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ICPL Presents Rowing 101

by Meredith Hines-Dochterman on July 19th, 2016

Have you ever wanted to learn more about the sport of rowing?Rowing101_CH20 2016

Join Danelle Stipes, assistant director for the University of Iowa Recreational Services Hawkeye Community Rowing Program, for Rowing 101 on Wednesday, July 27, from 7 to 8 p.m. This event, which will take place at Beckwith Boathouse, includes a tour of the boathouse and an introduction to programs offered to the community.

The Beckwith Boathouse is located on the Iowa River at 1201 North Dubuque Street. The program is free, but due to limited space, registration is required.

To register, go to or call the Library at 319-356-5200.

ICPL Presents Yoga Practice for Stress Relief

by Meredith Hines-Dochterman on July 14th, 2016

In today’s world of go-go-go, stress and anxiety are everywhere. If the pressures of everyday life are getting to you, it might be time to hit the mat – the yoga mat, that is.

Local yoga instructor Beth Beasley will be in Meeting Room A at the Iowa City Public Library from 7 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, July 20, to lead adult participants through a simple, accessible yoga practice designed to reduce stress and tension.

This event is free and open to the public. It is presented as part of the 2016 Adult Summer Reading Program. All participants should bring their own yoga mat.

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

Signed, Sealed, Published: Epistolary Novels

by Meredith Hines-Dochterman on July 13th, 2016

pop up displayReceiving a letter in the mail was a big deal when I was a child. It didn’t happen often, so the days I’d come home from school and find an envelope with my name sitting on the kitchen table were treasured. I’d rip it open and start reading before taking off my coat, devouring the words the sender shared with me.

I think it’s my love for mail that launched my love of epistolary novels – books written as a series of documents, such as letters and journal entries. There’s something real about these stories because the reader instantly becomes part of the character’s personal life. Then again, there’s also a thrill that comes from reading another person’s journal – even if they are fictional.

You can check out some of my favorite epistolary novels on the new pop-up display on the Library’s first floor, located near the Help Desk. Choices include everything from young adult fiction, such as The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chboksky, to fiction titles, including Attachments: A Novel by Rainbow Rowell.

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“Pay What You Want” Book Sale at ICPL July 16

by Meredith Hines-Dochterman on July 11th, 2016

Two of the greatest words in the English language have come together for one event: Book Sale.

The Iowa City Public Library Friends Foundation will host a Book Sale from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, July 16, in Meeting Room A. Featuring “Pay What You Want” prices on everything from large print books and graphic novels to fiction, cookbooks, nonfiction and children’s books, everyone is sure to find something. Video games, artwork, board games and more also will be available.

All sales are final with proceeds benefiting the Library, courtesy of the Book End Committee of the Iowa City Public Library Friends Foundation.

For more information, contact Patty McCarthy, Development Office Director, at 319-356-5249 or via e-mail at

On Wheel or On Foot: There’s a Johnson County Trail for You

by Meredith Hines-Dochterman on July 7th, 2016

TheresAJohnsonCountyTrailForYouWith miles of trails throughout Johnson County, you’re sure to find one to suit your recreational needs.

Johnson County Conservation Program Manager Brad Freidhof will be in Meeting Room A at the Iowa City Public Library from 7 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, July 13, to talk about the county’s walking, hiking and biking trails. Come and learn more about what’s available now and what will be available in the future, as well as the wide range of recreational activities the trails provide throughout the county.

This event is free and open to the public. It is presented as part of the 2016 Adult Summer Reading Program and will be broadcast LIVE on The Library Channel, Iowa City cable channel 20.

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

Acrobat/Juggler Laura Ernst to Perform at ICPL

by Meredith Hines-Dochterman on July 5th, 2016

LauraErnstLaura Ernst learned to juggle for her role in a middle school play, eventually transitioning her new skill to performances at street festivals. Today, Ernst has made a career out of her passion for entertaining.

The Iowa City Public Library is pleased to welcome the world-renown acrobat, juggler and entertainer to the Library for an all-ages show Tuesday, July 12, in Meeting Room A. The program will be held from 7 to 8 p.m., with doors opening at 6:30 p.m.

Ernst’s performance is free and open to the public, but seating will be on a first come-first served basis. It will be broadcast LIVE on The Library Channel, Iowa City cable channel 20.

An Iowa native, Ernst received first place at the 2008 World Juggling Federation, a designation that places her among some of the best jugglers in the world. She also appeared on the fifth season of America’s Got Talent, during which her performance inside her human-sized hamster ball caused Howie Mandel to exclaim, “I love you! You are my soul mate!”

Ernst’s appearance is part of the Library’s 2016 Summer Reading Program, On Your Mark, Get Set … Read!

For more information about Laura Ernst, visit

For more information about her appearance at ICPL, call the Library at 319-356-5200.


Children’s titles added to ICPL’s digital magazine collection

by Meredith Hines-Dochterman on June 29th, 2016

The Iowa City Public Library recently added children’s titles to its Zinio Digital Magazines collection, bringing the number of magazines patrons can read on digital devices to nearly 200.

With titles that appeal to all ages – from Babybug for babies and toddlers to American Girl and Dig for older elementary through middle school students – parents now have more options to keep their children entertained on the go.

“Our digital magazine collection gives patrons the opportunity to read the magazines they enjoy without having to pay subscription prices,” said Anne Mangano, the Library’s coordinator of collection services.

Zinio is available to Iowa City Public Library cardholders who reside in Iowa City, rural Johnson County, Hills, Lone Tree, and University Heights, as well as North Liberty residents. The service requires an ICPL Library Card and password. North Liberty residents need a valid North Liberty Community Library card and password.

To sign up for Zinio, visit and follow the instructions on the screen. Once a magazine is downloaded onto your smartphone or tablet, it’s yours forever. There’s no limit on the amount of titles you can choose.

For more information, call the Library at 319-356-5200, stop by the Info Desk, or attend one of our drop-in Tech Help sessions, held from 10 a.m. to noon Mondays and Wednesdays, and noon to 4 p.m. Tuesdays in the second floor Computer Lab.

Bob Sessions to Give Photography Presentation at ICPL

by Meredith Hines-Dochterman on June 28th, 2016

Author Gary Snyder is quoted as saying, “Nature is not a place to visit. It is home.” Local photographer and author Bob Sessions makes his living showcasing the many ways nature serves as our home, from flora and fauna to the mountains and rivers.

Sessions will discuss his career as a nature photographer and how he uses Instagram to share his work during Explore Nature Photography with Bob Sessions from 7 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, July 6, in Meeting Room A at the Library.

A native of South Dakota, Sessions earned a B.A. from Drake University and a Ph.D. in philosophy from the University of Michigan. Before focusing on photography, he taught at Kirkwood Community College, Grinnell College, Luther College, and the University of Minnesota in Duluth.

As a freelance photographer, he works frequently with his wife, travel writer Lori Erickson. Together they produce Spiritual Travels, a website describing holy sites around the world, and Holy Rover, a blog hosted by Patheos. He is a member of the Society of American Travel Writers.

This free event is part of the Adult Summer Reading Program and is open to the general public. It will be broadcast LIVE on The Library Channel, cable channel 20.

For more information about Bob Sessions, including a link to his Instagram account, visit

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

Iowa Public Television’s Dan Wardell to Visit Iowa City Public Library

by Meredith Hines-Dochterman on June 17th, 2016

Dan Wardell, the popular host of IPTV KIDS Clubhouse, will be at the Iowa City Public Library on Monday, June 27, as part of his 10th annual Iowa Public Television’s Reading Road Trip.DanWardell@ICPL

Wardell will travel to 75 local communities this summer to share an original, interactive story connected to the 2016 Summer Reading Program theme: On Your Mark, Get Set … Read!

“We are excited to welcome Dan Wardell back to ICPL as he travels across the state to promote reading,” Children’s Coordinator Angela Pilkington says. “His enthusiasm for books, reading and using your imagination is what the Summer Reading Program is all about.”

Kids are invited to attend Wardell’s storytimes at 9:30 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. in Meeting Room A. During this special event, attendees will compete against cosmic aliens during the Intergalactic Olympic Championships. Every child attendee will receive a commemorative “space orb” for their efforts.

Support for the Reading Road Trip is provided by Blank Children’s Hospital, Casey’s General Stores and The Coons Foundation. For more information, visit

Entries Sought for ICPL’s 2016 Art Purchase Prize

by Meredith Hines-Dochterman on June 16th, 2016

The Iowa City Public Library is seeking entries for the 2016 Art Purchase Prize contest, and this year there is a theme. We’re looking for artists to envision and create new book covers for classic works of literature that are in the public domain.

When titles enter the public domain, anyone can re-publish them, and the book covers are often dull, auto-generated designs. Some of the most influential and well-loved books are now cloaked in uninspired (and uninspiring) covers. Here is your chance to use your imagination and artistic creativity to dream up something different.

The Art Purchase Prize is open to artists over the age 18 who live/work/exhibit in the Iowa City or the Johnson County area. Library employees and their immediate family are ineligible for entry.

The criteria for this year’s contest are the same as other years, except that the subject of your artwork should be a cover for a classic book in the public domain. A complete list of books that qualify can be found at The cover aspect of the work should be vertically oriented, and the book title and author’s name should be clearly visible. Any two-dimensional or low-relief media are acceptable, including: drawing, painting, printmaking, photography, collage, paper/textile and mixed media. Only original art will be accepted.

To enter, artists should submit a digital image representation of their original work(s), and those should be in .jpeg format, with a minimum resolution of 72 dpi and a minimum size of 1024 x 768 pixels. Artists may enter two artworks.

Finished artwork must be at least 12 x 12 and no larger than 34 x 34. Works chosen for final judging should be unframed, and matted and/or mounted as needed to create a finished piece. Archival or museum-quality materials must be used for printing, mounting and matting. Works must be suitable for framing and covering with Plexiglas.

The Library takes responsibility for framing works chosen for purchase.

Entries can be emailed to, or mailed on disc to Candice Smith at the Iowa City Public Library, 123 S. Linn St., Iowa City, IA 52240. Entries must include the artist’s name, address, phone number and email, and the following for each artwork: title, medium, size/matted size (if appropriate), and price. Artwork should be priced under $300.

Entries will be accepted from Aug. 1 through Sept. 2. The first round of judging will be on Sept. 6.

This year’s contest will coincide with a larger exhibit hosted by the Library, Recovering the Classics. Recovering the Classics is a national campaign to give new book covers to classic works of literature that are in the public domain. The exhibit will feature 50 of the covers designed by artists for the national campaign, as well as an exhibit of covers created by members of the community. All works will be exhibited during the Iowa City Book Festival in October. While the community-wide exhibit is open to anyone, the Art Purchase Prize contest will still follow its regular criteria for entry.

For more information, visit or contact Candice Smith at