Drop In Tech Help Times Changed

by Brent Palmer on January 7th, 2019

ICPL’s Popular Drop-In Tech Help times are changing.  The new times are:
Tue: 11 am – 2 pm
Wed: 11 am – 2 pm

At Drop-In Tech Help, we try to help patrons with just about any kind of Tech-related question.  We often help people with questions related to using the web, setting up email or getting more from their mobile devices. There are a few things we can’t help with: device repair, setting up routers and getting rid of malware.  As always the service is free but we encourage users to be patient and respectful of others while waiting their turn.

Note: Senior Tech Zone time is still Thu: 10:30 am – 12:30 pm.

 

ICPL Top Staff Picks for 2018: BEST OF THE BEST

by Meredith Hines-Dochterman on December 31st, 2018

It’s here: the Iowa City Public Library’s Top Picks for 2018! 

Staff members nominated more than 130 books released in 2018 as their favorite reads of the year. Those that made this list were nominated by more than one person, which truly makes them the Best of the Best.

  • Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi
  • Hello Lighthouse by Sophie Blackall
  • White Houses by Amy Bloom
  • The Disappeared by CJ Box
  • A Duke by Default: Reluctant Royals by Alyssa Cole
  • A Princess in Theory: Reluctant Royals by Alyssa Cole
  • Vox by Christina Dalcher
  • Woman World by Aminder Dhaliwal
  • Bingo Love by Tee Franklin
  • Tess of the Road by Rachel Hartman
  • The Kiss Quotient by Helen Hoang
  • An American Marriage by Tayari Jones
  • Hey, Kiddo by Jarrett J. Krosoczka
  • The Poppy War by R. F. Kuang
  • A Big Mooncake for Little Star by Grace Lin
  • I’ll Be Gone in the Dark: One Woman’s Obsessive Search for the Golden State Killer by Michelle McNamara
  • Circe by Madeline Miller
  • Spinning Silver by Naomi Novik
  • Becoming by Michelle Obama
  • The Library Book by Susan Orlean
  • The Last Time I Lied by Riley Sager
  • 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 Prince and the Dressmaker by Jen Wang
  • Educated: A Memoir by Tara Westover
  • Fear: Trump in the White House by Bob Woodward
  • Front Desk by Kelly Yang

Our Best Book Overall for 2018 is Becoming by Michelle Obama. The former United States First Lady’s autobiographical memoir was released in mid-November, with Library Holds exceeding 135 requests on our more than 40 copies.

During her eight years in the White House, Obama established herself as a powerful advocate for women and girls in the U.S. and around the world. Her memoir chronicles the experiences that have shaped her — from her childhood on the South Side of Chicago to her years as an executive balancing the demands of motherhood and work, to her time spent at the world’s most famous address.

Staff who nominated this title call Becoming inspirational and inspiring. “I was excited to read it, but I was surprised by how much I loved it,” one nominator commented. “I couldn’t put it down. I rarely say that about nonfiction!”

Go here to see all of the titles nominated in 2018, as well as our Best Books from 2013-2017!

ICPL Top Staff Picks for 2018: GRAPHIC NOVELS

by Meredith Hines-Dochterman on December 30th, 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 graphic novels for 2018. Keep checking back to see what made the cut in our other categories.

ICPL’S BEST GRAPHIC NOVELS OF 2018

  • Be Prepared by Vera Brosgol
  • Runaways, Vol. 1: Find Your Way Home by Rainbow Rowell and Kris Anka
  • Woman World by Aminder Dhaliwal
  • Bingo Love by Tee Franklin
  • Hey, Kiddo by Jarrett J. Krosoczka
  • RX by Rachel Lindsay
  • Tom’s Midnight Garden: A Graphic Adaptation of the Philippa Classic by Philppa Pearce and Edith
  • Check, Please!: # Hockey 1 by Ngozi Ukazu
  • The Prince and the Dressmaker by Jen Wang

ICPL Top Staff Picks for 2018: NON-FICTION

by Meredith Hines-Dochterman on December 29th, 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 non-fiction books for 2018. Keep checking back to see what made the cut in our other categories.

ICPL’S BEST NON-FICTION BOOKS OF 2018

  • American Prison: A Reporter’s Undercover Journey Into the Business of Punishment by Shane Bauer
  • White Fragility: Why It’s So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism by Robin DiAngelo
  • Barracoon: The Story of the Last “Black Cargo” by Zora Neale Hurston
  • Leadership: In Turbulent Times by Doris Kearns Goodwin
  • The View from Flyover Country: Dispatches from the Forgotten America by Sarah Kendzior
  • The Good Neighbor: The Life and Work of Fred Rogers by Maxwell King
  • Dopesick: Dealers, Doctors, and the Drug Company that Addicted America by Beth Macy
  • I’ll Be Gone in the Dark: One Woman’s Obsessive Search for the Golden State Killer by Michelle McNamara
  • The Soul of America: The Battle for Our Better Angels by Jon Meacham
  • Paperback Crush: The Totally Radical History of ‘80s and ‘90s Teen Fiction by Gabrielle Moss
  • Voices in the Air: Poems for Listeners by Naomi Shihab Nye
  • So You Want to Talk About Race by Ijeoma Oluo
  • The Library Book by Susan Orlean
  • Loaded: A Disarming History of the Second Amendment by Roxanne Dunbar Ortiz
  • Good and Mad: The Revolutionary Power of Women’s Anger by Rebecca Traister
  • Fear: Trump in the White House by Bob Woodward

ICPL Top Staff Picks for 2018: AUTOBIOGRAPHY/BIOGRAPHY/MEMOIR

by Meredith Hines-Dochterman on December 28th, 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 autobiography, biography and memoir titles for 2018. Keep checking back to see what made the cut in our other categories.

ICPL’S BEST AUTOBIOGRAPHY/BIOGRAPHY/MEMOIR OF 2018

  • Frederick Douglass: Prophet of Freedom by David W. Blight
  • The Recovering: Intoxication and Its Aftermath by Leslie Jamison
  • To Shake the Sleeping Self: A Journey from Oregon to Patagonia, and a Quest for a Life with No Regret by Jedidiah Jenkins
  • When They Call You a Terrorist: A Black Lives Matter Memoir by Patrisse Khan-Cullors and Asha Bandele
  • Heavy: An American Memoir by Kiese Laymon
  • The Neuroscientist Who Lost Her Mind: My Tale of Madness and Recovery by Barbara K. Lipska
  • Just the Funny Parts: My 30 Years on the Hollywood Jungle Gym by Nell Scovell
  • Becoming by Michelle Obama
  • I Am, I Am, I Am: Seventeen Brushes with Death by Maggie O’Farrell
  • Americanized: Rebel Without a Green Card by Sara Saedi
  • Calypso by David Sedaris
  • Educated: A Memoir Tara Westover

ICPL Top Staff Picks for 2018: SCIENCE FICTION/FANTASY

by Meredith Hines-Dochterman on December 27th, 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 science fiction and fantasy reads for 2018. Keep checking back to see what made the cut in our other categories.

ICPL’S BEST SCIENCE FICTION/FANTASY OF 2018

  • The Only Harmless Great Thing by Brooke Bolander
  • Burn Bright by Patricia Briggs
  • Iron Gold by Pierce Brown
  • Vox by Christina Dalcher
  • Box of Frogs (Fractured Faery Series Book 1) by Helen Harper
  • An Easy Death by Charlaine Harris
  • The Poppy War by R. F. Kuang
  • Circe by Madeline Miller
  • Blackfish City by Sam J. Miller
  • Spinning Silver by Naomi Novik
  • The Sky Is Yours by Chandler Klang Smith
  • The Shape of Water by Guillermo del Toro
  • Space Opera by Catherynne Valente

ICPL Top Staff Picks for 2018: MYSTERIES and THRILLERS

by Meredith Hines-Dochterman on December 26th, 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 mysteries and thrillers for 2018. Keep checking back to see what made the cut in our other categories.

ICPL’S BEST MYSTERIES and THRILLERS OF 2018

  • Give Me Your Hand by Megan Abbott
  • The Disappeared by C.J. Box
  • The Witch Elm by Tana French
  • Lethal White by Robert Galbraith
  • The Wife Between Us by Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen
  • The Word is Murder by Anthony Horowitz
  • The Outsider by Stephen King
  • The Mars Room by Rachel Kushner
  • The Last Time I Lied by Riley Sager
  • Hope Never Dies by Andrew Shaffer
  • What You Don’t Know About Charlie Outlaw by Leah Stewart
  • The Death of Mrs. Westaway by Ruth Ware

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