In Episode 16, Meredith chats with Melody and Bond about materials from ICPL that are particularly applicable to parents both experienced and not so experienced.
We are starting to get users calling or stopping by for help with Overdrive and Windows 10. If you have recently upgraded to Windows 10 and need to get Overdrive working again, here are some helpful tips:
Here are some Overdrive Help links:
If you want more help we have time and staff dedicated each week to answer your questions about Overdrive in Drop-In Tech Help.
If you’re like me, you weren’t too shocked when an article from earlier this year suggested that people stop listening to new music around the age of 33. Even though that study was based on Spotify user data, which I considered a fairly small pool, it had definitely been a while since this 34-year-old had sought out a new band and given an album a reverential first listen like she used to.
So it was partially in my own interest that I asked my co-workers how they find and listen to music online for a December display. “Our favorite music apps and websites” are currently displayed on the library’s 2nd floor, and they include apps for streaming music, ways to listen to the radio online, methods for finding the name of a song heard in public, recordings of live performances, free tuning apps (for the musicians out there), and places to find music news and reviews.
Take this opportunity during Music Is The Word to shake up the statistics by downloading a free app, establishing a streaming account to generate recommendations, or finding your new favorite sound. Here’s a selection of our 27 staff recommendations:
How do you find and listen to music online?
I just received the program for TODAY’s Music on Wednesday concert with Preucil School of Music at Noon in Meeting Room A. If you are Downtown over the lunch hour, stop in. Today’s selection includes music played on violas, violins, cellos and our wonderful Meeting Room A piano. Songs include traditional classical music as well as folk and holiday selections. As a special treat, William and Doris Preucil will perform Duos for 2 Violins by B. Bartok.
See you soon!
I work with a lot of school garden clubs in the corridor, and one of the most enjoyable moments for me as a teacher is seeing kids discover the large amount of food that can be produced in a small space. Year four of our little 10×10 ped beds are a perfect example, having fed dozens of folks through Table To Table this summer, primarily with cucumbers, eggplant, carrots and potatoes.
Year five will be here before you know it. I can already see the plans blossoming for a focus on the Native American 3 Sisters design (sweet corn, pole beans and squash), and more natural trellising with cucumbers climbing sunflowers.
We also want to, each season, save more seed. Speaking of which, all plants produce their own seed for the following generation. It’s so fun for kids to see self-seeding annuals; I like to call them Paradox Plants: perennial annuals. Like lettuce! When allowed to bolt, it produces its flowers, in which is its seed for next year. The seed drops to the soil on its own time and, in late winter/early spring, begins to re-germinate. I didn’t’ have to do a thing. Mother Nature took care of herself. (Tomatoes and dill have done the same thing in the past couple years in these beds.)
I’ve intentionally left some of the carrots in the ground and won’t harvest them until spring. They’re called Candy Carrots. They can over-winter and, as they take their Long Winters Nap, produce more sugars (hence the name). Who knows? Maybe next year we’ll be able to pickle some of them as well!
Now is the time when we’ve put the beds to bed with their winter rye cover crop and compost for soil conditioning. Remember that vegetable plants, especially, are pulling a lot of nutrients from the soil’s organic matter to produce their fruit, so we need to put back more than was taken in order to give next year’s crops a jump start. Let me tell ya, after four years, the soil in those beds is healthy! And that’s the essential foundation of everything else that follows.
Beyond food, what’s perhaps the most profound for me is that the City Plaza Children’s Garden is a community focal point for Nurturance. See you in Spring!
As the temperature drops and you’ve just read a book that weighs practically 10 pounds and has “Fire” in the title it is really hard not to make some sort of pun. All joking aside though, I’m pretty proud of myself for finishing Garth Risk Hallberg’s 900 page debut novel City on Fire. It is also important to note that I am by no means a fast reader or have an abundance of free time, this book is just that good.
Okay, I’ll admit it. I sort of cheated. I listened to the audiobook via Overdrive in conjunction with reading the book. I work more than 40 hours a week sometimes, I’m in Graduate School, and I still value my social life, so reading has a tendency to move toward the back of my priority list. However I came up with a sort of clever way of making sure that I still get my literature on while keeping all my other plates spinning. I’ll listen to the audiobook on my phone when I can and switch over to the book-book when I’ve got the time to curl up. Whether its while I walk to work, cooking up some delicious foods, or drawing I’m always amazed the amount of time I can fill with audiobook listening time. At the end of the day though my love for the printed word can not be squashed even in the name of convenience.
Enough on my time saving tips though. If you do decide to take on this beast of a book, I urge you to at least look at the book. Hallberg does some interesting and unique things with the text of the “Interlude” chapters that you’ll rather miss out on if you just listen to the audiobook. One of these is in the form of a zine, while another yet is an email. While very few people will be willing to sink their teeth into 900 pages, there really is no time like late fall and early winter. Additionally the book is written in the form of point of view chapters, so instead of reading one 900 page long book, it is more like reading nine one hundred page long book. The first person point of view(s), the visuals crafted with words, and the setting of New York City reminded me a lot of Jonathan Safran Foer’s Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close, which I also really enjoyed. Aside from the astounding achievement of weaving together so many different characters’ stories, this book also has a little bit of many genres.
Give it a try at least, even if Maureen Corrigan didn’t like the ending.
Camille Garoche, AKA Princesse Camcam, is a brilliant artist working with paper cutting and photography. Her intricately woven stories take shape through meticulous and breathtaking papercut illustrations, implying the third dimension within the two dimensional book format.
Published by Enchanted Lion Books, her two works currently available in the US are Fox’s Garden and The Snow Rabbit. Both wordless books focus on the power of being kind in the coldest season. If you’re looking for beautiful reads to warm the bones as it gets colder then look no further and celebrate the beauty of the coming season with Camille Garoche’s lovely works.
See more of her works here.
Giving Tuesday is December 1 — a day dedicated to giving to the Iowa City Public Library Friends Foundation and other nonprofit organizations. Your financial contribution to the ICPL Friends Foundation on #GivingTuesday will add more for everyone to read, listen to, watch, learn from, and enjoy through the Library. It’s easy to join the movement with a donation to the Iowa City Public Library Friends Foundation.
Whether $25 or $500, your charitable gift will make a difference which will make you feel great. A gift of $25 means two more children’s picture books, while $50 will bring children five new hardcover books or ten paperbacks to read. Giving $250 adds two more albums to the online Local Music Project, or puts 15 new fiction books on the shelves.
Thank you for supporting ICPL on Giving Tuesday! Your gift will be acknowledged by those of us in the ICPL Development Office.
All donations made on Giving Tuesday or before December 31, 2015 are charitable contributions which are tax deductible as allowed by law.
*It’s Time to Renew your ICPL Library Card: Library Cards routinely expire, if you wonder why please check out this BLOG post. We will send a courtesy reminder to everyone in our service area (Iowa City, rural Johnson County, University Heights, Hills and Lone Tree) when their Library Card is about to expire.
*Don’t Lose That Hold: A reminder a hold will be pulled from the Holds Shelf in two days.
*You are Approaching the Fine Limit: A reminder that fines are approaching $10. Most card privileges are suspended when fines exceed $10.
*The Coolest Card in Town: A reminder for patrons who applied online for a Library Card but didn’t stop by the Library to pick-up their card.
Here’s a sample of what the eMail looks like for Library Accounts that will expire:
The account belonging to PATRON NAME will expire in seven days. An expired account means you cannot check out or renew materials, place holds or download digital materials.
To renew your account, you may
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