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ICPL to celebrate National Library Week April 10-16

by Meredith Hines-Dochterman on April 8th, 2016

Libraries make a difference every day. Help us celebrate National Library Week by telling us how the Iowa City Public Library has made a difference in your life.Jen and Melody1

During National Library Week, held April 10 through April 16, a photo booth, complete with props and life-sized photo frames, will be set up on the Library’s first floor. We invite you to take a picture and share it on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram with the #ICPLtransforms hashtag and a comment about how the Library has transformed your life.

National Library Week is an annual observance sponsored by the American Library Association and libraries across the country. First sponsored in 1958, it is a time to celebrate the contributions of our nation’s libraries and librarians and to promote library use and support. All types of libraries – school, public, academic and special – participate.

This year’s theme, Libraries Transform, focuses on the idea that libraries today are less about what they have for people, and more about what they do for and with people. For example, more than a quarter of U.S households don’t have a computer or Internet connection. Libraries help bridge the digital divide by providing free technology to the public. At ICPL, this includes 40 computer workstations with Internet access available for public use, drop-in tech help sessions, on-call tech help, and technology classes. Patrons can even check out laptops to take home, increasing their access to technology beyond Library operating hours.

“We hear every day about how the Library makes a difference for people in our community,” says Kara Logsden, the Library’s coordinator of community and access services. “We hope our patrons will take a couple minutes during this year’s National Library Week celebration to share those stories with us.”

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

ICPL to host Teen Earth Day event

by Meredith Hines-Dochterman on April 6th, 2016

Teens, you can make a difference this Earth Day by helping the Iowa City Public Library clean up local parks.

We’ll meet in the Koza Family Teen Center at 1 p.m. on Friday, April 22. Your parents must sign a liability form in order for you to participate. This form will be available in the Teen Center. We’ll walk to a park together and clean until 2:30 p.m. All clean up materials will be provided. We’ll have refreshments, too. Please wear clothes you don’t mind getting dirty.

This program is open to students in seventh through 12th grades. Participants will receive volunteer hours for their work.

Call the Library at 319-356-5200 for more information.

 

Book Madness Update: Championship Round

by Meredith Hines-Dochterman on April 4th, 2016

It’s time!BookMadness

The last few weeks of competition have been rough. Favorite books have gone up against other beloved titles, forcing you to choose. It hasn’t been easy, but we are down to the final two titles in each bracket.

In the Children’s Bracket, it all comes down to the letter W: Wonder by R. J. Palacio vs Warriors by Erin Hunter.

Meanwhile, the Teens and Adults Bracket is set in the future; Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury vs The Hunger Games trilogy by Suzanne Collins.

Stop by to cast your vote for the winning title in each bracket before the Library closes on Sunday, April 10. We will announce the winning books on Monday, April 11.

If you would like a list of every title in this year’s Book Madness competition, click here.

ICPL hosts Affordable Care Act Navigator

by Meredith Hines-Dochterman on April 1st, 2016

Affordable Care Act Navigator Karen Wielert will be at the Iowa City Public Library from 5:45 to 8:45 p.m. on Monday, April 4, and Wednesday, April 13, to help individuals get more information about the Healthcare Marketplace or sign up for a plan.

All United States citizens and non-citizens with a qualifying immigration status are required to have health coverage for the entire year of 2015 or pay a penalty. This penalty will be assessed as individuals are filing their income taxes.

All sessions of this series will be held in Study Room 6 on the second floor of the Library. These sessions are free.

For more information about this program visit www.icpl.org or call the Library at 319-356-5200.

ICPL to Host Pint Size Science for Kids

by Meredith Hines-Dochterman on March 31st, 2016

What is science? What do scientists do? Find out at the Iowa City Public Library’s Pint Size Science program!

Elementary students in kindergarten through second grade will meet from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. in the Storytime Room every Tuesday in April to conduct introductory experiments, igniting their interest and understanding of science. This special series will focus on states of matter, meteorology, gizmos and gadgets, and the environment.

Pint Size Science is a free event, but registration is required. To register, visit calendar.icpl.org and click on the event date. Registrations can also be made by calling the Library at 319-356-5200.

Celebrate National Poetry Month at ICPL

by Meredith Hines-Dochterman on March 30th, 2016

April is National Poetry Month and the Iowa City Public Library is ready to celebrate.

The Library will host its Totally Tweens: Poetry Workshop from 2 to 4 p.m. on Saturday, April 9, in Meeting Room A. Tweens in third through sixth grades are invited to write their own poems and learn about various poetic forms. The workshop is free, but registration is required. To register, visit calendar.icpl.org and click on the event date. Registrations can also be made by calling the Library at 319-356-5200.

Have you ever wanted to read a poem to an audience? Come to our Open Mic Night from 7 to 9 p.m. Monday, April 11, in Meeting Room A. Participants are asked to bring their favorite poem, whether it’s something they’ve written or the work of someone they admire. The performance lineup is first come, first serve, but we ask that selections be kept to five minutes or less.

Members of Reading Aloud from the Iowa City/Johnson County Senior Center will present the program “Happy Birthday Poets” from noon to 1 p.m. Tuesday, April 26, in Meeting Room A. This event is free and open to the public. It also will be broadcast live on The Library Channel, Iowa City cable channel 20.

In addition to these events, a special Poetry Month display featuring favorite poetry collections chosen by Library staff can be found on the Library’s first floor.

Book Madness Update: Final Four

by Meredith Hines-Dochterman on March 28th, 2016

Jason Book Madness1We’re nearing the home stretch in our 2016 Book Madness competition. Is your favorite book still in the running?

Voting for the Championship Round begins today. Stop by and make your selections before the Library closes on Sunday. We’ll reveal our Championship Round next Monday!

If you would like a list of every title in this year’s Book Madness competition, click here.

2016 BOOK MADNESS SWEET SIXTEEN – CHILDREN’S BRACKET

The winning title in the Picture Books category takes on the winner of the All Ages Favorites category: The Day the Crayons Quit by Drew Daywalt vs Wonder by R. J. Palacio.

The winner in the Great Series category takes on the winning title of the Must Reads category: Warriors by Erin Hunter vs Redwall by Brian Jacques.

2016 BOOK MADNESS SWEET SIXTEEN – TEENS AND ADULTS BRACKET

The winning title in the Required Reading category takes on the winning title of the Buzz-Worthy Books category: Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury vs Ready Player One by Ernest Cline.

The winner of the Young Adult category now faces the winner of the Add To Your Reading List category. It’s The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins vs The Martian by Andy Weir.

 

ICPL announces April Classes for Adults

by Meredith Hines-Dochterman on March 26th, 2016

Spring is a busy time of the year for everyone, including the Iowa City Public Library. In April, the Library will begin wrapping up its programming related to music for the Music is the Word campaign and will celebrate Money Smart week. Join us for one of our adult computer classes to compose music and learn about ICPL’s money management resources.

At 2 p.m. Monday April 4, and again at 10:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. Saturday, April 16, you can create music of your own using one of our iPads. Garageband is an app that is easy to use regardless of your musical experience. Together we’ll create a song and have fun recording and learning about music composition.

Want to know more about digital music? Join us at 10 a.m. Friday, April 22, or 2 p.m. Wednesday, April 27, to understand the difference between online music providers Spotify, ICPL’s Local Music Project, Pandora, streaming radio services, and subscription streaming services.

Wrapping up the month is Money Smart Week. Be Money Smart with Value Line and MorningStar will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday, April 26. MorningStar and Value Line are two leading resources for investment research. We’ll demonstrate how to use these databases so you can get the information you need to be a smarter investor.

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.

ICPL Celebrates Katherine Habley’s Retirement

by Meredith Hines-Dochterman on March 25th, 2016

Katherine1For more than 25 years, Katherine Habley has been a staple at the Iowa City Public Library. From storytime to outreach visits, Totally Tweens programs to organizing the annual children’s chess tournament, Miss Kathy has helped countless children in and around Iowa City discover their love of reading.

Katherine will retire from ICPL on Friday, April 1. To honor her achievements, the Library will have a special celebration with the public during her final storytime.

Join us from 10:30 to 11 a.m. on Wednesday, March 30, as we wish Katherine luck on her next adventure. Refreshments will be served.

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

ICPL hosts poetry workshop for tweens

by Meredith Hines-Dochterman on March 25th, 2016

Calling Tween poets!

The Iowa City Public Library will host a Totally Tweens: Poetry Workshop from 2 to 4 p.m. on Saturday, April 9, in Meeting Room A.

Tweens in third through sixth grades are invited to write their own poems and learn about various poetic forms from haiku, concrete poems, acrostic poems, limericks, etc. Participants may share their poems aloud with the group if they wish.

All materials will be provided and refreshments will be served. A poetry slam will take place during the last 15 minutes of the workshop; parents and guardians may attend.

To register for Totally Tweens: Poetry Workshop, click here. Registrations can also be made by calling the Library at 319-356-5200.




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