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We Can Code at ICPL

by Meredith Hines-Dochterman on May 25th, 2016

The Iowa City Public Library is pleased to present We Can Code, a workshop for teens to explore the basics of computer programming and web development in a self-paced, example-driven, supportive environment.

We Can Code will be held from 1 to 3 p.m. in the Library’s Computer Lab on the second floor every Wednesday, beginning June 1 and continuing through Aug. 17. The workshop is open to teens in grades 7 through 12, including students who will start seventh grade in the fall.

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

Teens Dungeons and Dragons Moving to Wednesdays at ICPL

by Meredith Hines-Dochterman on May 24th, 2016

Beginning June 1, the Iowa City Public Library’s Teen Dungeons and Dragons campaign will move to Wednesdays.

Join us in Meeting Room E on the Library’s second floor from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. every Wednesday in June and July, except July 6. Never played before? That’s no problem! Allie is ready to help all novices.

ICPL teen programs are open to students in grades 7 through 12, including teens who will start seventh grade in the fall. For more information, contact the Library at 319-356-5200.

ICPL announces June Classes for Adults

by Meredith Hines-Dochterman on May 23rd, 2016

Want to know more about your family’s heritage? In the month of June, the Iowa City Public Library will have classes for the amateur genealogist. These classes will introduce patrons to the process for organizing their research and using the Library’s genealogy resources including Ancestry.com.

Join us at 10 a.m. Friday, June 3, for the “Introduction to Genealogy” class. Get your search started in the right direction by learning which questions to ask and how to record and keep track of your research. You will also find out the best resources to use when finding your ancestors.

Beginning or in the midst of a genealogy project?  You can come to the Library’s “Using Ancestry.com for Genealogy” class on Friday, June 13, at 2 p.m. or Tuesday, June 21 at 10 a.m. Learn how to use our online genealogy resources like Ancestry.com and HeritageQuest to help solve your family tree mysteries. These resources can be accessed at the Library for free without purchasing a subscription.

All classes for adults are held in the Library’s Computer Lab on the second floor. Classes are free, but space is limited, so patrons should register early.

Visit www.icpl.org/classes to register online. You can also register by calling the Library at 319-356-5200.

ICPL Summer Bus Program Begins May 26

by Meredith Hines-Dochterman on May 19th, 2016

An Iowa City Public Library card is your child’s ticket to ride an Iowa City Transit bus free this summer.

The Library will provide free bus rides to children through 12th grade, and the adult caregivers who are with them, on any Iowa City Transit bus route, between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. every weekday beginning Thursday, May 26. Eligible bus riders should show their Iowa City Public Library card to the bus driver to gain free access to the bus.

Children can catch a ride home anytime the same day with a Ride & Read bus pass, which is issued by showing a Library Card at any public service desk at the Library.

Parents, if your child doesn’t have an Iowa City Public Library card, visit www.icpl.org/cards/ for information about how to apply for a card. Complete your application online, then stop by the Help Desk within two weeks to pick up your card. You can also apply in person at the Help Desk any time the Library is open. Adults will need to show photo identification (current driver’s license or passport) and proof of resident address (current driver’s license, mail with a current post mark; current lease) in order to obtain a Library Card.

Photo identification is not required for children under age 14.

The summer bus program ends the week day before the first day of school.

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

ICPL Announces Totally Tweens Summer Lineup

by Meredith Hines-Dochterman on May 18th, 2016

The Iowa City Public Library’s Totally Tweens program has an exciting lineup of activities and programs for students in third through sixth grades as part of the On Your Mark, Get Set … Read! Summer Reading Program.

Totally Tweens will meet at 2 p.m. every Tuesday in June and July, beginning June 7, in the Storytime Room, unless otherwise noted.

June 7: Amazing Race
Start off your summer cracking clues and completing challenges. Bring a friend to make a team of two, or come alone to be paired up with a new friend.

June 14: Popcorn Olympics
Pop into the library for a tasty competition. Test your aim with the Popcorn Toss, show off your coordination in the Popcorn Cup Catch, plus other corny contests. Enjoy the taste of victory (and popcorn) at the end.

June 21: From IC to NFL with Nate Kaeding
Former NFL kicker Nate Kaeding will talk about his football career and answer questions about life in the NFL.

June 28: Yoga with Karen
Interested in yoga? Join Children’s Librarian, Karen Gordon to learn the basics. Starting with the 4 B’s –Brain, Body, Breath, and Balance. Yoga helps build self-confidence and self-esteem, flexibility and strength.

July 5: LEGOs and LittleBits
Get creative with engineering and electricity by designing and constructing a part of a city.

July 12: Insect Zoo Bug Olympics
Join our special guests from the ISU Insect Zoo for these Olympic Events: Cockroach Pulls, Roach Races, and Cricket Jumps. Then get up close and personal with the other awesome multi-legged creatures at the Bug Olympics Display.

July 19: Pizza Workshop
Find out how pizza is made in a restaurant, then make and eat your own mini pizza. Please contact us ahead of time with any food allergies. We may not be able to accommodate all allergies.

July 26: Life Size Games
Do you love board games but always wished they were bigger? The library has the solution. Come in today to play some games as big as you are.

Don’t forget our special finale, a Glow-in-the-Dark Lock-In from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 5.

Celebrate the end of the Summer Reading Program by staying late at the Library. We’ll have glow-in-the-dark games, temporary hair colors, snacks, and more. Please note that parents and/or caregivers must fill out a permission slip at the Children’s Desk prior to the event. Tweens will be dropped off in Meeting Room A and picked up by the after-hours book drop at 9:30 p.m.

The Iowa City Public Library Summer Reading Program will be held May 31 through July 31; registration begins May 31. Patrons can either register in-person at the Library or online at srp.icpl.org.

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

ICPL’S Summer Reading Program Begins May 31

by Meredith Hines-Dochterman on May 17th, 2016

Bike rides, movies, special presentations and, of course, books are part of this year’s Summer Reading Program lineup. Be part of a winning team. Join us for On Your Mark, Get Set … Read!

The 2016 Summer Reading Program will be held May 31 through July 31, with registration beginning May 31. Registration can be completed in-person at the Library, online at srp.icpl.org or during Children’s Day on Saturday, June 4. Children’s Day will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. as part of the Summer of the Arts Festival.

Participation is free and available for all ages, babies through adults. All registrants will receive a game card to track their progress in meeting summer reading goals. The game cards also include the information for all Summer Reading Program activities, programs and events.

The game card for babies and toddlers promotes early childhood literacy skills, with prizes awarded at two levels: a mini beach ball at the first level, and a free book and entry into the grand prize drawing – either a $50 gift card to Prairie Lights or subscription to National Geographic Little Kids magazine — at the second level.

The pre-school through sixth-grade game card also has two levels of prizes. The first is an ICPL book bag filled with food and activity coupons from McDonald’s, Aspen Leaf Free Frozen Yogurt, the Iowa Children’s Museum, Blank Park Zoo, and Westdale Bowling Center. The second is a free book and an entry into the grand prize drawing. This year’s grand prizes include two new bikes from World of Bikes, two annual City Pool swim passes, two subscriptions to National Geographic Little Kids magazine, and a family pack of four tickets to the to the Union Cycliste Internationale Cyclo-Cross World Cup Sept. 24 at the Johnson County Fairgrounds

Teen Summer Reading Program participants who complete the first level of the program will receive a free book, and a food coupon from either Aspen Leaf Free Frozen Yogurt or Z’mariks Noodle Café. Teens who complete the second level are entered into the grand prize drawing of either a $50 Prairie Lights gift certificate; a Gamer’s Pack which includes a $30 GameStop gift card; a $50 iTunes gift card; a $50 Marcus Theaters gift card; or a $50 Pancheros gift card.

Adults can get in on the action, too. Anyone who completes three activities on the adult game card will receive a free book. Complete five activities to be entered into a drawing for one of five grand prizes:

  • A individual membership to FilmScene
  • A $50 Downtown Iowa City gift certificate
  • A Fit Bit Charge HR
  • A pair of Paddle Passes at the Terry Trueblood Recreation Area
  • A family pack of four tickets to the to the Union Cycliste Internationale Cyclo-Cross World Cup Sept. 24 at the Johnson County Fairgrounds

Anyone who completes their game card early and wants to keep going can pick up a second game card, which can be turned in for a second entry into the grand prize drawing at their program level once it’s completed.

For more information about On Your Mark, Get Set … Read!, visit srp.icpl.org or call the Library at 319-356-5200.

Super Smash Bros Video Game Tournament at ICPL

by Meredith Hines-Dochterman on May 12th, 2016

Hey teens, celebrate the first day of summer vacation at the Iowa City Public Library – and get your game face on because it’s Video Game Tournament time!

We’re throwing down Super Smash Bros for Nintendo Wii U. The battle will be held from 1 to 3 p.m. Thursday, May 26, in the Koza Family Teen Center.

All teen events are open to students in grades 7 through 12, including students who will start seventh grade in the fall.

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

Celebrate ICPL’s Music is the Word Finale with Free Catfish Keith Concert

by Meredith Hines-Dochterman on May 5th, 2016

Join the Iowa City Public Library for a free concert featuring Catfish Keith from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Saturday, May 21, on the Pedestrian Plaza outside of the Sheraton Iowa City Hotel.MITW_CatfishKeith_May 21

Called a “guitar genius” by Living Blues and “The real acoustic blues king!” by Rock ‘n’ Reel, Catfish Keith has established himself as one of the most exciting country blues performers of our time. A two-time W. C. Handy Blues Music Award nominee for Best Acoustic Blues Album and a 2008 inductee into the Blues Hall of Fame, Catfish Keith has fifteen No. 1 independent radio chart-topping albums to his credit.

Catfish Keith regularly packs houses all over the world with his dynamic stage show. His performance in downtown Iowa City serves as the finale for Music is the Word, the Library’s celebration of all things musical.

For nine months, ICPL has hosted a series of musical programming for all ages to welcome the University of Iowa School of Music to its new location in downtown Iowa City. The Voxman Music Building, located at the corner of Burlington and Clinton streets, will open its doors to students in the fall.

“This has been a great opportunity for us to share Iowa City’s rich musical culture through live performances, presentations, displays, hands-on activities, movies, and sing-alongs,” Library Director Susan Craig says.

We hope you’ll join us for some foot-stomping, deep delta blues and American roots music on May 21, with sound and lighting by Steve Cook Sound Production. In case of rain, the concert will be moved to the Library’s Meeting Room A.

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

ICPL announces May Classes for Adults

by Meredith Hines-Dochterman on April 29th, 2016

May is National Historic Preservation month and the Iowa City Public Library will celebrate by honoring local historian, Irving B. Weber. To honor your personal history, join us for computer classes that focus on genealogical research, and photo preservation and restoration.

Join us for a two-part class where you can learn how to restore a scanned image by using GIMP, a free, open source software similar to Adobe Photoshop. Part one, to be held at 11 a.m. on Friday, May 13, will focus on using the GIMP software and doing basic skills in the program like cropping and resizing images.

Part two of this series focuses on photo correction. Learn to transform the original item by filling small areas of damage like water spots or balancing faded colors. In order to participate in the second part of this series, participants should have a good understanding of GIMP’s interface and tools. Class for Restoring Scanned Images Part II will be held at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, May 17.

Want to learn how to take care of your digital photo collection? On Saturday, May 2, come to another two-part class beginning at 10:30 a.m. Begin by getting crash course on important terminology and digital photo file types. Then at 12:30 p.m. learn the key steps needed to preserve your digital photos using metadata and tools like Picasa, Apple Photos, and Adobe Lightroom.

Finally, the month wraps up with an Introduction to Genealogy at 4 p.m. Monday, May 23. A librarian will help you get started by talking about what questions to ask, how to keep track of your research, and places you might want to search.

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 www.icpl.org/classes to register online. You can also register by calling the Library at 319-356-5200.

Iowa City Public Library Honors Volunteers

by Meredith Hines-Dochterman on April 28th, 2016

The Iowa City Public Library recently honored its volunteers for their dedication and service.

During the 2015 calendar year, 336 volunteers provided more than 9,500 hours of service, increasing the total number of volunteer hours to 260,831 hours since the program started 36 years ago. Volunteer duties range from assisting with book check-ins, materials maintenance, prepping supplies for events, helping plan teen programs, operating The Book End, and serving on the Board of Trustees, and on the Friends Foundation Board of Directors.

On Wednesday, April 27, the Library said thank you with a reception and a ceremony, during which 48 volunteers received recognition awards for achieving milestone hours of service.

Terri Caplan was named the Nancy Sereduck Volunteer of the Year.

A volunteer for eight years, Caplan started at the Library as a book check-in volunteer and moved to The Book End as a store clerk in 2009, volunteering in the store every other week for six years. She joined The Book End Committee of the Iowa City Public Library Friends Foundation in 2011, serving as the co-chairperson from 2012 to 2013. After receiving an ICPL 500 Hour Volunteer Award in 2015, Caplan transitioned to sorting donated materials and restocking shelves at The Book End.

“Terri’s vast knowledge of books, authors, movies, and music, enabled her to provide excellent service to customers in The Book End, and is now utilized to select the best from the thousands of donated items for The Book End,” says Patty McCarthy, ICPL’s Development Director. “Her organizational talents are unmatched, and she helps to maintain order and interest on the bookstore shelves.”

The Library congratulates Caplan on her achievement and thanks all volunteers for their service.

The following is a list of volunteers receiving recognition awards for 2015:

100 Hour Award

  • Fatuma Abdalla
  • Katherine Bouska
  • Susan Bryant
  • Ellen Caplan
  • Jingyi Du
  • Scott Edgar
  • Pam Ehrhardt
  • Jordan Heganman
  • Qian He
  • Valerie Jackson
  • Kathy Keasler
  • Staci Kirsch
  • Dave Lee-Son
  • Stephanie Linnell
  • Anna Luria
  • David Martin
  • Dominic McCaffrey
  • Reilly O’Gorman
  • Sophie Schenkel
  • Jennifer Schmidt
  • Alex Stanton
  • Beth Stence
  • Chris Vincent
  • Chloe Waryan

200 Hour Award

  • Stephen Merkel-Hess
  • Janis Perkins
  • Theo Prineas
  • Patricia Ryan

300 Hour Award

  • Joel Barnhart
  • Beth Beasley
  • Sarah Burnett
  • Linda Eastman
  • Erin Glenn
  • Roxanne Hughes
  • Jeanne Morris
  • Esther Retish
  • Angela Tyler

400 Hour Award

  • Philip Fontana
  • William Moorhead

500 Hour Award

  • Becky Johnson
  • Kathy Mitchell
  • Corey Rew
  • Julie Spencer

1,000 Hour Award

  • Roberta Holstein
  • Emily Nelson
  • Mary New

4,000 Hour Award

  • Gloria Lacina

6,000 Hour Award

  • Nancy Sereduck



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