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.

12 Days of Bookmobile: Find Out What the Bookmobile Can Give to You!

by Anne Wilmoth on December 8th, 2018

According to Vox, the earliest known version of the song “The 12 Days of Christmas” appeared in a children’s book in 1780. Most scholars agree it was designed as a memory game where singers tested their recall of the lyrics – and had to give a kiss or favor of some kind if they made a mistake.

In 1909 a French composer set the words to the melody we now know and love (or loathe), including the long, drawn out “five go-old riiings!” verse. Vox also mentions the cost of all the gifts named in the song would total a mind-boggling $39,049.93 in 2018 dollars.

ICPL’s Bookmobile, on the other hand, is the gift that keeps on giving. We have things more useful and less annoying than eleven pipers piping; we come right to your neighborhood; and best of all, EVERYTHING IS FREE. So now, in festive song form, let me remind you of the plethora of gifts the Bookmobile is just waiting to share with you…

On the first day of Christmas, the Bookmobile gave to me

a free, convenient parking space.

 

On the second day of Christmas, the Bookmobile gave to me

two program sign-ups

and a free, convenient parking place.

 

On the third day of Christmas, the Bookmobile gave to me

three storytimes,

two program sign-ups,

and a free, convenient parking space.

 

On the fourth day of Christmas, the Bookmobile gave to me

four family films,

three storytimes,

two program sign-ups,

and a free, convenient parking space.

 

On the fifth day of Christmas, the Bookmobile gave to me

five bars of Wifi,

four family films,

three storytimes,

two program sign-ups,

and a free, convenient parking space.

 

On the sixth day of Christmas, the Bookmobile gave to me

six toys to play with,

five bars of Wifi,

four family films,

three storytimes,

two program sign-ups,

and a free, convenient parking space.

 

On the seventh day of Christmas, the Bookmobile gave to me

seven brand-new novels,

six toys to play with,

five bars of Wifi,

four family films

three storytimes,

two program sign-ups,

and a free, convenient parking space.

 

On the eighth day of Christmas, the Bookmobile gave to me

eight downtown holds,

seven brand-new novels,

six toys to play with,

five bars of Wifi,

four family films,

three storytimes,

two program sign-ups,

and a free, convenient parking space.

 

On the ninth day of Christmas, the Bookmobile gave to me

nine baby board books,

eight downtown holds,

seven brand-new novels,

six toys to play with,

five bars of Wifi,

four family films,

three storytimes,

two program sign-ups,

and a free, convenient parking space.

 

On the tenth day of Christmas, the Bookmobile gave to me

ten current cookbooks

nine baby board books,

eight downtown holds,

seven brand-new novels,

six toys to play with,

five bars of Wifi,

four family films,

three storytimes,

two program sign-ups,

and a free, convenient parking space.

 

On the eleventh day of Christmas, the Bookmobile gave to me

eleven recommendations,

ten current cookbooks

nine baby board books,

eight downtown holds,

seven brand-new novels,

six toys to play with,

five bars of Wifi,

four family films,

three storytimes,

two program sign-ups,

and a free, convenient parking place.

 

On the twelfth day of Christmas, the Bookmobile gave to me

twelve fines avoided,

eleven recommendations,

ten current cookbooks

nine baby board books,

eight downtown holds,

seven brand-new novels,

six toys to play with,

five bars of Wifi,

four family films,

three storytimes,

two program sign-ups,

and a free, convenient parking place.

The Bookmobile runs year-round, even in the winter! Find our current schedule here. We do cancel our stops for the day if there is inclement winter weather – find cancellation information on our social media channels or here.

We can do all kinds of things on the Bookmobile: set you up with a new or replacement library card, recommend your next favorite book or movie, entertain your children with an array of on-board toys, and sign you or your children up for our Winter Reading Program, Summer Reading Program, or Begin with Books Program.

We have materials for all ages! No matter what you check out, it can be returned back to the Bookmobile, to the downtown Library building, or at our two remote drops around town. Downtown items can be returned on the Bookmobile, too. You can even call us and we can bring anything from the downtown Library building out to you on the Bookmobile at the stop most convenient for you.

There are also NO FINES on children’s items on the Bookmobile! Best of all, we have the hottest, newest items on the Bookmobile often with no wait, while these same items have LONG hold lists at the downtown Library building. We are cranking out the heat with our state-of-the-art heating system, too – come see us this winter!

 

Ocean Meets Sky

by Casey Maynard on December 7th, 2018

Ocean Meets Sky  This week for ICPL’s Mock Caldecott, I’m taking a look at the Fan Brothers’ Ocean Meets Sky. This sibling duo has been featured in ICPL’s Mock Caldecott every year that we’ve had one, starting with their debut picture book, The Night Gardener. There’s a reason for this. Consistently, these brothers are producing picture books with whimsical, fantastic, and emotive narratives that also pack an illustrative punch.

There is a prolific children’s book creator who you will see referenced throughout the rest of our Mock Caldecott–Maurice Sendak. Arguably one of the best known children’s book creators of all time, multiple authors and illustrators have paid him tribute this year. His work, his studio space, and even a nib pen he used to own, will all come into play throughout the rest of our Mock Caldecott. This is not something the actual committee can discuss, but since we’re not the committee, let’s have some fun! Read the rest of this entry »

Library Closed and No Bookmobile Service on Friday, Dec. 14

by Meredith Hines-Dochterman on December 6th, 2018

The Iowa City Public Library will be closed on Friday, December 14, for Staff Inservice.

The Bookmobile also won’t be in service that day.

Library and Bookmobile 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.

How do I vote EARLY for the December 18 Johnson County Special Election?

by Kara Logsden on December 5th, 2018

Early voting for the December 18 Johnson County Special Election for the Board of Supervisors begins on Wednesday December 5 at 7:45 AM. Early voting is available at the Johnson County Auditor’s Office, 913 S. Dubuque Street, every hour the Auditor’s Office is open until 5:30 PM on Monday December 17.

There are two Early Voting opportunities outside the Auditor’s Office. On Friday December 14 there’s an Early Voting site at University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics in the Fountain Lobby from 10am to 4pm.

On Saturday December 15 there’s early voting HERE AT THE IOWA CITY PUBLIC LIBRARY from 10am to 4pm.

The election is Tuesday December 18. On this day, you must vote at your precinct location. NOTE: 17 of the 60+ precincts will be combined into 8 voting locations so some voters will vote at a different place. Visit the Auditor’s webpage for information about where to vote on December 18. If your precinct is not listed as one that changed, you vote at your normal location. A full list of voting locations is available on the Auditor’s Webpage.

You may view a sample ballot at this link.

If you have questions, please contact the Johnson County Auditor’s Office at 319-356-6004 or www.jcauditor.com

Make a local phone call for free at the Iowa City Public Library

by Maeve Clark on November 29th, 2018

Members of the public will now be able to make free local phone calls of five minutes or less. Social service agencies’ numbers are listed on the phone. Many thanks to ImOn for providing the free phone line to the Iowa City Public Library. The phone is located in the west vestibule.

Bookmobile Service during the Thanksgiving Holiday

by Meredith Hines-Dochterman on November 14th, 2018

The Iowa City Public Library Bookmobile will not be in service on Thanksgiving Eve, Wednesday, November 21. The Downtown Library will be open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Both the Bookmobile and the Downtown Library will be closed on Thanksgiving — Thursday, November 22. The Bookmobile will remain out of service on Friday, November 23, but the Downtown Library will be open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Bookmobile holiday hours are always available on the Library’s website.

Remember, even when 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.

2020 Census Jobs

by Kara Logsden on November 13th, 2018

2020 will be here before we know it and the US Census Bureau is ready to count! Right now, they need to count on people applying for jobs to conduct the 2020 Census. For more information, navigate to 2020census.gov/jobs or call 1-855-JOB-2020 (1-855-562-2020).

Please help get the word out about Census jobs. Feel free to print and post the flyers attached on this post or call the Census Bureau. They will email PDFs for you to print and post.

According to the Census 2020 timeline, the Census Bureau is currently seeking recruiting assistants, office operations supervisors and clerk positions for offices that will open in January 2019. In January 2019, they will begin recruiting for census taker positions for address canvassing. In the Summer of 2019 they will be recruiting several thousand people for more address canvassing.

I checked online, and the jobs in Johnson County, Iowa are paying $15 per hour and there is reimbursement for work-related mileage and expenses.

No Bookmobile Service on Nov. 12

by Meredith Hines-Dochterman on November 2nd, 2018

The Iowa City Public Library Bookmobile will not be in service on Monday, November 12, in observance of Veteran Day.

The Downtown Library will be open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Bookmobile holiday hours are always available on the Library’s website.

Remember, even when the Bookmobile isn’t in service, 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.

We’ll see you back on the Bookmobile on November 13!

Swahili Translation

by Kara Logsden on November 1st, 2018

Recently we identified a need to translate information about the Library into Swahili. Keep an eye out for information about “How to Get a Library Card” that is translated into Swahili. This information is already available in Spanish, French and Arabic.

We’ll also be rolling out translated information about our Ride and Read programs in Swahili.

If you are a part of an organization that works with community members who need Library information in languages beyond English, please let me know. We’d be happy to send information your way!

We are also collecting contact information for people we can depend on to share information about the Library with community members who do not get information in traditional venues such as email and social media. If you are a person who works with community members and posts information on bulletin boards or sends information in newsletters and would like to share Library information, please contact me.