The Bookmobile is on break – Where are my Holds?

by Shawna Riggins on May 25th, 2018

Summer is nearly here – The thermometers are creeping up, school is winding down, and the 2018 Winter/Spring Bookmobile schedule has wrapped up. The 2018 Summer Bookmobile schedule begins Monday, June 4th and runs through Friday, August 17th. Next week, May 28 through June 1, the Bookmobile is out of service for a seasonal service break. If you had holds you were expecting to pick up on the Bookmobile, those items are currently available at the Downtown Library building. Simply ask at the Help Desk for help finding these materials. All holds that have been requested to be delivered to the Bookmobile have also been extended to give folks a chance to pick them up during our first week of service. If you are unsure about when or where you can find an item you placed on hold, call the Library at 319-356-5200.

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Little Free Libraries in Iowa City

by Stacey McKim on May 24th, 2018

Last month, we hosted a community display about Iowa City’s many Little Free Libraries.  Did you vote for the LFL you most wanted to visit?  If so, the results are in!

1st Place: 1425 Franklin Street, a bright Little Free Library with flamingo accents
2nd Place: 116 Raven Street, the gothic Little Free Library with Día de Muertos features

The display also promoted a Little Free Library scavenger hunt during the month of May, run by the Alexander Elementary PTO.  There’s still time to participate!  Take photos of yourself with as many Little Free Libraries as possible and email them to AlexanderLFLProject@gmail.com.  The visitor to the most LFLs in Iowa City will win a prize basket full of many Iowa City treats, including a Downtown District gift card, an Englert voucher, knitting lessons, garden seeds, and more!

If your community group is interested in putting up a display at the Iowa City Public Library, please contact stacey-mckim@icpl.org or call 319-887-6025 for more information.

No Bookmobile Service May 25 through June 3

by Kara Logsden on May 11th, 2018

2017-07-bookmobileThe Bookmobile Spring Schedule concludes on Thursday May 24 and the Summer Schedule begins on Monday June 4, 2018. We’ve had a great Spring and look forward to a busy summer including Stories in the Park programs.

A break between schedule periods gives us time for vehicle maintenance, deep cleaning, and restocking the Bookmobile with great new Library materials.

On days when the Bookmobile is not in service, but the Library is open, Holds and ILLs may be picked up at the 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, navigate to www.icpl.org/bookmobile

Free streaming movies!

by Brian Visser on May 2nd, 2018

The Iowa City Public Library is now offering streaming movies from Kanopy.  All you need is a Library card and to be a resident of Iowa City, Hills, Lone Tree, University Heights, or rural Johnson County.
Kanopy set up is easy.  Go to http://icpl.kanopy.com to get started.

You’ll be greeted by this screen:

After clicking “Continue,” click on “Sign Up”:

Kanopy wants your first and last name and an email–you’ll want to use a real email because they have you verify it. Create a password as well:

Kanopy will send you an email to verify your account:


After you have verified your email, it will ask you to add your Library card:

Almost there! You’ll get screen that lets you know how much you can stream per month:

Now you can click on a movie and start watching!

CHOMP on a Good Book

by Kara Logsden on May 1st, 2018

No time to pick-up your Holds at the Iowa City Public Library? CHOMP Delivery service can help! Beginning Tuesday May 1, CHOMP will deliver Iowa City Public Library holds to your door.

Once your Holds are ready for pick-up at the Downtown Library, login to www.chomp.delivery and schedule your delivery. CHOMP delivery charges for this service begin at $2.99 plus a $1.49 convenience fee. The total cost depends on how close you live to the Library. CHOMP delivers to Iowa City, Coralville, North Liberty, University Heights, Hills and Tiffin.

CHOMP is a locally-owned delivery service. Although CHOMP traditionally delivers food, they are offering the convenience of delivering Holds from the Downtown Library during regular Library hours. A CHOMP account is required for this service and delivery fees apply.

For more information, navigate to www.chomp.delivery or contact staff at the Iowa City Public Library.

Is the Library open during Ped Mall Construction?

by Kara Logsden on April 30th, 2018

YES YES YES YES. The Library is absolutely open during Ped Mall Construction.

2018 Construction begins today as a a part of Phase 1. In the map to the right, Phase 1 is shown in brown. Phase 1 includes the Dubuque Street portion of the Ped Mall away from the Library.

Construction near the Library is a part of Phase 2, which begins in May of 2019. Phase 2 is shown on the map in green. Next summer, when there is construction near the Library, we do not anticipate any closures of the Library.

There are a number of ways you can keep informed about Ped Mall construction:

  1. Sign up at the City’s Alerts at https://www.icgov.org/e-subscriptions – the alert is called Ped Mall Improvements Project” in the “Construction and Housing” section.
  2. Follow the hashtag #pedproject on Facebook and Twitter.
  3. Check out the City’s Ped Mall Construction Project webpage that has the most current information.
  4. Look at the April 2018 PowerPoint from the Public Open House to see maps, phasing, and renderings of what some of the improvements will look like.

We’ll keep our fingers crossed for good weather and smooth sailing with this project. We all have experience from the Washington Street phase last summer, so that gives us an idea of what to expect for the Summers of 2018 and 2019.

Share Your Information the Old Fashioned Way

by Susan Craig on April 23rd, 2018

Although much of the information people receive today comes to them in an electronic format the Library has several ways of getting your message out the good old-fashioned way–in print.  Twelve  to 20,000 people a week walk through our lobby and look at the Event Board and the items in the giveaway rack below.  Perhaps not equivalent to a viral social media post, but likely more that your personal e-message will reach.  Because of limited space the Event Board is reserved for “information about events sponsored by or benefiting non-profit organizations…a .. campaign or political committee.. or a government…subdivision.”  Bring your item to the Help Desk for approval and staff will post it.  Items can also be left at the Help Desk for the free materials rack.  We accept materials that focus on information about local organizations, events, performances, or cultural offerings, tourism, and current issues.  Interestingly, we see examples of censorship in the giveaway rack as people will remove all the information about an organization or activity that they do not approve of, as well as leave things that do not meet our guidelines — unfortunate proof that bad behavior exists in both the virtual and real world.

How Do I Vote Early for the June 5, 2018 Primary?

by Kara Logsden on April 20th, 2018

Early voting for the June 5 primary begins at Iowa City Public Library Monday, May 7 from Noon – 4. By law, this is the first day for early voting for this primary. Additional dates at ICPL are Friday, June 1 from  2:30 – 6:30 and Saturday, June 2 from 11-5. This is ArtsFest weekend so it will be busy.

There is also a change early voters should be ready for: According to the Johnson County Auditor’s Office,  “Under the new Voter ID law, early voters do not have to show their ID, but are required to write their Iowa driver’s license or non-driver ID number on their request form. Voters who do not have an Iowa license or non-driver ID will need to write down the PIN number from their voter card instead. Contact the Johnson County Auditor’s Office with any questions.”

Early voting at the Johnson County Auditor’s Office, 913 S. Dubuque St. Iowa City, begins Monday, May 7 at 7:45 a.m. Voting will be available at the Auditor’s Office office weekdays 7:45 to 5:30. (The office will be closed Memorial Day, Monday, May 28.)

Voting will also be available at the Auditor’s Office the weekend before the election:
Saturday, June 2 from 8-5 and Sunday, June 3 from noon-5.

Early voting will also be available at these satellite voting sites:

Iowa City Public Library, 123 S. Linn St., Iowa City

Monday, May 7, noon – 4
Friday, June 1, 2:30 – 6:30
Saturday, June 2, 11-5

 

Coralville Public Library, 1401 5th St., Coralville

Tuesday through Friday, May 29 through June 1, 2 -6

Saturday, June 2, 10 – 4

 

University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics, 200 Hawkins Dr., Iowa City
Wednesday May 30 and Thursday, May 31, 10 – 4

For more information about this primary, visit the Johnson County Auditor’s Office website.

Bookmobile and Severe Weather

by Kara Logsden on April 18th, 2018

Spring will arrive … someday. And that means we need to be prepared for severe weather.

If severe weather is imminent when the Bookmobile is in service, our primary concern is the safety of people visiting the Bookmobile and our staff members. Staff working on the Bookmobile monitor the weather and communicate with staff at the Downtown Library when needed.

In the event of a Severe Weather Warning when the Bookmobile is on the road, Bookmobile operations cease and all patrons must exit the vehicle. The Bookmobile either returns to the Downtown parking facility or staff will secure the Bookmobile and seek shelter.

SEVERE WEATHER WARNINGS ARE ISSUED AND SIRENS SOUNDS FOR:

  • Tornado          · 70 mile or greater per hour winds          · Golf ball-sized hail

Schedule updates are posted on the Library’s webpage at icpl.org/bookmobile and calendar.icpl.org. Schedule information is also available by calling the Library at 319-356-5200 during regular Library hours.

Please keep in mind that if we are trying to return to the Library in the case of severe weather, there may be a delay in updating the calendar and webpage. Your best bet is to call the Library if you have questions about the Bookmobile schedule in times of severe weather.

Celebrating on the Bookmobile

by Shawna Riggins on April 13th, 2018

Though the Bookmobile is always a happy place (who doesn’t love the novelty of a library on wheels?!) we saw even more smiles than usual this week. To celebrate National Bookmobile Day and our Bookmobile’s 1st Birthday, we provided some special treats, freebies, and programming on our Mobile Library all week long.

At our weekly school stops we were met by a brand new Iowa City Transit bus so students could tour the vehicle and learn about the City’s Summer Library Bus program, which allows kids to ride to the Library for FREE in the Summer. Read more about how to utilize this program and our Ride and Read service on our website.

Even our Little Library Bear couldn’t resist visiting the Bookmobile this week! We think he isn’t quite ready to drive, but he likes to dream.

Though we are wrapping up the celebration today, our service is still going strong! View our schedule to meet us at any of our weekly stops to check the Bookmobile out for yourself!