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Book Madness 2017: And the winners are …

by Meredith Hines-Dochterman on April 17th, 2017

We counted the votes — all 1,073 of them — and we have our winners!

2017 BOOK MADNESS – CHILDREN’S BRACKET

The Giver by Lois Lowry

2017 BOOK MADNESS – TEEN AND ADULT BRACKET

The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

Thank you to everyone who participated! Patrons who submitted the winning brackets will be contacted this week with details about how they can claim their $25 gift certificate to Prairie Lights prize.

Remember, you can find the complete list of books in this year’s literary competition here.

Book Madness Championship Round

by Meredith Hines-Dochterman on April 10th, 2017

There’s just one week left in our 2017 Book Madness literary competition, with the following books still in the running for this year’s crown:

2017 BOOK MADNESS – CHILDREN’S BRACKET

The Giver by Lois Lowry vs. Little House series by Laura Ingalls Wilder

2017 BOOK MADNESS – TEEN AND ADULT BRACKET

1984 by George Orwell vs. The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

Be sure to stop by before the Library closes on Sunday for vote for your favorite title. We’ll announce the winning books, one in each bracket, on April 17!

It’s here — ICPL’s Book Madness Final Four!

by Meredith Hines-Dochterman on April 3rd, 2017

The votes are in and we have our 2017 ICPL Book Madness Final Four!

Not only are these the titles that will compete to advance to the championship round, they are the winning books in this year’s categories. It was a tight race in several — it came down to ONE vote for 1984  and The Handmaid’s Tale. One vote also separated Brian Selznick from Mo Willems in the Best Book Artists category.

Stop by our display in the first floor gallery before the Library closes on Sunday to vote for the books you want to see compete in the Championship Round!

2017 BOOK MADNESS – CHILDREN’S BRACKET

Banned Books

  • The Giver by Lois Lowry

Forgotten Classics

  • Pippi Longstocking by Astrid Lindgren

Series and Sequels

  • Little House series by Laura Ingalls Wilder

Best Book Artists

  • Brian Selznick

2017 BOOK MADNESS – TEEN AND ADULT BRACKET

Dystopian Fiction

  • 1984 by George Orwell

Graphic Novels and Comics

  • Blankets by Craig Thompson

Historical Fiction

  • The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

Whodunit?

  • The Complete Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

Here’s our 2017 Book Madness Elite Eight!

by Meredith Hines-Dochterman on March 27th, 2017

Many NCAA March Madness brackets blew up this weekend — and the same could be said for our Book Madness brackets, too. We were surprised to see which titles didn’t advance to our Elite Eight (sorry, Drama). We have no idea what our Final Four will look like. Be sure to stop in before the Library closes on Sunday to vote for your favorite remaining books!

2017 BOOK MADNESS – CHILDREN’S BRACKET

Banned Books

  • The Giver by Lois Lowry vs. A Light in the Attic by Shel Silverstein

Forgotten Classics

  • Pippi Longstocking by Astrid Lindgren vs. George and Martha by James Marshall

Series and Sequels

  • Diary of a Wimpy Kid by Jeff Kinney vs. Little House series by Laura Ingalls Wilder

Best Book Artists

  • Mo Willems vs. Brian Selznick

2017 BOOK MADNESS – TEEN AND ADULT BRACKET

Dystopian Fiction

  • 1984 by George Orwell vs. The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood

Graphic Novels and Comics

  • Naruto by Masashi Kishimoto vs. Blankets by Craig Thompson

Historical Fiction

  • The Book Thief by Markus Zusak vs. Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe

Whodunit?

  • The Complete Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle vs. In Cold Blood by Truman Capote

ICPL to Host Community Seed Share

by Meredith Hines-Dochterman on March 23rd, 2017

Interested in starting a vegetable or flower garden this spring, but don’t want to invest in large quantities of seeds? Do you have extra seeds that you’d like to share with other gardeners? Come to the Iowa City Public Library from 2 to 3:30 p.m. Sunday, April 2, for a Community Seed Share!seedshare

Sponsored by the Library and the Iowa State Extension Master Gardeners of Johnson County, this event is a great opportunity to share seeds you’ve saved or get some free seeds to try growing something new.

This event is part of the JCMG Growing Together efforts to reduce food insecurity in Johnson County. With donations from Burpee, Baker Seeds and Seed Savers, nearly 30 varieties of vegetable, herb and flower seeds will be available.

The event is free and open to all – you do not have to bring seeds to participate. Seeds will be available on a first come, first served basis, so attendees are encouraged to arrive early.

If you need disability-related accommodations in order to participate in this event, please contact the Library at 319-356-5200.

ICPL announces April Classes for Adults

by Meredith Hines-Dochterman on March 22nd, 2017

Want to learn as much as you can about digital movie editing? The month of April is devoted to learning about and trying various digital-video editing tools at the Iowa City Public Library.

On Monday, April 3, at 2 p.m. the class, Tools for Video Editing, will help you learn the basics of how editing works so that you can asked informed questions when selecting a video editor. Get an overview of the types of tools that come standard with most editing software and see how they help to create great video.

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ICPL Art Advisory Committee seeks new members

by Meredith Hines-Dochterman on March 21st, 2017

The Iowa City Public Library’s Art Advisory Committee is looking for new members.

The Committee is made up of six members and terms run for three years (this term would end in April 2020). Candidates must reside in Iowa City or rural Johnson County, and are appointed to the Committee by the Library Board. Library employees are not eligible for appointment. Ideal candidates are individuals involved and interested in the arts community in some way — artists, framers, instructors, students, gallery employees, collectors and serious enthusiasts.

One of the primary responsibilities of the Art Advisory Committee is the judging of artworks submitted to the annual Art Purchase Prize contest, with the winning works being purchased by the Library and added to the Art To Go collection. The framed posters and original works are available for check out. Other tasks include reviewing and deciding upon any gifted works for Art To Go, as well as any proposals for art to be added to the Library’s permanent collection.

Interested persons must fill out an application (available at http://www.icpl.org/art/advisory/) and return it, in person or via email, to Candice Smith (candice-smith@icpl.org).

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

It’s here: Book Madness Sweet Sixteen!

by Meredith Hines-Dochterman on March 20th, 2017

Here are the titles that advanced to the Sweet Sixteen round of our 2017 Book Madness competition:

2017 BOOK MADNESS – CHILDREN’S BRACKET

Banned Books

  • Drama by Raina Telgemeier
  • The Giver by Lois Lowry
  • A Light in the Attic by Shel Silverstein
  • Yertle the Turtle by Dr. Seuss

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2017 Book Madness: Time to vote for the Sweet Sixteen

by Meredith Hines-Dochterman on March 13th, 2017

The Book Madness brackets have been updated to show titles advancing to the Second Round.

2017 BOOK MADNESS – CHILDREN’S BRACKET

Banned Books

  • Drama by Raina Telgemeier
  • The Golden Compass by Philip Pullman
  • A Wrinkle in Time by Madeline L’Engle
  • The Giver by Lois Lowry
  • A Light in the Attic by Shel Silverstein
  • Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Paterson
  • Yertle the Turtle by Dr. Seuss
  • Julie of the Wolves by Jean Craighead George

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Dine Out to Support ICPL

by Meredith Hines-Dochterman on March 1st, 2017

Here’s a novel idea: take the night off from preparing dinner and go out to eat. Better yet, have dinner out and support the Iowa City Public Library Friends Foundation at the same time.eat-out-to-read_march2017

The Foundation has partnered with local restaurants for a new fundraising program: Eat Out to Read. It kicks off Wednesday, March 8, at Hudson’s Tap, 482 Highway 1 W in Iowa City. Visit Hudson’s Tap between 5 and 10 p.m. on March 8 and a percentage of your tab will be given to the Friends Foundation.

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




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