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ICPL Top Staff Picks 2016: Young Adult

by Meredith Hines-Dochterman on December 24th, 2016

Young adult titles used to dominate our Best of the Best book list. In fact, our most recommended books of 2012 and 2013 were YA titles: Rainbow Rowell’s Eleanor & Park in 2013 and John Green’s The Fault in Our Stars in 2012.

Will it happen again?

You need to check back on December 31 when we release our Top Picks of 2016 in all genres. For now, check out the young adult titles staff members enjoyed.


  • Flawed by Cecelia Ahern
  • A Study in Charlotte by Brittany Cavallaro
  • Girl in Pieces by Kathleen Glasgow
  • Heartless by Marissa Meyer
  • Cherry by Lindsey Rosin
  • Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys
  • Thanks for the Trouble by Tommy Wallach
  • P.S. I Like You by Kasie West

Have you explored our young adult collection? It’s on the Library’s second floor!

ICPL Top Staff Picks 2016: Fiction

by Meredith Hines-Dochterman on December 23rd, 2016

ICPL staff combed through their 2016 reading logs to select the books they loved for our annual end-of-the-year Staff Top Picks lists.

The nominations were divided into eight categories: fiction; young adult; children’s; mystery; science fiction/fantasy; biography/memoir; nonfiction; and graphic novels. The only rule was that the book had to be released in 2016; books released in hardback in 2014 and paperback in 2015 were disqualified. Any book that was nominated by more than one staff member made our 2016 Best of the Best list.

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ICPL Presents Chilly Readers Winter Book Reading Club for Children

by Meredith Hines-Dochterman on December 20th, 2016

Registration for the Iowa City Public Library’s Chilly Readers Winter Reading Book Club begins January 2, 2017.

Available for young readers ages zero through 12, the book club will help children pass the winter hours when it’s too cold to play outdoors. It will run from January 2 through February 28, with participants encouraged to read 20 books during that time. Children can count books they read independently as well as those read to them.

Sign up at the Children’s Desk or online at All participants will receive a bookmark to track their progress to 20 books. A prize will be awarded after children read 10 books. There’s only one prize per person, including those who read more than 20 books.

Visit for more information or call the Library at 319-356-5200.

ICPL announces January Classes for Adults

by Meredith Hines-Dochterman on December 16th, 2016

Want to learn more about your Apple or Android tablet or smartphone? In January, the Iowa City Public Library will offer several classes that help beginning and intermediate users get a better handle on their hand-held devices.

Join us at 11 a.m. on Friday, January 13, for iPad Tips and Tricks. This 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.

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Super Smash Bros Video Game Tournament at ICPL

by Meredith Hines-Dochterman on December 14th, 2016

Hey teens, celebrate the first day of winter vacation at the Iowa City Public Library – and get your game face on because it’s Video Game Tournament time!

We’re throwing down Super Smash Bros for Nintendo Wii U. The battle will be held from 1 to 3 p.m. Thursday, December 22, in the Koza Family Teen Center.

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

Come to Way Cool Chemistry on Dec. 10

by Meredith Hines-Dochterman on December 2nd, 2016

Students interested in chemistry will have the opportunity to participate in hands-on demonstrations and experiments from 2 to 3 p.m. on Saturday, December 10, in Meeting Room A at the Iowa City Public Library.

Way Cool Chemistry is designed to make chemistry accessible and fun for fifth- through eighth-grade students. Pre-registration is not required.

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

Iowa City Public Library closed on Dec. 9

by Meredith Hines-Dochterman on December 1st, 2016

The Iowa City Public Library will be closed Friday, December 9, for Staff Inservice Day.

“The annual Inservice Day is an opportunity for all Library staff to attend training designed to improve services for patrons,” Community and Access Services Coordinator Kara Logsden said.

The day begins with staff recognition during which seven Library employees will be recognized for service to ICPL. This year, the Library will recognize individuals who have worked at the Library for five, 10, 25 and 45 years.

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Children’s Room December Events Announced

by Meredith Hines-Dochterman on November 30th, 2016

Snowman socks, reindeer games and gingerbread fun are among the programs and events the Iowa City Public Library’s Children Room has planned during December. Our calendar is stuffed with things to do, see and make all month long!

Wednesday, December 7, 10:30 a.m. in Meeting Room A: Preschool Storytime – Winter Sing-Along

Bring your best caroling voice, and get ready to interact with instruments, stories and winter fun! Whether there’s snow on the ground yet or not, stick around for an indoor snowball fight to end the program!

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Celebrate the Season with Cocoa and Carols at ICPL

by Meredith Hines-Dochterman on November 28th, 2016

Join the Combined Efforts Men’s Choir for a sing-along featuring all of your holiday favorites during Cocoa and Carols from 2 to 3:00 p.m. Sunday, December 4, in Meeting Room A at the Iowa City Public Library.

After the performance, stay for cocoa and cookies donated by The Java House.

Founded in 2012, the Combined Efforts Men’s Choir has performed with several local musical groups in various venues throughout the area, as well as all Combined Efforts productions.

ICPL announces Music Classes in December

by Meredith Hines-Dochterman on November 23rd, 2016

Have you ever wanted to try your hand at making your own composition? Or do you want to learn more about free music from online sources? The Iowa City Public Library and Senior Center are providing classes on Garageband and an overview of popular online music sites such as Spotify in December.

Use one of the Library’s iPads to explore the app Garageband at 10 a.m. Friday, December 2, at 10:00 a.m. at the library. Garageband is an app that is easy to use so anyone regardless of your musical experience can create something with it.

Join us for Digital Music at the Senior Center at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, December 6. Understand the difference between online music providers Spotify, ICPL’s Local Music Project, Pandora, streaming radio services, and subscription streaming services. Find out how online streaming music services have affected musicians and music.

Classes at the Library will be held in the Computer Lab on the second floor. Classes are free, but space is limited, so patrons should register early. Visit to register online or by calling the Library at 319-356-5200. If you plan on attending the class at the Senior Center, register by calling 319-356-5220.