ICPL Top Staff Picks for 2018: ROMANCE

by Meredith Hines-Dochterman on December 25th, 2018

The Iowa City Public Library is pleased to present our favorite reads of 2018!

Employees were asked to submit the titles they read and loved this year with all nominations divided into 10 categories: fiction; young adult; children’s – babies through 2nd grade; children’s – 3rd through 6th grades; romance; mystery and thriller; science fiction/fantasy; autobiography/biography/memoir; non-fiction; and graphic novel. The only rule was that the book had to be released in 2018. Any book that was nominated by more than one staff member made our 2018 Best of the Best list.

We’ll share our Best of the Best list on the last day of 2018. Until then, here are the Library’s top romance books for 2018. Keep checking back to see what made the cut in our other categories.

ICPL’S BEST ROMANCE BOOKS OF 2018

  • A Duke by Default by Alyssa Cole
  • A Princess in Theory: Reluctant Royals by Alyssa Cole
  • Christmas on the Island by Jenny Colgan
  • The Governess Game by Tessa Dare
  • The Proposal by Jasmine Guillory
  • The Wedding Date by Jasmine Guillory
  • The Kiss Quotient by Helen Hoang
  • All Your Perfects by Colleen Hoover
  • Too Wilde to Wed by Eloisa James
  • Josh and Hazel’s Guide to Not Dating by Christina Lauren
  • Love and Other Words by Christina Lauren
  • Intercepted by Alexa Martin
  • Wicked and the Wallflower by Sarah MacLean
  • Shelter in Place by Nora Roberts

ICPL Top Staff Picks for 2018: CHILDREN’S – 3rd THROUGH 6th GRADE

by Meredith Hines-Dochterman on December 24th, 2018

The Iowa City Public Library is pleased to present our favorite reads of 2018!

Employees were asked to submit the titles they read and loved this year with all nominations divided into 10 categories: fiction; young adult; children’s – babies through 2nd grade; children’s – 3rd through 6th grades; romance; mystery and thriller; science fiction/fantasy; autobiography/biography/memoir; non-fiction; and graphic novel. The only rule was that the book had to be released in 2018. Any book that was nominated by more than one staff member made our 2018 Best of the Best list.

We’ll share our Best of the Best list on the last day of 2018. Until then, here are the Library’s top children’s books for readers in 3rd through 6th grades for 2018. Keep checking back to see what made the cut in our other categories.

ICPL’S BEST CHILDREN’S – 3rd THROUGH 6th GRADE BOOKS OF 2018

  • We Rise, We Resist, We Raise Our Voices edited by Wade Hudson and Cheryl Willis Hudson
  • The Parker Inheritance by Varian Johnson
  • Grilled Cheese and Dragons #1 (Princess Pulverizer) by Nancy Krulik
  • The Miscalculations of Lightning Girl by Stacy McAnulty
  • Payback on Poplar Lane by Margaret Mincks
  • Aquicorn Cove by Katie O’Neill
  • Betty Before X by Ilyasah Shabazz and Renee Watson
  • The Law of Finders Keepers by Sheila Turnage
  • Harbor Me by Jacqueline Woodson
  • Front Desk by Kelly Yang

ICPL Top Staff Picks for 2018: CHILDREN’S – BABIES THROUGH 2ND GRADE

by Meredith Hines-Dochterman on December 23rd, 2018

The Iowa City Public Library is pleased to present our favorite reads of 2018!

Employees were asked to submit the titles they read and loved this year with all nominations divided into 10 categories: fiction; young adult; children’s – babies through 2nd grade; children’s – 3rd through 6th grades; romance; mystery and thriller; science fiction/fantasy; autobiography/biography/memoir; non-fiction; and graphic novel. The only rule was that the book had to be released in 2018. Any book that was nominated by more than one staff member made our 2018 Best of the Best list.

We’ll share our Best of the Best list on the last day of 2018. Until then, here are the Library’s top babies through 2nd grade books for 2018. Keep checking back to see what made the cut in our other categories.

ICPL’S BEST CHILDREN’S – BABIES THROUGH 2ND GRADE BOOKS OF 2018

  • Mae Among the Stars by Roda Ahmed
  • Hello Lighthouse by Sophie Blackall
  • I Am Enough by Grace Byers
  • Yoga Frog by Nora Carpenter
  • Peanut Butter and Jelly (A Narwhal and Jelly Book #3) by Ben Clanton
  • Petra by Marianna Coppo
  • Ocean Meets Sky by Terry Fan and Eric Fan
  • Stegothesaurus by Bridget Heos
  • Stop That Yawn! by Caron Levis
  • A Big Mooncake for Little Star by Grace Lin
  • Julian is a Mermaid by Jessica Love
  • Lazybones by Claire Messer
  • Snow Pony and the Seven Miniature Ponies by Christian Trimmer
  • Last Week Tonight with John Oliver Presents A Day in the Life of Marlon Bundo by Jill Twiss
  • The Itchy Book! by LeUyen Pham and Mo Willems
  • How Do Dinosaurs Learn to Read? Jane Yolen

ICPL Top Staff Picks for 2018: YOUNG ADULT

by Meredith Hines-Dochterman on December 22nd, 2018

The Iowa City Public Library is pleased to present our favorite reads of 2018!

Employees were asked to submit the titles they read and loved this year with all nominations divided into 10 categories: fiction; young adult; children’s – babies through 2nd grade; children’s – 3rd through 6th grades; romance; mystery and thriller; science fiction/fantasy; autobiography/biography/memoir; non-fiction; and graphic novel. The only rule was that the book had to be released in 2018. Any book that was nominated by more than one staff member made our 2018 Best of the Best list.

We’ll share our Best of the Best list on the last day of 2018. Until then, here are the Library’s top young adult books for 2018. Keep checking back to see what made the cut in our other categories.

ICPL’S BEST YOUNG ADULT BOOKS OF 2018

  • The Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo
  • Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi
  • Aftermath by Kelley Armstrong
  • American Panda by Gloria Chao
  • Emergency Contact by Mary H.K. Choi
  • The Way You Make Me Feel by Maurene Goo
  • Tess of the Road by Rachel Hartman
  • Let’s Talk About Love by Claire Kann
  • Wildcard by Marie Lu
  • To Be Honest by Maggie Ann Martin
  • Blood Water Paint by Joy McCullough
  • Girls of Paper and Fire by Natasha Ngan
  • Dry by Neal Shusterman and Jarrod Shusterman
  • What If It’s Us by Becky Albertalli and Adam Silvera

ICPL Top Staff Picks for 2018: FICTION

by Meredith Hines-Dochterman on December 21st, 2018

The Iowa City Public Library is pleased to present our favorite reads of 2018!

Employees were asked to submit the titles they read and loved this year with all nominations divided into 10 categories: fiction; young adult; children’s – babies through 2nd grade; children’s – 3rd through 6th grades; romance; mystery and thriller; science fiction/fantasy; autobiography/biography/memoir; non-fiction; and graphic novel. The only rule was that the book had to be released in 2018. Any book that was nominated by more than one staff member made our 2018 Best of the Best list.

We’ll share our Best of the Best list on the last day of 2018. Until then, here are the Library’s top fiction books for 2018. Keep checking back to see what made the cut in our other categories.

ICPL’S BEST FICTION BOOKS OF 2018

  • Us Against You by Fredrik Backman
  • The Immortalists by Chloe Benjamin
  • The Girls in the Picture by Melanie Benjamin
  • Evening In Paradise: More Stories by Lucia Berlin
  • White Houses by Amy Bloom
  • Halsey Street by Naima Coster
  • French Exit by Patrick deWitt
  • Every Note Played by Lisa Genova
  • Into the Drowning Deep by Mira Grant
  • The Great Alone by Kristin Hannah
  • Our Homesick Songs by Emma Hooper
  • An American Marriage by Tayari Jones
  • The Great Believers by Rebecca Makkai
  • Love and Ruin by Paula McLain
  • My Year of Rest and Relaxation by Ottessa Moshfegh
  • There There by Tommy Orange
  • The Air You Breathe by Frances de Pontes Peebles
  • Melmoth by Sarah Perry
  • Flights by Olga Tokarczuk

World War I Honor Roll

by Stacey McKim on December 18th, 2018

Stop by the first floor of the library to view this traveling exhibit created by the State Historical Museum of Iowa featuring the names and photos of over 4,000 Iowans lost during World War I.

The State Historical Society of Iowa collected photographs from affected Iowa families in 1920 and again in 2017, making this display possible in time for the 100th anniversary of the war.

The list of Iowan casualties includes Merle Hay of Glidden, who was among the first Americans to die during the war, and Wayman Minor of Centerville, who was among the last. The first U.S. servicewoman to die during active duty in the war was Marion Crandall of Cedar Rapids. This display also includes photographs and information of about 41 individuals from Johnson County.

The exhibit will be on display at the Iowa City Public Library from December 18 to January 27.  Learn more at iowaculture.gov/honorroll.

No Bookmobile Service Dec. 24 through Jan. 4

by Meredith Hines-Dochterman on December 14th, 2018

2017-07-bookmobileThe Bookmobile will be on winter Service Break from Monday, December 24, through Friday, January 4.

During this break, the Bookmobile will undergo vehicle maintenance, deep cleaning, and restocking the shelves with great new Library materials.

During Bookmobile service breaks, Holds and ILLs scheduled for pickup on the Bookmobile may be picked up at the Help Desk in the Downtown Library. We will not capture any holds when the Bookmobile is not in service, so there may be a period of time when the Bookmobile is on break when holds will be at the Library waiting for pick-up. Don’t worry, though, because the 7-day waiting period for picking up a hold does not begin until we “trap” the hold. That’s when we send the eMail, call you on the telephone, or mail your Hold Pick-up Notice.

For full Bookmobile schedule information, visit www.icpl.org/bookmobile.

Library Winter Break Activities for Kids

by Mari Redington on December 10th, 2018

As the holidays creep up, it’s not too early to start planning your family’s two week winter break, when the kids are home from school and you already need a break from the coveted family time at home. The library has something going on every day besides city holidays, including a family-friendly party to ring in the New Year! Events are always free and there’s something for all ages. And be sure to sign up for the Winter Reading Program to kick off 2019 with a sweet reading goal. You can register online, at the Children’s Room desk or on the Bookmobile beginning December 17th, look for the link on our website.  Check out these library events coming up while school’s out! 

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12 Days of Bookmobile: Find Out What the Bookmobile Can Give to You!

by Anne Wilmoth on December 8th, 2018

According to Vox, the earliest known version of the song “The 12 Days of Christmas” appeared in a children’s book in 1780. Most scholars agree it was designed as a memory game where singers tested their recall of the lyrics – and had to give a kiss or favor of some kind if they made a mistake.

In 1909 a French composer set the words to the melody we now know and love (or loathe), including the long, drawn out “five go-old riiings!” verse. Vox also mentions the cost of all the gifts named in the song would total a mind-boggling $39,049.93 in 2018 dollars.

ICPL’s Bookmobile, on the other hand, is the gift that keeps on giving. We have things more useful and less annoying than eleven pipers piping; we come right to your neighborhood; and best of all, EVERYTHING IS FREE. So now, in festive song form, let me remind you of the plethora of gifts the Bookmobile is just waiting to share with you…

On the first day of Christmas, the Bookmobile gave to me

a free, convenient parking space.

 

On the second day of Christmas, the Bookmobile gave to me

two program sign-ups

and a free, convenient parking place.

 

On the third day of Christmas, the Bookmobile gave to me

three storytimes,

two program sign-ups,

and a free, convenient parking space.

 

On the fourth day of Christmas, the Bookmobile gave to me

four family films,

three storytimes,

two program sign-ups,

and a free, convenient parking space.

 

On the fifth day of Christmas, the Bookmobile gave to me

five bars of Wifi,

four family films,

three storytimes,

two program sign-ups,

and a free, convenient parking space.

 

On the sixth day of Christmas, the Bookmobile gave to me

six toys to play with,

five bars of Wifi,

four family films,

three storytimes,

two program sign-ups,

and a free, convenient parking space.

 

On the seventh day of Christmas, the Bookmobile gave to me

seven brand-new novels,

six toys to play with,

five bars of Wifi,

four family films

three storytimes,

two program sign-ups,

and a free, convenient parking space.

 

On the eighth day of Christmas, the Bookmobile gave to me

eight downtown holds,

seven brand-new novels,

six toys to play with,

five bars of Wifi,

four family films,

three storytimes,

two program sign-ups,

and a free, convenient parking space.

 

On the ninth day of Christmas, the Bookmobile gave to me

nine baby board books,

eight downtown holds,

seven brand-new novels,

six toys to play with,

five bars of Wifi,

four family films,

three storytimes,

two program sign-ups,

and a free, convenient parking space.

 

On the tenth day of Christmas, the Bookmobile gave to me

ten current cookbooks

nine baby board books,

eight downtown holds,

seven brand-new novels,

six toys to play with,

five bars of Wifi,

four family films,

three storytimes,

two program sign-ups,

and a free, convenient parking space.

 

On the eleventh day of Christmas, the Bookmobile gave to me

eleven recommendations,

ten current cookbooks

nine baby board books,

eight downtown holds,

seven brand-new novels,

six toys to play with,

five bars of Wifi,

four family films,

three storytimes,

two program sign-ups,

and a free, convenient parking place.

 

On the twelfth day of Christmas, the Bookmobile gave to me

twelve fines avoided,

eleven recommendations,

ten current cookbooks

nine baby board books,

eight downtown holds,

seven brand-new novels,

six toys to play with,

five bars of Wifi,

four family films,

three storytimes,

two program sign-ups,

and a free, convenient parking place.

The Bookmobile runs year-round, even in the winter! Find our current schedule here. We do cancel our stops for the day if there is inclement winter weather – find cancellation information on our social media channels or here.

We can do all kinds of things on the Bookmobile: set you up with a new or replacement library card, recommend your next favorite book or movie, entertain your children with an array of on-board toys, and sign you or your children up for our Winter Reading Program, Summer Reading Program, or Begin with Books Program.

We have materials for all ages! No matter what you check out, it can be returned back to the Bookmobile, to the downtown Library building, or at our two remote drops around town. Downtown items can be returned on the Bookmobile, too. You can even call us and we can bring anything from the downtown Library building out to you on the Bookmobile at the stop most convenient for you.

There are also NO FINES on children’s items on the Bookmobile! Best of all, we have the hottest, newest items on the Bookmobile often with no wait, while these same items have LONG hold lists at the downtown Library building. We are cranking out the heat with our state-of-the-art heating system, too – come see us this winter!

 

Library Closed and No Bookmobile Service on Friday, Dec. 14

by Meredith Hines-Dochterman on December 6th, 2018

The Iowa City Public Library will be closed on Friday, December 14, for Staff Inservice.

The Bookmobile also won’t be in service that day.

Library and Bookmobile holiday hours are always available on the Library’s website.

Although the Bookmobile and Library are closed, online services are available 24/7 at www.icpl.org. This includes account access and, for those who live in our service area, access to ICPL’s Digital Library including eBooks, eAudiobooks, eMagazines, The New York Times and Kanopy video streaming.