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ICPL meeting rooms closed intermittently Aug. 24 through Sept. 14

by Meredith Hines-Dochterman on August 12th, 2015

The Iowa City Public Library’s meeting rooms A, B and C will be closed intermittently to the public August 24 through September 14 due to an equipment upgrade. Please check the Library’s calendar at calendar.icpl.org for availability.

Wireless capability will be added to the Library’s biggest meeting room, Meeting Room A, and a Blu-Ray option, providing those who book the room with more viewing options. Patrons will also have the ability to connect their Smartphones, tablets and other technology to the Library’s equipment.

“The goal is to improve the user experience for our patrons,” says Brent Palmer, the Library’s information technology coordinator. “Unfortunately, to do this, the meeting rooms will be out of commission temporarily.”

A list of alternative meeting room locations is available at: http://www.icpl.org/meeting-rooms/alternative-rooms/

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

ICPL releases August Sunday Fun Day schedule

by Meredith Hines-Dochterman on July 30th, 2015

Celebrate the last month of fun in the sun with Sunday Fun Days at the Iowa City Public Library!

Sunday Fun Day features fun activities for families to enjoy together. Each day has a theme with stories, crafts, or games to celebrate it.

Sunday Fun Day happens every Sunday except the first Sunday of the month. That afternoon is reserved for Sit, Stay, R.E.A.D. with Therapy Dogs of Johnson County.

August’s Sunday Fun Day events include:

August 9: Last Day of the Superhero Summer Reading Program

Make superhero gliders and create your own superhero story. Don’t forget to turn in your Summer Reading Program game card!

August 16: Permanent Marker Tie-Dyeshoes

Do you have any clothing items that you would like to spruce up or modify before school starts next week? Bring t-shirts, jeans, shoes, backpacks and any cloth item that would be fun with a little more color you as we teach you how to tie-dye with permanent markers!

August 23: Paper Bag Puppets

Bring your favorite characters to life with a little imagination and a paper bag.

August 30: Homework Organizers.

With school now underway it’s going to be tough keeping track of all those homework papers and important forms. Join us in turning ordinary clothes pins into attractive and sparkly homework organizers! Parents please note that glue and magnets will be used.

All Sunday Fun Day events begin at 2 p.m. and are held in the Storytime Room.

For more information, visit the Library’s calendar at calendar.icpl.org or call the Library (319) 356-5200.

ICPL is on Goodreads

by Meredith Hines-Dochterman on July 29th, 2015

Did you ever wonder what ICPL employees read in their spare time? Or perhaps you saw a patron with an armful of books and wanted to know what they were reading, but couldn’t think of a this-isn’t-strange-at-all  way to ask.recommendations

Our ICPL recommendation boxes have you covered!

We have four boxes located throughout the Library (first floor book return, Children’s Room self-checkout area, new nonfiction shelf on the second floor, and the Koza Family Teen Center) for you to share your book, movie and music recommendations. We go through the boxes regularly (sometimes people leave us drawings or notes that say how much the love the Library; we love those!) and post the recommendations on our patrons-suggestions bookshelf on Goodreads.

We also have bookshelves with ICPL employee recommendations and reviews on the popular reading site, so friend us, follow us, and let’s get reading!

Explore the Importance of Seeds at ICPL

by Meredith Hines-Dochterman on July 22nd, 2015

The Iowa City Public Library will explore the shift of seeds from a local resource to a corporately-owned property with a screening of Open Sesame: The Story of Seeds tonight (Wednesday, July 22).open-sesame

This 2015 environmental documentary by M. Sean Kaminsky looks at the challenges facing one of the world’s most precious resources: seeds. In the past, seeds were saved season-to-season and shared gardener-to-gardener. Today, more than half of the seed stock is controlled by three major corporations. Open Sesame details the history of seeds and presents the challenges organic and small growers, seed savers and seed freedom advocates face today.

The film will be shown in Room A at 7 p.m. Popcorn will be provided.

Our exploration and understanding of seeds continues on Wednesday, July 29, with a presentation by Seed Savers Exchange from Decorah.

Seed Savers Exchange is a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting the preservation and utilization of heirloom varieties since 1975, working with farmers and gardeners to ensure that these unique varieties are not lost forever.

This event begins at 7 p.m. in Meeting Room A. It is co-sponsored by New Pioneer Food Co-op and will be broadcast LIVE on The Library Channel, Iowa City cable channel 20.

Both events are part of the 2015 Adult Summer Reading Program.

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

Live music @ IC Farmer’s Market

by Meredith Hines-Dochterman on July 21st, 2015

The Iowa City Parks and Recreation Department and the University of Iowa Community Credit Union announced the line-up for this month’s live music at the Iowa City Farmer’s Market several weeks ago, which could make this post seem outdated, but it’s not.

Tomorrow’s Market Music performers are the Awful Purdies. If you don’t get the chance tlmpo see them perform from 5 to 7 p.m., you can check out their music through the Library’s Local Music Project.

The Local Music Project is a collection of albums by eastern Iowa musicians available for free download to your computer. We also have music by David Zollo in this collection. He performed at the market on July 8.

The musical line-up for the rest of July is as follows:

  • Wednesday, July 22: Awful Purdies
  • Saturday, July 25: Ryne Doughty
  • Wednesday, July 29: Lew Knudson

Market Music is scheduled from 5 to 7 p.m. on Wednesdays and 9 to 11 a.m. on Saturdays.

Shelves of Memories

by Meredith Hines-Dochterman on July 20th, 2015

My family recently celebrated seven years in our house. That might not seem like a big deal, but it’s the longest we’ve ever lived at one address.

The only downside of establishing roots is the stuff that tends to multiply when you aren’t moving every year or so. I realized when I opened the linen closet with an armful of clean towels that couldn’t fit on the shelf that it was time to purge.

I started in the kitchen, emptying the drawers of multiple utensils (no one needs three pizza cutters) before tackling the unfiled filing drawers stuffed with bank statements, health insurance claims and the passport I thought I lost in 1997. (If you aren’t sure where to start, the Library’s collection of de-cluttering and home organization books can be found on the second floor.)

I coordinated the “our-house-is-too-full-of-stuff” cleansing with my children’s changing of their rooms. Now that they are in their teens, we no longer need to use the fourth bedroom as a toy room. My son moved into that one and my daughter gave up her tiny room for his former bedroom.bookshelf

Before this could happen, though, they had a decade’s worth of toys to sort through. That took about a week and in the end I was surprised with how much they were willing to relinquish. Except for books.

The books on the shelves in the toy room when stories long-since outgrown, but too beloved to part with. Amelia Bedelia, George and Martha, Arthur and D.W., and Captain Underpants are part of their childhood, just like Anastasia Krupnik, Karana and Rontu, and Harriet M. Welsch were part of mine.

We reached a compromise, moving the dollhouse bookshelf to my daughter’s old bedroom, now the office, filling it with the books they don’t want to keep on their bedroom bookshelves. Later, I went through the storage tub of books I held on to after moving out of my parents’ house, adding them to the collection.

What books from your childhood do you hold close to your heart?

Teachable moments @ the IC Farmer’s Market

by Meredith Hines-Dochterman on July 15th, 2015

Now that my kids are teenagers (insert clichéd “Where did the time go?” mental photo montage here), I don’t experience as many teachable moments as I did when they were little. Don’t get me wrong, we still have teachable moments, but now they are more “OK, time to practice parallel parking” and “No one knows how to fold fitted sheets; you’re fine” instead of “What color is the apple?”

Visiting the Iowa City Farmer’s Market is a great activity for families because the place is filled with teachable moments. Preschoolers can show off their color knowledge, older students can practice their math skills, and babies can take in the scenery and, hopefully, be so exhausted by the time they get home, they take a long nap.

But what about teens? What teachable moments can they have at the farmer’s market?Farm to table pic1

A lot, actually.

My daughter accompanied me to the market last fall as part of her social studies’ world hunger unit. She had a BINGO card of activities she needed to complete and one was to go to a local farmer’s market and interview a vendor. She had to ask about what they sold, how they grew and/or made it, how far they traveled to get to the market, etc.

It was fun to watch her approach a vendor, explain the purpose of her assignment and go through her list of questions. Not only did she learn something new, she was able to practice her interview and note-taking skills, and patience, as their conversation was interrupted several times so the vendor could help a customer.

I’m teaching my children how to cook this summer. Correction. I’m teaching them how to cook something besides toast and hot dogs. They recently visited the Library’s cookbook collection (check out our Farm to Table cookbook display on the second floor), found recipes they want to try, and then went to the farmer’s market to buy their ingredients.

I took photos. I was told not to put them on Facebook. When I said it was for work, I got the look. If you have (or had) teens, you know what look I’m talking about.

Here’s a teachable moment for parents: pick your battles.

ICPL hosts What It Takes to Become a World Champion with Dan Gable and Tom Brands

by Meredith Hines-Dochterman on July 7th, 2015

Spend the evening with Olympic Gold Medalists, and former and current Iowa Hawkeyes wrestling coaches Dan Gable and Tom Brands, on Monday, July 13, at the Iowa City Public Library as they share what it takes to be a champion.

Gable was a two-time NCAA champion and three times was an All-American, Big Eight champion and Iowa High School state champion. He claimed the gold medal at the 1972 Summer Olympics in Munich, Germany, without surrendering a single point.

Gable joined the University of Iowa wrestling coaching staff in 1972 and took over the program in 1976. Under his leadership, Iowa won 15 NCAA titles and 21 Big Ten team titles. Gable was named the NCAA Coach of the Year three times. He was head coach of the United States Olympic team in freestyle wrestling in 1980, 1984, and 2000, and coached 12 Iowa Hawkeye Olympians.

Brands was a four-time All-American, three-time NCAA champion, and three-time Big Ten Conference champion before winning gold at the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta. He served 12 years as an assistant wrestling coach at Iowa before taking the head coach position at Virginia Tech. He returned to Iowa as head wrestling coach in the spring of 2006 and led the Hawkeyes to national titles in 2008, 2009, and 2010.

Gable and Brands will be in Meeting Room A at the Library at 7 p.m. as part of the 2015 Adult Summer Reading Program. This event is free and open to the public. It will be broadcast LIVE on The Library Channel, Iowa City cable channel 20.

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

ICPL hours unchanged during Hillary Clinton’s appearance Tuesday

by Meredith Hines-Dochterman on July 6th, 2015

The Iowa City Public Library will open at 10 a.m. Tuesday, July 7, and maintain normal operating hours during Hillary Clinton’s visit.

The East Entrance to the Library will be closed, but the Library can be accessed through the West Entrance off the City Plaza. Parking around the Library may be limited.

The presidential candidate will attend a Hillary for Iowa campaign organizing meeting in the Library’s first floor meeting rooms Tuesday morning. The Library expects a large number of people to attend the event, but staff will do their best continue everyday service.

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

 

 

ICPL partners with Senior Center to Offer Computer Classes

by Meredith Hines-Dochterman on July 6th, 2015

The Iowa City Public Library and the Iowa City/Johnson County Senior Center have joined together to offer computer classes to seniors in the Iowa City community this summer.

The classes will be offered at the Center, located at 28 S. Linn St., and taught by an ICPL Librarian. Four classes are scheduled in July and August.

In July, participants can learn how to protect their privacy and safety when online or using social media. “Social Media Safety: Protecting Your Privacy Online” will be offered at 11 a.m. on Friday, July 17. The class will discuss the advantages and disadvantages of privacy settings on several social networks and participants will learn how to adjust those settings.

This topic continues with “Internet Safety: Protecting Your Privacy Online” at 11 a.m. on Friday, July 31. Participants will learn strategies and skills to protect themselves and their privacy.

Classes on digital photo storage and online music sites will be covered in August. Each course will go over the major sites for digital photos and online music to help participants understand and ultimately choose a site they’d like to use in the future.

The online music course — “Introduction to Online Music” — will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday, August 14. The digital photo course — “Digital Photos: Organizing, Sharing, and Basic Editing” — will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday, August 21.

Each class will be held at the Senior Center. Classes are free, but space is limited. To register, call the Senior Center at (319) 356-5220. For questions about the classes, contact the Library at (319) 356-5200.




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