Author Archive for Kara Logsden



How Do I Vote Early for the September 12 School Board Election and Bond Referendum?

by Kara Logsden on August 14th, 2017

The Johnson County Auditor’s Office recently released information about early voting for the September 12 School Board Election and Bond Referendum. If you are wondering more about what the Bond Referendum is all about, check out Maeve’s Blog Post HERE.

In-person early voting begins Monday, August 21 at 7:45 AM at the Auditor’s Office, 913 S. Dubuque St., Iowa City. Early voting is available at the Auditor’s Office during normal weekday business hours, 7:45 to 5:30, through Monday, September 11. Note – the office is closed Monday, September 4 for Labor Day.

The Auditor’s Office will have special weekend voting hours the Saturday and Sunday before the election on Saturday, September 9, 8 AM to Noon and Sunday, September 10, Noon to 5 PM.

The Iowa City Public Library will host Early Voting in Meeting Room D from Noon to 6:00 PM on Thursday, September 7 and Friday, September 8.

Here’s a complete list of all early voting locations:

Kirkwood Community College, 1816 Lower Muscatine Rd., Iowa City: Tuesday, August 29, 10 AM to 2 PM

University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics, 200 Hawkins Dr. Iowa City, Fountain Entrance: Thursday, September 7, 10 AM to 4 PM

Iowa City Public Library, 123 S. Linn St., Iowa City: Thursday, September 7 and Friday, September 8, Noon to 6 PM each day

North Liberty Community Library, 520 W. Cherry St., North Liberty: Saturday, September 9, 11 AM to 3 PM

Coralville Public Library, 1401 5th St., Coralville: Saturday, September 9, 10 AM to 4 PM and Sunday, September 10, Noon to 3:30 PM

On Election Day polls are open from 7 AM to 8 PM. Note – your voting location is your school polling place which for most voters is different from your regular polling location. Information about school polling places may be found at http://www.johnson-county.com/dept_auditor_elections.aspx?id=14272

If you have questions or need help voting, please contact the Johnson County Auditor’s Office at 319-356-6004 or visit their webpage at http://www.johnson-county.com/dept_auditor.aspx?id=12195

No Bookmobile Service August 21-25

by Kara Logsden on August 14th, 2017

2017-04-bookmobile-outside-icplIt’s been a great summer on the Bookmobile! We drove over 1,000 miles, hosted an average of 700 visitors a week, and checked out over 6,000 items. That’s about 6 checkouts per mile 🙂

The Bookmobile will take a break August 21-25. This is a time for scheduled vehicle maintenance, collection updates, and staff training. The new Fall Bookmobile schedule will run from August 28 through December 21. Fall Schedule information can be found HERE – click on the “Fall” tab just above the map. Holds typically picked up at the Bookmobile will be held at the Library and sent out on the Bookmobile on Monday August 28. Patrons are welcome to come to the Library to pick-up a Hold if it has come in. Please go to the Help Desk and ask for a staff member to retrieve your hold.

During the Summer Schedule we focused on going to places to connect with children. During the Fall we’re focusing on connecting with people of all ages. This fall the Bookmobile will be out four days per week, Monday through Friday. Many of the stop times have changed so please take a look at the schedule to see where the Bookmobile stops are in or near your neighborhood.

If you have questions, visit www.icpl.org/bookmobile or call the Library at 319-356-5200. We’ll see you on the Bookmobile!

We’ll See YOU at the Johnson County Fair!

by Kara Logsden on July 21st, 2017

2017-07-pljc-fair-boothThe 2017 Johnson County Fair runs July 24-27 at the Fairgrounds south of Iowa City. Each year the Public Libraries of Johnson County join together to sponsor a booth celebrating the awesome libraries we have in our county. Please stop by and see us at the Fair. We’ll be giving away orange book bags and you can sign-up to win a giant Golden Retriever (plush dog, not a real dog 🙂 ). Tuesday is Children’s Day. We have special giveaways that day for all the children who stop by.

There’s also a lot of other activities at the Johnson County Fair – something for all ages. Here’s a few quick links to the schedule of activities:

Entertainment Schedule: http://www.johnsoncofair.com/entertainment.html

4-H and FFA Schedule: http://www.johnsoncofair.com/4h_ffa.html

Bill Riley’s Talent Contest: http://www.johnsoncofair.com/talent.html

There’s also a number of contests during the Fair. What’s my favorite? The Rubber Chicken Throwing Contest 🙂 A full schedule can be found on the yellow-side bar of the Fair’s Webpage. We’ll see you at the Fair!

 

No Bookmobile Wednesday July 12

by Kara Logsden on July 6th, 2017

2017-07-bookmobileAfter driving 420 miles through the streets of Iowa City in June, the Iowa City Public Library’s Bookmobile will be out of service on Wednesday July 12th because of scheduled maintenance and warranty work. A Library staff member will be available at scheduled stops for Holds pickup. Regular service will resume on Thursday July 13th.

Stories in the Park, held at 10:30 AM that day in Wetherby Park, 2398 Taylor Drive, Iowa City, will go on as scheduled with a special guest. Becky with West Music will offer a musical program that teaches fundamentals of rhythm, basic motor function, mental dexterity, healthy emotional expression, sociability, and more.

If you are curious about what’s been happening on the ICPL Bookmobile, visit Shawna’s recent blog post here or my June 22nd blog post here.

For more information about ICPL Bookmobile services and the summer schedule, please navigate to www.icpl.org/bookmobile or call the Library during regular business hours at 319-356-5200.

We’ll see you soon on the Bookmobile!

 

Summer is for READING!

by Kara Logsden on June 30th, 2017
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Are you looking for a great book to read this summer? Here’s a list of my favorite books from the last year … and a couple on my “to read” list.

Backman, Fredrik

A Man Called Ove, My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She’s Sorry, & Britt-Marie was Here

Swedish writer Fredrik Backman is my new favorite author. A Man Called Ove is a feel-good story that I couldn’t put down. My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She’s Sorry, is a heartwarming story about a seven year old girl who goes on a journey of discovery after the death of her beloved grandmother. It’s a compelling story that shows there are many good people in the world. Britt-Marie Was Here is a follow-up book that features one of the characters from “My Grandmother …” Backman has a unique way of introducing plot and the result is books that are to be savored. Readers must be patient … Backman will give you the details you need when he’s ready.
Box, C.J.

Vicious Circle

Vicious Circle by C.J. Box takes the reader on a vicarious trip to the Wyoming and the life of Game Warden Joe Pickett. Rodeo star Dallas Cates is out of jail and he wants revenge on Joe. Nate Romanowski, Joe’s falconer friend, is pulled into the drama and trouble always seems to find them. 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 the page-turner. I listened to the book and David Chandler’s narration is excellent.
Brockmole, Jessica

Letters from Skye

An older epistolary novel (2013) but a goodie. Two narratives weave together through a series of letters. The drama begins when an American, David, writes a letter to Elspeth, a young Scottish poet who lives on the Isle of Skye. Their friendship blossoms into an unlikely love story just before the start of WWI. Flash forward to just before WWII. Elspeth’s daughter, Margaret is on the cusp of a love story of her own. Through the letters the narratives intertwine and the story unfolds. I listened to the book and the narration was excellent, especially the Scottish dialect that brings the story to life.
Brown, Eleanor

Light of Paris

Weird Sisters author, Eleanor Brown’s Light of Paris is a tale of two women who are bound by the expectations of family and society. Madeleine is in her thirties, stuck in a loveless marriage and volunteering as a docent at an art museum. Youthful dreams of living as an artist are painful. Margie is in her twenties and dispatched to Paris in 1924. Upon her arrival she is abandoned and left to fend for herself. With dreams of becoming a writer she gets a job in a library in Paris and falls in love.
Clayton, Meg Waite

Race for Paris

Wednesday Sisters author, Meg Waite Clayton’s, newest novel captures the fictionalized story of two women who served as journalists during World War II. Clayton layers the story between the brutality of war, determination of the women and the personal toll a war takes on the human spirit. Her research about women journalists in WWII brings their spirit to life and tells a lesser-known story about WWII heroes.
Cleave, Chris

Everyone Brave is Forgiven

Chris Cleave artfully crafts a World War II novel based on love letters between his grandparents. With the backdrop of war, bombing, starvation, bravery, society and sacrifice, Cleave weaves together unforgettable characters in a story that requires pondering long after the book is finished. Set in London and Malta, Mary is a socialite, Alistair signs up for service reluctantly and Tom would rather forget the war. Three people, three friends and three wars. Innocence is lost, London is bombed, Malta is devastated, friendship is tested and morals are questioned.
Davis, Fiona

The Dollhouse

Alternating between 1952 and 2016 in the Barbizon Hotel in New York City, the lives of four women are haunted by ghosts. Darby is a Midwesterner who meets Stella who is a model. Darby befriends Esme, who aspires to a singing career. Rose is intrigued by the women of Barbizon’s past and a tragedy that changes all of their lives.
Evanovich, Janet & Phoef Sutton

Curious Minds

Riley Moon is a street-savvy Harvard educated young lady who looks forward to a career in banking. Emerson Knight is an eccentric billionaire who has a facade that indicates more money than sense. He writes a doomsday blog with ideas so outlandish they might be true. Knight and Moon are an unlikely dynamic duo but their chemistry works in a funny, fast paced mystery that keeps the reader guessing.
Rhimes, Shonda

Year of Yes

(Biography)

Year of Yes focuses on a year of transformation for Rhimes when she gave herself permission to start saying YES to life including invitations, healthy lifestyle choices, time with family and happiness. Rhimes’ personal story is remarkable and I enjoyed learning more about her. Plus her story is funny, compelling and made me think.
Shattuck, Jessica

Women in the Castle

I’m currently listening to this book that focuses on the before, during and after WWII experiences of three widows of German resistance leaders. The story is inspired by the experiences of the author’s grandparents. The three women are suffering from their war experiences and seek atonement, redemption and healing for choices made.
Springsteen, Bruce

Born to Run

(Biography)

I listened to Born to Run by Bruce Springsteen and the audiobook is narrated by The Boss himself. I am not typically a biography reader, but this was a great book that revealed intimate details about Springsteen’s childhood and family life. Springsteen’s songs have been bumping around in my head since starting the book and I often took a break to listen to the songs. 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.
Strout, Elizabeth

Anything is Possible

Pulitzer Prize-winning author Elizabeth Strout’s newest book is a story of family, love and redemption. Strout’s writing is complex-she takes a simple story and weaves in layers of emotion, reconciliation, self-discovery and human interaction. I first fell in love with Strout’s writing with her Pulitzer Prize-winning novel Olive Kitteridge. Anything is Possible is a continuation of Strout writing at her best and features a return of the beloved character, Lucy Barton from Strout’s 2016 book, My Name is Lucy Barton.
Towles, Amor

Gentleman in Moscow

This is on my “to read” list after receiving many recommendations from friends, seeing the long hold list, and a starred Kirkus Review that says, “In all ways a great novel, a nonstop pleasure brimming with charm, personal wisdom, and philosophic insight. This book more than fulfills the promise of Towles’ stylish debut, Rules of Civility.”
Winspear, Jacqueline

In This Grave Hour

Jacqueline Winspear’s newest Maisie Dobbs book. 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.”

 

For more suggestions visit the Bookmobile or Library, or call 319-356-5200.

Bookmobile Update

by Kara Logsden on June 22nd, 2017

2017-06-bookmobile-lemmeCONNECT … ENGAGE … ENRICH! Bookmobile services are in full swing and we are connecting with our community in new ways, engaging new readers and community partners and enriching lives. It is heartwarming to experience the welcome we’ve received throughout our community.

We’re connecting with new populations in many of the neighborhoods we’re serving. Recently teachers from Lemme Elementary met us at a stop. Not only did they provide popsicles, but also encouraged the students to find their friends and make sure they came out to the Bookmobile (see picture). At the end of the stop, everyone had Library materials, a book bag, and a wallet attached to their book bag that held their Library card. We can’t wait to go back this week!

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Summer Meal Sites

by Kara Logsden on June 7th, 2017

2017-06-07-food-logoSummer is a great time for reading, fun, and relaxation. But for some children, summer is a time when food insecurity becomes an issue because they cannot rely on meals at school. The No Kid Hungry program (www.nokidhungry.org) is a national initiative to connect kids in need with nutritious food and engages people to make ending child hunger a national priority. More information about hungry children in the United States is available at this link https://www.nokidhungry.org/the-problem

In our community there are many people who are working to assure children in our community have healthy meals this summer. For more information about meal sites in our community, text “FOOD” to 877877. For information in Spanish, text “COMIDA” to 877877.

Three cheers for summer and three cheers for healthy, happy children!

 

It Takes a Village …

by Kara Logsden on May 27th, 2017

2017-04-bookmobile-outside-icplRecently our new Bookmobile rolled into town and we quickly learned it takes a “Village” of dedicated City staff members to introduce a new service to our community. Every day we see the amazing work of our City staff. Whether it’s a friendly greeting, someone clearing trash, an Equipment Division staff member completing a safety inspection, a Transit/Fire/Police staff member talking to children about safety, or many other equally important examples, there’s a lot of work everyday by City staff that contributes to the great community we live in.

The Bookmobile represents a tremendous service expansion for the Library, and it would not be possible without the behind-the-scenes work of many Library staff in addition to the work of staff in many City departments. As we look forward to the start of Bookmobile services on June 1, it’s a great time to say thank you to everyone who made the Bookmobile possible.

Three cheers to the staff members of these City departments who contributed to bringing the Bookmobile to Iowa City: Accounting, City Council, City Manager’s Office, Communications, Engineering, Equipment, Information Technology, Neighborhood Outreach, Parks and Recreation, Police, Purchasing, Refuse, Streets, Transportation Services (including Parking & Transit), and others I missed (I’m sorry!). It definitely takes a Village, and our Village is awesome!

Two Great Reads for Summer

by Kara Logsden on May 23rd, 2017
Two Great Reads for Summer Cover Image

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!

 

It’s like the Batmobile … but it’s the Bookmobile

by Kara Logsden on May 16th, 2017

2017-05-bmb-at-alexanderWe 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 »