Lobby Stop Pilot

by Heidi Kuchta on November 15th, 2018

The Bookmobile has successful stops at several retirement homes in Iowa City, but we have noticed that there is a population of patrons at these stops who are not comfortable navigating the Bookmobile. There are also retirement homes that can’t accommodate the Bookmobile due to a lack of suitable parking. Staff have been thinking about how we can serve this population. One idea is a Lobby Stop Program, which provides library services in the comfort of the hosting facility. Staff learned about Lobby Stops at an ABOS (Association of Bookmobile and Outreach Services) conference a couple years ago. On Tuesday, I began investigating the possibilities of this new service with my spiffy outreach wagon, a few bins of large print books, and a staff laptop. The initial response was overwhelmingly positive.

The three pilot sites for this new service are Walden Place, Bickford Senior Living, and Legacy Assisted Living. Overall, I made 14 new library card accounts on Tuesday and checked out about 10 items. I also updated several accounts, helped with Digital Johnson County related questions, placed holds, and had fun chatting with new patrons. Materials I bring to the Lobby Stops will adapt as I get to know the patrons at the sites better. Two recommendations I will apply immediately, based on patron suggestions, are the inclusion of books-on-disc and photography/art books. The plan is to continue visiting each Lobby Stop site twice monthly and re-evaluate in the Spring. Beginning in January, we will likely add Emerson Point to the list of sites we visit. The Bookmobile will no longer visit this site, but many people there come to our Tales and Travels program, so we’re hoping a Lobby Stop would be the type of service they need.

No Bookmobile Service on Thursday, July 4

by Meredith Hines-Dochterman on June 24th, 2019

The Iowa City Public Library Bookmobile will not be in service on Thursday, July 4. The Downtown Library is also closed that day.

Holiday hours are always available on the Library’s website.

Although the Bookmobile and Library are closed, online services are available 24/7 at www.icpl.org. This includes account access and, for those who live in our service area, access to ICPL’s Digital Library including eBooks, eAudiobooks, eMagazines, The New York Times and Kanopy video streaming.

Downtown Block Party @ ICPL

by Maeve Clark on June 17th, 2019

The Iowa City Public Library will be open until 10 on Saturday, June 22. Join your friends playing play Mario Kart and Smash Brothers in Meeting Room A from 6 pm to 8 pm as part of the Downtown Block Party. From 8:30 pm to 9:30 pm Jason Snell, a multidisciplinary artist, presents Primary Assembly, a performance using an EEG biosensor to compose music and video with his mind. His performance is sponsored by the Iowa City Public Art Program.


ICPL Bookmobile at Juneteenth

by Kara Logsden on June 17th, 2019

The ICPL Bookmobile will be at the June 22 Juneteenth Commemoration from Noon to 4:00 pm. This year’s commemoration will be at Mercer Park, 2701 Bradford Drive in Iowa City. More information about Iowa City’s Juneteenth commemoration is available at the Juneteenth Facebook page.

Juneteenth is an annual commemoration of the 1865 abolition of slavery in the United States. Sometimes Juneteenth is called African American Emancipation Day.

We’ll see you at Mercer Park on June 22!

Looking for a Level ____ Book?

by Casey Maynard on June 11th, 2019

I hear the leveling question often during the summer months, so I thought this information would be useful to repost.

Have you ever come to the children’s desk and asked “Where can I find the level 1 books?” or “Where are your books with a Lexile number of….?” and received a long-winded round about answer?

It is well known that leveled reading is a dominant educational structure that most if not all caregivers and children learning to read will find themselves functioning within. Leveling books can be an extremely helpful tool in terms of finding books that children will be able to read independently. But it is just that, a tool, a guideline, not a hard and fast rule. If you take one thing away from this blog post I hope it is this: there is no such thing as a book that is ‘too easy’ or ‘too difficult’ for a reader at any level.   That’s a bold statement right? But when you think about why this is, it really starts to make sense. Read the rest of this entry »

Free snacks for kids at ICPL

by Maeve Clark on June 10th, 2019

The Iowa City Public Library is partnering with the Iowa City Community School District to provide free snacks to any child age 1-18. Free snacks will be distributed at 3 pm in the Children’s Room and the Teen Center. Snacks will be available from Monday, June 10 – Friday, August 9.

Bookmobile @ IC Pride

by Kara Logsden on June 10th, 2019

Iowa City PrideIowa City Public Library is a proud Pride Week sponsor and we’re excited to take the ICPL Bookmobile to two Pride events this week.

Pride Picnic at City Park – Friday, June 14, 5-7 pm: ICPL’s Bookmobile will head to City Park and be open during the Pride Picnic. Stop by, say hello and checkout the special display of materials related to Pride week.

Pride Fair Downtown – Saturday, June 15, 11 am-6 pm: Visit the ICPL Bookmobile at the vendor fair Downtown. We don’t know where we’re parking yet, but look for the big blue Bookmobile. We’ll have our special display of materials related to Pride week and, if it’s hot, we’ll have the A/C on.

Happy Pride Week! We’ll see you at the ICPL Bookmobile soon!


Summer Library Bus

by Kara Logsden on June 1st, 2019

The Summer 2013 Summer Library BusLibrary Bus program ROLLS OUT on Monday June 3.

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 Monday June 3 through Thursday August 22, 2019, 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!

Baby & Toddler Summer Reading

by Karen Gordon on May 31st, 2019

Developing a reading ritual begins at birth!

Did you know that we have a reading program for babies and toddlers, too? Parents and caregivers can register their baby or toddler for summer reading and together work on a fun activity game card that lists activities based on the five early literacy skills: Reading, Singing, Talking, Playing and Writing.

Babies and toddlers who participate in the summer reading program can earn prizes, like a plush toy rocket and a board book of your choice. When you complete the game card, you’re automatically entered into a grand prize drawing. There’s a chance you could win one OF these prizes.  A $50 gift certificate from Prairie Lights Book Store; a Baby & Me or Tots Yoga series at Zen Den Yoga in Iowa City; or a $50 gift card for a massage at Wild Flower Healing Arts.

Hurry and register your little one for summer reading today!

Have more fun with your little one by attending our Book Babies program on Friday at 10:30 a.m. or at 1:30 p.m. (for ages birth – 24 months). Attend storytime at 10:30 a.m. during the week that best fits in your busy schedule.  If you work during the week, come to storytime on Saturday at 10:30 a.m. Our Storytimes are designed to meet the needs of your child from birth – 5 years of age. And don’t forget that we have Stories in the Park this summer every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday at 10:30 a.m. with the Bookmobile.

Zero to Three is a wonderful site filled with a vast amount of early literacy information. Parents, grandparents, and caregivers play a very important role by understanding what happens in a baby’s brain while being read to. This video is just six minutes – you’ll be amazed at how much of an important role you play just by reading to your baby.



Have You Heard the News?

by Kara Logsden on May 29th, 2019

Beginning June 1, 2019 we will not charge overdue fines for materials checked out from the Children’s and Young Adult collections that are returned past their due date. We appreciate the support of the Iowa City City Council and the Library Board to make this change that will eliminate barriers for Library use. Both groups voted on budget requests to support this change and the Library Board recently voted to update the Circulation and Library Card Policy to reflect this change.

We understand there may be some confusion about this. It does not matter if it’s a child’s card or an adult’s card that checks out the materials. No overdue fines will be charged on materials returned late that are checked out from the children’s and young adult collections.

This does not mean materials do not have to be returned to the Library. A full replacement fee will be charged to the borrower’s account when materials are not returned. For items with a 7-day loan period, there will be a bill at 14 days overdue. For 21-day items, there will be a bill at 21 days overdue.

No fines – what a great way to blast off to an awesome summer of activities at the Library. We’ll see you here soon!

The Bookmobile is on a Break – Where are my Holds?

by Shawna Riggins on May 24th, 2019

Summer is nearly here – School is winding down, temperatures are rising (slowly), and the 2019 Summer Bookmobile schedule is approaching quickly. The Summer Bookmobile schedule begins Monday, June 3 and runs through Friday, August 16. Next week, May 27 through 31, the Bookmobile is out of service for a seasonal service break. If you had holds you were expecting to pick up on the Bookmobile, those items are currently available at the Downtown Library building. Simply ask at the Help Desk for help finding these materials. All holds that have been requested to be delivered to the Bookmobile have also been extended to give folks a chance to pick them up during our first week of service. If you are unsure about when or where you can find an item you placed on hold, call the Library at 319-356-5200.

If you haven’t seen the Bookmobile’s 2019 Summer Schedule yet, take a look to find the stop that will work best for your schedule. If you haven’t yet registered for the Summer Reading Program, take a moment to sign up online, or ask staff to help you sign up during your next visit to the Library building or Bookmobile. The Summer Reading Program runs from June 1 through August 10 with lots of fun activities for all ages happening at the Library building and in partnership with the Bookmobile. Prizes will be available throughout the summer, beginning on June 8, at the Library building and on the Bookmobile.

We look forward to seeing you on the road!