by Kara Logsden on December 18th, 2015
OK-It happened again. I could not go to sleep until I finished reading the book Circling the Sun by Paula McLain. I started out listening to the book on disc – an excellent narration by Katharine McEwan BTW – but I got impatient and was obsessed with finishing the book.
I am not sure why I was so drawn to this book. Maybe it was the excellent writing by Paris Wife author, Paula McLain. Maybe it was because it was set in Kenya. Maybe it was because it reminded me so much of Isak Dinesen and the book/movie Out of Africa. Or maybe it was the unforgettable main character, Beryl Markham.
Circling the Sun transports the reader to colonial Kenya in the 1920’s. McLain’s fictionalized story is 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 racing expert when this field was dominated by men and 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.
If you are looking for a great historical fiction novel to go with hot chocolate and a warm fire, I’d highly recommend Circling the Sun. Just be prepared to throw another log on the fire!
by Kara Logsden on December 9th, 2015
I just received the program for TODAY’s Music on Wednesday concert with Preucil School of Music at Noon in Meeting Room A. If you are Downtown over the lunch hour, stop in. Today’s selection includes music played on violas, violins, cellos and our wonderful Meeting Room A piano. Songs include traditional classical music as well as folk and holiday selections. As a special treat, William and Doris Preucil will perform Duos for 2 Violins by B. Bartok.
See you soon!
by Kara Logsden on November 30th, 2015
At the Iowa City Public Library we’re always looking for ways to improve services for our patrons. Beginning soon, we will begin eMailing “Enhanced Notices” to help our patrons with their Library Card accounts. The eMails will come from the eMail address “firstname.lastname@example.org”
*It’s Time to Renew your ICPL Library Card: Library Cards routinely expire, if you wonder why please check out this BLOG post. We will send a courtesy reminder to everyone in our service area (Iowa City, rural Johnson County, University Heights, Hills and Lone Tree) when their Library Card is about to expire.
*Don’t Lose That Hold: A reminder a hold will be pulled from the Holds Shelf in two days.
*You are Approaching the Fine Limit: A reminder that fines are approaching $10. Most card privileges are suspended when fines exceed $10.
*The Coolest Card in Town: A reminder for patrons who applied online for a Library Card but didn’t stop by the Library to pick-up their card.
Here’s a sample of what the eMail looks like for Library Accounts that will expire:
Greetings from the Iowa City Public Library
This is a routine check of the contact information in your Library account.
The account belonging to PATRON NAME will expire in seven days. An expired account means you cannot check out or renew materials, place holds or download digital materials.
To renew your account, you may
- Visit the Help Desk at the Library -OR-
- Call 319-356-5200 during regular Library hours -OR-
- Reply to this eMail message. If eMailing, please indicate if there are changes to your account information below or if it is all correct.
- Your library card will not change–please keep your card.
- Staff respond to eMails during regular Library hours and will follow up with you within seven days.
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by Kara Logsden on November 9th, 2015
The Library has new reusable bags for sale at the Help Desk. At $1.00 per bag, they work great for loading up books and movies and keep plastic bags out of our landfill. They also work really well as gift bags.
If you’re looking for a snazzy new tote or need a great bag for holiday gifts, head to the Help Desk. We also have the blue “Read More Books, It’s Good for You” bag for $1.00 each and the “Read Food Eat Books” canvas tote for $9.00 each.
We also have many of the 2015 Summer Reading Program t-shirts in adult sizes for sale for $5.00 each. They may also be purchased at the Library’s Help Desk.
by Kara Logsden on November 8th, 2015
(Cello) Music is the Word at Iowa City Public Library on Friday November 13, 2015 when the Preucil School of Music’s Cello Department presents an awesome program of cello choirs, solos, and faculty performances.
Friday November 13th is a NO SCHOOL day in Iowa City, so it’s a great opportunity to head Downtown, pick up some lunch and listen to great music at the Library. Preucil is planning a program that showcases all levels of cello performance, giving the audience an opportunity to hear a variety of music.
According to Wikipedia, “The name cello is a contraction of the Italian violoncello, which means “little violone“. The violone (“big viol”) was the lowest-pitched instrument of the viol family, the group of stringed instruments that went out of fashion around the end of the 17th century in most countries except France, where they survived another half-century before the louder violin family came into greater favour in that country as well. In modern symphony orchestras, it is the second largest stringed instrument (the double bass is the largest).”
If you want to investigate cello music more, a simple SUBJECT search of the Library’s catalog returns 356 items with the subject of “Cello.” Most items are music CDs; however, there are some books mixed in as well. One that caught my eye? “I Know a Shy Fellow Who Swallowed a Cello” – a rhyming book for children (now I have that title in my head!). Enjoy!
by Kara Logsden on October 24th, 2015
Once upon a time nearly 40 years ago, there were two young Iowa City musicians who met in Mr. McNally’s 6th grade Band at City High School. One was an aspiring young saxophone player who showed tremendous talent. The other was a timid young flute player who felt overwhelmed by the whole band experience.
One musician went on to have an amazing and productive musical career. The other loves to sing in the shower and discovered a passion for working in libraries. Fast forward 40 years and, although Saul and I no longer play in the same band, our paths still cross.
Saul Lubaroff is local iconic musician who plays with many area bands including The Fez-Iowa City’s Steely Dan tribute band, The Monday Night All Stars, The Johnny Killowatt Band and The Saul Lubaroff Quartet. Lubaroff has received tremendous praise from music reviewers during his long musical tenure. One writer said, “Lubaroff’s approach is to gently massage the songs into the cranium as opposed to forcing them down the throat.” Saul is featured on many YouTube videos. One of my favorites is Blues 4 Zane and Will that can be viewed here.
I look forward to Saul’s performance at Noon on Wednesday October 28th in the Library’s Lobby. And I can always say, once upon a time, I was in a band with Saul Lubaroff!
by Kara Logsden on October 13th, 2015
It’s fall at the Iowa City Farmer’s Market. Pumpkins and gourds are for sale, the air is crisp, apples are fresh, and we’re starting to think about frost.
This time of year I start making my “just one more” list …
Just one more order of breakfast tacos …
Just one more cup of delicious coffee enjoyed while sitting on a curb watching people …
Just one more Farmer’s Market pie …
Just one more (well … 2 more) spring rolls for my lunch …
Just one more pint of jalapenos for Poppers …
And my favorite … Just one more CIDER DONUT … (How will I live without them?)
The good news is there are a few more weeks of Farmer’s Market remaining and time to check off the items on my “just one more” list.
When I was a child my Mom used to make homemade donuts. I remember dough fried in oil in a cast iron skilled, flipped over with a fork, drained on a paper towel and then tossed in powdered sugar. Yummy! We didn’t have donuts often, but when we did it was a treat. I’ve never made donuts for my family – crepes are our go-to weekend morning treat. The Library has a few books about donuts, though, and I may give them a try. To find these books, navigate to the Library’s catalog (catalog.icpl.org), select the SUBJECT tab, and type in DOUGHNUT. You can type in DONUT but it will refer you to the formal spelling. The book that caught my eye was A baker’s field guide to doughnuts : more than 60 warm and fresh homemade treats.
by Kara Logsden on October 10th, 2015
Pigs and Clover will perform in the Library’s Lobby at Noon on Wednesday October 14th. Pigs and Clover is the dynamic duo of Iowa City Musicians Jamie Kearney and Matt Kearney. Jamie grew up in Eastern Iowa and sings and plays guitar, banjo and drums. Matt grew up in Western Iowa and sings and plays guitar, bass, banjo, mouth harp and piano.
According to the Pigs and Clover webpage, “Matt and Jamie write and sing all kinds of songs, but the ones they like best speak truth to power, challenge the status quo, and give voice to the voiceless in the great tradition of American protest music.”
I’ve enjoyed watching some of the Pigs and Clover performances featured on YouTube as I prepared for the Music on Wednesday series. Their upcoming performance schedule can be found on the Pigs and Clover Facebook Page.
We look forward to Jamie and Matt’s performance in the Library’s Lobby at Noon on Wednesday October 14th.
by Kara Logsden on October 8th, 2015
Music is the Word at Iowa City Public Library and we’re off to a great start. Music is the Word is a 9-month celebration of music to welcome the University of Iowa School of Music to Downtown Iowa City.
We’ve hosted a couple music events and already I’ve broadened my “music horizons.” The kickoff at The Englert Theatre in September was awesome and I was in awe of the many talented people who performed (thank you!). After seeing The Beggarmen, Kol Shira, and others, I want to hear more! Fortunately the Library’s Local Music Project has options for listening to local musicians.
Scott Cochran and Matt Kearney’s performance at a recent Noon program sparked my interest in their music and I was able to see Scott’s band, Slewgrass, at the Iowa City Farmer’s Market a week or so ago. I also found Scott’s music with his other band, Flannel, in the Local Music Project and, after downloading it, I’ve been listening to their music at work and at home.
Many other Music is the Word performers have music available in the Local Music Project. These include Awful Purdies, Crystal City, and David Zollo.
We invite to you head to the Library for the many upcoming musical events. A full schedule is available at www.icpl.org/mitw. There’s something for everyone! See you at the Library
by Kara Logsden on September 19th, 2015
Head to the Library at Noon on Wednesday September 23rd for some toe-tapping Americana music from Scott Cochran and Matt Kearney.
Scott Cochran is a musician from the Iowa City-based bands, Slew Grass and Flannel. In a recent post about the Slew Grass CD, one reviewer described the music as “Singer-songwriterly regional bluegrass music with vocal harmonies, and instrumental finesse that will take your breathe away.” You can preview Scott’s vocals and guitar while playing with Flannel on this recording on YouTube. Listening makes me excited for the live performance at the Library!
Matt Kearney is also a musician from Iowa City and plays with the Iowa City-based band Pigs and Clover. (Pigs and Clover will perform in the Library’s Lobby on Wednesday October 14th at Noon.) Matt grew up in Western Iowa and discovered his passion for music at a young age while playing with friends. Matt’s vocals and instrumentals can be previewed on this recording from the Pigs and Clover webpage.
On a personal note, I’ve known Scott since we were in junior high together more years ago than we’d like to admit. Recently we’ve become reacquainted on Facebook and I’ve been curious about his music. When I asked Scott for a photo to help promote his program, he sent me the awesome photo of him playing guitar when he was young.
I’m looking forward to Scott and Matt’s performance at the Library and the experience of live music in the Lobby. We hope to see you at Noon on Wednesday September 23rd.