Give Your Year End Gift Today

by Patty McCarthy on December 28th, 2016

Your financial donations have a big impact here at ICPL. One of the most exciting in a few years, the new ICPL bookmobile, will hit the streets in spring 2017 to help ensure even more people have access to Library magic. Your past donations made this possible.

When you contribute, you are providing more to read, watch, listen to, dance to, think about, laugh about, and take action on in a great space that brings you together with new people, ideas, and experiences.

Give your tax-deductible gift to the Iowa City Public Library Friends Foundation Annual Fund before or on December 31 to strengthen ICPL services for another year.

Thank you. We extend best wishes for a marvelous 2017 to all of you!

 

Finding an appealing book

by Stacey McKim on December 28th, 2016

Whether you’re gearing up to read an impressive number of books in 2017 (52?  100?  365?) or just need one good read for now, a new feature in NoveList may be helpful.

You might already use the NoveList database to find books similar to ones you already love, but now the adventurous and the forgetful can start from scratch with their appeal mixer.appealmixer1

What makes a book appealing to you?  Choose a combination of character types, storylines, pace, tone, and/or writing styles, and see if it leads you to your next favorite book!

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Iowa City Downtown Gift Cards

by Tom Jordan on December 21st, 2016

Still shopping for that special someone? Nothing says “I love you, and have a wonderful holiday!” quite like an Iowa City Downtown Gift Card. Purchase them here.

Don’t we get enough advertising this time of year without the Library blogging about it? Good point. Sorry.

But did you know that you can use the Iowa City Downtown Gift Card here at the Library? You can pay overdue fines, true, but you can also buy things like bags. Look at these bags! Ask at the Help Desk to get your hands on one of these babies. And don’t forget your Iowa City Downtown Gift Card.bags

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.