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Overdrive Tips: Win 10

by Brent Palmer on December 16th, 2015

We are starting to get users calling or stopping by for help with Overdrive and Windows 10.  If you have recently upgraded to Windows 10 and need to get Overdrive working again, here are some helpful tips:

  1.  There are two versions of Overdrive.  There is the app version and the desktop version.  They can both be downloaded and used together.
  2. You can download both versions at (Scroll to the bottom).  Use the Download for Windows 8 link for the “app” version.  (At the time of writing, there is no Windows 10 link – but the 8 works).  Use the Download for Windows Desktop link for the desktop version.
  3. If you want to transfer your books to an mp3 player, you need to at least have the desktop version.  It’s nice to have both as they seem to work pretty well together.  For example, after you add an audiobook to your bookshelf, there is a transfer option.  When you click that, it will automatically open up the transfer wizard.
  4. You can listen to audio books right in the app.

Here are some Overdrive Help links:

Getting Started with Windows 10

Transferring AudioBooks

If you want more help we have time and staff dedicated each week to answer your questions about Overdrive in Drop-In Tech Help.

Our favorite music apps and websites

by Stacey McKim on December 15th, 2015

musicapps3If you’re like me, you weren’t too shocked when an article from earlier this year suggested that people stop listening to new music around the age of 33.  Even though that study was based on Spotify user data, which I considered a fairly small pool, it had definitely been a while since this 34-year-old had sought out a new band and given an album a reverential first listen like she used to.

So it was partially in my own interest that I asked my co-workers how they find and listen to music online for a December display.  “Our favorite music apps and websites” are currently displayed on the library’s 2nd floor, and they include apps for streaming music, ways to listen to the radio online, methods for finding the name of a song heard in public, recordings of live performances, free tuning apps (for the musicians out there), and places to find music news and reviews.

Take this opportunity during Music Is The Word to shake up the statistics by downloading a free app, establishing a streaming account to generate recommendations, or finding your new favorite sound.  Here’s a selection of our 27 staff recommendations:

  • Spotify  “I really love listening to my Discover Weekly playlist. It takes suggestions from what you have already listened to or saved and creates a playlist of around 30 songs that you don’t already have. Every Monday I check out my playlist and by the end of the week I usually save about half of the songs that week. It’s a great way to expand your musical horizon without being overwhelmed and it feels like your week has a soundtrack.” -Mari
  • Pandora  “We have cultivated lists (developed by “liking” and “disliking” songs). We also use some universal lists (James Taylor Christmas, for example). There is a 100 list limit and often we have to delete a list to create or open a new one. One year we stayed at the Grand Canyon Lodge (North Rim) and they were playing music from the 1940’s. When we came home, we made an Andrews Sisters playlist. Whenever we listed, we felt like we were back at the Grand Canyon.”  -Kara
  •  “Amazing live sessions featuring a mix of national recording artists and local or “under the radar” touring groups, based out of Rock Island, IL.”  -Jason
  •  “I use this when I want to listen to music, and expose myself to new tunes. You get the benefit of someone else’s knowledge in various genres.  It is like listening to the radio, without the commercials!”  -Dona  [Their newly released book is available at ICPL, too!]
  • AllMusic  “If you type in any band or artist name in the search engine, it will lead you to that group’s page. If you click on the “related tab” above the band’s overview, it gives nice lists of groups/artists that are “similar to” the artist searched as well as a list of the artists’ influences and what groups were influenced by them, if that makes any sense. It is a great way to find things that are related to a certain sound you already like!”  -Heidi

How do you find and listen to music online?

Music on Wednesday-Preucil School of Music

by Kara Logsden on December 9th, 2015

I just received the program for TODAY’s Music on Wednesday concert with Preucil School of Music at Noon in Meeting Room A. If you are Downtown over the lunch hour, stop in. Today’s selection includes music played on violas, violins, cellos and our wonderful Meeting Room A piano. Songs include traditional classical music as well as folk and holiday selections. As a special treat, William and Doris Preucil will perform Duos for 2 Violins by B. Bartok.

See you soon!

Growing Peace at the Ped Mall

by rcarlson on December 8th, 2015

By Scott Koepke, New Pioneer Food Co-op’s Soilmates garden educator

I work with a lot of school garden clubs in the corridor, and one of the most enjoyable moments for me  as a teacher is seeing kids discover the large amount of food that can be produced in a small space. Year four of our little 10×10 ped beds are a perfect example, having fed dozens of folks through Table To Table this summer, primarily with cucumbers, eggplant, carrots and potatoes.

Year five will be here before you know it. I can already see the plans blossoming for a focus on the Native American 3 Sisters design (sweet corn, pole beans and squash), and more natural trellising with cucumbers climbing sunflowers.

We also want to, each season, save more seed. Speaking of which, all plants produce their own seed for the following generation.  It’s so fun for kids to see self-seeding annuals; I like to call them Paradox Plants: perennial annuals. Like lettuce!  When allowed to bolt, it produces its flowers, in which is its seed for next year. The seed drops to the soil on its own time and, in late winter/early spring, begins to re-germinate. I didn’t’ have to do a thing.  Mother Nature took care of herself. (Tomatoes and dill have done the same thing in the past couple years in these beds.)

I’ve intentionally left some of the carrots in the ground and won’t harvest them until spring. They’re called Candy Carrots. They can over-winter and, as they take their Long Winters Nap, produce more sugars (hence the name). Who knows? Maybe next year we’ll be able to pickle some of them as well!

Now is the time when we’ve put the beds to bed with their winter rye cover crop and compost for soil conditioning. Remember that vegetable plants, especially, are pulling a lot of nutrients from the soil’s organic matter to produce their fruit, so we need to put back more than was taken in order to give next year’s crops a jump start. Let me tell ya, after four years, the soil in those beds is healthy! And that’s the essential foundation of everything else that follows.

Beyond food, what’s perhaps the most profound for me is that the City Plaza Children’s Garden is a community focal point for Nurturance. See you in Spring!

A Burning Tome for the Cold Days Ahead

by Frances Owens on December 2nd, 2015
A Burning Tome for the Cold Days Ahead Cover Image

As the temperature drops and you’ve just read a book that weighs practically 10 pounds and has “Fire” in the title it is really hard not to make some sort of pun.  All joking aside though, I’m pretty proud of myself for finishing Garth Risk Hallberg’s 900 page debut novel City on Fire.  It is also important to note that I am by no means a fast reader or have an abundance of free time, this book is just that good.

Okay, I’ll admit it.  I sort of cheated.  I listened to the audiobook via Overdrive in conjunction with reading the book.  I work more than 40 hours a week sometimes, I’m in Graduate School, and I still value my social life, so reading has a tendency to move toward the back of my priority list.  However I came up with a sort of clever way of making sure that I still get my literature on while keeping all my other plates spinning.  I’ll listen to the audiobook on my phone when I can and switch over to the book-book when I’ve got the time to curl up.  Whether its while I walk to work, cooking up some delicious foods, or drawing I’m always amazed the amount of time I can fill with audiobook listening time.  At the end of the day though my love for the printed word can not be squashed even in the name of convenience.

Enough on my time saving tips though.  If you do decide to take on this beast of a book, I urge you to at least look at the book.  Hallberg does some interesting and unique things with the text of the “Interlude” chapters that you’ll rather miss out on if you just listen to the audiobook.  One of these is in the form of a zine, while another yet is an email.  While very few people will be willing to sink their teeth into 900 pages, there really is no time like late fall and early winter.  Additionally the book is written in the form of point of view chapters, so instead of reading one 900 page long book, it is more like reading nine one hundred page long book.  The first person point of view(s), the visuals crafted with words, and the setting of New York City reminded me a lot of Jonathan Safran Foer’s Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close, which I also really enjoyed.  Aside from the astounding achievement of weaving together so many different characters’ stories, this book also has a little bit of many genres.

Give it a try at least, even if Maureen Corrigan didn’t like the ending.

Rosemary Wells: A ‘beary’ special author reading

by Meredith Hines-Dochterman on December 1st, 2015

Like most kids, I had a lot of stuffed animals when I was little, but there was one who was my favorite.

Peabody the bear with the book that inspired his name.

Peabody the bear with the book that inspired his name.

Peabody came into my life shortly after I woke up from having my tonsils removed the year I was in first grade. He was given to me by Dr. Marner, and remained by my side during the next week of Jell-O, ice cream and watching cartoons on the couch. About this same time, one of my brothers received a copy of the picture book Peabody by Rosemary Wells.

Comparable to The Velveteen Rabbit and Pixar’s Toy Story, Peabody is the story of a teddy bear who is given to his person, Annie, on her birthday. They have a great first year together. They ski in the winter, plant a garden in the spring, and collect seashells during their summer vacation. Peabody shows some wear and tear from these adventures, but Annie assures him that he isn’t growing old; he’s growing in.

Soon it’s Annie’s birthday again, and she receives doll (Rita) that walks and talks. Peabody can’t compete with Rita and is put on a shelf, where he is eventually forgotten. Luckily for him, Annie has a mischievous little brother, Robert, who plays with Rita when he shouldn’t and breaks her. (Reading this story now, I see definite similarities between Annie and Robert, and Wells’ popular brother-sister bunny duo, Max and Ruby.)

Losing Rita reminds Annie of how much she loves Peabody, a toy who doesn’t require bells and whistles to bring her joy, and the friends are reunited.

I named my bear Peabody after this book. I took him to camp. I took him to college. He moved with me to my first grown up job after college — and every job since. He now has a place of honor on my nightstand. His nose and smile are long gone, one plastic eye is scratched from a tussle with a dog, and his neck flops around after years of being lovingly choked while I slept.

He is the greatest stuffed bear in the world. And on Sunday, I’ll meet the author of the book that inspired his name.

Rosemary Wells will be at the Iowa City Public Library from 2 to 3 p.m. Sunday in Meeting Room A. Her visit, which is co-sponsored by Prairie Lights Books, will include a video tour of her studio, as well as her thoughts about reading, writing and illustrating. Prairie Lights will have copies of her books for sale before and after the presentation.

Peabody is no longer in print, but I still have the copy I swiped from my brother years ago (Sorry John!) and look forward to asking her to sign it.

Peabody will be so happy.

Warmth of Friendship, Depths of Winter

by Casey on November 30th, 2015

Camille Garoche, AKA Princesse Camcam, is a brilliant artist working with paper cutting and photography. Her intricately woven stories take shape through meticulous and breathtaking papercut illustrations, implying the third dimension within the two dimensional book format.

Published by Enchanted Lion Books, her two works currently available in the US are Fox’s Garden and The Snow RabbitBoth wordless books focus on the power of being kind in the coldest season. If you’re looking for beautiful reads to warm the bones as it gets colder then look no further and celebrate the beauty of the coming season with Camille Garoche’s lovely works.




See more of her works here.


Give to ICPLFF on Giving Tuesday

by Patty McCarthy on November 30th, 2015

Giving Tuesday is December 1 — a day dedicated to giving to the Iowa City Public Library Friends Foundation and other nonprofit organizations. Your financial contribution to the ICPL Friends Foundation on #GivingTuesday will add more for everyone to read, listen to, watch, learn from, and enjoy through the Library. It’s easy to join the movement with a donation to the Iowa City Public Library Friends Foundation.Gifts2Read

Whether $25 or $500, your charitable gift will make a difference which will make you feel great. A gift of $25 means two more children’s picture books, while $50 will bring children five new hardcover books or ten paperbacks to read. Giving $250 adds two more albums to the online Local Music Project, or puts 15 new fiction books on the shelves.

Thank you for supporting ICPL on Giving Tuesday! Your gift will be acknowledged by those of us in the ICPL Development Office.

All donations made on Giving Tuesday or before December 31, 2015 are charitable contributions which are tax deductible as allowed by law.

Gifts to Read

New eMail Reminders from ICPL

by Kara Logsden on November 30th, 2015

At the Iowa City Public Library we’re always looking for ways to improve services for our patrons. Beginning soon, we will begin eMailing “Enhanced Notices” to help our patrons with their Library Card accounts. The eMails will come from the eMail address “”

Notices include:

*It’s Time to Renew your ICPL Library Card: Library Cards routinely expire, if you wonder why please check out this BLOG post. We will send a courtesy reminder to everyone in our service area (Iowa City, rural Johnson County, University Heights, Hills and Lone Tree) when their Library Card is about to expire.

*Don’t Lose That Hold: A reminder a hold will be pulled from the Holds Shelf in two days.

*You are Approaching the Fine Limit: A reminder that fines are approaching $10. Most card privileges are suspended when fines exceed $10.

*The Coolest Card in Town: A reminder for patrons who applied online for a Library Card but didn’t stop by the Library to pick-up their card.

Here’s a sample of what the eMail looks like for Library Accounts that will expire:

2015 11 23 Coolest Card

Greetings from the Iowa City Public Library

This is a routine check of the contact information in your Library account.

The account belonging to PATRON NAME will expire in seven days. An expired account means you cannot check out or renew materials, place holds or download digital materials.

To renew your account, you may

  • Visit the Help Desk at the Library -OR-
  • Call 319-356-5200 during regular Library hours -OR-
  • Reply to this eMail message. If eMailing, please indicate if there are changes to your account information below or if it is all correct.

Please note:

  • Your library card will not change–please keep your card.
  • Staff respond to eMails during regular Library hours and will follow up with you within seven days.

Thank you for using the Iowa City Public Library.

Cardholder Name
Iowa City, IA 52240

Library Cards: • eCollections:
123 S. Linn St. Iowa City, IA 52240 • 319-356-5200 •
Monday-Thursday 10-9 • Friday 10-8 • Saturday 10-6 • Sunday 12-5

Picture Books and Holiday Survival with On Air: The ICPL Podcast

by Bond Drager on November 24th, 2015

This week we’ve got two great episodes of On Air: The ICPL podcast to share.

In Episode 15, Meredith interviews Casey and Morgan from the Children’s Department about some great picture books for young readers.

Plus, enjoy this special bonus episode, a rerun of one of our favorites: How to Survive the Holidays with ICPL, which originally posted in November, 2014.


You can also get our podcast from iTunes or Stitcher