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MyICPL: Our mobile app is beta testing!

by Alyssa Hanson on December 13th, 2016

Try out our new mobile app! We’ve created an app which allows you to keep track of your library account information including items you have checked out, materials on hold, and fines. You can also renew items directly through the app.
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Another great feature is that you can add multiple accounts so if you want to make sure your kids are returning their books on time, you can add their account and see their due dates. Read the rest of this entry »

Can I recycle my Christmas Lights?

by Kara Logsden on December 12th, 2016

Just in time for the holidays, the City of Iowa City sent a media release today (below) with information about recycling holiday lights. Recycling is available through January 9th. I don’t know about you, but holiday lights are something I find beautiful … and frustrating. I’m glad to know there’s an option when the lights don’t work. Happy Holidays!

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Recovering the Classics exhibit ends

by Stacey McKim on December 6th, 2016

Our exhibit of redesigned book covers has come to a close, and we hope you enjoyed it!

If you contributed one of the beautiful and thoughtful original designs, you may now retrieve your piece from the Help Desk.  Thank you for participating!

The centerpiece of the exhibit was this year’s Art Purchase Prize winner.  This beautiful redesign of The Oregon Trail by Francis Parkman was made by local artist Doran Pearson and is almost ready for 8-week checkouts.  See if it’s available or place a hold.

And finally, if you were inspired to make your own design too late, you can always submit a book cover to the online Recovering the Classics project.recovering1

Mock Caldecott Award 2016

by Casey Maynard on December 5th, 2016

This year we are trying something new at ICPL, a Mock Caldecott award.  Every year, the American Library Association awards the Randolph Caldecott Medal to a distinguished American picture book. For full eligibility requirements and criteria please visit the AlA’s Caldecott website. Also, stop by the Children’s Room to see a wonderful and informative display regarding the history of the award that Mari Redington has put together in the small display case.

Keeping eligibility requirements in mind we have put together a list of 15 possible contenders for the 2017 award. We ask that you read all of these titles before voting, or as many as you can get your hands on. When voting please pick and rank your top five titles: one winner (1) and four honor books (2-5). Paper ballots are available and are being collected at the Children’s Room Desk.  If you are unable to cast a paper ballot and are familiar with the titles, then please feel free to comment with your top five on or before December 31st.

We will be announcing the winning ICPL Caldecott titles at the beginning of 2017, shortly before the ALA midwinter meeting where they will be announcing the Medal and Honor winners.  How fun would it be if we have picked a winner or an honor book?!  Read the rest of this entry »

Book Display: What does it mean to be transgender?

by Beth Fisher on November 14th, 2016
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What does it mean to be transgender?  Transgender people are people whose gender identity – their innate knowledge of who they are –  is different from the gender they were thought to be at birth. Transgender people are your classmates, your coworkers, your neighbors, and your friends. With approximately 1.4 million transgender adults in the United States—and millions more around the world—chances are that you’ve met a transgender person, even if you don’t know it.

Being transgender means different things to different people. Like a lot of other aspects of who people are – like race or religion – there’s no one way to be transgender, and no one way for transgender people to look or feel about themselves. The best way to understand what being transgender is like is to talk with transgender people and listen to their stories.  For more information visit http://www.transequality.org/

The books below, and many more like them, can be found in the display on the first floor near the Help Desk. Read the rest of this entry »

Music on Wed-Thanksgiving Gifts

by Kara Logsden on November 14th, 2016

This 2016 02 Preucil Logoweek’s Music on Wednesday program from students at Preucil School of Music features of cornucopia of “Thanksgiving Gifts.” Performances include a Cello Choir and Violin Quartet as well as harp, piano, violin and cello solo performances. Performers range from 5 to 18 years old.

It’s a NO SCHOOL day in Iowa City on Wednesday, so head to the Library for some wonderful noontime music. You’ll be thankful you did! Below is the program for the event. See you Wednesday 🙂 Read the rest of this entry »

ICPL to Host Annual Chess Tournament Nov. 19

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 evigil@gmail.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.

Overdrive Tips: Checkouts Page in now the Loans Page

by Brent Palmer on November 9th, 2016
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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.

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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.

Veterans Day Display – Biographies and Memoirs of Veterans

by Beth Fisher on November 8th, 2016
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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.

Ssoldier girlsoldier 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 »

ICPL’s New Calendar

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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