Author Archive for Shawna Riggins



New Year, New Bookmobile Schedule

by Shawna Riggins on January 8th, 2019

After our seasonal service break the Bookmobile is back in action! Our Winter/Spring schedule began on January 7, 2019 and extends through May 23, 2019. The newest stops that we have added to our route include weekly visits to Shimek Elementary, Good Shepherd Center, Pheasant Ridge Neighborhood Center, and Hills Elementary. Keep in mind, all ICPL Bookmobile stops are open to the public and all (excluding the UI College of Medicine Courtyard) offer free, nearby parking.

If you’ve considered visiting the Bookmobile, but have not yet stopped in maybe now is the right time! Don’t have a library card (or lost your old one)? Not a problem! We can issue new cards on the Bookmobile – Adults, just bring a photo ID and we can set you up with library services in a matter of minutes. More information about getting a library card can be found here.

While we feel ready for Spring weather, our calendars tell us Winter is still going strong. Now is a great time to make note of our weather policy. The Bookmobile will not operate on days when inclement weather would result in hazardous driving or service conditions, including any day the Iowa City Community School District cancels due to weather. If this were to occur, public web announcements will be able to be found on our website.

Cheers to a great new Bookmobile season. I hope to see you on the road!

The Bookmobile is on a Break – Where are my Holds?

by Shawna Riggins on August 17th, 2018

Fall is nearly here – School is starting up, pumpkin-spice items are popping up left and right, and the 2018 Summer Bookmobile schedule has wrapped up. The 2018 Fall Bookmobile schedule begins Monday, August 27th and runs through Thursday, December 21st. Next week, August 20th through 24th, the Bookmobile is out of service for a seasonal service break. If you had holds you were expecting to pick up on the Bookmobile, those items are currently available at the Downtown Library building. Simply ask at the Help Desk for help finding these materials. All holds that have been requested to be delivered to the Bookmobile have also been extended to give folks a chance to pick them up during our first week of service. If you are unsure about when or where you can find an item you placed on hold, call the Library at 319-356-5200.

If you haven’t looked at the Bookmobile’s 2018 Fall schedule yet, take a moment to find the stop that will work best for your schedule.  Now is a great time (or really, anytime is a great time) to place some holds to be picked up on the Bookmobile during the upcoming Fall schedule period. We look forward to seeing you on the road!

Summer Reading Program on the Bookmobile

by Shawna Riggins on June 21st, 2018

Bookmobile at Mercer ParkThe Summer Reading Program is in full swing on the ICPL Bookmobile and everyone is invited to participate. The first step is to sign-up at home or in-person on the Bookmobile. For those signing up at home who want to participate in the Summer Reading Program via the Bookmobile, choose “Bookmobile” as your branch when you register. So far 14 babies, 114 kids, 6 teens and 22 adults have registered for the Summer Reading Program and listed the Bookmobile as their branch. Choosing the Bookmobile as your branch gives us an idea of how many prizes to stock on the Bookmobile, but we always carry extra so feel free to be flexible and pick up Summer Reading Program prizes at the most convenient location (Downtown or on the Bookmobile) for you.

Being on the Bookmobile is always a blast, but summertime is my favorite season to visit our Mobile Library. In addition to our regular stops, we also have Stories in the Park on Monday (Willow Creek Park), Wednesday (Wetherby Park) and Friday (Mercer Park) mornings at 10:30 AM. These stops include regular Bookmobile service along with a Storytime program. Throughout the summer, for an extra special Stories in the Park Storytime we will feature local performers and musicians on some days. See page 2 of our Summer Reading Program Activity Guide for more information about these special performances.

For some extra summer fun, find the Bookmobile at Party in the Park programs on Thursdays from 6:30-7:30. Each week, join the celebration at a different Iowa City park to hear live music, participate in kids crafts, see a fire truck, check out an item from the Bookmobile, and connect with friends and neighbors. For the full schedule of Party in the Park events, read more here.

We’ll see you this summer on the Bookmobile!

The Bookmobile is on break – Where are my Holds?

by Shawna Riggins on May 25th, 2018

Summer is nearly here – The thermometers are creeping up, school is winding down, and the 2018 Winter/Spring Bookmobile schedule has wrapped up. The 2018 Summer Bookmobile schedule begins Monday, June 4th and runs through Friday, August 17th. Next week, May 28 through June 1, the Bookmobile is out of service for a seasonal service break. If you had holds you were expecting to pick up on the Bookmobile, those items are currently available at the Downtown Library building. Simply ask at the Help Desk for help finding these materials. All holds that have been requested to be delivered to the Bookmobile have also been extended to give folks a chance to pick them up during our first week of service. If you are unsure about when or where you can find an item you placed on hold, call the Library at 319-356-5200.

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Celebrating on the Bookmobile

by Shawna Riggins on April 13th, 2018

Though the Bookmobile is always a happy place (who doesn’t love the novelty of a library on wheels?!) we saw even more smiles than usual this week. To celebrate National Bookmobile Day and our Bookmobile’s 1st Birthday, we provided some special treats, freebies, and programming on our Mobile Library all week long.

At our weekly school stops we were met by a brand new Iowa City Transit bus so students could tour the vehicle and learn about the City’s Summer Library Bus program, which allows kids to ride to the Library for FREE in the Summer. Read more about how to utilize this program and our Ride and Read service on our website.

Even our Little Library Bear couldn’t resist visiting the Bookmobile this week! We think he isn’t quite ready to drive, but he likes to dream.

Though we are wrapping up the celebration today, our service is still going strong! View our schedule to meet us at any of our weekly stops to check the Bookmobile out for yourself!

Freebies on the Bookmobile!

by Shawna Riggins on January 9th, 2018

The ICPL Bookmobile is officially back on the road! The Winter/Spring schedule runs from Jan 8 – May 24 with lots of new and continued stops for you to check out. To celebrate the New Year and new schedule, we will be giving away magnetic clips, as supplies last, when you stop on the Bookmobile. I am using a clip at my house as a way to display the new schedule on my refrigerator.Bookmobile Clip and Brochure

If you don’t have an up to date Library card, or maybe you’ve never had one, we would love to make you a Library card while on the Bookmobile and tell you all about the ways you can use your library. The free stuff on the Bookmobile doesn’t end with your new fridge clip – Browse our selection of books and movies for all ages or consider placing a hold from the Downtown collection to be picked up on the Bookmobile. Also keep in mind that all children’s materials checked out on the Bookmobile don’t have fines.

Check our schedule on our webpage to see where and when you can find the Bookmobile or call the library for information, 319-356-5200. See you soon!

Winter crafting inspired by the Bookmobile

by Shawna Riggins on December 14th, 2017

When the weather starts to cool, I brush off my crafting supplies and I know it’s time to get started on hand made gifts. I love to make crafts but some years I am stumped about what to make when it comes time to get started. This year, my crafting choice was made easy when the Feminist Icon Cross Stitch book caught my eye during some down time on the Bookmobile. I made two of the patterns for women in my life and I hope to make one for myself next! A new cross stitch book, Really Cross Stitch just arrived on the Bookmobile yesterday, so now I have even more patterns I am itching to make.

 

We like to boast that the Bookmobile is filled with the newest and most popular items. To keep that distinction, we are continually adding new books to the collections on the Bookmobile. Recently our Non Fiction section has been expanding with several new crafting books and cook books. The hardest part of my days on the Bookmobile has to be seeing so many great books and knowing that I don’t have time to read them all.

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FALLing in Love with the Bookmobile

by Shawna Riggins on September 7th, 2017

School is in session, the nights are cooling off, and it is hard to make it through a day without seBookmobile at Mercer Parkeing something that is pumpkin-spiced flavored – Fall is here. The Library is welcoming the change in seasons with a new Bookmobile Schedule. The Fall Bookmobile schedule runs from August 28 – December 21 and features multiple new Bookmobile stops, including Waterfront Hy-Vee, Emerson Point, Iowa City Walmart, and Mark Twain Elementary.

 
With nearly two full weeks of service under our belts already we are already making connections at our new and continued stops. Our first visit to Emerson Point felt like a party, with the Bookmobile consistently filled with excited, new visitors, several of whom made use of our accessibility lift.

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Finish out your Summer on the Bookmobile!

by Shawna Riggins on August 1st, 2017

Summer is wrapping up at the Library, but you can still make the most of the time we have left! The 2017-03-bookmobile-drawingBookmobile Summer schedule continues through August 18th and the Summer Reading Program wraps up on August 11th.

Are you ready to redeem prizes for completing the Summer Reading Program, but you haven’t had a chance to stop by the Library? Stop by your nearest Bookmobile stop to redeem your prizes and keep the reading going by checking out a book on the go. The Bookmobile collection is comprised of the newest and most popular items in the Library, so I am confident you will find something you can’t pass up!

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Having a Blast on the Bookmobile!

by Shawna Riggins on July 3rd, 2017

July has arrived and our first month of Bookmobile service is in the books! We have had a wonderful time getting to know our community even better since Bookmobile service officially beg19533614_482704608745669_8351687546295549952_n1an on June 6th.

Our most frequently asked question this past month has been “Are you getting plenty of visitors?” The answer is, “Yes, and keep on coming!” We are delighted to be getting to know people who are brand new library users as well as seeing existing library users in new settings. If you’ve visited the Bookmobile recently and seen some empty shelves, that is because people have been loving the Bookmobile SO much, they’ve been clearing us out of books. What a wonderful problem to have! We restock our shelves every morning so there is always something new to find on the Bookmobile. Read the rest of this entry »