Ped Mall doors open; Linn Street doors to close Aug. 12

by Meredith Hines-Dochterman on August 9th, 2019

Crew members for the Ped Mall Renovation Project made book lovers happy today (Friday, Aug. 9; also known as National Book Lovers Day) when they finished the paving in front of the Iowa City Public Library’s west entrance. Because of this, the Library’s Ped Mall doors are now open!

The new pavers look great and will be so much safer to walk on when it’s rainy or snowing. Now new pavers need to be installed in front of the Iowa City Public Library’s Linn Street entrance. Because of this, our Linn Street doors will close on Monday, Aug. 12. They will remain closed through Wednesday afternoon. Signs will be posted directing foot traffic to the Library’s Ped Mall entrance.

We apologize for the inconvenience and than you for your patience. The Ped Mall is going to look great when everything is finished!

Downtown Block Party @ ICPL

by Maeve Clark on June 17th, 2019

The Iowa City Public Library will be open until 10 on Saturday, June 22. Join your friends playing play Mario Kart and Smash Brothers in Meeting Room A from 6 pm to 8 pm as part of the Downtown Block Party. From 8:30 pm to 9:30 pm Jason Snell, a multidisciplinary artist, presents Primary Assembly, a performance using an EEG biosensor to compose music and video with his mind. His performance is sponsored by the Iowa City Public Art Program.

 

ICPL at Iowa City Pride

by Melody Dworak on June 6th, 2019

Iowa City PrideThe Iowa City Public Library is proud to be a sponsor of Iowa City Pride this year. It is the 49th anniversary of Iowa City’s own Pride Parade, and the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall uprising, which catapulted the gay liberation movement onto the national scene.

New York City police raided the Stonewall Inn in Greenwich Village in the early morning hours of June 28, 1969. This led to more protesting and public unrest in a city where police would routinely harass an entrap homosexuals by posing as men cruising the street.

And although society has come a long way in 50 years, we still have more work to do. Finding a single-stall bathroom can still be a challenge for transfolk, for example. (The Library has a single-stall restroom available in the Children’s Room, open to anyone.)

So what is the Library doing to support Pride this year? We are delighted to be participating in the following ways: Read the rest of this entry »

Get ready to celebrate the Bookmobile!

by Meredith Hines-Dochterman on April 2nd, 2019

Wednesday, April 10, is National Bookmobile Day – but why celebrate for a day when a week is longer?

Join us as we celebrate National Bookmobile Week April 8 through April 12! Anyone who visits the Bookmobile that week will receive a sweet treat and other goodies. You can find our schedule here.

Patrons who post a photo of our Bookmobile with the #icplbookmobile hashtag on Instagram, Facebook or Twitter April 8 through April 12, will be entered in a drawing for a Bookmobile travel mug. Feel free to visit the Bookmobile more than once that week to increase your chances of winning!

We’ll see you on the road!

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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Extra, Extra! Read all about it!

by Meredith Hines-Dochterman on August 23rd, 2018

Did you know we have online newsletters promoting the latest Library news?

The Little Window, our online Children’s Room newsletter, is sent to subscribers the first Thursday of the month. The Windshield, our Bookmobile newsletter, is mailed to subscribers the second Thursday of the month. Check It Out, our general Library newsletter, is released the third Thursday of the month. Each newsletter includes fun features, upcoming programming information and staff recommendations.

Don’t miss out; subscribe today using the City of Iowa City’s eSubscription form.

Color of Unity March for Dr. King: Monday January 15th

by Heidi Kuchta on January 8th, 2018

Iowa City’s Black Voices Project is organizing a Color of Unity march for Martin Luther King Jr. Day, which is next Monday! I found out about this event through Facebook, but wanted to get the word out on the library’s blog, too.

Here are the details copied from the Black Voices Project’s Facebook page:

In commemoration of Dr. King’s life, this year, we hope you will join us in honoring Dr. King’s extraordinary work and example during Iowa City’s 1st Annual “COLOR OF UNITY MARCH” on Monday, January 15, 2018.

OUR 2018 GRAND MARSHALLS ARE:
MAZAHIR SALIH & KINGSLEY BOTCHWAY

We would like to see ALL of our community members come together in unity!
Citizens will gather at 9:00a.m. for line up procession at Faith Academy located at 1030 Crosspark Ave., and will start the walk/car procession at 10:00a.m. in a demonstration of strength and support, to Grantwood Elementary School at 1930 Lakeside Dr.

This is a kid-friendly/ senior citizen event, so you are welcome to drive your families in the parade as well!

Let’s announce the iPad Mini winner, shall we?

by Melody Dworak on December 22nd, 2017
iPad Mini and travel magazines

Love to travel? Don’t forget to download your favorite RBdigital magazines before you hit the road!

We’re pleased to announce the winner of the iPad Mini!

Jeff is an engineer who travels for work. He said he uses ICPL’s digital magazine collection to download magazines before hopping on his flights to and fro. The RBdigital app helps him curb impulsively buying expensive magazines while waiting in the airport. Congratulations, Jeff! We hope you enjoy your prize. Bon voyage!

Many thanks to everyone who participated in the Digital Johnson County iPad promotion. I hope you grew to love our digital magazine collection as much as I do.

Late Night at ICPL on June 24

by Meredith Hines-Dochterman on June 14th, 2017

Were you one of those kids who stayed up late reading under the covers with a flashlight? If the answer is yes, Late Night at the Library is for you!

The Iowa City Public Library will stay open until 10 p.m. on Saturday, June 24, in conjunction with the Downtown Iowa City Block Party. All Library services will be available during our late operating hours, including computer use and checkouts. We also have a few special activities planned.

Old School Gaming, 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. in Meeting Room D.

We’ll have some of your favorite games from yesteryear, including Super Mario Bros, so brush off old grudges and finally settle that videogame dispute with your best from the early 2000s, if not sooner. This event is free for all participants.

Super Smash Bros Tournament, 7 to 9 p.m. in Meeting Room A.

Winner takes all, and a Downtown District gift card, in this Super Smash Bros for Nintendo Wii U battle. Registration begins at 7 p.m. The tournament begins at 7:30 p.m. Participation is free.

I SPY @IC Library, 7 to 9 p.m. in the Library Lobby.

Explore our collection like never before with our first-ever ICPL scavenger hunt! Form a team and be the first to solve all our clues, recording your answers on your smartphone. This is the one time a librarian can’t help, so we hope you’re up to the challenge!

I SPY is a fundraiser for the ICPL Friends Foundation. Participation is $5 per person with the winning team receiving a Downtown District gift card. Register your team at 7 p.m. in the Library Lobby; the hunt begins promptly at 7:30 p.m.

For more information about Late Night at the Library, call 319-356-5200. For more information about the Downtown Iowa City Block Party, visit downtowniowacity.com.

ICPL, IYWP to offer fantasy writing summer workshops

by Meredith Hines-Dochterman on June 9th, 2017

The Iowa City Public Library has teamed up with the Iowa Youth Writing Project to offer two writing camps for teens this summer.

Worlds Away: Fantasy Writing

June 26 through June 30, 1 to 3 p.m. in Room D at the Iowa City Public Library

Teens who love stories of fantasy, folklore and mythology are invited to attend a week of world building and creativity with World Away: Fantasy Writing. Participants will make maps of new lands, write spells, discuss the finer points of magical creatures, dream up characters emerging into wild and mysterious predicaments, and turn the everyday scenes of Iowa City into enchanting and unfamiliar settings.

Choose Your Own Adventure: Writing and Designing Interactive Stories

July 17 through July 21, 1 to 4 p.m. in the Computer Lab at the Iowa City Public Library

If you’ve ever wanted to write a story that gives readers the freedom to seek their own destiny, this is the camp for you. We’ll explore the basics of choose-your-own-adventure storytelling and learn how to use free online tools to help organize and visually map multi-thread narratives. Students will create their own interactive adventure stories and turn them into digital, playable products.

Both camps are open to teens ages 13 through 18. Camps are free to attend, but registration is required. To register, visit iywp.org/programs/summer-programs and click on the registration button below the program description of the camp you wish to attend.

The Iowa Youth Writing Project is a non-profit outreach collective founded by University of Iowa Writers’ Workshop graduates in 2010 that aims to join Iowa City’s unique literary heritage with Iowa’s larger community by empowering, inspiring, and educating Iowa’s youth through language arts and creative thinking. For more information, visit iywp.org.

For more information about the IYWP programs offered at ICPL, call the Library at 319-356-5200.