by Meredith Hines-Dochterman on April 4th, 2016
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.
by Casey Maynard on April 4th, 2016
New 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.
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. ICPL 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.
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 Professor 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 email@example.com or (319) 887-6025. Display guidelines can be found at http://www.icpl.org/displays.
by Meredith Hines-Dochterman on March 28th, 2016
We’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.
2016 BOOK MADNESS SWEET SIXTEEN – CHILDREN’S BRACKET
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.
2016 BOOK MADNESS SWEET SIXTEEN – TEENS AND ADULTS BRACKET
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.
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. While 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. Find 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?
by Bond Drager on March 10th, 2016
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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
by Maeve Clark on March 9th, 2016
David Cavagnaro, world renown horticultural photographer, gardener and author, is the featured speaker this Sunday, March 13, at the Project Green 2nd Sunday Garden Forum. Project Green 2nd Sunday Garden forums are always wonderful programs with excellent speakers who make you want to get out in the garden or yard asap.
I was fortunate enough to hear recent Iowa Public Radio Talk of Iowa program with Charity Nebbe when David Cavagnaro was her guest. David Cavagnaro, born and raised in California, began taking pictures of insects and plants in his early teens when he become fascinated with what he calls “the land of the small.” Throughout his life, he has used this love of plants to push hard to save our agricultural diversity. Cavagnaro is a former long-time Manager for Seed Savers Preservation Gardens in Decorah and is currently president of the Pepperwood Project. The Pepperwood Project, a founded in 2008, is 55 acres in rural Decorah where people can experience good food and how to grow it.
I hope to see you this Sunday at 2 pm in Meeting Room A to learn more about David Cavagnaro’s work in preserving our plant and seed diversity.
by Candice Smith on March 8th, 2016
Do you like your Library? Do you like spending money? Do you like art??
If you answered ‘yes’ to these questions, you might also like being part of the Library’s Art Advisory Committee! We’re looking for candidates who are involved and interested in the arts community in some way — artists, framers, instructors, students, gallery employees, collectors and serious enthusiasts — to join the Committee. The Committee is made up of six members, and terms run for three years. One of the primary responsibilities is the judging of artworks submitted to the annual Art Purchase Prize contest, with the winning works being purchased by the Library and added to our Art To Go collection of framed posters and original works that patrons can check out. Other tasks for which the Committee would be called upon include the reviewing and deciding upon any gifted works for Art To Go, as well as any proposals for art to be added to the Library’s permanent collection.
If this sounds like something you’d like to be a part of, fill out an application and return it, in person or via email, to Candice Smith (firstname.lastname@example.org). If you’ve got questions about the Committee, feel free to contact me by email or phone (319-887-6031). In the meantime, stop by the Library and take a look at the Art To Go collection, and take home a couple pieces!
by Kara Logsden on March 5th, 2016
Susan and Greg Dirks grew up with music and began performing together as a duo in 2008. They compose most of their own music but also play cover songs from well-known musicians such as Eric Clapton and The Rolling Stones. Their music is an eclectic mix of folk, acoustic and folk rock.
We are honored to host Susan and Greg Dirks at the Library as a part of the Music on Wednesday series on March 9, 2016 at Noon in the Lobby.
A quote in ReverbNation about the Dirks’ music piqued my interest: “Some themes you may feel or identify in our music: love, family, friends, children, people we miss, passion, wind gently blowing through trees, water shimmering in the sunset, mountains rising majestically through clouds, the swelling expanse of the Pacific on the northern California coast, redwood forests, the Iowa countryside on a still summer night, rivers strong and gentle, shining ribbons of railroad tracks disappearing into the horizon, good books, history, selfless people doing good things.”
Music can often sweep us away. I’m looking forward to the Dirks’ music and the beautiful themes that will come alive through their performance. See you soon!