Author Archive for Kara Logsden

Baby It’s COLD Outside!

by Kara Logsden on November 13th, 2017

We don’t need Dean Martin crooning the classic holiday song to remind us it is cold outside. My daughter is living in an old home that is always cold. Recently we went shopping for weatherizing materials to keep the heat in and cold out. This reminded me of the old Amana Society house we restored during graduate school. We had an annual ritual of putting plastic up on all the windows and stuffing rubber weather-stripping caulk into drafty spaces. Now that we live in a newer home, I still find myself weatherizing. It has made a difference in home energy costs. If you are looking for ideas to winterize your home, check out the many resources available at the Library.

The book Spend-A-Little Save–A-Lot Home Improvements: Money-Saving Projects Anyone Can Do by Brad Staggs is a great place to start. Chapter 3 is dedicated to saving energy and includes information about insulating and weather-sealing. The chapter begins with a practical discussion about where and why air leeks occur.

Although not dedicated to winterizing ideas, Do-It-Yourself Home Energy Audits by David Findley shares many good ideas divided between free, low-cost, and large renovation projects. Suggestions are practical and well-explained. Findley advocates for sealing all openings to and from your home, including cracks, seals, door frames, cable installations, and other opening into your home.

Family Handyman magazine has articles about energy efficiency and winterizing projects. The magazine is available for checkout from the Library’s Magazine area on the first floor and as an eMagazine digital checkout via RB Digital. The October 2016 edition has a list of 10 projects to complete before winter. The November/December 2016 edition of This Old House magazine has a an article called “Stop Winter Drafts.” It is also available as a digital magazine via RB Digital.

The Library also has locally produced online videos about energy conservation that you may watch at home. These include two Eco Iowa City programs with helpful suggestions for preparing your home for winter. In Energy Efficiency in your Home, John O’Roake, Energy Efficiency Manager at MidAmerican, offers energy savings tips and ways to heat and cool your home efficiently. Bob Yapp shares information about winterizing windows in Preserving Old Windows.

Make your house cozy and warm this winter with help from the collections at Iowa City Public Library.

Bookmobile Holiday Hours

by Kara Logsden on November 2nd, 2017

2017-10-homecoming-bookmobile-photoYowza – it’s November! Suddenly I’m thinking about holidays and winter weather. The Bookmobile will have a few schedule changes because of the holidays and concluding the Fall Schedule on Thursday December 21. Full Bookmobile schedule information is available at

The Bookmobile will not operate on Wednesday November 22 and Thursday November 23 in honor of the Thanksgiving holiday. The Bookmobile Fall Schedule ends on Thursday December 21 and starts up again on Monday January 8, 2018.

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.

And speaking of ILLs (Inter-Library Loans), beginning November 1 you can choose your ILL pick-up location: Downtown Library or Bookmobile. As a patron recently stated, “This Bookmobile just keeps getting better!”

If you are wondering about winter weather and Bookmobile service, check out this blog post.

We’ll see you on the Bookmobile!

How Do I Vote Early for the November 7 City Council Election?

by Kara Logsden on October 4th, 2017

earlyvotingatthelibraryThe Johnson County Auditor’s Office recently released the Early Voting schedule for the November 7 City Election. This is a tentative schedule pending the October 9 satellite voting petition deadline. Check the Auditor’s Office webpage for updates or call them at 319-356-6004.

Most incorporated cities and towns in Johnson County have City Elections and residents in all of these cities may vote early. Details for all City Elections is available on the November 7 City Election Webpage.

Early voting begins Wednesday, October 18 at the Johnson County Auditor’s Office, 913 S. Dubuque Street in Iowa City. Voting will be available 7:45 to 5:30 weekdays through Monday, November 6. The Auditor’s Office will also be open for weekend voting on Sunday, November 5 from 10 AM to 5 PM.

Early voting at the Iowa City Public Library will be Thursday,  November 2, 11 AM – 6 PM in Meeting Room B just off the Lobby.

In addition, the following satellite voting sites will also be available (subject to change until the October 9 satellite petition deadline):

Broadway Neighborhood Center, 2105 Broadway, Iowa City – Wednesday, October 25 , 2:30-5:30 p.m.

Pheasant Ridge Neighborhood Center, 2651 Roberts Road, Iowa City – Wednesday, October 25 , 2:30-5:30 p.m.

Iowa Memorial Union, 125 N. Madison Street, Iowa City – Friday, October 27, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.

University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics, 200 Hawkins Drive, Iowa City, Fountain Entrance – Tuesday, October 31, 10 AM – 4 PM

Iowa City Public Library, 123 S. Linn Street, Iowa City – Thursday,  November 2, 11 AM – 6 PM

Coralville Public Library, 1401 5th Street, Coralville – Sunday, November 5, noon – 4 PM


Bookmobile and Severe or Winter Weather

by Kara Logsden on September 18th, 2017

2017-07-bookmobileIn order to assure safe Bookmobile services for community members and staff, the Library established severe weather guidelines to guide decisions in case of severe weather.

The Bookmobile may be off the road for part or all of the day when there are hazardous driving conditions such as low visibility, heavy rains, excessive wind gusts, and high wind warnings.

The Bookmobile will not operate on days when inclement weather would result in hazardous driving or service conditions, including any day the Iowa City Community School District cancels classes due to weather.

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 will either return to the Downtown parking facility or staff will secure the Bookmobile and seek shelter.


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

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


School Board Election Tuesday September 12

by Kara Logsden on September 12th, 2017

Voters may be looking for more information about the School Board Election and Bond Referendum vote TODAY – Tuesday September 12th. Early voting concluded on Monday September 11. On Election Day, all voters must vote at their polling place.

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

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

On Election Night, links to voting results are available online at the Auditor’s Office at


Library Bill of Rights

by Kara Logsden on September 7th, 2017
Forrest Spaulding Photograph

Forrest Spaulding Photograph

2017 marks the 100th anniversary Forrest Spaulding’s first appointment as Director of the Des Moines Public Library. He is a pioneer in the Library world for his advocacy for human rights and belief that all people should have free and equal access to information. He is also remembered as a humanitarian and advocate for outreach service. He was named by American Libraries Magazine as one of the 100 most important library leaders of the 20th Century.

Spaulding is best known for writing the Library Bill of Rights (see text below). He started his career as a journalist and learned from time working in Peru about the dangers of censorship. Concerns about censorship increased in the United States in the late 1930’s. Spaulding was pressured to censor items in the Des Moines Public Library collection. His response was a Library Bill of Rights presented to the DMPL Board of Trustees.

The Library Bill of Rights, adopted by the Des Moines Public Library Board of Trustees, was also adopted by the American Library Association on June 19, 1939. It has been amended a few times but the sentiment remains the same. Today it reads:

The American Library Association affirms that all libraries are forums for information and ideas, and that the following basic policies should guide their services.

I. Books and other library resources should be provided for the interest, information, and enlightenment of all people of the community the library serves. Materials should not be excluded because of the origin, background, or views of those contributing to their creation.

II. Libraries should provide materials and information presenting all points of view on current and historical issues. Materials should not be proscribed or removed because of partisan or doctrinal disapproval.

III. Libraries should challenge censorship in the fulfillment of their responsibility to provide information and enlightenment.

IV. Libraries should cooperate with all persons and groups concerned with resisting abridgment of free expression and free access to ideas.

V. A person’s right to use a library should not be denied or abridged because of origin, age, background, or views.

VI. Libraries which make exhibit spaces and meeting rooms available to the public they serve should make such facilities available on an equitable basis, regardless of the beliefs or affiliations of individuals or groups requesting their use.

Adopted June 19, 1939, by the ALA Council; amended October 14, 1944; June 18, 1948; February 2, 1961; June 27, 1967; January 23, 1980; inclusion of “age” reaffirmed January 23, 1996.

Annually in September, libraries across the country join in celebrating Banned Book Week. This year the celebration starts on September 24th. The Iowa City Public Library has many programs planned for Banned Books Week as well as the annual Carol Spaziani Intellectual Freedom Festival. A highlight of this year’s program is a visit by NPR’s Brooke Gladstone on Sunday September 24th at 2:00 PM at the Englert Theatre.

As I reflect on the Library Bill of Rights and what it means in our community, I am thankful for Forrest Spaulding and the many librarians who have been pioneers in the area of Intellectual Freedom. Their advocacy helps assure our public libraries continue to provide equal access to information and ideas.

Rip Van Winkle meets Libby

by Kara Logsden on September 6th, 2017

2017-09-01-libbyOver the weekend I was cleaning out a cabinet and found an old Windows 7 laptop that I used to read eBooks from the Library via OverDrive. The laptop hadn’t been turned on since about 2012. When I started exploring, I felt a bit like Rip Van Winkle must have felt when he woke up – it was a different world! Windows 7, OverDrive Media Console, Adobe Digital Editions, Adobe Reader 9. Yikes!

This made me think about how I currently read and listen to books via OverDrive. I recently switched over to the Libby app from OverDrive on my android cellphone. It is a perfect interface for the OverDrive catalog of eBooks and eAudiobooks from the Iowa City Public Library. I can easily switch between searching for books and reading or listening to what I have checked out. I can also easily search, via the Library’s app called MyICPL, for an OverDrive book and place a hold or check it out.

Now my biggest problem is when two holds come in at once and I have to decide which book to read first. What a change from 2012!

And an extra bonus, my 2005 mini van was “retired” to city-duty only recently so I have a different set of wheels. Now I push a button, the car turns on, my Libby app talks to the Toyota Entune app, and the Overdrive eAudiobook starts playing on my car speakers. It’s like magic!

Note – The OverDrive Libby app and MyICPL apps are both available in the Google Play Store and Apple App Store.

Bookmobile Fall Schedule

by Kara Logsden on September 5th, 2017

2017-07-bookmobileThe Bookmobile Fall Schedule is off to a great start. The Fall Schedule runs through December 21st and features four new stops including Hy-Vee on Waterfront Drive, Emerson Point retirement residence, Iowa City Walmart, and Mark Twain Elementary. The Bookmobile will stop at seventeen locations Monday through Thursday at locations throughout our community. A full schedule may be found at

On Wednesday mornings the Bookmobile will travel to area preschools. Bookmobile visits at preschools will include a storytime presented by Library staff and opportunity for children to check out materials. The preschools were already served through the Children’s Outreach programs from the Library, but now the visits are even better with the addition of Bookmobile services.

For more information about the Bookmobile or schedule, please navigate to or call the Library at 319-356-5200 during regular Library hours.


Reminder: No Bookmobile August 21-25

by Kara Logsden on August 21st, 2017

2017-07-bookmobileA quick reminder the Bookmobile is not out this week due to scheduled maintenance, staff training and preparations for the Fall Schedule which begins on Monday August 28. To see the Fall Schedule, navigate to and click on the “Fall” tab.

If you are missing the bookmobile, click HERE for a great song written by Marc Falk celebrating the Bookmobile. It’s a catchy tune that may get stuck in your head for a bit. Just in case, the lyrics are below if you want to sing along.

We’ll see you next week on the Bookmobile 🙂

We’re Going to the Bookmobile” – written and performed by Marc Falk

We’re going to the Bookmobile
You know it’s a real big deal
It’s like a library, but it’s on wheels
It’s the Bookmobile

You might see it driving around
Going up one street then going down
I think it’s coming to your town
It’s the Bookmobile


It’s got a lot of books inside
Places to read, places to hide
Librarians go for a ride
In the Bookmobile


It’s got a lot of DVDs
Rock ‘em, sock ‘em movies
You can check them out if you ask them please
At the Bookmobile


All around the town it roams
It’s got a lot of books to loan
You can check them out, you can take them home
From the Bookmobile


It’s the leader of the pack
Bringing books to you right on track
When you’re done you got to bring them back
To the Bookmobile

You can play with Frog and Toad
Oliver Twist, or Old Tom Joe
Jack Kerouac goes On the Road
In his Bookmobile


Spell B-O-O-K-M-O-B
Follow up with a I-L-E
Drivin’ around Iowa City
It’s the Bookmobile

[Chorus] x2

Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah

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