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ICPL announces September Classes for Adults

by Meredith Hines-Dochterman on August 26th, 2016

The internet is a great tool for finding information, purchasing items and interacting with others. Understanding how to navigate and use the internet safely makes using this tool more effective and fun. In September, the Iowa City Public Library is offering a new internet basics class, as well as classes on internet and social media safety and privacy.

Join us for Internet Basics at 10 a.m. Tuesday, September 6. Learn about what the internet is, how it works, and how a web browser interacts with the internet. Get a brief overview about the strengths and weaknesses of the different web browsers. This class will be repeated on Saturday, September 24, at 10:30 a.m.

Wary of the threats lurking around online? Learn strategies and skills to protect yourself and your privacy during the Internet Safety: Protecting Your Privacy class at 10 a.m. Friday, September 16. Then, learn how to adjust your settings and learn techniques for discovering the information that is already out there online about you during our Social Media Safety: Protecting Your Privacy Online class. Held at 12:30 p.m. on Saturday, September 24, this class will discuss the advantages and disadvantages of using the privacy settings on several social networks.

Classes will be held in the Computer Lab on the second floor of the library. Classes are free, but space is limited, so patrons should register early. Visit www.icpl.org/classes to register online or by calling the Library at 319-356-5200.

ICPL to Screen Cyclo-Cross Documentary

by Meredith Hines-Dochterman on August 25th, 2016

Gear up for September’s Telenet UCI Cyclo-Cross World Cup by watching For the Love of Mud Tuesday, September 6, from 7 to 9 p.m. in Meeting Room A at the Iowa City Public Library.

This documentary by British filmmaker Benedict Campbell gives the history and narrative about cyclo-cross, a niche bicycling race that consists of on- and off-road courses held on a mix of surfaces, including mud. Campbell spent more than a year filming at races throughout Europe and the U.S., interviewing local cyclists and elite athletes.

Iowa City has played host to the Jingle Cross Cyclo-Cross every winter since 2004. This year, the annual race will move to September to coincide with the World Cup on September 24.

Called the sport’s Super Bowl, the World Cup features a series of races in countries across the globe. Iowa City is one of two North American host sites.

This screening is part of the Library’s Gear Up for Bikes, Bikes, Bikes; a series of programs designed to inform and educate the public about cyclo-cross. It is free and open to the public.

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

ICPL to host stage fighting workshop for teens

by Meredith Hines-Dochterman on August 19th, 2016

Shakespeare Fighting FunThe Iowa City Public Library will host a stage fighting workshop from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 3, in Meeting Room A. This event coincides with Shakespeare’s First Folio exhibit at the University of Iowa Libraries Aug. 29 through Sept. 25.

Lukas Brasherfons, a master of fine arts student in dramaturgy at the University of Iowa, will lead the two-hour introduction to unarmed combat for the stage. He’ll show participants how to safely punch, slap and fall in the most basic of ways. The lesson will tie into how William Shakespeare used violence in his plays.

This workshop is intended for teens ages 13 through 18. Registration is not required.

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

I think I know you …

by Meredith Hines-Dochterman on August 17th, 2016
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I’m relatively new to audiobooks, having listened to my first one a few months ago, but I agree with my colleagues who say they are a great way to pass the time on long drives, during a run or cleaning the house.

I also agree with them that a narrator makes, or breaks, the audiobook.

There are several I’ve started but couldn’t finish because I didn’t like the narrator’s voice. One of these books was even read by the author, but she did not sound at all like I thought she would. For some odd reason even I can’t explain, that did not sit well with me. I returned the audiobook on my OverDrive app and checked out the physical book instead.

I recently finished listening to I Don’t Know What You Know Me From: My Life as a Co-Star by Judy Greer. She also voiced the audiobook. If the name isn’t familiar, I’m sure it will be after you Google it. With more than 16 working years in Hollywood, and 90+ film and TV credits to her name, she’s one of those actors who seems to be in everything.

She’s a star, yet she isn’t. She’s worked with George Clooney and Paul Rudd and Jennifer Lopez, but can still run to a 24-hour drug store without fear of being recognized. In fact, if/when she is recognized, the people who stop her aren’t sure why they’ve stopped her. Best of both worlds? The work, some fame, but no paparazzi?

(If you aren’t going to Google Judy Greer, she played Lucy in 13 Going on 30; Maggie Lang in Ant-Man; Karen Mitchell in Jurassic World; and Kitty Sanchez in Arrested Development.)

This was an entertaining memoir. Greer is funny, honest – some might think she’s too honest, but I loved it – and anyone who’s curious about what happens behind-the-scenes in Hollywood will get a little bit of gossip. Not dirt – she’s not stupid; she still has to make a living – but the next time you see a celebrity looking like the wish they were anywhere else on the red carpet or at a press junket, Greer’s book will explain why both aren’t fun.

ICPL online catalog, digital collections unavailable Wednesday

by Meredith Hines-Dochterman on August 15th, 2016

The Iowa City Public Library’s online catalog and digital collections will be unavailable Wednesday, Aug. 17.  This includes eBooks and digital audiobooks through OverDrive, digital magazines through Zinio, and research databases.

The interruption in service is due to a scheduled maintenance to the Library’s server. We apologize for the inconvenience, and will work quickly to make the catalog and digital collections available to the public as soon as possible.

For more information, call the Library at 319-356-5200 or visit our website at icpl.org/ask.

ICPL presents Shakespeare on Film

by Meredith Hines-Dochterman on August 11th, 2016

Make the leap from the stage to the silver screen with the Iowa City Public Library’s Shakespeare on Film series.

Beginning Thursday, Aug. 18, and continuing every Thursday through Sept. 22, the Library will show either a film adaptation of one of William Shakespeare’s plays or a movie inspired by his work.

This six-week film series is one of several events the Library has planned in celebration of First Folio! The Book that Gave Us Shakespeare exhibit at the University of Iowa Libraries. A rare first folio on loan from the Folger Shakespeare Library, as well as Shakespeare-related items from the University of Iowa Libraries’ Special Collections, will be on display at the UI Main Library Gallery Aug. 29 through Sept. 25.

Faculty from the University of Iowa will introduce each film. All films will be shown in ICPL’s Meeting Room A, beginning at 7 p.m.

Thursday, Aug. 18: Much Ado About Nothing

Director Kenneth Branagh and then-wife Emma Thompson play Benedick and Beatrice, Shakespeare’s wittiest warring couple, in this exuberant version of one of his most hilarious and romantic comedies. (1993; 110 minutes)

Thursday, Aug. 25: Henry V

Laurence Oliver stars in and directs this powerful version of Shakespeare’s history play. Produced in the shadow of World War II to boost British morale, Olivier’s first film as a director was given a special Academy Award for bringing this work so vividly to the screen. (1944; 137 minutes)

Thursday, Sept. 1: Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead

Tom Stoppard’s own film adaptation of his most famous play centers on two of minor figures from Hamlet: Rosencrantz and Guildenstern. The pair observed most of the action of Shakespeare’s greatest tragedy from the wings. Gary Oldman and Tim Roth may or may not play the frequently befuddled title characters. (1991; 118 minutes)

Thursday, Sept. 8: Romeo + Juliet

Baz Luhrmann’s outrageous take on Shakespeare’s famous tragedy of star-crossed teenage lovers sticks to the script while wildly updating everything else, resulting in perhaps the first major post-MTV Shakespeare adaptation. Leonardo DiCaprio and Claire Danes play the doomed, yet immortal couple. (1996; 120 minutes)

Thursday, Sept. 15: “O”

Actor and director Tim Blake Nelson’s powerful update of Shakespeare’s tragedy Othello boldly relocates the story of love, loyalty, jealousy, and betrayal in a modern American high school. Among other elements, the film features an inventive soundtrack. (2001; 94 minutes)

Thursday, Sept. 22: Looking for Richard

Al Pacino’s unique take on Shakespeare’s Richard III is a rare, revealing investigation of the actor’s art. Seeking his own approach to one of the great, sympathetic villains in theatre history, Pacino’s behind-the-scenes documentary is as mesmerizing as his eventual stage performance in the role must have been. Appearances by some of Shakespeare’s most famous modern interpreters are also featured in Pacino’s first, award-winning film as a director. (1996; 112 minutes)

Shakespeare on Film is free and open to the public. For more information, call the Library at 319-356-5200.

ICPL Preschool Storytime at Upper City Park Log Cabins

by Meredith Hines-Dochterman on August 3rd, 2016

The Iowa City Public Library’s Wednesday and Thursday preschool storytimes will move to a special location Aug. 10 and Aug. 11.017 (resized 75 x75)

The Library will host a Pioneer Storytime and Picnic Lunch at the historic log cabins at Upper City Park, 200 East Park Road, from 10:30 a.m. to noon on both days.

The program will include stories, games, pioneer crafts and learning about Iowa City history. Parents and caregivers are encouraged to bring lunch for themselves and their children to enjoy an outdoor picnic.

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

ICPL Presents Songs of Peter Rabbit

by Meredith Hines-Dochterman on July 27th, 2016

The Iowa City Public Library will celebrate Beatrix Potter’s 150th birthday next week with a special reading and performance of The Songs of Peter Rabbit.peterrabbit_peter_1280

Based on Potter’s beloved classic, The Tale of Peter Rabbit, the adaptation by composer Dudley Glass captures the trouble-making spirit of Peter Rabbit without losing the story’s cautionary lesson. Written for voice and piano, Glass’ version will be performed by ICPL children’s room staff during preschool storytime from 10:30 to 11 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 3, and Thursday, Aug. 4.

Both storytimes will be held in Meeting Room A. The performances also will be broadcast live on The Library Channel, Iowa City cable channel 20.

The Library’s preschool storytime is recommended for children between the ages of three and five. Younger and older siblings are welcome to attend, too.

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

ICPL Seeks Classic Book Cover Makeovers

by Meredith Hines-Dochterman on July 26th, 2016

The Iowa City Public Library has reserved every display space throughout the building for our part in Recovering the Classics’ book cover makeover project.

We need your help to fill them.

In 2013, Recovering the Classics asked designers from around the world to re-imagine the covers for great books in the public domain. People all over the world contributed hundreds of recreated covers, 50 of which will be on display at the Library during the 2016 Iowa City Book Festival Oct. 4 through Oct. 9, continuing through the end of November.

ICPL’s exhibit of classic book cover makeovers by local artists and readers will be displayed throughout October and November, too. This project is open to participants of all ages and artistic abilities; anyone who wants to give their favorite classic book a new face is welcome to contribute. Here’s how:

  • Choose a title from the list of books that have aged into the public domain: www.icpl.org/classics
  • Make an original work of art that prominently features the book’s author and title.  All two-dimensional approaches (painting, photography, drawing, fiber, and digital creations) are welcome.
  • Drop off your cover at the First Floor Help Desk by 9 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 19.

Only one submission per person, please.

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

ICPL announces August Classes for Adults

by Meredith Hines-Dochterman on July 20th, 2016

August classes at the Iowa City Public Library are all about being social. The Center and the Library are teaming up to offer beginner and intermediate classes for Facebook and Pinterest.

Our beginners’ class will be held at 10 a.m. Friday, Aug. 5, at the Senior Center with Facebook Basics and Beyond. Participants will discuss the Facebook interface, go over privacy settings, and get a feel for how they can connect and stay connected to friends and family.

What is Pinterest? is the second social media class being offered with the beginner user in mind. Join us at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 13, in the Computer Lab at the Library. Check out how Pinterest is used by learning to navigate the interface and understand how pins are shared and followed.

To follow-up on this class, users can also take the intermediate class, Pinterest Tips and Tricks, which will also be held at 12:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 13. Discover how to organize and use your Pinterest account to the fullest potential!

Facebook Tips and Tricks is the new intermediate class that is being offered twice in August. Come and learn how to get control of your timeline and home feed. Find new ways to connect on Facebook by creating an event or group. Classes will be held at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 16, at The Center and 2 p.m. Monday, Aug. 29, at the Library.

Classes will be held in the Computer Lab on the second floor of the Library and in room 208 at the Senior Center. Classes are taught by an ICPL librarian. Classes are free, but space is limited, so patrons should register early.

Visit www.icpl.org/classes to register online for classes held at the Iowa City Public Library. You can also register by calling the Library at 319-356-5200. To register for classes at The Center, call 319-356-5220.




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