Attention Artists & Crafters!

by Beth Fisher on September 1st, 2018

It’s time to get your craft on to support ICPL.

On Tuesday, September 4th, we will begin accepting donations of handmade arts and crafts for the 7th Annual ICPL Friends Foundation Arts & Crafts Bazaar.

This year the bazaar will be on Saturday, December 8th, so you still have plenty of time to let your craftiness fly to support ICPL.

Information about the Bazaar is available online and you can download a donation form or pick one up here at the Library.   Donations can be dropped off at the Help Desk until December 6th.

 

 

 

 

Looking for a Level ____ Book?

by Casey Maynard on October 16th, 2018

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? At the ALSC National Institute in Cincinnati, I attended a wonderful session on the history and uses of leveling and I thought that since I hear the leveling question often, this information would be useful for our community.

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 the why, it really starts to make sense. Read the rest of this entry »

Lots to see at the library this month

by Stacey McKim on October 5th, 2018

When you’re downtown for the Iowa City Book Festival and Gallery Walk this weekend, make sure to stop in the library to take in some fresh displays:

Universal Declaration of Human Rights:  This moving community display created by the Iowa United Nations Association will catch your eye on the 1st floor. A celebration of the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, it features unique posters from a UNESCO exhibit shortly after the Declaration was adopted by the UN General Assembly in 1948, interspersed with modern interpretations.

Book Fest authors: There’s still time to check out a book by a visiting author before you attend their reading!  You’ll find the last few available books on this 1st floor display.

Art-To-Go:  In honor of the Gallery Walk, librarian Candice Smith has selected several pieces of our circulating artwork to showcase on the 2nd floor of the library.  Information about the pieces and artists are included.  Do you know where the originals are housed, in galleries around the world?

Westgate Collection: The Westgate collection of original children’s book art was donated by nationally known authors and illustrators of children’s books, and now features new additions from local illustrators Claudia McGehee and Jennifer Black Reinhardt.  You’ll find the artwork throughout the Children’s Room.

Staff Picks – Music:  Why not grab some CDs when you’re here getting books?  This month kicks off a series of music displays from staff members, with favorites from Jason (who works in Adult Services and chooses our new music CDs) and Elyse (who works in the library’s Business Office).

Bailing Out Benji: Take a look at this 2nd floor community display created by Bailing Out Benji, a small, non-profit organization that is dedicated to educating the public regarding the puppy mill industry. This display provides visual data and information about puppy mills in Iowa, with a focus on data and not shocking imagery.

Silent Witnesses: October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month, and you’ll find a community display created by the Domestic Violence Intervention Program on the 2nd floor.  The Silent Witness display includes life-sized cut-outs of victims who have lost their lives to intimate partner violence, with real stories of lives lost.

Treat Yo Self to a Great Book:  If you haven’t seen Parks & Recreation, you should know that October 13 is Treat Yo Self Day.  Go wild. Get a guilty-pleasure book or something to read instead of being productive.

Celebrity authors:  Sometimes celebrities write books, and we pulled some of those together for you.  Check out books written by actors, athletes, politicians, YouTube stars, comedians, and more.

The Great American Read: Even if you haven’t been watching PBS’s eight-part series about America’s favorite novels, you can still enjoy a popular book off this display and pick up the list of America’s 100 best-loved novels (as chosen in a national survey) to see how many you’ve read.  There’s still time to vote for your favorite before the series finale on Tuesday, October 23, which we’ll show live in Meeting Room A from 7-9pm.

How do I vote early for The November 6 General Election?

by Kara Logsden on October 3rd, 2018

Early voting for the November 6 General Election begins at Iowa City Public Library Monday, October 8 from 11 AM to 6 PM. By law, this is the first day for early voting for this election.

Early voting at the Johnson County Auditor’s Office, 913 S. Dubuque St. Iowa City, begins Monday, October 8 at 7:45 AM. Voting will be available at the Auditor’s Office office weekdays 7:45 to 5:30 with extended weekend hours Saturday October 27 (8-5), Sunday October 28 (10-5), Saturday November 3 (8-5) and Sunday November 4 (10-5). On October 29, 30 and November 1 the Auditor’s Office will stay open until 7 pm.

Early voting will be available at Iowa City Public Library:

Monday October 8 – 11AM-6PM

Saturday October 27 – 10AM-6PM

Sunday October 28 – Noon-5PM

Monday October 29 – 10AM-5PM

Tuesday October 30 – 3PM-7PM

Wednesday October 31 – 10AM-5PM

Thursday November 1 – 3PM-7PM

Friday November 2 – 10AM-5PM

Saturday November – 3 11AM-5PM

Here’s a printable list of all Early Voting sites in Johnson County:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

For more information, contact the Johnson County Auditor’s Office.

Early Voting for the October 2 Iowa City Special City Council Election

by Kara Logsden on September 6th, 2018

Early Voting for the October 2 Iowa City special City Council election begins on Wednesday, September 19.

Early voting is available weekdays at the Johnson County Auditor’s Office, 913 S. Dubuque Street, from 7:45 am to 5:30 pm each day. Early voting ends on Monday, October 1.

On Tuesday October 2, you must vote at your regular polling place. This helpful webpage can help you locate your polling place.

Two Early Voting satellite sites will be available for the October 2 Special Election:

University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics-Fountain Lobby, Wednesday September 26 from 10 am to 4 pm.

Iowa City Public Library-Meeting Room B, Thursday September 27 from 10 am to 4 pm.

The pre-registration deadline, and deadline to request an absentee ballot, is 5 pm Friday, September 21. Registration is available after September 21 with an ID and proof of address.

For more information, please visit the Johnson County Auditor’s Office in person or at their webpage. You may also call the Auditor’s Office at 319-356-6004 during regular business hours.

Early voting for the November 6 General Election begins on Monday October 8.

Library Card Sign-up Month

by Kara Logsden on August 27th, 2018

September is National Library Card Sign-up Month. If you don’t have a Library Card, or know someone who doesn’t have a Library Card, head to the Downtown Library or the Bookmobile to get your Library Card.

Anyone in Iowa may get a Library Card from the Iowa City Public Library. To save time, you may pre-register at icpl.org/cards. Pick-up your Library Card at the Help Desk or Bookmobile. All you need is a photo ID. If your current address is on your photo ID, you are all set. If not, bring a recent utility bill, copy of your lease, or official mail to verify your local address.

Information about children and Library Cards and different card types is available at icpl.org/cards.

What can you do with your Library Card? Beyond checking out traditional Library materials such as books and movies, your Library Card becomes your ticket for much, much more! Did you know the Library checks out Toys? Book Club Kits? Video Games? Giant Chess and Checkers?

Do you have Bare Wall Syndrome? Check out 2 art prints for two months from our Art-To-Go collection.

Need Internet access? The Library has many computers available for public use. Log-in with your Library Card for two free hours of use each day.

Need to catch a ride home from Downtown Iowa City on an Iowa City Transit Bus? Present your Library Card to any public service desk at the Library and get a pass for a free ride home. There is a limit of two free bus passes per week with our Ride and Read program.

If you live in our service area (Iowa City, rural Johnson County, University Heights, Hills, Lone Tree) you may use your Library Card to:

Access ICPL’s Digital Library including eBooks, eAudiobooks, Kanopy movie streaming, Digital Magazines, New York Times Online and the Local Music Project. Access is FREE. All you need is your Library Card number and password.

Browse Consumer Reports online to figure out which refrigerator to buy via our Online Resources collection.

Browse the Chilton Library in our Online Resources collection to learn how to fix your car or truck.

Check out a Laptop, Internet Hotspot, or other equipment.

There’s so many things you can do with your Library Card! If you have questions, give us a call at 319-356-5200 during regular Library hours, ask us a question online, or stop by the Library or Bookmobile. We are happy to help!

 

Libraries Make a Difference … Every. Day.

by Kara Logsden on August 24th, 2018

It’s been a great week at the Library! Most weeks are great, but this week included a couple of special events I really enjoyed.

On Tuesday, staff from ICPL and other area public libraries were at the Johnson County Board of Supervisors meeting where the Supervisors voted on a proclamation declaring September “Library Card Sign-up Month” in Johnson County. The photo with all the people was taken after members of the Board of Supervisors shared stories about how libraries have made a difference in their lives. Indeed, our area public libraries make a difference in our community every day.

On Tuesday night, members of the Iowa City City Council also proclaimed September as “Library Card Sign-up Month” in Iowa City. We appreciate the ongoing support from our City Council and recognition of the importance of Iowa City Public Library in our community.

Just before the City Council meeting, Library staff were at the Iowa City Community School District Ice Cream Socials at our elementary schools sharing information about the Library and helping children and their family members sign-up for Library Cards. We firmly believe a Library Card is one of the most important back-to-school supplies for students.

If you don’t have a Library Card, or know someone who doesn’t have a card, sign-up is easy at www.icpl.org/cards or in person at the Downtown Library Help Desk or on the Bookmobile. A picture ID and proof of current Iowa address is needed to get a Library Card.

Although the Bookmobile wasn’t in service this week, staff were busy preparing for the Fall Bookmobile Schedule that begins next week. Bookmobile information, including details about the Fall Schedule, is available at www.icpl.org/bookmobile. The Bookmobile had some warranty work done this week. When we picked it up, it was like reuniting with a friend we haven’t seen for a few days. We’re looking forward to being out on the road again next week!

At our Help Desk meeting today we celebrated that students are back in school and reflected on our summer. Overall, it was a great summer! Circulation is up, more Holds are being placed, we offered great programs for people of all ages, and we set some records for Summer Library Program participation.

And finally, I ended the week with a friend sending me a wonderful post about Libraries from Read it Forward called 13 Reasons Why Libraries are Holding Us All Together.

My favorite quote from this article? “Signing your name for your first library card is the first right of passage into being an active member of society.”

Three cheers for Libraries and Library Cards and the difference libraries make in our community every day.

No Bookmobile Service on Labor Day

by Meredith Hines-Dochterman on August 24th, 2018

The Iowa City Public Library Bookmobile will not be in service on Monday, September 3. The Downtown Library is also closed in honor of Labor Day.

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.

We’ll see you back on the Bookmobile or at the Downtown Library on September 4.

Extra, Extra! Read all about it!

by Meredith Hines-Dochterman on August 23rd, 2018

Did you know we have online newsletters promoting the latest Library news?

The Little Window, our online Children’s Room newsletter, is sent to subscribers the first Thursday of the month. The Windshield, our Bookmobile newsletter, is mailed to subscribers the second Thursday of the month. Check It Out, our general Library newsletter, is released the third Thursday of the month. Each newsletter includes fun features, upcoming programming information and staff recommendations.

Don’t miss out; subscribe today using the City of Iowa City’s eSubscription form.

REMINDER: No Bookmobile Services August 20 to August 24

by Kara Logsden on August 17th, 2018

We had a GREAT summer on the Bookmobile, but now it’s time for the Bookmobile to take a summer vacation. The Bookmobile is going to the spa (maintenance garage) for some pampering (warranty work), a massage (cleaning inside and out), and TLC (restocking with new Library materials).

The Bookmobile begins the Fall Schedule on Monday August 27. More information is available at icpl.org/bookmobile.

During Bookmobile service breaks, Holds and ILLs scheduled for pick-up on the Bookmobile may be picked up at the Help Desk at the Downtown Library.

We will not capture any holds when the Bookmobile is not in service, so there may be a period of time when the Bookmobile is on break when holds will be at the Library waiting for pick-up. Don’t worry, though, because the 7-day waiting period for picking up a hold does not begin until we “trap” the hold. That’s when we send the eMail, call you on the telephone, or mail your Hold Pick-up Notice.

Thanks for a great summer on the Bookmobile! We’ll be out on the road again beginning Monday August 27. See you soon 🙂