Recently we had a great suggestion from one of our Teacher-Librarians. She said their school needs information about the Library in both English and Spanish. Here’s information about the SUMMER LIBRARY BUS in Spanish and English:
Una tarjeta de la Biblioteca Pública de Iowa City también sirve para tomar el bus de Iowa City completamente gratis durante el verano. La Biblioteca proveerá por viajes gratis del autobús a niños hasta grado doce, y adultos quien les están guardando, solamente en caminos de Iowa City, desde el día después del final de escuela pública hasta el día antes del primer día de escuela, durante la semana entre 9:00 por la mañana y 3:00 por la tarde. Personas que quieran usar este servicio tengan que mostrar sus tarjetas de Biblioteca Pública a camioneros para sacar viajes gratis. Todos autobuses de Iowa City paran por el zócalo y está una camina corta de tres cuadras hasta la Biblioteca Pública. Niños puedan regresar a hogar por cualquier hora con una tarjeta de Read & Ride, que puedan sacar por todas Mesas de Servicio en la Biblioteca Pública.
Visítanos, llámenos o visite www.icpl.org/cards para más información sobre tarjetas y usando la biblioteca.
An Iowa City Public Library card is your child’s ticket to ride an Iowa City Transit bus FREE this summer. The Library will provide free bus rides to children through 12th grade, and the adult caregivers who are with them, on any Iowa City Transit bus route, from the day after Iowa City Schools dismiss until the day before schools start, on weekdays between 9:00 AM and 3:00 PM. Bus riders should show their Iowa City Public Library card to the bus driver to gain free access to the bus. Iowa City Transit buses stop at the downtown Iowa City interchange at the Old Capitol Town Center, and it is a short three block walk to the Library. Children can catch a ride home anytime the same day with a Ride & Read bus pass, issued by showing a Library Card at any public service desk at the Library.
For more information about Library Cards and using the Library, navigate to www.icpl.org/cards.
Since Valentine’s Day the Children’s Department has been home to an original Lego castle specifically built for our display case by Sam Maynard. This castle was constructed to be displayed in sections but in fact was assembled as one piece with individual fold out sections. This deceptively simplistic concept has allowed us to display the castle in multiple ways so every part of its complex interior can be viewed and enjoyed. Chock full of costume characters from some of our favorite movies, fairytales and adventures we have created a visual scavenger hunt. I have been moving these characters over the past few weeks to create individual stories that patrons can follow by checking back to see where characters are now. I started with Little Red Riding Hood and the Wolf Man in separate sections of the castle for instance, and over time they have come together and now stand, weapons drawn facing one another. Make sure to keep checking the castle to see what happens next!
As part of the fun of the Lego Castle I thought it would be great to get our youngest Lego fans involved by having a name drawing. Today I drew one name and am happy to announce that the Lego castle has been dubbed “The Fire Temple” by Edward Kenyon. My thanks go out to all of those who entered the drawing, we ended up with almost 50 names!
BHAG = Big. Hairy. Audacious. Goal. We have a BHAG … We think every child in our community should have a Library card.
I know I’m probably preaching to the choir here, but I think this is a goal we should all share. Libraries today are so much more than reading. Libraries are community centers with technology and people who can answer questions. We have an amazing Children’s Room and an awesome Teen Center with computers, games, and room to do homework and socialize. This is a great place to pick up a “Library Habit.” And wouldn’t it be great if our youth discovered their “Library Habit” when they are young?
As a community, how can we make sure every child has a Library Card? At the Library, we are scheduling spring visits to elementary schools in our service area. Children’s Room staff will talk about Summer Reading Program and getting a Library Card. Our Teen Librarian is visiting the junior high and high schools and talking about SRP and Library cards. We are also reaching out to elementary schools in our service area and offering to send ICPL staff to register students on-site for Library Cards.
How can you help? If you have children, make sure they have a Library Card. If you are around other youth, ask them if they have a Library Card. If not, encourage them to get one or invite their family to visit the Library with you. Maybe share what having a Library Card means to you.
I hope you share our BHAG and let’s make this a community where everyone has a Library Card!
Staff members had a wonderful time visiting Lone Tree on Saturday. We were excited to issue several new Library cards and help update some expired accounts. Lone Tree residents came with a lot of great questions about Library cards and services.
Since the City of Lone Tree signed a contract with the Iowa City Public Library last month, residents are now eligible for “Resident Cards” and correlating services. This means that along with checking out books, movies, discs, magazines, art prints, and Storytime kits, Lone Tree residents are now also eligible to check out equipment, use our Interlibrary Loan Services, enroll in At Home Services, and access our eResources.
Several Lone Tree residents stopped by to learn more about the eResources. Residents are now able to download audiobooks & music, eBooks & digital magazines, and access our references databases from home.
A few kids came by and had fun with the “Twitters & Tweets” Storytime and craft.
It was a great day. Thank you to everyone who came to see us!
On Saturday February 22, ICPL staff will travel to the Lone Tree School Library to share information about Iowa City Public Library collections, online resources, programs and services. Everyone who lives in Lone Tree is invited to attend. There’s a rumor there may be some sweet treats too.
Iowa City Public Library staff will be available 9-10:30 AM to issue Library Cards and share information about ICPL collections, programs and services. There will also be a Storytime and craft program for children and a class about how to download eCollections.
Recently the Lone Tree City Council contracted with Iowa City Public Library for library services. This event is planned so Lone Tree residents can learn more about Library services and sign-up for a Library Card.
Iowa City Public Library staff members are looking forward to visiting Lone Tree this Saturday, February 22. We are excited to welcome Lone Tree’s residents to the Library! Staff members will be at the Lone Tree Library from 9:00 – 10:30 a.m. to help share information about Library collections and services.
Staff will be available to issue Library cards and answer general questions about the Library. If residents are interested in getting a Library card, please make sure to bring photo identification and proof of current residential address.
There will be an eResources class at 9:15 a.m. with Tech Help to follow. If you have any questions about online products and services available at ICPL please feel free to bring your tablets and other devices so we can show you how to access the Library’s eBooks and eMagazine collections.
Join us for a bird Storytime, “Twitters & Tweets,” at 9:30 a.m. and we’ll think about warm weather and birds. Plan to stay after for a children’s craft – we’ll provide a bird template and kids will be able to glue feathers on.
Recently one of our dedicated patrons provided feedback about “dirty books in the Library.” Yes, it’s Valentine’s Day and no, we are not talking about bodice-ripping romances that are very popular. He was talking about books that had been “violated with food stains and other deposits.”
Photo from Goodreads.com
At the Library, we take great pride in the physical condition of our collections. We allocate a portion of our collection budget to replacing worn or damaged materials. We understand things happen and sometimes our materials get damaged (OK – confession time – I have fallen asleep in the bathtub with a Library book and yes, the book fell in the water … oops).
We also check in over 1 million items each year. While we catch many damaged materials at checkin, we can’t catch everything. We depend on our patrons to let us know if a book, DVD or other item needs to go to mending or be “retired” because of damage or “violation.” The easiest way to let us know is to tape a note on the cover. A note will alert the people who check in Library materials that we need to route the item for further inspection and follow-up.
Happy Valentine’s Day, happy reading in the bathtub, and please let us know if a Library item needs attention.
It is a privilege to be able to observe the willingness of our patrons to dedicate their time and energy to make a difference in the community and in Library operations. For over 30 years volunteers have been a valued resource. We love our volunteers!
The Library is always accepting volunteer applications. Our needs vary throughout the year, but right now we are specifically looking for volunteers to help check in Library materials, work at The Book End used bookstore, and assist with the Library’s CoderDojo program. We also always have openings for volunteers to straighten shelves and help clean audiovisual collections.
Young Adults (Grade 7 and up) and Adults are eligible to participate in the Volunteer Program. Please follow this link for more information about ICPL’s Volunteer Program and for a volunteer application: http://www.icpl.org/work/.
If you are interested in volunteering, please fill out the application so we can see if there are any volunteer positions that work with your availability. Return all applications to Volunteer Assistant, 123 S. Linn St, Iowa City, IA 52240.
by Meredith Hines-Dochterman on February 11th, 2014
Our website looks a little different and this blog is the reason.
123 South Linn: Iowa City Public Library’s Staff Blog serves several purposes. We want to engage with our community; promote Library collections, programs and services; assist our patrons; and build support for the Library.
To do this, our blog has several channels, each which serves a specific area of the library. For children’s room information, which will include anything from upcoming programs to early literacy, check out the Kid Bits channel. The Teens channel features routine posts that are of interest to teen patrons.
From the Director features posts from Library Director Susan Craig, while From the Reference Desk shares questions or topics Reference Desk staff encounter.
For reviews and other information about the Library’s collections, check out the From the Shelves channel.
The News channel will feature routine posts about Library news, while the Inside ICPL channel will take a deeper look at the Library’s operations.
Spend some time exploring the new blog and if you have questions or comments, please let us know!