Author Archive for Meredith Hines-Dochterman



ICPL Top Staff Picks for 2018: CHILDREN’S – 3rd THROUGH 6th GRADE

by Meredith Hines-Dochterman on December 24th, 2018

The Iowa City Public Library is pleased to present our favorite reads of 2018!

Employees were asked to submit the titles they read and loved this year with all nominations divided into 10 categories: fiction; young adult; children’s – babies through 2nd grade; children’s – 3rd through 6th grades; romance; mystery and thriller; science fiction/fantasy; autobiography/biography/memoir; non-fiction; and graphic novel. The only rule was that the book had to be released in 2018. Any book that was nominated by more than one staff member made our 2018 Best of the Best list.

We’ll share our Best of the Best list on the last day of 2018. Until then, here are the Library’s top children’s books for readers in 3rd through 6th grades for 2018. Keep checking back to see what made the cut in our other categories.

ICPL’S BEST CHILDREN’S – 3rd THROUGH 6th GRADE BOOKS OF 2018

  • We Rise, We Resist, We Raise Our Voices edited by Wade Hudson and Cheryl Willis Hudson
  • The Parker Inheritance by Varian Johnson
  • Grilled Cheese and Dragons #1 (Princess Pulverizer) by Nancy Krulik
  • The Miscalculations of Lightning Girl by Stacy McAnulty
  • Payback on Poplar Lane by Margaret Mincks
  • Aquicorn Cove by Katie O’Neill
  • Betty Before X by Ilyasah Shabazz and Renee Watson
  • The Law of Finders Keepers by Sheila Turnage
  • Harbor Me by Jacqueline Woodson
  • Front Desk by Kelly Yang

ICPL Top Staff Picks for 2018: CHILDREN’S – BABIES THROUGH 2ND GRADE

by Meredith Hines-Dochterman on December 23rd, 2018

The Iowa City Public Library is pleased to present our favorite reads of 2018!

Employees were asked to submit the titles they read and loved this year with all nominations divided into 10 categories: fiction; young adult; children’s – babies through 2nd grade; children’s – 3rd through 6th grades; romance; mystery and thriller; science fiction/fantasy; autobiography/biography/memoir; non-fiction; and graphic novel. The only rule was that the book had to be released in 2018. Any book that was nominated by more than one staff member made our 2018 Best of the Best list.

We’ll share our Best of the Best list on the last day of 2018. Until then, here are the Library’s top babies through 2nd grade books for 2018. Keep checking back to see what made the cut in our other categories.

ICPL’S BEST CHILDREN’S – BABIES THROUGH 2ND GRADE BOOKS OF 2018

  • Mae Among the Stars by Roda Ahmed
  • Hello Lighthouse by Sophie Blackall
  • I Am Enough by Grace Byers
  • Yoga Frog by Nora Carpenter
  • Peanut Butter and Jelly (A Narwhal and Jelly Book #3) by Ben Clanton
  • Petra by Marianna Coppo
  • Ocean Meets Sky by Terry Fan and Eric Fan
  • Stegothesaurus by Bridget Heos
  • Stop That Yawn! by Caron Levis
  • A Big Mooncake for Little Star by Grace Lin
  • Julian is a Mermaid by Jessica Love
  • Lazybones by Claire Messer
  • Snow Pony and the Seven Miniature Ponies by Christian Trimmer
  • Last Week Tonight with John Oliver Presents A Day in the Life of Marlon Bundo by Jill Twiss
  • The Itchy Book! by LeUyen Pham and Mo Willems
  • How Do Dinosaurs Learn to Read? Jane Yolen

ICPL Top Staff Picks for 2018: YOUNG ADULT

by Meredith Hines-Dochterman on December 22nd, 2018

The Iowa City Public Library is pleased to present our favorite reads of 2018!

Employees were asked to submit the titles they read and loved this year with all nominations divided into 10 categories: fiction; young adult; children’s – babies through 2nd grade; children’s – 3rd through 6th grades; romance; mystery and thriller; science fiction/fantasy; autobiography/biography/memoir; non-fiction; and graphic novel. The only rule was that the book had to be released in 2018. Any book that was nominated by more than one staff member made our 2018 Best of the Best list.

We’ll share our Best of the Best list on the last day of 2018. Until then, here are the Library’s top young adult books for 2018. Keep checking back to see what made the cut in our other categories.

ICPL’S BEST YOUNG ADULT BOOKS OF 2018

  • The Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo
  • Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi
  • Aftermath by Kelley Armstrong
  • American Panda by Gloria Chao
  • Emergency Contact by Mary H.K. Choi
  • The Way You Make Me Feel by Maurene Goo
  • Tess of the Road by Rachel Hartman
  • Let’s Talk About Love by Claire Kann
  • Wildcard by Marie Lu
  • To Be Honest by Maggie Ann Martin
  • Blood Water Paint by Joy McCullough
  • Girls of Paper and Fire by Natasha Ngan
  • Dry by Neal Shusterman and Jarrod Shusterman
  • What If It’s Us by Becky Albertalli and Adam Silvera

ICPL Top Staff Picks for 2018: FICTION

by Meredith Hines-Dochterman on December 21st, 2018

The Iowa City Public Library is pleased to present our favorite reads of 2018!

Employees were asked to submit the titles they read and loved this year with all nominations divided into 10 categories: fiction; young adult; children’s – babies through 2nd grade; children’s – 3rd through 6th grades; romance; mystery and thriller; science fiction/fantasy; autobiography/biography/memoir; non-fiction; and graphic novel. The only rule was that the book had to be released in 2018. Any book that was nominated by more than one staff member made our 2018 Best of the Best list.

We’ll share our Best of the Best list on the last day of 2018. Until then, here are the Library’s top fiction books for 2018. Keep checking back to see what made the cut in our other categories.

ICPL’S BEST FICTION BOOKS OF 2018

  • Us Against You by Fredrik Backman
  • The Immortalists by Chloe Benjamin
  • The Girls in the Picture by Melanie Benjamin
  • Evening In Paradise: More Stories by Lucia Berlin
  • White Houses by Amy Bloom
  • Halsey Street by Naima Coster
  • French Exit by Patrick deWitt
  • Every Note Played by Lisa Genova
  • Into the Drowning Deep by Mira Grant
  • The Great Alone by Kristin Hannah
  • Our Homesick Songs by Emma Hooper
  • An American Marriage by Tayari Jones
  • The Great Believers by Rebecca Makkai
  • Love and Ruin by Paula McLain
  • My Year of Rest and Relaxation by Ottessa Moshfegh
  • There There by Tommy Orange
  • The Air You Breathe by Frances de Pontes Peebles
  • Melmoth by Sarah Perry
  • Flights by Olga Tokarczuk

No Bookmobile Service Dec. 24 through Jan. 4

by Meredith Hines-Dochterman on December 14th, 2018

2017-07-bookmobileThe Bookmobile will be on winter Service Break from Monday, December 24, through Friday, January 4.

During this break, the Bookmobile will undergo vehicle maintenance, deep cleaning, and restocking the shelves with great new Library materials.

During Bookmobile service breaks, Holds and ILLs scheduled for pickup on the Bookmobile may be picked up at the Help Desk in the Downtown Library. We will not capture any holds when the Bookmobile is not in service, so there may be a period of time when the Bookmobile is on break when holds will be at the Library waiting for pick-up. Don’t worry, though, because the 7-day waiting period for picking up a hold does not begin until we “trap” the hold. That’s when we send the eMail, call you on the telephone, or mail your Hold Pick-up Notice.

For full Bookmobile schedule information, visit www.icpl.org/bookmobile.

Library Closed and No Bookmobile Service on Friday, Dec. 14

by Meredith Hines-Dochterman on December 6th, 2018

The Iowa City Public Library will be closed on Friday, December 14, for Staff Inservice.

The Bookmobile also won’t be in service that day.

Library and Bookmobile holiday hours are always available on the Library’s website.

Although the Bookmobile and Library are closed, online services are available 24/7 at www.icpl.org. This includes account access and, for those who live in our service area, access to ICPL’s Digital Library including eBooks, eAudiobooks, eMagazines, The New York Times and Kanopy video streaming.

Bookmobile Service during the Thanksgiving Holiday

by Meredith Hines-Dochterman on November 14th, 2018

The Iowa City Public Library Bookmobile will not be in service on Thanksgiving Eve, Wednesday, November 21. The Downtown Library will be open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Both the Bookmobile and the Downtown Library will be closed on Thanksgiving — Thursday, November 22. The Bookmobile will remain out of service on Friday, November 23, but the Downtown Library will be open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Bookmobile holiday hours are always available on the Library’s website.

Remember, even when the Bookmobile and Library are closed, online services are available 24/7 at www.icpl.org. This includes account access and, for those who live in our service area, access to ICPL’s Digital Library including eBooks, eAudiobooks, eMagazines, The New York Times and Kanopy video streaming.

No Bookmobile Service on Nov. 12

by Meredith Hines-Dochterman on November 2nd, 2018

The Iowa City Public Library Bookmobile will not be in service on Monday, November 12, in observance of Veteran Day.

The Downtown Library will be open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Bookmobile holiday hours are always available on the Library’s website.

Remember, even when the Bookmobile isn’t in service, online services are available 24/7 at www.icpl.org. This includes account access and, for those who live in our service area, access to ICPL’s Digital Library including eBooks, eAudiobooks, eMagazines, The New York Times and Kanopy video streaming.

We’ll see you back on the Bookmobile on November 13!

No Bookmobile Service on Labor Day

by Meredith Hines-Dochterman on August 24th, 2018

The Iowa City Public Library Bookmobile will not be in service on Monday, September 3. The Downtown Library is also closed in honor of Labor Day.

Bookmobile holiday hours are always available on the Library’s website.

Although the Bookmobile and Library are closed, online services are available 24/7 at www.icpl.org. This includes account access and, for those who live in our service area, access to ICPL’s Digital Library including eBooks, eAudiobooks, eMagazines, The New York Times and Kanopy video streaming.

We’ll see you back on the Bookmobile or at the Downtown Library on September 4.

Extra, Extra! Read all about it!

by Meredith Hines-Dochterman on August 23rd, 2018

Did you know we have online newsletters promoting the latest Library news?

The Little Window, our online Children’s Room newsletter, is sent to subscribers the first Thursday of the month. The Windshield, our Bookmobile newsletter, is mailed to subscribers the second Thursday of the month. Check It Out, our general Library newsletter, is released the third Thursday of the month. Each newsletter includes fun features, upcoming programming information and staff recommendations.

Don’t miss out; subscribe today using the City of Iowa City’s eSubscription form.