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ICPL Presents Songs of Peter Rabbit

by Meredith Hines-Dochterman on July 27th, 2016

The Iowa City Public Library will celebrate Beatrix Potter’s 150th birthday next week with a special reading and performance of The Songs of Peter Rabbit.peterrabbit_peter_1280

Based on Potter’s beloved classic, The Tale of Peter Rabbit, the adaptation by composer Dudley Glass captures the trouble-making spirit of Peter Rabbit without losing the story’s cautionary lesson. Written for voice and piano, Glass’ version will be performed by ICPL children’s room staff during preschool storytime from 10:30 to 11 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 3, and Thursday, Aug. 4.

Both storytimes will be held in Meeting Room A. The performances also will be broadcast live on The Library Channel, Iowa City cable channel 20.

The Library’s preschool storytime is recommended for children between the ages of three and five. Younger and older siblings are welcome to attend, too.

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

ICPL Seeks Classic Book Cover Makeovers

by Meredith Hines-Dochterman on July 26th, 2016

The Iowa City Public Library has reserved every display space throughout the building for our part in Recovering the Classics’ book cover makeover project.

We need your help to fill them.

In 2013, Recovering the Classics asked designers from around the world to re-imagine the covers for great books in the public domain. People all over the world contributed hundreds of recreated covers, 50 of which will be on display at the Library during the 2016 Iowa City Book Festival Oct. 4 through Oct. 9, continuing through the end of November.

ICPL’s exhibit of classic book cover makeovers by local artists and readers will be displayed throughout October and November, too. This project is open to participants of all ages and artistic abilities; anyone who wants to give their favorite classic book a new face is welcome to contribute. Here’s how:

  • Choose a title from the list of books that have aged into the public domain: www.icpl.org/classics
  • Make an original work of art that prominently features the book’s author and title.  All two-dimensional approaches (painting, photography, drawing, fiber, and digital creations) are welcome.
  • Drop off your cover at the First Floor Help Desk by 9 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 19.

Only one submission per person, please.

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

ICPL announces August Classes for Adults

by Meredith Hines-Dochterman on July 20th, 2016

August classes at the Iowa City Public Library are all about being social. The Center and the Library are teaming up to offer beginner and intermediate classes for Facebook and Pinterest.

Our beginners’ class will be held at 10 a.m. Friday, Aug. 5, at the Senior Center with Facebook Basics and Beyond. Participants will discuss the Facebook interface, go over privacy settings, and get a feel for how they can connect and stay connected to friends and family.

What is Pinterest? is the second social media class being offered with the beginner user in mind. Join us at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 13, in the Computer Lab at the Library. Check out how Pinterest is used by learning to navigate the interface and understand how pins are shared and followed.

To follow-up on this class, users can also take the intermediate class, Pinterest Tips and Tricks, which will also be held at 12:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 13. Discover how to organize and use your Pinterest account to the fullest potential!

Facebook Tips and Tricks is the new intermediate class that is being offered twice in August. Come and learn how to get control of your timeline and home feed. Find new ways to connect on Facebook by creating an event or group. Classes will be held at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 16, at The Center and 2 p.m. Monday, Aug. 29, at the Library.

Classes will be held in the Computer Lab on the second floor of the Library and in room 208 at the Senior Center. Classes are taught by an ICPL librarian. Classes are free, but space is limited, so patrons should register early.

Visit www.icpl.org/classes to register online for classes held at the Iowa City Public Library. You can also register by calling the Library at 319-356-5200. To register for classes at The Center, call 319-356-5220.

ICPL Presents Rowing 101

by Meredith Hines-Dochterman on July 19th, 2016

Have you ever wanted to learn more about the sport of rowing?Rowing101_CH20 2016

Join Danelle Stipes, assistant director for the University of Iowa Recreational Services Hawkeye Community Rowing Program, for Rowing 101 on Wednesday, July 27, from 7 to 8 p.m. This event, which will take place at Beckwith Boathouse, includes a tour of the boathouse and an introduction to programs offered to the community.

The Beckwith Boathouse is located on the Iowa River at 1201 North Dubuque Street. The program is free, but due to limited space, registration is required.

To register, go to calendar.icpl.org or call the Library at 319-356-5200.

ICPL Presents Yoga Practice for Stress Relief

by Meredith Hines-Dochterman on July 14th, 2016

In today’s world of go-go-go, stress and anxiety are everywhere. If the pressures of everyday life are getting to you, it might be time to hit the mat – the yoga mat, that is.

Local yoga instructor Beth Beasley will be in Meeting Room A at the Iowa City Public Library from 7 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, July 20, to lead adult participants through a simple, accessible yoga practice designed to reduce stress and tension.

This event is free and open to the public. It is presented as part of the 2016 Adult Summer Reading Program. All participants should bring their own yoga mat.

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

“Pay What You Want” Book Sale at ICPL July 16

by Meredith Hines-Dochterman on July 11th, 2016

Two of the greatest words in the English language have come together for one event: Book Sale.

The Iowa City Public Library Friends Foundation will host a Book Sale from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, July 16, in Meeting Room A. Featuring “Pay What You Want” prices on everything from large print books and graphic novels to fiction, cookbooks, nonfiction and children’s books, everyone is sure to find something. Video games, artwork, board games and more also will be available.

All sales are final with proceeds benefiting the Library, courtesy of the Book End Committee of the Iowa City Public Library Friends Foundation.

For more information, contact Patty McCarthy, Development Office Director, at 319-356-5249 or via e-mail at patty-mccarthy@icpl.org.

On Wheel or On Foot: There’s a Johnson County Trail for You

by Meredith Hines-Dochterman on July 7th, 2016

TheresAJohnsonCountyTrailForYouWith miles of trails throughout Johnson County, you’re sure to find one to suit your recreational needs.

Johnson County Conservation Program Manager Brad Freidhof will be in Meeting Room A at the Iowa City Public Library from 7 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, July 13, to talk about the county’s walking, hiking and biking trails. Come and learn more about what’s available now and what will be available in the future, as well as the wide range of recreational activities the trails provide throughout the county.

This event is free and open to the public. It is presented as part of the 2016 Adult Summer Reading Program and will be broadcast LIVE on The Library Channel, Iowa City cable channel 20.

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

Acrobat/Juggler Laura Ernst to Perform at ICPL

by Meredith Hines-Dochterman on July 5th, 2016

LauraErnstLaura Ernst learned to juggle for her role in a middle school play, eventually transitioning her new skill to performances at street festivals. Today, Ernst has made a career out of her passion for entertaining.

The Iowa City Public Library is pleased to welcome the world-renown acrobat, juggler and entertainer to the Library for an all-ages show Tuesday, July 12, in Meeting Room A. The program will be held from 7 to 8 p.m., with doors opening at 6:30 p.m.

Ernst’s performance is free and open to the public, but seating will be on a first come-first served basis. It will be broadcast LIVE on The Library Channel, Iowa City cable channel 20.

An Iowa native, Ernst received first place at the 2008 World Juggling Federation, a designation that places her among some of the best jugglers in the world. She also appeared on the fifth season of America’s Got Talent, during which her performance inside her human-sized hamster ball caused Howie Mandel to exclaim, “I love you! You are my soul mate!”

Ernst’s appearance is part of the Library’s 2016 Summer Reading Program, On Your Mark, Get Set … Read!

For more information about Laura Ernst, visit www.cutejuggler.com

For more information about her appearance at ICPL, call the Library at 319-356-5200.

 

Children’s titles added to ICPL’s digital magazine collection

by Meredith Hines-Dochterman on June 29th, 2016

The Iowa City Public Library recently added children’s titles to its Zinio Digital Magazines collection, bringing the number of magazines patrons can read on digital devices to nearly 200.

With titles that appeal to all ages – from Babybug for babies and toddlers to American Girl and Dig for older elementary through middle school students – parents now have more options to keep their children entertained on the go.

“Our digital magazine collection gives patrons the opportunity to read the magazines they enjoy without having to pay subscription prices,” said Anne Mangano, the Library’s coordinator of collection services.

Zinio is available to Iowa City Public Library cardholders who reside in Iowa City, rural Johnson County, Hills, Lone Tree, and University Heights, as well as North Liberty residents. The service requires an ICPL Library Card and password. North Liberty residents need a valid North Liberty Community Library card and password.

To sign up for Zinio, visit icpl.org/zinio and follow the instructions on the screen. Once a magazine is downloaded onto your smartphone or tablet, it’s yours forever. There’s no limit on the amount of titles you can choose.

For more information, call the Library at 319-356-5200, stop by the Info Desk, or attend one of our drop-in Tech Help sessions, held from 10 a.m. to noon Mondays and Wednesdays, and noon to 4 p.m. Tuesdays in the second floor Computer Lab.

Bob Sessions to Give Photography Presentation at ICPL

by Meredith Hines-Dochterman on June 28th, 2016

Author Gary Snyder is quoted as saying, “Nature is not a place to visit. It is home.” Local photographer and author Bob Sessions makes his living showcasing the many ways nature serves as our home, from flora and fauna to the mountains and rivers.

Sessions will discuss his career as a nature photographer and how he uses Instagram to share his work during Explore Nature Photography with Bob Sessions from 7 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, July 6, in Meeting Room A at the Library.

A native of South Dakota, Sessions earned a B.A. from Drake University and a Ph.D. in philosophy from the University of Michigan. Before focusing on photography, he taught at Kirkwood Community College, Grinnell College, Luther College, and the University of Minnesota in Duluth.

As a freelance photographer, he works frequently with his wife, travel writer Lori Erickson. Together they produce Spiritual Travels, a website describing holy sites around the world, and Holy Rover, a blog hosted by Patheos. He is a member of the Society of American Travel Writers.

This free event is part of the Adult Summer Reading Program and is open to the general public. It will be broadcast LIVE on The Library Channel, cable channel 20.

For more information about Bob Sessions, including a link to his Instagram account, visit robertsessions.com.

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




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