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Crystal City-Music on Wednesday

by Kara Logsden on October 15th, 2016

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Last spring Crystal City performed a Music on Wednesday program in our Lobby and I was blown away by their music. It is harmonious, celebratory, and joyful. Plus Sam’s whistling ability is … AMAZING! Join us Wednesday October 19th at Noon as we welcome Crystal City back to Iowa City Public Library.

Dave Helmer and Sam Drella are Crystal City. Their music is described as “Heartland rock band with blue-collar roots” with “themes of love and loss, being good to each other, and celebrating life.” Since discovering this band I’ve enjoyed listening to their music online (listen here) and getting to know their music a bit better. If you live in our service area (Iowa City, rural Johnson County, Hills, University Heights or Lone Tree), you can download their album for free with your ICPL card and password via our Local Music Project.

I’ll see you at the Library on Wednesday October 19 at Noon in the Lobby for the sweet tunes of Crystal City.

Lois Lowry in Iowa City November 16th

by Kara Logsden on October 25th, 2016

2016 10 Lois LowryThe UI Lecture Committee is hosting Lois Lowry at The Englert Theatre on Wednesday November 16th at 7:30 PM. The program is FREE and open to the public. Seating is first come, first seated. More information is available HERE.

Lois Lowry is the author of two of my favorite books: The Giver and Number the Stars. Both are Newbery Award winners. She’s also the author of over forty books and many are perennial favorites of Library readers. Iowa City Public Library hosted Ms. Lowry in 2012 and she presented a wonderful program, which is available to view online HERE via the Library’s Video Stream (

Some of my favorite memories growing up in Iowa City include visiting authors and the experience of hearing a beloved author reading from their book. My most memorable experience was hearing Madeline L’Engle read at Old Brick when I was in junior high. L’Engle’s words came alive in my mind as I listened to her read.

Mark your calendars for Wednesday November 16th at 7:30 at The Englert. I’m sure it will be a wonderful program!


Overdrive Tips: Renewing Titles

by Brent Palmer on October 24th, 2016

Renewing eBooks through Overdrive is a bit different than renewing physical books or other items from ICPL.   When  your loan period gets down to within 3 days, you should see an option on your “Loans” page (formerly: “Checkouts” Page).  [Note: this option does not show up on your app bookshelf.]   The link should say “request again”.   See this overdrive help page on renewing titles to see what it looks like.  When you renew an ebook or audiobook, you are not extending your loan period, but essentially putting another hold on the book.  It will ask you for your email address again.  If there are no other holds, then you will get the book as soon as the load period ends.  This does not work as slick as Overdrive lets on.  You usually have to go back to your Loans page and go through the borrow and download process again.  In my own experience, if you are re-downloading the title at the same time as it expires, the app can get a little confused, but it usually sorts itself out.  It does usually remember where you left off in the book, however.   Also please note that we do not offer the “request again” or renew option from the ICPL catalog, at this time.  You can only do this from the Libraries of Johnson County Overdrive page or from within the app itself.

If this process trips you up or if  you have questions, you can all the library during open hours and we will do our best to help you out.

Take a Peek at Our New OverDrive Website

by Anne Mangano on October 19th, 2016

On Wednesday, November 9th, the Iowa City Public Library will upgrade its OverDrive website, which supports the library’s eBook and digital audiobook collections. The new site will make finding, browsing, and borrowing eBooks and eAudio faster and easier. You now have the option of exploring the new site before the official launch by clicking on the red bar at the bottom of the current OverDrive website.


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When can I VOTE EARLY?

by Kara Logsden on October 6th, 2016

Iowa C2016 Early Votingity Public Library hosted early voting on September 29, 2016 – the first day voters could cast their ballot early for the November 8th Presidential Election. On that day, 585 people voted early at the Library. Since then, we’ve had droves of people coming in hoping to vote. The official early voting schedule is posted HERE at the Johnson County Auditor’s webpage.

Early Voting at the Iowa City Public Library begins again on Saturday October 29 at 10:00 AM. A complete schedule is below. If you can’t wait until October 29th, the Early Voting hours at the Johnson County Auditor’s Office are also listed below.

Iowa City Public Library Early Voting Schedule:

Saturday, October 29, 10 AM – 5 PM
Sunday, October 30, Noon-5 PM
Monday, October 31 through Friday, November 4, 11 AM – 4 PM
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Well Fed, Well Read

by Angela Pilkington on October 4th, 2016

Well Fed, Well Read is a library program that gives your family an opportunity to kick off the fall with fun and giving! Join us in the Storytime Room this Friday, October. 7, anytime between 1-4:30 pm for stories, songs, activities, and snacks—and a food drive for The Crisis Center of Johnson County, hosted by The Iowa City Public Library. Did you know that one third of the people in households served by the Food Bank are children? Well Fed, Well Read gives kids a chance to show they care.

Take advantage of a no-school day (for students in the Iowa City Community School District) for some great entertainment. Stop by with a book and/or food donation for a family in need, then stick around for stories, snacks, and activities, including upcycled crafts, a sorting game about composting and recycling, and a lesson on planting an indoor garden by Jenni Mettemeyer from Farm to School starting at 1pm.

Miss Jamie’s Farm will present a special interactive and musical storytime about buying local, eating healthy, and the importance of farms in our community from 2 to 2:45 p.m.

Hy-Vee Nutritionist Cathy Gehris will teach participants how to make healthy snacks from 3 to 3:30 p.m. and 3:30 to 4 p.m. Yum-snacks!

Well Fed, Well Read will conclude with a screening of What’s on Your Plate?, a film about farming and the environment.

Drop in anytime and stay as long as you can! The only admission requested is a donation for The Iowa City Crisis Center, such as nonperishable food items or new children’s books. We invite you to join us—partnering together to feed the minds and bodies of Johnson County!WellFedWellRead












Three Cheers for ICPL!

by Kara Logsden on September 29th, 2016

To2016 09 Book Cart Drill Teammorrow the Iowa City Public Library’s Book Cart Drill Team will hit the streets as a part of the 2016 University of Iowa Homecoming Parade. The fun starts at 5:45 and we’re entry #25.

Every year Library staff have a lot of fun at the parade – it’s an awesome experience to feel the love for the Library from the crowd. We also have a lot of fun entertaining the crowd with the Book Cart Drill Team with various maneuvers such as the “Pinwheel” and “Snake.” Watch closely because there may also be a special appearance from our Super Hero, Book Man! Read the rest of this entry »

Hamlet’s Dreams : the Robben Island Shakespeare – Join the book discussion

by Maeve Clark on September 21st, 2016
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Shakespeare in prisons is a thing, a powerful and life-changing thing. The library has books and documentaries on how Shakespeare’s works are used in prisons and other unconventional locations, such as Shakespeare Saved My Life : ten years in solitary with the Bard by Laura Bates about her Shakespeare in Shackles program at the Indiana Federal Prison.  Caesar must die Cesare deve morire, a is a documentary about inmates at a high-security prison in Rome preparing for a public performance of Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar. The prisoners discover how the play resonates with them as they rehearse.

On Tuesday, September 28, Collen Kennedy will lead a discussion at the library on another work about Shakespeare in prison, Hamlet’s Dreams: the Robben Island Shakespeare by David Shalkwyk.  Shalkwyk uses the circulation of the so-called ‘Robben Island Shakespeare’, a copy of the Alexander edition of the Complete Works that was secretly circulated, annotated and signed by a group of Robben Island political prisoner in the 1970s (including Nelson Mandela), to examine the representation and experience of imprisonment in South African prison memoirs and Shakespeare’s Hamlet. It looks at the ways in which oppressive spaces or circumstances restrict. Copies of Hamlet’s Dreams are available from the Info Desk on the second floor of the library.  This brief, but powerful work, is fascinating in its examination of the Robben Island prison and just how Shakespeare changed the lives of the political prisoners who read his works.   Please join us to share your thoughts on Shakespeare and the beauty and force of his words.  This program and other Shakespeare related programs and displays are done as a partnership with the University of Iowa Library and its First Folio exhibition.

Music on Wednesdays 9.21.16: Muckrockers

by Kara Logsden on September 17th, 2016

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Music on Wednesdays kicks off on September 21 at Noon in the Lobby with the local Americana band, Muckrockers. Muckrockers was an active band a few years back and is recently reconstituted and appearing in local venues. Current band members include Scott Cochran, Jamie Kearney, Matt Kearney and Stacy Webster. For a preview of their music navigate to

Muckrockers is self-described as “a group of working class musician-citizens aiming to illuminate and eliminate the corporate stranglehold on our government and our lives.”

We look forward to hosting Muckrockers and kicking off the new Music on Wednesdays season!

Music on Wednesdays @ICPL

by Kara Logsden on September 6th, 2016

2015 09 Music on WednesdayLast year the Music on Wednesdays series was so popular we decided to plan a second year of great programs. Join us for some toe-tapping tunes featuring musicians from our community.

All programs are at Noon on the Wednesdays below – Mark your calendars! Most programs are in the Lobby, but if it’s cold we move to the Gallery (near the first floor Magazine Area). If we’re hosting the students from Preucil School of Music, we’ll be in Meeting Room A (they bring a big crowd). Read the rest of this entry »