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.

Bookmobile Update

by Kara Logsden on June 22nd, 2017

2017-06-bookmobile-lemmeCONNECT … ENGAGE … ENRICH! Bookmobile services are in full swing and we are connecting with our community in new ways, engaging new readers and community partners and enriching lives. It is heartwarming to experience the welcome we’ve received throughout our community.

We’re connecting with new populations in many of the neighborhoods we’re serving. Recently teachers from Lemme Elementary met us at a stop. Not only did they provide popsicles, but also encouraged the students to find their friends and make sure they came out to the Bookmobile (see picture). At the end of the stop, everyone had Library materials, a book bag, and a wallet attached to their book bag that held their Library card. We can’t wait to go back this week!

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New Website Coming Soon

by Alyssa Hanson on June 8th, 2017

Look for our new website on the morning of Tuesday, June 13th!

Some changes: New materials and links to digital content will now be highlighted on the front page. A big change will be the navigation menu, which will move from the side to along the top header area. The menu has also been reorganized. Along with this, each page has also been simplified to make it more readable.

We know a lot of people are using mobile devices to visit our site and so responsive design was also a large priority. The content has been designed to look good on phones, tablets, desktops computers, and everything in between.

We will continue working on improvements and will have a feedback form for comments, questions, and concerns as soon as we release. Questions before then? Feel free to contact us either through phone at (319) 356-5200 or online by chat or email on our Ask Us page.

New Website Image Screenshots – Desktop and Mobile versions, respectively:
Image of our New Desktop Version of our WebsiteImage of our New Mobile Version of our Website

Be Crafty This Summer

by Susan Craig on June 8th, 2017

This is your reminder–ICPL’s Arts & Crafts Bazaar to benefit the Friends Foundation is less than six months away!  Summer is a great time to get started on your crafting donations.  Those messy spray paint or collage projects are much easier to clean up when done outside in nice weather.  Break up your staycation with a day trip to art fairs or a library visit (we have a fabulous collection) to get some inspiration.  Sewing an apron for your mother for her birthday?  Making a cornhole game to take to your family reunion?  Make two and donate one to us.

Be crafty…. and mark your calendar:  Saturday, December 2, 2017 is the sale date.

Room D has been…. upgraded!

by Bond Drager on June 8th, 2017

2017-06-12-room-dYou may have noticed that Meeting Room D has been “closed for upgrades” for a few weeks. I’m happy to report it’s back open, and it has new and improved service.

We had two goals for this space: we wanted to incorporate modular furniture so that groups could move tables and chairs and adjust the space to their needs, and we wanted advanced tech options which would allow groups to do presentations and web conferencing (Skype, Webex, GoToMeeting, Zoom, etc) with ease.

The room now has a large white board along one wall for brainstorming sessions. The tables and chairs are fully modular, so groups can set them up classroom style, board-room style, or even fold them all up and use the open space.

We now have two large flat-screens mounted on either end of the space and set up to mirror one another, so no one should have trouble reading your Powerpoint presentation.

We’ve also incorporated a high end webcam and audio system that runs off of a Windows computer – this allows groups to use pretty much any software they want to conference in speakers, meeting participants, etc. to their meetings.

You can use our computer to display your presentations on screen or connect wirelessly with your devices. We use Airserver software, which works with most iOS, Android, and Windows devices.

Summer Meal Sites

by Kara Logsden on June 7th, 2017

2017-06-07-food-logoSummer is a great time for reading, fun, and relaxation. But for some children, summer is a time when food insecurity becomes an issue because they cannot rely on meals at school. The No Kid Hungry program (www.nokidhungry.org) is a national initiative to connect kids in need with nutritious food and engages people to make ending child hunger a national priority. More information about hungry children in the United States is available at this link https://www.nokidhungry.org/the-problem

In our community there are many people who are working to assure children in our community have healthy meals this summer. For more information about meal sites in our community, text “FOOD” to 877877. For information in Spanish, text “COMIDA” to 877877.

Three cheers for summer and three cheers for healthy, happy children!

 

Eat Out to Read: Motley Cow Cafe Tomorrow

by Patty McCarthy on June 6th, 2017

Enjoy a delicious meal at Motley Cow Cafe and raise funds for ICPL at the same time! Join us at the restaurant, 160 North Linn Street, Iowa City from 5-9pm on Wednesday, June 7, and a percentage of your tab will be donated to the ICPL Friends Foundation.

Reservations can be made by calling Motley Cow Café at 319-688-9177. Hope to see you there! RSVP & Invite Your Friends

It Takes a Village …

by Kara Logsden on May 27th, 2017

2017-04-bookmobile-outside-icplRecently our new Bookmobile rolled into town and we quickly learned it takes a “Village” of dedicated City staff members to introduce a new service to our community. Every day we see the amazing work of our City staff. Whether it’s a friendly greeting, someone clearing trash, an Equipment Division staff member completing a safety inspection, a Transit/Fire/Police staff member talking to children about safety, or many other equally important examples, there’s a lot of work everyday by City staff that contributes to the great community we live in.

The Bookmobile represents a tremendous service expansion for the Library, and it would not be possible without the behind-the-scenes work of many Library staff in addition to the work of staff in many City departments. As we look forward to the start of Bookmobile services on June 1, it’s a great time to say thank you to everyone who made the Bookmobile possible.

Three cheers to the staff members of these City departments who contributed to bringing the Bookmobile to Iowa City: Accounting, City Council, City Manager’s Office, Communications, Engineering, Equipment, Information Technology, Neighborhood Outreach, Parks and Recreation, Police, Purchasing, Refuse, Streets, Transportation Services (including Parking & Transit), and others I missed (I’m sorry!). It definitely takes a Village, and our Village is awesome!

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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