Author Archive for Patty McCarthy

Experience Ex Libris with Us!

by Patty McCarthy on February 2nd, 2018

You’re invited to join other library friends at a special Iowa City screening of Ex Libris, the award-winning film about the New York Public Library. I think that fans of director Frederick Wiseman’s films and everyone else who loves what public libraries like NYPL and ICPL mean to their neighborhoods and communities will not want to miss this opportunity. We’re partnering with FilmScene and the University of Iowa Libraries to offer the film on Saturday, February 17 at 10am, and again on Sunday, February 18 at 10am. Tickets for this amazing documentary are available at FilmScene (118 E College St, Suite 101, Iowa City) or online at

Discount tickets are available to supporters of the Iowa City Public Library Friends Foundation. Make a donation and use the Additional Information section to tell me that you’d like to know how to get the discount and I’ll happily share that information. See you there!


Eat Out to Read at VUE!

by Patty McCarthy on January 18th, 2018

Enjoy amazing views with your dinner on Monday at the ICPL Friends Foundation’s VUE Restaurant Eat-Out-to-Read. I look forward to seeing you at the new VUE Restaurant on the top floor of the Hilton Garden Inn at 328 South Clinton Street in Iowa City. On January 22 from 4-10pm a percentage of food and non-alcoholic beverage sales will be donated to benefit the ICPL. Parking is available in the attached Court Street ramp. Reservations are recommended but not required and you can make them online using Resy at

Cozy Up with ICPL Apparel

by Patty McCarthy on November 28th, 2017

Winter’s cold really will come one of these days. Right? When it does you can be ready by making a purchase now to stay warm in ICPL style and help the ICPL!

Here’s the deal: between now and midnight on December 6, you can order special ICPL branded jackets, vests, cardigans, and even a shirt, through a fantastic partnership with our neighbors and ICPL friends at Underground Printing. The great folks there will donate some of the price to the ICPL Friends Foundation. You can check out the offerings here in Women’s, Men’s, and Youth sizes, and great colors.

Place your order and pay directly online. Your ICPL Apparel order will be available to pick up at ICPL beginning Thursday, December 21, 2017. You get some great cozy clothes that show you proudly support the Iowa City Public Library, and the Library receives a donation to be used to provide you with more of what you use through the Library. Dual purpose gifts are the best!

Thank you for your support.


Party at Plaza Towers for ICPL!

by Patty McCarthy on September 13th, 2017

Are you as curious as I am to experience the one-of-a-kind homes and see the views from the Library’s neighbor?! You can do both and help ICPL by making reservations now for a unique vertical block party on September 30th.

ICPL Rocks My Block@Plaza Towers is a fundraiser for the Iowa City Public Library on Saturday, September 30, 4:30-7:30pm at Plaza Towers, across the City Plaza from the Library at 221 East College Street. Guests will tour four unique homes of various sizes (1100, 1500, 2200, and 3300 sq. ft.) before gathering at Neumann Monson Architects to learn about the design and construction of the building. Light refreshments will be served. And, thanks to the marvelous generosity of our hosts, Joyce and Dick Summerwill, Linda and Ed Farkas, Suzanne Lagina, Jim Mondanaro, Neumann Monson Architects, and McComas-Lacina Construction as event sponsor, all proceeds will benefit the Library. $50 per person with reservations required. Make your reservations today for ICPL Rocks My Block at Plaza Towers. We look forward to seeing you there!


ICPL Rocks My Block! on August 12

by Patty McCarthy on August 9th, 2017

You are invited to the first-ever block party to benefit the Iowa City Public Library on Saturday, August 12th. Our gracious hosts, neighbors Michael Lensing, and Tom Scott, say they’re ready for a crowd at ICPL Rocks My Block! The weather forecast couldn’t be better for the fun at 411 Fairchild Street, Iowa City, 6pm-9pm on Saturday, August 12. $50 per person Make Reservations Now! or you can pay at the door.

Join us for marvelous music by Elizabeth Moen, and the Blake Shaw Trio, fabulous food and drink from Pop’s Barbeque and ReUnion Brewery, as well as charming conversations with other ICPL friends. Hope to see you there! Contact me if you have any questions.

Eat Out to Read: Pagliai’s Pizza on July 31st!

by Patty McCarthy on July 28th, 2017

Monday, July 31st is the last day to enjoy delicious Pagliai’s Pizza and benefit the Iowa City Public Library at the same time! Mention ICPL when dining in or carrying out on Monday, 4:00-11:00 pm, and Pagliai’s will generously donate 25% of your total ticket. Hope to see you at Pagliai’s Pizza, 302 East Bloomington Street in Iowa City. Call 351-5073 for an order to go. Thank you to our Library friends at Pagliai’s Pizza for participating in Eat Out to Read on Mondays in July!

Eat Out to Read: Motley Cow Cafe Tomorrow

by Patty McCarthy on June 6th, 2017

Enjoy a delicious meal at Motley Cow Cafe and raise funds for ICPL at the same time! Join us at the restaurant, 160 North Linn Street, Iowa City from 5-9pm on Wednesday, June 7, and a percentage of your tab will be donated to the ICPL Friends Foundation.

Reservations can be made by calling Motley Cow Café at 319-688-9177. Hope to see you there! RSVP & Invite Your Friends

Eat Out to Read Tonight at Short’s Burgers Eastside

by Patty McCarthy on May 3rd, 2017

Take a break and “Eat Out to Read” tonight at Short’s Burgers Eastside. The restaurant at 521 Westbury Dr in Iowa City will welcome you there or take your carryout order from 5-9:30pm. A percentage of the sales will be donated to the Iowa City Public Library Friends Foundation. Thank you!

Eat Out to Read Tonight: Hudson’s

by Patty McCarthy on March 8th, 2017

Support ICPL and one of Iowa City’s newest restaurants, Hudson’s, tonight, Weds. March 8. Hudson’s is at 482 Hwy 1 West, Iowa City. Parking is accessible off Highway 1 between Riverside Dr and Hudson Ave.

The community night is scheduled 5-10 pm, and the ICPL Friends Foundation will receive a donation of 15% of the sales of everything, including carry out. Thanks for your support tonight!

Give Your Year End Gift Today

by Patty McCarthy on December 28th, 2016

Your financial donations have a big impact here at ICPL. One of the most exciting in a few years, the new ICPL bookmobile, will hit the streets in spring 2017 to help ensure even more people have access to Library magic. Your past donations made this possible.

When you contribute, you are providing more to read, watch, listen to, dance to, think about, laugh about, and take action on in a great space that brings you together with new people, ideas, and experiences.

Give your tax-deductible gift to the Iowa City Public Library Friends Foundation Annual Fund before or on December 31 to strengthen ICPL services for another year.

Thank you. We extend best wishes for a marvelous 2017 to all of you!