by Paul Bethke on November 3rd, 2016
At over 440 titles and growing, the Library’s collection of streaming videos features works created as far back as the late 1970s and as recently as last month. Covering a wide variety of topics, including author visits, personal biographies, musical performances, unique local history, and even how to make water gardens, there is something in this collection to engage, enlighten, and amuse everyone (you can even observe the Library and select staff as they change over time!)
The problem has been knowing were these videos are in order to access them. Previously, to find them through our Website, one had to start at the Library Service pull down, go to the Library Channel tab, track down the On Demand Video link, then do additional selecting from there. Not a very intuitive or speedy process, especially when it’s reasonable to start looking first at Books and More, then rifle through the Videos, e-Media, and even Unique Collections tabs. To make it a bit easier to track them down, or at least provide more awareness of their existence, I was tasked earlier this year with adding the collection to our catalog and linking them to our streaming video page. Now individual videos can be accessed directly from the relevant record. Doing a call number search and using some truncated form of STREAMING VIDEO will bring up the entire collection. If you want to take a test drive, try doing a catalog search using Irving Weber or Project Green.
by Patty McCarthy on October 28th, 2016
Wesley Beary is a very talented volunteer on the board of the Iowa City Public Library Friends Foundation and a Forty Under 40 recipient this year. What’s that? An honor presented by the Corridor Business Journal to recognize forty people making a significant impact who are under the age of 40.
At ICPL, Wesley recruited other software developers and created educational games for Mable the Table in the Children’s Room. Graphic novels are his favorites. He is also Mission Creek Festival’s Innovation Organizer, and a mentor for DevIowa Bootcamp, and the Iowa Startup Accelerator. Congratulations Wesley! Read about all 40 honorees at www.corridorbusiness.com
by Brent Palmer on October 24th, 2016
Renewing eBooks through Overdrive is a bit different than renewing physical books or other items from ICPL. When your loan period gets down to within 3 days, you should see an option on your “Loans” page (formerly: “Checkouts” Page). [Note: this option does not show up on your app bookshelf.] The link should say “request again”. See this overdrive help page on renewing titles to see what it looks like. When you renew an ebook or audiobook, you are not extending your loan period, but essentially putting another hold on the book. It will ask you for your email address again. If there are no other holds, then you will get the book as soon as the load period ends. This does not work as slick as Overdrive lets on. You usually have to go back to your Loans page and go through the borrow and download process again. In my own experience, if you are re-downloading the title at the same time as it expires, the app can get a little confused, but it usually sorts itself out. It does usually remember where you left off in the book, however. Also please note that we do not offer the “request again” or renew option from the ICPL catalog, at this time. You can only do this from the Libraries of Johnson County Overdrive page or from within the app itself.
If this process trips you up or if you have questions, you can all the library during open hours and we will do our best to help you out.
by Anne Mangano on October 19th, 2016
On Wednesday, November 9th, the Iowa City Public Library will upgrade its OverDrive website, which supports the library’s eBook and digital audiobook collections. The new site will make finding, browsing, and borrowing eBooks and eAudio faster and easier. You now have the option of exploring the new site before the official launch by clicking on the red bar at the bottom of the current OverDrive website.
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by Kara Logsden on October 15th, 2016
Last spring Crystal City performed a Music on Wednesday program in our Lobby and I was blown away by their music. It is harmonious, celebratory, and joyful. Plus Sam’s whistling ability is … AMAZING! Join us Wednesday October 19th at Noon as we welcome Crystal City back to Iowa City Public Library.
Dave Helmer and Sam Drella are Crystal City. Their music is described as “Heartland rock band with blue-collar roots” with “themes of love and loss, being good to each other, and celebrating life.” Since discovering this band I’ve enjoyed listening to their music online (listen here) and getting to know their music a bit better. If you live in our service area (Iowa City, rural Johnson County, Hills, University Heights or Lone Tree), you can download their album for free with your ICPL card and password via our Local Music Project.
I’ll see you at the Library on Wednesday October 19 at Noon in the Lobby for the sweet tunes of Crystal City.
by Kara Logsden on October 6th, 2016
Iowa City Public Library hosted early voting on September 29, 2016 – the first day voters could cast their ballot early for the November 8th Presidential Election. On that day, 585 people voted early at the Library. Since then, we’ve had droves of people coming in hoping to vote. The official early voting schedule is posted HERE at the Johnson County Auditor’s webpage.
Early Voting at the Iowa City Public Library begins again on Saturday October 29 at 10:00 AM. A complete schedule is below. If you can’t wait until October 29th, the Early Voting hours at the Johnson County Auditor’s Office are also listed below.
Iowa City Public Library Early Voting Schedule:
Saturday, October 29, 10 AM – 5 PM
Sunday, October 30, Noon-5 PM
Monday, October 31 through Friday, November 4, 11 AM – 4 PM
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by Angela Pilkington on October 4th, 2016
Well Fed, Well Read is a library program that gives your family an opportunity to kick off the fall with fun and giving! Join us in the Storytime Room this Friday, October. 7, anytime between 1-4:30 pm for stories, songs, activities, and snacks—and a food drive for The Crisis Center of Johnson County, hosted by The Iowa City Public Library. Did you know that one third of the people in households served by the Food Bank are children? Well Fed, Well Read gives kids a chance to show they care.
Take advantage of a no-school day (for students in the Iowa City Community School District) for some great entertainment. Stop by with a book and/or food donation for a family in need, then stick around for stories, snacks, and activities, including upcycled crafts, a sorting game about composting and recycling, and a lesson on planting an indoor garden by Jenni Mettemeyer from Farm to School starting at 1pm.
Miss Jamie’s Farm will present a special interactive and musical storytime about buying local, eating healthy, and the importance of farms in our community from 2 to 2:45 p.m.
Hy-Vee Nutritionist Cathy Gehris will teach participants how to make healthy snacks from 3 to 3:30 p.m. and 3:30 to 4 p.m. Yum-snacks!
Well Fed, Well Read will conclude with a screening of What’s on Your Plate?, a film about farming and the environment.
Drop in anytime and stay as long as you can! The only admission requested is a donation for The Iowa City Crisis Center, such as nonperishable food items or new children’s books. We invite you to join us—partnering together to feed the minds and bodies of Johnson County!
by Kara Logsden on September 29th, 2016
Tomorrow the Iowa City Public Library’s Book Cart Drill Team will hit the streets as a part of the 2016 University of Iowa Homecoming Parade. The fun starts at 5:45 and we’re entry #25.
Every year Library staff have a lot of fun at the parade – it’s an awesome experience to feel the love for the Library from the crowd. We also have a lot of fun entertaining the crowd with the Book Cart Drill Team with various maneuvers such as the “Pinwheel” and “Snake.” Watch closely because there may also be a special appearance from our Super Hero, Book Man! Read the rest of this entry »
by Maeve Clark on September 21st, 2016
Shakespeare in prisons is a thing, a powerful and life-changing thing. The library has books and documentaries on how Shakespeare’s works are used in prisons and other unconventional locations, such as Shakespeare Saved My Life : ten years in solitary with the Bard by Laura Bates about her Shakespeare in Shackles program at the Indiana Federal Prison. Caesar must die Cesare deve morire, a is a documentary about inmates at a high-security prison in Rome preparing for a public performance of Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar. The prisoners discover how the play resonates with them as they rehearse.
On Tuesday, September 28, Collen Kennedy will lead a discussion at the library on another work about Shakespeare in prison, Hamlet’s Dreams: the Robben Island Shakespeare by David Shalkwyk. Shalkwyk uses the circulation of the so-called ‘Robben Island Shakespeare’, a copy of the Alexander edition of the Complete Works that was secretly circulated, annotated and signed by a group of Robben Island political prisoner in the 1970s (including Nelson Mandela), to examine the representation and experience of imprisonment in South African prison memoirs and Shakespeare’s Hamlet. It looks at the ways in which oppressive spaces or circumstances restrict. Copies of Hamlet’s Dreams are available from the Info Desk on the second floor of the library. This brief, but powerful work, is fascinating in its examination of the Robben Island prison and just how Shakespeare changed the lives of the political prisoners who read his works. Please join us to share your thoughts on Shakespeare and the beauty and force of his words. This program and other Shakespeare related programs and displays are done as a partnership with the University of Iowa Library and its First Folio exhibition.