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Instant book reviews on Instagram

by Meredith Hines-Dochterman on July 1st, 2015

They say a picture is worth a 1,000 words. We’re looking for less than that.I

We launched #ICPLinstareview on the Library’s Instagram account today and need your reviews to make it awesome. Here’s how it works:

  • Take a picture of a book you finished reading.
  • Post it to your Instagram account with the #ICPLinstareview hashtag.
  • Write a short review of the book.

We’ll re-gram our favorite images. Then, at the end of July and August, we’ll choose one review from each month and that person will receive a $25 Downtown Iowa City gift card!

Start reading, reviewing and discover new great reads!

Digital Johnson County Expands eBook Options for Iowa City, Coralville and North Liberty Libraries

by Meredith Hines-Dochterman on June 30th, 2015

Beginning July 1, the Coralville Public Library, Iowa City Public Library, and North Liberty Community Library will offer combined eBook and digital audiobook collections through OverDrive to area residents.digital_banner

OverDrive is a digital service that allows library users to borrow and enjoy eBooks and audiobooks from their library’s digital collection, anytime and anywhere. By combining digital collections, Coralville, Iowa City, and North Liberty library users will have access to more than 9,000 eBooks and 5,000 audiobook titles.

“Given the layout of our communities, many Johnson County library users have multiple library cards,” says Anne Mangano, coordinator of collections for the Iowa City Public Library. “In order to better meet their needs, and increase the number of digital items available to them, we decided to share our resources, forming Digital Johnson County. It doesn’t matter if you live in Coralville, Iowa City, or North Liberty, you have access to the same collection.”

OverDrive 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 from your home library in order to use it. Library users can read or listen to OverDrive books using a web browser. No special software or downloads required. Users can also download the OverDrive app, which is available for Windows, Android, Apple, Kindle, and Nook.

Persons interested in learning more about eBooks and audiobooks should attend the Iowa City Public Library’s Tech Help from 10 a.m. to noon on Mondays and Wednesdays and noon to 4 p.m. every Tuesday. North Liberty patrons can stop by or call the library to make an appointment with Technology Librarian Janet Lubben for help with e-content. Help is also available at the Coralville Public Library Reference Desk.

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.

My post-vacation reading list

by Meredith Hines-Dochterman on June 29th, 2015

A week ago at this time, I was … I’m not quite sure where I was. I know was somewhere on the East Coast, but after two weeks on the road, the days and states start to blend together.schulz

Vermont played the biggest role in my summer vacation. My family and I spent six days in White River Junction so our two teens could attend a week-long Create Comics summer workshop at the Center for Cartoon Studies.

(It was strange to wave goodbye to the kids as they left the hotel for class every morning while my husband and I got to explore. We tried to make up for it by bringing them back trinkets from our day trips, but our daughter has yet to forgive us going on the Ben & Jerry’s Factory Tour without her.)

We used travel guides when planning our trip, but the quest for knowledge doesn’t end simply because the suitcases are unpacked. Now I’m browsing the Library’s collection for books to supplement the vacation experience, beginning with our graphic novel collection.

schulz2The Center for Cartoon Studies is home to the Schulz Library. Named after Peanuts creator Charles M. Schulz, the library is home to more than 9,000 zines, graphic novels, cartoon collections, etc. My kids visited the library to make lists of graphic novels they want to read, many of which can be found at ICPL. We also have several books in our collection by CCS alums, including Adventures in Cartooning by James Strum, Andrew Arnold, and Alexis Frederick-Frost; Annie Sullivan and the Trials of Helen Keller by Joseph Lambert; and French Milk by Lucy Knisley.

The tour of the Ben & Jerry’s factory in Waterbury left me with new-found appreciation for the company that started with a home study ice cream course. Ben & Jerry’s Double-Dip: Lead with Your Values and Make Money, Too by Ben Cohen and Jerry Greenfield is now on my reading list. As you might expect, we bought a lot of maple syrup, so The Maple Syrup Book by Janet Eagleson and Rosemary Hasner will come in handy, too.

What books have you picked up after traveling?

ICPL celebrates Monuments Men with two events

by Meredith Hines-Dochterman on June 12th, 2015

The Iowa City Public Library will celebrate a piece of American history with a screening of Monuments Men on Wednesday, June 24.

This 2014 film, directed and co-written by George Clooney, stars Matt Damon, Bill Murray, John Goodman, Jean Dujardin, Bob Balaban, Hugh Bonneville, Cate Blanchett, and Clooney. It is loosely based on the non-fiction book The Monuments Men: Allied Heroes, Nazi Thieves and the Greatest Treasure Hunt in History.

During World War II, the Allies are making good progress driving back the Axis powers in Italy. However, Frank Stokes (played by Clooney) persuades the American President that victory will have little meaning if the artistic treasures of Western civilization are lost in the fighting. Stokes is directed to assemble an Army unit nicknamed the “Monuments Men,” comprising seven museum directors, curators, and art historians to both guide Allied units and search for stolen art to return it to its rightful owners.

The movie will be shown on the big screen in Meeting Room A beginning at 7 p.m. Popcorn will be provided.

Eager to learn about Iowa’s connection to Monuments Men? Join us for a presentation by Nancy Trask, director of the Winterset Public Library in Winterset, Iowa, about Iowa’s own Monuments Man, George Stout, at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, July 1.

Iowa native Stout was a member of the U.S. Army’s Monuments, Fine Arts and Archives Program. Established in 1943 to help protect cultural property in war areas during and after World War II, Stout was one of about 400 service members and civilians who worked with military forces to safeguard historic and cultural monuments from war damage. As the conflict came to a close, the mission shifted to find and return works of art and other items of cultural importance that had been stolen by the Nazis or hidden for safekeeping.

In the movie Monuments Men, George Clooney’s character — Frank Stokes — is based on George Stout.

Iowa’s Own Monuments Man: George Stout will be held in Meeting Room A. This event also will be broadcast live on The Library Channel, Iowa City cable channel 20.

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

Iowa City Noon Rotary Club Celebrates 100 Years

by Meredith Hines-Dochterman on June 11th, 2015

The Iowa City Noon Rotary Club is celebrating 100 years of service with its Rev Up for Rotary, Rev Up for Reading raffle drawing.

Buy your tickets now for a chance to win a 2015 Toyota Highlander XLE AWD. Tickets are $25 each or five for $100, with proceeds benefiting the Iowa City Public Library, the Coralville Public Library, the North Liberty Community Library, and Iowa City Noon Rotary community projects.

Tickets can be purchased at the libraries or from an Iowa City Noon Rotary Club member. The winning ticket will be drawn during the club’s Centennial Celebration on Thursday, Nov. 5. Tickets are good for a chance at other valuable prizes, including a 7-day Winter Park at a Colorado condominium that sleeps up to eight people.

Winners need not be present to win.

The Iowa City Noon Rotary Club was established in 1915 to bring the ideals of Rotary International to the community, with club members supporting international, national and local efforts to improve health and wellness, education and literacy, and the lives of others. These include but are not exclusive to:

  • Polio Plus Campaign – a fundraising campaign to eradicate polio worldwide
  • Iowa MOST – funding cleft lip palate surgeries for patients in Central America
  • I Can Read – an early literacy project with Sing-a-Long books, CDs and DVDs gifted to local schools
  • 4th Grade Dictionary Project – dictionaries are distributed to every fourth grade student in the Iowa City Community School District each year
  • Scholarship and travel expenses for local students participating in activities such as Special Olympics and We the People.

For more information about Iowa City Noon Rotary, visit iowacitynoonrotary.org or find them on Facebook under Iowa City Noon Rotary Club.

Equal Before the Law Book Discussion at ICPL

by Meredith Hines-Dochterman on June 10th, 2015

On April 3, 2009, a decision by the Iowa Supreme Court made Iowa the third state in the nation to permit same-sex couples to marry. E

Equal Before The Law: How Iowa Led Americans to Marriage Equality by award-winning reporters Tom Witosky and Marc Hansen tells the stories behind this issue and traces the decisions impact.

Witosky and Hansen’s research and interviews with dozens of key figures – politicians, lawyers, and the people personally involved — show that no one should have been surprised by the 2009 decision. Iowans have a long history of leadership on civil rights, as illustrated by the state motto adopted in 1847: “Our liberties we prize and our rights we will maintain.”

Join Witosky and Hansen for a book discussion from 1 to 2:30 p.m. Sunday, June 21, in Meeting Room A.

This event is sponsored by the Iowa City Public Library and University of Iowa Press. It is free and open to the public, and will be broadcast live on The Library Channel, cable channel 20.

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

Way Cool Chemistry Dates Announced

by Meredith Hines-Dochterman on June 3rd, 2015

Way Cool Chemistry, a program designed to make chemistry accessible and fun for fifth- through eighth-grade students, returns to the Iowa City Public Library this summer.

Students interested in chemistry will have the opportunity to participate in hands-on demonstrations and experiments from 2 to 3 p.m. Saturday, June 20, and Saturday, Aug. 1.

Both programs will be held in Meeting Room A. Pre-registration is not required.

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

Library Links Golf Classic set for June 26

by Meredith Hines-Dochterman on June 2nd, 2015

It’s almost tee time!

The Third Annual Library Links Golf Classic will be held Friday, June 26, at Finkbine Golf Course in Iowa City, beginning with lunch at 11:30 a.m., followed by shotgun at 1 p.m.

This annual fundraiser on the green is held to raise green for the Annual Fund of the Iowa City Public Library Friends Foundation. This year, the Library is focused on growing its Summer Reading Programs to keep children and teens reading and learning throughout the summer months.

Visit https://icplff.ejoinme.org/librarylinks to register or learn more about sponsorship opportunities. Registrants can sign up as a foursome or individual player.

Forms can also be downloaded at http://www.icpl.org/pdfs/Library_Links_2015.pdf and returned to Patty McCarthy, Director of Development, at the Iowa City Public Library, 123 S. Linn St. in Iowa City, or dropped in the donation box on the Library’s first floor, next to the book return.

For more information, contact Director of Development Patty McCarthy at patty-mccarthy@icpl.org or (319) 356-5249.

Songs for Singing and Hope at Iowa City Public Library

by Meredith Hines-Dochterman on June 2nd, 2015

In the fall of 2008, a choir of volunteer performers formed with the goal of offering songs of healing and comfort to those struggling with living or dying.BarbaraMcAfee

For nearly seven years, Morning Star Singers have performed for free at hospices, hospitals, nursing homes and private homes within the Twin Cities.

Founder Barbara McAfee says it was her experience singing at the bedsides of friends and family that inspired her to create Morning Star Singers. A voice coach, singer/songwriter, keynote speaker, and author, McAfee travels the world to speak about the power of music to build, heal, and transform communities, big or small.

McAfee will be at the Iowa City Public Library from noon to 2 p.m. Tuesday, June 9, in Meeting Room A to describe the concept of a comfort choir and share the story of the Morning Star Singers. She also will teach simple songs and share some of her experiences singing for the ill, dying or bereaved.

This presentation is the opportunity to join a lively community of vocal explorers, experience literal and metaphorical harmony, and an enhanced feeling of unity and connection through music.

Songs for Healing and Hope is open to the public. It will be broadcast live on The Library Channel, Iowa City cable channel 20.

This event is sponsored by Iowa City Hospice and the Iowa City Public Library. For more information, contact Iowa City Hospice at (800) 897-3052.

ICPL Announces Monday Matinee Lineup

by Meredith Hines-Dochterman on June 2nd, 2015

The Iowa City Public Library will kick off its Monday Matinee series Monday, June 8, with Disney Pixar’s The Incredibles.

Join us every Monday at 2 p.m. in the Storytime Room for a screening of some of our favorite family movies.

June 8: The Incredibles

Undercover superhero family, the Parrs, are trying to live quietly until they are forced to don their masks again to try to save the world.

June 15: How to Train Your Dragon

Aspiring dragon hunter Hiccup discovers that there may be more to dragons than his clan thinks.

June 22: Shrek

When his swamp fills with magical creatures, Shrek the Ogre agrees to rescue a princess for the king. In return his swamp will be emptied of creatures.

June 29: Kung Fu Panda

Po the Panda dreams of being a master of Kung Fu while working in his parents’ noodle shop. When he is chosen to fulfill an ancient prophecy despite having no martial arts experience, Po is forced to try to make his dreams a reality.

July 6: Brave

Princess Merida, determined to make her own path, defies a custom, creating chaos in her kingdom.

July 13: Wreck-It Ralph

Videogameland villian Weck-It Ralph aspires to be the hero of his game.

July 20: WALL-E

In the distant future a small garbage compacting robot, WALL-E, inadvertently sets out on a space adventure that will change the fate of the human race.

July 27: Mulan

To save her father from being drafted into the Chinese army, Mulan takes his place and becomes one of China’s most celebrated heroines.

Monday Matinee is a free event for children of all ages. For more information, call the Library at (319) 356-5200.




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