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Steve McGuire to present bicycle design program at ICPL

by Meredith Hines-Dochterman on September 7th, 2016

Gear up for September’s Telenet UCI Cyclo-Cross World Cup by learning more about bicycle design and fabrication.

Join University of Iowa Professor Steve McGuire, creator of the University of Iowa’s School of Art & Art History handmade bicycle curriculum, for How to Build a Bike from 7 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 14, in Meeting Room A.

UI’s Hand Built Bicycle Program is comprised equally of art and engineering majors. Since the program’s inception, more than 70 students have built bicycles, with some going on to be engineers and craftspeople in the bicycle industry. UI was the first academic institution to be selected to exhibit the work of students at the North American Hand Built Bicycle Show, the most prestigious venue of its kind internationally. In 2014, five engineering students and five art students traveled to the North American Hand Built Bike Show in Charlotte, NC, to exhibit the bicycles they’d built, ­garnering national recognition in the process.

McGuire’s current project is The Poetics of Endurance: Design It, Build It, Ride It, a traveling exhibition of handmade bikes built for specific ultra races. With off-road courses that encompass everything from grass and dirt to mud and gravel, cyclocross fits the definition of ultra bike racing.

Iowa City has played host to the Jingle Cross Cyclo-Cross every winter since 2004. This year, the annual race will move to September to coincide with the World Cup on September 24. Called the sport’s Super Bowl, the World Cup features a series of races in countries across the globe. Iowa City is one of two North American host sites.

McGuire’s presentation is part of the ICPL’s Gear Up for Bikes, Bikes, Bikes; a series of programs designed to inform and educate the public about cyclocross. The program is free and open to the public.

For more information, visit icpl.org or call the Library at 319-356-5200.

ICPL hosts Shakespeare’s Herbs and Flowers at the Farmers Market

by Meredith Hines-Dochterman on September 2nd, 2016

It was William Shakespeare’s Juliet who once asked “What’s in a name? That which we call a rose by any another name would smell as sweet.”

It was not the first time Shakespeare used the language of flowers in his work. From Othello to Hamlet, the playwright’s characters have referenced daisies and violets, roses and lilies.

When Shakespeare was alive, flowers and herbs were used for more than adding color to the coffee table or spice to a meal. Join Dr. Colleen E. Kennedy, visiting assistant professor at the University of Iowa English department, at the Iowa City Farmers Market Saturday, September 10, to learn how herbs and flowers were used during Shakespeare’s time.

Kennedy’s hour-long demonstration will be presented twice; first at 9 a.m. and again at 11 a.m.

Kennedy’s presentation is part of a series of programs sponsored by the Iowa City Public Library in conjunction with the First Folio! The Book that Gave Us Shakespeare exhibit at the University of Iowa Main Library. The exhibit will remain on display through September 25.

For more information, visit icpl.org or call the Library at 319-356-5200.

September is Library Card Sign Up Month

by Meredith Hines-Dochterman on August 31st, 2016

With the new school year underway, now is the perfect time to check your wallet, purse or backpack to make sure you have the most important school supply item of all: your Iowa City Public Library Card!

September is Library Card Sign Up Month. If you don’t have a Library Card, now is the time to get one. Use your Library Card to check out books, movies, videogames, framed art, laptop computers, and music; access databases; explore the Library’s digital collection, including eBooks and audio books, and digital magazines; and get connected to the Library’s on-site public computer stations.

Cards are available for Iowa residents of any age. Pre-apply online at www.icpl.org/cards/get-a-card/ or complete the entire process in person at the first floor Help Desk whenever the Library is open. A photo ID and Iowa address verification are required for both options.

All new Library Card holders will receive a free ICPL drawstring book bag, while supplies last. If you’ve lost your card, we’ll replace it for free all month long!

For more information, visit www.icpl.org or call the Library at 319-356-5200.

MidWestOne Bank Hosts Book Drive

by Meredith Hines-Dochterman on August 30th, 2016

A special community effort to restock the shelves at the Iowa City Public Library’s Book End used bookstore starts soon at local MidWestOne bank locations.

The eleventh annual September collection will benefit The Book End store on the second floor of the library. The drive will run from September 1 through September 30.

Each MidWestOne bank in Iowa City, Coralville, and North Liberty will accept gently-read fiction and non-fiction books for all ages at a special inside collection box. If you have paperback romance, and any children’s books which are in great shape, please consider donating them. Bank customers, staff, and the public are encouraged to deliver their donations during convenient bank hours.

“It is wonderful of MidWestOne Bank to host this drive for The Book End again! Every year, the number of books received increases thanks to our generous communities. When those books are sold at The Book End, proceeds are used to buy prize books for every child and teen to finish our Summer Reading programs, and they help add more Art-to-Go. It will be wonderful to be able to see what is donated this year,” says Patty McCarthy, Director of Development of the Iowa City Public Library.

The Book End is staffed by dedicated volunteers as a fundraising activity of the Iowa City Public Library Friends Foundation.

Win tickets to see Rick Riordan at The Englert

by Meredith Hines-Dochterman on August 30th, 2016

Best-selling author Rick Riordan will be in Iowa City for the Iowa City Book Festival October 4 through October 9, appearing at The Englert Theatre on October 7. Tickets to the event are sold out, but the Iowa City Public Library has two to award to the winner of our Rick Riordan fan fiction writing contest.

The contest is open to students in 4th through 12th grades. The stories can be about any of Riordan’s works, but must be written by the student and no more than four pages in length.

Finished stories must be turned in at the Children’s Room Desk or Info Desk on the Library’s second floor by 5 p.m. Friday, September 23. Only one story per entrant, please. The winner will be announced at the Library’s screening of Percy Jackson and The Olympians: The Lightning Thief and trivia contest at 3:30 p.m. Thursday, September 29, in Meeting Room A.

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

ICPL Announces Shakespeare-Themed Sunday Funday Programs

by Meredith Hines-Dochterman on August 29th, 2016

To be or not to be isn’t the question when it comes to family fun at the Iowa City Public Library!

Celebrate William Shakespeare during Sunday Funday in September with activities for families and children of all ages. ICPL’s Shakespeare-themed programming coincides with the Shakespeare First Folio exhibit currently on display at the University of Iowa Main Library.

All Sunday Funday programs are held from 2 to 4 p.m.

September 4 in the Storytime Room: Gnomeo & Juliet

This animated adaptation of one of Shakespeare’s Romeo & Juliet takes the audience inside the garden rivalry between Miss Capulet and Mr. Montague, which leads to the feud between their garden gnomes.

September 11 in the Storytime Room: Shakespearean Puppets and Paper Dolls

Create your own set of players to perform a mini-Shakespearean performance with puppets and paper dolls.

September 18 in the Storytime Room: Flower Crowns and Nature Masks

Dress up like the characters from A Midsummer Night’s Dream with natural materials to create your own masquerade mask or a flower crown.

September 25 in Meeting Room A: William and Blackjack Storytelling

William’s use of props, including juggling sticks, dragon tears, magical pirate treasure and Blackjack the Dragon, will entertain all ages! William will be in the Children’s Room before and after his storytelling performance.

For more information, visit the Library’s calendar at calendar.icpl.org or call the Library at 319-356-5200.

ICPL announces September Classes for Adults

by Meredith Hines-Dochterman on August 26th, 2016

The internet is a great tool for finding information, purchasing items and interacting with others. Understanding how to navigate and use the internet safely makes using this tool more effective and fun. In September, the Iowa City Public Library is offering a new internet basics class, as well as classes on internet and social media safety and privacy.

Join us for Internet Basics at 10 a.m. Tuesday, September 6. Learn about what the internet is, how it works, and how a web browser interacts with the internet. Get a brief overview about the strengths and weaknesses of the different web browsers. This class will be repeated on Saturday, September 24, at 10:30 a.m.

Wary of the threats lurking around online? Learn strategies and skills to protect yourself and your privacy during the Internet Safety: Protecting Your Privacy class at 10 a.m. Friday, September 16. Then, learn how to adjust your settings and learn techniques for discovering the information that is already out there online about you during our Social Media Safety: Protecting Your Privacy Online class. Held at 12:30 p.m. on Saturday, September 24, this class will discuss the advantages and disadvantages of using the privacy settings on several social networks.

Classes will be held in the Computer Lab on the second floor of the library. Classes are free, but space is limited, so patrons should register early. Visit www.icpl.org/classes to register online or by calling the Library at 319-356-5200.

ICPL to Screen Cyclo-Cross Documentary

by Meredith Hines-Dochterman on August 25th, 2016

Gear up for September’s Telenet UCI Cyclo-Cross World Cup by watching For the Love of Mud Tuesday, September 6, from 7 to 9 p.m. in Meeting Room A at the Iowa City Public Library.

This documentary by British filmmaker Benedict Campbell gives the history and narrative about cyclo-cross, a niche bicycling race that consists of on- and off-road courses held on a mix of surfaces, including mud. Campbell spent more than a year filming at races throughout Europe and the U.S., interviewing local cyclists and elite athletes.

Iowa City has played host to the Jingle Cross Cyclo-Cross every winter since 2004. This year, the annual race will move to September to coincide with the World Cup on September 24.

Called the sport’s Super Bowl, the World Cup features a series of races in countries across the globe. Iowa City is one of two North American host sites.

This screening is part of the Library’s Gear Up for Bikes, Bikes, Bikes; a series of programs designed to inform and educate the public about cyclo-cross. It is free and open to the public.

For more information, visit icpl.org or call the Library at 319-356-5200.

ICPL to host stage fighting workshop for teens

by Meredith Hines-Dochterman on August 19th, 2016

Shakespeare Fighting FunThe Iowa City Public Library will host a stage fighting workshop from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 3, in Meeting Room A. This event coincides with Shakespeare’s First Folio exhibit at the University of Iowa Libraries Aug. 29 through Sept. 25.

Lukas Brasherfons, a master of fine arts student in dramaturgy at the University of Iowa, will lead the two-hour introduction to unarmed combat for the stage. He’ll show participants how to safely punch, slap and fall in the most basic of ways. The lesson will tie into how William Shakespeare used violence in his plays.

This workshop is intended for teens ages 13 through 18. Registration is not required.

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

I think I know you …

by Meredith Hines-Dochterman on August 17th, 2016
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I’m relatively new to audiobooks, having listened to my first one a few months ago, but I agree with my colleagues who say they are a great way to pass the time on long drives, during a run or cleaning the house.

I also agree with them that a narrator makes, or breaks, the audiobook.

There are several I’ve started but couldn’t finish because I didn’t like the narrator’s voice. One of these books was even read by the author, but she did not sound at all like I thought she would. For some odd reason even I can’t explain, that did not sit well with me. I returned the audiobook on my OverDrive app and checked out the physical book instead.

I recently finished listening to I Don’t Know What You Know Me From: My Life as a Co-Star by Judy Greer. She also voiced the audiobook. If the name isn’t familiar, I’m sure it will be after you Google it. With more than 16 working years in Hollywood, and 90+ film and TV credits to her name, she’s one of those actors who seems to be in everything.

She’s a star, yet she isn’t. She’s worked with George Clooney and Paul Rudd and Jennifer Lopez, but can still run to a 24-hour drug store without fear of being recognized. In fact, if/when she is recognized, the people who stop her aren’t sure why they’ve stopped her. Best of both worlds? The work, some fame, but no paparazzi?

(If you aren’t going to Google Judy Greer, she played Lucy in 13 Going on 30; Maggie Lang in Ant-Man; Karen Mitchell in Jurassic World; and Kitty Sanchez in Arrested Development.)

This was an entertaining memoir. Greer is funny, honest – some might think she’s too honest, but I loved it – and anyone who’s curious about what happens behind-the-scenes in Hollywood will get a little bit of gossip. Not dirt – she’s not stupid; she still has to make a living – but the next time you see a celebrity looking like the wish they were anywhere else on the red carpet or at a press junket, Greer’s book will explain why both aren’t fun.




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