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Iowa City Public Library’s March Teen Events Announced

by Meredith Hines-Dochterman on March 3rd, 2015

A video game tournament, Doctor Who Day and Minecraft are just a few of the activities the Iowa City Public Library has planned for its teen patrons in March.

Do you play Minecraft? All teenage Minecraft fans are invited to the Library’s Minecraft Meetup at 4 p.m. Thursday, March 5, and Thursday, March 19, in the Computer Lab on the Library’s second floor.

CoderDojo Iowa City, the ICPL Coding Club, meets from 2 to 3:30 p.m. Saturdays in the Computer Lab. CoderDojo is an international movement to teach and inspire kids in the vocation of computer programming. The Library’s program is run by volunteers who take on the task of mentoring attendees. To track progress, virtual badges and belts are awarded for proficiency in a number of computer related topics. Anyone in grades 5 through 12 is welcome to attend and earn belts. We request that parents attend along with their child for their first dojo. Drop-ins are welcome.

Are you prepared to bring your game face? We’re throwing down NARUTO SHIPPUDEN: Ultimate Ninja STORM Revolution during our Spring Break Teen Video Game Tournament. Join us from 1 to 2 p.m. Wednesday, March 18, in the Koza Family Teen Center.

Calling all Doctor Who fans! Come geek out about The Doctor and his companions as we watch episodes of the show while creating Doctor Who-inspired crafts and other activities. Whovians will gather from 1 to 3 p.m. Friday, March 20, in the Koza Family Teen Center.

TAG, the Library’s Teen Activity Group, is looking for new members. TAG members help plan teen programs and give teenage students a voice in the Library. Members also eat a lot of snacks. Anyone wanting to make a difference in the Library, and earn volunteer hours at the same time, should give TAG a try. The March TAG meeting will be held from 1 to 2 p.m. Saturday, March 21, in the Koza Family Teen Center.

All teen events are open to students in grades 7through 12 except CoderDojo Iowa City, which is open to students in grades 5 through 12.

For more information about any of these programs, contact the Library at (319) 356-5200.

Library T-shirts for sale

by Meredith Hines-Dochterman on March 3rd, 2015

Show your Library spirit by purchasing an Iowa City Public Library T-shirt!T-shirt photo

The black-and-gold shirt design is similar to what Library employees wore in the 2014 University of Iowa Homecoming parade.

T-shirts may be purchased at the 1st floor Help Desk during regular Library hours. Each shirt costs $16 and are available in sizes small through extra large.

All proceeds benefit the Library.


It’s time to embrace the (Book) Madness!

by Meredith Hines-Dochterman on March 2nd, 2015


Grab your brackets and a pencil (or pen, if you’re feeling lucky) — it’s Book Madness at ICPL!

Visit our display on the Library’s first floor to check out what titles will face off in this literary competition. Beginning March 17, you can vote for your favorite title in our Book Madness brackets – there’s one for children’s books, and another for teens and adults. To start, we have 64 titles in four categories. Submit a vote for your favorite(s) – if you want to vote for just one book, you can, or you can choose 32 titles to move forward in the first two rounds; it’s up to you! – and watch as the titles progress.

Here are the dates to remember:

  • First and Second Rounds: March 17-22
  • Sweet 16: March 26 and 27
  • Elite 8: March 28 and 39
  • Final 4: April 4
  • Championship Game: April 6

(Given the large number of books, all votes must be made at the display in the Library. Once we reach Elite Eight status, we will allow for voting on our Facebook page.)

New this year: Printed brackets will be available from March 2 to March 16. Fill one out and return it to the basketball hoop by the Book Madness display by March 16 to be eligible for a new copy of the winning Book Madness title. Brackets must have the final winning title to be eligible. A new book in each bracket will be awarded.

Last year’s winning titles — Harry Potter in the Children’s bracket, To Kill a Mockingbird in the Teens and Adults bracket — will not compete in this year’s contest.

Here’s a list of this year’s books. Who do you think will win it all?



  • Olivia
  • Winnie the Pooh
  • Paddington Bear
  • Curious George
  • Pigeon
  • Clifford
  • Anne of Green Gables
  • Geronimo Stilton
  • Percy Jackson
  • Laura Ingalls Wilder
  • Madeline
  • Nancy Drew
  • The Cat in the Hat
  • Little Critter
  • Angelina Ballerina
  • Pete the Cat


  • A Bargain for Frances by Lillian and Russell Hoban
  • The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett
  • The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien
  • Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis
  • Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll
  • Misty of Chincoteague by Marguerite Henry
  • Heidi by Johanna Spyri
  • Hatchet by Gary Paulsen
  • The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster
  • Charlotte’s Web by E. B. White
  • The Giver by Lois Lowry
  • Island of the Blue Dolphins by Scott O’Dell
  • Julie of the Wolves by Jean Craighead George
  • Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery
  • The BFG by Roald Dahl
  • Frog and Toad Are Friends by Arnold Lobel


  • Diary of a Wimpy Kid
  • Little House on the Prairie
  • Bone
  • Amulet
  • Lunch Lady
  • The Kingdom of Wrenly
  • A to Z Mysteries
  • Magic Tree House
  • Elephant and Piggie
  • Junie B. Jones
  • Bink and Gollie
  • Ivy and Bean
  • Babymouse
  • Big Nate
  • American Girl
  • Rainbow Magic Fairies


  • Journey by Aaron Becker
  • The Snowman by Raymond Briggs
  • Good Dog, Carl By Alexandra Day
  • Hank Finds an Egg by Rebecca Dudley
  • Flora and the Flamingo by Molly Idle
  • Wave; Shadowl Mirror by Suzy Lee
  • A Boy, a Dog, and a Frog by Mercer Mayer
  • The Girl and the Bicycle by Mark Pett
  • Owly by Andy Runton
  • The Umbrella by Ingrid and Dieter Schubert
  • Korgi by Christian Slade
  • Chalk by Bill Thomson
  • Tuesday by David Wiesner
  • Zoom by Istvan Banyai
  • Fox’s Garden by Princesse Camcam
  • The Arrival by Shaun Tan



  • The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion
  • How to Tell If Your Cat is Plotting to Kill You by The Oatmeal
  • Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams
  • The Bedwetter by Sarah Silverman
  • Bossypants by Tina Fey
  • Heartburn by Nora Ephron
  • Good Omens by Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman
  • A Confederacy of Dunces by John Kennedy Toole
  • Catch-22 by Joseph Heller
  • Running With Scissors by Augusten Burroughs
  • Yes Please! By Amy Poehler
  • I Drink for a Reason by David Cross
  • Not that kind of Girl by Lena Dunham
  • One for the Money by Janet Evanovich
  • Wake Up, Sir! By Jonathan Ames
  • Kill Your Friends by John Niven


  • The Hundred-Foot Journey by Richard C. Morais
  • A Prayer for Owen Meany by John Irving
  • Griffin & Sabine: An Extraordinary Correspondence by Nick Bantock
  • Cat’s Cradle by Kurt Vonnegut
  • Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card
  • Flowers for Algernon by Daniel Keys
  • One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest by Ken Kesey
  • Fight Club by Chuck Palahniuk
  • The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood
  • The Foundation by Isaac Asimov
  • The Road by Cormac McCarthy
  • The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman
  • The Stranger by Albert Camus
  • Beloved by Toni Morrison
  • The Invisible Man by H.G. Wells
  • Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro
  • House Rules by Jodi Picoult


  • Middlemarch by George Eliot
  • Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell
  • Gravity’s Rainbow by Thomas Pynchon
  • Infinite Jest by David Foster Wallace
  • War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy
  • East of Eden by John Steinbeck
  • David Copperfield by Charles Dickens
  • Don Quixote by Miguel De Cervantes
  • The Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett
  • A Game of Thrones by George R. R. Martin
  • The Historian by Elizabeth Kostova
  • 100 Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
  • The Lord of the Rings by J. R. R. Tolkein
  • Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand
  • The Thorn Birds by Colleen McCullough
  • The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck


  • Leave Myself Behind by Bart Yates
  • Descent by Tim Johnston
  • Lila by Marilynne Robinson
  • Twelve Tribes of Hattie by Ayana Mathis’
  • A Thousand Acres by Jane Smiley
  • Dewey: The Small-Town Library Cat Who Touched the World by Vicki Myron
  • The Magic Thief series by Sarah Prineas
  • The Life and Times of the Thunderbolt Kid by Bill Bryson
  • On the Island by Tracey Garvis Graves
  • The Weight of Silence by Heather Gudenkauf
  • A Lantern in Her Hand by Bess Streeter Aldrich
  • The Princesses of Iowa by M. Molly Backes
  • We Are Mesquakie, We Are One by Hadley Irwin
  • What’s Eating Gilbert Grape? By Peter Hedges
  • Making Piece: A Memoir of Love, Loss and Pie by Beth M. Howard
  • Little Heathens: Hard Times and High Spirits on an Iowa Farm During the Great Depression by Mildred Armstrong Kalish

Sound of Music Sing-Along at ICPL March 4

by Meredith Hines-Dochterman on February 26th, 2015

The halls of the Iowa City Public Library will be filled with the sound of music Wednesday, March 4, during our film screening and sing-along. SoundofMusic

The film version starring Julie Andrews and Christopher Plummer celebrates its 50th Anniversary this year. It was originally released on March 2, 1965.

The Sound of Music is about a young woman who leaves an Austrian convent to become a governess to the seven children of a naval officer widower. The movie is an adaptation of the 1959 Broadway musical of the same name. Both the film and the musical are based on the book The Story of the Trapp Family Singers by Maria von Trapp.

The movie begins at 7 p.m. in Meeting Room A on March 4. Singing on key is not required, and we’ll leave the captioning on for the words. Free popcorn will be provided.

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

ICPL announces March Classes for Adults

by Meredith Hines-Dochterman on February 26th, 2015

Fight winter’s gloom by getting creative at the Iowa City Public Library!

Our March the computer classes offered introduce adults to free software and free online tools which can make creating a personalized card or editing a video easy and fun. Each of these classes will last two hours giving patrons time to ask questions and create on their own.

To kick off our month of creativity, bring in your digital video and learn to upload and use YouTube to safely edit and share your videos online. Join us from 10 a.m. to noon on Tuesday, March 28, for Editing Digital Video.

On Saturday, March 14 at 10:30 a. m., the Library will offer Beginning Graphic Design. Learn how to use GIMP, a free graphic design and photo editing software, to make invites, cards, or other graphics.

Digital Photos: Organizing, Sharing, and Basic Editing will be held at 10 a.m. on Friday, March 20. Getting all of your digital photography organized and in print worthy condition can be pretty daunting. Bring in your digital photos and learn how to quickly and easily edit and organize your images.

To round out all of this digital creativity, join us from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Saturday, March 28, for HTML Coding Basics. Every website you visit relies on an HTML as the skeleton that gives the site’s pages their structure. Learn how to add paragraphs, headings, images, links, and basic formatting to create a webpage.

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 to register online. You can also register by calling the Library at (319) 356-5200.

ICPL Children’s Room to Debut Playing is Learning Exhibit

by Meredith Hines-Dochterman on February 5th, 2015

The Iowa City Public Library will debut Playing is Learning, a new interactive exhibit in the Ellen Buchanan Children’s Room on Sunday, Feb. 8.

Playing is Learning, a collaborative project with The University of Iowa, the DeLTA Center, the Obermann Center for Advanced Studies, the National Science Foundation, The Iowa Children’s Museum, and ICPL emphasizes the importance play has on children’s development. By identifying eight skills that playing builds – creativity, self-regulation, spatial awareness, language, healthy bodies, number knowledge, social skills, and conceptual thinking – Playing is Learning recognizes the role that play has in lifelong learning.

In order to share this information with families, Playing is Learning developed the “Games of Games,” an interactive card game full of creative ways children and adults can play together. Each card contains two parts: “Did you know?” informs about a skill play builds while “Try this at home!” describes games parents and children can play to build each skill.

The Library’s Playing is Learning exhibit includes cards from the “Games of Games” deck. Parents are invited to take a card and play with their child during Library visits or at home. Parents also can purchase the entire “Game of Games” deck for $7 at the Help Desk.

“We are excited to have this exhibit at the Iowa City Public Library, and to provide more opportunities for families to play and learn together,” said Vickie Pasicznyuk, children’s services coordinator.

For more information about the exhibit, call the Library at (319) 356-5200.

For more information about Playing is Learning, visit

ICPL Anime & Manga Festival Feb. 26

by Meredith Hines-Dochterman on February 3rd, 2015

The Iowa City Public Library will host the annual Teen Anime & Manga Festival from 2 to 4 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 26, in Meeting Room A.Festival2015

Open to students in grades 7-12, the Festival is an opportunity for teens to interact with fellow anime and manga enthusiasts, watch anime, discuss manga, win prizes, and eat massive amounts of candy sushi.

Those who wish to display their art work as part of the Artist Alley should bring their finished drawings to the Festival or do some freehand work during the event. Prizes will be awarded to select artists. Cosplay is always welcome and one lucky person will win Best Costume.

We will screen episodes from three different anime: Gargantia on the Verdurous Planet, in which mankind has taken to the stars and formed the Galactic Alliance of Humankind and is engaged in a perpetual war with an alien species; Log Horizon, which shows what happens when Japanese gamers playing Elder Tales find themselves transported into the virtual game; and K-On!, the story of four Japanese high school girls join the light music club of Sakuragaoka Girl’s High School to save it from being disbanded. However, they are the only members of the club.

The Teen Anime & Manga Festival is a free event. For more information, call the Library at (319) 356-5200.

ICPL wants you to “Love Your Library” This February

by Meredith Hines-Dochterman on January 28th, 2015

What do you love about the Iowa City Public Library? Our month-long Love Your Library celebration gives you a chance to share what makes ICPL special!LoveYourLibraryLogo

Family Fun(d) Night

Family FUN(d) Night: Love Your Library invites families to visit ICPL from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 8, for a night of activities, visits from beloved storybook characters, and crafts. Pizza, a healthy snack, dessert, and a beverage will be served.

The cost is $20 for each adult and $5 per child. Proceeds from this event will benefit the Iowa City Public Library Friends Foundation to support future Library programs for children and teens.

To register online, visit or contact the Library at (319) 356-5200. All registrations must be received by Thursday, Feb. 5.

Show Your Love with a Gift

Make a gift to the Iowa City Public Library Friends Foundation in honor of your special someone, and we’ll send them a Valentine. Tax deductible contributions can be made online here.

Events at The Book End

Pick up a coupon for a free book at The Book End bookstore on the Library’s second floor. Coupons must be redeemed in February.

The Book End Book Sale will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 28, in Meeting Room A.

Celebrations in the Storytime Room

Families are invited to make Discarded Book Valentines during Sunday Fun Day from 2 to 4 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 8.

Students in third through sixth grades can learn how to make delicious no-bake treats during Totally Tweens: Sweet Treats from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 10.

Movie Night

Join us for a Valentine’s Eve Movie Night from 7 to 9 p.m. Friday, Feb. 13. “The Princess Bride” will be playing in Meeting Room A. Popcorn will be provided.

First Floor Displays

Leave ICPL a Valentine. Our main Love Your Library Display will have paper hearts and markers available so you can tell us what you love about the Iowa City Public Library.

Blind Date with a Book: Looking for your next great read in all the wrong places? Take a chance on finding your new favorite book blind date-style. Check out our wrapped books for a surprising read. Fill out and return the “Rate Your Date” card by March 12, and you’ll be entered into a drawing for a sweet treat from Aspen Leaf Frozen Yogurt/Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory.

Reel Love:We can’t cook you dinner, but we can provide the movie. Check out our display of favorite romantic movies.

Fall in Love with a Good Book:Need a good book to snuggle with this month? This display has some of our favorites.

For more information, click here.

ICPL announces February Classes for Adults

by Meredith Hines-Dochterman on January 28th, 2015

February is Love Your Library month at the Iowa City Public Library, so this month’s classes for adults will focus on giving a little love using social media. Learn how to stay connected or make new connections by checking out the three most popular social media sites in the U.S.: Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest.

We will kick off our month of social media classes with Twitter. Discover how Twitter is used by many of its followers and tweeters to stay up on the news, stay current in their career, or simply connect with friends and family. Twitter Basics and Beyond will be held from 10 to 11 a.m. Friday, Feb. 13.

Want to understand what Pinterest is and how it is used? Join us from 10 to 11 a.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 17 for What is Pinterest? Find out how to navigate the Pinterest interface and understand how your pins are shared and followed.

We are saving the best to last! Join us at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 28, for Facebook Basics and Beyond. Learn how the Facebook interface works, go over your privacy settings, and get a feel for how you can connect and stay connected with friends, family, and some of your favorite organizations.

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 to register online. You can also register by calling the Library at (319) 356-5200.

Totally Tweens at ICPL: Fired Up Ceramics

by Meredith Hines-Dochterman on January 15th, 2015

Students in grades third through sixth are invited to enjoy their day off from school Monday, Jan. 19, painting ceramic mugs at the Iowa City Public Library.pleasing-fired-4-u-school-projects

Totally Tweens: Fired-Up Ceramics will be held from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. in Meeting Room A. Participants will paint a ceramic mug with Fired Up Iowa City. Paint and mugs will be provided; old clothing is encouraged.

Finished mugs can be picked up the week of Jan. 26.

This event is free and open to students in third through sixth grades, but registration is required. To register online, visit and follow the instructions, or call the Library at (319) 356-5200.