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Patrons’ Reading Suggestions: Children’s Books

by Meredith Hines-Dochterman on October 29th, 2014

Are you looking for a new book to read? Let out patrons guide you!read next

The Library has several plastic suggestion boxes for patrons to deposit a slip of paper with the title of a book (or movie, CD or video game) they loved. We recently emptied the suggestion box in the Children’s Room and here are the books they think you should add to your reading list:

  • Korgi, Book 1: Sprouting Wings by Christian Slade
  • The City of Ember (Book of Ember #1) by Jeanne DuPrau
  • Dog vs. Cat by Chris Gall
  • The Circus Ship by Chris Van Dusen
  • The Candymakers by Wendy Mass
  • More Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark by Alvin Schwartz
  • Ellie McDoodle: Have Pen, Will Travel by Ruth McNally Barshaw
  • Young Cam Jensen series by David A. Adler

We keep a running list of all patron suggestions on our goodreads.com account (www.goodreads.com). We also have reviews written by staff members on this site. Take a look and maybe you’ll find your next book to check out!

ICPL hosts Affordable Care Act Series

by Meredith Hines-Dochterman on October 16th, 2014

The Iowa City Public Library is co-sponsoring a series of Affordable Care Act information and enrollment sessions in November and December coinciding with open enrollment. With the help of certified Planned Parenthood 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.ACA-Poster

Under the Affordable Care Act, all United States citizens and non-citizens with a qualifying immigration status are required to have health coverage for the entire year of 2014 or pay a penalty. This penalty will be assessed when individuals file their 2014 income taxes. The Library’s “Understanding the Affordable Care Act” series aims to help both the uninsured and insured know how the law will impact them.

From 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 15, insured individuals can come and learn about the standards health plans must meet to comply with the Act, and learn how to determine if their current plan is considered affordable or if they qualify for Marketplace coverage.

Sessions from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 29 and Dec. 6will focus on how to assess tax penalties for not having coverage, determine if an individual qualifies for a penalty exemption, and underlines the kinds of plans available based on income. After each session, individuals are encouraged to ask questions or seek assistance enrolling in the Marketplace.

“These sessions will give consumers the opportunity to gain a better understanding of the Affordable Care Act and the importance of having health insurance. I am looking forward to being able to help consumers enroll in affordable coverage that will meet their needs,” Wielert said.

All sessions of this series will be held in the ICPL’s Computer Lab on the second floor. These sessions are free.

For more information about this program, visit www.icpl.org or call the Library at (319) 356-5200.

ICPL to Host Teen NaNoWriMo Kick-Off Party

by Meredith Hines-Dochterman on October 15th, 2014

The Iowa City Public Library will host a Kick-Off Party for teens interested in National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 1, in the Koza Family Teen Center.nanowrimo-logo

National Novel Writing Month, often referred to as NaNoWriMo, is an annual, international challenge to write the first draft of a 50,000 word novel during the month of November. Younger writers have the option of choosing their own, less daunting, goal.

Seasoned teen writers, first-timers and the merely curious are welcome to attend ICPL’s kick-off party where Teen Services Intern Ella will describe the NaNoWriMo process. You may even find writing allies to help you through the month. The Library will provide tea, hot chocolate and light snacks to fuel teens’ creativity.

For more information about NaNoWriMo, visit nanowrimo.org.

For more information about the Teen NaNoWriMo Kick-Off Party, call the Library at (319) 356-5200.

Iowa City Public Library honors veterans

by Meredith Hines-Dochterman on October 15th, 2014

The Iowa City Public Library will host “Remembering Our Fallen,” a touring photo display honoring Iowa servicemen and servicewoman who have died from wounds suffered in a war zone since September 11, 2001.   ROF-Poster

The exhibit will be on display in the Library’s first floor gallery Nov. 1 through Nov. 8. The exhibit’s stop at the Library is supported by U.S. Bank.

“Remembering Our Fallen” was created to honor those who made the ultimate sacrifice in the Iraq and Afghanistan wars. Photo exhibits exist in 18 states so that the men and woman who made the ultimate sacrifice will never be forgotten.

In addition to the exhibit, the Library will host a book reading with Miyoko Hikiji from noon to 1 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 5, in Meeting Room A.

Hikiji is the project director for the non-profit group Veterans National Recovery Center in Iowa and an instructor for the “Writing My Way Back Home” workshop. She served with the Iowa National Guard for nine years, and earned 14 military decorations for service. Her memoir, “All I Could Be: My Story as a Woman Warrior in Iraq,” details more than 70 missions throughout the northwest quadrant of Iraq in 2003 and 2004.

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

Upcoming Totally Tween Events at ICPL

by Meredith Hines-Dochterman on October 13th, 2014

Halloween costume designs, chess and holiday crafts are part of the Totally Tweens lineup at the Iowa City Public Library.

Totally Tweens is a once-a-month program featuring hands-on activities specifically for students in third through sixth grades.

Monday, Oct. 20: Tweens are invited to join Morgan in the Storytime Room for Totally Tweens: They’re Alive. Tweens can paint and decorate a mask to bring their Halloween costume to life. The program begins at 3:30 p.m.Minecraft Challenge2

Saturday, Nov. 15: The annual ICPL Kids Chess Tournament will be held from 1 to 5:15 p.m. in Meeting Room A. Students in third through sixth grade are invited to complete; younger children are welcome if they are a member of the United States Chess Federation. You may register the day of the event from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. or e-mail Eric Vigil at evigil@gmail.com. Registration is required.

Wednesday, Dec. 10: Tweens are invited to get crafty at Totally Tweens: Holly Days Crafts. Supplies will be provided for tweens to create unique holiday crafts to take home. The program begins at 3:30 p.m. It will be held in the Storytime Room.

Tween Minecraft at ICPL

In addition to these special Totally Tween events, the Library also has Tween Minecraft Time from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. and 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 3, and Monday, Dec. 1.

Registration is required for Tween Minecraft Time. You can register online at calendar.icpl.org by clicking on the date of the event you wish to attend. Each participant may only register for one time slot.

Tweens need to have a Minecraft account to play in multiplayer mode. Players without an account may use a library account, but these are limited and first come first serve. Otherwise players without an account may still play in single player mode.

For more information about any of the Totally Tween events, call the Library at (319) 356-5200.

Popo’s Puppet Festival at Iowa City Public Library Oct. 25

by Meredith Hines-Dochterman on October 10th, 2014

The Iowa City Public Library’s annual Popo’s Puppet Festival from 10 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Oct. 25, in Meeting Room A is a Halloween special featuring our favorite clown, Popo. He will be joined by Bony Legs and the Jester Puppets.

Join ICPL staff and puppeteers Deanne Wortman, Dave Panther, Kevin Coble, and Buffy Quintero for a delightfully haunting morning full of jumps, squeals, laughter and activities.

Halloween costumes are optional.

This event will be broadcast live on The Library Channel, Iowa City cable channel 10.

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

Iowa City Public Library presents Visiting the Beyond with Curt Strutz

by Meredith Hines-Dochterman on October 10th, 2014

curtParanormal investigator Curt Strutz will be at the Iowa City Public Library at 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 24, to present Visiting the Beyond.

Strutz has traveled far and wide vising haunted battlefields, deserted asylums, historic locations, and known haunted residences. Come to Meeting Room A on Oct. 24 to learn more about his experiences.

Due to the nature of the material covered, including some of the haunting activity and not-so-pleasant history of some of the locations, this program is recommended for teens and adults only.

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

Iowa City Public Library to screen Raising Ms. President

by Meredith Hines-Dochterman on October 10th, 2014

The Iowa City Public Library will show a free screening of “Raising Ms. President,” a documentary about raising the next generation of female political leaders, at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 8, in Meeting Room A. raising ms prez

Studies show that when more women are at the political decision-making table, their presence makes a difference. The problem, though, is that many women don’t want to run for office, saying they are underqualified. This is despite the fact that women make up more than 50 percent of the population and workforce, are college graduates, and have higher earning power before their reach their 30th birthday.

“Raising Ms. President” looks at where political ambition begins and how to get more women to run for office in order to create a stronger country and world.

This screening is free and open to the public. It is co-sponsored by the Library, the League of Women Voters of Johnson County, Girls on the Run of Eastern Iowa, and the Girl Scouts of Eastern Iowa and Western Illinois.

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

Iowa City Public Library celebrates Jackson Pollock

by Meredith Hines-Dochterman on October 7th, 2014

The Iowa City Public Library will celebrate American painter Jackson Pollock with two events in October.

At 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 15, the Library will screen “Who the #$&% Is Jackson Pollock?” in Meeting Room A.

“Who the #$&% Is Jackson Pollock?” follows the story of Teri Horton, a 73-year-old woman from California, who spent $5 on a painting she discovered in a thrift shop, only to find out that it may be a Jackson Pollock painting. Horton had no idea who Jackson Pollock was; hence the name of the film.

Released in 2006, this documentary by veteran filmmaker Harry Moses exposes the controversy in the world of high priced artwork, painting a vivid picture of how art is bought and sold in America.

The screening is free and open to the public. Popcorn will be provided.mural

At 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 21, Yvonne Szafran, Senior Conservator and Head of Paintings Conservation at the J. Paul Getty Museum, will present a visual exploration of “Mural,” the University of Iowa’s landmark painting by Jackson Pollock. This presentation is part of The University of Iowa Museum of Art’s Smart Talk series.

“Mural” traveled to the Getty Museum in Los Angeles for two years of intensive analysis and treatment by scientists and conservators. Szafran’s presentation also will include a review of the painting’s creation and early history.

This event is free and open to the public. It is co-sponsored by The University of Iowa Museum of Art, Prairie Lights, and the Library.

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

Iowa City Public Library Channel Changing from 10 to 20

by Meredith Hines-Dochterman on October 7th, 2014

Mediacom is in the process of converting local public access channels from analog to digital format. In addition to this, the Iowa City Public Library’s local access channel will move from Channel 10 to Channel 20. These changes will take place on Oct. 29.

Iowa City has six local access channels that will convert to digital-only format at the end of the month. However, The Library Channel is the only channel that also will change channel number.

The Library Channel originates from the Iowa City Public Library. Its primary mission is to extend Library programs for children and adults to a wider audience and to inform the community about Library services.

The Library Channel’s schedule focuses on Storytimes, Children’s Specials, and a variety of adult programs produced at the Iowa City Public Library. Other programming includes live coverage of meetings and events of local non-profit organizations taking place in the Library’s meeting rooms, or local programming provided by the City’s Cable Television Services office which may be of interest to the local community.

The switch from Channel 10 to Channel 20 only affects Mediacom subscribers. A digital converter is needed to view The Library Channel on Channel 20. Most newer televisions have a digital converter. If needed, customers may pick up a digital converter (DTA) device from Mediacom at 546 Southgate Avenue in Iowa City for use for one year at no charge. After that, subscribers will be charged $0.99 per month per unit. They may also call Mediacom at 1-844-274-6753 to arrange for a converter to be sent to their home. Customers may install the Mediacom converter box themselves or contact the company to schedule an installation at a cost of $49.99. Digital-to-analog converters are also available for purchase from local or online retailers.

Mediacom office hours are Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday from 8 a.m. and 6 p.m., Wednesday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Saturday from 9 a.m. to noon.

The Library Channel is not available to satellite customers; however, programs may be streamed online at video.icpl.org.

For more information, call the Library at (319) 356-5200 or email bond-drager@icpl.org.




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