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ICPL’s CHILDREN’S ROOM SPRING SUNDAY FUN DAY SCHEDULE

by Meredith Hines-Dochterman on April 18th, 2014

Spring has sprung in the Iowa City Public Library’s children’s room.scavenger_hunt

The theme of the Sunday Fun Day event is a Spring Scavenger Hunt. Eggs, flowers, birds, bunnies, and other spring icons will be hidden around the children’s room for families seek and find. There will also be a movie and a small craft.

The activity begins at 2 p.m. in the Storytime Room.

Sunday Fun Day features fun activities for families to enjoy together. Each day has a theme with stories, crafts, or games to celebrate it.

Sunday Fun Day happens every Sunday except the first Sunday of the month. That afternoon is reserved for Sit, Stay, R.E.A.D. with Therapy Dogs of Johnson County.

Upcoming Sunday Fun Day events include:

  • April 27 Origami Creations
  • May 11 Make a Pinwheel
  • May 18 Fun with Bees and Bugs
  • May 25 Memorial Day stories and crafts

All Sunday Fun Day events begin at 2 p.m.

For more information, visit the Library’s calendar or call the children’s desk at (319) 887-3402.

 

Library is open on Easter Sunday

by Meredith Hines-Dochterman on April 14th, 2014

The Iowa City Public Library will be open during its regular hours, from noon to 5 p.m., on Easter Sunday, April 20.

More information on ICPL’s hours can be found here.

Happy birthday Beverly Cleary!

by Meredith Hines-Dochterman on April 12th, 2014

I grew up with Ramona Quimby, devouring her adventures as fast as Beverly Cleary could write them – or so I thought.

I didn’t know then that five of the books in Cleary’s beloved series were published before I was born. This is a testament to Cleary’s talent as a writer; that characters who were so part of their time in the 1950s and 1960s were just as relevant to me in the 1980s.

Doesn't he remind you of Willa Jean's bear, Woger? Before she cut off his leg?

Doesn’t he remind you of Willa Jean’s bear, Woger? Before she cut off his leg?

Ramona Forever was released in 1984. I still remember sitting on my family’s porch, listening to my mother’s bridge club in the dining room, as I devoured what was then considered the final book in the series (Ramona’s World was published 15 years later). It was a moment of joy – Yay! A new Ramona book! – and of sadness.

Ramona was growing up. I was, too.

While I made sure to read Ramona’s World years later, I had long since moved on to new books, new series and new authors. Still, I never forgot Ramona or any of the other memorable characters Cleary created. Being able to share Ramona, Henry, Beezus and Ralph with my own children is one of the joys of parenting. Passing my well-loved copy of Ramona and Her Mother on to my daughter was an emotional moment – one that got a little too emotional when she recreated the toothpaste in the sink scene.

Today, Beverly Cleary celebrate her 98th birthday. All month long, the Library has honored Cleary – and Drop Everything and Read Month – by showcasing photos of our staff taking a break from work to read. I can’t think of a better way to show a beloved author how much her stories have touched us.

Happy Birthday Beverly Cleary from all of us at ICPL!

And the winners are …

by Meredith Hines-Dochterman on April 8th, 2014

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Harry Potter was able to disarm Mo Willem’s pigeon, taking the top spot in the 2014 ICPL Book Madness Children’s Bracket. It was a close race between The Chosen One and the mischievous bird, but the final round of voting had a clear winner.

We will give the pigeon a cookie, with nuts, as a consolation prize.

In the Teens and Adults bracket, Harper Lee’s classic, To Kill a Mockingbird, defeated Douglas Adams’ The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy.

Several weeks ago, we asked our Facebook friends to name a book they had to read in school and ended up loving, and most responses listed To Kill a Mockingbird. Take heart, English teachers. Your students still love that book.

Thank you so much for participating in our first ever Book Madness! We can’t wait to do it again next year!

And then there were two

by Meredith Hines-Dochterman on April 5th, 2014

championship

Well, technically, there are four book titles (and two brackets), but let’s not get in a debate about semantics and just announce ICPL’s 2014 Book Madness Championship Game titles.

Children’s Bracket

J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter series vs. Pigeon books by Mo Willems

Teens & Adults Bracket

The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams vs. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

Voting in final round ends Monday, with the winners announced Tuesday morning. Make sure to cast your ballot before then, either by visiting the Library or leaving your choice in the comments.

Celebrate National Poetry Month at ICPL

by Meredith Hines-Dochterman on April 4th, 2014

Celebrate National Poetry Month at the Iowa City Public Library.npm2013

The Library will host its annual Poetry Workshop for student writers in third through sixth grades from 2 to 4 p.m. on Sunday, April 6, in Meeting Room A.

The program is free to attend, but registration is required. To register, visit http://calendar.icpl.org/view.php?did=28402; call (319) 356-5200; or stop by the Children’s Room desk.

Reading Aloud, the Iowa City/Johnson County Senior Center’s poetry group, will present poetry readings from noon to 1 p.m. Tuesday, April 8, in Meeting Room A.

This event is free and open to the public. It also will be broadcast live on The Library Channel, Iowa City cable channel 10.

Are you ready to Drop Everything and Read?

by Meredith Hines-Dochterman on April 1st, 2014
Library Director Susan Craig takes a few minutes before a meeting to read Beverly Cleary's Ramona Quimby, Age 8 in honor of D.E.A.R. Month.

Library Director Susan Craig takes a few minutes before a meeting to read Beverly Cleary’s Ramona Quimby, Age 8 in honor of D.E.A.R. Month.

Raise your hands if you’d love to stop what you’re doing and read instead. Now, high five yourself because we’re giving you permission to do just that. After all, April is D.E.A.R. (Drop Everything and Read) Month!

D.E.A.R. is the acronym beloved children’s author Beverly Cleary penned in Ramona Quimby, Age 8. In this story, Ramona’s third grade teacher, Mrs. Whaley, tells the students they will have Sustained Silent Reading every day.

“This means that every day after lunch we are going to sit at our desks and read silently to ourselves any book we choose in the library.”

The students could read what they wanted and would not have to write a book report. To make Sustained Silent Reading sound more fun, Mrs. Whaley decided to call it D.E.A.R.

(Ramona, of course, thought Sustained Silent Reading was better because it sounded more grown up. It also got her out of playing with Willa Jean after school.)

Ramona Quimby, Age 8 was published in 1981. Since then, Drop Everything and Read promotions have been held on April 12 in honor of Beverly Cleary’s birthday, but why stop there? HarperCollins Publishers decided to make D.E.A.R. a month-long celebration – a decision we’re happy to support.

All month long, we’ll share photos of Library staff dropping everything to read on our Facebook page and invite you do the same. After all, what reader doesn’t want an excuse to finish one more chapter?

ICPL Book Madness Final Four

by Meredith Hines-Dochterman on March 31st, 2014

The ballots have been counted and we have our ICPL Book Madness 2014 Final Four!

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2014 BOOK MADNESS FINAL FOUR

Children’s Bracket

Harry Potter vs. Shel Silverstein poems

Pigeon books by Mo Willems vs. Amelia Bedelia books by Peggy Parish

Teens & Adults Bracket

The Hunger Games trilogy by Suzanne Collins vs. The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams

Me Talk Pretty One Day by David Sedaris vs. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

Voting in this round continues through Saturday so stop by and vote for your favorite(s). If you can’t make it to the Library this week, feel free to leave your vote in the comments.

Eight titles advance in ICPL’s Book Madness

by Meredith Hines-Dochterman on March 29th, 2014

I don’t know how your March Madness bracket looks at this point, but if it’s anything like some of the comments we’ve received in our Book Madness voting, things have not gone the way you hoped.book madness 8

It isn’t easy pitting books against each other. One father told me Nancy Drew was doomed, as our bracket had her competing against The Chosen One (Harry Potter) in the first round.

You don’t have to be a girl detective to know that wasn’t going to end well for Nancy.

Still, our patrons pushed on, casting votes for their favorite children, teen and adult titles, allowing us to narrow our brackets from 64 titles to eight.

That’s right — we have our Elite Eight.

2014 BOOK MADNESS ELITE EIGHT

Children’s Bracket

Harry Potter versus the Magic Tree House series

Curious George by H.A. Rey and Margaret Rey versus Pigeon books by Mo Willems

Amelia Bedelia books by Peggy Parish versus Mercy Watson books by Kate DiCamillo

Shel Silverstein poems versus Smile by Raina Telgemeier

Teens & Adults Bracket

The Hunger Games trilogy by Suzanne Collins versus The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

Me Talk Pretty One Day by David Sedaris versus Hyperbole and a Half: Unfortunate Situations, Flawed Coping Mechanisms, Mayhem, and Other Things That Happened … by Allie Brosh

To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee versus The Shining by Stephen King

Snow Crash by Neal Stephenson versus The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams

Elite Eight voting continues through Sunday, so be sure to show support for your favorite(s). If you can’t make it to the Library this weekend, feel free to leave your vote in the comments.

We’ll post an update naming the 2014 ICPL Book Madness Final Four on Monday.

 

ICPL to host Estate Planning Presentation

by Meredith Hines-Dochterman on March 28th, 2014

Are you prepared for the financial future? Does thinking about writing a will or designating a beneficiary seem confusing? Don’t know where to start? Estate_Planning_1

Join Thomas Gelman, an attorney with Phelan, Tucker, Muller, Walker, Tucker & Gelman, LLP; and John Chadima, Vice President and Trust Officer with MidWestOne Bank, for Estate Planning 101: Basic Considerations from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday, April 10, in Meeting Room A at the Iowa City Public Library.

Gelman and Chadima will explain estate planning concepts in easy-to-understand terms. Their presentation is designed to help a wide variety of people, from young parents to retired senior citizens.

Estate Planning 101: Basic Considerations is being presented at the Library as part of Money Smart Week®, a public awareness campaign designed to help consumers better manage their personal finances. Money Smart Week® is co-sponsored by the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago and the American Library Association.

Estate Planning 101: Basic Considerations is free and open to the public. For more information, call the Library at (319) 356-5200.

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