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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.

ICPL, Summer of the Arts Annual Children’s Day Event June 6

by Meredith Hines-Dochterman on May 27th, 2015

Children are invited to celebrate the arts during Children’s Day on Saturday, June 6.

This annual event, produced by the Iowa City Public Library with Summer of the Arts during the Iowa Arts Festival, encourages kids’ creativity with an extensive lineup of hands-on activities to promote Every Hero Has a Story – the 2015 Summer Reading Program for children. More than a dozen booths will be set up on the City Plaza, with activities ranging from super hero cape crafts and musical instruments to chess and magic. In case of rain, activities will be held inside the Library.

Children also can enjoy live performances on the Family Stage. This year’s schedule is as follows:

10 a.m.: Jester Puppets H.E.R.O.schildren's day14

10:45 a.m.: Zach Metzler Juggling

11 a.m.: Mr. S and the Sand Box Band

12:15 p.m.: Zach Metzler Juggling

12:30 p.m.: Mrs. Hinky Dink Clown and Magic Show

1 p.m.: Zach Metzler Juggling

1:15 p.m.: The After School Specials concert by Shimek Elementary School BASP

2:15 p.m.: Zach Metzler Juggling

2:30 p.m.: Kol Shira band

Strolling entertainment will include Dean Franzen juggling on his unicycle from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., and the Tubador playing from 12:30 to 3 p.m.

Children’s Day also is the official planting day for the Library’s Children’s Garden on the City Plaza. Kids are invited to help Scott Koepke, the education and outreach coordinator for New Pioneer Food Co-op’s Soilmates program, plant this year’s garden, which will include green beans, lettuce, and carrots. 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.

Children’s Day begins at 10 a.m. with activities concluding at 3 p.m.

For more information about Children’s Day, call the Iowa City Public Library at (319) 356-5200.

For more information about the Summer Reading Program, visit srp.icpl.org

For a complete schedule of the Iowa Arts Festival, visit www.summeroftheARTS.org

Author Michael Perry at ICPL June 3

by Meredith Hines-Dochterman on May 26th, 2015

The Iowa City Public Library and Prairie Lights are pleased to welcome New York Times bestselling humorist Michael Perry to the Library on Wednesday, June 3.jesus cow

Perry will read from his first fictional novel, The Jesus Cow, a story about how Harley Jackson’s low-key life was turned upside down after a calf in his barn bears the image of Jesus Christ. Does he try to hide the calf from the media circus pounding on his barn door or does he gamble anonymity for fame and fortune?

A review in Publishers Weekly states that “Perry’s novel wrestles with some big issues — religion, environmentalism, community — but he resists letting his narrative get too bogged down in them. The result is a purposeful story that doesn’t overwhelm, an often charming read that rarely takes itself too seriously.”

Perry’s reading will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. in Meeting Room A at the Library. Prairie Lights will have copies of The Jesus Cow available for purchase at the program.

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

ICPL Announces Totally Tweens Summer Lineup

by Meredith Hines-Dochterman on May 26th, 2015

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 Every Hero Has a Story Summer Reading Program.

Totally Tweens will meet at 2 p.m. every Tuesday in June and July, beginning June 9, in the Storytime Room, unless otherwise noted.

June 9: Literary LEGOs

Start the summer by using LEGOs to recreate scenes from your favorite books, then show off your creations in the Children’s Room display case.

June 16: Ready, Set, Draw! With Leo Kelly

What is a story? What makes a good character? Join Leo Kelly and find out how drawing can bring your heroes to life.

June 23: Marvelous Marbling

Try your hand at something new: paper marbling. Swishes of color and patterns combine to create unique works of art.

June 30: Weather Academy with Justin Gehrts

Join special guest Justin Gehrts, a meteorologist with the KCRG-TV9 Storm Team, for some fun experiments to learn how weather works and how to stay safe in storms.

July 7: Spy School

Do you have what it takes to be a spy? Join us for an hour of avoiding detection and secret messages.

July 14: Movie and Popcorn

Join us for a screening of Despicable Me 2. Watch as Gru tries to be a hero instead of a villain. We’ll provide the popcorn.

July 21: Explore Electronics

Learn how circuits work and make simple robots using littleBits, magnetic modules with no risk for electrocution.

July 28: Game Time

Tired of playing the same old games? Come and create your own using pieces from old games or ones you make yourself.

We will end the summer with a Totally Tweens Movie and Lock-In from 6 to 9 p.m. on Friday, July 31, in Meeting Room A. We’ll have games, crafts, snacks and a movie for our tween Summer Reading Program participants.

In addition to our Tuesday Totally Tweens events, Tween Minecraft Time will take place from 2 to 3 p.m. and 3 to 4 p.m. Friday, June 12, and Friday, July 17. Registration is required for Tween Minecraft Time. You can register online at calendar.icpl.org by clicking on the date of the event you wish to attend. Each participant may only register for one time slot.

Tweens should have a Minecraft account to play in multiplayer mode. Players without an account may use a library account, but these are limited and first come first serve. Otherwise players without an account may still play in single player mode.

The Iowa City Public Library Summer Reading Program will be held June 1 through Aug. 9; registration begins May 18. 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.

Stories in the Park begins June 10

by Meredith Hines-Dochterman on May 24th, 2015

The Iowa City Public Library’s Stories in the Park summertime outdoor reading series begins June 10 and continues through July 31.

Stories in the Park will be held at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday mornings at Willow Creek Park, 117 Teg Dr., and 10:30 a.m. Friday mornings at Mercer Park, 2701 Bradford Dr.

In the event of rain, the Wednesday storytimes will be held at the Library and the Friday storytimes will be cancelled. There will be no storytime on Friday, July 3, and Wednesday, July 22.

Stories in the Park is an outdoor storytime geared toward children between the ages of three and six. All children in attendance need to be accompanied by a parent or adult caregiver.

Children should remember to bring their Library Card, as there will be a selection of books available for check out at each storytime. Children who don’t have a Library Card can sign up at icpl.org/cards. Library staff will be available to issue new Library Cards at Stories in the Park.

This event is co-sponsored by the Iowa City Parks and Recreation Department and the Iowa City Public Library. For more information, please call the Library at (319) 356-5200.




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