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ICPL to Host Community Seed Share

by Meredith Hines-Dochterman on March 23rd, 2017

Interested in starting a vegetable or flower garden this spring, but don’t want to invest in large quantities of seeds? Do you have extra seeds that you’d like to share with other gardeners? Come to the Iowa City Public Library from 2 to 3:30 p.m. Sunday, April 2, for a Community Seed Share!seedshare

Sponsored by the Library and the Iowa State Extension Master Gardeners of Johnson County, this event is a great opportunity to share seeds you’ve saved or get some free seeds to try growing something new.

This event is part of the JCMG Growing Together efforts to reduce food insecurity in Johnson County. With donations from Burpee, Baker Seeds and Seed Savers, nearly 30 varieties of vegetable, herb and flower seeds will be available.

The event is free and open to all – you do not have to bring seeds to participate. Seeds will be available on a first come, first served basis, so attendees are encouraged to arrive early.

If you need disability-related accommodations in order to participate in this event, please contact the Library at 319-356-5200.

ICPL announces April Classes for Adults

by Meredith Hines-Dochterman on March 22nd, 2017

Want to learn as much as you can about digital movie editing? The month of April is devoted to learning about and trying various digital-video editing tools at the Iowa City Public Library.

On Monday, April 3, at 2 p.m. the class, Tools for Video Editing, will help you learn the basics of how editing works so that you can asked informed questions when selecting a video editor. Get an overview of the types of tools that come standard with most editing software and see how they help to create great video.

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ICPL Art Advisory Committee seeks new members

by Meredith Hines-Dochterman on March 21st, 2017

The Iowa City Public Library’s Art Advisory Committee is looking for new members.

The Committee is made up of six members and terms run for three years (this term would end in April 2020). Candidates must reside in Iowa City or rural Johnson County, and are appointed to the Committee by the Library Board. Library employees are not eligible for appointment. Ideal candidates are individuals involved and interested in the arts community in some way — artists, framers, instructors, students, gallery employees, collectors and serious enthusiasts.

One of the primary responsibilities of the Art Advisory Committee is the judging of artworks submitted to the annual Art Purchase Prize contest, with the winning works being purchased by the Library and added to the Art To Go collection. The framed posters and original works are available for check out. Other tasks include reviewing and deciding upon any gifted works for Art To Go, as well as any proposals for art to be added to the Library’s permanent collection.

Interested persons must fill out an application (available at and return it, in person or via email, to Candice Smith (

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

Dine Out to Support ICPL

by Meredith Hines-Dochterman on March 1st, 2017

Here’s a novel idea: take the night off from preparing dinner and go out to eat. Better yet, have dinner out and support the Iowa City Public Library Friends Foundation at the same

The Foundation has partnered with local restaurants for a new fundraising program: Eat Out to Read. It kicks off Wednesday, March 8, at Hudson’s Tap, 482 Highway 1 W in Iowa City. Visit Hudson’s Tap between 5 and 10 p.m. on March 8 and a percentage of your tab will be given to the Friends Foundation.

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

ICPL to Host Belly Babies for Expectant Parents

by Meredith Hines-Dochterman on February 24th, 2017

Parents expecting the pitter-patter of little feet are invited to the Iowa City Public Library’s Belly Babies, a new program for parents-to-be.

Beginning March 4 and continuing through April 8, Belly Babies will meet from 3 to 4 p.m. every Saturday in the Storytime Room for six weeks. Programs will focus on pre-birth bonding activities, such as songs and stories, and feature special guests who will provide information for families as they prepare to welcome their new addition. This also is an opportunity to meet other expectant parents in the community.

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New Creative Workshops offered at Iowa City Public Library

by Meredith Hines-Dochterman on February 21st, 2017

Beginning Monday, March 6, the Iowa City Public Library will host a creative workshop series in the Computer Lab.

The program will be offered every Monday from 5 to 6 p.m. through May 1. Computers with Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, Premiere and other popular Adobe Creative Suite products will be available for patron use.

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ICPL Teen Anime & Manga Festival March 1

by Meredith Hines-Dochterman on February 15th, 2017

The Iowa City Public Library will host its annual Teen Anime & Manga Festival from 2 to 4 p.m. on Wednesday, March 1, in the Koza Family Teen Center.

There’s no school that day.

Open to students in grades 7-12, this festival is an opportunity for teens to interact with fellow anime and manga enthusiasts, watch anime, discuss manga and draw fan art.

There will be an artist alley with prize drawings for participants, so be sure to bring your finished artwork or do some freehand drawing while at the festival. Cosplay is always welcome and there will be prizes for those who participate.

The Teen Anime & Manga Festival is a free event. For more information, call the Library at 319-356-5200.

Hy-Vee Wine and Craft Beer Tasting to Benefit ICPL Friends Foundation

by Meredith Hines-Dochterman on February 13th, 2017

Come to Hy-Vee Drugstore/Wine & Spirits, 310 N 1st Avenue, from 5 to 7:30 p.m. Friday, February 17, for a wine and craft beer tasting fundraiser to benefit the Iowa City Public Library Friends Foundation.

Adult beverage distributors will offer samples of their products at this drop-in event. Stop by to visit with friends as you try something new. The beverage tasting is free. Hy-Vee will donate 5 percent of the evening’s sales to the Iowa City Public Library Friends Foundation.

Attendees must be 21 and older to participate.

Not able to attend, but would still like to support the Friends Foundation? Visit to make a donation.

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

Teen Homework Help at ICPL

by Meredith Hines-Dochterman on February 2nd, 2017

Teens, do you need help with your homework?

The Iowa City Public Library offers free tutoring sessions in all subjects for students in grades 7 through 12.

To sign up for your session, contact ICPL’s Teen Services Library at 319-887-6076 or via e-mail at

ICPL Announces February Crazy 8s Math Club Programs

by Meredith Hines-Dochterman on February 1st, 2017

Join the national movement to make math the cool thing to do after school by attending Iowa City Public Library’s Crazy 8s Math Club. This fun and educational program for elementary students in kindergarten through second grade meets from 4 to 5 p.m. in the Storytime Room every Tuesday.

Crazy 8s from the Bedtime Math Foundation is designed to get kids fired up about math. Participants will build things, run and jump, make music – even make a mess – while making new friends and increasing their understanding of math.

Registration isn’t required and participants don’t need to attend every club meeting – but they’ll probably want to!

Here’s what we have planned for February:

February 7: Funky Fractals

Get funky with patterns and mazes! Create crazy patterns with wax sticks, and connect them to make a giant version. Then design your own waxy maze to stump your friends.

February 14: Walk on the Wild Side

How do ladybugs, crabs and lizards run so fast with all those extra legs? They use math! We’ll run, walk and gallop like animals to learn some fancy footwork.

February 21: Super-Cube Shuffle

Math and art collide when you use specially colored cubes to create cool designs. After a round of design copy mania, you’ll be a super-cube pro!

February 28: Epic Air Traffic Control

This week we will build an Epic Air Traffic Control: Build your own airport, complete with finger-light airplanes and glow stick runways. Use your math skills to land all the planes safely!

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