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Upcoming Totally Tween Events at ICPL

by Meredith Hines-Dochterman on October 13th, 2014

Halloween costume designs, chess and holiday crafts are part of the Totally Tweens lineup at the Iowa City Public Library.

Totally Tweens is a once-a-month program featuring hands-on activities specifically for students in third through sixth grades.

Monday, Oct. 20: Tweens are invited to join Morgan in the Storytime Room for Totally Tweens: They’re Alive. Tweens can paint and decorate a mask to bring their Halloween costume to life. The program begins at 3:30 p.m.Minecraft Challenge2

Saturday, Nov. 15: The annual ICPL Kids Chess Tournament will be held from 1 to 5:15 p.m. in Meeting Room A. Students in third through sixth grade are invited to complete; younger children are welcome if they are a member of the United States Chess Federation. You may register the day of the event from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. or e-mail Eric Vigil at evigil@gmail.com. Registration is required.

Wednesday, Dec. 10: Tweens are invited to get crafty at Totally Tweens: Holly Days Crafts. Supplies will be provided for tweens to create unique holiday crafts to take home. The program begins at 3:30 p.m. It will be held in the Storytime Room.

Tween Minecraft at ICPL

In addition to these special Totally Tween events, the Library also has Tween Minecraft Time from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. and 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 3, and Monday, Dec. 1.

Registration is required for Tween Minecraft Time. You can register online at calendar.icpl.org by clicking on the date of the event you wish to attend. Each participant may only register for one time slot.

Tweens need to have a Minecraft account to play in multiplayer mode. Players without an account may use a library account, but these are limited and first come first serve. Otherwise players without an account may still play in single player mode.

For more information about any of the Totally Tween events, call the Library at (319) 356-5200.

Popo’s Puppet Festival at Iowa City Public Library Oct. 25

by Meredith Hines-Dochterman on October 10th, 2014

The Iowa City Public Library’s annual Popo’s Puppet Festival from 10 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Oct. 25, in Meeting Room A is a Halloween special featuring our favorite clown, Popo. He will be joined by Bony Legs and the Jester Puppets.

Join ICPL staff and puppeteers Deanne Wortman, Dave Panther, Kevin Coble, and Buffy Quintero for a delightfully haunting morning full of jumps, squeals, laughter and activities.

Halloween costumes are optional.

This event will be broadcast live on The Library Channel, Iowa City cable channel 10.

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

Iowa City Public Library presents Visiting the Beyond with Curt Strutz

by Meredith Hines-Dochterman on October 10th, 2014

curtParanormal investigator Curt Strutz will be at the Iowa City Public Library at 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 24, to present Visiting the Beyond.

Strutz has traveled far and wide vising haunted battlefields, deserted asylums, historic locations, and known haunted residences. Come to Meeting Room A on Oct. 24 to learn more about his experiences.

Due to the nature of the material covered, including some of the haunting activity and not-so-pleasant history of some of the locations, this program is recommended for teens and adults only.

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

Iowa City Public Library to screen Raising Ms. President

by Meredith Hines-Dochterman on October 10th, 2014

The Iowa City Public Library will show a free screening of “Raising Ms. President,” a documentary about raising the next generation of female political leaders, at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 8, in Meeting Room A. raising ms prez

Studies show that when more women are at the political decision-making table, their presence makes a difference. The problem, though, is that many women don’t want to run for office, saying they are underqualified. This is despite the fact that women make up more than 50 percent of the population and workforce, are college graduates, and have higher earning power before their reach their 30th birthday.

“Raising Ms. President” looks at where political ambition begins and how to get more women to run for office in order to create a stronger country and world.

This screening is free and open to the public. It is co-sponsored by the Library, the League of Women Voters of Johnson County, Girls on the Run of Eastern Iowa, and the Girl Scouts of Eastern Iowa and Western Illinois.

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

Iowa City Public Library celebrates Jackson Pollock

by Meredith Hines-Dochterman on October 7th, 2014

The Iowa City Public Library will celebrate American painter Jackson Pollock with two events in October.

At 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 15, the Library will screen “Who the #$&% Is Jackson Pollock?” in Meeting Room A.

“Who the #$&% Is Jackson Pollock?” follows the story of Teri Horton, a 73-year-old woman from California, who spent $5 on a painting she discovered in a thrift shop, only to find out that it may be a Jackson Pollock painting. Horton had no idea who Jackson Pollock was; hence the name of the film.

Released in 2006, this documentary by veteran filmmaker Harry Moses exposes the controversy in the world of high priced artwork, painting a vivid picture of how art is bought and sold in America.

The screening is free and open to the public. Popcorn will be provided.mural

At 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 21, Yvonne Szafran, Senior Conservator and Head of Paintings Conservation at the J. Paul Getty Museum, will present a visual exploration of “Mural,” the University of Iowa’s landmark painting by Jackson Pollock. This presentation is part of The University of Iowa Museum of Art’s Smart Talk series.

“Mural” traveled to the Getty Museum in Los Angeles for two years of intensive analysis and treatment by scientists and conservators. Szafran’s presentation also will include a review of the painting’s creation and early history.

This event is free and open to the public. It is co-sponsored by The University of Iowa Museum of Art, Prairie Lights, and the Library.

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

Iowa City Public Library Channel Changing from 10 to 20

by Meredith Hines-Dochterman on October 7th, 2014

Mediacom is in the process of converting local public access channels from analog to digital format. In addition to this, the Iowa City Public Library’s local access channel will move from Channel 10 to Channel 20. These changes will take place on Oct. 29.

Iowa City has six local access channels that will convert to digital-only format at the end of the month. However, The Library Channel is the only channel that also will change channel number.

The Library Channel originates from the Iowa City Public Library. Its primary mission is to extend Library programs for children and adults to a wider audience and to inform the community about Library services.

The Library Channel’s schedule focuses on Storytimes, Children’s Specials, and a variety of adult programs produced at the Iowa City Public Library. Other programming includes live coverage of meetings and events of local non-profit organizations taking place in the Library’s meeting rooms, or local programming provided by the City’s Cable Television Services office which may be of interest to the local community.

The switch from Channel 10 to Channel 20 only affects Mediacom subscribers. A digital converter is needed to view The Library Channel on Channel 20. Most newer televisions have a digital converter. If needed, customers may pick up a digital converter (DTA) device from Mediacom at 546 Southgate Avenue in Iowa City for use for one year at no charge. After that, subscribers will be charged $0.99 per month per unit. They may also call Mediacom at 1-844-274-6753 to arrange for a converter to be sent to their home. Customers may install the Mediacom converter box themselves or contact the company to schedule an installation at a cost of $49.99. Digital-to-analog converters are also available for purchase from local or online retailers.

Mediacom office hours are Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday from 8 a.m. and 6 p.m., Wednesday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Saturday from 9 a.m. to noon.

The Library Channel is not available to satellite customers; however, programs may be streamed online at video.icpl.org.

For more information, call the Library at (319) 356-5200 or email bond-drager@icpl.org.

Iowa City Public Library celebrates Teen Read Week™

by Meredith Hines-Dochterman on October 3rd, 2014

The Iowa City Public Library will celebrate Teen Read Week Oct. 12-18 with special events and programs aimed at encouraging teens to read for fun.TRW image

Teen Read Week is a time to celebrate reading for fun while encouraging teens to take advantage of reading in all its forms — books, magazines, e-books, audiobooks and more. Thousands of libraries, schools and bookstores across the country will hold similar events centered on this year’s theme, Turn Dreams into Reality @ your library. ICPL has several events planned for the annual celebration.

  • Book Bingo: Pick up a Bingo card at the Library and, during the month of October, books that you read for school or leisure can count for a space. Once you complete a line, return to the card to the Koza Family Teen Center for a chance to win a gift certificate to Prairie Lights. Card must be submitted by 5 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 2.
  • Book Spine Poetry: Join us in the Koza Family Teen Center from 4 to 5 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 14, to make book spine poetry. We’ll take pictures of your creations and put them on display in the Teen Center.
  • Book and Comic Book Swap: Do you have a book sitting on your shelf that you’ll never read again? Bring it to our Book and Comic Book Swap from 4 to 5 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 16, and trade with your fellow voracious readers. Hardbacks, paperbacks and comics will be accepted.

Teen Read Weekis a national adolescent literacy initiative created by the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), a division of the American Library Association. It is held annually during the third week of October.

For more information about Teen Read Week, visit www.ala.org/teenread.

For more information about the Iowa City Public Library’s Teen Read Week activities, call the Library at (319) 356-5200.

ICPL announces October Classes for Adults

by Meredith Hines-Dochterman on October 1st, 2014

The Iowa City Public Library wants to encourage creativity in the month of October. The computer classes offered in October will introduce patrons to free software and free online tools which can make creating a personalized card or editing a video easy and fun. Each class will last two hours, giving patrons time to ask questions and create on their own.

The Library will start things off with Beginning Graphic Design at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, October 4. Learn how to use GIMP, a free, graphic design and photo editing software, to make invitations, cards, or other graphics.

Want to enhance or correct your digital photos? Join us from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Monday, October 13, for Digital Photo Editing. Find out how to make basic corrections like red-eye removal, cropping, and sharpening blurred images.

Digital Photos: Organizing, Sharing, and Basic Editing will be held at 10 a.m. on Friday, October 24. Getting all of your digital photography organized and in print worthy condition can be pretty daunting. Bring in your digital photos and learn how to batch process and tag items to quickly and easily edit and organize your images.create_interface_image

Our digital devices make it easy to capture the great moments of our lives, but making keepsakes you can share with others out of these videos can be tricky. Bring in your digital video and learn to upload and use YouTube to safely edit and share your videos online. Join us from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, October 28 for Editing Digital Video.

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.

Visit the Iowa City Public Library for a Historical Tour of the Longfellow Neighborhood

by Meredith Hines-Dochterman on September 25th, 2014

Local history buff Tom Schulein will share the secrets of one of Iowa City’s oldest neighborhoods at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 8, in Longfellow-PosterMeeting Room A.

Schulein’s “Historical Tour of the Longfellow Neighborhood” presentation will include information and images about an 1855 railroad line, a Civil War camp, streetcars, Moffitt homes, and other historical places and events that make the Longfellow neighborhood rich in local history.

Sponsored by the Iowa City Public Library and the Iowa City Johnson County Senior Center, this presentation is free and open to the public. It also will broadcast live on The Library Channel, Iowa City cable channel 10.

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

Teen Homework Help Wednesdays at the Iowa City Public Library

by Meredith Hines-Dochterman on September 25th, 2014

Teens, do you need help with your homework?Essay-Writing-Help-for-College-Students

Beginning Oct. 1, the Iowa City Public Library offers drop-in Teen Homework Help from 6 to 8 p.m. on Wednesdays in the Koza Family Teen Center.

Tutors from the University of Iowa will give one-on-one assistance to students in seventh- through 12th-grades. Teens are expected to bring all materials needed to complete their assignments.

Teen Homework Help won’t be offered when the University is not in session.

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




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