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Stories in the Park begins June 10

by Meredith Hines-Dochterman on May 24th, 2015

The Iowa City Public Library’s Stories in the Park summertime outdoor reading series begins June 10 and continues through July 31.

Stories in the Park will be held at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday mornings at Willow Creek Park, 117 Teg Dr., and 10:30 a.m. Friday mornings at Mercer Park, 2701 Bradford Dr.

In the event of rain, the Wednesday storytimes will be held at the Library and the Friday storytimes will be cancelled. There will be no storytime on Friday, July 3, and Wednesday, July 22.

Stories in the Park is an outdoor storytime geared toward children between the ages of three and six. All children in attendance need to be accompanied by a parent or adult caregiver.

Children should remember to bring their Library Card, as there will be a selection of books available for check out at each storytime. Children who don’t have a Library Card can sign up at icpl.org/cards. Library staff will be available to issue new Library Cards at Stories in the Park.

This event is co-sponsored by the Iowa City Parks and Recreation Department and the Iowa City Public Library. For more information, please call the Library at (319) 356-5200.

ICPL Summer Bus Program Begins June 3

by Meredith Hines-Dochterman on May 13th, 2015

An Iowa City Public Library card is your child’s ticket to ride an Iowa City Transit bus free this summer.Summer-Library-Bus

The Library will provide free bus rides to children through 12th grade, and the adult caregivers who are with them, on any Iowa City Transit bus route, between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. every weekday beginning Wednesday, June 3. Eligible bus riders should show their Iowa City Public Library card to the bus driver to gain free access to the bus.

Children can catch a ride home anytime the same day with a Ride & Read bus pass, which is issued by showing a Library Card at any public service desk at the Library.

Parents, if your child doesn’t have an Iowa City Public Library card, visit www.icpl.org/cards/ for information about how to apply for a card. Complete your application online, then stop by the Help Desk within two weeks to pick up your card. You can also apply in person at the Help Desk any time the Library is open. Adults will need to show photo identification (current driver’s license, lease or passport) and proof of resident address (current driver’s license, mail with a current post mark; current lease) in order to obtain a Library Card.

Photo identification is not required for children.

The summer bus program ends the week day before the first day of school.

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

ICPL’S Summer Reading Program Begins June 1

by Meredith Hines-Dochterman on May 13th, 2015

Storytimes, crafts, guest lectures and, of course, books are just some of the events scheduled for the Iowa City Public Library’s Summer Reading Program, which will be held June 1 through Aug. 9.

Participants can sign up for one of three reading programs:

Every Hero Has a Story is for babies and children ages birth through sixth-grade.

Participants will receive a game card to track their progress in meeting summer reading goals.

The game card for babies and toddlers promotes early childhood literacy skills, with prizes – a bath squirt toy and a board book — awarded for every 10 activities completed. Completed game cards are turned in to be entered in the drawing for the grand prize: a $50 gift card to Prairie Lights.

The pre-school through sixth-grade game card has three levels of prizes – food and activity coupons, a book and a T-shirt – to keep participants motivated. Every student who turns in their completed game card will be entered in the grand prize drawing for a $150 gift card.

In addition to the game cards, Every Hero Has a Story participants can attend weekly storytimes and special programs at the Library, including Tweens on Tuesday every Tuesday at 2 p.m. (crafts and fun for third- through sixth-grade students beginning June 9); Caped Crusaders every Thursday at 10:30 a.m. (a special program for preschoolers beginning June 11); and Masked Marvels at 2 p.m. every Thursday, beginning June 11, for school-age children.

A complete listing of programs can be found at srp.icpl.org.

Unmasked is the teen program for students in grades seventh through 12th.

Unmasked participants will receive an oversized bookmark to track their progress in meeting summer reading goals. Teens can either read five books, or read three books and attend two Summer Reading Program events. Participants will receive a book when they turn in their completed card, which is then entered into a drawing for one of four $50 gift cards to Marcus Theaters; Prairie Lights; Gamers; or Pancheros.

A trivia contest, book club discussion, movies and games are included in the lineup for teen Summer Reading Program activities, beginning with Making Comic Books with Jonathan Sims at 2 p.m. Thursday, June 4. A complete listing of programs can be found at srp.icpl.org and on the back of each bookmark.

Everyday Heroes is the adult program.

Each participant will receive an oversized bookmark to track their progress in meeting summer reading goals. Adults can either read five books, or read three books and attend two Summer Reading Program events to complete their bookmark. Participants will receive a book when they turn in their completed card, which is entered into a drawing for one of four grand prizes:

  • A one-year membership to FilmScene
  • A $50 Downtown Iowa City gift certificate
  • A $50 gift certificate to A & A Pagliai’s Pizza
  • A pair of 2-hour Paddle Passes at the Terry Trueblood Recreation Area

Movies, book discussions, and hands-on presentations are among the list of adult Summer Reading Program activities, including an evening with Olympic Gold Medalists Dan Gable and Tom Brands. The former and current University of Iowa wrestling coaches will talk about what it takes to be an Olympic competitor at 7 p.m. on Monday, July 13. A complete listing of programs can be found at srp.icpl.org and on the back each bookmark.

Anyone who completes their game card or bookmark early and wants to keep going can pick up a Bonus Game Card. Completing the game card will result in a second entry for the grand prize at their program level except babies and toddlers.

The Summer Reading Program is free for all participants. Registration begins May 18. Patrons can either register in-person at the Library, online at srp.icpl.org or during Children’s Day Saturday, June 6. Children’s Day will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. as part of the Summer of the Arts Festival.

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

ICPL Honors Volunteers

by Meredith Hines-Dochterman on April 30th, 2015

Iowa City Public Library volunteers provided more than 9,100 hours of service during the 2014 calendar year.

“We are grateful for our volunteers for giving their time and talent to the Library and our community,” Library Director Susan Craig says. “As we celebrate the 35th anniversary of the Library’s Volunteer Program, it’s a great time to reflect on what a difference our volunteers make.”

In the past 35 years of the program, 4,232 volunteers have worked 251,271 hours assisting with book check-ins, materials maintenance, prepping supplies for events, helping plan teen programs, operating The Book End, and serving on the Board of Trustees, and on the Friends Foundation Board of Directors.

During the 2014 calendar year, 292 volunteers worked at the Library. On Wednesday, April 29, the Library said thank you with a reception and a ceremony, during which 43 volunteers received recognition awards for achieving milestone hours of service.

Chuck Felling was named the Nancy Sereduck Volunteer of the Year. Felling has volunteered in the Community & Access Services Department for nearly 15 years. When asked to describe our Volunteer of the Year, Library staff said he was “dedicated, caring and wonderful to work with.”

The Library congratulates Felling on his achievement and thanks all volunteers for their service.

Volunteers receiving recognition awards for 2014:

The Iowa City Public Library honored its 2014 teen and adult volunteers during the annual Volunteer Recognition Celebration on April 29. Forty-three volunteers received recognition awards for achieving milestone hours of service and Chuck Felling was named the 2014 Nancy Sereduck Volunteer of the Year. Pictured are some of the volunteers honored for their hours of service. They are, back row, left to right: Stephen Merkel-Hess; Paul McCarthy; Joel Barnhart; Theo Prineas; Al Paxton; Bill Pontarelli; Natalie Holmes; and Jeanette Carter. Pictured in the front row, left to right, are: Maria Padron; Terri Caplan; Chuck Felling; Becky Johnson; June True; Kerry Evans; Cheryll Clamon; Bobbie Paxton; Deb Schultz; and Mary Lou Matheson. (Photo provided by the Iowa City Public Library)

The Iowa City Public Library honored its 2014 teen and adult volunteers during the annual Volunteer Recognition Celebration on April 29. Forty-three volunteers received recognition awards for achieving milestone hours of service and Chuck Felling was named the 2014 Nancy Sereduck Volunteer of the Year.
Pictured are some of the volunteers honored for their hours of service. They are, back row, left to right: Stephen Merkel-Hess; Paul McCarthy; Joel Barnhart; Theo Prineas; Al Paxton; Bill Pontarelli; Natalie Holmes; and Jeanette Carter. Pictured in the front row, left to right, are: Maria Padron; Terri Caplan; Chuck Felling; Becky Johnson; June True; Kerry Evans; Cheryll Clamon; Bobbie Paxton; Deb Schultz; and Mary Lou Matheson. (Photo provided by the Iowa City Public Library)

100 Hour Award

  • Akash Borde
  • Donna Byers
  • Clara Chua-Sierra
  • Natalie Holmes
  • Iver Hovet
  • Nancy Howe
  • Paul McCarthy
  • Stephen Merkel-Hess
  • Maria Padron
  • Richard Paulus
  • Bobbie Paxton
  • Janis Perkins
  • Theo Prineas
  • Celeste Reyes
  • Patricia Ryan
  • Deborah Schultz
  • Juli Statton
  • Rebekah Walker

200 Hour Award

  • Joel Barnhart
  • Sarah Burnett
  • Rachael Carlson
  • Linda Eastman
  • Jeanne Morris
  • Michelle Nagle
  • Angela Tyler

300 Hour Award

  • Philip Fontana
  • Ronald McCall
  • Kaitlin Thouvenell-Crowley

400 Hour Award

  • Becky Johnson
  • Kathy J. Mitchell
  • Corey Rew

500 Hour Award

  • Terri Caplan
  • Cheryll Clamon
  • Jim Davis
  • Al Paxton
  • Linda J. Prybil
  • June True

1,000 Hour Award

  • Kerry Evans
  • Mary Lou Matheson
  • Margaret Nelson
  • William Pontarelli

1,500 Hour Award

  • Jeanette Carter
  • Richard Dobson

Author Jon Katz at ICPL

by Meredith Hines-Dochterman on April 29th, 2015

The Iowa City Public Library and Prairie Lights are pleased to welcome New York Times bestselling author Jon Katz to the Library Tuesday, May 5.simon

Katz, the author of The Last Housewife: A Suburban Detective Mystery and The New Work of Dogs: Tending to Life, Love, and Family, will read from his newest book: Saving Simon: How a Rescue Donkey Taught Me the Meaning of Compassion.

In the spring of 2011, Katz received a phone call from an animal control officer. She had found a neglected donkey on a farm in upstate New York and hoped Katz and his wife, Maria, would be willing to adopt him. The recovery process was long, but as Katz helped Simon heal, the two formed a bond that illustrates the wondrous ways animals make humans wiser and kinder.

The author reading will be held from 7 to 8:30 p.m. in Meeting Room A at the Library. Prairie Lights will have copies of Katz’s books available for purchase at the program and will donate 10 percent of the sales made that night to the Iowa City Animal Shelter.

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

Bike to Work Week at ICPL

by Meredith Hines-Dochterman on April 27th, 2015

May is National Bike Month and the Iowa City Public Library is ready to celebrate Bike to Work Week May 3 through May 8.bike to work week

Join us at Wheely Fun Bike Basics from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Monday, May 4, in Meeting Room A to learn basic bicycle maintenance. This event, co-sponsored by the Iowa City Bike Library, will show participants how to change or patch a flat tire, and adjust brakes and gears.

Bikes and Books will be held from noon to 1:30 p.m. Thursday, May 7. Bring your lunch and participate in a book discussion about bikes. We’ll share books about biking, books you should take biking, bike maintenance titles, and books by bicycling authors.

Bike to Work Week is supported by the cities of Coralville, Iowa City, and University Heights, Johnson County, and Think Bicycles of Johnson County.

The National Bike to Work Week celebration is scheduled for May 11 through May 15.

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

New Digital Magazine App: Zinio for Libraries

by Melody Dworak on April 27th, 2015

 

tl;dr If you’ve never tried out our digital magazines, sign up at Zinio Magazine Collection web page and download the Zinio for Libraries app for Android and Apple!

ZinioforLibraries_0The Long Version

In the fall of 2012, the Iowa City Public Library began offering digital magazines through a service called Zinio. Two and a half years later, we have grown to offering more than 150 digital magazine titles. We also now offer a more streamlined experience for signing up as a new user.

The Zinio for Libraries app is a new app that allows you to fill out one simple form after clicking “Create New Account” on our Zinio Magazine Collection web page. Once you fill out this form, you are ready to start browsing and reading on your computer.

For those who are new to Zinio, you can download the Zinio for Libraries app for Apple and Android devices. This new app has fewer distractions than the previous app we were required to use. The Zinio for Libraries app will open straightaway to the magazines you have checked out. It will not show you any content that you have to buy in order to read.

ZinioforLibraries_1New users, please note: When you go to download the app, be sure to choose the Zinio for Libraries app with the white background and dark colored Z. If you see the regular Zinio app with the dark square and Zinio name in white, that is the app that has all that extra commercial content. Your login information will *not* work on the commercial app.

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On Air: The ICPL Podcast Episode 11

by Meredith Hines-Dochterman on April 24th, 2015

Episode 11 of On Air: The ICPL Podcast is now available.on-air-the-icpl-podcast-large

This month the gang discusses when to quit an ongoing series, as well as entertainment binge-consuming and book clubs!

00:50: What we’re reading/watching/listening to. Brian- “Fadeout” by Ed Brubaker and Sean Phillips

01:46: Jason- “Vesper for a New Dark Age” by Missy Mazzoli

03:25: Roomfull of Teeth

04:11: Meredith- “A Little Something Different” by Sandy Hall

06:04: Melody- “Dead Heat” by Patricia Briggs

07:05: When do you quit reading a Series?

18:45: TV Binge-Watching

22:33: Binge Listening Music

26:25: Consuming Comic Books

29:45: Melody- Online Book Clubs

30:00: Facebook, A Year in Books

31:30: Literary Classics Online Book Club

33:23: Good Reads

34:22: Vaginal Fantasy, Led by Felicia Day

36:30: Discussion on Classic, In-Person Book Clubs

On Air: The ICPL podcast can be accessed here, or from iTunes or Stitcher.

 

Celebrate Local History with Weber on Wednesday at ICPL

by Meredith Hines-Dochterman on April 24th, 2015

Are you ready to be WOWed?

WOW — Weber on Wednesday – is a month-long program created specifically for local history buffs. On every Wednesday in May – and a few other dates – the Iowa City Public Library will host an event that delves into Iowa City’s history.

WOW is held in conjunction with Irving B. Weber Days, which are held every May in honor of Iowa City’s unofficial historian, the late Irving B. Weber. May also is National Historical Preservation Month.

Plum Grove Gardens Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow

Wednesday, May 6 at 7 p.m. in Meeting Room A

Iowa State Extension Master Gardeners Betty Kelly and Carolyn Murphy will talk about the gardens at Plum Grove, the home of Iowa’s first Territorial Governor, Robert Lucas. Co-sponsored by the Johnson County Historical Society and Master Gardeners of Johnson County.

ScanIt@ICPL

Saturday, May 9 at 2 p.m. in Meeting Room A

Bring your photos and documents related to Iowa City and Johnson County history, and have them added to the Library’s Digital History Project. Staff will help you scan your items, and send you home with your original and a digital copy. Please bring a USB thumb drive.

A Pictorial History of Downtown Iowa City

Wednesday, May 13 at 7 p.m. in Meeting Room A

Author Marybeth Slonneger will present a program on the history of Downtown Iowa City. Co-sponsored by The Friends of Historic Preservation.

Prohibition, Breweries and Beer Caves in Iowa City

Saturday, May 16 at 2 p.m. in Meeting Room A

Marlin Ingalls, Architectural Historian, will give a presentation on prohibition, breweries and the beer caves in Iowa City.

Iowa City Food History from 1830 -1900

Wednesday, May 20 at 7 p.m. in Meeting Room A

Rachel Wobeter, a University of Iowa Museum Studies student, will give a tour of Iowa City’s food history, sharing photos and historical notes about the town’s early grocers, brewers, and more. Refreshments will be provided. Co-sponsored by Historic Foodies.

Helen Lemme: A History

Tuesday, May 26 at 7 p.m. in Meeting Room A

Learn about Helen Lemme from the Lemme Elementary sixth-grade girl history detectives. Join them for an ice cream social after the program.

Images of America: Coralville

Wednesday, May 27 at noon in Meeting Room A

Author and Herbert Hoover Presidential Library Director Emeritus Timothy Walch will share stories about Coralville from his new book “Images of America: Coralville.”

History of Iowa City’s Grocery Stores

Wednesday, May 27 at 7 p.m. in Meeting Room A

Tom Schulein, citizen historian, will present a program on the history of Iowa City groceries from the corner store to the superstore. Co-sponsored by the Iowa City/Johnson County Senior Center.

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

Pie Plant – What’s that and what’s it have to do with Irving B. Weber?

by Maeve Clark on April 23rd, 2015

Rhubarb- Did you know that rhubarb is also known as pie plant?  I hadn’t heard, (or at least I didn’t remember hearing),  rhubarb called pie plant, (or pieplant), until I lived in Dubuque. However, a little online digging shows that term pie plant has been in written use since 1838.  If you are a Laura Ingalls Wilder fan, you might recall that it from a passage in The First Four Years -Laura was cooking for the threshers, the first dinner in her very own little house, and was running through the menu: “There was pie plant in the garden; she must make a couple of pies.”

A discussion of the term came up last month when I attended a meeting Historic Foodies, a local group with an interest in using recipes from the cookbooks of  yesteryear.  We were using The Iowa City Cook Book, and on page 181 one of our members found the recipe below. Pie PlantThe cookbook dates from 1898 and is chock-full of recipes that will invite much discussion.  You might just recognize the names of prominent Iowa City residents of the past.  In fact, while we at the meeting we consulted Margaret Keyes book Nineteenth century home architecture of Iowa City to see if we could locate the recipe writer’s house. When we did we pulled up the Iowa City assessors website to find out if the house was extant.  It was tremendous fun and we found a good number of the names in Dr. Keyes’ book and many of the houses are still here!

So what does all of this have to do with Irving B. Weber?  First, Weber wrote the introduction to Dr. Keyes book.  Second,  while Weber’s mother doesn’t have any recipes in the cookbook, some of his parent’s neighbors do.  Third, we are just about to celebrate Irving B Weber Days,  webera full month of programming and displays dedicated to local history.  Fourth, the Historic Foodies will be providing refreshments from the Iowa City Cook Book for a program during Weber Days. Make sure you mark your calendar to come to Rachel Wobeter’s talking to tour of Iowa City food history.  Rachel will share her research on what Iowa City folk ate between 1830 and 1900 on Wednesday, May 20 at 7  p.m.  The program will air live on Library Channel 2o.

And finally, what  does pie plant have to do with with Irving Weber?  Well, here’s what I think, I bet you anything Irving ate pie plant in either a pie or as a sauce or maybe even like I did as a child, by dipping the stalk in the sugar bowl and taking a great big bite of sour delight.

 

 




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