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ICPL honors staff during InService Day

by Meredith Hines-Dochterman on December 19th, 2014

The Iowa City Public Library recently honored employees who have worked at the Library for five, 10, 20, and 30 years.

Seven employees were recognized during the Library’s Staff InService Day on Dec. 12.

Individuals who celebrated five years of employment at the Library include Mimi Blankenship Coupland, Heidi Kuchta, and Mari Redington.

Kate Dale and Patty McCarthy were recognized for 10 years of service, while Beth Fisher was recognized for 20 years.

Hal Penick was recognized for 30 years of employment.

“The Library is pleased to honor these individuals for their years of dedicated service,” Library Director Susan Craig said. “We thank them for their hard work and all that they do.”

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

The Iowa City Public Library recently honored several employees for their service. Honorees include, from left: Mimi Blankenship Coupland, Patty McCarthy, Hal Penick, Beth Fisher, and Heidi Kuchta. Not pictured are Mari Redington and Kate Dale. (Photo by Mara Cole, Iowa City Public Library)

The Iowa City Public Library recently honored several employees for their service. Honorees include, from left: Mimi Blankenship Coupland, Patty McCarthy, Hal Penick, Beth Fisher, and Heidi Kuchta. Not pictured are Mari Redington and Kate Dale. (Photo by Mara Cole, Iowa City Public Library)

Iowa City Public Library to air TaxSlayer Bowl

by Meredith Hines-Dochterman on December 19th, 2014

Join the Iowa City Public Library Friday, Jan. 2, as the Iowa Hawkeyes take on the Tennessee Volunteers in the 2015 TaxSlayer Bowl.

The Library will air the game on the big screen in Meeting Room A; beginning with the pregame show at 1 p.m. Kickoff is at 2 p.m.

This free event is open to the public. Spirited cheering is encouraged and good sportsmanship required.

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

 

Special teen events at ICPL Dec. 30 and 31

by Meredith Hines-Dochterman on December 16th, 2014

Teens, visit the Iowa City Public Library Dec. 30 and Dec. 31 for two special School’s Out for the Holidays events. Holidays-Teen

Put your game face on Tuesday, Dec. 30, because we’re having a Video Game Tournament from 2 to 4 p.m. Nintendo’s Super Smash Bros. for Wii U will be playing on the flat screen, allowing up to four players to battle it out at one time.

Join the Teen Movie Club from 2 to 4 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 31, for a screening of Guardians of the Galaxy. Based on the Marvel Comics superhero team of the same name, Guardians of the Galaxy was released in August. The action film stars Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Vin Diesel, and Bradley Cooper.

ICPL teen events are for students in grades 7 through 12. All events take place in the Koza Family Teen Center on the Library’s second floor unless otherwise noted.

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

New titles added to ICPL’s digital magazine collection

by Meredith Hines-Dochterman on December 2nd, 2014

The Iowa City Public Library recently added 38 new titles to its Zinio Digital Magazines collection, bringing the number of magazines patrons can read on digital devices to nearly 200. Zinio_logo

New titles available to download include The New Yorker, Wired, Vanity Fair, and Vogue. There is no check-out period and you can keep the magazine forever. There’s no limit on the amount of titles you can choose.

The Library launched its digital magazine stand in the fall of 2012, allowing patrons to read magazines on their computer, tablet or smart phone. In the past year, hundreds of patrons have downloaded thousands of magazines.

“Our digital magazine collection gives patrons the opportunity to read the magazines they enjoy without having to pay subscription prices,” said Anne Mangano, the Library’s coordinator of collection services.

Zinio is available to Iowa City Public Library cardholders who reside in Iowa City, rural Johnson County, Hills, Lone Tree, and University Heights. This service requires a valid email address to register with Recorded Books and Zinio, and a valid Library card and password.

When first accessing Zinio, you will be asked to create an account with Recorded Books. Once you have selected a magazine, you will be asked to create a second account with Zinio. Please note this is not the same account you created when first accessing the site. Please use the same email address for both accounts.

To register, visit http://www.icpl.org/zinio. For more information, call the Library at (319) 356-5200 or stop by the Help Desk.

ICPL craft bazaar and book sale Dec. 6

by Meredith Hines-Dochterman on December 1st, 2014

Just in time for the holidays, the Iowa City Public Library will host the Third Annual Arts & Crafts Bazaar from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in meeting rooms A, B and C at the Library, 123 S. Linn St.

Thanks to the generous donations of local artists and crafters, shoppers will find a wide selection of unique gifts from quilts and knitted items to jewelry, holiday ornaments, and more. The Library also will have Iowa City Public Library T-shirts for sale for $16 each, and Arts & Crafts Bazaar tote bags for $10.

For every $10 spent at the bazaar, shoppers receive an entry for amazing door prizes. Winners do not need to be present to win.

The Book End’s winter book sale will occur at the same time in the hallway just outside of Meeting Room A. The book sale will feature bargain prices on everything from romance novels to cookbooks. Anyone who makes a purchase at the book sale will receive a coupon for a unique offer at The Book End, which is located on the Library’s second floor.

Proceeds from both the arts and craft bazaar and the book sale benefit the Iowa City Public Library Friends Foundation, which supports the Summer Reading Program and other Library programs and collections.

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

Iowa City Public Library closed Dec. 12

by Meredith Hines-Dochterman on December 1st, 2014

The Iowa City Public Library will be closed Friday, Dec. 12, for Staff InService Day.

“The annual InService Day is an opportunity for all Library staff to attend training designed to improve services for patrons,” says Kara Logsden, the Library’s community and access services coordinator.business_closed_sign_page

The day begins with staff recognition, where seven Library employees will receive service awards. Library employees are recognized for every five years of service. This year, the Library will recognize individuals who have worked at the Library for five, 10, 20, and 30 years.

Training will continue with a presentation from this year’s keynote speaker: Aaron Schmidt. Schmidt is a principal at Influx Library User Experience Consulting. His presentation, Librarians as Designers, will introduce the concept of user experience thinking and illustrate how it can improve the Library’s websites, programs, and services.

Staff will break into small group sessions in the afternoon for additional training, then reconvene for final comments from Alysia Peich, the Continuing Education Coordinator from Iowa Library Services.

Regular Library hours will resume on Saturday, Dec. 13.

ICPL debuts new self-service checkouts

by Meredith Hines-Dochterman on November 18th, 2014

The Iowa City Public Library has replaced its self-checkout machines with new equipment in response to the community’s request for improved technology and new self-service features.checkout machines

With updated technology and a larger touchscreen, the new machines make it easier for patrons to borrow Library materials. For instance, the new machines give patrons the option of no receipt, eMail receipt or printed receipt when checking out items and/or paying a fine. An eMail receipt will only be sent if the Library has a valid eMail address on file.

“The self-serve option is designed to ease wait times for patrons, freeing staff members to focus on borrowers with questions and requests for reserves, equipment loans, and other services,” said Kara Logsden, the Library’s Coordinator for Community and Access Services.

The Library also installed new DVD unlocking stations at each self-checkout machine.

Self-checkout machines are available on the Library’s first and second floor, and in the Children’s Room.

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

ICPL to Host Annual Chess Tournament Nov. 15

by Meredith Hines-Dochterman on November 7th, 2014

The Iowa City Public Library’s Kids Chess Tournament will be held from 1 to 5:15 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 15, in Meeting Room A at the Library, 123 S. Linn St.2013 Chess Tournament5

A staple of the Library’s tween programming, the tournament is held in honor of Steve Young, who was active in the community’s chess population until his death in 2012.

This is a free event, available to students in third through sixth grades. Younger children may participate if they are a member of the United States Chess Federation.

Registration is required. Children can register at the Library the day of the event from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., or by e-mailing Eric Vigil at evigil@gmail.com.

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

ICPL presents Read to Feed

by Meredith Hines-Dochterman on November 5th, 2014

The Iowa City Public Library invites children to kick off the holiday season by giving at Read to Feed.ReadtoFeed-Poster (2)

Stop by the Storytime Room anytime between 2 and 4 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 12, to donate non-perishable items for The Crisis Center of Johnson County. Then stick around for stories, songs, snacks, and activities.

The Crisis Center’s Food Bank provides weekly food assistance to Johnson County residents. Of all the households served, one third has children in the home. The Food Bank always welcomes donations of peanut butter and canned meat, pasta and rice, soups and stews, canned vegetables, toilet paper, baby formula, diapers, and laundry detergent. Read to Feed also will collect new children’s books for The Crisis Center.

Read to Feed is sponsored by the Iowa City Public Library and Rock & Read volunteers from RSVP, Elder Services, Inc.

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

Changes to ICPL’s Express collections make more popular titles available

by Meredith Hines-Dochterman on November 5th, 2014

Changes to the Iowa City Public Library’s Express collection means more popular titles on the Express shelves.ExpressShelf-SocialMedia

The Library’s Express collection is comprised of popular fiction, non-fiction, and DVD titles. Collection Services Coordinator Anne Mangano says these are the items staff knows will be highly circulated or have received a lot of attention in the media.

Items in the Express collection have a shorter check out time (two weeks for books, two days for DVDs) and can’t be renewed. The Library has anywhere from 200 to 400 titles in the Express collection at a given time.

“It’s always a great place to go and look for the title you just heard about,” Mangano said.

Mangano also points out that while most popular titles come with a long holds list, holds can’t be placed on Express items. That means there’s always the chance that the book or DVD a patron wants is available on the Express shelf.

“Anytime you visit the Library, the Express collection is a great place to start,” Mangano said. “I like to call it the serendipity collection because you never know what will be available.”

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




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