by Kara Logsden on March 2nd, 2016
What did Iowa City Public Library patrons do 146,917 times in Fiscal Year 2015? They placed a HOLD on a Library material. You may place a hold by logging into your account online or Library staff are happy to help you place a hold.
Holds, also known as “Reserves” are a convenient way to access Library materials. At the Library there are two different kinds of holds: Holds on materials checked out to other patrons and Holds on materials checked in and available (we’ll pull the items from the shelf for you!). You may have 10 free holds on your Library Account at any given time and, as a convenience, items stay on the Holds Shelf for 6 days to give you time to come in and pick them up.
Unfortunately, some holds are not picked up. We understand … sometimes plans change, sometimes you forget, or sometimes you are out of town. We have a new service to help you better manage your holds: FREEZE a HOLD.
FREEZE a HOLD – what does that mean? If you requested an item, but want to delay when it is ready to be picked up, you can log in to your account and freeze the hold on that item. For example, if you are going on vacation and don’t want to miss getting your requested items, you can freeze the holds before you leave and then unfreeze them when you return. You will do this by logging into your account and indicating which holds you wish to freeze or unfreeze. There are some times when a hold may not be frozen – if you received a notice the hold was available for pick-up it is too late to freeze it at that point.
If you have questions about this new service, please stop by or give us a call.
by Kara Logsden on February 24th, 2016
University of Iowa School of Music students will present a wonderful noon-time program on Friday, February 26, 2016 in Meeting Room A. Please join us for an hour of enjoyment.
This program is free and open to the public. For a complete list of Music is the Word programs, visit www.icpl.org/mitw
Friday’s program will include:
Horn Trio in E flat Major Op.40 Johannes Brahms (1833 – 1897)
II. Scherzo (Allegro)
III. Adagio mesto
IV. Allegro con brio
Performed by: Three Oakes (Ethan Brozka, horn, Jenna Ferdon, violin, Max Tsai, piano)
Sonata No.23 Op. 57 F minor “Appassionata” Ludwig van Beethoven (1770 – 1827)
- Allegro Assai
Etude Op. 25 No. 10 Frédéric Chopin (1810 – 1849)
Maple Leaf Rag Scott Joplin (1868 – 1917)
Performed by: Hana Song, piano
by Kara Logsden on February 19th, 2016
A few years back I received an interesting telephone call. An Associate Professor at the University of Iowa, Anthony Arnone, wanted to play his cello in our Lobby. Arnone explained he was getting his car serviced and, instead of the waiting room magazines or donuts, why not play the cello during his wait? He had such a positive response, he started a project called “Bach to Work-Random Acts of Music,” playing his cello in unexpected locations.
We scheduled Mr. Arnone to play at 10:15 on a Monday morning, just as families were heading in for Storytime. The experience of hearing music was mesmerizing. People entering the Library stopped to listen and many children were curious about his playing.
Fast forward a couple years, and we are delighted to welcome Anthony Arnone back to the Library as a part of our Music on Wednesday series. Mr. Arnone will play his cello at Noon on Wednesday February 24th. If it is warm outside, he will play in the Lobby. If it is cold out, we’ll move the program to the Gallery on the first floor of the Library.
Cheers to “random acts of music” at the Library!
by Kara Logsden on February 5th, 2016
February is Love Your Library month and there’s a lot to love at Iowa City Public Library! From the 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten kickoff to Black History Month programs & displays, and continuing Music is the Word programs, there’s a lot of love for reading, connecting, and life long learning.
And now there’s more to love because we heard from Preucil School of Music today and they are preparing a wonderful “Music from the Heart” program for our Music on Wednesday series next week. Stop by Meeting Room A at Noon on Wednesday February 10th to hear an hour of Music from the Heart. Preucil faculty and students will be playing their favorite violin, viola, cello and piano pieces. Faculty performers will be Laura Shaw, cello and William Preucil, Sr., viola.
While you are here, stop by the 1st Floor Gallery and make a Valentine for the Library or browse the Blind Date with a Book or Blind Date with an Album display. Who knows, you may find a new love!
Or send us a note and let us know why you Love Your Library.
PS – Why do I love My Library? Because it’s an awesome place to work, there’s always something new going on, I see many friendly people each day, and I get to check out and enjoy great books.
by Kara Logsden on January 9th, 2016
Once upon a long time ago my daughter decided she wanted to take guitar lessons. I checked around and Deb Singer’s name kept coming up as a recommended teacher. For some reason we decided I should take lessons too, so soon my daughter and I had guitars and we were meeting with Deb once a week.
I’d love to say that we became guitar masters but alas, it was not meant to be (and this was no fault of Deb’s ). Mostly we enjoyed listening to Deb play with us and were amazed at how great we sounded when we were with Deb (an how not great we sounded when we were home practicing).
Please join us on Wednesday January 13, 2016 at Noon when Deb will share her classical guitar favorites with our Library audience. If the weather is mild we will be in the Lobby. If it’s cold we’ll move the program to the 1st Floor Gallery area near the magazine collection.
Deb is very well known in our community with the “under 5 crowd.” She is a regular at ICPL Storytimes and at local preschools. Deb has a passion for music and movement and it is a joy to watch and listen as she plays and dances with children.
Deb is a founding member and plays acoustic guitar with the Iowa City-based world music band, Kol Shira. Kol Shira’s CD, A New World, is available on the Library’s Local Music Project at http://music.icpl.org/kol_shira/a_new_world.
by Kara Logsden on December 18th, 2015
OK-It happened again. I could not go to sleep until I finished reading the book Circling the Sun by Paula McLain. I started out listening to the book on disc – an excellent narration by Katharine McEwan BTW – but I got impatient and was obsessed with finishing the book.
I am not sure why I was so drawn to this book. Maybe it was the excellent writing by Paris Wife author, Paula McLain. Maybe it was because it was set in Kenya. Maybe it was because it reminded me so much of Isak Dinesen and the book/movie Out of Africa. Or maybe it was the unforgettable main character, Beryl Markham.
Circling the Sun transports the reader to colonial Kenya in the 1920’s. McLain’s fictionalized story is based on the real life of aviator Beryl Markham. Markham, abandoned by her mother when a child and by her father when she was a teenager, struggles to find her path. Circling the Sun not only captures what made Beryl Markham famous (horse training and racing expert when this field was dominated by men and the first woman to successfully fly across the Atlantic from east to west) but also chronicles her free-spirited childhood, adolescent struggles, happiness, insecurities, and heartbreaks.
If you are looking for a great historical fiction novel to go with hot chocolate and a warm fire, I’d highly recommend Circling the Sun. Just be prepared to throw another log on the fire!
by Kara Logsden on December 9th, 2015
I just received the program for TODAY’s Music on Wednesday concert with Preucil School of Music at Noon in Meeting Room A. If you are Downtown over the lunch hour, stop in. Today’s selection includes music played on violas, violins, cellos and our wonderful Meeting Room A piano. Songs include traditional classical music as well as folk and holiday selections. As a special treat, William and Doris Preucil will perform Duos for 2 Violins by B. Bartok.
See you soon!
by Kara Logsden on November 30th, 2015
At the Iowa City Public Library we’re always looking for ways to improve services for our patrons. Beginning soon, we will begin eMailing “Enhanced Notices” to help our patrons with their Library Card accounts. The eMails will come from the eMail address “email@example.com”
*It’s Time to Renew your ICPL Library Card: Library Cards routinely expire, if you wonder why please check out this BLOG post. We will send a courtesy reminder to everyone in our service area (Iowa City, rural Johnson County, University Heights, Hills and Lone Tree) when their Library Card is about to expire.
*Don’t Lose That Hold: A reminder a hold will be pulled from the Holds Shelf in two days.
*You are Approaching the Fine Limit: A reminder that fines are approaching $10. Most card privileges are suspended when fines exceed $10.
*The Coolest Card in Town: A reminder for patrons who applied online for a Library Card but didn’t stop by the Library to pick-up their card.
Here’s a sample of what the eMail looks like for Library Accounts that will expire:
Greetings from the Iowa City Public Library
This is a routine check of the contact information in your Library account.
The account belonging to PATRON NAME will expire in seven days. An expired account means you cannot check out or renew materials, place holds or download digital materials.
To renew your account, you may
- Visit the Help Desk at the Library -OR-
- Call 319-356-5200 during regular Library hours -OR-
- Reply to this eMail message. If eMailing, please indicate if there are changes to your account information below or if it is all correct.
- Your library card will not change–please keep your card.
- Staff respond to eMails during regular Library hours and will follow up with you within seven days.
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by Kara Logsden on November 9th, 2015
The 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.