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ICPL wants you to “Love Your Library” This February

by Meredith Hines-Dochterman on January 28th, 2015

What do you love about the Iowa City Public Library? Our month-long Love Your Library celebration gives you a chance to share what makes ICPL special!LoveYourLibraryLogo

Family Fun(d) Night

Family FUN(d) Night: Love Your Library invites families to visit ICPL from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 8, for a night of activities, visits from beloved storybook characters, and crafts. Pizza, a healthy snack, dessert, and a beverage will be served.

The cost is $20 for each adult and $5 per child. Proceeds from this event will benefit the Iowa City Public Library Friends Foundation to support future Library programs for children and teens.

To register online, visit www.icpl.org/support/fund-night or contact the Library at (319) 356-5200. All registrations must be received by Thursday, Feb. 5.

Show Your Love with a Gift

Make a gift to the Iowa City Public Library Friends Foundation in honor of your special someone, and we’ll send them a Valentine. Tax deductible contributions can be made online here.

Events at The Book End

Pick up a coupon for a free book at The Book End bookstore on the Library’s second floor. Coupons must be redeemed in February.

The Book End Book Sale will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 28, in Meeting Room A.

Celebrations in the Storytime Room

Families are invited to make Discarded Book Valentines during Sunday Fun Day from 2 to 4 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 8.

Students in third through sixth grades can learn how to make delicious no-bake treats during Totally Tweens: Sweet Treats from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 10.

Movie Night

Join us for a Valentine’s Eve Movie Night from 7 to 9 p.m. Friday, Feb. 13. “The Princess Bride” will be playing in Meeting Room A. Popcorn will be provided.

First Floor Displays

Leave ICPL a Valentine. Our main Love Your Library Display will have paper hearts and markers available so you can tell us what you love about the Iowa City Public Library.

Blind Date with a Book: Looking for your next great read in all the wrong places? Take a chance on finding your new favorite book blind date-style. Check out our wrapped books for a surprising read. Fill out and return the “Rate Your Date” card by March 12, and you’ll be entered into a drawing for a sweet treat from Aspen Leaf Frozen Yogurt/Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory.

Reel Love:We can’t cook you dinner, but we can provide the movie. Check out our display of favorite romantic movies.

Fall in Love with a Good Book:Need a good book to snuggle with this month? This display has some of our favorites.

For more information, click here.

ICPL announces February Classes for Adults

by Meredith Hines-Dochterman on January 28th, 2015

February is Love Your Library month at the Iowa City Public Library, so this month’s classes for adults will focus on giving a little love using social media. Learn how to stay connected or make new connections by checking out the three most popular social media sites in the U.S.: Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest.

We will kick off our month of social media classes with Twitter. Discover how Twitter is used by many of its followers and tweeters to stay up on the news, stay current in their career, or simply connect with friends and family. Twitter Basics and Beyond will be held from 10 to 11 a.m. Friday, Feb. 13.

Want to understand what Pinterest is and how it is used? Join us from 10 to 11 a.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 17 for What is Pinterest? Find out how to navigate the Pinterest interface and understand how your pins are shared and followed.

We are saving the best to last! Join us at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 28, for Facebook Basics and Beyond. Learn how the Facebook interface works, go over your privacy settings, and get a feel for how you can connect and stay connected with friends, family, and some of your favorite organizations.

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.

Totally Tweens at ICPL: Fired Up Ceramics

by Meredith Hines-Dochterman on January 15th, 2015

Students in grades third through sixth are invited to enjoy their day off from school Monday, Jan. 19, painting ceramic mugs at the Iowa City Public Library.pleasing-fired-4-u-school-projects

Totally Tweens: Fired-Up Ceramics will be held from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. in Meeting Room A. Participants will paint a ceramic mug with Fired Up Iowa City. Paint and mugs will be provided; old clothing is encouraged.

Finished mugs can be picked up the week of Jan. 26.

This event is free and open to students in third through sixth grades, but registration is required. To register online, visit calendar.icpl.org and follow the instructions, or call the Library at (319) 356-5200.

Tax Forms at the Iowa City Public Library

by Meredith Hines-Dochterman on January 14th, 2015

Many individuals come to the Iowa City Public Library around tax time to pick up the tax forms they need to complete their Federal Income Tax return. However, due to cuts within the Federal government, the Library will no longer be able to offer the wide variety of forms it has in the past free of charge.

The Library will continue to offer the 1040, the 1040 A and the 1040 EZ forms free of charge, as well as some Business Federal Tax Forms, including W2 and W3 forms. Library staff at the Information Desk will help individuals find and print other forms and instructions on the IRS’ website. Individuals will need to pay a 10 cent per page printing fee.

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

ICPL to host Family FUN(d) Night

by Meredith Hines-Dochterman on January 14th, 2015

The Iowa City Public Library will host a family-oriented fundraising event from 5:30 to 7 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 8.FamilyFun(d) night Poster

Family FUN(d) Night: Love Your Library invites families to visit ICPL for a night of fun activities, including treasure hunt, visits from beloved storybook characters, a photo booth, and crafts. Pizza, a healthy snack, dessert, and a beverage will be served.

The cost is $20 for each adult and $5 per child. Proceeds from this event will benefit the Iowa City Public Library Friends Foundation to support future Library programs for children and teens.

To register online, visit www.icpl.org/support/fund-night or contact the Library at (319) 356-5200. All registrations must be received by Thursday, Feb. 5.

ICPL Announces Second Sunday Garden Forum Lineup

by Meredith Hines-Dochterman on January 5th, 2015

For more than 20 years, the Iowa City Public Library and Project GREEN have partnered to host the Second Sunday Garden Forum series. This winter’s forums will be held on January 11, February 8, and March 8.

John Clemens of the Eastern Iowa Bonsai Association kicks off the series January 11 with “The Art of Bonsai.” His presentation will focus on the shape, harmony and proportion of bonsai to express art in the form of these beautiful long-lived trees. Bonsai literally means a tree in a small pot that has been pruned and trained. Bonsai is the “new” interest to gardeners everywhere, despite the fact that the horticultural art form dates back thousands of years in Asian history.

David Morton, the head gardener at Brucemore, will give a tour of gardens of Iowa’s only National Trust Historic Site on Feb. 8. Brucemore, a 26-acre, park-like estate encompasses a Queen Anne-style mansion and multiple gardens. Many of the plants seen today were seeded by Irene Douglas, a knowledgeable gardener who enjoyed experimenting with new plant varieties as well as traditional. Today, Brucemore’s gardeners continue her work by preserving examples of historic plant varieties while adjusting to meet the needs of the changing natural and urban environment.

Think you know everything there is to know about perennials? Thinks again. All perennials require care during the year, some varieties more than others. Low maintenance perennials are the ideal plants for individuals who want an attractive garden, but have limited time to spend working in the garden. Richard Jauron, a horticulturist with Iowa State University and Extension and Outreach, will present “Low Maintenance Perennials” on March 8.

All Second Sunday Garden Forum programs will be held on the second Sunday of the month from 2 to 4 p.m. in Meeting Room A at the Iowa City Public Library. After each presentation, there will be a refreshment break followed by a question and answer session. All programs will be shown live on The Library Channel, Iowa City cable channel 20.

For more information, contact Beth Fisher at Beth-Fisher@icpl.org or (319) 887-6024.

ICPL will host extended Drop-In Tech Help

by Meredith Hines-Dochterman on January 5th, 2015

Do you need some help with that new gadget you received over the holidays? The Iowa City Public Library has you covered!

Bring your questions and the gadget that has you flustered to our special Saturday editions of ICPL Drop-In Tech Help from 10 a.m. to noon Jan. 10 and Jan. 17 in the Computer Lab on the Library’s second floor. Staff members will be happy to help you solve your tech woes.

Don’t forget, the Library has regularly scheduled tech help from 10 a.m. to noon every Monday and Wednesday, and noon to 4 p.m. every Tuesday. Senior Tech Zone happens every Thursday from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Iowa City Public Library’s January Teen Events Announced

by Meredith Hines-Dochterman on January 5th, 2015

Animation, Minecraft and extended School’s Out tech times are just a few of the activities the Iowa City Public Library has planned for teens in January.

Do you play Minecraft? All teenage Minecraft fans are invited to the Library’s Minecraft Meetup from 3:30 to 5 p.m. Jan. 8 and Jan. 22 in the Computer Lab on the Library’s second floor.

Do you like to draw? Would you like to learn more about computer animation programs? Join us for “Let’s Learn Animation!” from 3:30 to 5 p.m. on Jan. 15. We’ll learn how to use Pencil Animation, a program that lets you create hand-drawn animation on a computer. We will meet in the Computer Lab on the Library’s second floor.

TAG, the Library’s Teen Activity Group, is looking for new members. 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 January TAG meeting will be held from 1 to 2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 17, in the Koza Family Teen Center.

Finally, school will be out on Jan. 19, but the Teen Center will be open with extended Tech Time hours from 1 to 8 p.m. Check out an iPad, play video games on the big screen or simply hang out.

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

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

ICPL announces January classes for adults

by Meredith Hines-Dochterman on December 31st, 2014

Want to learn more about your iPad or Android tablet? The Iowa City Public Library will offer several classes in January help beginning and intermediate users get a better handle on their tablet devices.RacpAWWRuobmX5g4

New or beginner iPad users, join us at 10 a.m. Jan. 9 for “Explore Your iPad.” Discover how to expertly navigate their device, capture and access photos and video, bookmark a webpage, set important security options, and much more.

On 2 p.m. on Jan. 12, the “iPad Tips and Tricks” class is offered for the intermediate iPad user. Learn how to customize your device, keep your iPad safe, and get the most out of your device’s memory.

Due to patron demand, the Library has expanded its tablet classes to include a class for beginning Android tablet users. Learn the basics in navigating settings, using the web browser, and making your device secure at the “Explore your Android Tablet” class at 10 a.m. on Jan. 20.

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.

ICPL strategic plan finalized

by Meredith Hines-Dochterman on December 31st, 2014

The Iowa City Public Library will work to CONNECT, ENGAGE, and ENRICH users under the priorities of a new strategic plan.

The plan, which covers the Fiscal Years 2016 through 2021, is the result of months of data gathering, analysis, and community conversations. It was approved by the Library Board of Trustees in September.

“Strategic planning is something we do every five years to determine the needs of our community and what the Library can do to meet them,” Library Director Susan Craig says. “It’s about looking ahead. What does our community need? What does our community want?”

A PDF of the strategic plan can be viewed online at http://www.icpl.org/policies/ or picked up at the Library. The new plan begins on July 1, 2015.




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