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ICPL hosts Affordable Care Act Navigator

by Meredith Hines-Dochterman on April 1st, 2016

Affordable Care Act Navigator Karen Wielert will be at the Iowa City Public Library from 5:45 to 8:45 p.m. on Monday, April 4, and Wednesday, April 13, to help individuals get more information about the Healthcare Marketplace or sign up for a plan.

All United States citizens and non-citizens with a qualifying immigration status are required to have health coverage for the entire year of 2015 or pay a penalty. This penalty will be assessed as individuals are filing their income taxes.

All sessions of this series will be held in Study Room 6 on the second floor of the Library. These sessions are free.

For more information about this program visit www.icpl.org or call the Library at 319-356-5200.

ICPL to Host Pint Size Science for Kids

by Meredith Hines-Dochterman on March 31st, 2016

What is science? What do scientists do? Find out at the Iowa City Public Library’s Pint Size Science program!

Elementary students in kindergarten through second grade will meet from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. in the Storytime Room every Tuesday in April to conduct introductory experiments, igniting their interest and understanding of science. This special series will focus on states of matter, meteorology, gizmos and gadgets, and the environment.

Pint Size Science is a free event, but registration is required. To register, visit calendar.icpl.org and click on the event date. Registrations can also be made by calling the Library at 319-356-5200.

Celebrate National Poetry Month at ICPL

by Meredith Hines-Dochterman on March 30th, 2016

April is National Poetry Month and the Iowa City Public Library is ready to celebrate.

The Library will host its Totally Tweens: Poetry Workshop from 2 to 4 p.m. on Saturday, April 9, in Meeting Room A. Tweens in third through sixth grades are invited to write their own poems and learn about various poetic forms. The workshop is free, but registration is required. To register, visit calendar.icpl.org and click on the event date. Registrations can also be made by calling the Library at 319-356-5200.

Have you ever wanted to read a poem to an audience? Come to our Open Mic Night from 7 to 9 p.m. Monday, April 11, in Meeting Room A. Participants are asked to bring their favorite poem, whether it’s something they’ve written or the work of someone they admire. The performance lineup is first come, first serve, but we ask that selections be kept to five minutes or less.

Members of Reading Aloud from the Iowa City/Johnson County Senior Center will present the program “Happy Birthday Poets” from noon to 1 p.m. Tuesday, April 26, in Meeting Room A. This event is free and open to the public. It also will be broadcast live on The Library Channel, Iowa City cable channel 20.

In addition to these events, a special Poetry Month display featuring favorite poetry collections chosen by Library staff can be found on the Library’s first floor.

ICPL announces April Classes for Adults

by Meredith Hines-Dochterman on March 26th, 2016

Spring is a busy time of the year for everyone, including the Iowa City Public Library. In April, the Library will begin wrapping up its programming related to music for the Music is the Word campaign and will celebrate Money Smart week. Join us for one of our adult computer classes to compose music and learn about ICPL’s money management resources.

At 2 p.m. Monday April 4, and again at 10:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. Saturday, April 16, you can create music of your own using one of our iPads. Garageband is an app that is easy to use regardless of your musical experience. Together we’ll create a song and have fun recording and learning about music composition.

Want to know more about digital music? Join us at 10 a.m. Friday, April 22, or 2 p.m. Wednesday, April 27, to understand the difference between online music providers Spotify, ICPL’s Local Music Project, Pandora, streaming radio services, and subscription streaming services.

Wrapping up the month is Money Smart Week. Be Money Smart with Value Line and MorningStar will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday, April 26. MorningStar and Value Line are two leading resources for investment research. We’ll demonstrate how to use these databases so you can get the information you need to be a smarter investor.

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 Celebrates Katherine Habley’s Retirement

by Meredith Hines-Dochterman on March 25th, 2016

Katherine1For more than 25 years, Katherine Habley has been a staple at the Iowa City Public Library. From storytime to outreach visits, Totally Tweens programs to organizing the annual children’s chess tournament, Miss Kathy has helped countless children in and around Iowa City discover their love of reading.

Katherine will retire from ICPL on Friday, April 1. To honor her achievements, the Library will have a special celebration with the public during her final storytime.

Join us from 10:30 to 11 a.m. on Wednesday, March 30, as we wish Katherine luck on her next adventure. Refreshments will be served.

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

ICPL hosts poetry workshop for tweens

by Meredith Hines-Dochterman on March 25th, 2016

Calling Tween poets!

The Iowa City Public Library will host a Totally Tweens: Poetry Workshop from 2 to 4 p.m. on Saturday, April 9, in Meeting Room A.

Tweens in third through sixth grades are invited to write their own poems and learn about various poetic forms from haiku, concrete poems, acrostic poems, limericks, etc. Participants may share their poems aloud with the group if they wish.

All materials will be provided and refreshments will be served. A poetry slam will take place during the last 15 minutes of the workshop; parents and guardians may attend.

To register for Totally Tweens: Poetry Workshop, click here. Registrations can also be made by calling the Library at 319-356-5200.

ICPL Open on Easter Sunday

by Meredith Hines-Dochterman on March 24th, 2016

The Iowa City Public Library will be open during its regular hours, from noon to 5 p.m., on Easter Sunday, March 27.

Because the city’s parking department will be closed on Sunday, March 27, there will be no charge for use of parking ramps or on-street metered parking.

More information about ICPL’s holiday hours can be found here.

Art Advisory Committee looking for new members.

by Candice Smith on March 8th, 2016

BAartadvDo you like your Library? Do you like spending money? Do you like art??

If you answered ‘yes’ to these questions, you might also like being part of the Library’s Art Advisory Committee! We’re looking for candidates who are involved and interested in the arts community in some way — artists, framers, instructors, students, gallery employees, collectors and serious enthusiasts — to join the Committee. The Committee is made up of six members, and terms run for three years. One of the primary responsibilities is the judging of artworks submitted to the annual Art Purchase Prize contest, with the winning works being purchased by the Library and added to our Art To Go collection of framed posters and original works that patrons can check out. Other tasks for which the Committee would be called upon include the reviewing and deciding upon any gifted works for Art To Go, as well as any proposals for art to be added to the Library’s permanent collection.

If this sounds like something you’d like to be a part of, fill out an application and return it, in person or via email, to Candice Smith (candice-smith@icpl.org). If you’ve got questions about the Committee, feel free to contact me by email or phone (319-887-6031). In the meantime, stop by the Library and take a look at the Art To Go collection, and take home a couple pieces!

Spend Spring Break at the Iowa City Public Library

by Meredith Hines-Dochterman on March 7th, 2016

No plans to travel over spring break? Spend your time off from school and work at the Iowa City Public Library! In addition to our regular lineup of Library happenings, we have special programs and events planned for all age groups the week of March 13 through March 19.

Sunday, March 13

Our final Second Sunday Garden Forum of the 2016 series will be held from 2 to 4 p.m. in Meeting Room A. Join David Cavagnaro, former Preservation Gardens Manager at Seed Savers Exchange in Decorah, as he takes attendees “around the world in 80 minutes” to look at the origins of all our major food crops.

Also happening from 2 to 4 p.m. is Sunday Fun Day in the Storytime Room. Families are invited to stop by and make a dream catcher.

Monday, March 14

Join Nancy for Toddler Storytime from 10:30 to 11 a.m. in the Storytime Room. Specifically planned for toddlers or young preschoolers, this program is ideal for young children with short attention spans who need short stories, fingerplays, and action rhymes.

Children can join Simba and his friends on a journey of growth during a screening of “The Lion King” from 2 to 4 p.m. in the Storytime Room. Even better, this screening is a sing-along so if you want to join in on the chorus of “Circle of Life,” you are more than welcome to do so.

Tuesday, March 15

Join Karen for Toddler Storytime from 10:30 to 11 a.m. in the Storytime Room. Specifically planned for toddlers or young preschoolers, this program is ideal for young children with short attention spans who need short stories, fingerplays, and action rhymes.

Teens, better get your game face on because we’re throwing down with Super Smash Bros for Nintendo Wii U at our Spring Break Video Game Tournament. The battle will be held from 1 to 2 p.m. in the Koza Family Teen Center. This program is for students in seventh through 12th grades.

Tweens, get ready to put your problem solving and engineering skills to work at our Totally Tweens: LEGO Robots program, which will be held from 1 to 3 p.m. in the Storytime Room. Totally Tweens programs are for students in third through sixth grades. Registration is required for this program. To register, visit calendar.icpl.org and click on the program.

Wednesday, March 16

Blank Park Zoo will visit our storytime from 10:30 to 11 a.m. in Meeting Room A for a Spring Break Special Show-and-Tell Program. Stop by to meet a zoologist, a couple of the zoo’s animals and Ruby the Reading Red Panda.

Local children’s book author Delia Ray is the featured guest at our Totally Tweens: Author Visit from 2 to 3:30 p.m. in the Storytime Room. She will give a presentation on her latest novel, “Finding Fortune,” which is recommended for third through sixth grade students. If you have your own copy of her book, Delia will autograph it. After her program, stick around to create a button craft to take home. All Totally Tweens programs are for students in third through sixth grades.

Are you ready to find out what makes you tick? Time of Your Life is the theme of this week’s Crazy 8s Math Club. Students in kindergarten through second grade will race their way through crazy stunts, “be” a clock and see if they have the winning birthday. Join us from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. in the Storytime Room.

Thursday, March 17

100 Grannies will host today’s preschool storytime from 10:30 to 11 a.m. in Meeting Room A.

Calling all teen Whovians! Come geek out about The Doctor and his companions at our annual Teen Doctor Who Day celebration from 1 to 4 p.m. in the Koza Family Teen Center. We’ll watch specially-selected episodes of the show and hold a trivia contest. This program is for students in seventh through 12th grades.

Students in third through eighth grades who love to play Minecraft are invited to our After School Minecraft program from 3 to 5 p.m. in the Computer Lab. Students can register for one hour of play at calendar.icpl.org by clicking on the date of the event. Participants 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.

Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with a live performance by Dunlavin Green. Join Larry Mossman, Guy Drollinger, David Hicks, and Kathy Maxey from 7 to 8 p.m. in Meeting Room A as they perform traditional Irish music. This concert is part of the Library’s Music is the Word celebration.

Friday, March 18

Join Karen for Book Babies from 10:30 to 11 a.m. and again at 1:30 to 2 p.m. This program features rhymes, fingerplays, songs and short stories designed to stimulate an infant’s language development. We ask that there be a lap for every baby.

Saturday, March 19

Relive the experience of watching cartoons on a Saturday morning with the Library’s Retro Saturday Morning Cartoons program from 10:30 to 11 a.m. We’ll screen a lineup of Saturday morning classics from the 1980s from 10:30 to 11 a.m. Pajamas, pillows and stuffed animals are welcome – we may even have cereal for you to enjoy!

Calling all teenage adventurers! Our Saturday Dungeons and Dragons campaign will be held from 1 to 3 p.m. in the Koza Family Teen Center. Teens in grades seventh through 12th are invited to play. Never played before? No problem! Allie is there to instruct you in the dark arts.

Our Music is the Word Spring Break family Concert from 2 to 3 p.m. in Meeting Room A features Tom Pease. Tom has been entertaining families for more than 30 years, with songs that touch on a variety of themes from cultural diversity to self-esteem.

All Week

The Koza Family Teen Center will have extended School’s Out Tech Times this week. The Teen Center will be open for teens in grades seventh through 12th to use the Internet, play video games on the big screen, use iPads and laptops, or just hang out. School’s Out Teen Tech Times will be 1 to 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday; 1 to 8 p.m. Friday; and 1 to 6 p.m. Saturday.

Buy 1, Get 1 Free CD sale at The Book End, the Friends Foundation’s used bookstore located on the Library’s second floor.

For more information about any of these programs, contact the Library at 319-356-5200.

ICPL To Circulate Laptops

by Meredith Hines-Dochterman on February 29th, 2016

The Iowa City Public Library has added laptop computers to its list of materials available to check out.

The Library recently purchased five Lenovo laptop computers specifically for the purpose of making them available to patrons, extending ICPL’s public access to technology beyond building operating hours. The computers are equipped with Windows 7 and productivity software, including Microsoft Office Professional 2013.

Beginning March 1, 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 are eligible to check out a laptop. Users under age 18 will need a signed permission form from a parent or guardian in order to check out a laptop.

For more information, call the Library at 319-356-5200 or visit our website at icpl.org.




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