by Kara Logsden on February 19th, 2016
A few years back I received an interesting telephone call. An Associate Professor at the University of Iowa, Anthony Arnone, wanted to play his cello in our Lobby. Arnone explained he was getting his car serviced and, instead of the waiting room magazines or donuts, why not play the cello during his wait? He had such a positive response, he started a project called “Bach to Work-Random Acts of Music,” playing his cello in unexpected locations.
We scheduled Mr. Arnone to play at 10:15 on a Monday morning, just as families were heading in for Storytime. The experience of hearing music was mesmerizing. People entering the Library stopped to listen and many children were curious about his playing.
Fast forward a couple years, and we are delighted to welcome Anthony Arnone back to the Library as a part of our Music on Wednesday series. Mr. Arnone will play his cello at Noon on Wednesday February 24th. If it is warm outside, he will play in the Lobby. If it is cold out, we’ll move the program to the Gallery on the first floor of the Library.
Cheers to “random acts of music” at the Library!
by Kara Logsden on May 2nd, 2016
Do you have a Library Card? Are you ready for summer? Why do I ask?
The Summer Library Bus program at the Iowa City Public Library kicks off on Thursday May 26th.
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 May 26th) until the day before school starts (Tuesday August 23), 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.
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
Three cheers for SUMMER and the SUMMER LIBRARY BUS! We’ll see you at the Library!
by Stacey McKim on April 29th, 2016
Terri Caplan was awarded Volunteer of the Year this week, having volunteered at the Iowa City Public Library in multiple capacities over the past seven and a half years. Terri is currently our Book Sorter, sorting through hundreds of donations each week and selecting the best books, movies, and music to be sold in the Book End.
In addition to her current volunteer job, Terri has also checked in library books, worked as a clerk in the Book End, and served on the Book End Committee. She was a Committee Co-Chairperson from 2012-2013. According to Patty McCarthy, Director of Development at ICPL, “Terri’s vast knowledge of books, authors, movies, and music have enabled her to provide excellent service to customers in the Book End and as a Sorter. Her organizational talents are unmatched, and she helps to maintain order and interest on the bookstore shelves.”
Terri’s dedication to the Book End is inspiring and we thank her for her years of service! If you are also interested in volunteering at the Library, here’s how to get started.
by Kara Logsden on April 26th, 2016
Mark your calendars for Friday April 29th at Noon in Meeting Room A for our final Music on Friday program from students at the University of Iowa School of Music. Two classical pieces will be performed, one by J.S. Bach and one by W.A. Mozart. The Music on Friday series is a part of Music is the Word, a nine-month series of program welcoming the University of Iowa School of Music to Downtown Iowa City.
I have to confess I am sad the Music is the Word series is winding down. Fortunately, a quick look at the MITW Schedule shows many great programs before the Finale program May 21st at 6:30 PM with Catfish Keith. My favorite part of the series has been the live music at the Library. We discovered the Library’s Lobby has excellent acoustics for live music performance and it’s fun to see the surprised look on people’s faces when they come into the Library and hear music being performed.
I have started thinking about the live music programs as “Serendipity in the Stacks.” A quick Google search for the definition of serendipity said, “the occurrence and development of events by chance in a happy or beneficial way.” Certainly that’s what we’ve found during the live music performances and I hope they continue beyond the Music is the Word series. Head to the Library on Friday at noon for a bit of serendipity. It’s guaranteed to make you happy.
by Kara Logsden on April 25th, 2016
Come and enjoy the toe-tapping upbeat music from local musician, Mike Haverkamp in the Library’s Lobby this Wednesday (4/27) at Noon as a part of the Music is the Word series.
Mike’s primary instrument is banjo, but he also plays guitar, Autoharp, dulcimer, banjo-uke, mandolin, and harmonica. Mike has performed in many venues and conducted workshops in songwriting, how to play the Autoharp, making connections between historical time periods and music, and building instruments from recycled objects.
On a personal note, Mike’s music always makes me smile. There’s nothing like great banjo music and complimentary vocal to make you smile and get your toes tapping to the rhythm. I’ll see you on Wednesday
by Kara Logsden on April 7th, 2016
On April 13, 2016 at Noon, Preucil School of Music staff and students return to the Iowa City Public Library for a Special Music on Wednesday program celebrating “Notes of Spring.”
Music on Wednesday is a part of the Music is the Word series welcoming the University of Iowa School of Music to Downtown Iowa City. More information about Music is the Word, including a schedule of programs, is available at www.icpl.org/mitw.
“Notes of Spring” is the fourth and final performance from the musicians from Preucil School of Music. I have especially enjoyed these performances because it’s great to take a music break during the day and I am so impressed with the passion and dedication I’ve seen from the Preucil performers. Below is a preview of the program planned for Wednesday April 13th at Noon. I hope to see you there!
by Meredith Hines-Dochterman on April 4th, 2016
The last few weeks of competition have been rough. Favorite books have gone up against other beloved titles, forcing you to choose. It hasn’t been easy, but we are down to the final two titles in each bracket.
In the Children’s Bracket, it all comes down to the letter W: Wonder by R. J. Palacio vs Warriors by Erin Hunter.
Meanwhile, the Teens and Adults Bracket is set in the future; Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury vs The Hunger Games trilogy by Suzanne Collins.
Stop by to cast your vote for the winning title in each bracket before the Library closes on Sunday, April 10. We will announce the winning books on Monday, April 11.
If you would like a list of every title in this year’s Book Madness competition, click here.
by Casey on April 4th, 2016
New to the picture book scene, The Fan Brothers, have created an instant classic, The Night Gardener. Combining the sketch stylings of famous picture book artists such as Maurice Sendak and Peter McClosky with digital color, this is a picture book that is truly modern with vintage flare.
William, a young orphan, lives on a street devoid of color, Grimloch Lane. Everything changes overnight when a mysterious stranger creates topiary art on his street. Over the course of the summer more topiaries appear, this is accompanied by a shift from sepia toned sketches to full color spreads. This is a must read picture book for young and old alike and definitely a contender to look for in ICPL’s upcoming mock Caldecott awards this fall.
by Brent Palmer on March 31st, 2016
Recently, we have had a few patrons coming in to digitize their slides. Maybe you have been thinking about getting out those boxes of slides and doing a little digitizing project. ICPL has a station set up to help you do just this. We have an archive quality scanner donated to us by the Noon Host Lions Club. The large-format scanner can quickly be converted to slide scanner and you can scan multiple slides at once. You should be aware that it isn’t a quick process though. To get a decent sized image from the slide, the scanner has to do a fairly hi-resolution scan which can take several minutes. I would recommend bringing a flash drive that is large enough to store your images on. Or you could upload the images to cloud storage. The Info Desk staff can help you get set up and working quickly.
The Caramate II still has some life left in her.
You may also want to be able to quickly scan through your slides to make sure that they are worth digitizing in the first place. Well we also have a Singer Caramate II on hand for that. Not only can you quickly preview your slides without taking them out of the carousel, it has some serious retro appeal going. Again, ask at the Info desk if you want to try it out. If the slides are of people or places in Iowa City and they are historical in nature, we would like to hear from you. We may want to preserve them in our Digital History Project.
by Stacey McKim on March 30th, 2016
Have you seen the current display on the second floor of the library? The amazing variety of lamps, vases, trays, interior design plans, and other items of functional design were made by Professor Monica Correia and her 3D design students at the University of Iowa. Everything is breathtaking, but the 3D printed tank that stores rubber bands is funny, too. If one of the items inspires the maker in you, a selection of design books are on display nearby.
This 3D design exhibit is here until mid-April to coordinate with Monica Correia’s Mission Creek talk on Saturday, April 9 at 1:00pm in the Iowa City Public Library. Her lecture is titled “Digital Technology in the Process of Making Design to Connect” and admission is free.
Other upcoming community displays include the Awesome Autism Awareness and Acceptance Art Project (April 19-May 15), resources for Sexual Violence Awareness Month (RVAP, April 1-21), and a promotion of the Festival of Flowers (United Action for Youth, April 25 – May 25). And I hope you caught the impressive exhibit of UI Scottish Highlanders memorabilia last month!
If your group would like to have a display at the Iowa City Public Library, please contact me at email@example.com or (319) 887-6025. Display guidelines can be found at http://www.icpl.org/displays.
by Meredith Hines-Dochterman on March 28th, 2016
We’re nearing the home stretch in our 2016 Book Madness competition. Is your favorite book still in the running?
Voting for the Championship Round begins today. Stop by and make your selections before the Library closes on Sunday. We’ll reveal our Championship Round next Monday!
If you would like a list of every title in this year’s Book Madness competition, click here.
2016 BOOK MADNESS SWEET SIXTEEN – CHILDREN’S BRACKET
The winning title in the Picture Books category takes on the winner of the All Ages Favorites category: The Day the Crayons Quit by Drew Daywalt vs Wonder by R. J. Palacio.
The winner in the Great Series category takes on the winning title of the Must Reads category: Warriors by Erin Hunter vs Redwall by Brian Jacques.
2016 BOOK MADNESS SWEET SIXTEEN – TEENS AND ADULTS BRACKET
The winning title in the Required Reading category takes on the winning title of the Buzz-Worthy Books category: Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury vs Ready Player One by Ernest Cline.
The winner of the Young Adult category now faces the winner of the Add To Your Reading List category. It’s The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins vs The Martian by Andy Weir.