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ICPL Summer Bus Program Begins May 26

by Meredith Hines-Dochterman on May 19th, 2016

An Iowa City Public Library card is your child’s ticket to ride an Iowa City Transit bus free this summer.

The Library will provide free bus rides to children through 12th grade, and the adult caregivers who are with them, on any Iowa City Transit bus route, between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. every weekday beginning Thursday, May 26. Eligible bus riders should show their Iowa City Public Library card to the bus driver to gain free access to the bus.

Children can catch a ride home anytime the same day with a Ride & Read bus pass, which is issued by showing a Library Card at any public service desk at the Library.

Parents, if your child doesn’t have an Iowa City Public Library card, visit www.icpl.org/cards/ for information about how to apply for a card. Complete your application online, then stop by the Help Desk within two weeks to pick up your card. You can also apply in person at the Help Desk any time the Library is open. Adults will need to show photo identification (current driver’s license or passport) and proof of resident address (current driver’s license, mail with a current post mark; current lease) in order to obtain a Library Card.

Photo identification is not required for children under age 14.

The summer bus program ends the week day before the first day of school.

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

ICPL Announces Totally Tweens Summer Lineup

by Meredith Hines-Dochterman on May 18th, 2016

The Iowa City Public Library’s Totally Tweens program has an exciting lineup of activities and programs for students in third through sixth grades as part of the On Your Mark, Get Set … Read! Summer Reading Program.

Totally Tweens will meet at 2 p.m. every Tuesday in June and July, beginning June 7, in the Storytime Room, unless otherwise noted.

June 7: Amazing Race
Start off your summer cracking clues and completing challenges. Bring a friend to make a team of two, or come alone to be paired up with a new friend.

June 14: Popcorn Olympics
Pop into the library for a tasty competition. Test your aim with the Popcorn Toss, show off your coordination in the Popcorn Cup Catch, plus other corny contests. Enjoy the taste of victory (and popcorn) at the end.

June 21: From IC to NFL with Nate Kaeding
Former NFL kicker Nate Kaeding will talk about his football career and answer questions about life in the NFL.

June 28: Yoga with Karen
Interested in yoga? Join Children’s Librarian, Karen Gordon to learn the basics. Starting with the 4 B’s –Brain, Body, Breath, and Balance. Yoga helps build self-confidence and self-esteem, flexibility and strength.

July 5: LEGOs and LittleBits
Get creative with engineering and electricity by designing and constructing a part of a city.

July 12: Insect Zoo Bug Olympics
Join our special guests from the ISU Insect Zoo for these Olympic Events: Cockroach Pulls, Roach Races, and Cricket Jumps. Then get up close and personal with the other awesome multi-legged creatures at the Bug Olympics Display.

July 19: Pizza Workshop
Find out how pizza is made in a restaurant, then make and eat your own mini pizza. Please contact us ahead of time with any food allergies. We may not be able to accommodate all allergies.

July 26: Life Size Games
Do you love board games but always wished they were bigger? The library has the solution. Come in today to play some games as big as you are.

Don’t forget our special finale, a Glow-in-the-Dark Lock-In from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 5.

Celebrate the end of the Summer Reading Program by staying late at the Library. We’ll have glow-in-the-dark games, temporary hair colors, snacks, and more. Please note that parents and/or caregivers must fill out a permission slip at the Children’s Desk prior to the event. Tweens will be dropped off in Meeting Room A and picked up by the after-hours book drop at 9:30 p.m.

The Iowa City Public Library Summer Reading Program will be held May 31 through July 31; registration begins May 31. Patrons can either register in-person at the Library or online at srp.icpl.org.

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

ICPL’S Summer Reading Program Begins May 31

by Meredith Hines-Dochterman on May 17th, 2016

Bike rides, movies, special presentations and, of course, books are part of this year’s Summer Reading Program lineup. Be part of a winning team. Join us for On Your Mark, Get Set … Read!

The 2016 Summer Reading Program will be held May 31 through July 31, with registration beginning May 31. Registration can be completed in-person at the Library, online at srp.icpl.org or during Children’s Day on Saturday, June 4. Children’s Day will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. as part of the Summer of the Arts Festival.

Participation is free and available for all ages, babies through adults. All registrants will receive a game card to track their progress in meeting summer reading goals. The game cards also include the information for all Summer Reading Program activities, programs and events.

The game card for babies and toddlers promotes early childhood literacy skills, with prizes awarded at two levels: a mini beach ball at the first level, and a free book and entry into the grand prize drawing – either a $50 gift card to Prairie Lights or subscription to National Geographic Little Kids magazine — at the second level.

The pre-school through sixth-grade game card also has two levels of prizes. The first is an ICPL book bag filled with food and activity coupons from McDonald’s, Aspen Leaf Free Frozen Yogurt, the Iowa Children’s Museum, Blank Park Zoo, and Westdale Bowling Center. The second is a free book and an entry into the grand prize drawing. This year’s grand prizes include two new bikes from World of Bikes, two annual City Pool swim passes, two subscriptions to National Geographic Little Kids magazine, and a family pack of four tickets to the to the Union Cycliste Internationale Cyclo-Cross World Cup Sept. 24 at the Johnson County Fairgrounds

Teen Summer Reading Program participants who complete the first level of the program will receive a free book, and a food coupon from either Aspen Leaf Free Frozen Yogurt or Z’mariks Noodle Café. Teens who complete the second level are entered into the grand prize drawing of either a $50 Prairie Lights gift certificate; a Gamer’s Pack which includes a $30 GameStop gift card; a $50 iTunes gift card; a $50 Marcus Theaters gift card; or a $50 Pancheros gift card.

Adults can get in on the action, too. Anyone who completes three activities on the adult game card will receive a free book. Complete five activities to be entered into a drawing for one of five grand prizes:

  • A individual membership to FilmScene
  • A $50 Downtown Iowa City gift certificate
  • A Fit Bit Charge HR
  • A pair of Paddle Passes at the Terry Trueblood Recreation Area
  • A family pack of four tickets to the to the Union Cycliste Internationale Cyclo-Cross World Cup Sept. 24 at the Johnson County Fairgrounds

Anyone who completes their game card early and wants to keep going can pick up a second game card, which can be turned in for a second entry into the grand prize drawing at their program level once it’s completed.

For more information about On Your Mark, Get Set … Read!, visit srp.icpl.org or call the Library at 319-356-5200.

Super Smash Bros Video Game Tournament at ICPL

by Meredith Hines-Dochterman on May 12th, 2016

Hey teens, celebrate the first day of summer vacation at the Iowa City Public Library – and get your game face on because it’s Video Game Tournament time!

We’re throwing down Super Smash Bros for Nintendo Wii U. The battle will be held from 1 to 3 p.m. Thursday, May 26, in the Koza Family Teen Center.

All teen events are open to students in grades 7 through 12, including students who will start seventh grade in the fall.

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

Celebrate ICPL’s Music is the Word Finale with Free Catfish Keith Concert

by Meredith Hines-Dochterman on May 5th, 2016

Join the Iowa City Public Library for a free concert featuring Catfish Keith from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Saturday, May 21, on the Pedestrian Plaza outside of the Sheraton Iowa City Hotel.MITW_CatfishKeith_May 21

Called a “guitar genius” by Living Blues and “The real acoustic blues king!” by Rock ‘n’ Reel, Catfish Keith has established himself as one of the most exciting country blues performers of our time. A two-time W. C. Handy Blues Music Award nominee for Best Acoustic Blues Album and a 2008 inductee into the Blues Hall of Fame, Catfish Keith has fifteen No. 1 independent radio chart-topping albums to his credit.

Catfish Keith regularly packs houses all over the world with his dynamic stage show. His performance in downtown Iowa City serves as the finale for Music is the Word, the Library’s celebration of all things musical.

For nine months, ICPL has hosted a series of musical programming for all ages to welcome the University of Iowa School of Music to its new location in downtown Iowa City. The Voxman Music Building, located at the corner of Burlington and Clinton streets, will open its doors to students in the fall.

“This has been a great opportunity for us to share Iowa City’s rich musical culture through live performances, presentations, displays, hands-on activities, movies, and sing-alongs,” Library Director Susan Craig says.

We hope you’ll join us for some foot-stomping, deep delta blues and American roots music on May 21, with sound and lighting by Steve Cook Sound Production. In case of rain, the concert will be moved to the Library’s Meeting Room A.

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

ICPL announces May Classes for Adults

by Meredith Hines-Dochterman on April 29th, 2016

May is National Historic Preservation month and the Iowa City Public Library will celebrate by honoring local historian, Irving B. Weber. To honor your personal history, join us for computer classes that focus on genealogical research, and photo preservation and restoration.

Join us for a two-part class where you can learn how to restore a scanned image by using GIMP, a free, open source software similar to Adobe Photoshop. Part one, to be held at 11 a.m. on Friday, May 13, will focus on using the GIMP software and doing basic skills in the program like cropping and resizing images.

Part two of this series focuses on photo correction. Learn to transform the original item by filling small areas of damage like water spots or balancing faded colors. In order to participate in the second part of this series, participants should have a good understanding of GIMP’s interface and tools. Class for Restoring Scanned Images Part II will be held at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, May 17.

Want to learn how to take care of your digital photo collection? On Saturday, May 2, come to another two-part class beginning at 10:30 a.m. Begin by getting crash course on important terminology and digital photo file types. Then at 12:30 p.m. learn the key steps needed to preserve your digital photos using metadata and tools like Picasa, Apple Photos, and Adobe Lightroom.

Finally, the month wraps up with an Introduction to Genealogy at 4 p.m. Monday, May 23. A librarian will help you get started by talking about what questions to ask, how to keep track of your research, and places you might want to search.

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.

Iowa City Public Library Honors Volunteers

by Meredith Hines-Dochterman on April 28th, 2016

The Iowa City Public Library recently honored its volunteers for their dedication and service.

During the 2015 calendar year, 336 volunteers provided more than 9,500 hours of service, increasing the total number of volunteer hours to 260,831 hours since the program started 36 years ago. Volunteer duties range from assisting with book check-ins, materials maintenance, prepping supplies for events, helping plan teen programs, operating The Book End, and serving on the Board of Trustees, and on the Friends Foundation Board of Directors.

On Wednesday, April 27, the Library said thank you with a reception and a ceremony, during which 48 volunteers received recognition awards for achieving milestone hours of service.

Terri Caplan was named the Nancy Sereduck Volunteer of the Year.

A volunteer for eight years, Caplan started at the Library as a book check-in volunteer and moved to The Book End as a store clerk in 2009, volunteering in the store every other week for six years. She joined The Book End Committee of the Iowa City Public Library Friends Foundation in 2011, serving as the co-chairperson from 2012 to 2013. After receiving an ICPL 500 Hour Volunteer Award in 2015, Caplan transitioned to sorting donated materials and restocking shelves at The Book End.

“Terri’s vast knowledge of books, authors, movies, and music, enabled her to provide excellent service to customers in The Book End, and is now utilized to select the best from the thousands of donated items for The Book End,” says Patty McCarthy, ICPL’s Development Director. “Her organizational talents are unmatched, and she helps to maintain order and interest on the bookstore shelves.”

The Library congratulates Caplan on her achievement and thanks all volunteers for their service.

The following is a list of volunteers receiving recognition awards for 2015:

100 Hour Award

  • Fatuma Abdalla
  • Katherine Bouska
  • Susan Bryant
  • Ellen Caplan
  • Jingyi Du
  • Scott Edgar
  • Pam Ehrhardt
  • Jordan Heganman
  • Qian He
  • Valerie Jackson
  • Kathy Keasler
  • Staci Kirsch
  • Dave Lee-Son
  • Stephanie Linnell
  • Anna Luria
  • David Martin
  • Dominic McCaffrey
  • Reilly O’Gorman
  • Sophie Schenkel
  • Jennifer Schmidt
  • Alex Stanton
  • Beth Stence
  • Chris Vincent
  • Chloe Waryan

200 Hour Award

  • Stephen Merkel-Hess
  • Janis Perkins
  • Theo Prineas
  • Patricia Ryan

300 Hour Award

  • Joel Barnhart
  • Beth Beasley
  • Sarah Burnett
  • Linda Eastman
  • Erin Glenn
  • Roxanne Hughes
  • Jeanne Morris
  • Esther Retish
  • Angela Tyler

400 Hour Award

  • Philip Fontana
  • William Moorhead

500 Hour Award

  • Becky Johnson
  • Kathy Mitchell
  • Corey Rew
  • Julie Spencer

1,000 Hour Award

  • Roberta Holstein
  • Emily Nelson
  • Mary New

4,000 Hour Award

  • Gloria Lacina

6,000 Hour Award

  • Nancy Sereduck

Celebrate Local History in May at ICPL

by Meredith Hines-Dochterman on April 27th, 2016

Get ready to learn more about local history with the Iowa City Public Library’s Weber Days.

Our annual celebration of local history is held every May in honor of Iowa City’s unofficial historian, the late Irving B. Weber. May also is National Historical Preservation Month. This year’s lineup of programming is perfect for anyone interested in learning more about the community they call home.

Realizing Stephen Smith: His Conscience and Conflict

Wednesday, May 4, noon to 1 p.m. in Meeting Room A

University of Iowa student Steve Smith (1944-2009) encountered violence as a civil rights worker in Mississippi, led a hunger strike in downtown Iowa City, and burned his draft card in the Iowa Memorial Union in protest of the escalating war in Vietnam – all before his 21st birthday. UI Archivist David McCartney recounts Smith’s life and efforts in the UI Archives to document his ideals and his struggles.

History of the UI School of Music

Wednesday, May 4, 7 to 8 p.m. in Meeting Room A

Since 1906, there has been a School of Music at the University of Iowa. Come hear Music Librarian Katie Buehner discuss the evolution of this 110-year-old program as evidenced in documentation from the University Archives and the collections of the Rita Benton Music Library.

First United Methodist Church Organ Concert

Wednesday, May 11, 7 to 8 p.m. at First United Methodist Church of Iowa City, 214 East Jefferson St.

A local history display and organ concert featuring Dr. Melanie Sigafoose.

Restoring Scanned Images Part I

Friday, May 13, 11 a.m. to noon in the Computer Lab

Learn to restore a scanned image by using GIMP, a free, open source software similar to Adobe Photoshop. In this class learn how to get around in GIMP, import a scanned photo, save your project, straighten a photo, and crop and resize it. Registration is required.

Restoring Scanned Images Part II

Tuesday, May 17, 10 to 11 a.m. in the Computer Lab

Learn to restore a scanned image by using GIMP, a free, open source software similar to Adobe Photoshop. In this class learn how to get around in GIMP, import a scanned photo, save your project, straighten a photo, and crop and resize it. Participants must have good mouse and keyboarding skills, and need to demonstrate familiarity with GIMP or have taken Restoring Scanned Images Part I to participate. Registration is required.

The Secret Lives of Houses: How to Research your House’s History

Wednesday, May 18, noon to 1 p.m. in Meeting Room A

Learn how to research the history of your home or a building from Alicia Trimble, Executive Director of Friends of Historic Preservation.

Maintaining and Preserving Digital Photos Part I

Saturday, May 21, 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. in the Computer Lab

Want to learn how to take care of your digital photo collection? Begin by getting familiar with important terminology and file types. Then learn the key steps needed to preserve your digital photos. Come with your questions. Registration is required.

Maintaining and Preserving Digital Photos Part II

Saturday, May 21, 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. in the Computer Lab

Want to know about the various tools and software which can help you organize, store, and edit your digital collection? Part II of this series will show you how to use metadata to organize photos. Then we will discuss and talk about tools like Picasa, Apple Photos, Adobe Lightroom, and many more products. Bring your questions! It may be helpful to take Part I of this class depending on your familiarity with digital photos. Registration is required.

Introduction to Genealogy

Monday, May 23, 4 to 5 p.m. in the Computer Lab

Have you ever wondered about your family tree? Not sure how to start searching for your ancestors? Come join us for an Introduction to Genealogy. From what questions to ask and where to start searching to how to keep track of the information you find we’ll get you started on your search. Space is limited register online or by calling 356-5200.

Old Post Office Brass

Wednesday, May 25, noon to 1 p.m. in the Lobby

Old Post Office Brass reflects the home base in the Senior Center, formerly the Iowa City Post Office, and is a part of the New Horizons Band. This traditional brass quintet (two trumpets, horn, trombone and tuba) performs a large variety of music, including classical, ragtime, Dixieland and popular (show tunes, etc.) for a variety of audiences in different venues.

Making Sense Out of Iowa City Streets

Wednesday, May 25, 7 to 8 p.m. in Meeting Room A

Why can’t we seem to drive directly from place to place in Iowa City? Why are there no churches on Church Street? Why are some street signs in Iowa City blue, instead of green? Why do the streets First Avenue through Seventh Avenue go from east to west? How did we get all of those streets named after movie stars? And, what is with those strange-sounding names of St. Mathias Alley and St. Clements Alley? This presentation by citizen historian Thomas Schulein will explain the layout and naming of the streets of Iowa City. Historic Foodies will provide street food after the presentation.

Click here to register for classes or call the Library at 319-356-5200. If the class is full, you can add your name to the waiting list.

Click here for more information about Weber Days.

Learn more from DNA results at ICPL on April 25

by Meredith Hines-Dochterman on April 21st, 2016

Curious to know what DNA test results can tell you? Come to the Iowa City Public Library’s second floor Computer Lab from noon to 3 p.m. Monday, April 25, to attend a workshop about working with DNA test results.

Students from the University of Iowa’s Personal Genome Learning Center will provide hands-on assistance with the navigation and interpretation of results from direct-to-consumer genetic tests, such as 23andMe and AncestryDNA.

This workshop is co-sponsored by the Library and the UI’s Pentacrest Museums, Department of Biology, and Interdisciplinary Graduate Program in Genetics in recognition of National DNA Day on April 25.

National DNA Day is a unique day when students, teachers and the public can learn more about genetics and genomics. The day commemorates the completion of the Human Genome Project in April 2003, and the discovery of DNA’s double helix in 1953.

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

ICPL Friends Foundation hosts Looking Forward fundraiser

by Meredith Hines-Dochterman on April 20th, 2016

The board of the Iowa City Public Library Friends Foundation invites the public to attend Looking Forward, the annual fundraiser for the Library.

This year’s event will be held on Sunday, May 8, at the Library. It is designed to expand horizons, achieve support through reservations and attendance, and continue to build long-standing camaraderie among the Library’s devotees.

The evening begins at 6 p.m. with “The Legendary Duke Ellington,” a presentation by John Hasse, curator of American Music at the Smithsonian Institution. Afterwards, guests will be treated to appetizers and beverages provided by Bread Garden Market & Bakery, Cookie Mom, Deluxe Cakes and Pastries, Motley Cow Café, and ReUnion Brewery.

The cost to attend Looking Forward is $125 per person and reservations are required. An optional one-hour tour of the new University of Iowa School of Music building will be held at 4 p.m. for an additional $25. The tour is open to the first 20 able-bodied guests. Closed-toe shoes and long pants are required; additional safety equipment will be provided.

Click here to make a reservation. Reservations must be received by April 29.

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




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