Author Archive for Kara Logsden



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.

National Bookmobile Week

by Kara Logsden on April 5th, 2018

We’re so excited about National Bookmobile Day we’re celebrating ALL WEEK!

Visit any ICPL Bookmobile stop between April 9 and 12 and receive a sweet treat and other goodies to help us celebrate one year of Bookmobile service.

The Iowa City Public Library’s Bookmobile rolled into town in April of 2017. After nearly a year of service, we have a lot to celebrate! Over 20,000 items checked out, over 12,000 visitors, and 79 storytime programs offered with over 2,500 people attending. We average about 6 checkouts per mile driven.

Iowa City Transit is also helping us celebrate National Bookmobile Week at our elementary school stops – Monday from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. at Lemme, Tuesday from 3:15 to 4:15 p.m. at Grant Wood, and Thursday from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. at Mark Twain. These stops will include a visit from the City of Iowa City Transit Department and one of the City’s new Transit buses.

A complete Bookmobile schedule can be found at www.icpl.org/bookmobile. For more information, please call the Library at 319-356-5200 or visit us at the ICPL Bookmobile.

Confidentiality and Privacy and Teens

by Kara Logsden on March 20th, 2018

In an effort to raise awareness about confidentiality and privacy issues related to teens, and at the direction of the Library Board, we are mailing letters each month to teens with active Library Cards who are turning 16 and 18 years old during that month. The letters discuss confidentiality and privacy issues teens should think about when using the Library. Teens are encouraged to talk to their parents or other adults if they have questions, or to contact the Library.

The first batch of letters was mailed yesterday. We chose the ages of 16 and 18 because they are milestone years for teens when they take on more responsibilities in their journey to adulthood.

Recently the Library Board reviewed our Confidentiality and Privacy Policy. The Library also added a new Confidentiality and Privacy webpage we hope will raise awareness about confidentiality and privacy issues related to Library use. We want to be transparent and share information about information we collect and maintain in order to improve service and protect the safety of patrons, the building, collections and other assets.

We live in a world where confidentiality and privacy issues surround us. Yesterday’s announcement about Cambridge Analytica’s use of data from 50 million Facebook users is a stark reminder that we need to be eternally vigilant when it comes to these issues. Hopefully our new webpage will help raise awareness and the letters sent to teens will be a catalyst for teens to thoughtfully manage their personal privacy and be aware of confidentiality issues.

Transportation Resources in Johnson County

by Kara Logsden on March 7th, 2018

I recently learned about a great resource for finding information about transportation services in Johnson County. Kelly Schneider is Johnson County’s Mobility Coordinator. She works in the Johnson County Social Services office and her job is funded by the Iowa DOT, Johnson County, City of Iowa City and City of Coralville. Anyone can contact Kelly and the services of our Mobility Coordinator are free-of-charge.

Information about transportation resources in Johnson County is available on the Mobility Coordinator’s webpage. This includes a Transportation Resource Guide. The Guide is a comprehensive list of transportation options including Transit systems, taxi cabs, rides to medical appointments provided by local social service agencies, and (my favorite) information about the Library’s Ride & Read and Summer Library Bus programs.

No Bookmobile President’s Day-Monday February 19

by Kara Logsden on February 12th, 2018

2017-10-homecoming-bookmobile-photoThere will be no Bookmobile service on Monday February 19, 2018 in honor of President’s Day. The Library will be open from 10AM-6PM.

On days when the Bookmobile is not in service, but the Library is open, Holds and ILLs may be picked up at the Library.

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

Happy President’s Day – we’ll see you on the Bookmobile soon.

Knope, Knope, Knope, YEP!!

by Kara Logsden on February 6th, 2018

The Iowa City Public Library is in the running for the best library in the United States, advancing to the Sweetums16 Round! KNOPE, we are not kidding! Vote for ICPL at this link and help us advance to the Group of 8. Voting runs through Friday February 9th.

The Sweetums16 Round is a B1G showdown pitting Iowa City Public Library against the public library that serves Penn State.

The Engaging Local Government Leaders (ELGL) group sponsors the Leslie B. Knope Award to highlight “organizations and individuals that motivate, inspire and attract the best and brightest to local government.”

Astute readers and fans of NBC’s “Parks and Recreation” know Leslie B. Knope, played by actress Amy Poehler, is a local government champion in the town of Pawnee, Indiana. Unfortunately, Knope dislikes libraries because of the Pawnee library director, Tammy Swanson, who is the ex-wife of her friend and co-worker. Fortunately ICPL doesn’t employ anyone named Tammy … and we have an awesome Library Director!

One of Leslie Knope’s goals is to make her town more fun. Join in the fun and vote for Iowa City Public Library for Best Library in the United States!

 

 

No Bookmobile ML King Jr Day-Monday January 15

by Kara Logsden on January 5th, 2018

2017-10-homecoming-bookmobile-photoThere will be no Bookmobile service on Monday January 15, 2018 in honor of Martin Luther King Jr Day. The Library will be open from 10AM-6PM.

On days when the Bookmobile is not in service, but the Library is open, Holds and ILLs may be picked up at the Library.

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

Happy MLK Jr Day – we’ll see you on the Bookmobile soon.

Bookmobile Service Returns Monday January 8, 2018

by Kara Logsden on January 4th, 2018

The Bookmobile has enjoyed its time at the Bookmobile Spa (a nice, heated garage) but it’s ready to return to service on Monday January 8. The Winter/Spring 2018 Schedule has a number of new stops as well as a few time changes for existing stops. Some stops stay the same. A full Winter/Spring schedule is available online at www.icpl.org/bookmobile.

During the Bookmobile’s break, we have been collecting Holds at the Library. They will be loaded on the Bookmobile on Monday morning and ready for pick-up at any Bookmobile stop. We hold items for 7 days, so please make sure you pick-up your hold this week.

If the weather is bad and you think there’s a possibility Bookmobile services may have been canceled, please call the Library or check our webpage before heading out. Information about Bookmobile services when there is severe or winter weather can be found at this blog post.

If you have questions about the new Bookmobile schedule, give us a call at 319-356-5200 during regular Library hours or navigate to www.icpl.org/bookmobile.

We’ll see you in the community soon!

[LOVE] Biographical Fiction

by Kara Logsden on December 24th, 2017
[LOVE] Biographical Fiction Cover Image

I enjoy reading Historical Fiction and recently have come to appreciate the sub-genre “Biographical Fiction.”

According to Wikipedia, “Biographical fiction is a type of historical fiction that takes a historical individual and recreates elements of his or her life, while telling a fictional narrative, usually in the genres of film or the novel. The relationship between the biographical and the fictional may vary within different pieces of biographical fiction. It frequently includes selective information and self-censoring of the past. The characters are often real people or based on real people, but the need for “truthful” representation is less strict than in biography.”

I can’t think of a better way to spend a cold winter night than curled up with a good book that will sweep me away to another place and time. Biographical Fiction keeps my mind engaged and I often research facts and details of the person’s life while reading. More than once, learning about someone’s life has sent me on a trip to view their art or learn more about their life. Below is a list of some of my favorite Biographical Fiction novels. All are highly recommended.

Author/Title Description
Benjamin, Melanie

 Swans of Fifth Avenue

Melanie Benjamin’s novel features the relationship between Truman Capote and Babe Mortimer Paley with the backdrop of many upper class members of New York City society in the 1960’s. Reading the book made me want to read Breakfast at Tiffany’s!
Benjamin, Melanie

 The Aviator’s Wife

A memorable book about the life of Charles Lindbergh and his family told through the eyes of Anne Morrow Lindbergh. Anne Morrow Lindbergh was the first woman to earn a first-class guider pilot license. She was also a writer and poet, best known for her novel, Gift from the Sea.
Boyle, T.C.

 The Women

Iowa Writer’s Workshop graduate T.C. Boyle writes an interesting story about architect Frank Lloyd Wright as told by a fictional narrator about the women Wright had relationships with during his lifetime. Boyle lives in the George C. Stewart house in Southern California, which was designed by Wright.
Davis, Fiona

 The Address

The Singer Sewing Machine company co-founder, Edward Clark, commissioned the building of The Dakota apartment building in 1880 as the first luxury apartment building and one of the first buildings on the Upper West Side of Manhattan. The Dakota has been the home to many celebrities over the years, including John Lennon who was shot just outside in 1980. Davis’ story brings the building alive, hopping between fictional characters who live at The Dakota and their stories in the 1880’s and 1985.
Horan, Nancy

Loving Frank

Horan tells a compelling story about the lives of Frank Lloyd Wright and Mamah Borthwick Cheney. I didn’t know a lot about Wright or Cheney before I read the book, and an unexpected plot change sent me to Google and a bit of quick research about the real lives of Wright and Cheney (yes … it’s true). Fascination with the story also sent me on a road trip to Oak Park, IL where I toured Frank Lloyd Wright’s home and studio.
Horan, Nancy

Under the Wide and Starry Sky

Be ready to be swept away through time and travel in this fictional account of the life of Scottish Lawyer Robert Louis Stevenson and his American wife Fanny Van de grift Osbourne. Through travel in Scotland, France, New York, Australia & Samoa and reflection on passion and illness, the story unfolds to help the reader understand the man who created both A Child’s Garden of Verse and Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde.
McLain, Paula

Circling the Sun

An unforgettable story that transports readers to colonial Kenya in the 1920’s and a story 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 being 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.
McLain, Paula

The Paris Wife

The fictional story of Ernest Hemingway and his first wife, Hadley Richardson. After a whirlwind courtship the couple marries and moves to Paris so Ernest can pursue his writing career. In Paris the couple is caught up in the fast paced social life and struggle with balance, identities, love and loyalty.
Moriarty, Laura

The Chaperone

Laura Moriarty’s newest novel is a hybrid story about the life of silent-film star Louise Brooks and fictionalized character Cora Carlisle. The story begins in 1922 when 36-year-old Cora Carlisle agrees to chaperone 15-year-old Louise Brooks for a summer in New York City dancing with the Denishawn School of Dance.  Readers learn Cora’s life, just like Louise Brooks’, is not what it appears and the story revolves around Cora’s path of self-discovery and quest for happiness.
Russell, Mary Doria

Dreamers of the Day

 

Midwesterner, schoolteacher, influenza epidemic survivor, and world traveler, Agnes Shanklin, witnesses the 1921 Cairo Peace Conference where world leaders, including Winston Churchill, T.E. Lawrence and Lady Gertrude Bell, make a plan to divide the Middle East into the countries of Iraq, Syria, Lebanon, Israel, and Jordan.
Vreeland, Susan

Clara and Mr. Tiffany

 

Because of this book, I went to New York City to the Metropolitan Museum of Art and other places to see Tiffany Glass. This is the story of Clara Driscoll, who worked with Louis Comfort Tiffany at his New York studio and is possibly the person who conceived the idea for the iconic Tiffany stained glass lamps. Set with the turn-of-the-century New York City backdrop with issues such as the rise of labor unions, women in the workplace, and advances in technology.

Bookmobile Winter/Spring Schedule Preview

by Kara Logsden on December 18th, 2017

Library staff are finalizing the Bookmobile Winter/Spring schedule which begins on Monday January 8, 2018 and runs through May 24. There are a number of changes to the schedule, so Bookmobile users will want to pick-up a copy of the Winter/Spring schedule flyer. As a reminder, the Bookmobile will not operate from December 25 through January 4, giving staff time to do a deep clean, send the Bookmobile to the spa (maintenance garage), complete training, and update collections.

We are adding a few new stops. The Bookmobile will travel to Iowa City Rehabilitation, Regency Heights and Lemme Elementary on Mondays. Tuesdays we’re adding a Noon stop at the UI College of Medicine’s MERF/PBDB/BSB Courtyard. This is where the mobile food trucks park in the summer on Thursdays, so UI staff should be familiar with where this stop is located. We anticipate delivering many holds to this stop on Tuesdays. On Thursdays the Bookmobile will be at Hy-Vee on First Avenue.

The Grant Wood Elementary stop changes days and moves to just after school on Tuesdays and the UI Community Credit Union stop moves from Thursday to Wednesday.

The Winter/Spring schedule includes two stops where the Bookmobile will meet-up with the Crisis Center’s Mobile Food Pantry. The Bookmobile will be at Regency Mobile Home Community on Thursdays from 5:00-5:30 pm. The Mobile Food Pantry serves Regency the third Thursday of each month from 4:30-5:30 pm. On the 3rd Wednesday of each month, the Bookmobile will make a special trip out to Parkview Mobile Home Court to meet up with the Mobile Food Pantry. The Bookmobile is scheduled to be there from Noon-12:30 pm. Read the rest of this entry »