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ICPL announces eReaders and Tablets Classes for Adults

by Meredith Hines-Dochterman on October 19th, 2016

Thinking about purchasing an eReader or tablet? The Iowa City Public Library and Senior Center are providing classes to help you understand some of the differences between the most popular devices out there.

One of the Library’s technology specialist will talk about the differences between eReaders and tablets. Find out what each of the major brands offer consumers and which of these brands work best with the Library’s digital media collections: Overdrive and Zinio.

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Popo’s Halloween Puppet Festival at ICPL Oct. 22

by Meredith Hines-Dochterman on October 12th, 2016

The Iowa City Public Library’s annual Popo’s Puppet Festival will be held from noon to 4:30 p.m. on Saturday, October 22, in Meeting Room A.

This year’s festival features three acts. Come for one performance or stay for all three!

First, join Parasol Puppets at noon for their performance of The Teeny Tiny Woman and Other Halloween Tales. This audience participation version of the old English folk tale features a teeny tiny woman who takes a teeny tiny walk and finds a teeny tiny bone. Suddenly, her teeny tiny house echoes with the cry of “Give me my bone!”

Popo’s Halloween Show takes the stage at 2:30 p.m. for a performance that will have the audience laughing so hard, it’s scary!

Finally, at 3:30 p.m., enjoy a shadow puppet show. Sea Beast Puppetry’s hero gets lost in the shadow. Will she ever be saved?

Stick around after the performances for crafts, or put on a show of your own with the Library’s collection of puppets.

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

ICPL to celebrate Star Wars Read Day Oct. 8

by Meredith Hines-Dochterman on October 3rd, 2016

Travel to a galaxy far, far away without leaving the Iowa City Public Library.

Visit us Saturday, October 8, in the Children’s Room as we celebrate this year’s Star Wars Read Day with crafts, stories, a movie, and an appearance by the 501st Legion. The fun begins with a special storytime at 10:30 a.m. and continues until noon.

Everyone is encouraged to dress as their favorite Star Wars character and join the fun. This event is for all fans, from the youngest Padawan to the wisest Jedi.

Contact the Library at 319-356-5200 for more information.

ICPL to Host All Iowa Reads 2016 Book Discussion

by Meredith Hines-Dochterman on September 30th, 2016

The Iowa City Public Library will host a discussion about the 2016 All Iowa Reads book, Lila by Marilynne Robinson, from 7 to 8 p.m. Monday, October 10, in Meeting Room B.

Lila, homeless and alone after years of roaming the countryside, steps inside a small-town Iowa church – the only available shelter from the rain – and ignites a romance and a debate that will reshape her life. She becomes the wife of a minister, John Ames, and begins a new existence while trying to make sense of the life that preceded her newfound security.

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Digital Johnson County introduces combined digital magazine collection

by Meredith Hines-Dochterman on September 29th, 2016

Tired of impulsively buying magazines at the grocery store? Save big bucks by downloading magazines for free through Digital Johnson County’s Zinio collection.

Beginning October 1, Coralville Public Library, Iowa City Public Library and the North Liberty Community Library will offer a combined digital magazine collection through Zinio to area residents. This is a free library service, but patrons must live in Coralville, Hills, Iowa City, Lone Tree, North Liberty, University Heights or rural Johnson County, and have a Library Card and password from their home library in order to use it.

Library users can check out and read a magazine using a web browser, or by downloading the Zinio for Libraries app, which is available for iPhone, iPad, Android, and Kindle Fire/HD/HDX.

For more information about Digital Johnson County, call the Coralville Public Library at 319-248-1850; the Iowa City Public Library at 319-356-5200; or the North Liberty Community Library at 319-626-5701.

ICPL to host Well Fed, Well Read on Oct. 7

by Meredith Hines-Dochterman on September 28th, 2016

The Iowa City Public Library is working with the Johnson County Crisis Center to fight hunger. Children can help by attending Well Fed, Well Read from 1 to 4:30 p.m. Friday, October 7, in the Storytime Room.

Stop by with a book and/or food donation for a family in need, then stick around for stories, snacks, and activities, including upcycled crafts, a sorting game about composting and recycling, and a lesson on planting an indoor garden by Jenni Mettemeyer from Farm to School.

Miss Jamie’s Farm will present a special interactive storytime about buying local, eating healthy, and the importance of farms in our community from 2 to 2:45 p.m. Hy-Vee Nutritionist Cathy Gehris will teach participants how to make healthy snacks from 3 to 3:30 p.m. and 3:30 to 4 p.m. Well Fed, Well Read will conclude with a screening of What’s on Your Plate?, an educational documentary about farming and the environment.

The Crisis Center’s Food Bank provides weekly food assistance to Johnson County residents. Of all the households served, one third has children in the home. The Food Bank always welcomes donations of peanut butter and jelly, pasta and rice, soups and stews, canned vegetables, canned fruit, toilet paper, baby formula and food, diapers, and laundry detergent. Well Fed, Well Read also will collect new children’s books for The Crisis Center.

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

ICPL announces Pajama Storytime in October

by Meredith Hines-Dochterman on September 27th, 2016

Add variety to your bedtime routine with Pajama Storytime at the Iowa City Public Library.

Join Casey from 6:30 to 7 p.m. every Monday night in October, except Halloween, for a special nighttime storytime with books, songs and activities focused on sleep preparation. This program is geared towards families with children of all ages. Parents and little ones are encouraged to attend in their PJs. Stuffed animal friends and dolls are welcome, too.

Pajama Storytime will be held in the Storytime Room. For more information, contact the Library at 319-356-5200.

ICPL’s Sunday Fun Day Presents October Improv!

by Meredith Hines-Dochterman on September 26th, 2016

The Iowa City Public Library invites children interested in the performing arts to visit ICPL Sunday afternoons for October Improv!

Using a variety of drama techniques to bring popular children’s stories to life, October Improv! will explore the many ways there are to tell stories, and how actors can experience the character, action, and themes inside of stories. These weekly drama sessions will be led by AmyRuth McGraw and students from the University of Iowa’s Drama in the Classroom course as part of Sunday Fun Day.

Sunday, October 2: Caps for Sale

Designed for students in grades kindergarten through second, children are invited to take on the role of monkeys and experience this well-loved story in a new way. They’ll also learn to build a story with their bodies, voices, and an empty room.

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ICPL to launch redesigned Event Manager

by Meredith Hines-Dochterman on September 22nd, 2016

The Iowa City Public Library’s redesigned online calendar, known as Event Manager, will go live on Monday, September 26.

The program features a streamlined design to improve user experience, both for those adding meeting and program information to the calendars, and people searching for upcoming events.

“Part of our long-term strategic plan was to make improvements so that Event Manager is easier to navigate,” says Brent Palmer, the Library’s Information Technology Coordinator.

Elements were incorporated into the calendar to ensure an optimal viewing experience on both desktop computers and mobile devices. The public is encouraged to explore the new Event Manager and provide feedback on the survey located here.

The new Event Manager is the first part in the Library’s plan to redesign the entire website, again focusing on making it more user-friendly. ICPL plans to launch the new design in 2017.

“We look forward to sharing the redesigned calendar with our community and will continue to explore ways to improve users’ online experience,” Palmer says.

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

ICPL announces October Classes for Adults

by Meredith Hines-Dochterman on September 20th, 2016

Roll up your sleeves for some hands-on learning! The Iowa City Public Library will offer classes on computer hardware and computer software in October. Get inside a computer and see how all the components work together, and uncover the complex coding behind each click of the mouse.

The Computer: Let’s Talk Hardware will be offered twice in October. Join us at 12:30 p.m. Saturday, October 8, or 3 p.m. Monday, October 10. See inside a computer and understand how all the parts work together to make this powerful device.

Want to understand how a computer works by understanding what the operating system? The Computer: Let’s Talk Software is a new class that explains it all. Join us at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, October 8, or at 10 a.m. Friday, October 28.

Classes will be held in the computer lab on the second floor of the Library. Classes are free, but space is limited, so patrons should register early. Visit to register online or by calling the Library at 319-356-5200.