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ICPL Presents FREE Jim Gill Concert at The Englert

by Meredith Hines-Dochterman on January 12th, 2016

The Iowa City Public Library is excited to announce that award-winning musician and author Jim Gill will perform from 2 to 3 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 23, at The Englert Theatre in downtown Iowa City. Parents and children of all ages are invited to attend this FREE concert as part of the Library’s Music is the Word celebration.

Gill is known for his recorded albums and books with musical themes. Music Play for Folks of All Stripes won a Notable Children’s Recording award from the American Library Association in 2012. He’s the author of two children’s books and six award-winning CDs of music play for young children. His work has received five separate awards from the American Library Association.

Gill is currently traveling across the country with his Family Room Concert Tour to promote the benefits of play in young children’s lives. Experience this phenomenon firsthand on Jan. 23, as Gill’s distinctive music will have attendees clapping, singing, dancing, jumping and sneezing along.

No advanced reservations are required for this FREE concert. The first 100 children in attendance will receive a special souvenir.

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

Iowa City Public Library’s January Teen Events Announced

by Meredith Hines-Dochterman on January 7th, 2016

The UAY Job Shop, Dungeons and Dragons, and tiny food are part of the Iowa City Public Library’s Teen Events lineup for January.

Are you looking for a job? The United Action for Youth Job Shop is designed to help teens ages 12 through 17 search for employment. Stop by from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 12, for assistance in looking for jobs, filling out applications, creating a resume and preparing for interviews.

We’re starting a Dungeons and Dragons campaign and need you to attend from 1 to 2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 16, to make it a success. Never played before? That’s no problem! Allie is ready to help all novices.

TAG, the Library’s Teen Activity Group, is looking for new members to help plan teen programs. Anyone wanting to make a difference in the Library, and earn volunteer hours at the same time, should give TAG a try. The January TAG meeting will be held from 1 to 2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 23.

You know how miniatures are always cuter than regular-sized things? We’re going to see if that translates to food, too! Join us for Let’s Make Something! Tiny Food from 2 to 3 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 23. The snacks may be tiny, but the fun will be huge!

All teen programs are open to students in grades 7through 12 and are held in the Koza Family Teen Center on the Library’s second floor, unless otherwise noted.

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

ICPL Announces Second Sunday Garden Forum Lineup

by Meredith Hines-Dochterman on January 3rd, 2016

For nearly 25 years, the Iowa City Public Library and Project GREEN have partnered to host the Second Sunday Garden Forum series. This winter’s forums will be held on Jan. 10, Feb. 14, and March 13.

Chuck Porto, retail manager at Iowa City Landscaping & Garden Center and host of KXIC’s Saturday Lawn & Garden Show, will kick off the 2016 series on Jan. 10 with “Something Old, Something New – Trees, Shrubs and Evergreens.” Porto will re-introduce attendees to traditional standards and share information about new plants gaining popularity on the market.

“Daylilies: Past, Present and Future” is the topic of Jonathan Poulton’s presentation on Feb. 14. A University of Iowa emeritus professor, Poulton’s interest in daylilies began while vacationing in Wisconsin in 2006. Since then he has developed a collection of registered daylilies and created several thousand seedlings by hybridization. Join Poulton as he explores the origins of modern daylilies, presents a selection of hybrids celebrated by daylily enthusiasts, and describes hybridizers’ efforts to reach the “holy grail” of daylilies – a true blue cultivar.

Feel like going on a trip? David Cavagnaro’s presentation, “Where Our Food Comes From,” on March 13 will take attendees “around the world in 80 minutes” to look at the origins of all our major food crops. Cavagnaro is the former Preservation Gardens Manager at Seed Savers Exchange in Decorah.

All Second Sunday Garden Forum programs will be held on the second Sunday of the month from 2 to 4 p.m. in Meeting Room A at the Iowa City Public Library. After each presentation, there will be a refreshment break followed by a question and answer session.

All programs will be broadcast live on The Library Channel, Iowa City cable channel 20.

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

ICPL Launches Winter Reading Program

by Meredith Hines-Dochterman on January 2nd, 2016

Get a jump start on your 2016 reading goal by participating in Read to the Rhythm, the Iowa City Public Library’s Winter Reading Program.

Pick up a Read to the Rhythm bingo card at any of our public service desks beginning Monday, Jan. 4. There are four cards available, one for each age level of the program: babies, children, teens and adults.

Each bingo card is filled with suggestions and activities that will get you reading, exploring ICPL – possibly even singing, as the Library kicks off Season Two of our Music is the Word celebration. Look at your bingo card closely. The music event you plan to attend could fill in a square.

Anyone who completes their card’s requirements before the program ends on Feb. 29 is eligible to attend our Winter Reading Program Pizza and Popcorn Party from 6 to 7 p.m. on Tuesday, March 1. One bingo is all that’s needed for participants in the teens and adults Read to the Rhythm program to gain entry to the pizza party. The babies’ and children’s programs require three regular bingos (15 squares) in order to attend.

For more information about Music is the Word, visit www.icpl.org/mitw.

For more information about Read to the Rhythm, visit www.icpl.org/wrp.

ICPL Announces January Music is the Word Events

by Meredith Hines-Dochterman on January 1st, 2016

Join Iowa City Public Library as we celebrate all things musical with Music is the Word. This special series of programming, to continue through May 2016, welcomes the University of Iowa School of Music building to downtown Iowa City. Here’s what’s happening in January:

2 to 4 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 3, in Meeting Room A: Sing-Along – “Frozen.” Does the weather have you down? Let it go with today’s sing-along!

7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 5, at the Robert A. Lee Recreation Center Gymnastics Room: Yahoo Drummers. This Family Drumming Session at the Robert A. Lee Recreation Center will have families exploring and playing percussion instruments from all over the world. No fee; no registration required.

Noon to 1 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 13, in the Lobby: Music on Wednesday @ICPL with Deb Singer. Since 1980, Deb Singer has shared her passion for music and movement with the Iowa City community. A perennial favorite at ICPL Storytimes, local preschools, and other events for the “under 5 crowd, Singer also shares her joy in music through her performance with the world music band Kol Shira. Stop by to listen to Singer play some of her classical guitar favorites.

10:30 to 11 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 14, in Meeting Room A: Preschool Storytime – West Music’s Sing and Play and Learn Today. West Music will lead a special musical preschool storytime. Stop by to learn some new songs, and have a great time singing, dancing and playing together.

7 to 9 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 14, in Meeting Room A: Documentary – “Keep on Keepin’ On.” This documentary follows jazz legend Clark Terry’s mentorship of 23-year-old blind piano prodigy Justin Kauflin. 84 min (2014)

Noon to 1 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 20, in Meeting Room A: Lunch talk – German POWs Making Music in Iowa during the Second World War. Join Kelsey Kramer, a doctorate student in musicology at the University of Iowa, for this informative presentation. Kramer also is a staff member at the UI Center for Human Rights.

10:30 to 11 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 21, in Meeting Room A: Preschool Storytime with Marc Falk. Marc Falk, a music professor at Coe College and founder of Iowa City’s Outdoor Adventure Camps, will present a concert of fun and interactive music for kids and parents.

2 to 3 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 23, at The Englert Theatre: Family Concert – Jim Gill. Jim Gill is an award-winning musician, picture book author and child development specialist. Get ready to sing, dance and play at this free family concert at the historic Englert.

7 to 8 p.m. Monday, Jan. 25, in Meeting Room A: Dali Quartet – String Quartet Residency Program Concert. The Dalí Quartet’s captivating performances of traditional string quartet and Latin-American repertoire create an extraordinary concert experience that takes listeners on an eclectic journey of rhythm and sound.

2 to 3 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 30, in Meeting Room A: Family Concert – Awful Purdies. The Awful Purdies are an eclectic quintet of female multi-instrumentalists who take turns stepping up as songwriter and lead singer.

For more information, visit www.icpl.org/mitw or call the Library at 319-356-5200.

ICPL announces January Classes for Adults

by Meredith Hines-Dochterman on December 31st, 2015

Want to learn more about your iPad? The Iowa City Public Library will offer several classes that help beginning and intermediate users get a better handle on their tablet in January.

New or beginner iPad users, join us in Meeting Room A at 11 a.m. Friday, Jan. 8, for “Explore Your iPad.” Participants will discover how to expertly navigate their device, capture and access photos and video, bookmark a webpage, set important security options, and much more. This class also will be offered at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, Jan. 16, in the computer Lab on the Library’s second floor.

Our “iPad Tips and Tricks” class, which will be held at 12:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 16, in the Computer Lab and 11 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 19, in Meeting Room A is perfect for the intermediate iPad user. Learn how to customize your device, keep your iPad safe, and get the most out of your device’s memory.

All classes for adults are free, but space is limited, 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.

Celebrate the Season with Cocoa and Carols at ICPL

by Meredith Hines-Dochterman on December 15th, 2015

Join the Combined Efforts Theatre Men’s Choir for a sing-along featuring all of your holiday favorites during Cocoa and Carols from 2 to 3:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 20, in Meeting Room A at the Iowa City Public Library.M

After the performance, stay for a cup of cocoa and a cookie provided by The Java House.

Founded in 2012, the Combined Efforts Theatre Men’s Choir has performed with several local musical groups in various venues throughout the area, as well as all Combined Efforts productions. The choir is directed by Cole Hotek and will be accompanied by Michael Penick.

Cocoa and Carols is part of the Library’s Music is the Word celebration to welcome the University of Iowa School of Music to downtown Iowa City. For a complete listing of Music is the Word events, visit www.icpl.org/mitw. For more information about Combined Efforts, visit combinedefforts.org.

ICPL Announces Holiday Hours

by Meredith Hines-Dochterman on December 15th, 2015

The Iowa City Public Library will be open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 24, and will be closed on Friday, Dec. 25.

The Library will be open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 31, and will be closed on Friday, Jan. 1.

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

Iowa City Public Library closed Dec. 11

by Meredith Hines-Dochterman on December 2nd, 2015

The Iowa City Public Library will be closed Friday, Dec. 11, for Staff Inservice Day.business_closed_sign_page

“The annual Inservice Day is an opportunity for all Library staff to attend training designed to improve services for patrons,” Community and Access Services Coordinator Kara Logsden said.

The day begins with staff recognition during which seven Library employees will be recognized for service to ICPL. This year, the Library will recognize individuals who have worked at the Library for five, 10, 20, and 25 years.

This year’s Inservice Day features three guest speakers. Karin Franklin, the former director of planning for the City of Iowa City, who will lead employees in a strategic brainstorming session for FY18. Erin Altheide of Johnson County Juvenile Courts Services will give a presentation on the juvenile courts mediation process, while Peggy Loveless of the National Alliance of Mental Illness will lead a seminar on mental health.

Regular Library hours will resume at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Dec. 12.

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

ICPL Announces December Music is the Word Events

by Meredith Hines-Dochterman on November 29th, 2015

Join Iowa City Public Library as we celebrate all things musical with Music is the Word.MusicistheWord

This special series of programming, to continue through May 2016, welcomes the University of Iowa School of Music building to downtown Iowa City. Here’s what’s happening in December:

7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 1, at the Robert A. Lee Recreation Center Gymnastics Room: Yahoo Drummers. This Family Drumming Session at the Robert A. Lee Recreation Center will have families exploring and playing percussion instruments from all over the world. No fee; no registration required.

7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 2, in Meeting Room A: Documentary Screening – “Under the Boardwalk – A Ukulele Love Story.” This documentary chronicles the history, community, and joyous spirit of the Ukulele Club of Santa Cruz. (2011) 75 min. This event is cosponsored by Ukulele Social Club of Johnson County.

Noon to 1 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 9, in Meeting Room A: Music on Wednesday @ICPL with Preucil School of Music. Join musicians from the Preucil School of Music as they share their joy in music performance.

10:30 to 11 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 10, in Meeting Room A: Preschool Storytime – Christmas Sing-Along. Are you looking forward to letting it snow and building a frosty snowman of your own? Stop by preschool storytime today to sing classic secular Christmas and winter songs!

5:30 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 15, at The Mill: B.Y.O.Book – “Musicophilia” by Oliver Sacks. Join us to discuss “Musicophilia: Tales of Music and the Brain” by Oliver Sacks. Registration is encouraged due to space limitations. Limited copies of the book will be available for check out from the Info Desk staff on the Library’s second floor.

7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 16, in Meeting Room A: Documentary Screening – “Don’t Think I’ve Forgotten – Cambodia’s Lost Rock & Roll.” This documentary tracks the twists and turns of Cambodian music as it morphs into rock and roll, blossoms, and is nearly destroyed along with the rest of the country. (2014) 105 min

10:30 to 11 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 19, in Meeting Room A: Family Concert – Matthew Coley. Professional marimba player and organizer of the Heartland Marimba Festival, Matthew Coley, will lead a special family storytime. Outlining the history of the marimba, he will perform music from different cultures and ages.

1 to 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 19, in Meeting Room A: Concert – Matthew Coley. This concert will feature familiar classics for the holiday season as well as other famous tunes.

2 to 3:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 20, in Meeting Room A: Cocoa and Carols with Combined Efforts Theatre Men’s Choir. Gather your friends to sing along with the talented singers from Combined Efforts Theatre Men’s Choir, and enjoy a cup of cocoa and a cookie provided by The Java House.

Noon to 2 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 24, in the Storytime Room: Sing-Along – “The Muppets Christmas Carol.” Celebrate the season by watching The Muppets retell the Charles Dickens classic about a bitter man finding redemption on Christmas Eve.




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