by Kara Logsden on May 23rd, 2017
I just finished two books and both are highly recommended summer reads.
Vicious Circle by C.J. Box takes the reader on a vicarious trip to the Wyoming and the life of Game Warden Joe Pickett. Joe is in a battle to save his life and the lives of his family. Rodeo star Dallas Cates is out of jail and he wants revenge. Nate Romanowski, Joe’s falconer friend, gets pulled into the drama and trouble always seems to find Joe and Nate. Box’s novels are known for their fast pace, memorable characters and strong sense of place. The reader will be kept on the edge of their seat in this page-turner. I listened to the book and David Chandler’s narration is excellent.
Jacqueline Winspear’s new book in the Maisie Dobbs series, In This Grave Hour, is also a page-turner. Maisie Dobbs is a trained psychologist and personal investigator. England is once again at War, Scotland Yard is overwhelmed, and Maisie is called in to investigate the murders of Belgian refugees from the first World War. The title is foreboding and comes from a quote from King George VI on September 3, 1939: “In this grave hour, perhaps the most fateful in our history….for the second time in our lives for most of us, we are at war.”
If you are looking for a great book to kick off your summer, consider these two novels or stop by the Library or Bookmobile. We’re always happy to help you find a great read!
by Kara Logsden on May 16th, 2017
We are having fun introducing the Bookmobile to our community! The joy on the faces of people, especially children, when they come onto the Bookmobile and see all the wonderful books and movies is heartwarming!
Last week the Bookmobile visited a number of elementary schools. The picture in this post shows Alexander Elementary students hearing about the Bookmobile. One student commented, “It’s like the Batmobile … but it’s the Bookmobile” and another said, “I want to live here!” I feel the same way! Read the rest of this entry »
by Kara Logsden on May 15th, 2017
The Summer Library Bus program ROLLS OUT on Thursday June 1.
Ride the bus to the Library: 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 the day after Iowa City Schools dismiss (Thursday June 1) until the day before school starts (Tuesday August 22), 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: icpl.org/hours-location/ride/
Information about applying for a Library Card is available at: icpl.org/cards
Roll on down to the Library this summer on an Iowa City Transit Bus. We look forward to seeing you!
by Kara Logsden on April 26th, 2017
The Library’s Bookmobile rolled into town on Wednesday April 12th just in time for the National Bookmobile Day celebration at Mercer Park. If you missed this fun event, photos are available here.
A schedule of special events intended to introduce the Bookmobile to our community during the month of May is available on the Library’s calendar at this link.
More information about the Bookmobile, including the Summer Schedule that begins on June 1, 2017, is available at icpl.org/bookmobile. Read the rest of this entry »
by Kara Logsden on April 18th, 2017
Music on Wednesday is on FRIDAY this week. Join Preucil School of Music on Friday April 21, 2017 at Noon in Meeting Room A for A Musical Bouquet. The performance features local student musicians playing an assortment of songs from Bach, Beethoven, Mozart and other composers. A full lineup of performers and music is available at this link: 2017-04-preucil.
Friday is a no school day for Iowa City Schools, so SPRING into the Library for a melodious musical bouquet. See you at the Library 🙂
by Kara Logsden on March 9th, 2017
Coming soon to a stop near you – ICPL’s new BOOKMOBILE!
The Iowa City Public Library is pleased to introduce new Bookmobile services to our community. The purpose of the Iowa City Public Library’s Bookmobile is to offer collections and services beyond the Downtown and extend Library services throughout our community. The idea for a Bookmobile came from months of Strategic Planning and asking a simple question, “What is the best and most affordable way to extend Library services into our community?”
The Bookmobile will have three annual schedule periods. The Summer Schedule (June-August) focuses on serving children and the Fall and Spring Schedules (August-December and January-May) focus on serving people of all ages.
Watch for the Bookmobile to appear around town in May, with a set schedule beginning in June. For more information, visit www.icpl.org/bookmobile. This under construction webpage will eventually be the “online home” of the Bookmobile. Online this week you will see a map with stop location information and photos showing the construction of the new Bookmobile. Check back often for schedule and photo updates.
Ready! Set!! Bookmobile!!!
by Kara Logsden on March 9th, 2017
Yesterday was a happy day! The West Side Remote Book Returns are once again available at the University of Iowa Community Credit Union drive-thru located at 825 Mormon Trek Blvd. The Remote Book Returns at this location were damaged in a “Car vs. Book Return” incident in January.
When our Maintenance Manager went into the UICCU branch yesterday to let them know the Book Returns were back, the staff applauded. We received a lot of feedback about the missing Book Return-many people expressing what a difference it made in their busy lives. Sometimes we forget little things mean a lot. Although we don’t want incidents like this to happen often, the silver lining is we hear from people who appreciate our services. Thank you!
The new Remote Returns are a bit different. There are three bins for returning materials. Any material that can be returned in the remote bin can go into any bin. Since the Remote Book Returns were installed 18 years ago, the manufacturer changed the sizes of the bins. To get the capacity needed, we had to order three of equal size. Things change and that’s OK.
When we emptied the drop at 1:00 PM yesterday, there were 6 books waiting to be picked up. I’m sure there’s more today.
by Kara Logsden on February 28th, 2017
My New Year’s Resolution was to switch from listening to audiobooks via CDs in my car to listening on my smart phone. WOW! I love listening to eAudiobooks on my phone! They go everywhere with me – in the car, on a walk, while eating breakfast, and yes, to bed with me at night. More information about eAudiobooks via ICPL and OverDrive is available here.
I’m currently listening to Born to Run by Bruce Springsteen and the audiobook is narrated by The Boss himself. I am not typically a biography reader, but I am loving this book. The other morning, while driving into work, the E Street Band was formed. I may have had tears. I now understand why I don’t like Springsteen’s earlier music, but I’m going to give it a new try after listening to the book. I think I’ll understand it better. Today I listened to his music while driving into to work. The songs have been bumping around in my head and I wanted a day to listen. Born to Run, Born in the USA, Streets of Philadelphia, My Home Town, I’m on Fire … all songs from my youth and just as fun to listen to today.
If you want to take a trip down Springsteen Memory Lane, check out Rolling Stone’s 100 Greatest Bruce Springsteen Songs of All Time. It’s a great tribute and there are many photographs and fun links.
Born to Run is a well written book that is fast paced and engaging. I would highly recommend it to Springsteen fans and people who grew up in the 1960’s and 1970’s. And yes, if you take it to bed at night, Bruce Springsteen will read you bedtime stories. Enjoy!
by Kara Logsden on February 23rd, 2017
Iowa Safe at Home is an address confidentiality program of the Iowa Secretary of State’s Office designed to help victims of domestic crimes. Melanie Shellenberger from the Iowa Secretary of State’s Office will share information about this program on Friday March 3, 2017 at 10:30 AM in Meeting Room A.
The Iowa Safe at Home program provides three services to help survivors improve their lives: Read the rest of this entry »