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Streaming videos: a large, but largely unknown part of ICPL’s collection

by Paul Bethke on November 3rd, 2016

At over 440 titles and growing, the Library’s collection of streaming videos features works created as far back as the late 1970s and as recently as last month. Covering a wide variety of topics, including author visits, personal biographies, musical performances, unique local history, and even how to make water gardens, there is something in this collection to engage,  enlighten, and amuse everyone (you can even observe the Library and select staff as they change over time!)

The problem has been knowing were these videos are in order to access them. Previously, to find them through our Website, one had to start at the Library Service pull down, go to the Library Channel tab, track down the On Demand Video link, then do additional selecting from there. Not a very intuitive or speedy process, especially when it’s reasonable to start looking first at Books and More, then rifle through the Videos, e-Media, and even Unique Collections tabs. To make it a bit easier to track them down, or at least provide more awareness of their existence, I was tasked earlier this year with adding the collection to our catalog and linking them to our streaming video page. Now individual videos can be accessed directly from the relevant record. Doing a call number search and using some truncated form of STREAMING VIDEO will bring up the entire collection. If you want to take a test drive, try doing a catalog search using  Irving Weber or Project Green.

Iowa Safe At Home

by Kara Logsden on February 23rd, 2017

2011-12-iowa-safe-at-homeIowa Safe at Home is an address confidentiality program of the Iowa Secretary of State’s Office designed to help victims of domestic crimes. Melanie Shellenberger from the Iowa Secretary of State’s Office will share information about this program on Friday March 3, 2017 at 10:30 AM in Meeting Room A.

The Iowa Safe at Home program provides three services to help survivors improve their lives: Read the rest of this entry »

Book Display: Relationships

by Beth Fisher on February 8th, 2017
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With Valentines Day right around the corner, many people’s thoughts are turning to romance and relationships.  There many different types of relationships, and ICPL has all sorts of books on them too.

Romantic relationships come in all shapes and styles, just like couples do.  Young or old, straight, gay, or lesbian, there’s someone out there for everyone.  (Click on the cover for more information)

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There are also people who are between relationships, recovering from the end of one, or who are doing just fine on their own and are happy in their singleness. We have books for that too:

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And there are people who research relationships by analyzing their own or by conducting sociological research studies in an attempt to figure out this thing called love.

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Check out the display on the Library’s 2nd floor for these and lots of other books on relationships.

Human Rights Resources from the City of Iowa City

by Kara Logsden on January 31st, 2017

2017-01-human-rightsToday I learned about a series of “Know Your Rights” brochures, available AT THIS LINK, provided by our Human Rights Office. The brochures are available in English, French, Arabic, Spanish and Chinese and cover these topics:

Unlawful Discrimination

Hate Crimes

Your Housing Rights and Rental Subsidies in Iowa City

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Changes to Our Catalog

by Anne Mangano on January 31st, 2017

You may not have realized this, but for several years, the Iowa City Public Library has had two catalogs. If you regularly search to see if ICPL owns a book or a DVD, you probably noticed differences in the way some of your searches look.

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There is our reliable, workhorse Catalog Classic, a catalog technology introduced to the world before Google existed (it is twenty years old now). It searches as you would search an index in a book, Read the rest of this entry »

Mormon Trek Book Return Unavailable

by Kara Logsden on January 26th, 2017

2017-01-remote-book-returnThe Mormon Trek Remote Book Return is unavailable until further notice. We’re working on a replacement. Please return books to the Downtown Library or to the Eastside book return at the First Avenue Hy-Vee. We are sorry for the inconvenience.

Our remote book returns handle an average of 15% of total returns to the Library. In FY16 the Library circulated 1,369,069 items. Library Staff empty the books returns 365 days a year. Please check back for more information.

Storytime Recap: Stuffed Animal Sleepover

by Mari Redington on January 19th, 2017

img_5091A lot of libraries lately have been hosting stuffed animal sleepovers for kids who bring their stuffed animals to Storytime. The kids leave their stuffed animals overnight, and the next day they get to see pictures of what their fluffy friends did during their sleepover party at the library.

This week, ICPL had their first Stuffed Animal Sleepover. We didn’t have a lot of animals “stay the night,” but the Storytime was really fun, and we had a great time taking pictures of the cuddly antics. We will absolutely host another sleepover this summer, because summer is the best time for sleepovers, especially at the library.  Read the rest of this entry »

Drum Roll, Please…

by Casey Maynard on January 3rd, 2017

Image result for caldecott medal pngThe votes have been tallied with more than 100 cast for our Mock Caldecott nominees. Of the fifteen titles chosen we are naming one winner and five honor books as there was a tie for the fourth space. Without any further ado, let’s get to which titles you chose to represent ICPL’s first Mock Caldecott Award.

And the Winner is…

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ICPL Top Staff Picks for 2016: Nonfiction

by Meredith Hines-Dochterman on December 29th, 2016

Nonfiction books run the gamut from history and science to cooking and travel. The titles nominated for our Best of the Best list are certainly eclectic, as is our staff!

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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!

 

Finding an appealing book

by Stacey McKim on December 28th, 2016

Whether you’re gearing up to read an impressive number of books in 2017 (52?  100?  365?) or just need one good read for now, a new feature in NoveList may be helpful.

You might already use the NoveList database to find books similar to ones you already love, but now the adventurous and the forgetful can start from scratch with their appeal mixer.appealmixer1

What makes a book appealing to you?  Choose a combination of character types, storylines, pace, tone, and/or writing styles, and see if it leads you to your next favorite book!

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