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Book Madness: The Final Round

by Meredith Hines-Dochterman on April 4th, 2015

At the beginning of March, 128 books (64 titles in two brackets: Children’s, and Teens & Adults) were vying for ICPL’s 2015 Book Madness champion title.BookMadness

Your votes have narrowed that vast field of classic literature, childhood favorites, and pop culture must-reads to four books: Margaret Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale; The Lord of the Rings by J.R. R. Tolkien; Rick Riordan’s Percy Jackson series; and the Elephant and Piggie series by Mo Willems.

Now it is time to choose which books will be named the 2015 Book Madness Champion in their bracket.

2015 BOOK MADNESS: ADULTS & TEENS

The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood

vs.

The Lord of the Rings by J. R. R. Tolkien

2015 BOOK MADNESS: CHILDREN’S

Percy Jackson (series by Rick Riordan)

vs.

Elephant and Piggie (series by Mo Willems)

Voting begins now and will continue until we close Monday night. We will announce our winning Book Madness titles Tuesday and will contact our contest winners soon after. Remember, you can vote by visiting the Library. You can also vote online on our Facebook page or send a tweet to @ICPL using the #ICPLBookMadness hashtag! We’ll accept social media votes until 9 p.m. Monday.

You can find the list of all books in this year’s Book Madness literary competition here.

Sensory Storytime Kits available at ICPL

by Meredith Hines-Dochterman on April 1st, 2015

The Iowa City Public Library recently received a grant from the Pilot Club of Iowa City to fund the creation of four Sensory Storytime Kits.SensoryKitCheckout

Designed to make storytimes accessible and enjoyable for children with Autism Spectrum Disorder, sensory disorders, or other special needs, the kits include books, props, music CDs, puppets, flannel boards, fidget toys, and information on presenting Sensory Storytimes.

Patrons can choose from Good Morning, Good Night; Teeth!; What’s the Weather?; and Pick a Pet,. Kids will enjoy getting a monkey all dressed for his day; brushing giant teeth; matching clothes to the weather; or voting on which pet to choose.

While the kits were created with a specific audience in mind, they are available for all patrons to check out. The Sensory Storytime Kits are shelved in the Storytime Kit collection in the Children’s Room.

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

ICPL to screen Desk Set on April 16

by Meredith Hines-Dochterman on April 1st, 2015

The Iowa City Public Library will celebrate National Library Week with a screening of Desk Set at 7 p.m. Thursday, April 16.DeskSet

This 1957 film, starring Spencer Tracy and Katharine Hepburn, tells the story of two strong personalities who clash over changes at a TV network’s research department. Hepburn is Bunny Watson, head researcher in the “Federal Broadcasting Network” library, while Tracy is efficiency expert Richard Sumner. Sumner was hired to secretly computerize the office, something Watson doesn’t support, leading to a battle of wits with the dialogue to match.

Directed by Walter Lang, Desk Set is based on the Broadway play by Robert Fryer and Lawrence Carr. It is the eighth movie to pair the two screen legends.

The movie will be shown in the big screen in Meeting Room A. Popcorn will be provided.

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

ICPL celebrates Money Smart Week April 18-25

by Meredith Hines-Dochterman on April 1st, 2015

The Iowa City Public Library, in a partnership with MidWestOne Bank, the Jacobson Institute for Youth Entrepreneurship, and Wells Fargo, will celebrate Money Smart Week April 18 through April 25. Created by the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago in 2002, Money Smart Week is a public awareness campaign designed to help consumers better manage their personal finances.

The weeklong celebration begins with a special Sunday Fun Day event. Families are invited to take a page from Ben Franklin’s book and make kites from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday, April 19, in the Storytime Room. This craft will rely on found and easily attainable objects for frugal kite and windsock assembly. A banker from Wells Fargo will also be present to share information about being Money Smart.money

Students in 7th through 12th grades are invited to attend a Quick Pitch Assembly from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Monday, April 20, in Meeting Room A. Students will have three minutes to pitch an idea for a product or service, then receive five minutes of feedback from a panel of judges. Cash prizes for the best pitches will be rewarded: $100 for first place, $50 for second, and $25 for third. Participants must register at http://www.icpl.org/quick-pitch.

Did you know that ICPL patrons have access to money management resources? Learn about MorningStar and Value Line, two leading investment research resources, during our Be Money Smart class on April 21 from 10 to 11 a.m. in the Computer Lab. Library staff will demonstrate how to use these databases, giving users they information they need to be smart investors. Space is limited for this class. Register online at calendar.icpl.org or call (319) 356-5200.

Finally, all patrons are invited to participate in DASH for the STASH, a statewide competition to win a $1,000 IRA. To participate, read four Money Smart Week posters on display at the Library, use your Smartphone or Table to scan the QR code to access that topical question, and submit your answers.

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

ICPL celebrates Drop Everything and Read in April

by Meredith Hines-Dochterman on March 31st, 2015

April is D.E.A.R. (Drop Everything and Read) Month and we plan to celebrate by sharing pictures of Library staff dropping everything to read.

D.E.A.R. is the acronym beloved children’s author Beverly Cleary penned in Ramona Quimby, Age 8. In this story, Ramona’s third grade teacher, Mrs. Whaley, tells the students they will have Sustained Silent Reading every day after lunch, during which children could read whatever they want without having to write a book report. To make Sustained Silent Reading sound more fun, Mrs. Whaley decided to call it D.E.A.R.

Ramona Quimby, Age 8 was published in 1981. Since then, Drop Everything and Read promotions have been held on April 12 in honor of Beverly Cleary’s birthday, but HarperCollins Publishers decided to extend the fun, and the reading, by making D.E.A.R. a month-long celebration.

How will you celebrate?

Visit http://www.dropeverythingandread.com/ for more information, resources and other information – and don’t forget to check out ICPL’s D.E.A.R. photos on Facebook, twitter, and Instagram.

ICPL open on Easter Sunday

by Meredith Hines-Dochterman on March 30th, 2015

The Iowa City Public Library will be open during its regular hours, from noon to 5 p.m., on Easter Sunday, April 5.

More information on ICPL’s hours can be found here.

Book Madness Update: And then there were four

by Meredith Hines-Dochterman on March 30th, 2015

It wasn’t easy, but you managed to whittle 64 titles down to four in ICPL’s Book Madness.BookMadness

In the teens and adults bracket, How to Tell If Your Cat is Plotting to Kill You by The Oatmeal was the winning title in our Humor Me category, while Margaret Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale won the Books That Blow Your Mind category. Local author Sarah Prineas was voted the winner of the Iowa Writers category and The Lord of the Rings was named the best Big Book Worth the Effort.

In the children’s bracket, Percy Jackson edged out The Pigeon to win the Beloved Character category, while Charlotte’s Web by E.B. White won the Books That Got You Hooked on Reading category. Elephant and Piggie were named the Best Series and Bill Thomson’s Chalk took the Wordless Picture Book category.

How will these books fare against each other? Your votes decide!

Voting for the Finals begins now and continues until 6 p.m. Saturday. Be sure to stop by the Library this week to vote for the books you want to see go head-to-head. We will update the bracket Sunday morning.

We are open from noon to 5 p.m. on Easter Sunday.

If you can’t make it to the Library before Saturday, you can vote on our Facebook page or send a tweet to @ICPL using the #ICPLBookMadness hashtag! We’ll accept social media votes until 6 p.m. Saturday.

You can find the list of all books in this year’s Book Madness literary competition here. We also have extra brackets at the Children’s Desk, Help Desk and Info Desk if you’d like to pick one up as a reading list.

BOOK MADNESS 2015: TEENS & ADULTS FINAL FOUR

How to Tell If Your Cat is Plotting to Kill You by The Oatmeal vs. The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood

The Lord of the Rings by J. R. R. Tolkien vs. The Magic Thief series by Sarah Prineas

BOOK MADNESS 2015: CHILDREN’S FINAL FOUR

Percy Jackson vs. Charlotte’s Web by E. B. White

Elephant and Piggie vs. Chalk by Bill Thomson

Book Madness Update: We have our Elite Eight!

by Meredith Hines-Dochterman on March 28th, 2015

BookMadness

The votes are in! Below are the titles and beloved book characters that are our 2015 Book Madness Elite Eight!

Be sure to visit the Library this weekend to vote for your favorite book(s) to advance to the Final Four! We’ll update the brackets on Monday!

If you can’t make it to the Library this weekend, you can vote on our Facebook page or send a tweet to @ICPL using the #ICPLBookMadness hashtag! We’ll accept social media votes until 8:30 a.m. Monday.

And if anyone knows how to choose between Island of the Blue Dolphins and Charlotte’s Web in the Books That Got You Hooked on Reading category, please let us know. It’s too hard!

You can find the list of all books in this year’s Book Madness literary competition here. We also have extra brackets at the Children’s Desk, Help Desk and Info Desk if you’d like to pick one up as a reading list.

Book Madness 2015: Adults and Teens

HUMOR ME

  • How to Tell If Your Cat is Plotting to Kill You by The Oatmeal
  • Bossypants by Tina Fey

BOOKS THAT BLOW YOUR MIND

  • The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood
  • Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card

BIG BOOKS WORTH THE EFFORT

  • The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck
  • The Lord of the Rings by J. R. R. Tolkien

IOWA WRITERS

  • Dewey: The Small-Town Library Cat Who Touched the World by Vicki Myron
  • The Magic Thief series by Sarah Prineas

Book Madness 2015: Children’s

BELOVED CHARACTERS

  • Percy Jackson
  • The Pigeon

BOOKS THAT GOT YOU HOOKED ON READING

  • Island of the Blue Dolphins by Scott O’Dell
  • Charlotte’s Web by E. B. White

BEST SERIES

  • Little House on the Prairie
  • Elephant and Piggie

WORDLESS PICTURE BOOKS

  • Flora and the Flamingo by Molly Idle
  • Chalk by Bill Thomson

A different look at love

by Meredith Hines-Dochterman on March 26th, 2015

Do you ever go through reading slumps during which nothing grabs your attention? You pick up a book, read a few chapters, decide it’s not for you, and move on to the next?

I’d been battling that for almost two months when I decided enough was enough. Rather than check out another book I likely wouldn’t finish, I went to the book store and purchased a book. It sounds odd that a Library employee would do that, but I figured I had a greater chance of finishing the book if I was financially committed to it.something different

Because I am doing the Pop Sugar 2015 Reading Challenge with my book group, I purchased Sandy Hall’s A Little Something Different to satisfy the “read a book because of its cover” requirement.

I’m glad I did because this book, like its cover, is adorable.

A Little Something Different is the story of how two college students, Lea and Gabe, fall in love — only they don’t tell the story. Instead, everyone around them tells it, from Lea’s roommate and Gabe’s older brother, to their creative writing instructor and the cynical Starbucks barista. Even a campus squirrel has insights to offer. He may not be able to communicate with Lea and Gabe, but he loves that they share their food with him.

This is not a deep read. This book probably won’t change your life, though it might inspire you to give a squirrel a piece of your bagel. It will, however, make you smile. I finished it in two days and it was exactly what I needed to get over my reading slump.

Oh, and the author is a librarian in New Jersey. How can I not love that?

 

Book Madness Update: Vote now to determine our Elite Eight

by Meredith Hines-Dochterman on March 26th, 2015

We have our Sweet Sixteen, though the sweet aspect might be pushed aside as people vote to keep their favorite title and/or character in the running. It’s getting harder to choose. Percy Jackson vs. Laura Ingalls Wilder? Gone With the Wind vs. The Grapes of Wrath? The Giver vs. Charlotte’s Web? BookMadness

“It’s too hard to choose,” one patron tweeted.

We agree, but it must be done. Voting in this round continues through the end of the day Friday. We will reveal our Elite Eight Saturday morning.

Go Books!

Click here to see the original lineup.

Book Madness 2015: Adults and Teens

HUMOR ME

  • How to Tell If Your Cat is Plotting to Kill You by The Oatmeal
  • Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams
  • One for the Money by Janet Evanovich
  • Bossypants by Tina Fey

BOOKS THAT BLOW YOUR MIND

  • A Prayer for Owen Meany by John Irving
  • The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood
  • Fight Club by Chuck Palahniuk
  • Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card

BIG BOOKS WORTH THE EFFORT

  • Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell
  • The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck
  • David Copperfield by Charles Dickens
  • The Lord of the Rings by J. R. R. Tolkien

IOWA WRITERS

  • A Thousand Acres by Jane Smiley
  • Dewey: The Small-Town Library Cat Who Touched the World by Vicki Myron
  • On the Island by Tracey Garvis Graves
  • The Magic Thief series by Sarah Prineas

Book Madness 2015: Children’s

BELOVED CHARACTERS

  • Laura Ingalls Wilder
  • Percy Jackson
  • Curious George
  • The Pigeon

BOOKS THAT GOT YOU HOOKED ON READING

  • Island of the Blue Dolphins by Scott O’Dell
  • The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien
  • The Giver by Lois Lowry
  • Charlotte’s Web by E. B. White

BEST SERIES

  • Diary of a Wimpy Kid
  • Little House on the Prairie
  • Babymouse
  • Elephant and Piggie

WORDLESS PICTURE BOOKS

  • Journey by Aaron Becker
  • Flora and the Flamingo by Molly Idle
  • Owly by Andy Runton
  • Chalk by Bill Thomson



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