by Maeve Clark on March 9th, 2016
David Cavagnaro, world renown horticultural photographer, gardener and author, is the featured speaker this Sunday, March 13, at the Project Green 2nd Sunday Garden Forum. Project Green 2nd Sunday Garden forums are always wonderful programs with excellent speakers who make you want to get out in the garden or yard asap.
I was fortunate enough to hear recent Iowa Public Radio Talk of Iowa program with Charity Nebbe when David Cavagnaro was her guest. David Cavagnaro, born and raised in California, began taking pictures of insects and plants in his early teens when he become fascinated with what he calls “the land of the small.” Throughout his life, he has used this love of plants to push hard to save our agricultural diversity. Cavagnaro is a former long-time Manager for Seed Savers Preservation Gardens in Decorah and is currently president of the Pepperwood Project. The Pepperwood Project, a founded in 2008, is 55 acres in rural Decorah where people can experience good food and how to grow it.
I hope to see you this Sunday at 2 pm in Meeting Room A to learn more about David Cavagnaro’s work in preserving our plant and seed diversity.
by Candice Smith on March 8th, 2016
Do you like your Library? Do you like spending money? Do you like art??
If you answered ‘yes’ to these questions, you might also like being part of the Library’s Art Advisory Committee! We’re looking for candidates who are involved and interested in the arts community in some way — artists, framers, instructors, students, gallery employees, collectors and serious enthusiasts — to join the Committee. The Committee is made up of six members, and terms run for three years. One of the primary responsibilities is the judging of artworks submitted to the annual Art Purchase Prize contest, with the winning works being purchased by the Library and added to our Art To Go collection of framed posters and original works that patrons can check out. Other tasks for which the Committee would be called upon include the reviewing and deciding upon any gifted works for Art To Go, as well as any proposals for art to be added to the Library’s permanent collection.
If this sounds like something you’d like to be a part of, fill out an application and return it, in person or via email, to Candice Smith (email@example.com). If you’ve got questions about the Committee, feel free to contact me by email or phone (319-887-6031). In the meantime, stop by the Library and take a look at the Art To Go collection, and take home a couple pieces!
by Kara Logsden on March 5th, 2016
Susan and Greg Dirks grew up with music and began performing together as a duo in 2008. They compose most of their own music but also play cover songs from well-known musicians such as Eric Clapton and The Rolling Stones. Their music is an eclectic mix of folk, acoustic and folk rock.
We are honored to host Susan and Greg Dirks at the Library as a part of the Music on Wednesday series on March 9, 2016 at Noon in the Lobby.
A quote in ReverbNation about the Dirks’ music piqued my interest: “Some themes you may feel or identify in our music: love, family, friends, children, people we miss, passion, wind gently blowing through trees, water shimmering in the sunset, mountains rising majestically through clouds, the swelling expanse of the Pacific on the northern California coast, redwood forests, the Iowa countryside on a still summer night, rivers strong and gentle, shining ribbons of railroad tracks disappearing into the horizon, good books, history, selfless people doing good things.”
Music can often sweep us away. I’m looking forward to the Dirks’ music and the beautiful themes that will come alive through their performance. See you soon!
by Kara Logsden on March 2nd, 2016
What did Iowa City Public Library patrons do 146,917 times in Fiscal Year 2015? They placed a HOLD on a Library material. You may place a hold by logging into your account online or Library staff are happy to help you place a hold.
Holds, also known as “Reserves” are a convenient way to access Library materials. At the Library there are two different kinds of holds: Holds on materials checked out to other patrons and Holds on materials checked in and available (we’ll pull the items from the shelf for you!). You may have 10 free holds on your Library Account at any given time and, as a convenience, items stay on the Holds Shelf for 6 days to give you time to come in and pick them up.
Unfortunately, some holds are not picked up. We understand … sometimes plans change, sometimes you forget, or sometimes you are out of town. We have a new service to help you better manage your holds: FREEZE a HOLD.
FREEZE a HOLD – what does that mean? If you requested an item, but want to delay when it is ready to be picked up, you can log in to your account and freeze the hold on that item. For example, if you are going on vacation and don’t want to miss getting your requested items, you can freeze the holds before you leave and then unfreeze them when you return. You will do this by logging into your account and indicating which holds you wish to freeze or unfreeze. There are some times when a hold may not be frozen – if you received a notice the hold was available for pick-up it is too late to freeze it at that point.
If you have questions about this new service, please stop by or give us a call.
by Candice Smith on February 26th, 2016
B.Y.O.Book, the Library’s books-in-bars group, is ready to welcome the spring–it’s time for a few good books, some good food and drink, and a lot of great conversation! In recognition of the 100th anniversary of the Pulitzer Prize awards, we’ve picked three past winners. We hope you can join us to read and discuss one, or all, of them.
March 22, 6-7 p.m., is our first meet-up; join us at Share Wine Lounge & Small Plate Bistro, in the Sheraton to discuss The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao, by Junot Díaz. Winner of the Pulitzer for Fiction in 2008, the book follows Oscar — a Dominican American, an overweight, geeky teenage nerd–as he tries to navigate his everyday life, fulfill his dream of becoming a writer and, more important, finding love — all in the face of a family curse that has haunted the Wao’s for generations.. I think Michiko Kakutani said it best, in a review for The New York Times: “…a wondrous, not-so-brief first novel that is so original it can only be described as Mario Vargas Llosa meets “Star Trek” meets David Foster Wallace meets Kanye West.” Readers, how can you resist?
You can register for the event, and check our catalog for a copy of the book–we’ve got print copies as well as CD, ebook and eaudio. We will also have a bookclub kit at the Info Desk soon, so give us a call to see if there are any available copies.
Future dates and titles are April 26 (Angle of Repose by Wallace Stegner, at Northside Bistro) and May 24 (The Black Count: Glory, Revolution, Betrayal, and the Real Count of Monte Cristo by Tom Reiss, at the Mill). We hope to see you there!
by Kara Logsden on February 24th, 2016
University of Iowa School of Music students will present a wonderful noon-time program on Friday, February 26, 2016 in Meeting Room A. Please join us for an hour of enjoyment.
This program is free and open to the public. For a complete list of Music is the Word programs, visit www.icpl.org/mitw
Friday’s program will include:
Horn Trio in E flat Major Op.40 Johannes Brahms (1833 – 1897)
II. Scherzo (Allegro)
III. Adagio mesto
IV. Allegro con brio
Performed by: Three Oakes (Ethan Brozka, horn, Jenna Ferdon, violin, Max Tsai, piano)
Sonata No.23 Op. 57 F minor “Appassionata” Ludwig van Beethoven (1770 – 1827)
- Allegro Assai
Etude Op. 25 No. 10 Frédéric Chopin (1810 – 1849)
Maple Leaf Rag Scott Joplin (1868 – 1917)
Performed by: Hana Song, piano
by Kara Logsden on February 19th, 2016
A few years back I received an interesting telephone call. An Associate Professor at the University of Iowa, Anthony Arnone, wanted to play his cello in our Lobby. Arnone explained he was getting his car serviced and, instead of the waiting room magazines or donuts, why not play the cello during his wait? He had such a positive response, he started a project called “Bach to Work-Random Acts of Music,” playing his cello in unexpected locations.
We scheduled Mr. Arnone to play at 10:15 on a Monday morning, just as families were heading in for Storytime. The experience of hearing music was mesmerizing. People entering the Library stopped to listen and many children were curious about his playing.
Fast forward a couple years, and we are delighted to welcome Anthony Arnone back to the Library as a part of our Music on Wednesday series. Mr. Arnone will play his cello at Noon on Wednesday February 24th. If it is warm outside, he will play in the Lobby. If it is cold out, we’ll move the program to the Gallery on the first floor of the Library.
Cheers to “random acts of music” at the Library!
by Brent Palmer on February 8th, 2016
Moles popping up in the garden theme
As part of ICPL’s year-long Music is the Word program, we have commissioned a new game for Mabel the Table in the Children’s room, called “Tune It Up!”. It was developed by Virtually Competent, a local independent gaming company. This group created one of the original games for the table called Ship Shape. Virtually Competent teamed up with a local musician to build a musically-themed game for the table.
Notes as ships in the Space Theme
In this game, multiple players can contribute to a looping composition. The game features 3 different themes that cater to different tastes: Garden, Space and Cookies. For example, in the garden theme, players plant various seeds that turn into musical flowers in the garden. Each type of flower represents a different instrument. It is a cooperative game.
Touching the bee speeds up the tempo
Anyone can step up and help with the composition and here are no winners or losers. Tune It Up! also features a mini-game within each theme. For example the garden has an infestation of moles that can be whacked and the space theme has asteroids that have to be destroyed. Also each theme has a character that can speed the tempo up or slow it down. The Children’s staff can save compositions created by kids and used as demos.
Come try it out on Mabel the Table in the Children’s Room.
by Kara Logsden on February 5th, 2016
February is Love Your Library month and there’s a lot to love at Iowa City Public Library! From the 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten kickoff to Black History Month programs & displays, and continuing Music is the Word programs, there’s a lot of love for reading, connecting, and life long learning.
And now there’s more to love because we heard from Preucil School of Music today and they are preparing a wonderful “Music from the Heart” program for our Music on Wednesday series next week. Stop by Meeting Room A at Noon on Wednesday February 10th to hear an hour of Music from the Heart. Preucil faculty and students will be playing their favorite violin, viola, cello and piano pieces. Faculty performers will be Laura Shaw, cello and William Preucil, Sr., viola.
While you are here, stop by the 1st Floor Gallery and make a Valentine for the Library or browse the Blind Date with a Book or Blind Date with an Album display. Who knows, you may find a new love!
Or send us a note and let us know why you Love Your Library.
PS – Why do I love My Library? Because it’s an awesome place to work, there’s always something new going on, I see many friendly people each day, and I get to check out and enjoy great books.
by Stacey McKim on February 2nd, 2016
You know how you’re always judging books by their covers? Of course, we all do. For the month of February, though, we want you to see past those stereotypical cover images and go home with a book where the author’s name is way bigger than the title (or vice versa).
Library staff members have selected our favorites and, based only on our descriptions, we hope you’ll find something you love, too. Blind Date with a Book was so popular last year that we’ve expanded it to music CDs. Pick up your Blind Date with an Album over by the music CDs on the 1st floor.
Blind Dates can be checked out at either a Self Check station or the Help Desk. (Avoid looking at the receipt, though, if you want to keep it a surprise until you get home.) Inside each package, you’ll find a Rate Your Date card to fill in your first impression and let us know how the date went. Return the card to the Help Desk to be entered in a drawing for $25 worth of Molly’s Cupcakes (for books) or $25 in the Iowa City Downtown District (for albums). Many thanks to our generous sponsors!