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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.

Storytime Recap: Stuffed Animal Sleepover

by Mari Redington on January 19th, 2017

img_5091A lot of libraries lately have been hosting stuffed animal sleepovers for kids who bring their stuffed animals to Storytime. The kids leave their stuffed animals overnight, and the next day they get to see pictures of what their fluffy friends did during their sleepover party at the library.

This week, ICPL had their first Stuffed Animal Sleepover. We didn’t have a lot of animals “stay the night,” but the Storytime was really fun, and we had a great time taking pictures of the cuddly antics. We will absolutely host another sleepover this summer, because summer is the best time for sleepovers, especially at the library.  Read the rest of this entry »

Drum Roll, Please…

by Casey Maynard on January 3rd, 2017

Image result for caldecott medal pngThe votes have been tallied with more than 100 cast for our Mock Caldecott nominees. Of the fifteen titles chosen we are naming one winner and five honor books as there was a tie for the fourth space. Without any further ado, let’s get to which titles you chose to represent ICPL’s first Mock Caldecott Award.

And the Winner is…

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ICPL Top Staff Picks for 2016: Nonfiction

by Meredith Hines-Dochterman on December 29th, 2016

Nonfiction books run the gamut from history and science to cooking and travel. The titles nominated for our Best of the Best list are certainly eclectic, as is our staff!

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Give Your Year End Gift Today

by Patty McCarthy on December 28th, 2016

Your financial donations have a big impact here at ICPL. One of the most exciting in a few years, the new ICPL bookmobile, will hit the streets in spring 2017 to help ensure even more people have access to Library magic. Your past donations made this possible.

When you contribute, you are providing more to read, watch, listen to, dance to, think about, laugh about, and take action on in a great space that brings you together with new people, ideas, and experiences.

Give your tax-deductible gift to the Iowa City Public Library Friends Foundation Annual Fund before or on December 31 to strengthen ICPL services for another year.

Thank you. We extend best wishes for a marvelous 2017 to all of you!

 

Finding an appealing book

by Stacey McKim on December 28th, 2016

Whether you’re gearing up to read an impressive number of books in 2017 (52?  100?  365?) or just need one good read for now, a new feature in NoveList may be helpful.

You might already use the NoveList database to find books similar to ones you already love, but now the adventurous and the forgetful can start from scratch with their appeal mixer.appealmixer1

What makes a book appealing to you?  Choose a combination of character types, storylines, pace, tone, and/or writing styles, and see if it leads you to your next favorite book!

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Iowa City Downtown Gift Cards

by Tom Jordan on December 21st, 2016

Still shopping for that special someone? Nothing says “I love you, and have a wonderful holiday!” quite like an Iowa City Downtown Gift Card. Purchase them here.

Don’t we get enough advertising this time of year without the Library blogging about it? Good point. Sorry.

But did you know that you can use the Iowa City Downtown Gift Card here at the Library? You can pay overdue fines, true, but you can also buy things like bags. Look at these bags! Ask at the Help Desk to get your hands on one of these babies. And don’t forget your Iowa City Downtown Gift Card.bags

MyICPL: Our mobile app is beta testing!

by Alyssa Hanson on December 13th, 2016

Try out our new mobile app! We’ve created an app which allows you to keep track of your library account information including items you have checked out, materials on hold, and fines. You can also renew items directly through the app.
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Another great feature is that you can add multiple accounts so if you want to make sure your kids are returning their books on time, you can add their account and see their due dates. Read the rest of this entry »

Can I recycle my Christmas Lights?

by Kara Logsden on December 12th, 2016

Just in time for the holidays, the City of Iowa City sent a media release today (below) with information about recycling holiday lights. Recycling is available through January 9th. I don’t know about you, but holiday lights are something I find beautiful … and frustrating. I’m glad to know there’s an option when the lights don’t work. Happy Holidays!

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Recovering the Classics exhibit ends

by Stacey McKim on December 6th, 2016

Our exhibit of redesigned book covers has come to a close, and we hope you enjoyed it!

If you contributed one of the beautiful and thoughtful original designs, you may now retrieve your piece from the Help Desk.  Thank you for participating!

The centerpiece of the exhibit was this year’s Art Purchase Prize winner.  This beautiful redesign of The Oregon Trail by Francis Parkman was made by local artist Doran Pearson and is almost ready for 8-week checkouts.  See if it’s available or place a hold.

And finally, if you were inspired to make your own design too late, you can always submit a book cover to the online Recovering the Classics project.recovering1

Mock Caldecott Award 2016

by Casey Maynard on December 5th, 2016

This year we are trying something new at ICPL, a Mock Caldecott award.  Every year, the American Library Association awards the Randolph Caldecott Medal to a distinguished American picture book. For full eligibility requirements and criteria please visit the AlA’s Caldecott website. Also, stop by the Children’s Room to see a wonderful and informative display regarding the history of the award that Mari Redington has put together in the small display case.

Keeping eligibility requirements in mind we have put together a list of 15 possible contenders for the 2017 award. We ask that you read all of these titles before voting, or as many as you can get your hands on. When voting please pick and rank your top five titles: one winner (1) and four honor books (2-5). Paper ballots are available and are being collected at the Children’s Room Desk.  If you are unable to cast a paper ballot and are familiar with the titles, then please feel free to comment with your top five on or before December 31st.

We will be announcing the winning ICPL Caldecott titles at the beginning of 2017, shortly before the ALA midwinter meeting where they will be announcing the Medal and Honor winners.  How fun would it be if we have picked a winner or an honor book?!  Read the rest of this entry »




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