Streaming videos: a large, but largely unknown part of ICPL’s collection

by Paul Bethke on November 3rd, 2016

At over 440 titles and growing, the Library’s collection of streaming videos features works created as far back as the late 1970s and as recently as last month. Covering a wide variety of topics, including author visits, personal biographies, musical performances, unique local history, and even how to make water gardens, there is something in this collection to engage,  enlighten, and amuse everyone (you can even observe the Library and select staff as they change over time!)

The problem has been knowing were these videos are in order to access them. Previously, to find them through our Website, one had to start at the Library Service pull down, go to the Library Channel tab, track down the On Demand Video link, then do additional selecting from there. Not a very intuitive or speedy process, especially when it’s reasonable to start looking first at Books and More, then rifle through the Videos, e-Media, and even Unique Collections tabs. To make it a bit easier to track them down, or at least provide more awareness of their existence, I was tasked earlier this year with adding the collection to our catalog and linking them to our streaming video page. Now individual videos can be accessed directly from the relevant record. Doing a call number search and using some truncated form of STREAMING VIDEO will bring up the entire collection. If you want to take a test drive, try doing a catalog search using  Irving Weber or Project Green.

What do I read next?

by Melody Dworak on October 11th, 2017

What do I read next?Whether you are a super reader who has run out of books to read or a parent looking for the perfect book to give your kid, the staff at the Info Desk have tools to help you discover the Next Great Read.  Read the rest of this entry »

How Do I Vote Early for the November 7 City Council Election?

by Kara Logsden on October 4th, 2017

earlyvotingatthelibraryThe Johnson County Auditor’s Office recently released the Early Voting schedule for the November 7 City Election. This is a tentative schedule pending the October 9 satellite voting petition deadline. Check the Auditor’s Office webpage for updates or call them at 319-356-6004.

Most incorporated cities and towns in Johnson County have City Elections and residents in all of these cities may vote early. Details for all City Elections is available on the November 7 City Election Webpage.

Early voting begins Wednesday, October 18 at the Johnson County Auditor’s Office, 913 S. Dubuque Street in Iowa City. Voting will be available 7:45 to 5:30 weekdays through Monday, November 6. The Auditor’s Office will also be open for weekend voting on Sunday, November 5 from 10 AM to 5 PM.

Early voting at the Iowa City Public Library will be Thursday,  November 2, 11 AM – 6 PM in Meeting Room B just off the Lobby.

In addition, the following satellite voting sites will also be available (subject to change until the October 9 satellite petition deadline):

Broadway Neighborhood Center, 2105 Broadway, Iowa City – Wednesday, October 25 , 2:30-5:30 p.m.

Pheasant Ridge Neighborhood Center, 2651 Roberts Road, Iowa City – Wednesday, October 25 , 2:30-5:30 p.m.

Iowa Memorial Union, 125 N. Madison Street, Iowa City – Friday, October 27, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.

University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics, 200 Hawkins Drive, Iowa City, Fountain Entrance – Tuesday, October 31, 10 AM – 4 PM

Iowa City Public Library, 123 S. Linn Street, Iowa City – Thursday,  November 2, 11 AM – 6 PM

Coralville Public Library, 1401 5th Street, Coralville – Sunday, November 5, noon – 4 PM

 

Stories Told Through Letters

by Angela Pilkington on September 30th, 2017

I love you, Michael Collins by Lauren Baratz-Logsted is an epistolary story. It doesn’t have any chapters in it because it is a story told through a collection of letters that 10 year old Mamie Anderson sends to Michael Collins in 1969 as he prepares to go to the moon with Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin.

What started out as a one-time class assignment of writing to the astronauts of Apollo 11, turns into a summer of writing to Michael Collins. She is the only kid in her class to chose to write to him. All the boys write to Buzz, because he is the best, and all the girls write to Neil, because he is the best. But Mamie is determined to show that the one who stays with the ship is the best. Through her funny and charming letters to Micheal, she tells him all about her life during the summer of 1969 and just how important it is for her to stay with her ship. The book is very well written and a quick read with a satisfying ending.

I am not sure what made me pick this book up off our new shelf, but I am glad I did. Since I was a child, I have found that I really like reading books in this format, so I was pleasantly surprised when I flipped through to see it was an epistolary story. If you would like to pick up a book in letter form, we have a great collection of them in the Children’s Department.

Junior Fiction:

Dear Mr. Henshaw: In his letters to his favorite author, ten-year-old Leigh reveals his problems in coping with his parents’ divorce, being the new boy in school, and generally finding his own place in the world.

Dying to meet you: Ignatius B. Grumply moves into the Victorian mansion at 43 Old Cemetery Road hoping to find some peace and quiet so he can crack a wicked case of writer’s block. But 43 Old Cemetery Road is already occupied by eleven-year-old Seymour, his cat Shadow, and an irritable ghost named Olive.

Love, Ruby Lavender: When her quirky grandmother goes to Hawaii for the summer, nine-year-old Ruby learns to survive on her own in Mississippi by writing letters, befriending chickens as well as the new girl in town, and finally coping with her grandfather’s death.

Unusual chickens for the exceptional poultry farmer: Through a series of letters, Sophie Brown, age twelve, tells of her family’s move to her Great Uncle Jim’s farm, where she begins taking care of some unusual chickens with help from neighbors and friends.

Picture Books:

The day the crayons quit: When Duncan arrives at school one morning, he finds a stack of letters, one from each of his crayons, complaining about how he uses them.

Click, clack, moo : cows that type: When Farmer Brown’s cows find a typewriter in the barn they start making demands, and go on strike when the farmer refuses to give them what they want.

XO, Ox : a love story An epic, if initially unrequited, love affair between a graceful gazelle and a clumsy, hapless ox. Romance will never be the same.

Dear Yeti: Two young hikers set out to look for Yeti one day, and with the help of a bird friend, they trek further and further into the woods, sending letters to coax the shy creature out of hiding. 

On the Media’s Brooke Gladstone to speak in Iowa City

by Maeve Clark on September 22nd, 2017

trouble-with-realityBrooke Gladstone,  WNYC’sbrooke On the Media‘s co-host, will kick off Iowa City Public Library’s Carol Spaziani Intellectual Freedom Festival this Sunday.   Brooke will be joined by Lyle Muller, the executive director – editor of IowaWatch.org. Gladstone’s most recent book, “The trouble with reality : a rumination on moral panic in our time” is an brief but studied examination of current state of news and media.  She states that everyone is subjective and that even those serious consumer of the news needs to be aware of their biases, especially in this hyper-charged time.  It is even more important that we pay attention to what is said, written, viewed, posted and shared.  She cites Hannah Arendt, Walter Lippmann, Philip K. Dick and Jonathan Swift in showing that there is an art to persuading us that a lie is really the truth.

If you aren’t familiar with Brook Gladstone, On the Media airs on Iowa Public Radio on Sundays at 5 pm.  You can listen to past shows or stream an interview with Brooke Gladstone and Lulu Garcia Navarro discussing her book.

Please join us on Sunday, September 24 at 2 pm at the Englert Theatre.  Doors open at 1:30 and there is no cost to attend. Prairie Lights Bookstore is selling books and Brooke will sign books after the program.

 

Bookmobile and Severe or Winter Weather

by Kara Logsden on September 18th, 2017

2017-07-bookmobileIn order to assure safe Bookmobile services for community members and staff, the Library established severe weather guidelines to guide decisions in case of severe weather.

The Bookmobile may be off the road for part or all of the day when there are hazardous driving conditions such as low visibility, heavy rains, excessive wind gusts, and high wind warnings.

The Bookmobile will not operate on days when inclement weather would result in hazardous driving or service conditions, including any day the Iowa City Community School District cancels classes due to weather.

In the event of a Severe Weather Warning when the Bookmobile is on the road, Bookmobile operations cease and all patrons must exit the vehicle. The Bookmobile will either return to the Downtown parking facility or staff will secure the Bookmobile and seek shelter.

SEVERE WEATHER WARNINGS ARE ISSUED AND SIREN SOUNDS FOR:

  • Tornado          · 70 mile or greater per hour winds          · Golf ball-sized hail

Schedule updates are posted on the Library’s webpage at icpl.org/bookmobile and calendar.icpl.org. Schedule information is also available by calling the Library at 319-356-5200 during regular Library hours.

 

Iowa Fall Foliage

by Melody Dworak on September 15th, 2017
Iowa Fall Foliage Cover Image

If you are wondering why the leaves are changing colors early this year–yes, indeed: it’s because of drought.* According to the U.S. drought monitor, all of Johnson County is colored “abnormally dry” on its Iowa map. This means you’ll have to grab your favorite flora identification books ASAP if you want to go on some lovely, tree and shrub-identifying fall hikes. Read the rest of this entry »

Party at Plaza Towers for ICPL!

by Patty McCarthy on September 13th, 2017

Are you as curious as I am to experience the one-of-a-kind homes and see the views from the Library’s neighbor?! You can do both and help ICPL by making reservations now for a unique vertical block party on September 30th.

ICPL Rocks My Block@Plaza Towers is a fundraiser for the Iowa City Public Library on Saturday, September 30, 4:30-7:30pm at Plaza Towers, across the City Plaza from the Library at 221 East College Street. Guests will tour four unique homes of various sizes (1100, 1500, 2200, and 3300 sq. ft.) before gathering at Neumann Monson Architects to learn about the design and construction of the building. Light refreshments will be served. And, thanks to the marvelous generosity of our hosts, Joyce and Dick Summerwill, Linda and Ed Farkas, Suzanne Lagina, Jim Mondanaro, Neumann Monson Architects, and McComas-Lacina Construction as event sponsor, all proceeds will benefit the Library. $50 per person with reservations required. Make your reservations today for ICPL Rocks My Block at Plaza Towers. We look forward to seeing you there!

 

UPDATE! Downtime for digital magazines tonight CANCELLED

by Melody Dworak on September 13th, 2017

The downtime expected tonight for our digital magazine service is no longer happening. We will post new information as we have it for future updates to the app and website.

Managing your library account? There’s an app for that.

by Alyssa Hanson on September 12th, 2017

Last December we released our mobile app called MyICPL and it has some great functionality for using the library. Here’s a highlight of some of its features.

App interface - shows buttons for accounts, search, scan, social, hours & contact, and eventsApp interface - shows the menu with lines emphasizing Feedback

Manage Your Account(s)

If you’re wanting to keep track of the items you have borrowed, the app will save your account information and you can check it as often as you need to. Have an item that is due soon? Renew it from within the app. Or if you are waiting for an item, see what your position is in the hold line.

Have kids? It’s also handy if you want to keep track of due dates on multiple accounts. Add each account once and see all items in one list. You can make sure they are returning their books on time.

Find Upcoming Events

Check the events in the coming week at the Library. Find one you are interested in? Add it to your phone’s calendar directly from the app.

Check Our Collection

There are a couple of ways to find out if we have something at the library. If you’re looking at books in a bookstore, scan the ISBN barcode on the back of the book to see if we have it. You can also search by title if you don’t have the book in hand. Looking for something we don’t have? It will link you to the form where you can suggest we purchase it or ask to have it sent here from another library.

Problems or suggestions?

Let us know if you have features you’d like to see in the app or if you run into any issues with it. We’re continuing to work on fixing bugs when we find them as well as implementing new functionality. There’s a link to a feedback form in the app so you can easily contact us with app-related comments while you’re using it.

Interested in trying it out? Download it from the Apple Store or from Google Play.

Download our app from the Apple App Store Download our app from the Google Play Store

School Board Election Tuesday September 12

by Kara Logsden on September 12th, 2017

Voters may be looking for more information about the School Board Election and Bond Referendum vote TODAY – Tuesday September 12th. Early voting concluded on Monday September 11. On Election Day, all voters must vote at their polling place.

Polls are open from 7 AM to 8 PM. Note – your voting location is your school polling place, which for most voters is different from your regular polling location. Information about school polling places may be found at http://www.johnson-county.com/dept_auditor_elections.aspx?id=14272

If you have questions or need help voting, please contact the Johnson County Auditor’s Office at 319-356-6004 or visit their webpage at http://www.johnson-county.com/dept_auditor.aspx?id=12195

On Election Night, links to voting results are available online at the Auditor’s Office at http://www.johnson-county.com/dept_auditor_elections.aspx?id=22134