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ICPL Announces September Classes for Adults

by Meredith Hines-Dochterman on August 27th, 2015

Get creative with digital tools! September’s classes will help you develop the skills you need to edit movies, organize your photos, write HTML code, and create graphics. These classes are meant to be interactive with a lot of great hands-on experience. Roll-up your sleeves and warm-up your keyboard and mousing skills – it’s going to be a lot of fun.

Learn to upload and use YouTube to safely edit and share your videos online. Join us on Thursday, Sept. 3, at 2 p.m. for our Editing Digital Video class.

On Saturday, Sept. 12, at 10:30 a. m., the library will offer Beginning Graphic Design. Learn how to use GIMP, a free, graphic design and photo editing software, to create shapes, cut out photos, and insert great fonts.

Digital Photos: Organizing, Sharing, and Basic Editing will be held at 2 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 21. Getting all of your digital photography organized and in print worthy condition can be pretty daunting. Learn about the various tools you can use to store your photos, edit them or share them online.

To round out all of this digital creativity, join us on Friday, Sept. 25, from 10 a.m. to noon for HTML Coding Basics. Every website you visit relies on an HTML as the skeleton that gives the site’s pages their structure. Learn how to add paragraphs, headings, images, links, and basic formatting to create a webpage.

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.

Iowa City Public Library Re-Accredited

by Meredith Hines-Dochterman on August 26th, 2015

Iowa Library Services recently announced that the Iowa City Public Library met the conditions for state accreditation as outlined in “In Service to Iowa:  Public Library Standards Fifth Edition.”

“The director and board of trustees of the Iowa City Public Library and the City of Iowa City are to be commended for this achievement and their commitment to excellence in public library services for their community,” State Librarian Michael Scott said.

The accreditation is valid through June 30, 2018.

Achieving accreditation requires a significant, ongoing commitment to high quality library services. 351 of Iowa’s 544 public libraries are accredited. ICPL has been recognized for its efforts in all areas of library operations including governance and funding, staffing, library collection, services, public relations, access, and facilities.

Iowa’s accredited public libraries are responsive to their communities and exhibit excellence in providing library services. Accredited libraries receive a higher rate of compensation through Iowa Library Services’ Enrich Iowa program.

More than two-thirds of all Iowans have active public library cards. Iowa libraries play key roles in workforce and economic development, lifelong learning and e-government activities. Iowans use their libraries to find jobs, do homework, locate a good book to read, research medical conditions, access government information, and more.

African American music exhibit

by Stacey McKim on August 20th, 2015

BehindTheBeat_500pxJust in time for the Soul Fest next week, check out our Behind the Beat exhibit near the magazine area on the first floor.  On loan from the African American Museum of Iowa, the display explores the development of African American music from its roots in Africa to modern-day hip hop.

Want more on this topic?  I recommend searching the online catalog for music history for books, or search soul music as a subject to find music CDs.

ICPL announces Summer Reading Program prize winners

by Meredith Hines-Dochterman on August 20th, 2015

The Iowa City Public Library ended the 2015 Summer Reading Program with strong participation numbers among all age levels – babies, kids, teens, and adults.srpwinnerscomiccollage

In all, 4,721 patrons registered for the 2015 Summer Reading Program, with 2,246 participants turning in completed game cards by Aug. 9.

The kids program had the highest number of registrants – 2,878 people – and the highest completion rate – 1,455 people.

More than 1,000 adults signed up for the program, with 434 turning in completed game cards.

The teen program had 399 registrations and 148 returned completed game cards, while the babies program had 420 registrations and 209 game cards returned to the Children’s Room.

All completed game cards were entered in a drawing for the Summer Reading Program Grand Prize, which varied depending on the program level. The winners were chosen by a random drawing and contacted by Library staff.

Congratulations to everyone who received a Summer Reading Program prize and thank you to all who participated!

Babies Summer Reading Program Grand Prize: A $50 gift card to Prairie Lights

  • Winner: Maggi Kaalberg

Kids Summer Reading Program Grand Prize: A $150 VISA gift card

  • Winner: Yousef Ismail

Participants in the teen and adult Summer Reading Programs were eligible for one of multiple prizes.

The prize winners in the teen program are:

  •  $50 Marcus Theaters gift card: Maria Brown
  •  $50 Prairie Lights gift card: Emalyn Foster
  •  $50 Game Stop gift card: John Bounds
  •  $50 Pancheros gift card: Daniel Kelly

The prize winners in the adult program are:

  • Two one-year memberships to FilmScene: Amanda Bellis and Heather Steward-Tharp
  •  $50 Downtown Iowa City gift certificate: Kayla Feil
  •  $50 gift certificate to A & A Pagliai’s Pizza: Wendy Berry
  • Pair of 2-hour Paddle Passes at the Terry Trueblood Recreation Area: Vernona Myers

Second prize winners in the teen and adult Summer Reading Programs received a $5 gift certificate to spend at Taste of Iowa City. The winners of this prize are: Mya Kahle; Alyssa Skala; Sadie Widmer; Adrian Dale; Daniel Bodin; Chuck Henderson; Sommer Gilbert; Jennie Fischer; Eric Bodin; and Bev Amoroso.

Vote Now to Send ICPL’s Local Music Project to SXSW

by Meredith Hines-Dochterman on August 19th, 2015

The Iowa City Public Library broke new ground when it launched the Local Music Project in 2012 to promote local musicians and Johnson County’s live music culture. Since then, libraries across the country have taken up the call to be distributors of local music.

ICPL was the first. The Santa Cruz Public Library in California is the latest. Representatives from both libraries could make an appearance on a panel at the 2016 South by Southwest (SXSW) Interactive Festival in Austin, TX.

“Gain Fans and Get Paid with Library Distribution” is under consideration for the 2016 lineup as part of SXSW’s PanelPicker practice. The PanelPicker is a two-step online process that allows the SXSW community to have a significant voice in programming SXSW conference activities, including presentations, panels, discussions and demonstrations.

PanelPicker voting is open through Friday, Sept. 4. To vote, visit panelpicker.sxsw.com. You will need to create an account if you don’t have one. The direct link to vote for the “Gain Fans and Get Paid with Library Distribution” panel is: http://panelpicker.sxsw.com/vote/52622

“When we launched the Local Music Project, it was to create another outlet in which local musicians could share their music with the masses,” Jason Paulios, adult services librarian, said. “To be part of the biggest music event in the country and share our experience in hopes of helping more libraries and local musicians collaborate would be a great honor.”

To learn more about the Local Music Project, visit music.icpl.org.

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

ICPL Launches Music is the Word Series with Musical Revue

by Meredith Hines-Dochterman on August 19th, 2015

The Iowa City Public Library will kick off nine months of special programming with the Music is the Word Musical Revue at 2 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 20, at The Englert Theatre.

The revue will feature live performances by local musicians playing everything from bluegrass and rock to vocal choir and ethnic love songs. Performers include The Beggermen with the Champagne Academy of Irish Dance; Kol Shira; the Extra Credit Project; Cedar County Cobras; The Recliners; Combined Efforts Theatre Men’s Choir; and Chase Garrett.

“We want to showcase the wide variety of musical talent in Iowa City,” Paul Bethke of Children’s Services said. “At the same time, we see this concert as an opportunity to introduce new genres to the audience – adults and children – who might not otherwise experience it.”

The Library’s Music is the Word celebration is to help our community welcome the University of Iowa School of Music building to downtown Iowa City, currently scheduled to open in the fall of 2016. Weekly programs focused on all things musical are scheduled from September 2015 through May 2016.

“The Musical Revue is the first of what will be nine months of programming of all types for all ages,” Library Director Susan Craig says. “This is an opportunity for us to share Iowa City’s rich musical culture through live performances, presentations, displays, hands-on activities, movies, and sing-alongs.”

“This is an exciting time in our community, as we prepare for the opening of the UI School of Music downtown and adding to Iowa City’s abundant musical complexity,” said Maeve Clark, the Library’s coordinator of adult services.

General admission tickets for MITW Musical Revue are $10 each; children 5 and under are free. Everyone must have a ticket to the show, free or paid, to gain entry to the Englert.

Tickets are for sale at Library’s first floor Help Desk at the Library and The Englert Theatre’s website at www.englert.org.

All performers are donating their time and talent to the Musical Revue. Ticket proceeds will help support additional Music is the Word programming.

For a list of Music is the Word events, visit www.icpl.org/mitw. For more information, contact the Library at (319) 356-5200.

ICPL to Host All Iowa Reads 2015 Book Discussion

by Meredith Hines-Dochterman on August 19th, 2015

The Iowa City Public Library will host a discussion about the 2015 All Iowa Reads book, “My Name is Mary Sutter” by Robin Oliveira, from noon to 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 2.

Twenty-year-old Mary Sutter is a brilliant, head-strong midwife in Albany, New York, who dreams of becoming a surgeon. Determined to overcome the prejudice against women in medicine, she leaves home for Washington, D.C., to help tend the legions of Civil War wounded.

“My Name Is Mary Sutter” received the 2011 Michael Shaara Prize for Excellence in Civil War Fiction and the 2010 American Historical Fiction Honorable Mention from the Langum Charitable Trust.

All Iowa Reads was established in 2003 as a way to foster a sense of unity through reading, with Iowans throughout the state coming together to read and discuss a single book title in the same year. The program is sponsored by the Iowa Center for the Book.

For more information about ICPL’s book discussion, contact the Library at (319) 356-5200.

ICPL at ICCSD Elementary Schools Ice Cream Social Night

by Meredith Hines-Dochterman on August 18th, 2015

The Iowa City Public Library will be present at several Iowa City School District elementary school ice cream socials from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 20.

Staff members will attend the back-to-school ice cream socials at Alexander, Hills, Hoover, Horn, Lemme, Lincoln, Longfellow, Lucas, Mann, Shimek, Twain, Weber, and Grant Wood elementary schools to help students and their families apply for a Library Card. Applicants can complete an application at the event and a Library Card will be mailed to their home address.library-card-300x199

“Our attendance at the elementary schools’ ice cream socials is to ensure that all students are prepared for the new school year with their own Library Card,” said Kara Logsden, ICPL’s Coordinator of Community and Access Services. “We understand that families are especially busy this time of year, so we are happy to do what we can to make the Library Card application process easier.”

People also can apply for a card online at www.icpl.org/cards or in person at the first floor Help Desk any time the Library is open.

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

ICPL meeting rooms closed intermittently Aug. 24 through Sept. 14

by Meredith Hines-Dochterman on August 12th, 2015

The Iowa City Public Library’s meeting rooms A, B and C will be closed intermittently to the public August 24 through September 14 due to an equipment upgrade. Please check the Library’s calendar at calendar.icpl.org for availability.

Wireless capability will be added to the Library’s biggest meeting room, Meeting Room A, and a Blu-Ray option, providing those who book the room with more viewing options. Patrons will also have the ability to connect their Smartphones, tablets and other technology to the Library’s equipment.

“The goal is to improve the user experience for our patrons,” says Brent Palmer, the Library’s information technology coordinator. “Unfortunately, to do this, the meeting rooms will be out of commission temporarily.”

A list of alternative meeting room locations is available at: http://www.icpl.org/meeting-rooms/alternative-rooms/

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

ICPL releases August Sunday Fun Day schedule

by Meredith Hines-Dochterman on July 30th, 2015

Celebrate the last month of fun in the sun with Sunday Fun Days at the Iowa City Public Library!

Sunday Fun Day features fun activities for families to enjoy together. Each day has a theme with stories, crafts, or games to celebrate it.

Sunday Fun Day happens every Sunday except the first Sunday of the month. That afternoon is reserved for Sit, Stay, R.E.A.D. with Therapy Dogs of Johnson County.

August’s Sunday Fun Day events include:

August 9: Last Day of the Superhero Summer Reading Program

Make superhero gliders and create your own superhero story. Don’t forget to turn in your Summer Reading Program game card!

August 16: Permanent Marker Tie-Dyeshoes

Do you have any clothing items that you would like to spruce up or modify before school starts next week? Bring t-shirts, jeans, shoes, backpacks and any cloth item that would be fun with a little more color you as we teach you how to tie-dye with permanent markers!

August 23: Paper Bag Puppets

Bring your favorite characters to life with a little imagination and a paper bag.

August 30: Homework Organizers.

With school now underway it’s going to be tough keeping track of all those homework papers and important forms. Join us in turning ordinary clothes pins into attractive and sparkly homework organizers! Parents please note that glue and magnets will be used.

All Sunday Fun Day events begin at 2 p.m. and are held in the Storytime Room.

For more information, visit the Library’s calendar at calendar.icpl.org or call the Library (319) 356-5200.




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