Silhouettes and Shadows by Sea Beast

by Mari Redington on July 19th, 2017

We’ve had a lot of wonderful special programs so far for the Summer Reading Program, including visits from hissing cochroaches, snakes, lizards, a duck, a tortoise and a fancy rat, not to mention Dan Wardell! However, one of my favorite performers to host at the library is a shadow puppet company from Chicago called Sea Beast. Shadow puppetry is considered the oldest form of puppetry in the world. It originated thousands of years ago in China and India. In Western Europe shadow puppetry became popular in the 19th century when the art of cutting silhouettes out of paper was fashionable. In 1926 German shadow puppeteer Lotte Reiniger made the first full length animated film The Adventures of Prince Achmet. Reiniger hand-cut stunning opaque silhouette figures that were moved on an animation table. Sea Beast embodies the evolving history of shadow puppetry in their artistry with an almost extinct technology—overhead projectors. Read the rest of this entry »

No Bookmobile Wednesday July 12

by Kara Logsden on July 6th, 2017

2017-07-bookmobileAfter driving 420 miles through the streets of Iowa City in June, the Iowa City Public Library’s Bookmobile will be out of service on Wednesday July 12th because of scheduled maintenance and warranty work. A Library staff member will be available at scheduled stops for Holds pickup. Regular service will resume on Thursday July 13th.

Stories in the Park, held at 10:30 AM that day in Wetherby Park, 2398 Taylor Drive, Iowa City, will go on as scheduled with a special guest. Becky with West Music will offer a musical program that teaches fundamentals of rhythm, basic motor function, mental dexterity, healthy emotional expression, sociability, and more.

If you are curious about what’s been happening on the ICPL Bookmobile, visit Shawna’s recent blog post here or my June 22nd blog post here.

For more information about ICPL Bookmobile services and the summer schedule, please navigate to www.icpl.org/bookmobile or call the Library during regular business hours at 319-356-5200.

We’ll see you soon on the Bookmobile!

 

Having a Blast on the Bookmobile!

by Shawna Riggins on July 3rd, 2017

July has arrived and our first month of Bookmobile service is in the books! We have had a wonderful time getting to know our community even better since Bookmobile service officially beg19533614_482704608745669_8351687546295549952_n1an on June 6th.

Our most frequently asked question this past month has been “Are you getting plenty of visitors?” The answer is, “Yes, and keep on coming!” We are delighted to be getting to know people who are brand new library users as well as seeing existing library users in new settings. If you’ve visited the Bookmobile recently and seen some empty shelves, that is because people have been loving the Bookmobile SO much, they’ve been clearing us out of books. What a wonderful problem to have! We restock our shelves every morning so there is always something new to find on the Bookmobile. Read the rest of this entry »

Digital magazines: Zinio for Libraries is now RBdigital

by Melody Dworak on June 26th, 2017

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Fellow magazine lovers: tonight, the service ICPL uses for digital magazines will experience a significant upgrade. The company has been working on a new app that promises to improve the experience of checking out and reading digital magazines. The new app is called RBdigital, and although the look and feel is changing, you will still have access to the same great collection of titles.

The Zinio for Libraries website and app will down starting at 7 p.m. when the company starts the upgrade process. Wait until the morning of June 27 before you check out digital magazines again.

If you run into any problems when you transition over to the new app, please don’t hesitate to contact us.

Bookmobile Update

by Kara Logsden on June 22nd, 2017

2017-06-bookmobile-lemmeCONNECT … ENGAGE … ENRICH! Bookmobile services are in full swing and we are connecting with our community in new ways, engaging new readers and community partners and enriching lives. It is heartwarming to experience the welcome we’ve received throughout our community.

We’re connecting with new populations in many of the neighborhoods we’re serving. Recently teachers from Lemme Elementary met us at a stop. Not only did they provide popsicles, but also encouraged the students to find their friends and make sure they came out to the Bookmobile (see picture). At the end of the stop, everyone had Library materials, a book bag, and a wallet attached to their book bag that held their Library card. We can’t wait to go back this week!

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New Website Coming Soon

by Alyssa Hanson on June 8th, 2017

Look for our new website on the morning of Tuesday, June 13th!

Some changes: New materials and links to digital content will now be highlighted on the front page. A big change will be the navigation menu, which will move from the side to along the top header area. The menu has also been reorganized. Along with this, each page has also been simplified to make it more readable.

We know a lot of people are using mobile devices to visit our site and so responsive design was also a large priority. The content has been designed to look good on phones, tablets, desktops computers, and everything in between.

We will continue working on improvements and will have a feedback form for comments, questions, and concerns as soon as we release. Questions before then? Feel free to contact us either through phone at (319) 356-5200 or online by chat or email on our Ask Us page.

New Website Image Screenshots – Desktop and Mobile versions, respectively:
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Be Crafty This Summer

by Susan Craig on June 8th, 2017

This is your reminder–ICPL’s Arts & Crafts Bazaar to benefit the Friends Foundation is less than six months away!  Summer is a great time to get started on your crafting donations.  Those messy spray paint or collage projects are much easier to clean up when done outside in nice weather.  Break up your staycation with a day trip to art fairs or a library visit (we have a fabulous collection) to get some inspiration.  Sewing an apron for your mother for her birthday?  Making a cornhole game to take to your family reunion?  Make two and donate one to us.

Be crafty…. and mark your calendar:  Saturday, December 2, 2017 is the sale date.

Room D has been…. upgraded!

by Bond Drager on June 8th, 2017

2017-06-12-room-dYou may have noticed that Meeting Room D has been “closed for upgrades” for a few weeks. I’m happy to report it’s back open, and it has new and improved service.

We had two goals for this space: we wanted to incorporate modular furniture so that groups could move tables and chairs and adjust the space to their needs, and we wanted advanced tech options which would allow groups to do presentations and web conferencing (Skype, Webex, GoToMeeting, Zoom, etc) with ease.

The room now has a large white board along one wall for brainstorming sessions. The tables and chairs are fully modular, so groups can set them up classroom style, board-room style, or even fold them all up and use the open space.

We now have two large flat-screens mounted on either end of the space and set up to mirror one another, so no one should have trouble reading your Powerpoint presentation.

We’ve also incorporated a high end webcam and audio system that runs off of a Windows computer – this allows groups to use pretty much any software they want to conference in speakers, meeting participants, etc. to their meetings.

You can use our computer to display your presentations on screen or connect wirelessly with your devices. We use Airserver software, which works with most iOS, Android, and Windows devices.

Summer Meal Sites

by Kara Logsden on June 7th, 2017

2017-06-07-food-logoSummer is a great time for reading, fun, and relaxation. But for some children, summer is a time when food insecurity becomes an issue because they cannot rely on meals at school. The No Kid Hungry program (www.nokidhungry.org) is a national initiative to connect kids in need with nutritious food and engages people to make ending child hunger a national priority. More information about hungry children in the United States is available at this link https://www.nokidhungry.org/the-problem

In our community there are many people who are working to assure children in our community have healthy meals this summer. For more information about meal sites in our community, text “FOOD” to 877877. For information in Spanish, text “COMIDA” to 877877.

Three cheers for summer and three cheers for healthy, happy children!

 

Eat Out to Read: Motley Cow Cafe Tomorrow

by Patty McCarthy on June 6th, 2017

Enjoy a delicious meal at Motley Cow Cafe and raise funds for ICPL at the same time! Join us at the restaurant, 160 North Linn Street, Iowa City from 5-9pm on Wednesday, June 7, and a percentage of your tab will be donated to the ICPL Friends Foundation.

Reservations can be made by calling Motley Cow Café at 319-688-9177. Hope to see you there! RSVP & Invite Your Friends