Author Archive for Kara Logsden



Bookmobile Update

by Kara Logsden on April 26th, 2017

2017-04-national-bookmobile-day-with-kidsThe Library’s Bookmobile rolled into town on Wednesday April 12th just in time for the National Bookmobile Day celebration at Mercer Park. If you missed this fun event, photos are available here.

A schedule of special events intended to introduce the Bookmobile to our community during the month of May is available on the Library’s calendar at this link.

More information about the Bookmo2017-04-bookmobile-stopsbile, including the Summer Schedule that begins on June 1, 2017, is available at icpl.org/bookmobile. Read the rest of this entry »

Music on Friday: A Musical Bouquet

by Kara Logsden on April 18th, 2017

2017-04-free-image-pixabay-flower-bouquetMusic on Wednesday is on FRIDAY this week. Join Preucil School of Music on Friday April 21, 2017 at Noon in Meeting Room A for A Musical Bouquet. The performance features local student musicians playing an assortment of songs from Bach, Beethoven, Mozart and other composers. A full lineup of performers and music is available at this link: 2017-04-preucil.

Friday is a no school day for Iowa City Schools, so SPRING into the Library for a melodious musical bouquet. See you at the Library 🙂

Anything is Possible by Elizabeth Strout

by Kara Logsden on April 4th, 2017
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Pulitzer Prize-winning author Elizabeth Strout’s newest book is a heartwarming story of family, redemption and love. Strout’s writing is known to be 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.

I was fortunate and scored an advance reader copy of this book. Anything is Possible will be released April 25th. The Library has copies on order in many formats. If you are an Elizabeth Strout fan, you won’t want to miss this wonderful new story.

ICPL Bookmobile Update

by Kara Logsden on March 9th, 2017

2017-03-bookmobile-drawingComing soon to a stop near you – ICPL’s new BOOKMOBILE!

The Iowa City Public Library is pleased to introduce new Bookmobile services to our community. The purpose of the Iowa City Public Library’s Bookmobile is to offer collections and services beyond the Downtown and extend Library services throughout our community. The idea for a Bookmobile came from months of Strategic Planning and asking a simple question, “What is the best and most affordable way to extend Library services into our community?”

The Bookmobile will have three annual schedule periods. The Summer Schedule (June-August) focuses on serving children and the Fall and Spring Schedules (August-December and January-May) focus on serving people of all ages.

Watch for the Bookmobile to appear around town in May, with a set schedule beginning in June. For more information, visit www.icpl.org/bookmobile. This under construction webpage will eventually be the “online home” of the Bookmobile. Online this week you will see a map with stop location information and photos showing the construction of the new Bookmobile. Check back often for schedule and photo updates.

Ready! Set!! Bookmobile!!!

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Mormon Trek Remote Book Return is BACK!

by Kara Logsden on March 9th, 2017

Yesterday was a happy2017-03-remote-1 day! The West Side Remote Book Returns are once again available at the University of Iowa Community Credit Union drive-thru located at 825 Mormon Trek Blvd. The Remote Book Returns at this location were damaged in a “Car vs. Book Return” incident in January.

When our Maintenance Manager went into the UICCU branch yesterday to let them know the Book Returns were back, the staff applauded. We received a lot of feedback about the missing Book Return-many people expressing what a difference it made in their busy lives. Sometimes we forget little things mean a lot. Although we don’t want incidents like this to happen often, the silver lining is we hear from people who appreciate our services. Thank you!

The new Remote Returns are a bit different. There are three bins for returning materials. Any material that can be returned in the remote bin can go into any bin. Since the Remote Book Returns were installed 18 years ago, the manufacturer changed the sizes of the bins. To get the capacity needed, we had to order three of equal size. Things change and that’s OK.

When we emptied the drop at 1:00 PM yesterday, there were 6 books waiting to be picked up. I’m sure there’s more today.

Bruce Springsteen Reads Me Bedtime Stories

by Kara Logsden on February 28th, 2017
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My New Year’s Resolution was to switch from listening to audiobooks via CDs in my car to listening on my smart phone. WOW! I love listening to eAudiobooks on my phone! They go everywhere with me – in the car, on a walk, while eating breakfast, and yes, to bed with me at night. More information about eAudiobooks via ICPL and OverDrive is available here.

I’m currently listening to Born to Run by Bruce Springsteen and the audiobook is narrated by The Boss himself. I am not typically a biography reader, but I am loving this book. The other morning, while driving into work, the E Street Band was formed. I may have had tears. I now understand why I don’t like Springsteen’s earlier music, but I’m going to give it a new try after listening to the book. I think I’ll understand it better. Today I listened to his music while driving into to work. The songs have been bumping around in my head and I wanted a day to listen. 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.

If you want to take a trip down Springsteen Memory Lane, check out Rolling Stone’s 100 Greatest Bruce Springsteen Songs of All Time. It’s a great tribute and there are many photographs and fun links.

Born to Run is a well written book that is fast paced and engaging. I would highly recommend it to Springsteen fans and people who grew up in the 1960’s and 1970’s. And yes, if you take it to bed at night, Bruce Springsteen will read you bedtime stories. Enjoy!

Iowa Safe At Home

by Kara Logsden on February 23rd, 2017

2011-12-iowa-safe-at-homeIowa Safe at Home is an address confidentiality program of the Iowa Secretary of State’s Office designed to help victims of domestic crimes. Melanie Shellenberger from the Iowa Secretary of State’s Office will share information about this program on Friday March 3, 2017 at 10:30 AM in Meeting Room A.

The Iowa Safe at Home program provides three services to help survivors improve their lives: Read the rest of this entry »

Human Rights Resources from the City of Iowa City

by Kara Logsden on January 31st, 2017

2017-01-human-rightsToday I learned about a series of “Know Your Rights” brochures, available AT THIS LINK, provided by our Human Rights Office. The brochures are available in English, French, Arabic, Spanish and Chinese and cover these topics:

Unlawful Discrimination

Hate Crimes

Your Housing Rights and Rental Subsidies in Iowa City

Housing Discrimination Read the rest of this entry »

The Race for Paris by Meg Waite Clayton

by Kara Logsden on January 30th, 2017
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Wednesday Sisters author, Meg Waite Clayton’s, newest novel, The Race for Paris, 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.

Liv is an Associated Press photographer who is determined to be the first photo journalist in a liberated Paris. She joins forces with Jane, a reporter who is unsure about this challenge but reluctant to abandon her friend. Together they disobey orders, barter for gasoline and supplies, and stay on the outskirts of the press camps as they make their way across France.

I listened to this story and Jennifer Ikeda’s narration is excellent. I was sad when the novel came to an end. It’s always a pleasure to find a book with excellent storytelling, a compelling plot, and solid characters who the reader cares about.

Mormon Trek Book Return Unavailable

by Kara Logsden on January 26th, 2017

2017-01-remote-book-returnThe Mormon Trek Remote Book Return is unavailable until further notice. We’re working on a replacement. Please return books to the Downtown Library or to the Eastside book return at the First Avenue Hy-Vee. We are sorry for the inconvenience.

Our remote book returns handle an average of 15% of total returns to the Library. In FY16 the Library circulated 1,369,069 items. Library Staff empty the books returns 365 days a year. Please check back for more information.