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ICPL to Host Belly Babies for Expectant Parents

by Meredith Hines-Dochterman on February 24th, 2017

Parents expecting the pitter-patter of little feet are invited to the Iowa City Public Library’s Belly Babies, a new program for parents-to-be.

Beginning March 4 and continuing through April 8, Belly Babies will meet from 3 to 4 p.m. every Saturday in the Storytime Room for six weeks. Programs will focus on pre-birth bonding activities, such as songs and stories, and feature special guests who will provide information for families as they prepare to welcome their new addition. This also is an opportunity to meet other expectant parents in the community.

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New Creative Workshops offered at Iowa City Public Library

by Meredith Hines-Dochterman on February 21st, 2017

Beginning Monday, March 6, the Iowa City Public Library will host a creative workshop series in the Computer Lab.

The program will be offered every Monday from 5 to 6 p.m. through May 1. Computers with Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, Premiere and other popular Adobe Creative Suite products will be available for patron use.

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ICPL Teen Anime & Manga Festival March 1

by Meredith Hines-Dochterman on February 15th, 2017

The Iowa City Public Library will host its annual Teen Anime & Manga Festival from 2 to 4 p.m. on Wednesday, March 1, in the Koza Family Teen Center.

There’s no school that day.

Open to students in grades 7-12, this festival is an opportunity for teens to interact with fellow anime and manga enthusiasts, watch anime, discuss manga and draw fan art.

There will be an artist alley with prize drawings for participants, so be sure to bring your finished artwork or do some freehand drawing while at the festival. Cosplay is always welcome and there will be prizes for those who participate.

The Teen Anime & Manga Festival is a free event. For more information, call the Library at 319-356-5200.

Hy-Vee Wine and Craft Beer Tasting to Benefit ICPL Friends Foundation

by Meredith Hines-Dochterman on February 13th, 2017

Come to Hy-Vee Drugstore/Wine & Spirits, 310 N 1st Avenue, from 5 to 7:30 p.m. Friday, February 17, for a wine and craft beer tasting fundraiser to benefit the Iowa City Public Library Friends Foundation.

Adult beverage distributors will offer samples of their products at this drop-in event. Stop by to visit with friends as you try something new. The beverage tasting is free. Hy-Vee will donate 5 percent of the evening’s sales to the Iowa City Public Library Friends Foundation.

Attendees must be 21 and older to participate.

Not able to attend, but would still like to support the Friends Foundation? Visit icpl.org/support/donate to make a donation.

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

Teen Homework Help at ICPL

by Meredith Hines-Dochterman on February 2nd, 2017

Teens, do you need help with your homework?

The Iowa City Public Library offers free tutoring sessions in all subjects for students in grades 7 through 12.

To sign up for your session, contact ICPL’s Teen Services Library at 319-887-6076 or via e-mail at teens@icpl.org.

ICPL Announces February Crazy 8s Math Club Programs

by Meredith Hines-Dochterman on February 1st, 2017

Join the national movement to make math the cool thing to do after school by attending Iowa City Public Library’s Crazy 8s Math Club. This fun and educational program for elementary students in kindergarten through second grade meets from 4 to 5 p.m. in the Storytime Room every Tuesday.

Crazy 8s from the Bedtime Math Foundation is designed to get kids fired up about math. Participants will build things, run and jump, make music – even make a mess – while making new friends and increasing their understanding of math.

Registration isn’t required and participants don’t need to attend every club meeting – but they’ll probably want to!

Here’s what we have planned for February:

February 7: Funky Fractals

Get funky with patterns and mazes! Create crazy patterns with wax sticks, and connect them to make a giant version. Then design your own waxy maze to stump your friends.

February 14: Walk on the Wild Side

How do ladybugs, crabs and lizards run so fast with all those extra legs? They use math! We’ll run, walk and gallop like animals to learn some fancy footwork.

February 21: Super-Cube Shuffle

Math and art collide when you use specially colored cubes to create cool designs. After a round of design copy mania, you’ll be a super-cube pro!

February 28: Epic Air Traffic Control

This week we will build an Epic Air Traffic Control: Build your own airport, complete with finger-light airplanes and glow stick runways. Use your math skills to land all the planes safely!

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

ICPL’s 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten Celebrates One Year

by Meredith Hines-Dochterman on January 30th, 2017

The Iowa City Public Library will celebrate the first year of its 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten program during a special storytime Saturday, February 11, at 10:30 a.m. in the Storytime Room.img_0110

1,000 Books Before Kindergarten encourages parents and caregivers to read 1,000 books to children before they start kindergarten. In doing so, they strengthen a child’s language skills and build their vocabulary — two important tools for beginning readers.

The Library launched the program in February of 2016. Join us as we celebrate our first birthday, as well as the children who reached their 1,000 Books goal. These participants will receive a special certificate to celebrate their “graduation.” We’ll also kickoff our second year of the program, so be sure to stop by, sign up and have some cake, too.

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ICPL celebrates Black History Month

by Meredith Hines-Dochterman on January 27th, 2017

The Iowa City Public Library will commemorate Black History Month in February with several special programs, live performances, and book discussions.

Thursday, February 2 and February 16, noon to 1 p.m. in Meeting Room A: TED Talks Celebrate Black History Month

TED (Technology, Education, and Design) Talks are ideas worth spreading. Bring your lunch and join us for fresh perspectives on black identity and fascinating insights on how to finally defeat racism.

Thursday, February 2, 3 to 5 p.m. in the Storytime Room: Tween Movie and Book Club – “The Watsons go to Birmingham”

Join our tween book and movie club us as we discuss “The Watsons go to Birmingham” by Christopher Paul Curtis and watch the movie. Tween events are for students in third through sixth grades.

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ICPL announces February Classes for Adults

by Meredith Hines-Dochterman on January 25th, 2017

Social media usage is the focus of February’s adult classes at the Iowa City Public Library.

“Facebook Tips and Tricks” is a class for current Facebook users. It will be offered at 10 a.m. Friday, Feb. 3, and again on 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 18. Come and learn how to get control of your timeline and home feed. Find new ways to connect on Facebook by creating an event or group.

“Social Media Safety: Protecting your Privacy Online” will discuss the advantages/disadvantages of using the privacy settings on several social networks. Learn how to adjust your settings and techniques for discovering information about you online. This class will be held on Monday, Feb. 20, at 10 a.m.

Discover how to organize and use your Pinterest account to its fullest potential at “Pinterest Tips and Tricks.” This class will be offered on Tuesday, Feb. 28, at 10 a.m. Learn how to search for boards using various search terms, follow and unfollow boards, make a secret pin board, and much more!

All classes for adults are held in the Library’s Computer Lab on the second floor. Classes are free, but registration is required. Register online here or by calling the Library at 319-356-5200.

ICPL to Circulate Mobile Hotspots

by Meredith Hines-Dochterman on January 24th, 2017

The Iowa City Public Library will add mobile hotspots to its list of materials available to check out on Monday, Jan. 30.

ICPL HotSpot allows users to connect to the Internet anywhere on any wireless-enabled device, such as a laptop, tablet or smartphone. Check one out to complete homework assignments, catch up on current events, apply for jobs or explore the Internet.

The Library has seven ICPL HotSpots available to check out by themselves. Three others are bundled with ICPL’s circulating laptops.

ICPL HotSpots are available to Library users living in Iowa City or one of ICPL’s contract service areas — Hills, Lone Tree, University Heights, or unincorporated Johnson County – with accounts in good standing. A hotspot can be borrowed for seven days. At this time, users won’t be able to renew hotspots, as the Library wants as many patrons as possible to gain access to the devices.

Overdue hotspots will have Internet access deactivated. The fine for overdue hotspots is $1 per day. The replacement cost for hotspots that are lost or damaged beyond repair is $75.

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




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