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ICPL to host stage fighting workshop for teens

by Meredith Hines-Dochterman on August 19th, 2016

Shakespeare Fighting FunThe Iowa City Public Library will host a stage fighting workshop from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 3, in Meeting Room A. This event coincides with Shakespeare’s First Folio exhibit at the University of Iowa Libraries Aug. 29 through Sept. 25.

Lukas Brasherfons, a master of fine arts student in dramaturgy at the University of Iowa, will lead the two-hour introduction to unarmed combat for the stage. He’ll show participants how to safely punch, slap and fall in the most basic of ways. The lesson will tie into how William Shakespeare used violence in his plays.

This workshop is intended for teens ages 13 through 18. Registration is not required.

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

ICPL online catalog, digital collections unavailable Wednesday

by Meredith Hines-Dochterman on August 15th, 2016

The Iowa City Public Library’s online catalog and digital collections will be unavailable Wednesday, Aug. 17.  This includes eBooks and digital audiobooks through OverDrive, digital magazines through Zinio, and research databases.

The interruption in service is due to a scheduled maintenance to the Library’s server. We apologize for the inconvenience, and will work quickly to make the catalog and digital collections available to the public as soon as possible.

For more information, call the Library at 319-356-5200 or visit our website at icpl.org/ask.

ICPL presents Shakespeare on Film

by Meredith Hines-Dochterman on August 11th, 2016

Make the leap from the stage to the silver screen with the Iowa City Public Library’s Shakespeare on Film series.

Beginning Thursday, Aug. 18, and continuing every Thursday through Sept. 22, the Library will show either a film adaptation of one of William Shakespeare’s plays or a movie inspired by his work.

This six-week film series is one of several events the Library has planned in celebration of First Folio! The Book that Gave Us Shakespeare exhibit at the University of Iowa Libraries. A rare first folio on loan from the Folger Shakespeare Library, as well as Shakespeare-related items from the University of Iowa Libraries’ Special Collections, will be on display at the UI Main Library Gallery Aug. 29 through Sept. 25.

Faculty from the University of Iowa will introduce each film. All films will be shown in ICPL’s Meeting Room A, beginning at 7 p.m.

Thursday, Aug. 18: Much Ado About Nothing

Director Kenneth Branagh and then-wife Emma Thompson play Benedick and Beatrice, Shakespeare’s wittiest warring couple, in this exuberant version of one of his most hilarious and romantic comedies. (1993; 110 minutes)

Thursday, Aug. 25: Henry V

Laurence Oliver stars in and directs this powerful version of Shakespeare’s history play. Produced in the shadow of World War II to boost British morale, Olivier’s first film as a director was given a special Academy Award for bringing this work so vividly to the screen. (1944; 137 minutes)

Thursday, Sept. 1: Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead

Tom Stoppard’s own film adaptation of his most famous play centers on two of minor figures from Hamlet: Rosencrantz and Guildenstern. The pair observed most of the action of Shakespeare’s greatest tragedy from the wings. Gary Oldman and Tim Roth may or may not play the frequently befuddled title characters. (1991; 118 minutes)

Thursday, Sept. 8: Romeo + Juliet

Baz Luhrmann’s outrageous take on Shakespeare’s famous tragedy of star-crossed teenage lovers sticks to the script while wildly updating everything else, resulting in perhaps the first major post-MTV Shakespeare adaptation. Leonardo DiCaprio and Claire Danes play the doomed, yet immortal couple. (1996; 120 minutes)

Thursday, Sept. 15: “O”

Actor and director Tim Blake Nelson’s powerful update of Shakespeare’s tragedy Othello boldly relocates the story of love, loyalty, jealousy, and betrayal in a modern American high school. Among other elements, the film features an inventive soundtrack. (2001; 94 minutes)

Thursday, Sept. 22: Looking for Richard

Al Pacino’s unique take on Shakespeare’s Richard III is a rare, revealing investigation of the actor’s art. Seeking his own approach to one of the great, sympathetic villains in theatre history, Pacino’s behind-the-scenes documentary is as mesmerizing as his eventual stage performance in the role must have been. Appearances by some of Shakespeare’s most famous modern interpreters are also featured in Pacino’s first, award-winning film as a director. (1996; 112 minutes)

Shakespeare on Film is free and open to the public. For more information, call the Library at 319-356-5200.

ICPL Preschool Storytime at Upper City Park Log Cabins

by Meredith Hines-Dochterman on August 3rd, 2016

The Iowa City Public Library’s Wednesday and Thursday preschool storytimes will move to a special location Aug. 10 and Aug. 11.017 (resized 75 x75)

The Library will host a Pioneer Storytime and Picnic Lunch at the historic log cabins at Upper City Park, 200 East Park Road, from 10:30 a.m. to noon on both days.

The program will include stories, games, pioneer crafts and learning about Iowa City history. Parents and caregivers are encouraged to bring lunch for themselves and their children to enjoy an outdoor picnic.

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

ICPL Presents Songs of Peter Rabbit

by Meredith Hines-Dochterman on July 27th, 2016

The Iowa City Public Library will celebrate Beatrix Potter’s 150th birthday next week with a special reading and performance of The Songs of Peter Rabbit.peterrabbit_peter_1280

Based on Potter’s beloved classic, The Tale of Peter Rabbit, the adaptation by composer Dudley Glass captures the trouble-making spirit of Peter Rabbit without losing the story’s cautionary lesson. Written for voice and piano, Glass’ version will be performed by ICPL children’s room staff during preschool storytime from 10:30 to 11 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 3, and Thursday, Aug. 4.

Both storytimes will be held in Meeting Room A. The performances also will be broadcast live on The Library Channel, Iowa City cable channel 20.

The Library’s preschool storytime is recommended for children between the ages of three and five. Younger and older siblings are welcome to attend, too.

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

ICPL Seeks Classic Book Cover Makeovers

by Meredith Hines-Dochterman on July 26th, 2016

The Iowa City Public Library has reserved every display space throughout the building for our part in Recovering the Classics’ book cover makeover project.

We need your help to fill them.

In 2013, Recovering the Classics asked designers from around the world to re-imagine the covers for great books in the public domain. People all over the world contributed hundreds of recreated covers, 50 of which will be on display at the Library during the 2016 Iowa City Book Festival Oct. 4 through Oct. 9, continuing through the end of November.

ICPL’s exhibit of classic book cover makeovers by local artists and readers will be displayed throughout October and November, too. This project is open to participants of all ages and artistic abilities; anyone who wants to give their favorite classic book a new face is welcome to contribute. Here’s how:

  • Choose a title from the list of books that have aged into the public domain: www.icpl.org/classics
  • Make an original work of art that prominently features the book’s author and title.  All two-dimensional approaches (painting, photography, drawing, fiber, and digital creations) are welcome.
  • Drop off your cover at the First Floor Help Desk by 9 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 19.

Only one submission per person, please.

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

ICPL announces August Classes for Adults

by Meredith Hines-Dochterman on July 20th, 2016

August classes at the Iowa City Public Library are all about being social. The Center and the Library are teaming up to offer beginner and intermediate classes for Facebook and Pinterest.

Our beginners’ class will be held at 10 a.m. Friday, Aug. 5, at the Senior Center with Facebook Basics and Beyond. Participants will discuss the Facebook interface, go over privacy settings, and get a feel for how they can connect and stay connected to friends and family.

What is Pinterest? is the second social media class being offered with the beginner user in mind. Join us at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 13, in the Computer Lab at the Library. Check out how Pinterest is used by learning to navigate the interface and understand how pins are shared and followed.

To follow-up on this class, users can also take the intermediate class, Pinterest Tips and Tricks, which will also be held at 12:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 13. Discover how to organize and use your Pinterest account to the fullest potential!

Facebook Tips and Tricks is the new intermediate class that is being offered twice in August. Come and learn how to get control of your timeline and home feed. Find new ways to connect on Facebook by creating an event or group. Classes will be held at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 16, at The Center and 2 p.m. Monday, Aug. 29, at the Library.

Classes will be held in the Computer Lab on the second floor of the Library and in room 208 at the Senior Center. Classes are taught by an ICPL librarian. Classes are free, but space is limited, so patrons should register early.

Visit www.icpl.org/classes to register online for classes held at the Iowa City Public Library. You can also register by calling the Library at 319-356-5200. To register for classes at The Center, call 319-356-5220.

ICPL Presents Rowing 101

by Meredith Hines-Dochterman on July 19th, 2016

Have you ever wanted to learn more about the sport of rowing?Rowing101_CH20 2016

Join Danelle Stipes, assistant director for the University of Iowa Recreational Services Hawkeye Community Rowing Program, for Rowing 101 on Wednesday, July 27, from 7 to 8 p.m. This event, which will take place at Beckwith Boathouse, includes a tour of the boathouse and an introduction to programs offered to the community.

The Beckwith Boathouse is located on the Iowa River at 1201 North Dubuque Street. The program is free, but due to limited space, registration is required.

To register, go to calendar.icpl.org or call the Library at 319-356-5200.

ICPL Presents Yoga Practice for Stress Relief

by Meredith Hines-Dochterman on July 14th, 2016

In today’s world of go-go-go, stress and anxiety are everywhere. If the pressures of everyday life are getting to you, it might be time to hit the mat – the yoga mat, that is.

Local yoga instructor Beth Beasley will be in Meeting Room A at the Iowa City Public Library from 7 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, July 20, to lead adult participants through a simple, accessible yoga practice designed to reduce stress and tension.

This event is free and open to the public. It is presented as part of the 2016 Adult Summer Reading Program. All participants should bring their own yoga mat.

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

“Pay What You Want” Book Sale at ICPL July 16

by Meredith Hines-Dochterman on July 11th, 2016

Two of the greatest words in the English language have come together for one event: Book Sale.

The Iowa City Public Library Friends Foundation will host a Book Sale from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, July 16, in Meeting Room A. Featuring “Pay What You Want” prices on everything from large print books and graphic novels to fiction, cookbooks, nonfiction and children’s books, everyone is sure to find something. Video games, artwork, board games and more also will be available.

All sales are final with proceeds benefiting the Library, courtesy of the Book End Committee of the Iowa City Public Library Friends Foundation.

For more information, contact Patty McCarthy, Development Office Director, at 319-356-5249 or via e-mail at patty-mccarthy@icpl.org.




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