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Tax Forms at the Iowa City Public Library

by Meredith Hines-Dochterman on February 5th, 2016

Many individuals come to the Iowa City Public Library around tax time to pick up the forms they need to complete their Federal Income Tax return. However, due to cuts within the Federal government, the Library will no longer be able to offer the wide variety of forms it has in the past free of charge.

The Library will continue to offer the 1040, the 1040 A and the 1040 EZ forms free of charge, as well as some Business Federal Tax Forms, including W2 and W3 forms. These can be found on the Library’s second floor. Staff at the Information Desk will help individuals find and print other forms and instructions on the IRS’ website. Individuals will need to pay a 10 cent per page printing fee.

For more information, contact the Library at 319-356-5200.

Join the (Book) Club

by Meredith Hines-Dochterman on February 4th, 2016
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One of my favorite books is Angry Housewives Eating Bon-Bons by Lorna Landvik. I picked it up because the title made me laugh, but the story of five women who come together for three decades of book club meetings (and everything in between) is why it’s high on my recommendation list.

I love books about book clubs. In a way, they are two books in one. First there’s the story, then there’s reading about the books the characters read. More often than not, those titles end up on my future reading list.

I’ll admit, sometimes writing down the title and author is as close as I’ll ever get to reading the book, but there have been times I’ve seen it through. For instance, I read Daddy-Long-Legs by Jean Webster after the characters in Heather Vogel Fredrickson’s Mother-Daughter Book Club series read it in Dear Pen Pal.

Luckily, I spent a semester studying Jane Austen in college, so when The Jane Austen Book Club by Karen Joy Fowler was published, I didn’t have to worry about falling down the rabbit hole of new book titles.

Like actors who aren’t doctors in real life but play one on TV, I do not belong to a book club; I only readbook-club-kit about them. However, if starting a book club is something that interests you, ICPL has you covered. Our Book Club Kits contain 10 copies of books and discussion questions, all packaged in one canvas bag. Located on the first floor near the Help Desk, each kit can be checked out for six weeks.

ICPL announces February Classes for Adults

by Meredith Hines-Dochterman on February 1st, 2016

Want to make a connection? In February, the library is offering several classes that show users how to understand and utilize social mediums like Facebook and Twitter.

Come to the Facebook Basics and Beyond session to learn how to use this popular social media. A technology librarian will go over some privacy settings and show you how you can connect and stay connected with friends, family and organizations. Join us on Friday, Feb. 12 at 11 a.m.

On Saturday, Feb. 20, at 10:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. you can learn about Pinterest, a social media that helps you organize the things you find online. Learn to navigate the Pinterest interface and understand how your online finds (or pins) are shared and followed.

Can you really get all of your news in 140 characters? Find out how Twitter is used by its many followers and tweeters to stay up on the news, stay current in their career or simply connect with friends and family. Class begins at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 23.

All classes for adults are held in the Library’s Computer Lab on the second floor. Classes are free, but space is limited to 10 people per program, so patrons should register early. Visit to register online. You can also register by calling the Library at 319-356-5200.

ICPL Announces February Music is the Word Events

by Meredith Hines-Dochterman on January 30th, 2016

Join the Iowa City Public Library as we celebrate all things musical with Music is the Word. This special series of programming, to continue through May 2016, welcomes the University of Iowa School of Music building to downtown Iowa City. Here’s what’s happening in February:

7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 2, at the Robert A. Lee Recreation Center Gymnastics Room: Yahoo Drummers. This Family Drumming Session at the Robert A. Lee Recreation Center will have families exploring and playing percussion instruments from all over the world. No fee; no registration required.

7 to 9 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 4, in Meeting Room A: Film screening – “Bessie.” Queen Latifah stars as legendary blues singer Bessie Smith in this HBO Films presentation, directed by acclaimed filmmaker Dee Rees. 112 minutes (2015)

10:30 to 11 a.m. and 1:30 to 2 p.m. Friday, Feb. 5, in the Storytime Room: Book Babies – West Music’s Sing, Play, and Grow.

2 to 3 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 6, in Meeting Room A: Concert – Gospel Explosion Ministry’s Choirs. Join the Gospel Explosion Ministry’s Praise and Worship Team, GEM Teen Mime Ministry and Precious GEM’S as they share hymns and gospel songs.

Noon to 1 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 10, in Meeting Room A: Music on Wednesday @ICPL with Preucil School of Music.

10:30 to 11 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 11, in Meeting Room A: Preschool Storytime – Preschool Valentine’s Day Dance.

7 to 9 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 11, in Meeting Room A: Documentary – “Twenty Feet from Stardom.” The backup singer exists in a strange place in the pop music world; they are always in the shadow of the feature artists even when they are in front of them in concert while they provide a vital foundation for the music. Through interviews with veterans and concert footage, the history of these predominately African-American singers is explored through the rock era. 91 minutes (2013)

10:30 to 11 a.m. and 1:30 to 2 p.m. Friday, Feb. 12, in the Storytime Room: Book Babies – Preucil’s Music Together.

2 to 4 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 14, in the Storytime Room: Sing-Along – “Tangled.” Will Rapunzel ever find her way out of her tower, or discover that she’s really the lost princess of the kingdom? Stop by the Storytime Room to sing along and find out! This Disney movie features music by Academy Award-winning composer Alan Menken.

5 to 6 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 17, in Meeting Room A: Concert — Traditional Chinese Music Performance featuring Wu Man. Wu Man is an internationally renowned pipa (Chinese lute) virtuoso.

7 to 9:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 18, in Meeting Room A: Film program — And the Oscar for Best Original Score goes to “The Adventures of Robin Hood.” Sir Robin of Locksley, defender of downtrodden Saxons, runs afoul of Norman authority and is forced to turn outlaw. Guest speaker Nathan Platte, Assistant Professor of Musicology at the University of Iowa School of Music, will introduce the film and give a short history of the Academy Award for Best Original Score.

2 to 3 p.m. Friday, Feb. 20, in Meeting Room A: Family Event – Dancers in Company. Dancers in Company, the University of Iowa’s premiere touring dance company, performs work by nationally and internationally active faculty and guest choreographers throughout the state and region. This year, the company has created a series of works around the theme of “water.” The show will feature dances that investigate personal, local, and global issues underlying the beauty, vitality, and necessity of water by faculty choreographers Armando Duarte, Eloy Barragan, Jessica Anthony and Michael Sakamoto, and guest choreographer Rennie Harris.

Noon to 1 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 24, in the Lobby: Music on Wednesday @ICPL with Anthony Arnone. Called “a cellist with rich tonal resources, fine subtlety and a keen sense of phrasing,” cellist Anthony Arnone enjoys a varied career as a soloist, chamber musician, conductor, recording artist, composer, and teacher throughout the country and around the world. Associate professor of cello at the University of Iowa School of Music, he is also on the faculty of the Preucil School of Music in Iowa City, where he teaches and conducts.

Noon to 1 p.m. Friday, Feb. 26, in Meeting Room A: Music on Friday. Please join students from the University of Iowa School of Music as they share a hour of music over the lunch break. Sit back, relax, and enjoy the amazing talent of our University of Iowa students.

For more information, visit or call the Library at 319-356-5200.

ICPL to Debut 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten program

by Meredith Hines-Dochterman on January 29th, 2016

Sharing books and stories is important to a child’s brain development, which is why the Iowa City Public Library is pleased to partner with Pearson for our new 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten program.1000 Books Before Kindergarten_GeneralPoster.indd

1,000 Books Before Kindergarten encourages parents and caregivers to do just that: read 1,000 books before the child starts kindergarten. In doing so, they strengthen a child’s language skills and build their vocabulary — two important tools for beginning readers. With the support of a $10,000 Employee Challenge Fund for Literacy grant from Pearson, the Library will assist and encourage parents and caregivers as they help children become lifelong readers.

The program will launch at 11 a.m. Friday, Feb. 5, following Book Babies. Staff from the Library and Pearson will be on hand to register children for 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten. Children also can register at the Children’s Desk during regular Library hours after Feb. 5.

Each participant will go home with a bookmark to track their first 250 books. Once it’s complete, children can bring it to the Children’s Room for their next bookmark, each one in 250 increments, until they’ve read 1,000 books. Children also will receive a prize after completing each level of the program: a book bag after 250 books; a book plate to be inserted in any children’s book in the Library’s collection after 500 books; a growth chart after 750 books; and a new book of their own at 1,000 books.

“We’re so excited to bring this program to our community and want to thank Pearson for their help in making it an experience that will benefit our young patrons for years,” Library Director Susan Craig said.

ICPL to screen Bessie on Feb. 4

by Meredith Hines-Dochterman on January 28th, 2016
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In honor of Black History Month, the Iowa City Public Library will show a free screening of Bessie at 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 4.

This 2015 HBO TV film about legendary American blues singer Bessie Smith focuses on her transformation as a struggling young singer into “The Empress of the Blues.” Directed by Dee Rees, the film stars Queen Latifah stars as Smith, with supporting roles are played by Michael Kenneth Williams as Smith’s first husband Jack Gee, and Mo’Nique as Ma Rainey.

Bessie received four Primetime Emmy Awards, including Outstanding Television Movie.

The movie will be shown in the big screen in Meeting Room A. Popcorn will be provided.

For more information, contact the Library at 319-356-5200.

Check It Out: ICPL’s online newsletter

by Meredith Hines-Dochterman on January 21st, 2016

The Library launched its online newsletter today: Check It Out. This newsletter will be sent to subscribers the third Thursday of every month, sharing the latest Library news and upcoming programs.ENewsletterHeader_checkitout

To subscribe, visit the City of Iowa City’s website and fill out the E-subsciption form. If you already subscribe to one or more of the city’s e-mail or text alerts, you can add the Library’s newsletter to your settings by logging in to your account and selecting the ICPL Check It Out newsletter box.



Awful Purdies to perform at ICPL Jan. 30

by Meredith Hines-Dochterman on January 19th, 2016

The Iowa City Public Library will host the Awful Purdies for a Special Family Concert from 2 to 3 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 30, in Meeting Room A as part of its ongoing Music is the Word celebration.

The Awful Purdies are an eclectic quintet of female multi-instrumentalists who take turns stepping up as songwriter and lead singer. Featuring Katie Roche, Nicole Upchurch, Katie Senn, Sarah Driscoll, Marcy Rosenbaum, and a host of instruments ranging from the mandolin to the penny whistle, the Awful Purdies recently celebrated 10 years of making and sharing music together.

This performance is free and open to parents and children of all ages. It will be broadcast LIVE on The Library Channel, Iowa City cable channel 20.

For more information, call the Library at 319-356-5200.

Dali Quartet to perform Classical Roots, Latin Soul at ICPL

by Meredith Hines-Dochterman on January 15th, 2016

The Iowa City Public Library will host a free concert featuring the Dali Quartet from 7 to 8 p.m. Monday, Jan. 25, in Meeting Room A. Described as “today’s freshest voice in Classical and Latin-American music,” the group will perform Classical Roots, Latin Soul as part of their upcoming residency with the University of Iowa String Quartet Residency Program (UISQRP).

The Dali Quartet also will perform Classical Roots, Latin Soul in a free concert at the Alberta Metcalf Kelly Auditorium, 310 Maxson Ave. in West Liberty, from 7 to 8 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 24.

The Philadelphia-based quartet, comprised of Alex Fortes (first violin); Carlos Rubio (second violin); Adriana Linares (viola); and Jesús Morales (cello), is known for captivating performances of traditional string quartet and Latin-American repertoire. Classical Roots, Latin Soul is designed for audiences of all ages and backgrounds, and will feature music ranging from tangos by Astor Piazzola to music by Franz Schubert and Paquito D’Rivera.

The Dali Quartet residency is a collaboration with the University of Iowa String Quartet Residency Program, the West Liberty Community School District and the Iowa City Public Library, and is being supported in part by University of Iowa’s Arts Share. During the residency, the Dali Quartet will also perform for the orchestras at Iowa City High School and Iowa City West High School.

Don’t miss your chance to see the Dali Quartet as part of ICPL’s ongoing Music is the Word celebration to welcome the University of Iowa School of Music to downtown Iowa City.

Saturday Morning Retro Cartoons at ICPL

by Meredith Hines-Dochterman on January 13th, 2016

Relive the experience of watching cartoons on a Saturday morning with the Iowa City Public Library’s Retro Saturday Morning Cartoons!

Join us in the Storytime Room from 10:30 to 11 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 23, where we will screen a lineup of Saturday morning classics. Pajamas, pillows and stuffed animals are welcome – we may even have cereal for you to enjoy!

This program is recommended for children of all ages. Parents are asked to sit with their younger children. Retro Saturday Morning Cartoon will replace our regular Saturday Family Storytime on Jan. 23.

For more information, contact the Library at 319-356-5200.