by Meredith Hines-Dochterman on November 9th, 2016
The Iowa City Public Library’s Totally Tweens Chess Tournament will be held from 1 to 5 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 19, in Meeting Room A at the Library, 123 S. Linn St.
A staple of the Library’s tween programming, the tournament is held in honor of Steve Young, who was active in the community’s chess population until his death in 2012.
The tournament is open to students in third through sixth grades. Members of the United State Chess Federation (USCF) in this grade range also are welcome. Players rated over USCF 1,000 will be in a separate section.
This event is free, but pre-registration is required. Children can register by e-mailing Eric Vigil at email@example.com. Walk-ins may register the day of the event from noon to 12:45 p.m.
Refreshments will be provided. Participants should plan to stay for the entire afternoon.
For more information, please call the Library at 319-356-5200.
by Brent Palmer on November 9th, 2016
The OLD icon used to get to your checkouts page
One of the good things about our Overdrive service is that they continue to work on updating and improving their interface. However it can be confusing when things change. One of the things that has evolved in the last few years is the spot where you go to see your checkouts.
The NEW icon to get to your checkouts page (as of 11/9/16)
In the version of Overdrive starting November 2016 they have changed the name of “checkouts” page to the “Loans” page. To get there you now click on the small “3 books” icon to get to this page which at times has been referred to your “online bookshelf”, “account” and “checkouts”.
Good luck and contact us if you have trouble with the new interface.
by Beth Fisher on November 8th, 2016
Today the term Veteran encompasses a wider range of people than it ever has in the past. People of different races, genders and sexual orientation, all of whom have or had one thing in common – the willingness to serve and defend our country as a member of the Armed Forces.
Valor – unsung heroes from Iraq, Afghanistan, and the home front by Mark Lee Greenblatt. Mark Lee Greenblatt interviewed Army, Navy, Air Force, and Marine veterans of America’s most recent wars to gather their incredible stories in their own words. Many of these soldiers have risked their lives multiple times for their fellow solideris and their country. Until now, however their stories have largely gone unnoticed by the public.
Soldier Girls – the battles of three women at home and at war by Helen Thorpe. Journalist Helen Thorpe tells the moving story of three women in the Indiana National Guard who served in Afghanistan and Iraq. Read the rest of this entry »
by Brent Palmer on November 4th, 2016
ICPL recently introduced a new version of its online calendar. The new version has an updated interface that is easier to use and more mobile friendly. As before, you can view the calendar in standard calendar format using the monthly, weekly or daily view and if there is a particular week or day view that you would like to share, the URL can be sent to another person.
It’s easy to move to a particular day using the “jump-to” button. There is also a filter button to filter events by category or meeting room space. You can also browse for events by category (age group) using the browse button at the top.
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by Paul Bethke on November 3rd, 2016
At over 440 titles and growing, the Library’s collection of streaming videos features works created as far back as the late 1970s and as recently as last month. Covering a wide variety of topics, including author visits, personal biographies, musical performances, unique local history, and even how to make water gardens, there is something in this collection to engage, enlighten, and amuse everyone (you can even observe the Library and select staff as they change over time!)
The problem has been knowing were these videos are in order to access them. Previously, to find them through our Website, one had to start at the Library Service pull down, go to the Library Channel tab, track down the On Demand Video link, then do additional selecting from there. Not a very intuitive or speedy process, especially when it’s reasonable to start looking first at Books and More, then rifle through the Videos, e-Media, and even Unique Collections tabs. To make it a bit easier to track them down, or at least provide more awareness of their existence, I was tasked earlier this year with adding the collection to our catalog and linking them to our streaming video page. Now individual videos can be accessed directly from the relevant record. Doing a call number search and using some truncated form of STREAMING VIDEO will bring up the entire collection. If you want to take a test drive, try doing a catalog search using Irving Weber or Project Green.
by Patty McCarthy on October 28th, 2016
Wesley Beary is a very talented volunteer on the board of the Iowa City Public Library Friends Foundation and a Forty Under 40 recipient this year. What’s that? An honor presented by the Corridor Business Journal to recognize forty people making a significant impact who are under the age of 40.
At ICPL, Wesley recruited other software developers and created educational games for Mable the Table in the Children’s Room. Graphic novels are his favorites. He is also Mission Creek Festival’s Innovation Organizer, and a mentor for DevIowa Bootcamp, and the Iowa Startup Accelerator. Congratulations Wesley! Read about all 40 honorees at www.corridorbusiness.com
by Brent Palmer on October 24th, 2016
Renewing eBooks through Overdrive is a bit different than renewing physical books or other items from ICPL. When your loan period gets down to within 3 days, you should see an option on your “Loans” page (formerly: “Checkouts” Page). [Note: this option does not show up on your app bookshelf.] The link should say “request again”. See this overdrive help page on renewing titles to see what it looks like. When you renew an ebook or audiobook, you are not extending your loan period, but essentially putting another hold on the book. It will ask you for your email address again. If there are no other holds, then you will get the book as soon as the load period ends. This does not work as slick as Overdrive lets on. You usually have to go back to your Loans page and go through the borrow and download process again. In my own experience, if you are re-downloading the title at the same time as it expires, the app can get a little confused, but it usually sorts itself out. It does usually remember where you left off in the book, however. Also please note that we do not offer the “request again” or renew option from the ICPL catalog, at this time. You can only do this from the Libraries of Johnson County Overdrive page or from within the app itself.
If this process trips you up or if you have questions, you can all the library during open hours and we will do our best to help you out.
by Anne Mangano on October 19th, 2016
On Wednesday, November 9th, the Iowa City Public Library will upgrade its OverDrive website, which supports the library’s eBook and digital audiobook collections. The new site will make finding, browsing, and borrowing eBooks and eAudio faster and easier. You now have the option of exploring the new site before the official launch by clicking on the red bar at the bottom of the current OverDrive website.
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by Kara Logsden on October 15th, 2016
Last spring Crystal City performed a Music on Wednesday program in our Lobby and I was blown away by their music. It is harmonious, celebratory, and joyful. Plus Sam’s whistling ability is … AMAZING! Join us Wednesday October 19th at Noon as we welcome Crystal City back to Iowa City Public Library.
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.” Since discovering this band I’ve enjoyed listening to their music online (listen here) and getting to know their music a bit better. If you live in our service area (Iowa City, rural Johnson County, Hills, University Heights or Lone Tree), you can download their album for free with your ICPL card and password via our Local Music Project.
I’ll see you at the Library on Wednesday October 19 at Noon in the Lobby for the sweet tunes of Crystal City.