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ICPL Announces December Music is the Word Events

by Meredith Hines-Dochterman on November 29th, 2015

Join Iowa City Public Library as we celebrate all things musical with Music is the Word.MusicistheWord

This special series of programming, to continue through May 2016, welcomes the University of Iowa School of Music building to downtown Iowa City. Here’s what’s happening in December:

7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 1, at the Robert A. Lee Recreation Center Gymnastics Room: Yahoo Drummers. This Family Drumming Session at the Robert A. Lee Recreation Center will have families exploring and playing percussion instruments from all over the world. No fee; no registration required.

7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 2, in Meeting Room A: Documentary Screening – “Under the Boardwalk – A Ukulele Love Story.” This documentary chronicles the history, community, and joyous spirit of the Ukulele Club of Santa Cruz. (2011) 75 min. This event is cosponsored by Ukulele Social Club of Johnson County.

Noon to 1 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 9, in Meeting Room A: Music on Wednesday @ICPL with Preucil School of Music. Join musicians from the Preucil School of Music as they share their joy in music performance.

10:30 to 11 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 10, in Meeting Room A: Preschool Storytime – Christmas Sing-Along. Are you looking forward to letting it snow and building a frosty snowman of your own? Stop by preschool storytime today to sing classic secular Christmas and winter songs!

5:30 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 15, at The Mill: B.Y.O.Book – “Musicophilia” by Oliver Sacks. Join us to discuss “Musicophilia: Tales of Music and the Brain” by Oliver Sacks. Registration is encouraged due to space limitations. Limited copies of the book will be available for check out from the Info Desk staff on the Library’s second floor.

7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 16, in Meeting Room A: Documentary Screening – “Don’t Think I’ve Forgotten – Cambodia’s Lost Rock & Roll.” This documentary tracks the twists and turns of Cambodian music as it morphs into rock and roll, blossoms, and is nearly destroyed along with the rest of the country. (2014) 105 min

10:30 to 11 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 19, in Meeting Room A: Family Concert – Matthew Coley. Professional marimba player and organizer of the Heartland Marimba Festival, Matthew Coley, will lead a special family storytime. Outlining the history of the marimba, he will perform music from different cultures and ages.

1 to 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 19, in Meeting Room A: Concert – Matthew Coley. This concert will feature familiar classics for the holiday season as well as other famous tunes.

2 to 3:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 20, in Meeting Room A: Cocoa and Carols with Combined Efforts Theatre Men’s Choir. Gather your friends to sing along with the talented singers from Combined Efforts Theatre Men’s Choir, and enjoy a cup of cocoa and a cookie provided by The Java House.

Noon to 2 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 24, in the Storytime Room: Sing-Along – “The Muppets Christmas Carol.” Celebrate the season by watching The Muppets retell the Charles Dickens classic about a bitter man finding redemption on Christmas Eve.

ICPL Arts and Craft Bazaar Dec. 5

by Meredith Hines-Dochterman on November 27th, 2015

Just in time for the holidays, the Iowa City Public Library will host the Fourth Annual Arts & Crafts Bazaar and Winter Book Sale from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 5.

The craft bazaar will be held in meeting rooms A, B and C at the Library, 123 S. Linn St. The used book sale will take place in the hallway outside Meeting Room A.

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

A children’s craft will be offered from 10 a.m. to noon in Meeting Room D.

Proceeds from the Arts & Crafts Bazaar benefit the Iowa City Public Library Friends Foundation, which supports the Summer Reading Program and other Library programs and collections.

Both Library events coincide with the Eastside Artists Annual Show at the Masonic Building, 312 College St., and Iowa City Downtown District Holiday Open House. Make a day of your trip downtown and get a head start on your holiday shopping.

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

Author Rosemary Wells at ICPL on Dec. 6

by Meredith Hines-Dochterman on November 25th, 2015

The Iowa City Public Library and Prairie Lights Books are pleased to welcome children’s author and illustrator Rosemary Wells to the Library at 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 6, in Meeting Room A.

Wells is the creator of many popular children’s book characters, including Max and Ruby, Yoko, and McDuff. She is known for using animal characters rather than humans in her stories, telling the children’s journal Stone Soup that this allows her to “address sophisticated, controversial topics in way children can understand and adults can accept.”yoko

Wells’ presentation at the Library will include a video tour through her studio, as well as her thoughts about reading, writing, and illustrating. There will be a book signing afterwards. Copies of Wells’ books will be for sale at the event and at Prairie Lights Books prior to the event.

This author reading is co-sponsored by the Library and Prairie Lights Books, and will be broadcast live on The Library Channel, Iowa City cable channel 20. The event is free and open to the public.

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

ICPL announces December Classes for Adults

by Meredith Hines-Dochterman on November 24th, 2015

December’s computer classes for adults at the Iowa City Public Library will tackle popular social media sites Facebook and Twitter.

Our Facebook Basics and Beyond class will discuss the Facebook interface, go over privacy settings, and help attendees get a feel for how to connect and stay connected with friends, family and organizations. This class will be held from 2 to 3 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 3.

Adults who have a Twitter account, or are thinking about getting one, should attend our Twitter Basics and Beyond class from 10 to 11 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 8. This session will show attendees how Twitter is used by followers and tweeters to stay up on the news, stay current in their career, or simply connect with friends and family. We’ll go over the Twitter interface and privacy settings, too.

All classes for adults are held in the Library’s Computer Lab on the second floor. Classes are free, but space is limited to 15 people per program, so patrons should register early.

Visit to register online. You can also register by calling the Library at 319-356-5200.

Iowa City Public Library’s December Teen Events Announced

by Meredith Hines-Dochterman on November 23rd, 2015

Coding, job search assistance and a movie are just a few of the activities the Iowa City Public Library has planned for its teen patrons in December. All teen events are open to students in grades 7through 12 and take place in the Koza Family Teen Center, unless otherwise stated.

Interested in learning how to write computer code? Join us from 4 to 5 p.m. Monday, Dec. 7, for Hour of Code 2015 – Star Wars: Building a Galaxy with Code. The Hour of Code is a one-hour introduction to computer science, designed to demystify code and show that anybody can learn the basics. This year we’re trying Star Wars: Building a Galaxy with Code using drag-drop blocks and JavaScript.

Have you reached the age where a part-time job sounds great, but you aren’t sure how to go about finding one? Come to UAY Job Shop from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 8. Job Shop is a program in which teens ages 12 through 17 receive free job search help from United Action for Youth staff. This includes searching available jobs, completing applications, creating a resume, and job interview preparation.

It’s getting cold outside, making it the perfect time to enjoy a summer blockbuster. We will screen Marvel’s Ant-Man from 2 to 4 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 22. Armed with a super-suit with the astonishing ability to shrink in scale but increase in strength, cat burglar Scott Lang (Paul Rudd) must embrace his inner hero and help his mentor, Dr. Hank Pym (Michael Douglas), plan and pull off a heist that will save the world.

In addition to these events, the Koza Family Teen Center will extend its Teen Tech Times hours during winter break. During Tech Time, the Teen Center is open for teens to use the Internet, check out iPads and laptops, or play video games on the big screen. Visit for times.

For more information about any of these programs, contact the Library at 319-356-5200.

ICPL Hosts Open Enrollment for Affordable Care Act

by Meredith Hines-Dochterman on November 6th, 2015

The Iowa City Public Library is co-sponsoring an Affordable Care Act enrollment session on Monday, Nov. 16.

From 12:30 to 5 p.m., individuals can come to ICPL’s Computer Lab on the second floor and learn about the standards health plans must meet to comply with the Affordable Care Act. This information will help individuals determine if their current plan is considered affordable or if they qualify for Marketplace coverage. With the help of certified Navigator Karen Wielert, the Library hopes to help everyone in the community better understand the ramifications of the law and help those currently uninsured obtain health care coverage.

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

ICPL to Host Annual Chess Tournament Nov. 14

by Meredith Hines-Dochterman on November 5th, 2015

The Iowa City Public Library’s Totally Tweens Chess Tournament will be held from 1 to 5 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 14, in Meeting Room A at the Library, 123 S. Linn St.

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 by e-mailing Eric Vigil at Walk-ins may register the day of the event from noon to 12:45 p.m.

Refreshments will be provided. Participants should plan to stay for the entire afternoon.

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

Saturday Morning Retro Cartoons at ICPL

by Meredith Hines-Dochterman on November 5th, 2015

Parents, do you remember the days of waking up early on Saturday in order to watch cartoons? The Iowa City Public Library invites you to relive the experience with your own children at our Saturday Morning Cartoon event.r

Join us in the Storytime Room at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 14, where we will screen a lineup of Saturday morning classics, including The Littles, Dennis the Menace, Heathcliff, The Get Along Gang, and Care Bears. Pajamas, pillows and stuffed animals are welcome – we may even have cereal for you to enjoy!

This program is recommended for children of all ages. Parents are asked to sit with their younger children. Saturday Morning Cartoon will replace our regular Saturday Family Storytime on Nov. 14.

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

Celebrate Pianos at ICPL

by Meredith Hines-Dochterman on November 4th, 2015

It’s time to tickle the ivories and celebrate one of music’s most popular instruments: the piano. Join the Iowa City Public Library for Piano Week Nov. 8 through Nov. 14, a special addition to our Music is the Word series.

The celebration begins with the screening of Note by Note: The Making of Steinway L1037 at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 10, in Meeting Room A. This 2007 documentary follows the creation of a Steinway concert grand, #L1037, from forest floor to concert hall, in a process spanning 12 months, 12,000 parts, 450 craftsmen and countless hours of labor.

We will screen a second documentary, Pianomania, at 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 12, in Meeting Room A. This 2009 German-Austrian documentary follows Stefan Knüpfer, a piano tuner from Steinway and his famous clients Lang Lang, Brendel, Buchbinder and Pierre-Laurent Aimard as they search for the perfect pitch.

Finally, join us at 6 p.m. Friday, Nov. 13, in Meeting Room A for a Piano Jazz Concert featuring pianist Dick Watson, jazz singer Eve Minkler, and bassist Gary Palmer.

Music is the Word is ICPL’s nine-month celebration of all things musical to welcome the University of Iowa School of Music building to downtown Iowa City. The Voxman Music Building is scheduled to open in fall of 2016.

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

ICPL on KXIC’s Your Town

by Meredith Hines-Dochterman on November 3rd, 2015

Did you catch Beth’s and my appearance on KXIC’s Your Town program this morning? If not, you can listen to the segment here.KXIC

I love doing the radio show. Yes, it’s early (hence the large cup of coffee on my desk right now), but it’s always fun to talk about what’s happening at the Library. The toughest thing about the show, in my opinion, is the last question Jay Capron always asks: “What book(s) have you read lately?”

2015 is my year of I-Started-A-Lot-Of-Books, Didn’t-Finish-All-Of-Them. Sometimes a book just doesn’t click. Maybe it will at a later time, maybe not. I’ve learned not to feel guilty if I don’t finish a book. Life is too short and my Books-to-Read list too long to force myself to read something I don’t want to. That being said, here are the books Beth, Jay, Kara (last minute drop-in) and I recommend you try and yes, I did finish every book I talked about on the show.

Fates and Furies by Lauren Groff. Every story has two sides. In this novel, Gross examines one marriage, as seen through the eyes of husband and wife. I wasn’t sure I liked this book when I finished it. I believe I gave it three stars on GoodReads, but I can’t stop thinking about it. There’s a lot of buzz around this book. It’s worth checking out.

When She Woke by Hillary Jordan. This science fiction book was released in 2011. It’s The Scarlet Letter meets The Handmaid’s Tale. It’s slightly dystopian, taking place some undisclosed time in America’s future where the skin of a criminal is dyed a color depending on their crime. The story begins with Hannah Payne wakes up as a red after being found guilty of murder following an abortion.

Beth recommended her first-ever Jodi Picoult book, Leaving TimeTold in alternating voices with flashback, this is the story about Jenna Metcalf’s mother, Alice, who mysteriously disappeared in the wake of a tragic accident. Jenna refuses to believe her mother would abandon her, so she enlists the help of Serenity Jones, a psychic, and Virgil Stanhope, the jaded detective who originally investigated Alice’s case, to finally learn the truth. (I told Beth she should read The Storyteller next. That’s my favorite Jodi Picoult book.)

Beth said she picked up Leaving Time because the story involves an elephant sanctuary. Alice was studying grief among elephants when she disappeared. That little tidbit led to Jay’s recommendation of When Elephants Weep: The Emotional Lives of Animals by Jeffrey Moussaieff Masson and Susan McCarthy, and Kara’s suggestions of Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen and Philosophy Made Simple by Robert Hellenga, which introduces readers to Rudy Harrington, a man ready for a new life who ends up taking care of an elephant named Norma Jean. Of course, we couldn’t talk about elephant-themes books without mentioning Mo Willems’ Elephant and Piggie books.

Are there any elephant titles we missed?