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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

What Can You Do In An Hour at ICPL?

by Meredith Hines-Dochterman on June 16th, 2016

My kids have art lessons every Wednesday afternoon, which means I have an hour to kill every week, as 60 minutes is too short to drive home (I don’t live in Iowa City), but too long to sit around and do nothing.

I suppose I could go grocery shopping, but but my life seems to be consumed by errands already. I wanted to do something fun!

It turns out 60 minutes is the perfect amount of time for a visit to the Library, especially when the first hour of parking is free in the Dubuque Street, Capitol Street and Tower Place parking garages, and the Court Street Transportation Center.hold-shelf-3

So what did I do during my hour?

I picked up a book waiting for me on the Hold Shelf, browsed the DVDs, grabbed a few CDs for my son, and talked to a friend I bumped into in the fiction stacks.

(She asked for a book recommendation. I suggested Saving Cee Cee Honeycutt by Beth Hoffman and The Year of Pleasures by Elizabeth Berg.)

My visit ended with more than 20 minutes left of my free hour of parking, so I stopped by a coffee shop for an iced vanilla latte, which I enjoyed as I strolled to the parking garage.

Wednesdays are my new favorite day of the week.

ICPL announces July Classes for Adults

by Meredith Hines-Dochterman on June 15th, 2016

Want to learn more about your iPad? The Iowa City Public Library is offering several classes that help beginning and intermediate users get a better handle on their device.ipad

Get an in-depth look at the camera, photo, and video apps for your Apple device at our Apple App Class: Camera, Video, and Photo. Learn how to easily edit, store, and share your photos and videos. This class will be offered twice in July: first at 11 a.m. on Friday, July 8, and again at 12:30 p.m. on Saturday, July 16.

Join us at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, July 16, or 1 p.m. Monday, July 25, for a tutorial on how to use your iPad’s organizational apps. Our Apple App Class: Organizational Tips will discuss how to use the Maps app and other managerial apps like Notes, Calendar, and Reminders.

Classes will be held in the Computer Lab on the second floor of the Library. Classes are free, but space is limited, so patrons should register early.

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

Back for 2016’s Summer Reading Program: Instareviews!

by Meredith Hines-Dochterman on June 8th, 2016

They say a picture is worth a 1,000 words. We’re looking for less than that.instareview_1

Once again we are asking for your book reviews on the Library’s Instagram account. 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 June and July, we’ll choose one review from each month and that person will receive a $25 gift card to Prairie Lights!

Start reading, reviewing and discover new great reads!

ICPL to Host U.S. National Library of Medicine Traveling Exhibit

by Meredith Hines-Dochterman on June 3rd, 2016

The Iowa City Public Library is pleased to host a traveling exhibit from the National Library of Medicine: Confronting Violence, Improving Women’s Lives.confronting violence

Activists and reformers in the United States have long recognized the harm of domestic violence and sought to improve the lives of women who were victimized, but there was a time this was not so. Until the late 1970s, medicine as a whole had largely dismissed or failed to acknowledge domestic violence as a significant health issue.

Nurses took up the call for change, standing in the frontline as they pushed the larger medical community to identify victims, adequately respond to their needs, and work towards the prevention of domestic violence. With passion and persistence, they developed best practices for care based on research and their professional experience and took part in activism to put domestic violence on the map as a national public health concern.

Confronting Violence, Improving Women’s Lives tells their story.

The six-banner traveling exhibit will be at the Library June 6 through July 16. It includes images, manuscripts and records that tell the stories of the nurses who witnessed the effects of domestic violence and campaigned for change.

Confronting Violence, Improving Women’s Lives began traveling around the United States in October 2015 and will be on display in all 50 states over the next four years. For more information, visit

Stories in the Park begins June 8

by Meredith Hines-Dochterman on June 1st, 2016

The Iowa City Public Library’s Stories in the Park summertime outdoor reading series begins June 8 and continues through July 29.StoriesInThePark

Stories in the Park will be held at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday mornings at Willow Creek Park, 117 Teg Dr., and 10:30 a.m. Friday mornings at Mercer Park, 2701 Bradford Dr.

In the event of rain, the Wednesday storytimes will be held at the Library and the Friday storytimes will be cancelled.

Stories in the Park is an outdoor storytime geared toward children between the ages of three and six. All children in attendance need to be accompanied by a parent or adult caregiver.

Children should remember to bring their Library Card, as there will be a selection of books available for check out at each storytime. Children who don’t have a Library Card can sign up at Library staff will be available to issue new Library Cards at Stories in the Park.

This event is co-sponsored by the Iowa City Parks and Recreation Department and the Iowa City Public Library. For more information, please call the Library at 319-356-5200.

ICPL and Iowa City Parks and Rec present Wellness Wednesdays

by Meredith Hines-Dochterman on May 31st, 2016

The Iowa City Public Library and the Iowa City Parks and Recreation Department have teamed up to create Wellness Wednesdays as part of this year’s Summer Reading Program – On Your Mark, Get Set … Read!WellnessWednesday

Beginning June 8 and continuing through July 27, Wellness Wednesdays will take place from 1 to 2 p.m. at either the Library or the Robert A. Lee Community Recreation Center, with programs focusing on healthy lifestyles for students in kindergarten through third grade. Join us as we explore all the ways we can live well!

June 8: Swimming
Bring your suits and towels to the Robert A. Lee Community Recreation Center pool where we will learn the benefits of swimming to help us live a healthy lifestyle!

June 15: Martial Arts
Join us at the Robert A. Lee Community Recreation Center as we learn what martial arts are all about. Be prepared to try some new moves!

June 22: Yoga
We’ll meet in Meeting Room A at the Library to learn about yoga and practice basic poses.

June 29: Dance
It’s a Dance Party at the Robert A. Lee Community Recreation Center! Come move along to the music and learn how dancing can lead to a healthy life!

July 6: A Stress-Free Me
Join us in Meeting Room A at the Library as we learn about meditation, coloring, stretching and mindfulness for kids.

July 13: Relay Races
Get ready to tackle our relay races at the Robert A. Lee Community Recreation Center.

July 20: Healthy Eating
Join us in Meeting Room A at the Library as we try different healthy snacks and why we need to learn to eat healthy.

July 27: Zumba
Today is all about learning the benefits of Zumba! Join us at the Robert A. Lee Community Recreation Center as we learn to move to a healthy beat.

The Iowa City Public Library Summer Reading Program will be held May 31 through July 31; registration begins May 31. Patrons can either register in-person at the Library or online at

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

ICPL to Host Teen Summer Book Club

by Meredith Hines-Dochterman on May 26th, 2016

Attention teens, the Iowa City Public Library has a book club just for you as part of the On Your Mark, Get Set … Read Summer Reading Program.

Our first book, An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir, appeared on the New York Times best-seller list. It tells the story of Laia, a Scholar living under the iron-fisted rule of the Martial Empire. When her brother is arrested for treason, Laia goes undercover as a slave at the empire’s greatest military academy in exchange for assistance from rebel Scholars who claim that they will help to save her brother from execution.

A limited number of copies are available for check out from the Information Desk on the Library’s second floor. Pick up a copy today and be sure to come to the discussion from 2 to 3 p.m. Tuesday, June 28.

Our second book was a National Book Award Finalist: Nimona by Noelle Stevenson. Nimona is an impulsive young shape shifter with a knack for villainy. Lord Ballister Blackheart is a villain with a vendetta. As sidekick and supervillain, Nimona and Lord Blackheart are about to wreak some serious havoc. Their mission: prove to the kingdom that Sir Ambrosius Goldenloin and his buddies at the Institution of Law Enforcement and Heroics aren’t the heroes everyone thinks they are.

We will discuss Nimona from 2 to 3 p.m. on Tuesday, July 26. A limited number of copies are available for check out from the Information Desk on the Library’s second floor.

The Teen Summer Book Club is for students in grades 7 through 12, including teens who will start seventh grade in the fall. Meetings will be held in the Koza Family Teen Center on the Library’s second floor.

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