Author Archive for Kara Logsden



No Bookmobile Service on Independence Day

by Kara Logsden on July 3rd, 2018

The Iowa City Public Library Bookmobile will not be in service on Wednesday July 4th. The Downtown Library is also closed in honor of the holiday.

Bookmobile holiday hours are always available on the Library’s website.

Although the Bookmobile and Library are closed, online services are available 24/7 at www.icpl.org. This includes account access and, for those who live in our service area, access to ICPL’s Digital Library including eBooks, eAudiobooks, eMagazines, New York Times and Kanopy video streaming.

Speaking of 24/7 access – we know our community accesses services when we are closed. On Independence Day in 2017 there were 200 holds placed and 302 items renewed through our online catalog. Also on Independence Day 2017, 214 eAudiobooks and 272 eBooks were checked out. That’s a lot of reading for a holiday!

Happy Independence Day! We’ll see you back on the Bookmobile or at the Downtown Library on July 5th.

Public Displays @ ICPL

by Kara Logsden on June 21st, 2018

Did you know Library provides space for individuals and community groups to create displays at the Library? Information about displays is available on the Library’s webpage.

According to Library Board policy, displays from individuals or community groups must meet one of the following criteria:

  • Highlight current issues, events or other subjects of public interest.
  • Display high quality original art, crafts, photographs, writings, or interesting collections of Iowans.
  • Explain the activities of local organizations and agencies engaged in educational, recreational, cultural, intellectual, or charitable activities.

Space for community displays is available on the 2nd floor of the Library. Display spaces are reserved for a calendar month and individuals/groups are limited to one display in a 12-month period. For more information or to reserve display space, please contact the Community & Access Services Assistant at 319-887-6025.

Meeting Rooms @ ICPL

by Kara Logsden on June 14th, 2018

The Library has 5 meeting rooms available for community organizations to use free of charge. Information about each room is available on the Library’s webpage and includes details about room capacity, standard set-ups, equipment in the rooms and hours the rooms are available.

The Library’s meeting rooms are in high demand. In FY17 there were 1,497 community meetings with an estimated attendance of 30,883. In addition, there were 2,055 Library uses of the meeting rooms for programs, events, training and meetings.

Community groups are welcome to use the Library’s meeting rooms. According to Library Board Policy, “Rooms are available to non-profit corporations (defined as those entities granted tax-exempt status by the IRS under section 501(c)(3) or other tax exempt sections of the Internal Revenue Code), a candidate’s campaign committee (as defined in Iowa Code §68A.102(5)), a political committee (as defined by Iowa Code §68A.102 (18), a non-profit citizen’s group that provides appropriate contact information, a governmental subdivision, or a department/division/bureau of a governmental subdivision”

Please note – Rooms are not available for private parties or use as a regularly scheduled classroom or study space by educational institutions.

To schedule a meeting room, navigate to the Meeting Room information webpage and click on “Request a Meeting Room.” You may also call the Library at 319-356-5200 during regular business hours or stop by the Library’s Help Desk or Information Desk.

RAGBRAI T-Shirts for Sale @ICPL

by Kara Logsden on June 4th, 2018

RAGBRAI is rolling through Iowa City on Friday July 27. To celebrate, there are official RAGRAI t-shirts for sale at a number of locations, including the Library’s Help Desk, for $20 while supplies last.

The shirts for sale at the Library are Canvas Bella cotton/poly blend in size medium and large in both black and gold versions. Additional sizes are available through online ordering at the official RAGBRAI Merchandise webpage.

All t-shirt proceeds offset RAGBRAI expenses. Any profits from the event will go to the United Way of Johnson and Washington Counties.

The official RAGBRAI-Iowa City webpage includes everything you need to know about July 27th events and the webpage is updated as additional information becomes available.

If you are interested in volunteering for RAGBRAI, there are many opportunities available. More information is at the RAGBRAI-Iowa City webpage.

 

 

Bookmobile @ Juneteenth June 23

by Kara Logsden on June 3rd, 2018

Bookmobile at Mercer ParkThe ICPL Bookmobile will be at the June 23 Juneteenth Commemoration from Noon to 5:00 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 webpage and on Facebook.

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

The theme of Iowa City’s 2018 Juneteenth commemoration is “Other Mother: It takes a Village.” We’ll see you at Mercer Park on June 23!

No Bookmobile Service May 25 through June 3

by Kara Logsden on May 11th, 2018

2017-07-bookmobileThe Bookmobile Spring Schedule concludes on Thursday May 24 and the Summer Schedule begins on Monday June 4, 2018. We’ve had a great Spring and look forward to a busy summer including Stories in the Park programs.

A break between schedule periods gives us time for vehicle maintenance, deep cleaning, and restocking the Bookmobile with great new Library materials.

On days when the Bookmobile is not in service, but the Library is open, Holds and ILLs may be picked up at the Library. We will not capture any holds when the Bookmobile is not in service, so there may be a period of time when the Bookmobile is on break when holds will be at the Library waiting for pick-up. Don’t worry, though, because the 7 day waiting period for picking up a hold does not begin until we “trap” the hold. That’s when we send the eMail, call you on the telephone, or mail your Hold Pick-up Notice.

For full Bookmobile schedule information, navigate to www.icpl.org/bookmobile

CHOMP on a Good Book

by Kara Logsden on May 1st, 2018

No time to pick-up your Holds at the Iowa City Public Library? CHOMP Delivery service can help! Beginning Tuesday May 1, CHOMP will deliver Iowa City Public Library holds to your door.

Once your Holds are ready for pick-up at the Downtown Library, login to www.chomp.delivery and schedule your delivery. CHOMP delivery charges for this service begin at $2.99 plus a $1.49 convenience fee. The total cost depends on how close you live to the Library. CHOMP delivers to Iowa City, Coralville, North Liberty, University Heights, Hills and Tiffin.

CHOMP is a locally-owned delivery service. Although CHOMP traditionally delivers food, they are offering the convenience of delivering Holds from the Downtown Library during regular Library hours. A CHOMP account is required for this service and delivery fees apply.

For more information, navigate to www.chomp.delivery or contact staff at the Iowa City Public Library.

Is the Library open during Ped Mall Construction?

by Kara Logsden on April 30th, 2018

YES YES YES YES. The Library is absolutely open during Ped Mall Construction.

2018 Construction begins today as a a part of Phase 1. In the map to the right, Phase 1 is shown in brown. Phase 1 includes the Dubuque Street portion of the Ped Mall away from the Library.

Construction near the Library is a part of Phase 2, which begins in May of 2019. Phase 2 is shown on the map in green. Next summer, when there is construction near the Library, we do not anticipate any closures of the Library.

There are a number of ways you can keep informed about Ped Mall construction:

  1. Sign up at the City’s Alerts at https://www.icgov.org/e-subscriptions – the alert is called Ped Mall Improvements Project” in the “Construction and Housing” section.
  2. Follow the hashtag #pedproject on Facebook and Twitter.
  3. Check out the City’s Ped Mall Construction Project webpage that has the most current information.
  4. Look at the April 2018 PowerPoint from the Public Open House to see maps, phasing, and renderings of what some of the improvements will look like.

We’ll keep our fingers crossed for good weather and smooth sailing with this project. We all have experience from the Washington Street phase last summer, so that gives us an idea of what to expect for the Summers of 2018 and 2019.

Bookmobile and Severe Weather

by Kara Logsden on April 18th, 2018

Spring will arrive … someday. And that means we need to be prepared for severe weather.

If severe weather is imminent when the Bookmobile is in service, our primary concern is the safety of people visiting the Bookmobile and our staff members. Staff working on the Bookmobile monitor the weather and communicate with staff at the Downtown Library when needed.

In the event of a Severe Weather Warning when the Bookmobile is on the road, Bookmobile operations cease and all patrons must exit the vehicle. The Bookmobile either returns to the Downtown parking facility or staff will secure the Bookmobile and seek shelter.

SEVERE WEATHER WARNINGS ARE ISSUED AND SIRENS SOUNDS FOR:

  • Tornado          · 70 mile or greater per hour winds          · Golf ball-sized hail

Schedule updates are posted on the Library’s webpage at icpl.org/bookmobile and calendar.icpl.org. Schedule information is also available by calling the Library at 319-356-5200 during regular Library hours.

Please keep in mind that if we are trying to return to the Library in the case of severe weather, there may be a delay in updating the calendar and webpage. Your best bet is to call the Library if you have questions about the Bookmobile schedule in times of severe weather.

Happy Birthday Bookmobile!

by Kara Logsden on April 13th, 2018

Bookmobile at Mercer ParkThis week the Iowa City Public Library’s Bookmobile celebrates its first anniversary of taking Library services on the road and what a GREAT YEAR it has been!

We drove 6,000 miles, greeted over 12,000 visitors and checked out more than 20,000 items. In the summer we averaged 7 checkouts per mile.

We had 79 storytime programs in or near the Bookmobile with 2,650 attendees.

We answered over 1,000 questions and collected over 4,000 items from the Downtown collection that were returned to the Bookmobile.

We have taken thousands of Holds from the Downtown collection to the Bookmobile for convenient pick-up at locations across the community that offer free parking and easy access to the Bookmobile. In March 2018 alone we sent 399 Holds from the Downtown collection to the Bookmobile.

Our busiest stops are Breckenridge Estates, Helen Lemme Elementary, Mark Twain Elementary, Mercer Park, Oaknoll Retirement Community and University of Iowa Community Credit Union (Mormon Trek) – over 1,000 items was checked out at each of these stops since July 1, 2017.

We’ve learned a lot over the past year. We’ve rotated where collections are shelved on the Bookmobile, added more items people asked for (Cookbooks, Graphic Novels, Large Print, more Nonfiction) and adjusted the schedule based on what we learned about the time it takes to drive between stops and prepare the Bookmobile each day for service.

If you haven’t visited the ICPL Bookmobile yet, please plan a visit. A full schedule is available at www.icpl.org/bookmobile. We’ll see you in the community!

PS – Watch for our summer schedule that runs June 4th through August 17th. We’re adding a couple stops and planning for Stories in the Park programs Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.