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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.

It’s like the Batmobile … but it’s the Bookmobile

by Kara Logsden on May 16th, 2017

2017-05-bmb-at-alexanderWe are having fun introducing the Bookmobile to our community! The joy on the faces of people, especially children, when they come onto the Bookmobile and see all the wonderful books and movies is heartwarming!

Last week the Bookmobile visited a number of elementary schools. The picture in this post shows Alexander Elementary students hearing about the Bookmobile. One student commented, “It’s like the Batmobile … but it’s the Bookmobile” and another said, “I want to live here!” I feel the same way! Read the rest of this entry »

Ride the Bus to the Library this Summer!

by Kara Logsden on May 15th, 2017

The Summer 2013 Summer Library BusLibrary Bus program ROLLS OUT on Thursday June 1.

Ride the bus to the Library: An Iowa City Public Library card is a 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 (Thursday June 1) until the day before school starts (Tuesday August 22), 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.

Riding home from Downtown: Year-round the Library will provide two FREE bus passes each week to people of all ages through our Ride and Read program. Just show your Library Card to any service desk at the Downtown Library and we’ll give you a pass for a ride home.

More information about riding the bus to the Library is available at this link: icpl.org/hours-location/ride/

Information about applying for a Library Card is available at: icpl.org/cards

Roll on down to the Library this summer on an Iowa City Transit Bus. We look forward to seeing you!

Iowa City Public Library Honors Volunteers

by Meredith Hines-Dochterman on May 8th, 2017

The Iowa City Public Library recently honored its volunteers for their dedication and service.

Pictured are some of the individuals honored at the Iowa City Public Library’s Annual Volunteer Recognition Event. Back row, left to right: Susan Carroll, Nancy Howe, Joel Barnhart, JoAnn Koskey, Beth Stence, and Ann Valenta. Front row, left to right: William Kurth, Donna Davis, Susanne Humphreys, and Maria Padron.

Pictured are some of the individuals honored at the Iowa City Public Library’s Annual Volunteer Recognition Event. Back row, left to right: Susan Carroll, Nancy Howe, Joel Barnhart, JoAnn Koskey, Beth Stence, and Ann Valenta. Front row, left to right: William Kurth, Donna Davis, Susanne Humphreys, and Maria Padron.

During the 2016 calendar year, 301 volunteers provided more than 9,400 hours of service. Volunteer duties range from checking in books, materials maintenance, prepping supplies for events, helping plan teen programs, operating The Book End, and serving on the Board of Trustees and on the Friends Foundation Board of Directors.

On Wednesday, April 26, the Library said thank you with a reception and a ceremony during which 35 volunteers received recognition awards for achieving milestone hours of service.

Jean Whiting was named the Nancy Sereduck Volunteer of the Year.

A volunteer for more than 20 years, Jean has spent 2,000 hours checking in books at the library.  Jean faithfully works every Saturday and, regardless of the weather or number of books returned, Jean brings a ray of sunshine to the library’s Saturday mornings and keeps the flow of materials moving on busy weekends.

The Library congratulates Whiting on her achievement and thanks all volunteers for their service.

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Eat Out to Read Tonight at Short’s Burgers Eastside

by Patty McCarthy on May 3rd, 2017

Take a break and “Eat Out to Read” tonight at Short’s Burgers Eastside. The restaurant at 521 Westbury Dr in Iowa City will welcome you there or take your carryout order from 5-9:30pm. A percentage of the sales will be donated to the Iowa City Public Library Friends Foundation. Thank you!

What’s the Bookmobile doing at the Farmer’s Market??

by Shawna Riggins on April 29th, 2017

When you visit the Iowa City Saturday Farmer’s Market this year you may notice one large new participant – Our brand new Bookmobile! 2017-03-bookmobile-drawingOn Saturdays in May and June as you stock up on Farmer’s Market goodies be sure stop by the Iowa City Public Library Bookmobile in the Chauncey Swan lot. As a Farmer’s Market shopper and a library go-er, I am pumped about this pairing and I’ve been thinking of all the ways this could come in handy: Read the rest of this entry »

Bookmobile Update

by Kara Logsden on April 26th, 2017

2017-04-national-bookmobile-day-with-kidsThe Library’s Bookmobile rolled into town on Wednesday April 12th just in time for the National Bookmobile Day celebration at Mercer Park. If you missed this fun event, photos are available here.

A schedule of special events intended to introduce the Bookmobile to our community during the month of May is available on the Library’s calendar at this link.

More information about the Bookmo2017-04-bookmobile-stopsbile, including the Summer Schedule that begins on June 1, 2017, is available at icpl.org/bookmobile. Read the rest of this entry »

Music on Friday: A Musical Bouquet

by Kara Logsden on April 18th, 2017

2017-04-free-image-pixabay-flower-bouquetMusic on Wednesday is on FRIDAY this week. Join Preucil School of Music on Friday April 21, 2017 at Noon in Meeting Room A for A Musical Bouquet. The performance features local student musicians playing an assortment of songs from Bach, Beethoven, Mozart and other composers. A full lineup of performers and music is available at this link: 2017-04-preucil.

Friday is a no school day for Iowa City Schools, so SPRING into the Library for a melodious musical bouquet. See you at the Library 🙂

Celebrating National Library Week at Preschool Storytime!

by Anne Wilmoth on April 13th, 2017

In the mid-1950s, the American Library Association grew concerned over research that showed Americans were “spending less on books and more on radios, televisions and musical instruments.”  In response, the ALA launched the first annual National Library Week in 1958 with the theme “Wake Up and Read!”

Since then, National Library Week has been observed across the country each year during the second full week in April, as a time to “celebrate the contributions of our nation’s libraries and librarians and to promote library use and support.”  (For more on National Library Week, check out this ALA fact sheet.)

The 2017 theme is “Libraries Transform,” and preschool storytime today was transformed into a jubilant celebration of all the things we love about being kids at the library!  It was difficult to choose which picture books about libraries to share with the children – there are so many good ones in our collection (see photo).  I finally settled on Bonny Becker’s A Library Book for Bear, a side-splitting read-aloud with sweeping watercolor illustrations about a bear’s first experience of the library – he’s initially skeptical (who needs more than seven books, really?) but is won over when he stumbles onto a storytime featuring a book about pickles and bears (subjects that resonate with him).  We also read Deborah Bruss’s Book Book Book, a fun read-aloud about a group of farm animals attempting to make themselves understood by the librarian and receive the books they’re after – a book that engages young listeners with a series of participatory animal sounds.

We sang a wacky song called “Bananas Unite,” with plenty of movement, silliness, and an eventual invitation to “GO BANANAS!”  I told the children I selected this song not only because it’s super fun, but also because it’s okay to go a little bananas in the children’s library!  We don’t have to whisper or tiptoe, but can get excited about books and be regular kids in the children’s department.  We also shook egg shakers to the beat along with Tom Knight’s boogie-woogie tune “The Library Song,” a little ditty that lists the wonders to be had at the library – “all you need is a library card!”

Finally, we capped off our half-hour of library love with a mini “behind the scenes” tour of the library – we put some books through the book return slot, then went to the “other side” of the book return to find our books there.  While we were there, several patrons passed by and put materials in the slot – the children gasped and cried, “WHOA!” as they watched the books tumble through the slot and thump into the bins below.  They seemed content to hang out and watch the book return in action for as long as I might let them, but we eventually returned to the storytime room to watch a hilarious classic Sesame Street clip wherein Cookie Monster nearly gives a straight-laced librarian an aneurysm by repeatedly requesting a box of cookies.

If you couldn’t make it today, don’t despair!  National Library Week storytime is happening again on Saturday, April 15 at 10:30am, with some new books, songs and activities.  Come celebrate libraries with us!

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National Bookmobile Day Celebration

by Shawna Riggins on April 3rd, 2017

Help welcome the Iowa City Public Library Bookmobile to town and check out materials from the Antelope Lending Library at the community National Bookmobile Day Celebration at Mercer Park NationalBookMobileDay2017
Wednesday April 12th from 5:30 – 7:30.  Celebrating with us will be other vehicles that provide important mobile services such as a fire truck, police car, University of Iowa Mobile Clinic, University of Iowa Mobile Museum, Table to Table van, an IC Transit bus, and more!

Enjoy live music performed by the Dandelion Stompers and free activities courtesy of Zen Den, BackTogether Massage, Katie Ross with ZIPS (Zines in Public Schools) and join in on a book making activity led by Iowa City Parks and Recreation. Have your face painted, make a craft (there will be many to choose from!), get your hands on the bookmobiles’ summer schedules, and nab a special bookmobile-themed giveaway.

With the ICPL Bookmobile’s Summer Schedule start date of June 1st on the horizon, we can’t wait take our new bookmobile out for a spin. There won’t be books on board quite yet, so take this chance to get a unique peek at our freshly built Bookmobile. We hope to see you there!

 

Spotting the ICPL Bookmobile

by Shawna Riggins on March 29th, 2017

The Library is always a hub of excitement as Summer approaches and our countdown to the Summer Reading Program begins. This year, we have even more to look forward to as we prepare to roll out (er…drive out) our brand new Bookmobile.

Though regular Bookmobile operating hours won’t start until June 1, you will likely see our big blue Bookmobile around town in the weeks leading up to the start of the Summer Schedule.nationalbookmobileday

The first opportunity to meet our Bookmobile will be at the community National Bookmobile Day celebration on April 12 from 5:30-7:30 pm at Mercer Park. Along with live music and family fun, you’ll get a unique peek at our Bookmobile during this event; Books and DVDs won’t be on the truck until later in the month. Thank you to our friends at Iowa City Parks and Recreation for hosting this event and providing a book making activity!

Be sure to bring an extra bag to the Farmer’s Market this spring. Your first chance to check out Bookmobile materials will be when the Bookmobile is parked at the Iowa City Saturday Farmer’s Market in May and June.

The ICPL Bookmobile’s Summer schedule will run from June 1 – August 18. View our schedule on our webpage or pick up a printed copy at the Library. We will be around town Mondays through Fridays in the Summertime with some special weekend events you won’t want to miss. To stay up-to-date on Bookmobile news and events, be sure to sign up for our Newsletter, the Windshield.

If you spot us as we are out and about, getting a feel for the route, we’d love to hear about it on Social Media. Find us on Facebook, Twitter @ICPL, and on Instagram @iowacitypubliclibrary.2017-03-bookmobile-drawing




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