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ICPL’s 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten Celebrates One Year

by Meredith Hines-Dochterman on January 30th, 2017

The Iowa City Public Library will celebrate the first year of its 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten program during a special storytime Saturday, February 11, at 10:30 a.m. in the Storytime Room.img_0110

1,000 Books Before Kindergarten encourages parents and caregivers to read 1,000 books to children before they start kindergarten. In doing so, they strengthen a child’s language skills and build their vocabulary — two important tools for beginning readers.

The Library launched the program in February of 2016. Join us as we celebrate our first birthday, as well as the children who reached their 1,000 Books goal. These participants will receive a special certificate to celebrate their “graduation.” We’ll also kickoff our second year of the program, so be sure to stop by, sign up and have some cake, too.

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ICPL celebrates Black History Month

by Meredith Hines-Dochterman on January 27th, 2017

The Iowa City Public Library will commemorate Black History Month in February with several special programs, live performances, and book discussions.

Thursday, February 2 and February 16, noon to 1 p.m. in Meeting Room A: TED Talks Celebrate Black History Month

TED (Technology, Education, and Design) Talks are ideas worth spreading. Bring your lunch and join us for fresh perspectives on black identity and fascinating insights on how to finally defeat racism.

Thursday, February 2, 3 to 5 p.m. in the Storytime Room: Tween Movie and Book Club – “The Watsons go to Birmingham”

Join our tween book and movie club us as we discuss “The Watsons go to Birmingham” by Christopher Paul Curtis and watch the movie. Tween events are for students in third through sixth grades.

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ICPL announces February Classes for Adults

by Meredith Hines-Dochterman on January 25th, 2017

Social media usage is the focus of February’s adult classes at the Iowa City Public Library.

“Facebook Tips and Tricks” is a class for current Facebook users. It will be offered at 10 a.m. Friday, Feb. 3, and again on 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 18. 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.

“Social Media Safety: Protecting your Privacy Online” will discuss the advantages/disadvantages of using the privacy settings on several social networks. Learn how to adjust your settings and techniques for discovering information about you online. This class will be held on Monday, Feb. 20, at 10 a.m.

Discover how to organize and use your Pinterest account to its fullest potential at “Pinterest Tips and Tricks.” This class will be offered on Tuesday, Feb. 28, at 10 a.m. Learn how to search for boards using various search terms, follow and unfollow boards, make a secret pin board, and much more!

All classes for adults are held in the Library’s Computer Lab on the second floor. Classes are free, but registration is required. Register online here or by calling the Library at 319-356-5200.

ICPL to Circulate Mobile Hotspots

by Meredith Hines-Dochterman on January 24th, 2017

The Iowa City Public Library will add mobile hotspots to its list of materials available to check out on Monday, Jan. 30.

ICPL HotSpot allows users to connect to the Internet anywhere on any wireless-enabled device, such as a laptop, tablet or smartphone. Check one out to complete homework assignments, catch up on current events, apply for jobs or explore the Internet.

The Library has seven ICPL HotSpots available to check out by themselves. Three others are bundled with ICPL’s circulating laptops.

ICPL HotSpots are available to Library users living in Iowa City or one of ICPL’s contract service areas — Hills, Lone Tree, University Heights, or unincorporated Johnson County – with accounts in good standing. A hotspot can be borrowed for seven days. At this time, users won’t be able to renew hotspots, as the Library wants as many patrons as possible to gain access to the devices.

Overdue hotspots will have Internet access deactivated. The fine for overdue hotspots is $1 per day. The replacement cost for hotspots that are lost or damaged beyond repair is $75.

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

Stuffed Animal Sleepover at ICPL

by Meredith Hines-Dochterman on January 10th, 2017

Hey kids, you have a slumber party with your stuffed animal every night, but what if they had one with their stuffed friends? What adventures would they have when you aren’t looking? What trouble would they get into? Find out at the Iowa City Public Library’s Preschool Storytime: Stuffed Animal Sleepover!stuffed-animal-sleepover

Bring one of your stuffed animals and join us for storytime from 10:30 to 11 a.m. on either January 18 or January 19 in the Storytime Room. We’ll read books and sing songs, but when it’s time to go, your stuffed friend stays behind to spend the night at the Library!

Be sure to come back to ICPL the next day to pick up your friend. We’ll even have photos showing what the “stuffies” got up to while not sleeping at their slumber party. Children who attend the January 18 storytime will pick up their friend on January 19. Preschoolers who come to the January 19 storytime will come back for their stuffed animal on January 20. Please note that if you can’t reclaim your friend on either of those days, the Library will hold on to them until your next visit.

Parents, we suggest your child bring a stuffed animal he or she is comfortable leaving behind for a night.

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.

Learn about food with Green Iowa AmeriCorps at ICPL

by Meredith Hines-Dochterman on January 9th, 2017

Green Iowa AmeriCorps will be at the Iowa City Public Library from 2 to 3 p.m. Saturday, January 21, for a special program for children in kindergarten through third grades.

“Where Does your Food Come From?” will explore local, regional and exotic foods, with samples for kids to try. Representatives from Green Iowa AmeriCorps will talk about where food comes from and the steps it takes before it arrives on kids’ dinner plates. Participants will make a craft and receive seeds to take home to nurture throughout the winter months, then plant in the spring.

Registration is required for this program. Register online here, or call the Library at 319-356-5200.

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

ICPL to Host Crazy 8s Math Club for Kids

by Meredith Hines-Dochterman on January 4th, 2017

Join the national movement to make math the cool thing to do after school by attending Iowa City Public Library’s Crazy 8s Math Club.

Beginning January 10, this fun and educational program for elementary students in kindergarten through second grade meets from 4 to 5 p.m. in the Storytime Room every Tuesday.

Crazy 8s from the Bedtime Math Foundation is designed to get kids fired up about math. Participants will build things, run and jump, make music – even make a mess – while making new friends and increasing their understanding of math.

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Drum Roll, Please…

by Casey Maynard on January 3rd, 2017

Image result for caldecott medal pngThe votes have been tallied with more than 100 cast for our Mock Caldecott nominees. Of the fifteen titles chosen we are naming one winner and five honor books as there was a tie for the fourth space. Without any further ado, let’s get to which titles you chose to represent ICPL’s first Mock Caldecott Award.

And the Winner is…

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ICPL Presents Chilly Readers Winter Book Reading Club for Children

by Meredith Hines-Dochterman on December 20th, 2016

Registration for the Iowa City Public Library’s Chilly Readers Winter Reading Book Club begins January 2, 2017.

Available for young readers ages zero through 12, the book club will help children pass the winter hours when it’s too cold to play outdoors. It will run from January 2 through February 28, with participants encouraged to read 20 books during that time. Children can count books they read independently as well as those read to them.

Sign up at the Children’s Desk or online at wrp.icpl.org. All participants will receive a bookmark to track their progress to 20 books. A prize will be awarded after children read 10 books. There’s only one prize per person, including those who read more than 20 books.

Visit wrp.icpl.org for more information or call the Library at 319-356-5200.

ICPL announces January Classes for Adults

by Meredith Hines-Dochterman on December 16th, 2016

Want to learn more about your Apple or Android tablet or smartphone? In January, the Iowa City Public Library will offer several classes that help beginning and intermediate users get a better handle on their hand-held devices.

Join us at 11 a.m. on Friday, January 13, for iPad Tips and Tricks. This class is offered 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.

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