy his Joe Pickett series and enjoyed Back of Beyond, the beginning of a new series featuring who I thought was a recurring character, Sheriff Detective Cody Hoyt. In Box’s next Cody Hoyt book, The Highway, (awesome book, set in Yellowstone, scared the bejeebers out of me) Hoyt is conquering his demons and mentoring a new Sheriff’s Detective, Cassie Dewell. But something goes wrong and suddenly readers are left hanging.
I was mad at C.J. Box after that book. I loved Cody Hoyt and I didn’t like how the book ended. For me, C.J. Box has redeemed himself in his new book, The Badlands. Cassie Dewell emerges as a strong protagonist who can hold her own. I guess maybe Box had to give her a chance and needed a couple good novels to write his way there. Time for me to move on …
In The Badlands, Detective Cassie Dewell takes a new job in Grimstad, the petroleum capitol of North Dakota. Life is tough there. The economy is booming but crime follows money and Cassie is tasked by the Sheriff to do some internal investigating. She is also haunted by her past and the criminal who got away and is still lurking “out there.” She’s also drawn to a young boy who may be invisible, but knows a lot more than the world is willing to acknowledge. The book is fast paced, the characters are great, and readers are left wanting more from this new protagonist. I think we have a lot to look forward to from C.J. Box and his Joe Pickett and Cassie Dewell series!
by Kara Logsden on July 30th, 2015
A recent viral story on social medial tells the story about a 12-year-old boy in Salt Lake City who asked his mailman for junk mail because he wanted more to read. The mailman posted the story on social media hoping to find some books for the boy to read. This paragraph from the Huff Post article tugged at my Mom/Librarian heart:
“Today while delivering mail to his apartment complex, I saw him reading ads, and then he asked me if I had any extra mail he could read,” Lynch wrote. “He told me his wish is to have books to read. I told him the library had many, but he said they don’t have a car, and couldn’t afford the bus.”
At the Library we have worked very hard over the years to help people access the Downtown Library. Through community surveys conducted before creating each new strategic plan (every 3-5 years) we know our community has concerns about parking downtown. We’ve addressed these concerns in a number of ways. One of the most proactive responses is our Library Bus program in partnership with Iowa City Transit.
The Library offers two great programs for riding Iowa City Transit buses to and from the Library.
Ride and Read: Your Iowa City Public Library Card is your ticket to ride an Iowa City Transit Bus FREE two times each week all year long. Present your Library Card at the Help Desk, Information Desk or Children’s Desk to receive your free pass. There’s a limit of two free passes each week and a Library Card must be presented to receive a pass.
Summer Library Bus: An Iowa City Public Library card is a child’s ticket to ride an Iowa City Transit bus free each summer. The Library will provide free bus rides to children through 12th grade, and any adult caregivers who are with them, on any Iowa City Transit bus route, from the day after Iowa City Schools dismiss until the weekday before school starts (This summer = Friday August 21), on weekdays between 9:00 am and 3:00 pm. Eligible bus riders should show their Iowa City Public Library card to the bus driver to gain free access to the bus.
In June 2015 our patrons rode an Iowa City Transit bus 1,007 times as a part of this program. In FY15 we provided 5,406 rides on a bus and last summer (June – August) 2,943 rides were provided. It’s not in our Midwest nature to boast, but I have to say this is an awesome program and a testament to our community’s dedication to our youth and Library. Thank you!
by Kara Logsden on July 23rd, 2015
Frank Lloyd Wright Home & Studio
Recently I celebrated a birthday that ended in a ZERO and my husband gave me a “day away.” I chose a day in Oak Park, Illinois touring the Frank Lloyd Wright Home and Studio followed by a walking tour of his neighborhood.
I really enjoy historical fiction novels based on the lives of real people. A few years ago the book Clara and Mr. Tiffany by Susan Vreeland inspired a Spring Break trip to New York City to see Tiffany Glass. After reading Nancy Horan’s Loving Frank and T.C. Boyle’s The Women, I’ve wanted to visit the Frank Lloyd Wright Home and Studio in Oak Park as well as Taliesin in Spring Green, WI.
The tour in Oak Park was wonderful. The volunteer guide was very knowledgeable and I learned a lot about Wright’s architecture, style and philosophy. The tour was light on personal details but that was OK. Books can fill in the details there. It was amazing to see Wright’s experimentation through the many homes we walked by in the neighborhood and the evolution of his style.
If you are looking for a getaway, I’d recommend reading the two historical fiction novels about Frank Lloyd Wright and then heading to Oak Park for a day.
If you are looking for more adventures in Oak Park, the Ernest Hemingway Birthplace Home and Museum is just a couple blocks from the Frank Lloyd Wright Home and Studio. We didn’t get a chance to tour the Hemingway Museum, but if you are interested, you might consider reading The Paris Wife by Paula McLain before you go. Enjoy
by Kara Logsden on July 15th, 2015
Kent Haruf’s beautiful, lyrical final novel was a bit of serendipity I recently discovered on the Fiction Express shelf. I love Haruf’s novels. They are set in Eastern Colorado and have a strong sense of place. Haruf develops his characters in a way that brings them alive on the page and he has a gift of writing beautifully about the complexities of human relationships. Haruf is a 1973 graduate of the Iowa Writer’s Workshop who died late last year at age 71.
According to a New York Times article, “Kent Haruf pulled a wool cap over his eyes when he sat down at his manual typewriter each morning so he could “write blind,” fully immersing himself in the fictitious small town in eastern Colorado where he set a series of quiet, acclaimed novels, including “Plainsong,” a 1999 best seller.”
I first discovered Haruf’s writing when I read his 1999 novel, Plainsong. I was drawn into the beautiful writing and the compelling story. I vividly remember the characters in that book – two bachelor brothers who took in a pregnant teenager, creating an unlikely but loving family. Equally memorable are the two main characters in this novel. Addie Moore is a lonely widow who takes a big chance in her life. Louis Waters is also lonely but rediscovers a purpose for his life through a new relationship and responsibility.
Our Souls at Night is a quick read, but one that will make the reader smile and appreciate human relationships and love.
by Kara Logsden on July 11th, 2015
The Johnson County Auditor’s Office will begin accepting applications for Community ID cards Friday July 17 at 1:00 PM.
UPDATE 7/14/15: Here’s a link to the online application for the new Community ID Cards.
We are excited about the program and hope this will encourage members of our community to use their Community ID card to get at Library Card.
It’s easy to get a Library Card and only takes a couple minutes. The online application is available at http://www.icpl.org/cards/get-a-card/ It works great to sign-up online at home or you can complete an online application at the Library at any of the catalog terminals.
Once you’ve registered online, stop by the Help Desk to pick up your Library Card.
Adults and students in 7th grade and older should be prepared to show photo identification and proof of your residence address. A Community ID card or Driver’s License fulfils the requirement for both if the current address is listed. Other documents that work for proof of address include a lease, voter registration card, mail with a current post mark or pre-printed checks from a bank.
Students in 6th grade or younger should be accompanied by a parent or guardian who will be asked to show a photo ID and proof of current address.
Three Cheers for the new Community ID program and everyone who made this possible! We look forward to seeing these ID cards at the Library.
by Kara Logsden on July 7th, 2015
Bird Houses from the Iowa City Farmer’s Market
One of my favorite parts of the Iowa City Farmer’s Market is not the produce or the yummy food, but the arts and crafts available at the Market. I have some awesome garden art purchased at the Market as well as sweet-scented soap and bird feeders.
One of my favorite Market purchases was bird houses. We had a beautiful weeping cherry tree in our front yard. We think it may have been struck by lightning because there was suddenly a big, gaping split down one side of the tree. Then the tree started look a bit sickly, the leaves shriveled up and the tree died. We trimmed the beautiful bent branches back to near the tree trunk and then had an inspiration. What if we turned our beloved tree into a bird colony?
We had a pin oak tree in the back yard that died about five years ago. As we were cutting off the branches we realized the post that was left would be great for a bird house. We purchased an awesome bird house at the Iowa City Farmer’s Market to put at the top of the trimmed-up trunk. The birds love it and we enjoy watching the birds come and go.
But … I digress. Back to the weeping cherry tree. The trimmed tree looked a bit like it was from a Dr. Seuss book and maybe some Who’s from Whooville may want to move it. Once we added birdhouses from the Farmer’s Market, though, it became a bit of an art installation in our yard.
First Bird House
The good news is the birds also love it. This year we have many bird families living in these new houses. We thoroughly enjoy the birds singing in the morning and are happy our weeping cherry tree was re-purposed without leaving an empty spot in our yard.
If you have questions about yard art, bird houses, or feeding wild birds, remember the Library has great books on these topics and many more!
See you at the Market!
by Kara Logsden on June 9th, 2015
Dinner at the Iowa City Farmer’s Market
Wednesday nights are Farmer’s Market nights and that often means dinner at The Market for our family. Whether it’s food trucks or food from vendors, there’s a lot yummy decisions to make. The good news is, when there are so many choices, everyone is happy. When there’s Market Music it’s a great night to sit back, relax, people watch and enjoy the great food.
Recently I was pondering some of the delicious braided bread I purchased and wondering if I could make this bread at home. My son loved pulling the bread apart and eating it in chunks. He said it tasted like a pretzel without the salt. The part of the loaf that did make it home was delicious toasted and topped with butter and cinnamon sugar. The savory loaf I purchased was also delicious. When I cut it diagonally it was tasty as a sandwich.
But I digress … When I was in graduate school I used to make bread regularly. There’s nothing like the smell of fresh bread baking in the kitchen and the taste of fresh bread slathered with butter. The call number for cookbooks related to making bread is 641.815. There are many wonderful books there to help with bread baking. I found one in particular that I’m interested in: The New Artisan Bread in Five Minutes a Day. There’s a recipe for Pretzel Buns. Looks yummy!
See you at The Market!
by Kara Logsden on June 3rd, 2015
It’s summer and for many this means relaxed days, vacations, and no school. For others this means long days, no school breakfast or lunch, and being hungry. Fortunately our community has a Summer Food Rocks! program. From June 15th through July 30th on Mondays through Thursdays, breakfast and lunch are served at Fairmeadows Park and the Pheasant Ridge Neighborhood Center.
Summer Food Rocks! is open to all children 18 and younger. There is no enrollment and no cost. Breakfast is served 9-9:30 AM and lunch is served Noon-12:45 PM.
Here’s a link to more information: 2015 SummerMeals_flyer_2015
Feel free to print this PDF and post it where students might find it. If you know a student who could benefit from this program, please pass along the information.
For more information, contact Alison Demory, RD/LD, Director of Nutrition Services, Iowa City Community School District, 688-1021.
Three cheers for summer!
by Kara Logsden on June 2nd, 2015
One of our most popular services is HOLDS – items we hold for patron pick-up. Holds may be placed online at Your Account or with assistance from Library staff. Patrons may have up to ten free holds at any time.
We also offer Paging services (see my previous blog post about Paging) and those items also land on the Holds shelf for pick-up.
In May 2015, Library Staff put 8,588 items on the Holds shelves for people to pick-up. We notify patrons about Holds in 3 ways depending on how their Library Account is coded: eMail, telephone or printed message sent via US Mail. In May, 95% of the Hold notifications were sent via eMail, 4% were sent vial telephone, and 1% were printed and sent in the mail.
Once an item reaches the Holds shelf, patrons have 6 days to pick-up the Hold.
There were between 618 and 841 holds each day on the Holds Shelf waiting for pick-up in May. The average number of items on the shelf was 708.
Unfortunately 13.5% (1,163) of the holds were not picked up. Sometimes people get busy, sometimes they forget, or sometimes they don’t receive their notice because an eMail address or phone number changed (please always let us know if your account information changes). Because 32% of our holds not picked up move to the next person in the Holds Queue, please give us a call and let us know if you cannot pick-up your hold. You can also login to Your Account and cancel your hold online.
If you have questions about Holds, or would like to place a Hold for an item, please give us a call or stop by. We’ll see you soon