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Iowa City Public Library Friends Foundation Arts & Crafts Bazaar Call for Donations

by Meredith Hines-Dochterman on July 28th, 2014

Plans are underway for the Third Annual Iowa City Public Library Friends Foundation Arts & Crafts Bazaar and we need your help.C

This year’s bazaar will be held on Saturday, Dec. 6, and the Library is seeking donations. Items should be new, handmade arts and crafts that are easily moved and transported by volunteers.

Popular items at previous bazaars included knitted or crocheted hats, scarves, and blankets, greeting and post cards with an Iowa or Iowa City theme, ornaments, jewelry, ceramic bowls and mugs, small quilts and wall hangings, children’s toys and baby items.

Donations may be dropped off at the Library, 123 S. Linn St, beginning Sept. 2. Donations will be accepted through Dec. 4.

For more information, and a donor form, visit https://www.icpl.org/artsandcrafts or call (319) 356-5200.

Proceeds from the sale support the Iowa City Public Library Friends Foundation to benefit Library programs and collections.

Iowa City Public Library’s Digital History Project at Johnson County Fair

by Meredith Hines-Dochterman on July 16th, 2014

Every year, visitors flock to the Johnson County Fairgrounds to partake in a summer tradition: The Johnson County Fair.

From competitions to must-see shows, the fair is home to thousands of memories; memories the Iowa City Public Library’s Digital History Project wants you to share.Banner_fade

Librarians will be at the Public Libraries of Johnson County Fair Booth from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday to solicit audio recordings of fair memories from all fair attendees. The recordings will be added to the Library’s Digital History Project website at history.icpl.org.

Launched in 2013, the Digital History Project is an initiative to share and explore historical images and stories of life in Iowa City and Johnson County. The project’s partners include the Iowa City Public Library, the Iowa City Host Noon Lions Club, and the Johnson County Historical Society.

Everything from fair favorites and special events to earliest recollection qualifies as a fair memory. Stop by the Public Libraries of Johnson County Fair Booth to share yours.

For more information, call the Library at (319) 356-5200.

Visit the Public Libraries of Johnson County at the Johnson County Fair

by Meredith Hines-Dochterman on July 11th, 2014

The Public Libraries of Johnson County are ready for this year’s Johnson County Fair; are you? fair

Representatives from all of Johnson County’s public libraries – Coralville, Iowa City, North Liberty, Oxford, Solon, Swisher, and Tiffin-Springmier – will host a booth in Exhibition Hall #2 during the county fair July 21 through July 24.

Stop by to learn more about how the libraries work together to promote literacy and learning throughout the county. We’ll also have giveaways to hand out, including a special kids-only prize on Kids’ Day on July 22.

All visitors to the Public Libraries of Johnson County fair booth can enter the drawing for an oversized stuffed teddy bear sporting a Public Libraries of Johnson County T-shirt.

We’ll see you at the fair!

Iowa City Public Library presents Stargazing Basics

by Meredith Hines-Dochterman on July 9th, 2014

Have you ever looked up at the stars and wondered what, exactly, you were seeing?starGazing

Brent Studer, an adjunct professor of astronomy at Kirkwood Community College, will help you decipher the mysteries of the night sky with Stargazing Basics and a Tour of the Summer and Fall Sky.

Studer’s presentation will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday, July 23, in Meeting Room A at the Iowa City Public Library. He will give a basic introduction to stargazing and explain how to get started in astronomy as a hobby.

Stargazing Basics and a Tour of the Summer and Fall Sky is part of the Adult Summer Reading Program.

The event is free and open to the public. It also will be broadcast Live on The Library Channel, Iowa City cable channel 10.

For more information, call the Library at (319) 356-5200.

Kids Are Invited to Read with Senior Citizens on Fridays This Summer at ICPL

by Kyle VanNatter on July 8th, 2014

At Rock and Read, kids can read with community members from the Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) while working their way toward meeting their summer reading goals.

Rock and ReadEveryone walks away with a smile on their faces after Rock and Read: Children are entertained with stories; RSVP volunteers delight in sharing their love of reading; and parents are pleased knowing their child is developing his or her reading skills and strengthening their appreciation for books.

Vickie Pasicznyuk, Children’s Services Coordinator, says, “Rock and Read is such a popular program in area schools that we wanted to extend that into the summer at the Library. It’s a great community-builder and helps kids love reading.”

Held on Fridays this summer in the Children’s Room, kids can drop in between 1 to 3:00 p.m. to get started. The next Rock and Read will be this Friday, July 11.

Rock and Read is free and open to the public. For more information, call the Iowa City Public Library at (319) 356-5200.

ICPL announces July Classes for Adults

by Meredith Hines-Dochterman on July 1st, 2014

The Iowa City Public Library is so much more than books; it’s online music, genealogy resources, and online language learning systems! Register for our July adult classes to learn more about these programs.

Do you want to start a project tracing your family lineage? Join us Friday, July 11, from 10 to 11 a.m. or Saturday, July 19, from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. for our Introduction to Genealogy class. Learn about the Library’s free subscriptions to Ancestry.com, HeritageQuest, and Newspaper Archive. A librarian will show you how each of these resources can make finding your ancestors easier.GenealogyTreeB-W_JPG300

Join us on Tuesday, July 15, from 10 to 11 a.m. and learn the difference between online music providers Spotify, Google Play, Soundcloud, and the Iowa City Public Library’s own Online Music Project. The Introduction to Music Online class discusses the difference between streaming and downloading music. Participants will also find out how to make a playlist and share music on a social media site or embed it on a blog.

Learning a language? Tracking stocks? Investigating local Iowa City history? The library has an online resource you can use to do all of these things. Come to the Library Friday, July 25, from 10 to 11 a.m. for a demonstration of the library’s best kept secret – our databases.

All classes for adults are held in the Library’s Computer Lab on the second floor. Classes are free, but space is limited to 10 people per program, so patrons should register early. Visit www.icpl.org/classes to register online. You can also register by calling the Library at (319) 356-5200.

ICPL to celebrate Batman Day on July 23

by Meredith Hines-Dochterman on July 1st, 2014

Holy celebration, Batman! batman-logo

The Caped Crusader celebrates his 75th anniversary this year, a feat which will be celebrated with special events all year long, including Batman Day on Wednesday, July 23.

DC Entertainment is partnering with thousands of comic book retailers, bookstores, and libraries on Batman Day to commemorate the Dark Knight’s influence in popular culture.

The Iowa City Public Library will celebrate Batman Day with a costume contest and a free screening of “Batman: Mask of the Phantasm.” Don your best Caped Crusader apparel and enjoy an animated film in which we Batman is investigating the murders of several prominent gangsters at the same time his ex-fiancée is back in Gotham City.

Comic book artist Eric Gapstur will draw Batman sketches for anyone who wants one during the movie.

After the film, you’re invited to show us how much you know about Bruce Wayne’s Alter Ego in our Batman Trivia Challenge.

The celebration begins at 2 p.m. in Meeting Room A. It is free and open to all ages.

For more information about the Library’s Batman Day celebration, contact Brian Visser at (319) 356-5200.

For the latest information and exclusive content celebrating Batman’s 75th anniversary, visit www.batman75.com.

Families will learn, play during ICPL’s Messy Science Day

by Meredith Hines-Dochterman on June 30th, 2014

Experimenting with science can be fun. It can also be messy. For one day, parents, you won’t be the ones cleaning it up. boy-microscope-post

Join the Iowa City Public Library from 10:30 a.m. to noon Saturday, July 12, for Messy Science Day, a fun-filled family event with all sorts of science experiments.

Librarians will set up the lab on the City Plaza, leading participants through experiments that include the creation of chalk bombs and Mentos soda rockets.

Old clothing is encouraged. Everyone will get messy.

Messy Science Day is free and open to the public. For more information, call the Iowa City Public Library at (319) 356-5200.

Free Screening of the Documentary “The City Dark” on July 16

by Kyle VanNatter on June 28th, 2014

Join us on Wednesday, July 16, for a free screening of the acclaimed documentary “The City Dark” at 7:00 p.m. in Meeting Room A as part of the 2014 Adult Summer Reading Program.

City DarkAfter a move from New York City to rural Maine, filmmaker Ian Cheney was surprised to find streets awash in light and a sky devoid of stars leading him to ask the question “What do we lose, when we lose the night?” The film takes viewers on a quest to understand how light pollution affects people and the planet. Along the way, Cheney visits America’s brightest and darkest corners, asking astronomers, cancer researchers, and ecologists what is lost in the glare of city lights. Among those interviewed is Neil deGrasse Tyson, host of the popular PBS series “Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey.”

A NY Times Critics’ Pick and winner of numerous film festival awards, “The City Dark” blends a humorous, searching narrative with poetic footage of the night sky.

For more information, contact the Iowa City Public Library at (319) 356-5200.

Learn About Iowa’s Most Haunted Places on July 15

by Kyle VanNatter on June 27th, 2014

On Tuesday, July 15, paranormal investigator Terry Fisk, co-author of “The Iowa Road Guide to Haunted Locations,” will join us in Room A at 7:00 p.m. to present Iowa Ghosts and the Afterlife.

Black AngelFrom the Sioux City Airport to Iowa City’s own Black Angel of Oakland Cemetery, Fisk will lead us on a ghostly journey to Iowa’s most haunted places. In the introduction of their book, Fisk’s co-author Chad Lewis says ghost hunting “is as much about adventure as it is about ghosts. This is your cure for the ‘there-is-nothing-to-do’ boredom that haunts us all.”

For adults participating in the Summer Reading Program, you can count attending Iowa Ghosts and the Afterlife as one of your Summer Reading Program events.

For more information, contact the Iowa City Public Library at (319) 356-5200.