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Library is open on Easter Sunday

by Meredith Hines-Dochterman on April 14th, 2014

The Iowa City Public Library will be open during its regular hours, from noon to 5 p.m., on Easter Sunday, April 20.

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

Celebrate National Poetry Month at ICPL

by Meredith Hines-Dochterman on April 4th, 2014

Celebrate National Poetry Month at the Iowa City Public Library.npm2013

The Library will host its annual Poetry Workshop for student writers in third through sixth grades from 2 to 4 p.m. on Sunday, April 6, in Meeting Room A.

The program is free to attend, but registration is required. To register, visit http://calendar.icpl.org/view.php?did=28402; call (319) 356-5200; or stop by the Children’s Room desk.

Reading Aloud, the Iowa City/Johnson County Senior Center’s poetry group, will present poetry readings from noon to 1 p.m. Tuesday, April 8, in Meeting Room A.

This event is free and open to the public. It also will be broadcast live on The Library Channel, Iowa City cable channel 10.

ICPL to host Estate Planning Presentation

by Meredith Hines-Dochterman on March 28th, 2014

Are you prepared for the financial future? Does thinking about writing a will or designating a beneficiary seem confusing? Don’t know where to start? Estate_Planning_1

Join Thomas Gelman, an attorney with Phelan, Tucker, Muller, Walker, Tucker & Gelman, LLP; and John Chadima, Vice President and Trust Officer with MidWestOne Bank, for Estate Planning 101: Basic Considerations from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday, April 10, in Meeting Room A at the Iowa City Public Library.

Gelman and Chadima will explain estate planning concepts in easy-to-understand terms. Their presentation is designed to help a wide variety of people, from young parents to retired senior citizens.

Estate Planning 101: Basic Considerations is being presented at the Library as part of Money Smart Week®, a public awareness campaign designed to help consumers better manage their personal finances. Money Smart Week® is co-sponsored by the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago and the American Library Association.

Estate Planning 101: Basic Considerations is free and open to the public. For more information, call the Library at (319) 356-5200.

ICPL and UAY cosponsored Mission Creek Teen Concert April 4; Library to host several Mission Creek events April 5

by Meredith Hines-Dochterman on March 27th, 2014

The Iowa City Public Library and United Action for Youth have teamed up to co-sponsor a Mission Creek Teen Concert Friday, April 4.

Other Band, ConeTrauma, and Dion Jackson will perform in Meeting Room A from 7 to 9 p.m. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.

The Mission Creek Teen Concert is a free concert for teens in grades 7-12.

The Library will host several Mission Creek events on Saturday, April 5.

Storytime with local bluegrass musician Jon Eric will begin at 10:30 a.m. in Meeting Room A.

A Youth Songwriting Workshop will be held at noon to 1 p.m. in Meeting Room A. This workshop is for students ages 12 through 18. Participants have the opportunity to perform their songs at the Youth Songwriting Workshop Performance, also on Meeting Room A, at 5 p.m. All instruments, including no instruments, are welcome.

The Library will host a taping of Chic-A-Go-Go from 3 to 4 p.m. in Meeting Room A. Children and their parents, are invited to be part of “Chicago’s Dance Show for Kids of All Ages.”

All Mission Creek events at the Library are free of charge. For more information, call the Library at (319) 356-5200.

For a complete lineup of Mission Creek 2014 events, visit www.missionfreak.com

TEENS, GET READY FOR THE ANIME & MANGA FESTIVAL ON APRIL 26

by Meredith Hines-Dochterman on March 26th, 2014

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The Iowa City Public Library will host the annual Teen Anime & Manga Festival from 2 to 4 p.m. on Saturday, April 26, in Meeting Room A.

Open to students in grades 7-12, the Festival is an opportunity for teens to interact with fellow anime and manga enthusiasts, watch anime, discuss manga, win prizes, and eat massive amounts of candy sushi.

Those who wish to display their art work as part of the Artist Alley should bring their finished drawings to the Festival or do some freehand work during the event. Prizes will be awarded to select artists. Cosplay is always welcome and one lucky person will win Best Costume.

This year, we’ll watch episodes from three different anime: Kamisama Kiss, the story of a girl who unwittingly takes over a job as a local deity; Girls und Panzer, about a team of high schoolers who operate armored tanks; and Say, ‘I Love You’, in which a girl who has sworn off friendship falls for an annoyingly charming boy.

“The Anime & Manga Festival is my favorite event of the year,” Teen Services Librarian Brian Visser says. “We’re watching some really great shows, too.”

The Teen Anime & Manga Festival is a free event. For more information, call the Library at (319) 887-3400.

ICPL announces April adult technology classes

by Meredith Hines-Dochterman on March 25th, 2014

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The Iowa City Public Library has released its adult technology class schedule for April.

Library Assistant Jennifer Eilers will teach a graphic design class using GIMP, a free, graphic design and photo editing software with similar capabilities as Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator, from 10 to 11 a.m. on Friday, April 11, and again from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. on Monday, April 21.

Patrons in the class will learn the basics needed to create their own invites, cards or graphics such as cutting out photos, finding and inserting great fonts, and creating shapes. It is a great way for patrons to learn some new computer skills, have fun and get creative. GIMP can be downloaded for free at gimp.org.

Eilers and Adult Services Librarian Candice Smith will host a scanning class from 10 a.m. to noon on Saturday, April 19. Patrons can bring three to five pictures to scan, edit and enhance. The first part of the class will be devoted to scanning photos and the second part of the class will be on editing the photos they just scanned. Patrons can learn to improve their photos’ composition, coloring, exposure, and blurriness or graininess by using the GIMP software.

The adult technology classes 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.

ICPL’s online catalog, other services, unavailable during software upgrade

by Meredith Hines-Dochterman on March 19th, 2014

The Iowa City Public Library’s online catalog, available at catalog.icpl.org, will be unavailable beginning at 10:00 a.m. Thursday, March 20, in order to install a software upgrade.

While the catalog is unavailable, patrons may call the Library at (319) 356-5200 for assistance.  While the catalog is down, other services will not be available including eBook, eAudiobook and eMagazine checkout and placing holds.

The Library hopes the down time will not extend longer than two hours.

“The Library continuously strives to improve services to our community.  The upgrade to the Library’s online catalog will enable future integration, new technology and information resources,” says Kara Logsden, Community and Access Services Coordinator.

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

ICPL to Host Tween Minecraft on March 19

by Meredith Hines-Dochterman on March 12th, 2014

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Hey tweens! Do you play Minecraft? Do you want to meet other Minecraft players?

The Iowa City Public Library will host a Tween Minecraft event from 3 to 5 p.m. Wednesday, March 19, in the Computer Lab. This program is for students in third through sixth-grades. Participants don’t have to be an expert Minecraft player to join the fun. New players are welcome, too.

“The Library already has a Minecraft program for teens, but it’s a popular game for kids of all ages,” Children’s Librarian Morgan Reeves says. “We’re excited to have a program specifically for younger Minecraft players.”

Participants should have a Minecraft account a password prior to the program. A limited number of Library accounts will be available for individuals without an account.

Tween Minecraft Time is a free event. For more information, call the Library at (319) 887-3400.

Surveys Mailed for ICPL Strategic Planning Process

by Meredith Hines-Dochterman on March 10th, 2014

The Iowa City Public Library is working on a new strategic plan and needs input from the public about how the Library will serve the community in the future.

“We go through the strategic planning process every five years to determine what our community wants and needs from the Library,” Library Director Susan Craig says.mail_(1)

One way the public can help is returning a mailed survey, if you receive one.

Himmel & Wilson, Library Consultants have mailed out 2,000 surveys to residents of Iowa City and the Library contract areas – University Heights, Hills, Lone Tree, and rural Johnson County. The surveys should arrive in the mail this week, along with a letter explaining the Library strategic planning process. If you receive one, the Library asks that you take five minutes to fill it out and mail it back in the pre-addressed, stamped return envelope.

“The Library is planning for the future, and your ideas and opinions are important to us,” Craig says. “This is true of both active and inactive Library users.”

For more information, contact the Library at (319) 356-5200 or visit http://www.icpl.org/help/.

Help Shape Our Future: ICPL Begins Strategic Planning Process

by Meredith Hines-Dochterman on March 7th, 2014

The Iowa City Public Library is working on a new strategic plan and needs input from the public about how the Library will serve the community in the future.survey-software

“Strategic planning is something we do every five years to determine the needs of our community and what the Library can do to meet them,” Library Director Susan Craig says.

The Better Building, Better Service initiative grew out of the last strategic plan, resulting in physical improvements to the Library, including the addition of the Koza Family Teen Center on the Library’s second floor. The Library also made several improvements to customer services, including the addition of Switchboard services and increasing the number of holds a patron can request.

“The strategic plan is all about looking ahead. What does our community need? What does our community want?” Craig says.

There are several ways you can help the Library answer those questions:

  • Complete the online survey
  • Attend a public presentation on the future of public libraries at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, March 27, in Meeting Room A. A feedback session will follow.
  • Return the mailed survey, if you receive one. (Surveys have been mailed to 2,000 households.)
  • Participate in a focus group. Eight focus groups are scheduled for March, six geared toward a specific audience (parents of young children, teens, senior citizens) and two open to the general public. Registration is required, To view the schedule and register to attend a focus group, visit http://www.icpl.org/help/

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

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