Eat Out to Read Tonight at Short’s Burgers Eastside

by Patty McCarthy on May 3rd, 2017

Take a break and “Eat Out to Read” tonight at Short’s Burgers Eastside. The restaurant at 521 Westbury Dr in Iowa City will welcome you there or take your carryout order from 5-9:30pm. A percentage of the sales will be donated to the Iowa City Public Library Friends Foundation. Thank you!

What’s the Bookmobile doing at the Farmer’s Market??

by Shawna Riggins on April 29th, 2017

When you visit the Iowa City Saturday Farmer’s Market this year you may notice one large new participant – Our brand new Bookmobile! 2017-03-bookmobile-drawingOn Saturdays in May and June as you stock up on Farmer’s Market goodies be sure stop by the Iowa City Public Library Bookmobile in the Chauncey Swan lot. As a Farmer’s Market shopper and a library go-er, I am pumped about this pairing and I’ve been thinking of all the ways this could come in handy: Read the rest of this entry »

Bookmobile Update

by Kara Logsden on April 26th, 2017

2017-04-national-bookmobile-day-with-kidsThe Library’s Bookmobile rolled into town on Wednesday April 12th just in time for the National Bookmobile Day celebration at Mercer Park. If you missed this fun event, photos are available here.

A schedule of special events intended to introduce the Bookmobile to our community during the month of May is available on the Library’s calendar at this link.

More information about the Bookmo2017-04-bookmobile-stopsbile, including the Summer Schedule that begins on June 1, 2017, is available at icpl.org/bookmobile. Read the rest of this entry »

Music on Friday: A Musical Bouquet

by Kara Logsden on April 18th, 2017

2017-04-free-image-pixabay-flower-bouquetMusic on Wednesday is on FRIDAY this week. Join Preucil School of Music on Friday April 21, 2017 at Noon in Meeting Room A for A Musical Bouquet. The performance features local student musicians playing an assortment of songs from Bach, Beethoven, Mozart and other composers. A full lineup of performers and music is available at this link: 2017-04-preucil.

Friday is a no school day for Iowa City Schools, so SPRING into the Library for a melodious musical bouquet. See you at the Library 🙂

Celebrating National Library Week at Preschool Storytime!

by Anne Wilmoth on April 13th, 2017

In the mid-1950s, the American Library Association grew concerned over research that showed Americans were “spending less on books and more on radios, televisions and musical instruments.”  In response, the ALA launched the first annual National Library Week in 1958 with the theme “Wake Up and Read!”

Since then, National Library Week has been observed across the country each year during the second full week in April, as a time to “celebrate the contributions of our nation’s libraries and librarians and to promote library use and support.”  (For more on National Library Week, check out this ALA fact sheet.)

The 2017 theme is “Libraries Transform,” and preschool storytime today was transformed into a jubilant celebration of all the things we love about being kids at the library!  It was difficult to choose which picture books about libraries to share with the children – there are so many good ones in our collection (see photo).  I finally settled on Bonny Becker’s A Library Book for Bear, a side-splitting read-aloud with sweeping watercolor illustrations about a bear’s first experience of the library – he’s initially skeptical (who needs more than seven books, really?) but is won over when he stumbles onto a storytime featuring a book about pickles and bears (subjects that resonate with him).  We also read Deborah Bruss’s Book Book Book, a fun read-aloud about a group of farm animals attempting to make themselves understood by the librarian and receive the books they’re after – a book that engages young listeners with a series of participatory animal sounds.

We sang a wacky song called “Bananas Unite,” with plenty of movement, silliness, and an eventual invitation to “GO BANANAS!”  I told the children I selected this song not only because it’s super fun, but also because it’s okay to go a little bananas in the children’s library!  We don’t have to whisper or tiptoe, but can get excited about books and be regular kids in the children’s department.  We also shook egg shakers to the beat along with Tom Knight’s boogie-woogie tune “The Library Song,” a little ditty that lists the wonders to be had at the library – “all you need is a library card!”

Finally, we capped off our half-hour of library love with a mini “behind the scenes” tour of the library – we put some books through the book return slot, then went to the “other side” of the book return to find our books there.  While we were there, several patrons passed by and put materials in the slot – the children gasped and cried, “WHOA!” as they watched the books tumble through the slot and thump into the bins below.  They seemed content to hang out and watch the book return in action for as long as I might let them, but we eventually returned to the storytime room to watch a hilarious classic Sesame Street clip wherein Cookie Monster nearly gives a straight-laced librarian an aneurysm by repeatedly requesting a box of cookies.

If you couldn’t make it today, don’t despair!  National Library Week storytime is happening again on Saturday, April 15 at 10:30am, with some new books, songs and activities.  Come celebrate libraries with us!

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National Bookmobile Day Celebration

by Shawna Riggins on April 3rd, 2017

Help welcome the Iowa City Public Library Bookmobile to town and check out materials from the Antelope Lending Library at the community National Bookmobile Day Celebration at Mercer Park NationalBookMobileDay2017
Wednesday April 12th from 5:30 – 7:30.  Celebrating with us will be other vehicles that provide important mobile services such as a fire truck, police car, University of Iowa Mobile Clinic, University of Iowa Mobile Museum, Table to Table van, an IC Transit bus, and more!

Enjoy live music performed by the Dandelion Stompers and free activities courtesy of Zen Den, BackTogether Massage, Katie Ross with ZIPS (Zines in Public Schools) and join in on a book making activity led by Iowa City Parks and Recreation. Have your face painted, make a craft (there will be many to choose from!), get your hands on the bookmobiles’ summer schedules, and nab a special bookmobile-themed giveaway.

With the ICPL Bookmobile’s Summer Schedule start date of June 1st on the horizon, we can’t wait take our new bookmobile out for a spin. There won’t be books on board quite yet, so take this chance to get a unique peek at our freshly built Bookmobile. We hope to see you there!

 

Spotting the ICPL Bookmobile

by Shawna Riggins on March 29th, 2017

The Library is always a hub of excitement as Summer approaches and our countdown to the Summer Reading Program begins. This year, we have even more to look forward to as we prepare to roll out (er…drive out) our brand new Bookmobile.

Though regular Bookmobile operating hours won’t start until June 1, you will likely see our big blue Bookmobile around town in the weeks leading up to the start of the Summer Schedule.nationalbookmobileday

The first opportunity to meet our Bookmobile will be at the community National Bookmobile Day celebration on April 12 from 5:30-7:30 pm at Mercer Park. Along with live music and family fun, you’ll get a unique peek at our Bookmobile during this event; Books and DVDs won’t be on the truck until later in the month. Thank you to our friends at Iowa City Parks and Recreation for hosting this event and providing a book making activity!

Be sure to bring an extra bag to the Farmer’s Market this spring. Your first chance to check out Bookmobile materials will be when the Bookmobile is parked at the Iowa City Saturday Farmer’s Market in May and June.

The ICPL Bookmobile’s Summer schedule will run from June 1 – August 18. View our schedule on our webpage or pick up a printed copy at the Library. We will be around town Mondays through Fridays in the Summertime with some special weekend events you won’t want to miss. To stay up-to-date on Bookmobile news and events, be sure to sign up for our Newsletter, the Windshield.

If you spot us as we are out and about, getting a feel for the route, we’d love to hear about it on Social Media. Find us on Facebook, Twitter @ICPL, and on Instagram @iowacitypubliclibrary.2017-03-bookmobile-drawing

email Notice Problems

by Brent Palmer on March 24th, 2017

It has come to our attention that some of our email notices are being rejected or blocked by two major Internet providers.  CenturyLink has been rejecting our email courtesy notices with a message that they are spam.  MediaCom as also been blocking our hold notices with no messages at all.  While they are not bouncing back, many of our patrons have told us that they are not getting through.  Unfortunately the tech support from these two companies has been extremely unhelpful.  Some of our patrons have contacted CenturyLink but were not able to get anywhere either.  I know it’s frustrating, but we are frustrated too!  We know that many of you not only appreciate our holds and courtesy notices, but actually rely on them.  So what can you do?  Well you have a few options.  If you have another email address to use, you could switch to that.  (You can do this by accessing your library account online or simply give us a call at 319 356-5200 during regular library hours and we’ll do it for you).  You could also try our new mobile app to keep track of your holds and due dates.

ICPL Bookmobile Update

by Kara Logsden on March 9th, 2017

2017-03-bookmobile-drawingComing soon to a stop near you – ICPL’s new BOOKMOBILE!

The Iowa City Public Library is pleased to introduce new Bookmobile services to our community. The purpose of the Iowa City Public Library’s Bookmobile is to offer collections and services beyond the Downtown and extend Library services throughout our community. The idea for a Bookmobile came from months of Strategic Planning and asking a simple question, “What is the best and most affordable way to extend Library services into our community?”

The Bookmobile will have three annual schedule periods. The Summer Schedule (June-August) focuses on serving children and the Fall and Spring Schedules (August-December and January-May) focus on serving people of all ages.

Watch for the Bookmobile to appear around town in May, with a set schedule beginning in June. For more information, visit www.icpl.org/bookmobile. This under construction webpage will eventually be the “online home” of the Bookmobile. Online this week you will see a map with stop location information and photos showing the construction of the new Bookmobile. Check back often for schedule and photo updates.

Ready! Set!! Bookmobile!!!

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Mormon Trek Remote Book Return is BACK!

by Kara Logsden on March 9th, 2017

Yesterday was a happy2017-03-remote-1 day! The West Side Remote Book Returns are once again available at the University of Iowa Community Credit Union drive-thru located at 825 Mormon Trek Blvd. The Remote Book Returns at this location were damaged in a “Car vs. Book Return” incident in January.

When our Maintenance Manager went into the UICCU branch yesterday to let them know the Book Returns were back, the staff applauded. We received a lot of feedback about the missing Book Return-many people expressing what a difference it made in their busy lives. Sometimes we forget little things mean a lot. Although we don’t want incidents like this to happen often, the silver lining is we hear from people who appreciate our services. Thank you!

The new Remote Returns are a bit different. There are three bins for returning materials. Any material that can be returned in the remote bin can go into any bin. Since the Remote Book Returns were installed 18 years ago, the manufacturer changed the sizes of the bins. To get the capacity needed, we had to order three of equal size. Things change and that’s OK.

When we emptied the drop at 1:00 PM yesterday, there were 6 books waiting to be picked up. I’m sure there’s more today.