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ICPL announces May Classes for Adults

by Meredith Hines-Dochterman on April 23rd, 2015

May is National Historic Preservation month and the Iowa City Public Library will celebrate by honoring local historian, Irving B. Weber. In conjunction with the many Weber on Wednesday events, the computer classes for adults will focus on history through genealogical research.

Have you ever wondered about your family tree? Not sure how to start searching for your ancestors? Come join us for an Introduction to Genealogy on Friday, May 8, or on Tuesday, May 19, beginning at 10 a.m. A librarian will help you get started by talking about what questions to ask, how to keep track of your information, and places you might want to search.

At 10 a.m. on Monday, May 11, and Friday, May 29, find out how to use the library’s genealogy resources at Using Ancestry.com for Genealogy. Find out how both Ancestry and Heritage Quest, two leading, genealogical databases, can help you solve your family tree mysteries.

All classes for adults are held in the Library’s Computer Lab on the second floor. Classes are free, but space is limited to 10 people per program, so patrons should register early.

Visit www.icpl.org/classes to register online. You can also register by calling the Library at (319) 356-5200.

Avengers Fans Assemble at ICPL

by Meredith Hines-Dochterman on April 22nd, 2015

The Iowa City Public Library’s Teen Movie Club will screen The Avengers from 4 to 6:30 p.m. Friday, May 1, in the Koza Family Teen Center.

Teens in grades seventh through 12th are invited to hang out and watch Earth’s mightiest heroes come together and learn to fight as a team. This is your chance to catch up with Iron Man, Captain America and Thor before watching Avengers: Age of Ultron in theaters.

Popcorn will be provided.

Once you’ve watched the movies, let’s dive into the comics! The Library’s Teen Comic Book Club will discuss all things Avengers from 2 to 3 p.m. on Saturday, May 23, in the Koza Family Teen Center.

Teens in grades seventh through 12th are invited to pick any Avengers comic to read and geek out about at the meeting. Actually, you don’t have to read anything at all. If you just want to listen to conversations about comic books, that’s fine, too.

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

ICPL to screen DamNation on April 22

by Meredith Hines-Dochterman on April 15th, 2015

The Iowa City Public Library will celebrate Earth Day with a screening of DamNation at 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 22.EarthDayFilm

Winner of the 2014 SXSW Film Festival Audience Choice Award in the Documentary Spotlight category, DamNation explores the change in our national attitude from pride in big dams as engineering wonders to the growing awareness that our own future is bound to the life and health of our rivers.

Dams were created to control seasonal flooding, create recreational lakes, and generate power, but by doing so, entire ecosystems were changed or destroyed. Now, as obsolete dams come down, rivers bound back to life as native species return to their primeval spawning grounds after decades without access.

Named the Best Conservation Film at the 2014 International Wildlife Film Festival and winner of the Environmental Advocacy Award at the 2014 Environmental Film Festival in the Nation’s Capital, DamNation has been praised as “ … quick, smart doc on the natural havoc dams cause.”

Directed by Ben Knight and Travis Rummel, this 87-minute film will be shown in the big screen in Meeting Room A. This event is co-sponsored by ECO Iowa City. Popcorn will be provided.

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

Middle and High School Students Invited to Pitch Business Ideas

by Meredith Hines-Dochterman on April 14th, 2015

Do you have a great business idea? Are you a student middle or high school student? Would you like to pitch your idea and garner feedback from a panel of judges?Quick Pitch

If you answered yes to these questions, then you should attend the Iowa City Public Library’s Quick Pitch Assembly on Monday, April 20.

Students in 7th through 12th grades 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.

The Quick Pitch Assembly from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Monday, April 20, in Meeting Room A. Refreshments will be provided. Registration isn’t required, but it is appreciated. To register, visit http://www.icpl.org/quick-pitch.

This Quick Pitch Assembly is co-sponsored by the Library, MidWestOne Bank, and the Jacobson Institute for Youth Entrepreneurship as part of Money Smart Week April 18 through April 15. 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.

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

Learn more with databases at ICPL

by Meredith Hines-Dochterman on April 10th, 2015

With subscriptions to nearly 50 databases, the Iowa City Public Library has the resources patrons need to learn a new language, research or check stocks, or find information about an ancestor or loved one.

The Library’s databases can be accessed at www.icpl.org under the Reference and Research tab on the left side of the web site. Click Online Resources and watch the instructional video on the screen to learn more about the information at your fingertips.

The Library’s databases are organized by category and alphabetically.

Every database can be accessed from the Library, but some can be accessed at home. This option is available to Iowa City residents, as well as those who live in rural Johnson County, or the cities of Hills, Lone Tree, and University Heights. Patrons wishing to access a database at home must have a Library Card.

Databases that can’t be accessed at home are noted in the description.

“Databases are another great resource for Library patrons,” Library Assistant Jen Eilers says. “They have the capability to learn so much with just the click of a button.”

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

We have our Book Madness winners!

by Meredith Hines-Dochterman on April 7th, 2015

It was extremely close, but J. R. R. Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings edged out Margaret Atwood’s A Handmaid’s Tale to be named ICPL’s 2015 Book Madness champion in the Teens & Adults bracket.

The Children’s bracket winner was the Percy Jackson series by Rick Riordan. The demigod beat out Mo Willems’ Elephant and Piggie series.BookMadness

Nearly 100 patrons turned in completed brackets, but only 14 had the winning title in their bracket — seven in the Teens & Adults bracket, and seven in the Children’s bracket. We moved to a point system to determine our winner (one point for every correct title moving on to Round 2, two points for every correct title in the Sweet 16, three points for every correct title in the Elite 8, etc.).

The winner of the Children’s bracket racked up 72 points, while the winner in the Teens & Adults bracket earned 81 points. We will contact them this week.

Library staff also participated in the competition, though none had Percy Jackson winning the Children’s bracket and only one staff member picked Lord of the Rings to win the Teens & Adults bracket.

Thank you to everyone who participated in this year’s Book Madness! Remember, you can find a list of all 2015 titles here.

 

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.




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