Author Archive for Meredith Hines-Dochterman



Late Night at ICPL on June 24

by Meredith Hines-Dochterman on June 14th, 2017

Were you one of those kids who stayed up late reading under the covers with a flashlight? If the answer is yes, Late Night at the Library is for you!

The Iowa City Public Library will stay open until 10 p.m. on Saturday, June 24, in conjunction with the Downtown Iowa City Block Party. All Library services will be available during our late operating hours, including computer use and checkouts. We also have a few special activities planned.

Old School Gaming, 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. in Meeting Room D.

We’ll have some of your favorite games from yesteryear, including Super Mario Bros, so brush off old grudges and finally settle that videogame dispute with your best from the early 2000s, if not sooner. This event is free for all participants.

Super Smash Bros Tournament, 7 to 9 p.m. in Meeting Room A.

Winner takes all, and a Downtown District gift card, in this Super Smash Bros for Nintendo Wii U battle. Registration begins at 7 p.m. The tournament begins at 7:30 p.m. Participation is free.

I SPY @IC Library, 7 to 9 p.m. in the Library Lobby.

Explore our collection like never before with our first-ever ICPL scavenger hunt! Form a team and be the first to solve all our clues, recording your answers on your smartphone. This is the one time a librarian can’t help, so we hope you’re up to the challenge!

I SPY is a fundraiser for the ICPL Friends Foundation. Participation is $5 per person with the winning team receiving a Downtown District gift card. Register your team at 7 p.m. in the Library Lobby; the hunt begins promptly at 7:30 p.m.

For more information about Late Night at the Library, call 319-356-5200. For more information about the Downtown Iowa City Block Party, visit downtowniowacity.com.

ICPL, IYWP to offer fantasy writing summer workshops

by Meredith Hines-Dochterman on June 9th, 2017

The Iowa City Public Library has teamed up with the Iowa Youth Writing Project to offer two writing camps for teens this summer.

Worlds Away: Fantasy Writing

June 26 through June 30, 1 to 3 p.m. in Room D at the Iowa City Public Library

Teens who love stories of fantasy, folklore and mythology are invited to attend a week of world building and creativity with World Away: Fantasy Writing. Participants will make maps of new lands, write spells, discuss the finer points of magical creatures, dream up characters emerging into wild and mysterious predicaments, and turn the everyday scenes of Iowa City into enchanting and unfamiliar settings.

Choose Your Own Adventure: Writing and Designing Interactive Stories

July 17 through July 21, 1 to 4 p.m. in the Computer Lab at the Iowa City Public Library

If you’ve ever wanted to write a story that gives readers the freedom to seek their own destiny, this is the camp for you. We’ll explore the basics of choose-your-own-adventure storytelling and learn how to use free online tools to help organize and visually map multi-thread narratives. Students will create their own interactive adventure stories and turn them into digital, playable products.

Both camps are open to teens ages 13 through 18. Camps are free to attend, but registration is required. To register, visit iywp.org/programs/summer-programs and click on the registration button below the program description of the camp you wish to attend.

The Iowa Youth Writing Project is a non-profit outreach collective founded by University of Iowa Writers’ Workshop graduates in 2010 that aims to join Iowa City’s unique literary heritage with Iowa’s larger community by empowering, inspiring, and educating Iowa’s youth through language arts and creative thinking. For more information, visit iywp.org.

For more information about the IYWP programs offered at ICPL, call the Library at 319-356-5200.

ICPL offers Adobe Creative Suite access

by Meredith Hines-Dochterman on June 7th, 2017

Need to design a logo, create a video, edit a photo or make a flyer but lack the software to do so?

The Iowa City Public Library is now offering patrons access to Adobe Creative Suite licenses in the computer lab. The suite features Photoshop, Illustrator, Premiere Pro, Dreamweaver, and many other Adobe products to help you complete your digital project.

Patrons who want to complete or begin projects are welcome to use the software whenever the library is open and the computer lab is not in use. Check calendar.icpl.org or call 319-356-5200 regarding availability.

To access the software, patrons need to check-in at the Page Station on the second floor so the room can be unlocked. Patrons who want to try the software but do not have a working knowledge of it can access tutorials online through the Library’s Learning Express database, use a book from the collection, or use Adobe’s built in help forum.

Special Access Browsing Hour at ICPL

by Meredith Hines-Dochterman on June 5th, 2017

The Iowa City Public Library will open at 9 a.m. on Saturday, June 17, so individuals with autism and their families can enjoy the Library in a calm and welcoming environment.

ICPL’s Special Access Browsing Hour is open to individuals of all ages on the autism spectrum, as well as their family members and caregivers.

June’s special access browsing hour will include Therapy Dogs of Johnson County and a special music therapy program presented by West Music at 9:15 a.m. in the Storytime Room. Attendees also will have the opportunity to create a sensory toy that replicates the motion of tornadoes. This activity promotes sensory learning, which encourages children to use scientific processes while they play, create and investigate.

The Library will use natural lighting throughout the building to accommodate those with light sensitivity. Individuals on the autism spectrum and their family members can also sign up for the Library’s 2017 Summer Reading Program, Build a Better World, during this time.

ICPL will open to the general public at 10 a.m. For more information, call the Library at 319-356-5200.

Digital Workshops offered at Iowa City Public Library

by Meredith Hines-Dochterman on June 2nd, 2017

This summer, the Iowa City Public Library will host creative workshops every Wednesday from 5 to 6 p.m. in the second floor Computer Lab. The first workshop will be held on Wednesday, June 7. The series will continue through August.

During this time, a librarian will be available to help patrons with a variety of digital projects. Computers with Photoshop, Illustrator, Premiere Pro and other popular Adobe Creative Suite products will be available for use. Participants are encouraged to bring photos for editing, ideas for logos, clips to create a movie, or other digital files that need finessing.

This is not a class, but patrons who want to learn and experiment with the software are welcome. Experience with this software is not required to take part in the workshops. Staff will point participants to online tutorials and other resources as needed.

There are a limited amount of seats for this workshop. Registration is not required, but it is encouraged. Register online at http://calendar.icpl.org/categories/classes-tech-help or call the Library at 319-356-5200.

ICPL to Host Front Porch Story on June 7

by Meredith Hines-Dochterman on June 1st, 2017

Trevor Harvey, one of the co-founders of the Longfellow Neighborhood Front Porch Music Festival, will share how the festival became an annual event during Front Porch Story from 7 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, June 7, in Meeting Room A at the Iowa City Public Library.

Now in its third year, the Front Porch Music Festival is a neighborhood celebration of music-making featuring musicians of all ages and experience. Their performances, which take place on porches throughout the neighborhood, showcase a wide range of musical styles and traditions, including jazz, classical, folk and rock.

Harvey’s presentation will discuss the value of music in building and sustaining communities. He’ll be joined by other festival organizers and performers, who will get the audience jazzed for the 2017 festival, which will be held from 2 to 5:30 p.m. on Saturday, June 10.

Front Porch Story is part of the 2017 Adult Summer Reading Program, which begins June 1. For more information about the summer reading program, visit srp.icpl.org or call the Library at 319-356-5200. For more information about Front Porch Music Festival, visit frontporchmusicfestival.com.

Stories in the Park begins June 5

by Meredith Hines-Dochterman on May 31st, 2017

img_7137_1The Iowa City Public Library’s Stories in the Park summertime outdoor reading series begins June 5 and continues through August 4.

Stories in the Park will be held from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. at the following locations:

  • Monday at Willow Creek Park, 117 Teg Dr.
  • Wednesday at Wetherby Park, 2400 Taylor Dr.
  • Friday at Mercer Park, 2701 Bradford Dr.

Beginning Wednesday, June 7, the Library’s new Bookmobile will be present at all Stories in the Park dates. Children, parents and caregivers should remember to bring their Library Card in order to check out books and DVDs from the Bookmobile. Anyone who doesn’t have a Library Card can sign up at icpl.org/cards. Bookmobile staff also can issue new Library Cards.

In the event of rain, the Monday and Wednesday storytimes will be held at the Library and the Friday storytimes will be cancelled. However, the Bookmobile will still travel to the parks, rain or shine, so visitors can check out items.

Stories in the Park is an outdoor storytime geared toward children between the ages of three and six. All children in attendance need to be accompanied by a parent or adult caregiver.

Stories in the Park is co-sponsored by the Iowa City Parks and Recreation Department and the Iowa City Public Library. For more information, please call the Library at 319-356-5200.

ICPL’s Bookmobile Service Begins June 6

by Meredith Hines-Dochterman on May 31st, 2017

The Iowa City Public Library Bookmobile’s Summer Schedule will begin Tuesday, June 6.

This date is a delay from the original start date of June 1 due to an accident. The Bookmobile sustained physical damage when it hit a pole in route to a school visit earlier this week, breaking two of the vehicle’s windows. No one was hurt, but the windows need to be replaced, pushing the start of the summer schedule back to June 6.

The Library apologizes for the inconvenience.

Please visit the Bookmobile on June 6 at the following Iowa City locations:

  • 9 to 10 a.m.: Legacy Senior Living, 1020 S. Scott Blvd.
  • 10:30 to 11:30 a.m.: Oaknoll Retirement Residence, 735 George St.
  • Noon to 1p.m.: North Dodge Hy-Vee, 1125 N. Dodge St.
  • 2 to 3 p.m.: Forest View Trailer Court, 1205 Laura Drive
  • 3:30 to 4:30 p.m.: Iowa City Marketplace, 1660 Sycamore St.

Visit www.icpl.org/bookmobile for the complete Bookmobile schedule or call the Library at 319-356-5200.

ICPL Summer Bus Program Begins June 1

by Meredith Hines-Dochterman on May 25th, 2017

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 traveling to the downtown interchange, between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. every weekday beginning Thursday, June 1. 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.

Dine Out to Support ICPL

by Meredith Hines-Dochterman on May 24th, 2017

Here’s a novel idea: take the night off from preparing dinner and go out to eat. Better yet, have dinner out and support the Iowa City Public Library Friends Foundation at the same time.

The Foundation has partnered with local restaurants for a new fundraising program: Eat Out to Read. On Wednesday, June 7, dine at Motley Cow Café at 160 N Linn St. anytime between 5 and 9 p.m., and a percentage of your tab will be given to the Friends Foundation.

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