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New Games in the Teen Center

by Ella Von Holtum on March 26th, 2015

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We’ve just received a fresh batch of card and dice games for the Koza Family Teen Center!

I’ve never played Get Bit! Deluxe or Bang! The Dice Game, but I’m looking forward to trying them out. Get Bit! is all about being a swimmer escaping a hungry shark, and includes little action figures with removable limbs, a shark, and a deck of cards. It takes about 20 minutes to play, and 3-6 people can play against one another, using bluffing and strategy to play the cards that will get them farthest from the pursuing shark. Bang! The Dice Game takes place on dry land, in the Wild West in fact. 3-8 people can play as the Sheriff, a Deputy, an Outlaw, or a Renegade. The game takes about 15 minutes to play one round, rolling dice with each turn and choosing who to attack. A little bit of luck and you’ll be the one to survive the game.

I have, however, enjoyed many a game of Bohnanza. It sounds a little silly, but it’s a highly-rated, fast and fun game. 2-7 people can play, each assuming the role of a bean farmer. There are 11 types of beans in the game, and each player starts with two bean fields. Each field can only grow one type of bean at a time, and the goal is to make as many sets of the most valuable beans as possible before the cards run out. Each time you harvest a set of beans you can plant whatever you want next, but you are constrained by the order of the cards in your hand – you’re not allowed to re-order your hand, and you must play the first two cards each turn. Players have a chance to make deals with each other on their turns, bargaining and trading cards with one another. But you want to be careful – you might get a good card in a trade, but your opponent might get just what they need to win! Bohnanza takes about 45 minutes to play, and it’s a blast.

Check out all the games in the Teen Center any weekday after 3pm or Saturday from 1-5!

On Air – The ICPL Podcast: Episode 10

by Bond Drager on March 24th, 2015

Get the podcast here or from iTunes or Stitcher

“Great Movies that Didn’t Win Oscars, and Jen’s Dating Game Results”

This month the gang discusses Great Movies that Didn’t Win Oscars plus Jen is back with follow up on how her Blind Date with a Book went.

00:41:What we’re reading/watching/listening to Jen: Anna & the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins
01:19 Brian – The Martian by Andy Weir
03:21 Melody – Tim Johnston’s Descent
04:41 Jason – Louise Penny
6:02 Melody Isa Chandra Moskowitz’s Appetite for Reduction
06:40 Meredith – Maeve Binchy’s new biography
08:35 Great Movies that Didn’t Win Oscars
09:10 Brian – LA Confidential loses to Titanic
14:35 Jason – Movie Scores – Psycho
19:25 Melody – Bechdel Test Movies – A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night/Before Midnight
26:27 Jen – Sense and Sensibility
28:03 Meredith – Shawshank Redemption
30:17 Brian – Short Term 12
32:39 Jason – Last of the Mohicans
36:53 Jen – The Descendants
41:37 Jen’s Dating Game Follow Up – The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss

Video Staff Picks: March 2015 – Music, Quick Reads, and More

by Bond Drager on March 23rd, 2015

This month we share a musician who will be performing at the upcoming Mission Creek Festival, a quick read, a mystery, and a book Maeve describes as a “Gateway from fiction to nonfiction.” Enjoy!

Blind Date With a Book

by Stacey McKim on March 16th, 2015

Our first year of playing matchmaker with you and a Blind Date With a Book was so much fun. We set you up with over 200 books in February and loved hearing how 71 of those dates went on your returned Rate Your Date slips. Congratulations to Katharine Thompson, the winner of a box of chocolates courtesy of Aspen Leaf & Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory!

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Library staff were interested to see what people thought of their selections, and some of us (ahem, Meredith) might have gotten a little bit competitive about it… You can see the mix of reactions to some of the books I picked here. Not every book was a good match, so we want to thank all the intrepid readers who gave it a try!

If you missed this display, remember that you can step outside of your regular reading routine anytime by taking a book from the Recently Returned shelves or wandering into a section that you might not normally visit. Library staff members are always willing to offer a suggestion, too.

Did you check out a Blind Date book? What did you think? What would you want to see different in next year’s display?

Share your photograph, tell our story.

by Candice Smith on March 7th, 2015

schoolIt’s said that a photograph is worth a thousand words. Photographs can document and show an event, they can convey an idea, they can explain a thought. They can preserve a moment and tell the story that goes with it.

ICPL wants your photographs and your words. We want your stories.

Join us on Saturday, May 9 from 2-5 pm in Meeting Room A for ScanIt@ICPL–Local History, part of the Library’s Weber Days events.

Bring in your photos, letters, documents, and other items related to the history of Iowa City and Johnson county. Share your items and tell the stories that go with them — stories about the people, places, events, and things that are part of our past, but also part of who we are now. Help the Library build a resource about and for our community — help us tell our story.

We will help you scan your items, and then send you home with your originals plus digital copies of them (you can supply your own USB, or we can send you the copies in an email). If you have questions about what you can bring in, or if you’d like to schedule a specific time (not necessary — drop-ins are welcome!), contact Candice Smith at csmith@icpl.org or 319-887-6031.

Check out our Digital History Project, then become part of it.

Accio J.K. Rowling: Video Volunteers Needed

by Morgan Reeves on March 5th, 2015
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Do you love the magic and mystery of Harry Potter? Did you find something to think about in The Casual Vacancy? Have you found a new detective sleuth along with in Cormoran Strike? Would you like to help bring J.K. Rowling in Iowa City next year? If the answer to any of these questions is yes, stop by the library’s letter writing display this Thursday, the 5th, between 11:30am and 1pm or next Monday, the 9th, between 11am and 12:30pm to tell her about it.  We will be videotaping the thoughts of library patrons and staff in order to put together a video letter asking Ms. Rowling to visit Iowa City next year. Please come by and share your thoughts and enthusiasm!

Bonus: If all the excitement has piqued your interest in Rowling, why not learn more about you favorite author from one of our biographies about her life. Our newest title for children is Who is J. K. Rowling? by Pam Pollack and Meg Belviso.

Remote Book Returns @ Your Library

by Kara Logsden on March 3rd, 2015

Can’t make it Downtown to return your Library materials? Never fear – remote book returns are here!2015 03 Book Return

Many community members utilize the Library’s two remote book returns – our recent quarterly count of materials returned shows 14% of all items returned to the Library February 23rd through March 1st came through the remote book returns. This compares to 15.6% in our count last fall.

The Library maintains two remote book returns in Iowa City – one on the east side at the First Avenue HyVee Pharmacy Drive-through and one on the west side at the Mormon Trek University of Iowa Community Credit Union Drive-through (far right lane).  These book returns are in addition to the outside book return located along Linn Street near the staff entrance to the Library.

Items returned at the remote book returns must be in the box by 1:00 PM each day or the item is considered returned the next day. Book returns are emptied 365 days a year and items picked up on holidays are checked in the next day the Library is open. Some materials, such as audiovisual equipment and oversize items that do not fit into the book returns, must be returned to the Help Desk during regular Library hours.

If you have questions about returning Library materials, please give us a call or stop by the Help Desk on the Library’s first floor.

Overdrive Tips: Two Accounts

by Brent Palmer on February 27th, 2015

In case you are new to our eBook and eAudio service called Overdrive, you may want to get help from us to get things set up for the first time.  One of the confusing aspects of setting it up is the fact that there are two accounts that you need to use.  One is your ICPL Account.  This account corresponds to your library card number and allows you to check out books from our eBook and eAudioBook collection in Overdrive.  The second account is an “Overdrive Account” and serves as a way for Overdrive to keep track of who has what items digitally checked out and when the loan period is over.  Previously patrons used an Adobe ID for this purpose.  Both still work but the Overdrive Account gives you extra features which I outline below.

It is often confusing for new users to understand the difference during the setup process.  The first time you set up the Overdrive Media Console (OMC) on a device, it prompts you to sign in or register.  This is the Overdrive Account and you can register by supplying an email address and picking a password.  (Note: you may also use your Facebook account instead of an email address).

Later in the process, after you have specified ICPL as your library, you will have to sign in again using your library card barcode number and password. In both cases, after you sign in the first time, it will typically remember your passwords for both accounts.

The Overdrive Account has some features that some of you may take advantage of.  If you have several devices that you use for eBooks or eAudioBook, the Overdrive account will sync your progress and bookmarks between your different devices.  For example, if you listen to the same eAudioBook at home on an iPad and also on your Android phone on the way to home from work, it will keep track of where you are on both devices.  However, please note that you do have to actually download the eAudioBook to both devices;  In other words, it doesn’t automatically push your checkouts to all your devices.

Another “gotcha” to watch out for:  If you have set one device up with an Adobe ID and another device with an Overdrive Account, things can get wonky.  You may not be able to download an eBook to both devices.  We recommend using your Overdrive Account with all devices set up with a library card.  As always, feel free to call the library for help with sorting out problems with Overdrive.  Or even better, bring your device(s) down to our Drop-In Tech Help.  Here are some links you may find helpful:

More about OverDrive Account

More info on “syncing” your devices

Managing your devices

On Air – The ICPL Podcast: Episode 9

by Bond Drager on February 26th, 2015

Get the podcast here or from iTunes or Stitcher

This month’s very special episode is an interview with the staff of City of Literature: John Kenyon and Rachael Carlson. They’ll talk about books, reading, and writing in Iowa City and what their organization does. They also talk about the upcoming One Book Two Book Festival. More information on that can be found here: http://www.onebooktwobook.org/

Volunteer Spotlight: Jeanette Carter

by Stacey McKim on February 25th, 2015

Jeanette Carter is one of two library volunteers who will be honored for reaching a 1,500 hour milestone at this year’s Volunteer Recognition Event. We asked Jeanette a few questions for this “Volunteer Spotlight:”

How long have you been volunteering at the Iowa City Public Library?
I have been volunteering since I quit working at the library in 2003.  [Jeanette was a senior librarian in the library's Reference Department.]

What do you do at the Library?Local News Index
I have two volunteer jobs. I work 2 hours a week at the Book End, and for book sales. I also index the Press-Citizen microfilm retroactively, and am now on 1962. Both jobs are enjoyable.

[Go to icpl.org/newspaper and benefit from Jeanette’s work when you use the Local News Index!]

Why did you decide to volunteer at the Library?
When I was working at the library I knew how valuable the many volunteer jobs were. I wanted to contribute to this effort and support the library.

What is your favorite part of the collection?
I enjoy mysteries, biographies and always take recorded books on long car trips.

What else do you like to do?
Cooking and gardening are my favorite hobbies. I also enjoy visiting grandchildren, who live a long ways off, so I don’t get to see them very often.

Thank you, Jeanette, for all of your time and hard work!

If you’re interested in volunteering, go www.icpl.org/volunteer or come in to the Library and fill out a Volunteer Application.




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