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ICPL to Show Immigration Documentaries Sept. 4 and Sept. 17

by Meredith Hines-Dochterman on August 28th, 2014

The Iowa City Public Library will screen two documentaries about immigration in Iowa in September.

train-to-nowhere“Train to Nowhere: Inside an Immigrant Death Investigation” tells the story of the 11 bodies found inside a locked fright car in October of 2002. Part crime story, part immigration perspective, “Train to Nowhere” offers an honest and compassionate look at the deaths of undocumented immigrants, taking viewers from the streets of southern Texas to the hills of a Guatemalan farm to Denison, the small Iowa town where the bodies were discovered.

“A Little Salsa on the Prairie: The Changing Character of Perry, Iowa” drew hundreds of viewers when it premiered in Perry and Des Moines October of 2006. The 55-minute film explores the significant change that began in Perry in the early 1990s when the complexion of a once predominantly white community shifted dramatically when an influx of Latino workers moved in to work at the local meat packing plant.SalsaPostcard_5x7wBleed1

“Train to Nowhere: Inside an Immigrant Death Investigation” will be screened on Thursday, Sept. 4.

“A Little Salsa on the Prairie: The Changing Character of Perry, Iowa” will be shown on Wednesday, Sept. 17.

Both documentaries will air at 7 p.m. in Meeting Room A.

This presentation is co-sponsored by the University of Iowa Center for Human Rights. The documentaries are free and open to the public.

Writing help available at Iowa City Public Library

by Meredith Hines-Dochterman on August 25th, 2014

One-on-one writing help is now available Tuesdays at the Library-Community Writing Center Satellite, located in the Iowa City Public Library’s second floor computer lab.Essay-Writing-Help-for-College-Students

A University of Iowa writing tutor is available from 4 to 6 p.m. every Tuesday of the fall college semester, except the week of Thanksgiving. This free, drop-in program is available for adults and teens.

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

ICPL Summer Reading Program Boasts Record Numbers

by Meredith Hines-Dochterman on August 13th, 2014
Treymire Johnson is the winner of the Babies Summer Reading Program Grand Prize -- a $50 gift certificate to Prairie Lights.

Treymire Johnson is the winner of the Babies Summer Reading Program Grand Prize — a $50 gift certificate to Prairie Lights.

The Iowa City Public Library ended the 2014 Summer Reading Program with a bang, recording record participation numbers among all age levels – babies, kids, teens, and adults.

In all, 4,822 patrons registered for the 2014 Summer Reading Program, with 2,205 participants turning in completed game cards by Aug. 2.

The kids program had the highest number of registrants – 2,720 people – and the highest completion rate – 1,386 people.

More than 1,250 adults signed up for the program, with 453 turning in completed game card.

The teen program had 404 registrations and 184 completed game cards handed in, while the babies program had 440 registrations and 183 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: Treymire Johnson

Kids Summer Reading Program Grand Prize: A Kindle Fire

Edward Li is the winner of the Kids Summer Reading Program Grand Pirze, a Kindle Fire. He is pictured with his father, Richard Li, and Vickie Pasicznyk, the Children's Room Coordinator.

Edward Li is the winner of the Kids Summer Reading Program Grand Pirze, a Kindle Fire. He is pictured with his father, Richard Li, and Vickie Pasicznyuk, the Children’s Room Coordinator.

  • Winner: Edward Li

Teen Summer Reading Program Grand Prize: A Kindle Fire

  • Winner: Anh To

Adult Summer Reading Program Grand Prize: A Kindle Fire

  • Winner: Mamta Gautam

Both the teen and adult Summer Reading Programs had additional prizes. In the teen program, first prize winners include:

  • John Green prize:  Morgan Louvar
  • Day Dreams Comics prize:  Madeline Van Horn
  • Prairie Lights Bookstore prize:  Thomas Duong
  • Movie Theatre Prize:  Ashley Rose Joens

Second prize winners received Taste of Iowa City tickets. The winners of this prize includes Palmer Love; MaryClare Greer; Emma Dochterman; Noah Bullwinkle; and Abby Walling.

The winner of the first prize in the adult program – a bag of books – is Lenore Maybaum.

Second prize winners also received Taste of Iowa City tickets. The winners of this prize include Ellen Lee-Andino; Rachel Carmen; Wesley Beary; Brittni Stille; and Jennie Fischer.

 

Arts & Crafts Bazaar T-Shirts Available for Pre-Order

by Meredith Hines-Dochterman on August 12th, 2014

The Third Annual Iowa City Public Library Friends Foundation Arts & Crafts Bazaar is scheduled for Saturday, Dec. 6. Show your support for this yearly fundraiser by purchasing an exclusive Arts & Craft Bazaar T-shirt.C

You may pre-order your shirt by visiting www.icpl.org/artsandcrafts and clicking on the pre-order button. Featuring a popular Maya Angelou quote – “You can’t use up creativity. The more you use, the more you have.” — the shirts are a charcoal-black tri-blend. Shirts are available in sizes XS through XXL, women’s and unisex.

Each shirt is $16 and will be available for pick up the day of the Arts & Crafts Bazaar from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. All shirts must be picked up on this date.

Proceeds from the sale support the Iowa City Public Library Friends Foundation to benefit Library programs and collections.

For more information, contact Christina Davis at (319) 887-6017 or Christina-Davis@icpl.org.

ICPL to Host One Community, One Book Discussion Sept. 20

by Meredith Hines-Dochterman on August 11th, 2014

The Iowa City Public Library will host its 2014 One Community, One Book discussion from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 20, in Meeting Room E on the Library’s second floor.

The 2014 One Community, One Book selection is “The Distance Between Us,” by Reyna Grande. A memoir about Grande and her family, this book tells the story of the difficulties families face when they are separated by borders.Distance Between Us

Born in Mexico, Grande was raised by her grandparents after her parents left to find work in the U.S. when she was 4. Years later, she enters the U.S. as an undocumented immigrant to live with her father, but life in America is far from perfect.

One Community, One Book: All Johnson County Reads is a community-wide reading project sponsored by the University of Iowa Center for Human Rights. Now in its 14th year, One Community, One Book encourages community members to read and to discuss the same book selection with a human rights or social justice theme.

ICPL’s book discussion is one of two held in the community in September. A second discussion will take place at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 23, at the Coralville Public Library. For a complete list of events, visit uichr.org/2014/04/one-community-one-book-2014/.

Reyna Grande will attend the Iowa City Book festival in October, speaking at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 4, in room C20 of the Pomerantz Center.

Copies of “The Distance Between Us,” including book club kits, audio books, and eBooks, are available to check out at the Iowa City Public Library.

For more information about ICPL’s book discussion, visit www.icpl.org/one-book/ or call the Library at (319) 356-5200.

Iowa City Public Library’s August Teen Events Announced

by Meredith Hines-Dochterman on August 5th, 2014

TAG, the Library’s Teen Activity Group, is looking for new members.Teen Center photo June 2014 5

TAG is designed to energize teen programming and services as well as allow teens a greater voice at the Library. TAG members meet monthly to discuss books, plan upcoming events, and talk about what’s going at the Library – while eating snacks.

If you are interested in joining TAG, please drop by from 1 to 2 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 30, in the Koza Family Teen Center to see what we’re all about.

The August meeting of the Teen Anime & Manga Club will be held from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 30, in the Koza Family Teen Center. Attendees will watch anime, talk about favorite manga, draw, and trade tips on cosplay. Also, you can let the Brian, ICPL’s Teen Services Librarian, know what anime and manga the Library should have in its collection.

Do you play Minecraft and want to meet other Minecraft players? Then join us for our monthly Minecraft Meetup from 4 to 6 p.m. Saturday. Aug. 30, in the Computer Lab on the Library’s second floor.

All teen events are open to students in grades 7 through 12.

For more information about any of these programs, contact Brian Visser, Teen Services Librarian, at (319) 356-5200.

B.Y.O.Book Begins Aug. 26 at Trumpet Blossom Cafe

by Meredith Hines-Dochterman on August 5th, 2014

BYOB 2014

B.Y.O.Book, the Iowa City Public Library’s first-ever Books in Bars Book Club meetup, is back for a second round.

Join librarians Jason Paulios and Candice Smith as they discuss three books at three local drinking establishments in Iowa City on Aug. 26, Sept. 16, and Oct. 28.

B.Y.O.Book will meet at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 26, at Trumpet Blossom Café, 310 E. Prentiss St., to discuss “Gulp : Adventures on the Alimentary Canal” by Mary Roach. Called “America’s funniest science writer” by The Washington Post, Roach’s investigation of the alimentary canal – also known as the digestive tract – is both informative and entertaining.

On Tuesday, Sept. 16, B.Y.O.Book will meet at The Mill, 120 E. Burlington St., at 7 p.m. to talk about Jennifer Egan’s Pulitzer-prize winning novel, “A Visit from the Goon Squad.” Called “A new classic of American fiction” by Time magazine, “A Visit from the Goon Squad” is a collection of intertwined stories centered around a small group of people with ties to the music industry and/or each other.”

The final B.Y.O.Book meeting of 2014 will be held at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 28, at Basta Pizzeria Ristorante, 121 Iowa Ave. This meeting will feature Tom Rachman’s debut novel “The Imperfectionists,” which follows the topsy-turvy private lives of the reporters and editors of an English-language newspaper in Rome.

Limited copies of all Books in Bars Book Club books are available for check out from Information Desk staff on the Library’s second floor.

Due to space limitations, registration is encouraged. To register, call the Library at (319) 356-5200.

Entries Sought for ICPL’s 2014 Art Purchase Prize

by Meredith Hines-Dochterman on July 31st, 2014

The Iowa City Public Library will begin accepting artwork for the 2014 Art Purchase Prize, with winning pieces added to the Art-To-Go collection, on Sept. 1.

The competition is open to artists over the age 18 who live/work/exhibit in the Iowa City or Johnson County area, and have participated in at least one juried or judged contest or exhibit. Previous winners who have had two or more works purchased by the Library are ineligible for entry. Previous winners who have had one work purchased must sit out for two consecutive contests before entering again.

Artists may enter two artworks. Any two-dimensional or low-relief media are acceptable, including: drawing, painting, printmaking, photography, collage, paper/textile and mixed media.

Artworks must have been created within the last three years. Only original art will be accepted.

Finished artwork must be at least 12 x 12 and no larger than 36 x 36. Works chosen for final judging should be matted and/or mounted as needed to create a finished piece. Archival or museum-quality materials must be used for printing, mounting and matting. Works must be suitable for framing and covering with Plexiglas.

The Library takes responsibility for framing works chosen for purchase.

To enter, artists should submit a digital image representation of their original work(s), and those should be in .jpeg format, with a minimum resolution of 72 dpi and a minimum size of 1024 x 768 pixels.

Entries can be emailed to csmith@icpl.org, or mailed on disc to Candice Smith at the Iowa City Public Library, 123 S. Linn St., Iowa City, IA 52240. Entries must include the artist’s name, address, phone number and email, and the following for each artwork: Title, Medium, Size/Matted Size (if appropriate), and Price.

Artwork should be priced under $400.

Entries will be accepted from Sept. 1 through Oct. 3. The first round of judging will begin on Oct. 7, with the final round of judging on Oct. 14.

For more information, visit http://www.icpl.org/art/prize/ or contact Candice Smith (319-887-6031; Candice-Smith@icpl.org).

Iowa City Public Library Friends Foundation Arts & Crafts Bazaar Call for Donations

by Meredith Hines-Dochterman on July 28th, 2014

Plans are underway for the Third Annual Iowa City Public Library Friends Foundation Arts & Crafts Bazaar and we need your help.C

This year’s bazaar will be held on Saturday, Dec. 6, and the Library is seeking donations. Items should be new, handmade arts and crafts that are easily moved and transported by volunteers.

Popular items at previous bazaars included knitted or crocheted hats, scarves, and blankets, greeting and post cards with an Iowa or Iowa City theme, ornaments, jewelry, ceramic bowls and mugs, small quilts and wall hangings, children’s toys and baby items.

Donations may be dropped off at the Library, 123 S. Linn St, beginning Sept. 2. Donations will be accepted through Dec. 4.

For more information, and a donor form, visit https://www.icpl.org/artsandcrafts or call (319) 356-5200.

Proceeds from the sale support the Iowa City Public Library Friends Foundation to benefit Library programs and collections.

Iowa City Public Library’s Digital History Project at Johnson County Fair

by Meredith Hines-Dochterman on July 16th, 2014

Every year, visitors flock to the Johnson County Fairgrounds to partake in a summer tradition: The Johnson County Fair.

From competitions to must-see shows, the fair is home to thousands of memories; memories the Iowa City Public Library’s Digital History Project wants you to share.Banner_fade

Librarians will be at the Public Libraries of Johnson County Fair Booth from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday to solicit audio recordings of fair memories from all fair attendees. The recordings will be added to the Library’s Digital History Project website at history.icpl.org.

Launched in 2013, the Digital History Project is an initiative to share and explore historical images and stories of life in Iowa City and Johnson County. The project’s partners include the Iowa City Public Library, the Iowa City Host Noon Lions Club, and the Johnson County Historical Society.

Everything from fair favorites and special events to earliest recollection qualifies as a fair memory. Stop by the Public Libraries of Johnson County Fair Booth to share yours.

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




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