Library staff had a great night out last night at the Iowa City Community School District Ice Cream Socials. More than 90 people signed up for new Library Cards and we had a lot of fun visiting with students and their families.
Beth was at Lucas Elementary and reported, “One family I talked to was new to Iowa City, but they were happy to tell me they had already been down to ICPL to get cards. One dad thanked me for the SRP fine waive.”
Madonna at Grant Wood Elementary reported one patron said his Library Card is the “Best card in my wallet.” She also met many students who are interested in Minecraft and she told them about the Library’s Minecraft programs (schedule at calendar.icpl.org).
Elyse was at Hoover Elementary and a lot of people there told her they “LOVE the Library!”
Susan was at Twain and reported many people said, “I have a card!” and “We love the library.”
Patty was at Horn Elementary and wins the prize for signing up the most people for new Library Cards – 24 registered including many who are new to the United States or are returning after studying here. Read the rest of this entry »
We thank you for your patience and sincerely apologize for the inconvenience.
This morning, these services were down so we could update the operating system on our library system’s server. Our library system is integral to our day-to-day operations. It’s where we keep track of everything in our collection, if an item is on the shelf or has been borrowed. It is what digital services like OverDrive and Zinio reference to lend eBooks, eAudiobooks, and digital magazines to you. It holds your library card numbers and keeps track of what you currently have checked out and when the books are due back. It allows you to renew your books, place holds, and use the self-checks. The system also keeps track of our orders for purchased books, paid invoices, and what issue of magazine didn’t arrive so we can contact our vendor. When the library system is down, everything stops. Well, almost everything.
Because it is so important, we want to ensure we are running the most recent software on updated equipment.
My last World Music blog post about Orchestra Baobab centered on Dakar, Senegal. From there it’s a short flight over to Cape Verde, the home of Cesaria Evora, “The Barefoot Diva”. We have a CD of Cesaria in our collection called Miss Perfumado which I think you will love.
From Senegal, we move to Cape Verde to sample more World Music from our collection.
Many of the songs on this album are in the Cape Verdean style of Morna.
As it’s name implies, [Morna is] mournful music–an expression of loss and nostalgia, or sodade, an emotion frequently brought on by the emigration that is a basic fact of life in Cape Verde. (From Anastasia Tsioulcas in the liner notes of Miss Perfumado – 1991 Lusafrica)
My favorite track is called Sodade, which roughly translates to “longing” and can both describe the feeling of loss of love and the longing for home. To me the music and the lyrics remind me more of Portugal than West Africa but it undeniably represents a creole-like mixture of both. There is a beautiful dynamic between Cesaria’s rich warm voice and the higher pitched cavaquinho. Unfortunately, I’ve not yet had the pleasure of visiting Cape Verde, but this music seems to capture the beauty and warmth in my imagination of what these islands must be like. Check it out.
The Johnson County Fair runs July 25-28 and it’s my favorite week of the year. I grew up at the Johnson County Fair. My Mom was a 4-H leader, served on the Fair Board and 4-H Youth Committee and was the Home Economics Superintendent for many years. I spent many a happy day playing on the steps in Montgomery Hall, enjoying Lemonade Shake-ups, and getting tossed into the livestock watering tanks. What wonderful memories of growing up in Iowa!
Over the past 18 years, while working at the Iowa City Public Library, I’ve had the privilege of working with the Public Libraries of Johnson County to organize and staff a booth in Building B where we share information about our libraries with the community. The Public Libraries of Johnson County organization reminds me a lot of the 4-H organization and Johnson County Agricultural Association: We focus on youth development, share in the joy of learning by doing, and recognize while we may come from different places we all contribute to the civic life of our community. Read the rest of this entry »
I just finished listening to Year of Yes, narrated by the author, Shonda Rhimes, and it was great. I don’t usually listen to Nonfiction, but a friend recommended it so I placed a hold. I didn’t realize when I started the book that Rhimes is the creator of one of my favorite shows, Grey’s Anatomy. That fact, plus the excellent writing and author narration made the book even more enjoyable.
July is here, which means our Summer Reading Program –On Your Marks, Get Set, Read! –is half over! With the program coming to an end July 31st, there is still plenty of time to sign up to get your reading done to earn great prizes and a chance for one of the grand prizes!
We also have a full line up of great programs coming up in July, here are a few of our bigger children’s events:
July 1st is here! That means we’re halfway through the 2016 Summer Reading Program. But you still have time to play along.
This year, participation is even easier – you can do it online or with a paper game-card available at any public service desk in the Library. For people 18 and over, all you have to do is complete 5 activities. You can read 5 books of your choosing, or use one of the suggestions on the came card or from a recommended list on the Summer Reading Program 2016 website
Some of the Reading List topics you’ll find on the SRP website:
Adventures on a Bike
Books Becoming Movies in 2016
Change your life one book at a time
Fiction Set in Iowa
Goodreads Choice Awards 2015: Best Fiction
If You Can’t Stand the Heat, Get Out Of The Kitchen – Grilling & Barbecue Cookbooks
NPR’s Book Concierge Best Biographies & Memoir 2015
Wanderlust – True Stories of Exploration and Adventure
NOTE: Sorry, I can’t make a direct link into the Summer Reading Program website. You have to log in to see the book list. (And you want to, you really do!) Read the rest of this entry »
A good friend of the Iowa City Public Library passed away earlier this week. Dave Hicks played music and told stories for many events at the library, often with with Guy Drollinger and Mike Haverkamp. Dave, Mike and Guy played Civil War era music for a program on transcribing Civil War diaries at the University of Iowa Special Collections and they performed more recently at the 175th anniversary celebration of the founding of Iowa City. Or come in a borrow a copy of Stones in the Field’s Come Singing, Come Dancing and listen Dave play the fiddle, flute, whistle, guitar, and bodhran.
We’re about halfway through this year’s summertime outreach, and I took my fourth trip to Lone Tree this morning.
The City of Lone Tree contracts with ICPL for library service, and the 4-H on Wheels group in Lone Tree’s North Park is a good place to find kids eager to check out books.
The students were still shooting paper rockets from various contraptions and measuring their results when I got there. Knowing that flight was their topic this week, I brought about 30 books on that STEM subject as well as perennial favorites like Ripley’s Believe it or Not and some DIY creativity guides. With a laptop and a wifi hotspot, I got everyone checked out from my pop-up library on a picnic table and then headed back to ICPL!
My kids have art lessons every Wednesday afternoon, which means I have an hour to kill every week, as 60 minutes is too short to drive home (I don’t live in Iowa City), but too long to sit around and do nothing.
I suppose I could go grocery shopping, but but my life seems to be consumed by errands already. I wanted to do something fun!
It turns out 60 minutes is the perfect amount of time for a visit to the Library, especially when the first hour of parking is free in the Dubuque Street, Capitol Street and Tower Place parking garages, and the Court Street Transportation Center.
So what did I do during my hour?
I picked up a book waiting for me on the Hold Shelf, browsed the DVDs, grabbed a few CDs for my son, and talked to a friend I bumped into in the fiction stacks.