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Sensory Storytime Kits available at ICPL

by Meredith Hines-Dochterman on April 1st, 2015

The Iowa City Public Library recently received a grant from the Pilot Club of Iowa City to fund the creation of four Sensory Storytime Kits.SensoryKitCheckout

Designed to make storytimes accessible and enjoyable for children with Autism Spectrum Disorder, sensory disorders, or other special needs, the kits include books, props, music CDs, puppets, flannel boards, fidget toys, and information on presenting Sensory Storytimes.

Patrons can choose from Good Morning, Good Night; Teeth!; What’s the Weather?; and Pick a Pet,. Kids will enjoy getting a monkey all dressed for his day; brushing giant teeth; matching clothes to the weather; or voting on which pet to choose.

While the kits were created with a specific audience in mind, they are available for all patrons to check out. The Sensory Storytime Kits are shelved in the Storytime Kit collection in the Children’s Room.

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

ICPL to screen Desk Set on April 16

by Meredith Hines-Dochterman on April 1st, 2015

The Iowa City Public Library will celebrate National Library Week with a screening of Desk Set at 7 p.m. Thursday, April 16.DeskSet

This 1957 film, starring Spencer Tracy and Katharine Hepburn, tells the story of two strong personalities who clash over changes at a TV network’s research department. Hepburn is Bunny Watson, head researcher in the “Federal Broadcasting Network” library, while Tracy is efficiency expert Richard Sumner. Sumner was hired to secretly computerize the office, something Watson doesn’t support, leading to a battle of wits with the dialogue to match.

Directed by Walter Lang, Desk Set is based on the Broadway play by Robert Fryer and Lawrence Carr. It is the eighth movie to pair the two screen legends.

The movie will be shown in the big screen in Meeting Room A. Popcorn will be provided.

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

ICPL celebrates Money Smart Week April 18-25

by Meredith Hines-Dochterman on April 1st, 2015

The Iowa City Public Library, in a partnership with MidWestOne Bank, the Jacobsen Institute for Youth Entrepreneurship, and Wells Fargo, will celebrate Money Smart Week April 18 through April 25. Created by the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago in 2002, Money Smart Week is a public awareness campaign designed to help consumers better manage their personal finances.

The weeklong celebration begins with a special Sunday Fun Day event. Families are invited to take a page from Ben Franklin’s book and make kites from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday, April 19, in the Storytime Room. This craft will rely on found and easily attainable objects for frugal kite and windsock assembly. A banker from Wells Fargo will also be present to share information about being Money

Students in 7th through 12th grades are invited to attend a Quick Pitch Assembly from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Monday, April 20, in Meeting Room A. Students will have three minutes to pitch an idea for a product or service, then receive five minutes of feedback from a panel of judges. Cash prizes for the best pitches will be rewarded: $100 for first place, $50 for second, and $25 for third. Participants must register at

Did you know that ICPL patrons have access to money management resources? Learn about MorningStar and Value Line, two leading investment research resources, during our Be Money Smart class on April 21 from 10 to 11 a.m. in the Computer Lab. Library staff will demonstrate how to use these databases, giving users they information they need to be smart investors. Space is limited for this class. Register online at or call (319) 356-5200.

Finally, all patrons are invited to participate in DASH for the STASH, a statewide competition to win a $1,000 IRA. To participate, read four Money Smart Week posters on display at the Library, use your Smartphone or Table to scan the QR code to access that topical question, and submit your answers.

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

ICPL open on Easter Sunday

by Meredith Hines-Dochterman on March 30th, 2015

The Iowa City Public Library will be open during its regular hours, from noon to 5 p.m., on Easter Sunday, April 5.

More information on ICPL’s hours can be found here.

For Kids and By Kids added to ICPL Local Music Project

by Meredith Hines-Dochterman on March 25th, 2015

The Iowa City Public Library is pleased to announce that For Kids and By Kids, Songs from Iowa Rock City, Volume One, will be available to download as part of the Local Music Project beginning Tuesday, March 24. The download may be found at

For Kids and By Kids features 24 tracks performed by Iowa City musicians. The idea for the CD stemmed from a concert/dance party for children at the Library during the 2014 Mission Creek Music Festival.FKBK-COVER

The first-ever Mission Creek concert for kids was organized by University of Iowa Professor Kembrew McLeod and his wife, Lynne Nugent, managing editor of The Iowa Review, because they wanted the spirt of the annual festival to extend to parents and young children, too. After watching families rock out to area performers – and seeing some of those same musicians perform for older audiences that night – the couple realized a CD would allow Iowa City families to embrace the local music scene year round.

More than 1,000 copies of For Kids and By Kids will be pressed and shared with local families as a free CD release party at 3 p.m. Saturday, March 28, at The Englert Theatre. Families unable to attend this event can download or stream the tracks for free on the Library’s website at The CD will also be available in limited quantities after the release party at the Englert box office, White Rabbit, and the Library’s Children’s Room.

“ICPL is proud to be a part of yet another one-of-a-kind music venture,” says Jason Paulios, senior adult services librarian. “We’re so appreciative to all of the project collaborators and especially the local musicians, kids and adults, for sharing their music with the community. We hope this collection inspires a new generation of musicians.”

To download a copy of the music or access it in the Library’s catalog, click here.

For more information, contact Jason Paulios at (319) 887-6075.



ICPL celebrates National Poetry Month

by Meredith Hines-Dochterman on March 24th, 2015

The Iowa City Public Library received funding from Humanities Iowa, a private, non-profit state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities, to host a presentation called Landscape Iowa: Poems of James Hearst at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, April 8. A cultural resource for Iowans since 1971, Humanities Iowa offers many cultural and historical programs and grants to Iowa’s communities.

This program, during which Dr. Scott Cawelti will explore the life and poetry of Iowa farmer-poet James Hearst through song, is one of several programs the Library has planned for National Poetry Month in April.

The Library will host a Totally Tweens: Poetry Workshop from 2 to 4 p.m. on Saturday, April 11, in Meeting Room A. Tweens in grades third through sixth are invited to write their own poems and learn about various poetic forms from haiku, concrete poems, acrostic poems, limericks, etc. Participants may share their poems aloud with the group if they wish. All materials will be provided and refreshments will be served. A poetry slam will take place the last 15 minutes of the workshop; parents and guardians may attend.

The program is free to attend, but registration is required. To register, visit; call (319) 356-5200; or stop by the Children’s Room desk.

Our Poetry Month Open Mic Night will be held at 7 p.m. on Monday, April 13, in Meeting Room A. Stop by to share your favorite poem penned by you or another poet, or simply show up to hear other people read. There is a five minute limit per reader.

Reading Aloud, the Iowa City/Johnson County Senior Center’s poetry group, will present poetry readings about places from noon to 1 p.m. Tuesday, April 28, in Meeting Room A. This event is co-sponsored by the Iowa City/Johnson County Senior Center.

Finally, be sure to visit our collection of poetry books on the Library’s second floor and try your hand at crafting your own on our super-sized Magnetic Poetry display, also located on the second floor.

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

ICPL announces April classes for adults

by Meredith Hines-Dochterman on March 19th, 2015

The Iowa City Public Library is so much more than books! The Library gives free access to helpful tools that can help you manage your money, learn a language or find great local music. In April, our classes will focus on teaching you how to use and access these great resources.

Come learn about ICPL’s Online Music Project and a host of other free music providers at 10 a.m. on Friday, April 10. Learn the differences between streaming and downloading music, make a playlist or share music on a social media site.

Learn about MorningStar and Value Line, two leading resources for investment research, at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, April 21. We’ll demonstrate how to use these databases so you can get the information you need to be a smarter investor.

Want to learn a language, prepare for the GRE, or learn to use Microsoft Excel? You can do each of these things using the library’s database subscriptions for Mango and Learning Express. Join us at 5 p.m. on Monday, April 27 and we’ll demonstrate how to use these great resources and get you on the learning fast track.

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 to register online. You can also register by calling the Library at (319) 356-5200.

Iowa City Public Library’s March Teen Events Announced

by Meredith Hines-Dochterman on March 3rd, 2015

A video game tournament, Doctor Who Day and Minecraft are just a few of the activities the Iowa City Public Library has planned for its teen patrons in March.

Do you play Minecraft? All teenage Minecraft fans are invited to the Library’s Minecraft Meetup at 4 p.m. Thursday, March 5, and Thursday, March 19, in the Computer Lab on the Library’s second floor.

CoderDojo Iowa City, the ICPL Coding Club, meets from 2 to 3:30 p.m. Saturdays in the Computer Lab. CoderDojo is an international movement to teach and inspire kids in the vocation of computer programming. The Library’s program is run by volunteers who take on the task of mentoring attendees. To track progress, virtual badges and belts are awarded for proficiency in a number of computer related topics. Anyone in grades 5 through 12 is welcome to attend and earn belts. We request that parents attend along with their child for their first dojo. Drop-ins are welcome.

Are you prepared to bring your game face? We’re throwing down NARUTO SHIPPUDEN: Ultimate Ninja STORM Revolution during our Spring Break Teen Video Game Tournament. Join us from 1 to 2 p.m. Wednesday, March 18, in the Koza Family Teen Center.

Calling all Doctor Who fans! Come geek out about The Doctor and his companions as we watch episodes of the show while creating Doctor Who-inspired crafts and other activities. Whovians will gather from 1 to 3 p.m. Friday, March 20, in the Koza Family Teen Center.

TAG, the Library’s Teen Activity Group, is looking for new members. TAG members help plan teen programs and give teenage students a voice in the Library. Members also eat a lot of snacks. Anyone wanting to make a difference in the Library, and earn volunteer hours at the same time, should give TAG a try. The March TAG meeting will be held from 1 to 2 p.m. Saturday, March 21, in the Koza Family Teen Center.

All teen events are open to students in grades 7through 12 except CoderDojo Iowa City, which is open to students in grades 5 through 12.

For more information about any of these programs, contact the Library at (319) 356-5200.

Library T-shirts for sale

by Meredith Hines-Dochterman on March 3rd, 2015

Show your Library spirit by purchasing an Iowa City Public Library T-shirt!T-shirt photo

The black-and-gold shirt design is similar to what Library employees wore in the 2014 University of Iowa Homecoming parade.

T-shirts may be purchased at the 1st floor Help Desk during regular Library hours. Each shirt costs $16 and are available in sizes small through extra large.

All proceeds benefit the Library.


Sound of Music Sing-Along at ICPL March 4

by Meredith Hines-Dochterman on February 26th, 2015

The halls of the Iowa City Public Library will be filled with the sound of music Wednesday, March 4, during our film screening and sing-along. SoundofMusic

The film version starring Julie Andrews and Christopher Plummer celebrates its 50th Anniversary this year. It was originally released on March 2, 1965.

The Sound of Music is about a young woman who leaves an Austrian convent to become a governess to the seven children of a naval officer widower. The movie is an adaptation of the 1959 Broadway musical of the same name. Both the film and the musical are based on the book The Story of the Trapp Family Singers by Maria von Trapp.

The movie begins at 7 p.m. in Meeting Room A on March 4. Singing on key is not required, and we’ll leave the captioning on for the words. Free popcorn will be provided.

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