Author Archive for Shawna Riggins



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

by Shawna Riggins on August 19th, 2019

The Fall Bookmobile schedule begins Monday, August 26 and runs through Thursday, December 19. The week before the Fall schedule begins, August 19 –  23, the Bookmobile is out of service for a seasonal maintenance 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 seen the Bookmobile’s 2019 Fall Schedule yet, take a look to find the stop that will work best for your schedule.

We look forward to seeing you on the road!

Checking in with the Bookmobile

by Shawna Riggins on August 14th, 2019

As we wrap up our last week of the Summer Schedule on the Bookmobile, now is a great time to think back to some Summer highlights and look ahead to Fall.

Throughout the Summer, our annual series, Stories in the Park, continued with stops at Willow Creek, Wetherby and Mercer Parks where a weekly storytime or special special program for youth was offered alongside the Bookmobile. Some memorable Storytime presenters included two friendly llamas, three sweet wolfhounds, two great goats, and many magnificent musicians. Staff were delighted to connect with families at these stops, as well as the occasional farm animal.

Another Summer Series the Bookmobile participated in this year was Party in the Park. Through this annual series, sponsored by the Iowa City Parks and Recreation Department and the Neighborhood Outreach Division, the Bookmobile visited a different local park every Thursday evening throughout the Summer. Party in the Park continues this Fall on Sundays, though without the Bookmobile. Visit www.icgov.org/pr for details.

Stores are stocked with fresh notebooks and pencils, nights are cooling off, and soon it will be hard to avoid pumpkin-spiced flavors – Fall is nearly here. The Iowa City Public Library is welcoming the change in seasons with a new Bookmobile Schedule, which can be found on our website. The 2019 Fall Bookmobile schedule will run from August 26 – December 19, with all stops open and available to the public. While the Bookmobile is on a seasonal service break next week, take a moment to place holds and get ready to meet us on the road starting on August 26.

 

Summer Bookmobile Schedule

by Shawna Riggins on May 16th, 2019

Summer is coming and so is a new Bookmobile schedule! The Summer Bookmobile schedule will run from June 3 – Aug 16. All stops are open to the public and offer free parking (with the exception of the UI College of Medicine Courtyard stop).

Schedule information is available at icpl.org/bookmobile and in printed schedules available in the Library and on the Bookmobile. Summer schedule highlights include Stories in the Park events on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays consisting of a morning of stories, music, and special events as well as Bookmobile service. Also look for the Bookmobile at Party in Park events on Thursday evenings.

Are you thinking ahead about the Library’s Summer Reading Program? So are we! Pre-registration is happening now at the Library, on the Bookmobile, and online. The Bookmobile will be fully stocked with Summer Reading prizes for all ages throughout the season.

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ICPL Bookmobile to Alexander Elementary Spring Bike Rodeo

by Shawna Riggins on April 16th, 2019

The ICPL Bookmobile is excited to be a part of the Alexander Elementary Spring Bike Rodeo this Thursday, April 18. The full event runs from 3:30-5:30 at Alexander Elementary, 3571 Sycamore St., with the Bookmobile in attendance from 4:30-5:30.

The Bike Rodeo is open to the community, and is a collaboration with Bicyclists of Iowa City (BIC), Alexander Elementary Parent-Teacher Organization, NCJC SOAR After-School Program, The South District Neighborhood Association (SDNA) and The City of Iowa City to increase bike safety and awareness before the summer months.

A bike rodeo is an educational workshop for kids and adults. At this rodeo volunteers will provide a bike maintenance check, helmet check and fitting.

Plus, at this event there will be FREE bike helmets, reflective gear and food to go along with the educational workshop in the school parking lot.

This event will cause a slight disruption to regular Bookmobile service – The Bookmobile will not be at Regency Mobile Home Community this Thursday from 4:30-5:00 as a result. If this disruption causes difficulties for any library users, please reach out to the library and we would be happy to work together to resolve the concern.

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!

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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