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Equal Before the Law Book Discussion at ICPL

by Meredith Hines-Dochterman on June 10th, 2015

On April 3, 2009, a decision by the Iowa Supreme Court made Iowa the third state in the nation to permit same-sex couples to marry. E

Equal Before The Law: How Iowa Led Americans to Marriage Equality by award-winning reporters Tom Witosky and Marc Hansen tells the stories behind this issue and traces the decisions impact.

Witosky and Hansen’s research and interviews with dozens of key figures – politicians, lawyers, and the people personally involved — show that no one should have been surprised by the 2009 decision. Iowans have a long history of leadership on civil rights, as illustrated by the state motto adopted in 1847: “Our liberties we prize and our rights we will maintain.”

Join Witosky and Hansen for a book discussion from 1 to 2:30 p.m. Sunday, June 21, in Meeting Room A.

This event is sponsored by the Iowa City Public Library and University of Iowa Press. It is free and open to the public, and will be broadcast live on The Library Channel, cable channel 20.

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

Way Cool Chemistry Dates Announced

by Meredith Hines-Dochterman on June 3rd, 2015

Way Cool Chemistry, a program designed to make chemistry accessible and fun for fifth- through eighth-grade students, returns to the Iowa City Public Library this summer.

Students interested in chemistry will have the opportunity to participate in hands-on demonstrations and experiments from 2 to 3 p.m. Saturday, June 20, and Saturday, Aug. 1.

Both programs will be held in Meeting Room A. Pre-registration is not required.

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

Summer Food Rocks! Program

by Kara Logsden on June 3rd, 2015

It’s summer and for many this means relaxed days, vacations, and no school. For others this means long days, no school breakfast or lunch, and being hungry. Fortunately our community has a Summer Food Rocks! program. From June 15th through July 30th on Mondays through Thursdays, breakfast and lunch are served at Fairmeadows Park and the Pheasant Ridge Neighborhood Center.

Summer Food Rocks! is open to all children 18 and younger. There is no enrollment and no cost. Breakfast is served 9-9:30 AM and lunch is served Noon-12:45 PM.

Here’s a link to more information: 2015 SummerMeals_flyer_2015

Feel free to print this PDF and post it where students might find it. If you know a student who could benefit from this program, please pass along the information.

For more information, contact Alison Demory, RD/LD, Director of Nutrition Services, Iowa City Community School District, 688-1021.

Three cheers for summer!

Library Links Golf Classic set for June 26

by Meredith Hines-Dochterman on June 2nd, 2015

It’s almost tee time!

The Third Annual Library Links Golf Classic will be held Friday, June 26, at Finkbine Golf Course in Iowa City, beginning with lunch at 11:30 a.m., followed by shotgun at 1 p.m.

This annual fundraiser on the green is held to raise green for the Annual Fund of the Iowa City Public Library Friends Foundation. This year, the Library is focused on growing its Summer Reading Programs to keep children and teens reading and learning throughout the summer months.

Visit https://icplff.ejoinme.org/librarylinks to register or learn more about sponsorship opportunities. Registrants can sign up as a foursome or individual player.

Forms can also be downloaded at http://www.icpl.org/pdfs/Library_Links_2015.pdf and returned to Patty McCarthy, Director of Development, at the Iowa City Public Library, 123 S. Linn St. in Iowa City, or dropped in the donation box on the Library’s first floor, next to the book return.

For more information, contact Director of Development Patty McCarthy at patty-mccarthy@icpl.org or (319) 356-5249.

Songs for Singing and Hope at Iowa City Public Library

by Meredith Hines-Dochterman on June 2nd, 2015

In the fall of 2008, a choir of volunteer performers formed with the goal of offering songs of healing and comfort to those struggling with living or dying.BarbaraMcAfee

For nearly seven years, Morning Star Singers have performed for free at hospices, hospitals, nursing homes and private homes within the Twin Cities.

Founder Barbara McAfee says it was her experience singing at the bedsides of friends and family that inspired her to create Morning Star Singers. A voice coach, singer/songwriter, keynote speaker, and author, McAfee travels the world to speak about the power of music to build, heal, and transform communities, big or small.

McAfee will be at the Iowa City Public Library from noon to 2 p.m. Tuesday, June 9, in Meeting Room A to describe the concept of a comfort choir and share the story of the Morning Star Singers. She also will teach simple songs and share some of her experiences singing for the ill, dying or bereaved.

This presentation is the opportunity to join a lively community of vocal explorers, experience literal and metaphorical harmony, and an enhanced feeling of unity and connection through music.

Songs for Healing and Hope is open to the public. It will be broadcast live on The Library Channel, Iowa City cable channel 20.

This event is sponsored by Iowa City Hospice and the Iowa City Public Library. For more information, contact Iowa City Hospice at (800) 897-3052.

ICPL Announces Monday Matinee Lineup

by Meredith Hines-Dochterman on June 2nd, 2015

The Iowa City Public Library will kick off its Monday Matinee series Monday, June 8, with Disney Pixar’s The Incredibles.

Join us every Monday at 2 p.m. in the Storytime Room for a screening of some of our favorite family movies.

June 8: The Incredibles

Undercover superhero family, the Parrs, are trying to live quietly until they are forced to don their masks again to try to save the world.

June 15: How to Train Your Dragon

Aspiring dragon hunter Hiccup discovers that there may be more to dragons than his clan thinks.

June 22: Shrek

When his swamp fills with magical creatures, Shrek the Ogre agrees to rescue a princess for the king. In return his swamp will be emptied of creatures.

June 29: Kung Fu Panda

Po the Panda dreams of being a master of Kung Fu while working in his parents’ noodle shop. When he is chosen to fulfill an ancient prophecy despite having no martial arts experience, Po is forced to try to make his dreams a reality.

July 6: Brave

Princess Merida, determined to make her own path, defies a custom, creating chaos in her kingdom.

July 13: Wreck-It Ralph

Videogameland villian Weck-It Ralph aspires to be the hero of his game.

July 20: WALL-E

In the distant future a small garbage compacting robot, WALL-E, inadvertently sets out on a space adventure that will change the fate of the human race.

July 27: Mulan

To save her father from being drafted into the Chinese army, Mulan takes his place and becomes one of China’s most celebrated heroines.

Monday Matinee is a free event for children of all ages. For more information, call the Library at (319) 356-5200.

Soup and Salad Children’s Garden

by rcarlson on May 28th, 2015

flower_spring_2015Children’s Day is Saturday, June 6th and that means it’s time to plant the Children’s garden! This year Scott Koepke, the education and outreach coordinator for New Pioneer Food Co-op’s Soilmates program, will focus on root crops and greens, like potatoes, onions, carrots, beets, and lettuce – perfect ingredients for soup and salad. We’ll also grow sunflowers to make a natural trellis for cucumber vines to climb, and we’ll plant more herbs like rosemary, oregano, thyme, sage, parsley, and basil to compliment the cilantro and dill that self-seeded from last year. The perennial flowers are back and stronger than ever, providing biodiversity for important pollinators and beneficial insects.

Scott reports that the garden soil condition is extremely healthy and happy. Compost and cultivated rye grass are providing tremendous nutrients.  As we know, healthy soil is the foundation for healthy plants.

We’ll need your help on Children’s Day to sow seeds around the edge of the garden and to make row signs for each type of plant. Reminder: All produce harvested from the Children’s Garden is donated to Table To Table, which provides food for the area’s hungry, homeless and at-risk population.

ICPL Hosts Animation Workshop for Students

by Meredith Hines-Dochterman on May 28th, 2015

Professional animator Ben Rosales will lead an Animation Workshop for students in fifth- through 12th-grades Saturday, June 6, at the Iowa City Public Library.

Ben Rosales

Ben Rosales

Rosales is a professional animator whose resume includes Open Season 3. He also is an animation instructor.

During his workshop about computer animation, students will learn about the programs they can use to create great animated works. Any student interested in animation should attend to learn about principles and techniques from an industry pro.

This program will be held from noon to 2 p.m. Saturday, June 6, in the Computer Lab on the Library’s second floor.

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

Iowa Department of Transportation’s Driver’s License Kiosk at Iowa City, North Liberty Libraries

by Meredith Hines-Dochterman on May 28th, 2015

An Iowa Department of Transportation self-service driver’s license renewal station is now available at the Iowa City and North Liberty libraries.

The renewal kiosk is a web-based device that uses touch-screen technology to allow each customer to renew their own driver’s license or ID, including a secure update of the photo that will appear on the customer’s new card.DOT kiosk

ICPL’s kiosk is located on the Library’s second floor. North Liberty’s kiosk is locatedin the entry,across from the Information Desk. The kiosks are accessible all hours the libraries are open, offering evening service that is not available at the Iowa City driver’s license station.

The DOT’s self-service kiosks made their debut at the Iowa State Fair in 2013. Since then, several kiosks have been installed at driver’s license stations, grocery stores, and libraries throughout the state. The Iowa Department of Transportation expects self-service kiosks to save time and travel for customers who choose electronic service options, while saving time and reducing congestion for customers who choose or require personal service at issuance locations.

Self-service kiosks transactions can be used to renew and replace licenses. To do this, customers must meet the following conditions:

  • The customer has a valid noncommercial Iowa driver’s license or ID (not a commercial driver’s license).
  • The customer is at least 18, but younger than 70 years old.
  • The customer’s driver’s license or ID has not been expired for more than a year.
  • It is not more than 180 days before the expiration date on the customers current driver’s license or ID.
  • The customer is a U.S. citizen.
  • The customer does not have any medical or vision conditions that negatively impact the customer’s ability to safely drive.
  • The customer does not need to change the customer’s name, or license class, endorsements or restrictions.

The kiosks are serviced by personnel from the Iowa City driver’s license station.

For more information, call the Iowa City Public Library at (319) 356-5200 or the North Liberty Community Library at (319) 626-5701.

ICPL announces June classes for adults

by Meredith Hines-Dochterman on May 27th, 2015

Getting back into the workforce? Trying to land a summer job? The Iowa City Public Library’s classes for adults will focus on resume and cover letter skills in June.

The library will kick off the month with LinkedIn for Beginners. Learn the basics by creating a LinkedIn profile, adding new contacts, joining groups, and searching for jobs. This class will be taught at 10 a.m. on Saturday, June 6, and again at 5 p.m. Monday, May 29.

Unsure of how to begin writing a resume? Join us at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, June 10, for Writing your Resume, a how-to on getting started. A librarian will give you helpful brainstorming tips for thinking about the content of your resume and provide methods to organize it after the brainstorming process.

At 10 a.m. on Friday, June 19, learn what a successful resume should look like by registering for the Overview of Resumes & Cover Letters. We will review the different types of resume sand discuss tips and tricks for catching an employer’s eye.

All classes for adults 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.




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