by Angela Pilkington on May 11th, 2016
It’s May and by the end of the month school will be letting out for the summer! At the library, we are planning an exciting kick-off to your summer season—Children’s Day, June 4, 2016! Mark your calendars now for this annual event produced by the Iowa City Public Library with Summer of the Arts during the Iowa Arts Festival. This is a great time to sign up for the ICPL’s summer reading program—On Your Mark Get Set…Read! You can also get creative at the activity booths and enjoy a show on the Family Stage. With live performances, arts and crafts, fun activities, and Planting Day for ICPL’s Children’s Garden, there’s something for everyone! Here is a quick glimpse of the day:
SATURDAY, JUNE 4, 10 am to 3 pm
Sponsored by MidWestOne Bank
Sponsored by Dr. Suzanne Stock, Orthodontist
10:00 AM After School Specials rock concert (by Shimek Before & After School Program kids)
10:30 AM FEAT Acrobatics show
11:15 AM 2 FEAT Acrobatics stilt walker costume characters
11:30 AM Bluegrass banjo music by Jon Eric
12:30 PM Dr. Goober T. Goodfoot, Certified Public Fool Show
1:15 PM Dream Divas, Tumblers, and Set the Atmosphere show (from the Dream Center Performance Arts Academy)
2:15 PM Ecuador Manta
10:00 AM – 3:00 PM TJ Regul, Magic in the City
11:00 AM – 2:00 PM Dean Franzen, The Dean of Juggling
1:15 PM – 2:30 PM Dr. Goober T. Goodfoot
- On Your Mark, Get Set, Read! ICPL Summer Reading Registration
- Catch the Beat with Yahoo Drummers
- Celebrate Caribbean-Style Carnival with the Iowa City Carnival Project
- Chess Quest with Douglas Narveson
- Dinosaur Hollow sponsored Jack Neuzil
- Furry Friends with the Iowa City Animal Care and Adoption Center
- Iowa Children’s Museum
- Magic in the City with TJ Regul
- Make Your Mark in the City of Literature with ICPL
- Making “Music Together” with Preucil School of Music
- Paint the Town with ICPL and Blick Art Materials
- Picture This! Silly Props for Photo Ops with ICPL
- Read, Learn, Grow! Children’s Garden with Scott Koepke & Soilmates
- Sing & Play & Learn Today with West Music
- Sit, Stay, R.E.A.D. with the Therapy Dogs of Johnson County
by Kara Logsden on May 7th, 2016
OK … confession time. I’ve never heard Crystal City perform live. They came highly recommended to me and when I read this review from Hillfolk Noir, who could resist?! “Crystal City from Iowa City, Iowa, is a versatile combo centered around Dave’s midwestern sincerity. His honest songs and Sam’s lilting harmonies can warm a weary heart and get bedraggled feet stomping. -Travis & Ali Ward, Hillfolk Noir”
Dave Helmer and Sam Drella are Crystal City. Their music is described as “Heartland rock band with blue-collar roots” with “themes of love and loss, being good to each other, and celebrating life.” While preparing for this program, I’ve enjoyed listening to their music online (listen here) and getting to know their music a bit better. If you live in Iowa City or an area that contracts with us (Iowa City, rural Johnson County, Hills or University Heights) you can download their album for free with your ICPL card and password via our Local Music Project.
Please join us on Wednesday May 11 at Noon in the Library’s Lobby for a toe-tapping musical performance with Crystal City. I dare you to not tap your toes and hum along. And who knows, maybe some bedraggled feet may begin stomping! See you at the Library!
by Kara Logsden on May 6th, 2016
Recently the Library Board reviewed the Library’s Meeting Room policy and approved a couple minor changes. The Meeting Room and Lobby Use Policy provides guidelines for how the Library’s meetings rooms and Lobby are used for Library and community events and programs. It also guides how Library Staff manage this resource. The Library has five meeting rooms. Rooms A, B, C, and D are just off the Lobby and available hours beyond when the Library is open. Room E is on the second floor and is available Library hours only.
According to the Policy, “The purpose of the Library’s meeting rooms is to provide space for library programs and events, to fulfill the Library’s role as a community center, where the public can attend informational, educational, cultural events and to champion the principle of intellectual freedom by providing a forum for the free exchange of ideas.”
Also, according to Policy, “Rooms are available to non-profit corporations (defined as those entities granted tax-exempt status by the IRS under section 501(c)(3) or other tax exempt sections of the Internal Revenue Code), a candidate’s campaign committee (as defined in Iowa Code §68A.102(5)), a political committee (as defined by Iowa Code §68A.102 (18), a non-profit citizen’s group that provides appropriate contact information, a governmental subdivision, or a department/division/bureau of a governmental subdivision. Rooms are not available for use as a regularly scheduled classroom or study space by educational institutions.”
The Library’s meeting rooms are very busy and many community groups depend on the Library’s Meeting Rooms. In FY15 there were 3,261 events in the Library’s meeting rooms and Lobby. Of those, 1,528 were meetings and events hosted by community groups. The rooms are used most on Tuesdays and the busiest start time for meetings is 10:00 AM.
More information about the Library’s meeting rooms is available at icpl.org/meeting-rooms. The Library’s building calendar is available at calendar.icpl.org. There’s a handy link on both pages for eligible groups to self-schedule a meeting room. Or give us a call (319.356.5200) or stop by – Library staff are happy to help with scheduling or answer any questions you have.
by Kara Logsden on May 2nd, 2016
Do you have a Library Card? Are you ready for summer? Why do I ask?
The Summer Library Bus program at the Iowa City Public Library kicks off on Thursday May 26th.
An Iowa City Public Library card is a child’s ticket to ride an Iowa City Transit bus FREE this summer. The Library will provide free bus rides to children through 12th grade, and the adult caregivers who are with them, on any Iowa City Transit bus route, from the day after Iowa City Schools dismiss (Thursday May 26th) until the day before school starts (Tuesday August 23), on weekdays between 9:00 am and 3:00 pm.
Bus riders should show their Iowa City Public Library card to the bus driver to gain free access to the bus.
More information about riding the bus to the Library is available at this link: icpl.org/hours-location/ride/
Information about applying for a Library Card is available at: icpl.org/cards
Three cheers for SUMMER and the SUMMER LIBRARY BUS! We’ll see you at the Library!
by Stacey McKim on April 29th, 2016
Terri Caplan was awarded Volunteer of the Year this week, having volunteered at the Iowa City Public Library in multiple capacities over the past seven and a half years. Terri is currently our Book Sorter, sorting through hundreds of donations each week and selecting the best books, movies, and music to be sold in the Book End.
In addition to her current volunteer job, Terri has also checked in library books, worked as a clerk in the Book End, and served on the Book End Committee. She was a Committee Co-Chairperson from 2012-2013. According to Patty McCarthy, Director of Development at ICPL, “Terri’s vast knowledge of books, authors, movies, and music have enabled her to provide excellent service to customers in the Book End and as a Sorter. Her organizational talents are unmatched, and she helps to maintain order and interest on the bookstore shelves.”
Terri’s dedication to the Book End is inspiring and we thank her for her years of service! If you are also interested in volunteering at the Library, here’s how to get started.
by Kara Logsden on April 26th, 2016
Mark 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.
by Kara Logsden on April 25th, 2016
Come 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
by Kara Logsden on April 7th, 2016
On 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 www.icpl.org/mitw.
“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!
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.