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ICPL debuts new self-service checkouts

by Meredith Hines-Dochterman on November 18th, 2014

The Iowa City Public Library has replaced its self-checkout machines with new equipment in response to the community’s request for improved technology and new self-service features.checkout machines

With updated technology and a larger touchscreen, the new machines make it easier for patrons to borrow Library materials. For instance, the new machines give patrons the option of no receipt, eMail receipt or printed receipt when checking out items and/or paying a fine. An eMail receipt will only be sent if the Library has a valid eMail address on file.

“The self-serve option is designed to ease wait times for patrons, freeing staff members to focus on borrowers with questions and requests for reserves, equipment loans, and other services,” said Kara Logsden, the Library’s Coordinator for Community and Access Services.

The Library also installed new DVD unlocking stations at each self-checkout machine.

Self-checkout machines are available on the Library’s first and second floor, and in the Children’s Room.

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

ICPL to Host Annual Chess Tournament Nov. 15

by Meredith Hines-Dochterman on November 7th, 2014

The Iowa City Public Library’s Kids Chess Tournament will be held from 1 to 5:15 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 15, in Meeting Room A at the Library, 123 S. Linn St.2013 Chess Tournament5

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 at the Library the day of the event from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., or by e-mailing Eric Vigil at evigil@gmail.com.

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

ICPL presents Read to Feed

by Meredith Hines-Dochterman on November 5th, 2014

The Iowa City Public Library invites children to kick off the holiday season by giving at Read to Feed.ReadtoFeed-Poster (2)

Stop by the Storytime Room anytime between 2 and 4 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 12, to donate non-perishable items for The Crisis Center of Johnson County. Then stick around for stories, songs, snacks, and activities.

The Crisis Center’s Food Bank provides weekly food assistance to Johnson County residents. Of all the households served, one third has children in the home. The Food Bank always welcomes donations of peanut butter and canned meat, pasta and rice, soups and stews, canned vegetables, toilet paper, baby formula, diapers, and laundry detergent. Read to Feed also will collect new children’s books for The Crisis Center.

Read to Feed is sponsored by the Iowa City Public Library and Rock & Read volunteers from RSVP, Elder Services, Inc.

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

Changes to ICPL’s Express collections make more popular titles available

by Meredith Hines-Dochterman on November 5th, 2014

Changes to the Iowa City Public Library’s Express collection means more popular titles on the Express shelves.ExpressShelf-SocialMedia

The Library’s Express collection is comprised of popular fiction, non-fiction, and DVD titles. Collection Services Coordinator Anne Mangano says these are the items staff knows will be highly circulated or have received a lot of attention in the media.

Items in the Express collection have a shorter check out time (two weeks for books, two days for DVDs) and can’t be renewed. The Library has anywhere from 200 to 400 titles in the Express collection at a given time.

“It’s always a great place to go and look for the title you just heard about,” Mangano said.

Mangano also points out that while most popular titles come with a long holds list, holds can’t be placed on Express items. That means there’s always the chance that the book or DVD a patron wants is available on the Express shelf.

“Anytime you visit the Library, the Express collection is a great place to start,” Mangano said. “I like to call it the serendipity collection because you never know what will be available.”

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

Remember the Great War at ICPL

by Meredith Hines-Dochterman on November 5th, 2014

Come to the Iowa City Public Library at noon Tuesday, Nov. 11, for “On the Centenary of the Great War: Poems, History and Songs of World War I.”

Voices of Experience will open the program, followed by poetry reading presented by members of Reading Aloud from the Iowa City/Johnson County Senior Center.

Local historian Loren Horton will present “Europe on the Edge of Catastrophe.” Horten worked for the State Historical Society of Iowa for nearly 25 years.

The program will end with songs of the period, performed by members of Voices of Experience from the Iowa City/Johnson County Senior Center. The group is directed by Joyce Brokke.

“On the Centenary of the Great War: Poems, History and Songs of World War I” is sponsored by the Iowa City Public Library and the Iowa City/Johnson County Senior Center. The program is free and open to the public.

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

ICPL announces eReaders and Tablets Classes for Adults

by Meredith Hines-Dochterman on November 5th, 2014

Thinking about purchasing an eReader or Tablet for the holidays? The Iowa City Public Library would like to help you understand some of the differences between the most popular devices out there.ereaders

A Library’s technology specialist will talk about the differences between eReaders and tablets at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 22; 10 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 25; 10 a.m. Friday, Dec. 5; and 10 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 10.

Attend a session to learn more about what each of the major brands offer consumers and which of these brands work best with the Library’s eMedia collections Overdrive and Zinio. After each presentation, a handful of devices will be available for participants to try out.

All classes for adults are held in the Library’s Computer Lab on the second floor. Classes are free, but space is limited to 10 people per program, so patrons should register early. Visit www.icpl.org/classes to register online. You can also register by calling the Library at (319) 356-5200.

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.




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