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Kids Are Invited to Read with Senior Citizens on Fridays This Summer at ICPL

by Kyle VanNatter on July 8th, 2014

At Rock and Read, kids can read with community members from the Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) while working their way toward meeting their summer reading goals.

Rock and ReadEveryone walks away with a smile on their faces after Rock and Read: Children are entertained with stories; RSVP volunteers delight in sharing their love of reading; and parents are pleased knowing their child is developing his or her reading skills and strengthening their appreciation for books.

Vickie Pasicznyuk, Children’s Services Coordinator, says, “Rock and Read is such a popular program in area schools that we wanted to extend that into the summer at the Library. It’s a great community-builder and helps kids love reading.”

Held on Fridays this summer in the Children’s Room, kids can drop in between 1 to 3:00 p.m. to get started. The next Rock and Read will be this Friday, July 11.

Rock and Read is free and open to the public. For more information, call the Iowa City Public Library at (319) 356-5200.

Free Screening of the Documentary “The City Dark” on July 16

by Kyle VanNatter on June 28th, 2014

Join us on Wednesday, July 16, for a free screening of the acclaimed documentary “The City Dark” at 7:00 p.m. in Meeting Room A as part of the 2014 Adult Summer Reading Program.

City DarkAfter a move from New York City to rural Maine, filmmaker Ian Cheney was surprised to find streets awash in light and a sky devoid of stars leading him to ask the question “What do we lose, when we lose the night?” The film takes viewers on a quest to understand how light pollution affects people and the planet. Along the way, Cheney visits America’s brightest and darkest corners, asking astronomers, cancer researchers, and ecologists what is lost in the glare of city lights. Among those interviewed is Neil deGrasse Tyson, host of the popular PBS series “Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey.”

A NY Times Critics’ Pick and winner of numerous film festival awards, “The City Dark” blends a humorous, searching narrative with poetic footage of the night sky.

For more information, contact the Iowa City Public Library at (319) 356-5200.

Learn About Iowa’s Most Haunted Places on July 15

by Kyle VanNatter on June 27th, 2014

On Tuesday, July 15, paranormal investigator Terry Fisk, co-author of “The Iowa Road Guide to Haunted Locations,” will join us in Room A at 7:00 p.m. to present Iowa Ghosts and the Afterlife.

Black AngelFrom the Sioux City Airport to Iowa City’s own Black Angel of Oakland Cemetery, Fisk will lead us on a ghostly journey to Iowa’s most haunted places. In the introduction of their book, Fisk’s co-author Chad Lewis says ghost hunting “is as much about adventure as it is about ghosts. This is your cure for the ‘there-is-nothing-to-do’ boredom that haunts us all.”

For adults participating in the Summer Reading Program, you can count attending Iowa Ghosts and the Afterlife as one of your Summer Reading Program events.

For more information, contact the Iowa City Public Library at (319) 356-5200.

Learn the Basics of Geocaching at ICPL on June 25

by Kyle VanNatter on June 17th, 2014

On Wednesday, June 25, the Iowa City Public Library will welcome Jim Phelps from the Iowa Geocachers Organization at 7:00 p.m. in Meeting Room A.

GeocacheIf a family-friendly treasure hunt piques your interest, geocaching is for you! Using a GPS device or app and a little bit of know-how, participants seek containers called “geocaches” hidden around the world. Once found, the treasure hunter can view whatever toy or trinket is sealed inside and leave a mark of their own: a signature in the geocaches’ logbook.

At this free event, Jim Phelps will tell you all you need to know to get started as a geocacher and he’ll even plant a geocache around Iowa City, giving attendees a head-start on finding it!

For more information, contact the Iowa City Public Library at (319) 356-5200.

ICPL to Host the Great Teen Minecraft Challenge in June

by Kyle VanNatter on June 2nd, 2014

Teens, want to flex your Minecraft muscles this summer?

Minecraft #4The Iowa City Public Library will host the Great Teen Minecraft Challenge from 1 to 3 p.m. in the Computer Lab on June 11, June 20, and June 25. Participants will test their skills against maps designed by our Channel 10 intern Marcus. They will need to work together to survive. Sessions will be recorded and shared so that others may marvel at your greatness!

All teens are welcome to drop in and play Minecraft, but only eight players will be allowed to tackle the maps per session. To be one of the eight, registration is required (see below).

Those participating in the Teen Summer Reading Program can count attending The Great Teen Minecraft Challenge as one of your Summer Reading Program events!

Date: Wednesday, June 11
Time: 1 to 3 p.m.
Location: Computer Lab
Registration: http://calendar.icpl.org/view.php?did=30287

Date: Friday, June 20
Time: 1 to 3 p.m.
Location: Computer Lab
Registration: http://calendar.icpl.org/view.php?did=30288

Date: Wednesday, June 25
Time: 1 to 3 p.m.
Location: Computer Lab
Registration: http://calendar.icpl.org/view.php?did=30289

The Great Minecraft Challenge is a free event for teens in grades seventh through 12th. For more information, call the Library at (319) 887-3400.

ICPL PRESENTS “GHOSTBUSTERS” IN CELEBRATION OF ITS 30TH ANNIVERSARY

by Kyle VanNatter on May 19th, 2014

Do you remember what you were doing June 8, 1984? No? Well, it’s possible you were among the first to see cult classic “Ghostbusters” on its opening weekend.

If by chance you missed it on the big screen, maybe because you weren’t even born yet, fear not! The Iowa City Library will present a free screening of “Ghostbusters”on June 5, 2014 at 7:00 p.m. in Meeting Room A in honor of the film’s 30th anniversary.

GHOSTBUSTERSBill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, and Harold Ramis star as three unemployed parapsychology professors who set up shop as a unique ghost removal service. Co-stars include Sigourney Weaver, Rick Moranis, and Annie Potts.

Bonus! For adults participating in the Summer Reading Program, you can count attending the “Ghostbusters” screening as one of your Summer Reading Program events.

The film is rated PG.

 

ICPL Honors Library Volunteers

by Kyle VanNatter on May 15th, 2013

Volunteer celebrationThe Corridor Business Journal recently reported Iowa was ranked #3 nationally in “Volunteering and Civil Life in America.” More than 910,000 Iowans volunteered more than 99 million hours. Iowa City lead the state in number of hours volunteered, coming in at average of 57.6 hours per volunteer per year.

At the Library, we have first-hand knowledge of our patrons’ willingness to dedicate their time and energy to making a difference in our community and in the Library. To show our gratitude, the Library honored 36 selfless volunteers at a ceremony on Wednesday, April 24, 2013.

Volunteer of the yearAmong the honorees was Dr. William Pontarelli, this year’s Nancy Sereduck Volunteer of the Year. Dr. Bill, as he’s affectionately known, has volunteered in the Community & Access Services department, checking in books, since 2004. Dutiful, precise, warm-hearted, informative, and helpful are just a few of the words used to describe our Volunteer of the Year. From offering sage advice and his professional opinion to making everyone he works with feel comfortable and welcome, Dr. Bill has carved a place not only in the Library, but in our hearts.

We extend our heartfelt appreciation to Dr. Pontarelli and all of the Library volunteers!

100 Hour Award
Sarah Burnett
Rachael Carlson
Michael Conlon
Linda Eastman
Philip Fontana
Kirsten Glover
Derek Gomer
Amanda Horn
Sara Kaiser
Eveling Rojas
Ellen Segar
Maggie Winegarden

200 Hour Award
Kelli Andresen
Wai Yin Chan
Mary Jo Dane
Kathy Mitchell
William Moorhead
Debra Pughe
Mary Siegel
Jane Singer

300 Hour Award
Elizabeth Carroll
Jim Davis
Ryan Fitzpatrick
Don Friedman
Candice Gordon
Catherine Morita
Abram Nothnagle
Al Paxton
Julie Spencer

400 Hour Award
Susan Brown
Lori Cochran
Karen Eichler

500 Hour Award
Roberta Holstein

1,000 Hour Award
Chuck Felling

2,000 Hour Award
Helen Baum

2,500 Hour Award
Susanne Humphreys

Nancy Sereduck Volunteer of the Year
Dr. William Pontarelli

 

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