Author Archive for Patty McCarthy

Congratulations Wesley Beary!

by Patty McCarthy on October 28th, 2016

Wesley Beary is a very talented volunteer on the board of the Iowa City Public Library Friends Foundation and a Forty Under 40 recipient this year. What’s that? An honor presented by the Corridor Business Journal to recognize forty people making a significant impact who are under the age of 40.

At ICPL, Wesley recruited other software developers and created educational games for Mable the Table in the Children’s Room. Graphic novels are his favorites. He is also Mission Creek Festival’s Innovation Organizer, and a mentor for DevIowa Bootcamp, and the Iowa Startup Accelerator. Congratulations Wesley! Read about all 40 honorees at

Give to ICPLFF on Giving Tuesday

by Patty McCarthy on November 30th, 2015

Giving Tuesday is December 1 — a day dedicated to giving to the Iowa City Public Library Friends Foundation and other nonprofit organizations. Your financial contribution to the ICPL Friends Foundation on #GivingTuesday will add more for everyone to read, listen to, watch, learn from, and enjoy through the Library. It’s easy to join the movement with a donation to the Iowa City Public Library Friends Foundation.Gifts2Read

Whether $25 or $500, your charitable gift will make a difference which will make you feel great. A gift of $25 means two more children’s picture books, while $50 will bring children five new hardcover books or ten paperbacks to read. Giving $250 adds two more albums to the online Local Music Project, or puts 15 new fiction books on the shelves.

Thank you for supporting ICPL on Giving Tuesday! Your gift will be acknowledged by those of us in the ICPL Development Office.

All donations made on Giving Tuesday or before December 31, 2015 are charitable contributions which are tax deductible as allowed by law.

Gifts to Read


by Patty McCarthy on April 4th, 2014

Retish donation

Brothers Walter and Clyde Retish love reading, love libraries, and love their grandparents.  So when the boys were here to visit Paul and Esther Retish, it made sense for them to stop by the Iowa City Public Library to get some books before taking grandma home after her volunteer shift at The BookEnd.

“My grandpa and grandma travel a lot, they go to many places around the world,” Walter, 11, says.

They usually bring back foreign money, which their grandsons took to the bank and cashed, walking out with $66.67.

On Wednesday, Walter and Clyde also visited us in the Development Office of the Iowa City Public Library to make a $66 donation. The 67-cents went in the donation box at The BookEnd.

Walter and Clyde’s presentation was a great surprise.  I assured them that yes, we could use the gift to buy several more of the Young Adult books they love reading, and thanked them.   Their generosity made my day.