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Come for Storytime at ICPL, Stay for Story Play

by Meredith Hines-Dochterman on November 1st, 2016

Monday, Wednesday and Friday storytimes at the Iowa City Public Library just got better with Story Play.

Beginning Monday, November 7, and continuing all month along, Story Play will be held immediately after storytime from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. During this time, the Library will have books, toys and music for youngsters to play with while their parents and caregivers meet and talk with each other.

Feel free to bring snacks and/or lunch. No registration is required. Stay for the whole hour or just a few minutes; whatever works best for you and your child.

Story Play is open to children from infancy through pre-school. All children in attendance must be accompanied by a parent or caregiver. For more information, call the Library at 319-356-5200.

Witching Hour Festival Events at ICPL

by Meredith Hines-Dochterman on October 31st, 2016

The 2016 Witching Hour festival will be held November 4 and November 5 at various locations throughout downtown Iowa City.

Co-sponsored by the Iowa City Public Library and presented by The Englert Theatre and Little Village, this annual festival is dedicated to exploring the unknown, creative process, and new work. Presentations and programs happening at the Library include the following:

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ICPL Family Storytime: Autumn Yoga with Karen on Nov. 5

by Meredith Hines-Dochterman on October 27th, 2016

Come to the Iowa City Public Library Storytime Room from 10:30 to 11 a.m. November 5 for Family Storytime: Autumn Yoga with Karen.

Through yoga postures, breathing techniques, and creative movement, kids will learn to listen to their bodies connecting to the 4 B’s: body, brain, breath and balance. This session will focus on movements inspired by autumn. Bring yoga mats if you have some; we’ll have a limited amount available for those who don’t.

Saturday Storytime is designed for the whole family and presented at a time convenient for most working parents. It’s recommended for all ages, but parents are asked to sit with their younger children.

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

Author Mark Speltz at ICPL on Nov. 3

by Meredith Hines-Dochterman on October 26th, 2016

The Iowa City Public Library and Prairie Lights are pleased to welcome Mark Speltz to the Library on Thursday, November 3. Speltz will read from his new book, “North of Dixie: Civil Rights Photography Beyond The South” from 7 to 8:30 p.m. in Meeting Room A.

The history of the civil rights movement is commonly illustrated with well-known photographs from Birmingham, Montgomery, and Selma — leaving the visual story of the movement outside the South remaining to be told. In “North of Dixie,” Speltz shines a light past the most iconic photographs of the era to focus on images of everyday activists who fought campaigns against segregation, police brutality, and job discrimination in cities like Philadelphia, Cleveland, Columbus, St. Louis, and Cedar Rapids.

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Your Vote Needed in ICPL’s Mock Caldecott Award

by Meredith Hines-Dochterman on October 25th, 2016

Have you ever wanted to award a prize to your new favorite book? Here’s your chance!

Voting in the Iowa City Public Library’s Mock Caldecott Award begins Tuesday, November 1. The public is invited to cast their votes for their five favorite picture books out of 15 titles nominated by ICPL’s Children’s Room librarians. The titles include:

The Night Gardener by Terry Fan and Eric Fan
Poor Little Guy by Elanna Allen
Henry & Leo by Pamela Zagarenski
When Spring Comes by Kevin Henkes and Laura Dronzek
A Hungry Lion, or A Dwindling Assortment of Animals by Lucy Ruth Cummins
Hand in Hand by Rosemary Wells
Spot, the Cat by Henry Cole
Are We There Yet? by Dan Santat
Home at Last by Vera B. Williams and Chris Raschka
Have you Seen Elephant? by David Barrow
Thunder Boy Jr. by Sherman Alexie and Yuyi Morales
Frank and Lucky Get Schooled by Lynne Rae Perkins
A Hat for Mrs. Goldman: A Story About Knitting and Love by Michelle Edwards and Brian Karas
Ghosts by Raina Telgemeier
Snow White: A Graphic Novel by Matt Phelan

Voters will be asked to rank their choice, 1 through 5, and adhere to the one vote per person policy. The title with the most No. 1 votes will win ICPL’s Mock Caldecott Award.

The Caldecott Medal is awarded to the artist of the most distinguished American Picture Book for Children published in the United States during the preceding year. Named in honor of the nineteenth-century English illustrator Randolph J. Caldecott, the first medal was awarded in 1933.

The 2017 Caldecott winner will be announced in January. ICPL will announce its Mock Caldecott winner on January 3.

For more information about the Caldecott Award, visit For more information about ICPL’s Mock Caldecott Award, contact the Library at 319-356-5200.

ICPL announces eReaders and Tablets Classes for Adults

by Meredith Hines-Dochterman on October 19th, 2016

Thinking about purchasing an eReader or tablet? The Iowa City Public Library and Senior Center are providing classes to help you understand some of the differences between the most popular devices out there.

One of the Library’s technology specialist will talk about the differences between eReaders and tablets. Find out what each of the major brands offer consumers and which of these brands work best with the Library’s digital media collections: Overdrive and Zinio.

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Popo’s Halloween Puppet Festival at ICPL Oct. 22

by Meredith Hines-Dochterman on October 12th, 2016

The Iowa City Public Library’s annual Popo’s Puppet Festival will be held from noon to 4:30 p.m. on Saturday, October 22, in Meeting Room A.

This year’s festival features three acts. Come for one performance or stay for all three!

First, join Parasol Puppets at noon for their performance of The Teeny Tiny Woman and Other Halloween Tales. This audience participation version of the old English folk tale features a teeny tiny woman who takes a teeny tiny walk and finds a teeny tiny bone. Suddenly, her teeny tiny house echoes with the cry of “Give me my bone!”

Popo’s Halloween Show takes the stage at 2:30 p.m. for a performance that will have the audience laughing so hard, it’s scary!

Finally, at 3:30 p.m., enjoy a shadow puppet show. Sea Beast Puppetry’s hero gets lost in the shadow. Will she ever be saved?

Stick around after the performances for crafts, or put on a show of your own with the Library’s collection of puppets.

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

ICPL to celebrate Star Wars Read Day Oct. 8

by Meredith Hines-Dochterman on October 3rd, 2016

Travel to a galaxy far, far away without leaving the Iowa City Public Library.

Visit us Saturday, October 8, in the Children’s Room as we celebrate this year’s Star Wars Read Day with crafts, stories, a movie, and an appearance by the 501st Legion. The fun begins with a special storytime at 10:30 a.m. and continues until noon.

Everyone is encouraged to dress as their favorite Star Wars character and join the fun. This event is for all fans, from the youngest Padawan to the wisest Jedi.

Contact the Library at 319-356-5200 for more information.

ICPL to Host All Iowa Reads 2016 Book Discussion

by Meredith Hines-Dochterman on September 30th, 2016

The Iowa City Public Library will host a discussion about the 2016 All Iowa Reads book, Lila by Marilynne Robinson, from 7 to 8 p.m. Monday, October 10, in Meeting Room B.

Lila, homeless and alone after years of roaming the countryside, steps inside a small-town Iowa church – the only available shelter from the rain – and ignites a romance and a debate that will reshape her life. She becomes the wife of a minister, John Ames, and begins a new existence while trying to make sense of the life that preceded her newfound security.

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Digital Johnson County introduces combined digital magazine collection

by Meredith Hines-Dochterman on September 29th, 2016

Tired of impulsively buying magazines at the grocery store? Save big bucks by downloading magazines for free through Digital Johnson County’s Zinio collection.

Beginning October 1, Coralville Public Library, Iowa City Public Library and the North Liberty Community Library will offer a combined digital magazine collection through Zinio to area residents. This is a free library service, but patrons must live in Coralville, Hills, Iowa City, Lone Tree, North Liberty, University Heights or rural Johnson County, and have a Library Card and password from their home library in order to use it.

Library users can check out and read a magazine using a web browser, or by downloading the Zinio for Libraries app, which is available for iPhone, iPad, Android, and Kindle Fire/HD/HDX.

For more information about Digital Johnson County, call the Coralville Public Library at 319-248-1850; the Iowa City Public Library at 319-356-5200; or the North Liberty Community Library at 319-626-5701.