Author Archive for Kara Logsden



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.

How Do I Vote Early for the June 5, 2018 Primary?

by Kara Logsden on April 20th, 2018

Early voting for the June 5 primary begins at Iowa City Public Library Monday, May 7 from Noon – 4. By law, this is the first day for early voting for this primary. Additional dates at ICPL are Friday, June 1 from  2:30 – 6:30 and Saturday, June 2 from 11-5. This is ArtsFest weekend so it will be busy.

There is also a change early voters should be ready for: According to the Johnson County Auditor’s Office,  “Under the new Voter ID law, early voters do not have to show their ID, but are required to write their Iowa driver’s license or non-driver ID number on their request form. Voters who do not have an Iowa license or non-driver ID will need to write down the PIN number from their voter card instead. Contact the Johnson County Auditor’s Office with any questions.”

Early voting at the Johnson County Auditor’s Office, 913 S. Dubuque St. Iowa City, begins Monday, May 7 at 7:45 a.m. Voting will be available at the Auditor’s Office office weekdays 7:45 to 5:30. (The office will be closed Memorial Day, Monday, May 28.)

Voting will also be available at the Auditor’s Office the weekend before the election:
Saturday, June 2 from 8-5 and Sunday, June 3 from noon-5.

Early voting will also be available at these satellite voting sites:

Iowa City Public Library, 123 S. Linn St., Iowa City

Monday, May 7, noon – 4
Friday, June 1, 2:30 – 6:30
Saturday, June 2, 11-5

 

Coralville Public Library, 1401 5th St., Coralville

Tuesday through Friday, May 29 through June 1, 2 -6

Saturday, June 2, 10 – 4

 

University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics, 200 Hawkins Dr., Iowa City
Wednesday May 30 and Thursday, May 31, 10 – 4

For more information about this primary, visit the Johnson County Auditor’s Office website.

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.

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.