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Music on Friday

by Kara Logsden on April 26th, 2016

M2016 04 Music on Fridayark your calendars for Friday April 29th at Noon in Meeting Room A for our final Music on Friday program from students at the University of Iowa School of Music. Two classical pieces will be performed, one by J.S. Bach and one by W.A. Mozart. The Music on Friday series is a part of Music is the Word, a nine-month series of program welcoming the University of Iowa School of Music to Downtown Iowa City.

I have to confess I am sad the Music is the Word series is winding down. Fortunately, a quick look at the MITW Schedule shows many great programs before the Finale program May 21st at 6:30 PM with Catfish Keith. My favorite part of the series has been the live music at the Library. We discovered the Library’s Lobby has excellent acoustics for live music performance and it’s fun to see the surprised look on people’s faces when they come into the Library and hear music being performed.

I have started thinking about the live music programs as “Serendipity in the Stacks.” A quick Google search for the definition of serendipity said, “the occurrence and development of events by chance in a happy or beneficial way.” Certainly that’s what we’ve found during the live music performances and I hope they continue beyond the Music is the Word series. Head to the Library on Friday at noon for a bit of serendipity. It’s guaranteed to make you happy.





Music on Wednesday: Mike Haverkamp

by Kara Logsden on April 25th, 2016

2016 04 Mike HaverkampCome and enjoy the toe-tapping upbeat music from local musician, Mike Haverkamp in the Library’s Lobby this Wednesday (4/27) at Noon as a part of the Music is the Word series.

Mike’s primary instrument is banjo, but he also plays guitar, Autoharp, dulcimer, banjo-uke, mandolin, and harmonica. Mike has performed in many venues and conducted workshops in songwriting, how to play the Autoharp, making connections between historical time periods and music, and building instruments from recycled objects.

On a personal note, Mike’s music always makes me smile. There’s nothing like great banjo music and complimentary vocal to make you smile and get your toes tapping to the rhythm. I’ll see you on Wednesday :)

Music on Wednesday: Notes of Spring

by Kara Logsden on April 7th, 2016

2016 02 Preucil LogoOn April 13, 2016 at Noon, Preucil School of Music staff and students return to the Iowa City Public Library for a Special Music on Wednesday program celebrating “Notes of Spring.”

Music on Wednesday is a part of the Music is the Word series welcoming the University of Iowa School of Music to Downtown Iowa City. More information about Music is the Word, including a schedule of programs, is available at

“Notes of Spring” is the fourth and final performance from the musicians from Preucil School of Music. I have especially enjoyed these performances because it’s great to take a music break during the day and I am so impressed with the passion and dedication I’ve seen from the Preucil performers. Below is a preview of the program planned for Wednesday April 13th at Noon. I hope to see you there!

2016 04 13 Preucil Program

Book Madness Update: Championship Round

by Meredith Hines-Dochterman on April 4th, 2016

It’s time!BookMadness

The last few weeks of competition have been rough. Favorite books have gone up against other beloved titles, forcing you to choose. It hasn’t been easy, but we are down to the final two titles in each bracket.

In the Children’s Bracket, it all comes down to the letter W: Wonder by R. J. Palacio vs Warriors by Erin Hunter.

Meanwhile, the Teens and Adults Bracket is set in the future; Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury vs The Hunger Games trilogy by Suzanne Collins.

Stop by to cast your vote for the winning title in each bracket before the Library closes on Sunday, April 10. We will announce the winning books on Monday, April 11.

If you would like a list of every title in this year’s Book Madness competition, click here.

The Night Gardener

by Casey Maynard on April 4th, 2016

The Night Gardener - Cover Art PrintNew to the picture book scene, The Fan Brothers, have created an instant classic, The Night Gardener.  Combining the sketch stylings of famous picture book artists such as Maurice Sendak and Peter McClosky with digital color, this is a picture book that is truly modern with vintage flare.

William, a young orphan, lives on a street devoid of color, Grimloch Lane. Everything changes overnight when a mysterious stranger creates topiary art on his street.  Over the course of the summer more topiaries appear, this is accompanied by a shift from sepia toned sketches to full color spreads. This is a must read picture book for young and old alike and definitely a contender to look for in ICPL’s upcoming mock Caldecott awards this fall.

The Night Gardener - The Cat Tree Art PrintThe Night Gardener - Grimloch Park Art Print

Digitizing your Slides at ICPL

by Brent Palmer on March 31st, 2016

Recently, we have had a few patrons coming in to digitize their slides. Maybe you have been thinking about getting out those boxes of slides and doing a little digitizing project. 11000xl-ph_fla-ons-nn_396x264ICPL has a station set up to help you do just this. We have an archive quality scanner donated to us by the Noon Host Lions Club. The large-format scanner can quickly be converted to slide scanner and you can scan multiple slides at once. You should be aware that it isn’t a quick process though. To get a decent sized image from the slide, the scanner has to do a fairly hi-resolution scan which can take several minutes. I would recommend bringing a flash drive that is large enough to store your images on. Or you could upload the images to cloud storage. The Info Desk staff can help you get set up and working quickly.


The Caramate II still has some life left in her.

You may also want to be able to quickly scan through your slides to make sure that they are worth digitizing in the first place. Well we also have a Singer Caramate II on hand for that. Not only can you quickly preview your slides without taking them out of the carousel, it has some serious retro appeal going. Again, ask at the Info desk if you want to try it out. If the slides are of people or places in Iowa City and they are historical in nature, we would like to hear from you. We may want to preserve them in our Digital History Project.

Eye candy on the 2nd floor

by Stacey McKim on March 30th, 2016


Have you seen the current display on the second floor of the library?  The amazing variety of lamps, vases, trays, interior design plans, and other items of functional design were made by tank2Professor Monica Correia and her 3D design students at the University of Iowa.  Everything is breathtaking, but the 3D printed tank that stores rubber bands is funny, too.  If one of the items inspires the maker in you, a selection of design books are on display nearby.

This 3D design exhibit is here until mid-April to coordinate with Monica Correia’s Mission Creek talk on Saturday, April 9 at 1:00pm in the Iowa City Public Library.  Her lecture is titled “Digital Technology in the Process of Making Design to Connect” and admission is free.

Other upcoming community displays include the Awesome Autism Awareness and Acceptance Art Project (April 19-May 15), resources for Sexual Violence Awareness Month (RVAP, April 1-21), and a promotion of the Festival of Flowers (United Action for Youth, April 25 – May 25).  And I hope you caught the impressive exhibit of UI Scottish Highlanders memorabilia last month!

If your group would like to have a display at the Iowa City Public Library, please contact me at or (319) 887-6025.  Display guidelines can be found at

Book Madness Update: Final Four

by Meredith Hines-Dochterman on March 28th, 2016

Jason Book Madness1We’re nearing the home stretch in our 2016 Book Madness competition. Is your favorite book still in the running?

Voting for the Championship Round begins today. Stop by and make your selections before the Library closes on Sunday. We’ll reveal our Championship Round next Monday!

If you would like a list of every title in this year’s Book Madness competition, click here.


The winning title in the Picture Books category takes on the winner of the All Ages Favorites category: The Day the Crayons Quit by Drew Daywalt vs Wonder by R. J. Palacio.

The winner in the Great Series category takes on the winning title of the Must Reads category: Warriors by Erin Hunter vs Redwall by Brian Jacques.


The winning title in the Required Reading category takes on the winning title of the Buzz-Worthy Books category: Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury vs Ready Player One by Ernest Cline.

The winner of the Young Adult category now faces the winner of the Add To Your Reading List category. It’s The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins vs The Martian by Andy Weir.


Finally, an edition of War and Peace I can understand!

by Shawna Riggins on March 21st, 2016

While I am loving my slow trek through Tolstoy’s War and Peace as part of a book group, I do appreciate some additional input after finishing some chapters. While searching online recently for a chapter summary and analysis, I found an edition of War and Peace that really broke the book down to a level that I could certainly understand and included some beautiful images. 20160321_104309While actually intended for babies and toddlers (considering it is a board book), I must admit I wasted no time in ordering a copy from Amazon.

I was happy to discover this edition of War and Peace is merely one in the delightful Cozy Classics board book series. On their website, creators, Jack and Holman Wang explain, “…no classic was written for the classroom; every one was written to give pleasure. We prefer to get away from the classroom and have kids grow up thinking of The Great Books as great fun.” This series, with its simplified stores and beautiful art, is a great way to make classics interesting and accessible at an early age. 20160321_104333Find books in this series including Pride and Prejudice, Tom Sawyer, and others in our collection. Jack and Holman Wang introduce little ones to other essential stories with their similar series, Star Wars Epic Yarns, also available from ICPL. Still curious about these books? Check out their YouTube Channel for book trailers and behind the scenes clips.

Now be honest, who will be more excited about these books; you or the little one in your life?

On Air: All Things Hamilton!

by Bond Drager on March 10th, 2016

Get the podcast here or from iTunes or Stitcher

Do you love musicals? Do you hate musicals but like hip hop? Do you hate musicals and hip hop but love American history? Have you heard of Hamilton but have no idea what it is? Brian and Anne have the low down and they’re going to help you out. They’ll also share ideas of lots of other great books and materials to enjoy.
All things Hamilton with Anne, Brian, and Meredith

What we’re reading/watching/listening to
00:42 Brian: Thanks for the Trouble by Tommy Wallach
03:28 Anne: Once in a Great City by David Maraniss
05:04 Bond: Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenedes
07:07 Meredith: Maybe in Another Life by Taylor Jenkins Reid
Hamilton the Musical
12:00 Hamilton the Musical
20:28 Aaron Burr, Sir
23:54 You’ll Be Back
26:48 John Adams Miniseries
29:12 War of Two by John Sedgwick
31:05 Duel with the Devil by Paul Collins
34:40 Brian’s list of other musicals similar to Hamilton