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ICPL’s Sunday Fun Day Presents: October Improv! The Story’s the Thing

by Meredith Hines-Dochterman on September 18th, 2014

The Iowa City Public Library invites children interested in the performing arts to join them every Sunday in October for October Improv! The Story’s the Thing. Drama-Club-poster2

Using a variety of drama techniques to bring popular children’s stories to life, October Improv! will explore the many ways there are to tell stories, and how actors can experience the character, action, and themes inside of stories.

These weekly drama sessions will be led by AmyRuth McGraw and students from the University of Iowa’s “Drama in the Classroom” course. AmyRuth has a Master of Fine Arts in Theatre for Youth from Arizona State University. She spent four years as the Associate Director of Education for Geva Theatre Center in Rochester, New York, and was an Outreach Specialist for Sunshine, Too, a touring theatre company sponsored by the National Technical Institute for the Deaf.

Caps for Sale, designed for children in grades kindergarten through second grade, will be held from 1 to 2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 5 in the Storytime Room, in conjunction with the Iowa City Book Festival. Children are invited to take on the role of monkeys and experience this well-loved story in a new way. They’ll also learn to build a story with their bodies, voices, and an empty room.

The Legend of the Shooting Star, designed for students in third through sixth grades, will be held from 2 to 3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 12 in the Storytime Room. Participants will explore how storytelling devices prepare them for drama work, music inspires movement, and playing broadens the creative mind.

The Little Engine That Could, designed for children in grades kindergarten through second grade, will be held from 2 to 3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 19, in the Storytime Room. Participants will use their bodies as building blocks, creating machines and exploring how to give trains personalities.

Stone Soup, for students in third through sixth grades, will be held from 2 to 3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 26, in the Storytime Room. Participants will explore the difference between drama and reader’s theatre, learning how an actor communicates character and action by blending narration, vocal work, and limited movement.

October Improv! The Story’s the Thing is free to attend, but registration is required. To register, call the Library at (319) 356-5200.

Iowa City Public Library Presents Totally Tweens

by Meredith Hines-Dochterman on September 15th, 2014

After a successful summer of tween-focused events during the Summer Reading Program, the Iowa City Public Library is pleased to present Totally Tweens, a once-a-month program featuring hands-on activities specifically for students in third through sixth grades. free-knitting-patterns-2

Totally Tweens begins Tuesday, Sept. 16, with Knit-In. This program will teach beginners how to knit. Already know how? Experienced knitters will be on hand to help you with your current knitting project.

Yarn will be available along with a limited number of knitting needles for those who don’t own their own. Knitting books will be available for check-out and refreshments will be provided.

Knit-In will be held from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 16, in the Storytime Room. The event is free and registration is not required.

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

Iowa City Public Library Presents “Why are so Many Towns Named Waverly?”

by Meredith Hines-Dochterman on September 12th, 2014

Sir Walter Scott’s Waverley: or ‘Tis Sixty Years Since was published anonymously in 1814, although his identity didn’t remain secret for long. The success of what some call the first historical novel in the western tradition led to Scott’s writing a series of works on similar themes, collectively called the Waverley Novels.waverley

Join Anne Stapleton, Lecturer in the Department of English at the University of Iowa, from noon to 1 p.m. Friday, Sept. 19, in Meeting Room A as she presents “Sir Walter Scott’s Legacy in the Midwest: Why are so Many Towns Named Waverly?”

Come learn why Scott’s fiction captured the imagination of nineteenth-century readers across the globe, including citizens in our own Waverly, Iowa. This wee bit of background will pave the way for the Scottish literary and musical extravaganza to be held at The Englert Theatre at 3 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 5. This event will feature readings, music, songs, and dances from and inspired by Scott’s work.

“Sir Walter Scott’s Legacy in the Midwest: Why are so Many Towns Named Waverly?” is a free event and is open to the public. It will be broadcast live on The Library Channel, Iowa City cable channel 10.

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

Iowa City Public Library Celebrates Intellectual Freedom

by Meredith Hines-Dochterman on September 11th, 2014

The Iowa City Public Library will celebrate the 2014 Carol Spaziani Intellectual Freedom Festival Sept. 22 through Sept. 26.

This annual celebration is named for former librarian Carol Spaziani in honor of her 26-year career at ICPL and for her life-long commitment to the freedom of ideas. This year, the Library is collaborating with University of Iowa Obermann Center for Advanced Studies, the Reading Aloud Group from the Iowa City/Johnson County Senior Center, the University of Iowa Library and the Departments of English, Cinematic Studies, and Journalism and Mass Communications and the University of Iowa International Writing Program to present a series of programs designed that celebrate our right to think.

Monday, Sept. 22 at 7 p.m.: A screening of “Diagram or Delinquents.” This documentary captures the zeitgeist of late 1940s and early 1950s America, and investigates how comics went on trial.IFF Poster 2014

Wednesday, Sept. 24 at noon: The Reading Aloud Group from the Iowa City Johnson County Senior Center will read the poetry of Edgar Allan Poe, some of whose poems were censored until well after his death.

Wednesday, Sept. 24, at 7 p.m.: Carol L. Tilley, an Assistant Professor in the Graduate School of Library and Information Science at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, will present “When Comics Almost Died – Readers, Censors, and Innovation.” Tilley’s lecture is based on her research regarding Fredric Wertham, who blamed juvenile delinquency on reading comics.

Thursday, Sept. 25 at 7 p.m.: A screening of “Dixie Chicks:  Shut Up and Sing.” This documentary follows the Dixie Chicks over a period of intense public scrutiny, fan backlash, threats, and pressure from both corporate and conservative political elements after lead singer Natalie Maines publicly criticized then President of the United States George W. Bush during a live 2003 concert in London.

Friday, Sept. 26 at 10 a.m.: An adult education class, Social Media Safety: Protecting Your Online Privacy, will be held in the Library’s second floor Computer Lab. This class focuses on the advantages and disadvantages of using privacy settings on several social networking sites.

Friday, Sept. 26, 7 p.m.: Maureen Freely, a 2014 Ida Beam Visiting Professor at the University of Iowa International Writing Program, will speak on censorship. Freely also is the president of English PEN, a global literary center that defends and promotes free expression.

Whenever possible, the Festival coincides with Banned Books Week, an annual event celebrating the freedom to read sponsored by the American Library Association, the American Booksellers Association and the American Society of Journalists and Authors, among other groups and associations.

During Banned Books Week, Sept. 21 through Sept. 27, teen patrons will be able to complete an online scavenger hunt. The scavenger hunt is designed to increase awareness of young adult literature that is challenged and banned in the U.S.

Teens with the most correct answers will be entered into a drawing to win a Downtown District Gift Card. The scavenger hunt will be accessible at teens.icpl.org beginning Sunday, Sept. 21.

For more information on the Iowa City Public Library’s Carol Spaziani Intellectual Freedom Festival, visit icpl.org/iff.

For information about Banned Books Week, visit www.bannedbooksweek.org.

Way Cool Chemistry at Iowa City Public Library

by Meredith Hines-Dochterman on September 7th, 2014

Students interested in science will have the opportunity to participate in experiments and demonstrations at the Iowa City Public Library.chemistry-glassware_19-134843

Way Cool Chemistry is a new program designed to make chemistry accessible and fun for fifth- through eighth-grade students. The program is designed and taught by Sally Kessler, a University of Iowa graduate student.

Kessler previously hosted Chemists in the Library, a family science program which launched at the Library earlier this year.

“The Library fully supports STEM learning and wants to offer as much science, technology, engineering, and mathematics programs as possible,” said Brian Visser, Teen Services Librarian. “We want to help students of all ages get excited about science.”

Way Cool Chemistry will be held from 7 to 8 p.m. on Sept. 23, Oct. 28, and Dec. 9. All programs will be held in Meeting Room A.

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

Iowa City Public Library Releases Teen Events Schedule

by Meredith Hines-Dochterman on September 6th, 2014

The Iowa City Public Library has released its schedule for regular teen events.Teen Center photo June 2014 5

TAG, the Library’s Teen Activity Group, will meet from 1 to 2 p.m. on Sept. 20, Oct. 25, Nov. 15, and Dec. 20 in the Koza Family Teen Center.

TAG members help plan teen programs and give teenage students a voice in the Library. Members also eat a lot of snacks. Anyone wanting to make a difference in the Library, and earn volunteer hours at the same time, should give TAG a try.

The Teen Anime & Manga Club will meet from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. Sept. 20, Oct. 25, Nov. 15, and Dec. 20 in the Koza Family Teen Center. Attendees will watch anime, talk about favorite manga, draw, and trade tips on cosplay.

Minecraft fans are invited to the Library’s Minecraft Meetup from 4 to 6 p.m. Sept. 20, Oct. 25, Nov. 15, and Dec. 20 in the Computer Lab on the Library’s second floor.

All teen events are open to students in grades 7 through 12.

For more information about any of these programs, contact Brian Visser, Teen Services Librarian, at (319) 356-5200.

ICPL Announces Dates for Teen Comic Book Club

by Meredith Hines-Dochterman on September 5th, 2014

Do you read comic books? Do you like talking about comic books with others? Do you have a favorite character you are ready to defend against anyone who claims otherwise? If so, the Iowa City Public Library’s Teen Comic Book Club is for you!

Students in grades seventh through 12th are invited to read any comic about our selected characters and/or teams, and attend the Teen Comic Book Club meeting to geek out or dispute their greatness in the comic book world.

The discussion lineup is as follows:comic book

  • Iron Man: Thursday, Sept. 25
  • Green Lantern: Thursday, Oct. 30
  • X-Men: Thursday, Nov. 20
  • Wonder Woman: Thursday, Dec. 18

All Teen Comic Book Club meetings are held from 4 to 5 p.m. in the Koza Family Teen Center.

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

Melissa Gilbert at ICPL Sept. 16 for Discussion, Book Signing

by Meredith Hines-Dochterman on September 5th, 2014

Actress Melissa Gilbert, who played Laura Ingalls Wilder on the popular television series, Little House on the Prairie, has a new title to add to her list of credentials: cookbook author.Jacket

Gilbert is the author of My Prairie Cookbook: Memories and Frontier Food from My Little House to Yours. This piece of television nostalgia features 80 recipes and more than 75 pages of scrapbook images from the show. Gilbert also shares memories and behind-the-scenes stories.

Gilbert will be at the Iowa City Public Library at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 16, for a discussion and book signing. Her appearance is co-sponsored by the Library and Prairie Lights Books. Copies of the cookbook will be available for purchase. The cookbook is also available for checkout.

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

Iowa City Public Library Celebrates Library Card Sign-Up Month

by Meredith Hines-Dochterman on September 4th, 2014

The Iowa City Public Library wants to card you.library-card

September is Library Card Sign-Up Month and the Library is encouraging local residents to sign up for a free card. A Library card can be used to:

  • Check out materials from the Library’s collection
  • Access premium databases
  • Explore the Library’s digital collection
  • Get connected to the Library’s on-site public computer stations
  • And much more!

You can apply for a card online at www.icpl.org/cards. After completing the online application, stop by the Library within two weeks to pick up your card. You must have identification and proof of your residence address (current driver license, lease or voter registration card; mail with a current post mark; preprinted checks from a bank).

You also can apply for a card in person. Stop by the Help Desk any time the Library is open to apply for a card. You will need identification and proof of your residence address.

Children age 12 and under must have a parent or guardian with them to receive a card in their name.

If you’ve lost your Iowa City Public Library Card, visit the Help Desk on the Library’s first floor for a free replacement during Library Card Sign-Up Month.

Iowa City Public Library Lowers Overdue Fines, Increases Hold Limits

by Meredith Hines-Dochterman on September 2nd, 2014

 

Effective Tuesday, Sept. 2, patrons will be charged 25-cents per item per day for materials returned past their due date. This is effective for all items, except Express DVDs and circulating equipment, which will remain $1 per item per day, and circulating game consoles which remain at $5 per day.hold shelf 3

The Iowa City Public Library Board of Trustees approved a policy change Thursday.

Library patrons also will be able to have 10 free holds in the system, an increase from eight. Holds may be placed for all types of circulating materials, except for the Express Collections. Patrons are notified when an item is ready for pickup.

Additional holds, beyond the limit of 10, may be placed for the patron by a Library staff member for 50-cents each.

“The purpose of fines is to provide an incentive for on-time return of Library materials. Our overarching goal is to assure materials are available for the community. One fine rate at 25 cents per day, with a couple exceptions, will be easy for our community to remember,” says Kara Logsden, Community and Access Services Coordinator.

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

 




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