Storytime Recap: Royal Wedding Celebration

by Anne Wilmoth on May 23rd, 2018

Children’s storytimes over the weekend and early this week were designed to celebrate the wedding of Prince Harry and Miss Meghan Markle on May 19 in Windsor, with books, songs and rhymes focused on princes and princesses, British culture, and fairy tales.

We read the Robert Munsch classic The Paper Bag Princess, in which a princess saves her prince from a dragon, only to be rejected by him for not looking princess-like enough, prompting her to call him a “bum” and happily skip off into the sunset alone. Children also enjoyed hearing The Queen’s Handbag by Steve Antony, in which the Queen chases a swan who has made off with her handbag around the United Kingdom, stopping in at such vaunted British landmarks as Stonehenge, Oxford, and Edinburgh Castle.

We sang songs that allowed us to practice bowing and curtsying like princes and princesses; recited Mother Goose rhymes about serving and drinking tea; marched like the Grand Old Duke of York; tapped our boots like knights; made hats out of scarves; and had some color identification and math practice with flannel stories about a rainbow of sparkly crowns and a troupe of multicolored dragons.

The British library recently put two medieval manuscripts on display that feature stunning images – gold and ermine, gifts and feasting – of royal weddings of the past. Take a look and compare royal weddings then and now. Also, in case you missed it, enjoy the best candid photos of the recent royal wedding published by Harper’s Bazaar and view the official photographs shared by CNN.

The Prince and the Dressmaker

by Casey Maynard on November 16th, 2018

The Prince and the Dressmaker The first of our Mock Caldecott selections up for review is Jen Wang’s “The Prince and the Dressmaker”. Set in Paris at the turn of the century, this graphic novel is part realistic fiction, part fairy tale and wholly delightful. Not only is the story exquisite, expanding on all of the wonderful fairy tale tropes with which audiences are familiar, but the visual storytelling is truly remarkable.

Since we’re focusing on the art, all I will say plot wise is that this is about a young prince, Sebastian, who enjoys dresses and whose parents are trying to find him a marriage match. He happens across an up an coming haute couture seamstress, Frances, who agrees to make dresses for him to wear in secret. Tensions arise as Frances tries to reconcile wanting to help Sebastian and keep his secret with wanting to further her career. Read the rest of this entry »

ICPL Mock Newbery Awards 2019

by Morgan Reeves on November 15th, 2018

It’s time to prepare for our Mock Newbery Awards this year. The real Newbery Medal is awarded annually by the Association for Library Service to Children, a division of the American Library Association, to the author of the most distinguished contribution to American literature for children.  Read the rest of this entry »

ICPL’s 2019 Mock Caldecott Awards

by Casey Maynard on November 12th, 2018

In preparation for the ALA’s Youth Media Awards librarians and educators all over the country are talking about who could win, in particular the Newbery and Caldecott. Here at ICPL we like to host our own mini version of the awards in the months leading up to the announcement. This year we have narrowed the field of Caldecott eligible titles to 10. I will review one each Friday until we announce ICPL’s winners on January 25th. Voting for the ICPL’s mock awards will begin on December 1st and run through January 21st.

Without further ado, here is the list of ICPL’s Mock Caldecott contenders for 2019–disclaimer they are listed and will be reviewed in order of publication date.

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Minecraft ARTober Creations

by Morgan Reeves on October 26th, 2018

 October has been all about art in many forms from traditional to digital. The tweens in Minecraft got in on the artistic action by creating pixel-style art and statues on the library server. Some were individual efforts and some were combined projects. They had complete creative freedom Check out their creations below.

 

 

 

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Looking for a Level ____ Book?

by Casey Maynard on October 16th, 2018

Have you ever come to the children’s desk and asked “Where can I find the level 1 books?” or “Where are your books with a Lexile number of….?” and received a long-winded round about answer? At the ALSC National Institute in Cincinnati, I attended a wonderful session on the history and uses of leveling and I thought that since I hear the leveling question often, this information would be useful for our community.

It is well known that leveled reading is a dominant educational structure that most if not all caregivers and children learning to read will find themselves functioning within. Leveling books can be an extremely helpful tool in terms of finding books that children will be able to read independently. But it is just that, a tool, a guideline, not a hard and fast rule. If you take one thing away from this blog post I hope it is this: there is no such thing as a book that is ‘too easy’ or ‘too difficult’ for a reader at any level.   That’s a bold statement right? But when you think about the why, it really starts to make sense. Read the rest of this entry »

Stories in the Park with the Bookmobile Kicks off in June

by Mari Redington on May 30th, 2018

You don’t have to choose between a morning trip to the library for storytime or a playground visit before the sun gets too hot this summer, check out Stories in the Park all summer long! The Iowa City Public Library’s summertime outdoor reading series, Stories in the Park, will be held from 10:30 to 11 a.m. June 4 through August 3 at the following locations:

  • Monday at Willow Creek Park, 1177 Teg Dr.
  • Wednesday at Wetherby Park, 2400 Taylor Dr.
  • Friday at Mercer Park, 2701 Bradford Dr.

Stories in the Park is a mix of traditional storytimes and special performances, most similar to Preschool Storytime at the downtown library,  but appropriate for all ages. On traditional storytime days, you can expect stories, songs, and rhymes. Special performances will be mostly musical in nature in celebration of our Summer Reading theme Libraries Rock!

Children, parents and caregivers should remember to bring their Library Card in order to check out books and DVDs from the Bookmobile. If you need to sign up for a card you can do that on the Bookmobile as well.  You can sign up for the Summer Reading Program and redeem prizes for Babies & Toddlers, Kids, Teens and Adults on the bookmobile at all of scheduled stops. See the bookmobile summer schedule to plan your visits. the Bookmobile will also be at all of the Thursday Party in the Park events this summer for your library needs, see the Party in the Park schedule to find out when we’ll be in your neighborhood!

In the event of rain, the Monday and Wednesday storytimes will be held at the Library and the Friday storytimes will be cancelled. However, the Bookmobile will still travel to the parks, rain or shine, so visitors can check out items. There won’t be Stories in the Park or Bookmobile service on Wednesday, July 4.

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ABC’s Saturday: Art, Books & Children 2018

by Mari Redington on May 22nd, 2018

 

The Arts Fest is the unofficial kick-off of summer in Iowa City, so be sure to bring your whole family down to Clinton Street for all of the fun, free activities perfect for children of all ages.

On Saturday June 2nd, 11 am-3 pm, we are celebrating Art, Books and Children, or the ABC’s, during the Iowa Arts Festival!  Mark your calendars now for this annual event, formerly known as Children’s Day, produced by the Iowa City Public Library with Summer of the Arts. Due to construction in the Ped Mall, all of the children’s activities will be concentrated on Clinton Street between the College Street crosswalk and Washington Street, with the Family Stage at the south end and the bookmobile at the north end. This is a great time to sign up for the ICPL’s summer reading program—Libraries Rock! and visit the ICPL bookmobile!

 

Learn about art, music, science and more with activity booths from local groups and enjoy a show on the Family Stage. With live performances, arts and crafts, fun activities, and the ICPL Bookmobile, there’s something for everyone!

The fun doesn’t end on Saturday! On Sunday, check out the Children’s Global Village, featuring activity booths representing different countries and cultures. Find out more about the Arts Festival, ABC’s: Art, Books and Children on Saturday and Children’s Global village on Sunday from Summer of the Arts!

 

Renowned children’s musician Dino O’Dell

 

Family Stage Schedule:

11:00 AM      After School Specials

11:45 AM      Dino O’Dell

12:30 PM     Herky and the Hawkeye Cheerleaders

1:15 PM         Dream Divas

2:00 PM       Family Folk Machine

 

 

 

 

Activity Booths:

  • ICPL Bookmobile and Summer Reading Program Sign-up
  • Recycled Craft and Games with the 100 Grannies
  • Mason Bee Habitats with Green Iowa AmeriCorps and Iowa City Park and Recreation
  • Furry Friends with Iowa City Animal Care and Adoption Center
  • Rock Painting with the Iowa City Public Library
  • Make Your Mark with the City of Literature
  • Tiles for a Mural with Big Picture Young Artist Studio
  • Paint the Town with ICPL and Blick Art Materials
  • Making Music Together with the Preucil School of Music
  • Girl Scouts of Eastern Iowa and Western Illinois
  • Iowa Children’s Museum
  • Spin Art with Johnson County 4-H
  • Jingle Bracelets with West Music
  • Summertime Shrinky Dinks with ICPL

Storytime Recap: Mother’s Day

by Morgan Reeves on May 12th, 2018

Tissue paper flowersTomorrow is Mother’s Day, so we had to have a storytime all about how great moms are. There are lots of stories about all kinds of mothers, but today we read about animal moms, new moms, and monster moms. We learned some songs to sing to our mothers to show them how much we love them. We finished up storytime by watching a movie based on the book Is Your Mama a Llama? by Deborah Guarino. Check out the list below of books, songs and rhymes. Don’t forget to come by the library on Sunday to make a special bouquet of paper flowers for the moms in your life.

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Storytime Recap: Intergenerational Storytime at Emerson Point Assisted Living

by Anne Wilmoth on May 4th, 2018

In honor of National Children’s Book Week, a special storytime was held this week at Emerson Point Assisted Living.

Children of all ages came with their parents and arrayed themselves on the floor in the activities room. Behind them, care facility residents sat in a large half-circle of chairs.

We started with books, songs, and rhymes, focusing on classics that all ages were likely to know – we read oversized book versions of Little Red Hen and The Three Little Kittens, recited some nursery rhymes with the help of flannel board pictures, and sang “Old McDonald,” “The Grand Old Duke of York,” “Row, Row, Row Your Boat,” and others. Erin Moore, the activities director at Emerson Point, accompanied the singing on her guitar.

After enjoying stories together, snacks were laid out. A May basket craft incorporating watercolors and sparkly pipe cleaners was also available. Parents, children and residents mingled, chatted, and made connections as they felt comfortable – though there was no pressure to do so. Simply being together with community members in all phases of life offered social benefits to all in attendance.

Around the country, a handful of public libraries hold periodic storytimes at nursing home facilities. There are even several preschools located within the walls of an elder care facility. A 2017 documentary film, Present Perfect, explores one such intergenerational learning center. Filmmaker Evan Briggs points out how “generationally segregated” American society has become – a phenomenon the preschools and events like this week’s Intergenerational Storytime are trying to combat.

According to The Atlantic, “Numerous studies have linked social interaction with decreased loneliness, delayed mental decline, lower blood pressure, and reduced risk of disease and death in elders. Socializing across generations has also been shown to increase the amount of smiling and conversation among older adults, according to one Japanese study from 2013.”

It was clear at ICPL’s Intergenerational Storytime that the Emerson Point residents found the children a source of joy, and the parents, too, were enthusiastic. One mother commented that without grandparents living nearby, this was a rare and valuable opportunity for her toddler to have meaningful interaction with the elderly. Residents, in turn, were already asking if the children could come back another time.