Eat Out to Read: Pagliai’s Pizza on July 31st!

by Patty McCarthy on July 28th, 2017

Monday, July 31st is the last day to enjoy delicious Pagliai’s Pizza and benefit the Iowa City Public Library at the same time! Mention ICPL when dining in or carrying out on Monday, 4:00-11:00 pm, and Pagliai’s will generously donate 25% of your total ticket. Hope to see you at Pagliai’s Pizza, 302 East Bloomington Street in Iowa City. Call 351-5073 for an order to go. Thank you to our Library friends at Pagliai’s Pizza for participating in Eat Out to Read on Mondays in July!

Upcoming B.Y.O.Book events

by Candice Smith on July 28th, 2017

37380B.Y.O.Book, the Library’s books-in-bars book club, has some new events coming up! Grab a book, then pull up a chair to discuss it with us, while enjoying some food and drink at a great, local restaurant. Find more information and register for events by clicking on the links below.

August 15, at The Mill, 6 p.m., we’ll talk about Carson McCullers’ The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter

September 19, at Basta Pizzeria Ristorante, 6 p.m., we’ll talk about Elena Ferrante’s My Brilliant Friend

October 24, at Share Wine Bistro & Small Plate Lounge, 6 p.m., we’ll talk about Jeff Speck’s Walkable City: How Downtown Can Save America, One Step at a Time

A limited number of each title will be available at the Info Desk on the 2nd floor of the Iowa City Public Library for checkout; there are also copies in the Library’s print, audio, and digital collections. Please call the Info Desk at 356-5200 for more information, or email candice-smith@icpl.org

Renewing Your Drivers License

by Mary Estle-Smith on July 24th, 2017

Do you need to renew your license? Can’t find the time to get to the DOT office during their hours? Don’t like waiting? If you answered YES to any of these questions, ICPL may have the solution for you.

We have had a DOT kiosk on the 2nd floor of the library for the past couple of years. You can use it any time that the library is open to renew or replace your license. There are some restrictions. For example, if your current license if not from Iowa or if  it has been expired for a long time (more than 1 year and 60 days), you will still need to go to the DOT office. The kiosk, similar to visiting the DOT in person, will give you a paper receipt at the conclusion of your transaction. You must pay with either credit or debit card. Your actual license will be mailed to you within 21 days of application.

In FY17 our Kiosk was used 1,1712 time. This is a 32% increase over the previous year. It is a popular service but we have not had any lines waiting to use it–so far.

For complete information about requirements and who is eligible to use  this convenient service go to:  https://iowadot.gov/mvd/kiosks.

If you are not able to use the kiosk for some reason,  here is the information on the DOT office:

Eastdale Mall

1700 South First Ave.

Iowa City
(319) 338-5294
and their website:  https://iowadot.gov/mvd/driverslicense/driverslicense/dlsites/iowacity

We’ll See YOU at the Johnson County Fair!

by Kara Logsden on July 21st, 2017

2017-07-pljc-fair-boothThe 2017 Johnson County Fair runs July 24-27 at the Fairgrounds south of Iowa City. Each year the Public Libraries of Johnson County join together to sponsor a booth celebrating the awesome libraries we have in our county. Please stop by and see us at the Fair. We’ll be giving away orange book bags and you can sign-up to win a giant Golden Retriever (plush dog, not a real dog 🙂 ). Tuesday is Children’s Day. We have special giveaways that day for all the children who stop by.

There’s also a lot of other activities at the Johnson County Fair – something for all ages. Here’s a few quick links to the schedule of activities:

Entertainment Schedule: http://www.johnsoncofair.com/entertainment.html

4-H and FFA Schedule: http://www.johnsoncofair.com/4h_ffa.html

Bill Riley’s Talent Contest: http://www.johnsoncofair.com/talent.html

There’s also a number of contests during the Fair. What’s my favorite? The Rubber Chicken Throwing Contest 🙂 A full schedule can be found on the yellow-side bar of the Fair’s Webpage. We’ll see you at the Fair!

 

Silhouettes and Shadows by Sea Beast

by Mari Redington on July 19th, 2017

We’ve had a lot of wonderful special programs so far for the Summer Reading Program, including visits from hissing cochroaches, snakes, lizards, a duck, a tortoise and a fancy rat, not to mention Dan Wardell! However, one of my favorite performers to host at the library is a shadow puppet company from Chicago called Sea Beast. Shadow puppetry is considered the oldest form of puppetry in the world. It originated thousands of years ago in China and India. In Western Europe shadow puppetry became popular in the 19th century when the art of cutting silhouettes out of paper was fashionable. In 1926 German shadow puppeteer Lotte Reiniger made the first full length animated film The Adventures of Prince Achmet. Reiniger hand-cut stunning opaque silhouette figures that were moved on an animation table. Sea Beast embodies the evolving history of shadow puppetry in their artistry with an almost extinct technology—overhead projectors. Read the rest of this entry »

No Bookmobile Wednesday July 12

by Kara Logsden on July 6th, 2017

2017-07-bookmobileAfter driving 420 miles through the streets of Iowa City in June, the Iowa City Public Library’s Bookmobile will be out of service on Wednesday July 12th because of scheduled maintenance and warranty work. A Library staff member will be available at scheduled stops for Holds pickup. Regular service will resume on Thursday July 13th.

Stories in the Park, held at 10:30 AM that day in Wetherby Park, 2398 Taylor Drive, Iowa City, will go on as scheduled with a special guest. Becky with West Music will offer a musical program that teaches fundamentals of rhythm, basic motor function, mental dexterity, healthy emotional expression, sociability, and more.

If you are curious about what’s been happening on the ICPL Bookmobile, visit Shawna’s recent blog post here or my June 22nd blog post here.

For more information about ICPL Bookmobile services and the summer schedule, please navigate to www.icpl.org/bookmobile or call the Library during regular business hours at 319-356-5200.

We’ll see you soon on the Bookmobile!

 

Having a Blast on the Bookmobile!

by Shawna Riggins on July 3rd, 2017

July has arrived and our first month of Bookmobile service is in the books! We have had a wonderful time getting to know our community even better since Bookmobile service officially beg19533614_482704608745669_8351687546295549952_n1an on June 6th.

Our most frequently asked question this past month has been “Are you getting plenty of visitors?” The answer is, “Yes, and keep on coming!” We are delighted to be getting to know people who are brand new library users as well as seeing existing library users in new settings. If you’ve visited the Bookmobile recently and seen some empty shelves, that is because people have been loving the Bookmobile SO much, they’ve been clearing us out of books. What a wonderful problem to have! We restock our shelves every morning so there is always something new to find on the Bookmobile. Read the rest of this entry »

Digital magazines: Zinio for Libraries is now RBdigital

by Melody Dworak on June 26th, 2017

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Fellow magazine lovers: tonight, the service ICPL uses for digital magazines will experience a significant upgrade. The company has been working on a new app that promises to improve the experience of checking out and reading digital magazines. The new app is called RBdigital, and although the look and feel is changing, you will still have access to the same great collection of titles.

The Zinio for Libraries website and app will down starting at 7 p.m. when the company starts the upgrade process. Wait until the morning of June 27 before you check out digital magazines again.

If you run into any problems when you transition over to the new app, please don’t hesitate to contact us.

Bookmobile Update

by Kara Logsden on June 22nd, 2017

2017-06-bookmobile-lemmeCONNECT … ENGAGE … ENRICH! Bookmobile services are in full swing and we are connecting with our community in new ways, engaging new readers and community partners and enriching lives. It is heartwarming to experience the welcome we’ve received throughout our community.

We’re connecting with new populations in many of the neighborhoods we’re serving. Recently teachers from Lemme Elementary met us at a stop. Not only did they provide popsicles, but also encouraged the students to find their friends and make sure they came out to the Bookmobile (see picture). At the end of the stop, everyone had Library materials, a book bag, and a wallet attached to their book bag that held their Library card. We can’t wait to go back this week!

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New Website Coming Soon

by Alyssa Hanson on June 8th, 2017

Look for our new website on the morning of Tuesday, June 13th!

Some changes: New materials and links to digital content will now be highlighted on the front page. A big change will be the navigation menu, which will move from the side to along the top header area. The menu has also been reorganized. Along with this, each page has also been simplified to make it more readable.

We know a lot of people are using mobile devices to visit our site and so responsive design was also a large priority. The content has been designed to look good on phones, tablets, desktops computers, and everything in between.

We will continue working on improvements and will have a feedback form for comments, questions, and concerns as soon as we release. Questions before then? Feel free to contact us either through phone at (319) 356-5200 or online by chat or email on our Ask Us page.

New Website Image Screenshots – Desktop and Mobile versions, respectively:
Image of our New Desktop Version of our WebsiteImage of our New Mobile Version of our Website