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Ready for Summer & Library Cards

by Kara Logsden on May 7th, 2014

Library staff members are diligently working to make sure students have Library Cards and are ready for summer!  Staff traveled to Robert Lucas and Grant Wood elementary recently to sign students up for Library Cards.  2014 04 Grant Wood library cardsStaff will be at Mark Twain Elementary’s Family Night on May 29 to sign students and family members up for Library Cards.

We are also working with Teacher Librarians and Student & Family Advocates to help students at other schools sign-up for Library Cards.  In these cases, school staff collect applications and forward them to Library staff.  Library staff issue the Library Cards and mail them to the student’s home.

We are also working with Johnson County Extension’s 4-H on Wheels summer program to extend Library services to students who will participate in 4-H on Wheels in Lone Tree this summer.  Library staff will travel to Lone Tree once a week to check out Library materials to students based on the weekly 4-H on Wheels theme.  The themes are generally STEM based and including information about nutrition, science, and other interesting topics.

Since the beginning of February, Library Staff have issued 144 Library Cards though our outreach efforts with local schools.  We appreciate the wonderful staff at our schools and their dedication to help students continue to read over the summer.

Here’s a rundown of the numbers.  Three Cheers for Library Cards!

School # Cards Issued
Lone Tree 13
Shimek 5
Weber 12
Horn 28
Mann 5
Lucas 19
Hills 2
Wood 60
Total 144

Kirkwood English Language Learner Program Tour

by Kara Logsden on May 6th, 2014

We received a wonderful letter today from Kirkwood Community College’s English Language Learner program following a tour for their students last month. Students enrolled in Kirkwood’s program who were on this tour were from Sudan, Iran, the Democratic Republic of Congo, China, El Salvador, Guinea, Laos, Vietnam, Mexico and Algeria. They were a fun group and even enjoyed some of my jokes (which building downtown has the most stories?).

Library staff enjoy welcoming everyone to the Library and especially people who are new to our community. It is fun to see the Library through new eyes, and to see patron making connections with how they may utilize Library resources in their own lives.

The letter from Kirkwood’s staff says, “The students were frankly amazed about the size, services, comfort, and approachability of the library … Thank you for teaching these Iowa City newcomers from around the world about your library services and for making them comfortable with and eager to visit the library.”

We extend our thanks to Kirkwood for introducing the Library to their students and for working with us to host the English Conversation Group on Friday mornings.  For more information about Kirkwood’s program for English language learners, navigate to http://www.kirkwood.edu/esl.

Library Services for Persons over Age 55

by Kara Logsden on May 5th, 2014

Recently the Iowa City City Council appointed an ad-hoc Senior Services committee that will begin meeting in May. In preparation for these meetings, the Library provided information about collections, programs and services of interest to people over age 55. I thought I’d share some of the interesting tidbits from the Library’s report.

Library Cards:  As of April 24, 2014, 7,491 people over age 55 had active Library cards with 8,089 items checked out.  Of those, 4,938 people live in Iowa City and they have 5,567 items checked out.  995 live in rural Johnson County and they have 1,091 items checked out.

At Home Services:  The Library’s At Home service provides traditional Library collections by mail to residents of the Library’s service area (Iowa City, rural Johnson County, Hills, University Heights and Lone Tree) for those who are unable to come to the Library because of a physical disability. Most people enrolled in At Home Services are over age 55. Currently 128 patrons are enrolled in At Home services and in FY13, an average of 39 patrons were served each month. In FY13, the Library loaned 2,888 items to and the Library’s Switchboard answered 255 calls from At Home patrons.

Community Outreach Collections:  The Library maintains community outreach collections at many retirement residences and other community organizations that serve people over age 55. These sites include the Iowa City/Johnson County Senior Center, Oaknoll, Melrose Meadows, Walden Place, Capitol House Apartments, Chatham Oaks, Hope Lodge, and MECCA. Some sites utilize books checked out from the Library’s collection, while others accept donated materials. In FY13, 660 items were loaned to community organizations from the Library’s collection and 2,242 items, culled from donations to the Library and withdrawn materials, were sent for members of the community to use.

Volunteer Program:  The Library connects with many community members through our Volunteer Program. In FY13, 364 people volunteered at the Library. Of those, 83 volunteers were over age 55 and they volunteered 4,154 hours.

Technology Support:  For the first nine months of FY14, the Library assisted 358 patrons in our Drop-In Tech Help sessions on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays. Staff estimates 50% of the people who seek assistance at these sessions are age 55 and over.  There is a also special Senior Tech Zone weekly on Thursdays, from 10:30 AM-12:30 PM, staffed by volunteers from the Johnson County Livable Community project.

The Library serves people over age 55 in many ways. The information above represents a snapshot of some of the collections, programs and services available at the Library. If you have questions, please give us a call.

Fizz Boom Read This Summer!

by Vickie Pasicznyuk on May 2nd, 2014

In just one month, the summer reading program starts at the Library! This year’s program, Fizz Boom Read, will put a spark in your summer plans! From June 1 through August 2, kids can earn prizes for the reading they do over the summer and also learn about science, the library, and their community with activities and programs. Fizz Boom Read will motivate kids to read, helping them maintain reading skills over the summer and have fun while doing it.

Get the whole family involved! There’s a summer reading program for any age. In fact, even babies and toddlers can play, with fun activities designed to stimulate language development. Teens can Spark a Reaction at the Library, and adults will Make the Library Your Laboratory in their science-themed programs.

We are grateful to our sponsors for providing prizes and support for the summer reading programs. Please join us in thanking the Iowa City Public Library Friends Foundation, Blank Park Zoo, Chick-fil-A, Daydreams Comics, Iowa Children’s Museum, Iowa City Parks and Recreation, McDonald’s, Noodles & Company, Hardees, and Westdale Bowling Center.

Visit http://www.icpl.org/srp/ for more information. You can sign up and start reading on June 1!

Fizz Boom Read this summer—it will be a blast!

Come to the Table

by Brent Palmer on May 1st, 2014

Come to table

Want to build something? Have a great idea?

The Iowa City Public Library has an interactive touch table for its Children’s Room and needs your help bringing it to life. We are looking for games that are:

  • multi-touch
  • multi-player
  • collaborative or constructive
  • for ages 6-12
  • easy to get started

Contact Brent Palmer

Volunteer Recognition… Tomorrow!

by Anna Sewell on April 29th, 2014

The Library has such an amazing group of volunteers. We are looking forward to recognizing our volunteers for their service during calendar year 2013 tomorrow night from 6:30-7:30 p.m.  Thirty-eight of these volunteers will receive hours of service awards ranging from 100 to 3,500 hours.

Here is a link to the video we will be showing about volunteering at the Library:

http://youtu.be/tmXGaE2jp54

Stay tuned to hear who we will name the 2013 Volunteer of the Year…

Why does a quarter have 119 ridges?

by Maeve Clark on April 5th, 2014

ask-history-coin-ridges One of the fun facts I learned from the Money Smart Week exhibit at the library is that dimes have 118 ridges or grooves and quarters have 119.  But what the exhibit didn’t tell me was the reason for the ridges.  So what’s a reference librarian to do? Find the answer, of course.  I started at the United States Mint which lead me to the American Numismatic Association. The first thing I learned was the technical term for the ridges or grooves on coins  is reeding.  Before the introduction of reeding, small amounts of gold or silver from coins could be chiseled or shaved away and the precious metal sold again or remelted and made into another coin. (The slang usage of the world chisel may even derive from this ancient practice.)  While quarters and dimes are no longer minted from silver, (with the exception of special collectable quarters), the ridges remain.

Come in a take a look at the exhibit – you will find it in the first floor gallery. You can explore the life cycle of currency, learn about the role of the Federal Reserve Bank and get your photo taken in $100 bill.  What else can you learn during Money Smart Week?money smart week Preschoolers will have a visit from Ben Franklin for the 10:30 preschool story time Thursday morning, April 10.   And if you want to know more about estate planning, the library has a program tailor made for you. Thursday evening, April 10, Thomas Gelman, attorney Phelan Tucker Muller Walker Tucker Gelman and John Chadima, Vice President and Trust Officer MidWestOne Bank offer Estate Planning 101: Basic Considerations.

Surprise!

by Patty McCarthy on April 4th, 2014

Retish donation

Brothers Walter and Clyde Retish love reading, love libraries, and love their grandparents.  So when the boys were here to visit Paul and Esther Retish, it made sense for them to stop by the Iowa City Public Library to get some books before taking grandma home after her volunteer shift at The BookEnd.

“My grandpa and grandma travel a lot, they go to many places around the world,” Walter, 11, says.

They usually bring back foreign money, which their grandsons took to the bank and cashed, walking out with $66.67.

On Wednesday, Walter and Clyde also visited us in the Development Office of the Iowa City Public Library to make a $66 donation. The 67-cents went in the donation box at The BookEnd.

Walter and Clyde’s presentation was a great surprise.  I assured them that yes, we could use the gift to buy several more of the Young Adult books they love reading, and thanked them.   Their generosity made my day.

April Displays

by Anna Sewell on April 2nd, 2014

The Library has several new displays this month… Stop by and check them out!

poetryThe National Poetry Month display is located next to the Help Desk on the first floor.  Staff are keeping it stocked with a good variety of new and classic poetry.  You can also celebrate National Poetry Month by coming to Meeting Room A on Tuesday, April 8, from 12-1:00 p.m. to hear The Read Aloud group from Iowa City/Johnson County Senior Center read some of their favorite poems.

YAWe have a new display of Young Adult books in the Gallery area on the first floor, One Read Fits All.  ICPL staff members love YA books!  Our 2012 and 2013 picks for Book of the Year were both YA books, John Green’s The Fault in Our Stars and Rainbow Rowell’s Eleanor & Park.  Come check out some of our other favorites.  You can always find more in the Young Adult collection on the Library’s second floor.

Book Madness is still going strong, and we’re down to the Final Four:

  1. Harry Potter vs. Shel Silverstein poems
  2. Pigeon books by Mo Willems vs. Amelia Bedelia books by Peggy Parish
  3. The Hunger Games trilogy by Suzanne Collins vs. The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams
  4. Me Talk Pretty One Day by David Sedaris vs. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

Stop by before the end of the day on Saturday to vote for your favorites!

rainy dayAre you tired of this dreary weather? Come to the Library’s second floor and check out our Things to Do on a Rainy Day display to help inspire you to have fun indoors.  We’re keeping this filled with books about games, crafts, cooking, baking, organizing, indoor gardening, drawing, and so much more!

Stay tuned for a display from the Digital History Project on April 22.  We’ll have photos from the Digital History Project’s scanning days.  We will also have books about genealogy and family archive preservation on a display nearby that will be available for check-out.

KXIC Jay Capron Morning Show

by Kara Logsden on April 1st, 2014

We had a lot of fun on the Jay Capron Morning Show today!  We learned about Bark Madness (I voted for the cat) and send our best wishes to our good friend, Dottie Ray, to feel better soon!

We started off by talked about D.E.A.R. (Drop everything and READ) and had to delay the radio program a bit while I finished reading a chapter in the book I brought (just kidding).

Anne talked about ICPL Collections, and most specifically OverDrive and Zinio.  The big news on that front is OverDrive is now available through the Library’s catalog and some titles can now be renewed.  eCollection titles are great for cold blustery days like today!

Anne also talked about a number of upcoming programs including Money Smart Week, Mission Creek FREE programs at the Library this weekend, and B.Y.O. Book.

I talked about the Library’s new Blog, 123 South Linn, and how the response has been great.  We have between 50 and 250 views per day.  I also talked about Book Madness FINAL FOUR and encouraged patrons to vote on the Library’s Facebook page or in person at the Library.

There’s always something going on at the Iowa City Public Library and we enjoy sharing the information with our friends who listen to KXIC.