Room D has been…. upgraded!

by Bond Drager on June 8th, 2017

2017-06-12-room-dYou may have noticed that Meeting Room D has been “closed for upgrades” for a few weeks. I’m happy to report it’s back open, and it has new and improved service.

We had two goals for this space: we wanted to incorporate modular furniture so that groups could move tables and chairs and adjust the space to their needs, and we wanted advanced tech options which would allow groups to do presentations and web conferencing (Skype, Webex, GoToMeeting, Zoom, etc) with ease.

The room now has a large white board along one wall for brainstorming sessions. The tables and chairs are fully modular, so groups can set them up classroom style, board-room style, or even fold them all up and use the open space.

We now have two large flat-screens mounted on either end of the space and set up to mirror one another, so no one should have trouble reading your Powerpoint presentation.

We’ve also incorporated a high end webcam and audio system that runs off of a Windows computer – this allows groups to use pretty much any software they want to conference in speakers, meeting participants, etc. to their meetings.

You can use our computer to display your presentations on screen or connect wirelessly with your devices. We use Airserver software, which works with most iOS, Android, and Windows devices.

Summer Meal Sites

by Kara Logsden on June 7th, 2017

2017-06-07-food-logoSummer is a great time for reading, fun, and relaxation. But for some children, summer is a time when food insecurity becomes an issue because they cannot rely on meals at school. The No Kid Hungry program (www.nokidhungry.org) is a national initiative to connect kids in need with nutritious food and engages people to make ending child hunger a national priority. More information about hungry children in the United States is available at this link https://www.nokidhungry.org/the-problem

In our community there are many people who are working to assure children in our community have healthy meals this summer. For more information about meal sites in our community, text “FOOD” to 877877. For information in Spanish, text “COMIDA” to 877877.

Three cheers for summer and three cheers for healthy, happy children!

 

Eat Out to Read: Motley Cow Cafe Tomorrow

by Patty McCarthy on June 6th, 2017

Enjoy a delicious meal at Motley Cow Cafe and raise funds for ICPL at the same time! Join us at the restaurant, 160 North Linn Street, Iowa City from 5-9pm on Wednesday, June 7, and a percentage of your tab will be donated to the ICPL Friends Foundation.

Reservations can be made by calling Motley Cow Café at 319-688-9177. Hope to see you there! RSVP & Invite Your Friends

It Takes a Village …

by Kara Logsden on May 27th, 2017

2017-04-bookmobile-outside-icplRecently our new Bookmobile rolled into town and we quickly learned it takes a “Village” of dedicated City staff members to introduce a new service to our community. Every day we see the amazing work of our City staff. Whether it’s a friendly greeting, someone clearing trash, an Equipment Division staff member completing a safety inspection, a Transit/Fire/Police staff member talking to children about safety, or many other equally important examples, there’s a lot of work everyday by City staff that contributes to the great community we live in.

The Bookmobile represents a tremendous service expansion for the Library, and it would not be possible without the behind-the-scenes work of many Library staff in addition to the work of staff in many City departments. As we look forward to the start of Bookmobile services on June 1, it’s a great time to say thank you to everyone who made the Bookmobile possible.

Three cheers to the staff members of these City departments who contributed to bringing the Bookmobile to Iowa City: Accounting, City Council, City Manager’s Office, Communications, Engineering, Equipment, Information Technology, Neighborhood Outreach, Parks and Recreation, Police, Purchasing, Refuse, Streets, Transportation Services (including Parking & Transit), and others I missed (I’m sorry!). It definitely takes a Village, and our Village is awesome!

It’s like the Batmobile … but it’s the Bookmobile

by Kara Logsden on May 16th, 2017

2017-05-bmb-at-alexanderWe are having fun introducing the Bookmobile to our community! The joy on the faces of people, especially children, when they come onto the Bookmobile and see all the wonderful books and movies is heartwarming!

Last week the Bookmobile visited a number of elementary schools. The picture in this post shows Alexander Elementary students hearing about the Bookmobile. One student commented, “It’s like the Batmobile … but it’s the Bookmobile” and another said, “I want to live here!” I feel the same way! Read the rest of this entry »

Ride the Bus to the Library this Summer!

by Kara Logsden on May 15th, 2017

The Summer 2013 Summer Library BusLibrary Bus program ROLLS OUT on Thursday June 1.

Ride the bus to the Library: 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 June 1) until the day before school starts (Tuesday August 22), 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.

Riding home from Downtown: Year-round the Library will provide two FREE bus passes each week to people of all ages through our Ride and Read program. Just show your Library Card to any service desk at the Downtown Library and we’ll give you a pass for a ride home.

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

Roll on down to the Library this summer on an Iowa City Transit Bus. We look forward to seeing you!

Iowa City Public Library Honors Volunteers

by Meredith Hines-Dochterman on May 8th, 2017

The Iowa City Public Library recently honored its volunteers for their dedication and service.

Pictured are some of the individuals honored at the Iowa City Public Library’s Annual Volunteer Recognition Event. Back row, left to right: Susan Carroll, Nancy Howe, Joel Barnhart, JoAnn Koskey, Beth Stence, and Ann Valenta. Front row, left to right: William Kurth, Donna Davis, Susanne Humphreys, and Maria Padron.

Pictured are some of the individuals honored at the Iowa City Public Library’s Annual Volunteer Recognition Event. Back row, left to right: Susan Carroll, Nancy Howe, Joel Barnhart, JoAnn Koskey, Beth Stence, and Ann Valenta. Front row, left to right: William Kurth, Donna Davis, Susanne Humphreys, and Maria Padron.

During the 2016 calendar year, 301 volunteers provided more than 9,400 hours of service. Volunteer duties range from checking in books, materials maintenance, prepping supplies for events, helping plan teen programs, operating The Book End, and serving on the Board of Trustees and on the Friends Foundation Board of Directors.

On Wednesday, April 26, the Library said thank you with a reception and a ceremony during which 35 volunteers received recognition awards for achieving milestone hours of service.

Jean Whiting was named the Nancy Sereduck Volunteer of the Year.

A volunteer for more than 20 years, Jean has spent 2,000 hours checking in books at the library.  Jean faithfully works every Saturday and, regardless of the weather or number of books returned, Jean brings a ray of sunshine to the library’s Saturday mornings and keeps the flow of materials moving on busy weekends.

The Library congratulates Whiting on her achievement and thanks all volunteers for their service.

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Eat Out to Read Tonight at Short’s Burgers Eastside

by Patty McCarthy on May 3rd, 2017

Take a break and “Eat Out to Read” tonight at Short’s Burgers Eastside. The restaurant at 521 Westbury Dr in Iowa City will welcome you there or take your carryout order from 5-9:30pm. A percentage of the sales will be donated to the Iowa City Public Library Friends Foundation. Thank you!

What’s the Bookmobile doing at the Farmer’s Market??

by Shawna Riggins on April 29th, 2017

When you visit the Iowa City Saturday Farmer’s Market this year you may notice one large new participant – Our brand new Bookmobile! 2017-03-bookmobile-drawingOn Saturdays in May and June as you stock up on Farmer’s Market goodies be sure stop by the Iowa City Public Library Bookmobile in the Chauncey Swan lot. As a Farmer’s Market shopper and a library go-er, I am pumped about this pairing and I’ve been thinking of all the ways this could come in handy: Read the rest of this entry »

Bookmobile Update

by Kara Logsden on April 26th, 2017

2017-04-national-bookmobile-day-with-kidsThe Library’s Bookmobile rolled into town on Wednesday April 12th just in time for the National Bookmobile Day celebration at Mercer Park. If you missed this fun event, photos are available here.

A schedule of special events intended to introduce the Bookmobile to our community during the month of May is available on the Library’s calendar at this link.

More information about the Bookmo2017-04-bookmobile-stopsbile, including the Summer Schedule that begins on June 1, 2017, is available at icpl.org/bookmobile. Read the rest of this entry »