Author Archive for Melody Dworak



No-Cry Sleep Training for Noobs

by Melody Dworak on February 2nd, 2017
Budeme všichni spát by Czech artist Barbora Bálková, via WikiMedia

Budeme všichni spát by Czech artist Barbora Bálková, via WikiMedia

A week ago, I begged experienced mom and fellow Info Desk staffer, Jen, for help finding books on sleep-training for new parents like me who don’t know what they’re doing.

“I can’t do Cry It Out!” I cried. We got a Dewey number for me to check the shelf, and she promised to get back to me with a couple titles that would be right up my alley as a tears-adverse bedtime executive. Read the rest of this entry »

Inauguration history

by Melody Dworak on January 20th, 2017

inauguration-quarrelWhen major historical events happen before our eyes, it can be fun to turn to the wayback machine and explore what it was like in the past. Thanks to the Historical New York Times database, I can take this trip down the collective memory lane. Read the rest of this entry »

The earth without “art” is just “eh”

by Melody Dworak on December 1st, 2016
The earth without “art” is just “eh” Cover Image

Every once in a while, I catalog an art book that is so beautiful it makes my jaw drop. Such was the case with Benjamin Grant’s Overview. Grant took satellite images of the earth and humans’ impact on it, and turned them into art. He has a website with such images, too. He captures the geometric beauty in these aerial portraits of landscapes. It’s the kind of book you don’t see everyday, perfect for art and earth lovers.

 

 

More Reviews
Postelection Therapy: View Swing States From Space from The New York Times
Earth from the Air from The Economist
You’ll Never See Earth from Space, but this Book is Close from Wired

Google Doodle: Get Out the Vote

by Melody Dworak on November 7th, 2016

Two weeks ago, Brian gave us some very helpful information about registering to vote and researching candidates. Now, we are just one day away from Election Day, and so many people want to know: Where do I vote??? Google has created a very functional Google Doodle to help us find that out.

Go to google.com. Click on the Google Doodle.

Capture

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Under-the-Radar Read: Sad Animal Facts

by Melody Dworak on November 1st, 2016
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Here’s another book I came across while cataloging and just had to put on hold: Sad Animal Facts by Brooke Barker. Flatiron Books’ promo line reads “A delightful and quirky compendium of the Animal Kingdom’s more unfortunate truths, with over 150 hand-drawn illustrations,”–and that’s exactly what it is. Delightful illustrations with quirky facts about each animal.

 

 

Facts include the following:

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Changes to Consumer Reports website

by Melody Dworak on October 28th, 2016

If you haven’t visited the Consumer Reports website in the past month, you’ve been missing out on some helpful changes. The website not only has an updated look, it now hosts 360-degree video, an at-a-glance ratings key, and highlights recall notices for products on their ratings page.

Before September, the ratings legend used to use black and red circles to indicate how well a product performed. These symbols weren’t always easy to interpret. Consumer Reports has changed these symbols to make the performance of the product obvious at a glance, using circles, arrows, and colors as in the following illustration:

New CR ratings key

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New digital magazines!

by Melody Dworak on October 3rd, 2016

As of October 1, Digital Johnson County has added 6 new Zinio digital magazine subscriptions that you can own for FREE with your library card! When you go to check one out, make sure to check the box so you can get an email when the next issue of your favorite magazines are available.

Check out these awesome new subscriptions!

Us Weekly

Us Weekly

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What are your baby’s favorite books?

by Melody Dworak on September 29th, 2016
Karen and Morgan read a high-contrast book on baby's first trip to the library.

ICPL’s Karen and Morgan read a high-contrast book to my 6-week-old baby on his first trip to the library.

Today my baby turns 10 months old. That’s 10 whole months of me learning firsthand about early literacy. He doesn’t sit still much these days. Rather than listening to a book beginning-to-end, he’d rather turn their pages, or pull as many books off the shelf as he can, which staff in the Children’s Room found out Saturday at close. Still, he has delighted at many of the books I’ve put in front of him, and I’d like to share the types of books that have captivated him even before he can understand their words and stories.

ICPL’s board book collection in the Children’s Room is one of those high-turnaround beasts. They take a beating and we buy whatever we can to replace them when they are mangled. If you can’t find one of these titles, look for the following features that make them attractive. Read the rest of this entry »

Digging in to Consumer Reports online

by Melody Dworak on August 29th, 2016

Consumer Reports LogoLast year, Candice introduced the library blog-reading public to our new online subscription to the Consumer Reports website. Today I’m going to call out some special features that have helped me recently in my search to replace my workhorse of a vacuum cleaner. We’ve had our little bagless Hoover for eight years before I did something stupid and tried to suck up silver maple helicopters with an indoor vac. Now it’s time for me to find its replacement.

First things first, if you’ve never used our access to the Consumer Reports website, you will want to know how to get there. You need to live in Iowa City or one of our contracting services areas, and have a library card number and password. Check, check, and check? Do this next: Read the rest of this entry »

Farm to Table cookbooks

by Melody Dworak on August 12th, 2016
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Inspired by my overabundant CSA hauls (Community Supported Agriculture) and the Farm to Street dinner next Thursday, I thought I’d put together a list of “Farm to Table” cookbooks.

This is a list of fantastic books that came out within the past year or so, books that feature vegetables in all their fabulous glory. I curated this list with the easy meal in mind. Check out one of these books, pour that glass of wine, and start cooking! Read the rest of this entry »