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Learn Baby Massage at the Iowa City Public Library

by Meredith Hines-Dochterman on September 19th, 2016

The Iowa City Public Library is pleased to offer infant massage instruction as part of our lineup of free parent and baby classes.

Join licensed massage therapist Kristin Bergman, KB, LMT, CAN, of from 9:45 to 10:15 a.m. on September 26 and October 10 in Meeting Room A to learn how to connect with your child through massage. Infant massage provides a special time of communication between parent and child. It also can improve a baby’s circulation, enhance neurological development, and help with congestion, gas, and colic.

This class is intended for parents with infants ranging from birth to seven months. Parents should bring a towel or blanket, and food grade unscented baby massage oil or lotion.

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

Learn about cyclocross at the Iowa City Public Library

by Meredith Hines-Dochterman on September 15th, 2016

The best bike racers from around the world will roll into Iowa City for the Telenet UCI Cyclo-Cross World Cup on September 24 – but cyclocross isn’t new to the area. Iowa City’s Volkswagen Jingle Cross Cyclo-Cross Festival has been a local tradition since 2004.

The Christmas-themed holiday race has traditionally been held in November or December. This year, the annual race will move to September 22, 23 and 25 to coincide with the World Cup – and race organizer Dr. John Meehan will share the details of both events during Bikes, Bikes, Bikes: What’s It All About? Jingle Cross and the Cyclo-Cross World Cup from 7 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, September 20, in Meeting Room A at the Iowa City Public Library.

Meehan started bike racing in 2002 and did his first cyclocross race in 2004. The pediatric surgeon lives in Seattle, but returns to Iowa City every year for Jingle Cross.

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

Iowa City Public Library Celebrates Intellectual Freedom

by Meredith Hines-Dochterman on September 14th, 2016

iff-logoThe Iowa City Public Library ‘s 2016 Carol Spaziani Intellectual Freedom Festival begins Monday, September 19.

Named for former librarian Carol Spaziani in honor of her life-long commitment to the freedom of ideas, this an annual event affirms everyone’s right to freedom of thought and expression. ICPL’s celebration of intellectual freedom coincides with Banned Books Week, which will be celebrated September 25 through October 1.

This year’s Intellectual Freedom Festival includes the following programs:

Monday, September 19, 7 to 9 p.m. in Meeting Room A: Documentary – Don’t Look Back

Bob Dylan is captured on-screen as he never would be again in this groundbreaking film from D. A. Pennebaker. The often banned and misunderstood artist was filmed during a tour of England in the early 60’s and, as he has his entire career, leaves his audience scratching their heads in wonder.

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New Way Cool Chemistry Date Announced

by Meredith Hines-Dochterman on September 13th, 2016

Students interested in chemistry will have the opportunity to participate in hands-on demonstrations and experiments from 2 to 3 p.m. on Saturday, September 17, in Meeting Room A at the Iowa City Public Library.

Way Cool Chemistry is designed to make chemistry accessible and fun for fifth- through eighth-grade students. Pre-registration is not required.

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

Do Not Miss These Programs!

by Susan Craig on September 12th, 2016

BikesBikesBikes_BuildaBikeIowa City is going to be hosting an international event on September 24 in a sport few Americans know much about — Cyclo-cross.  In preparation the Library has planned three programs so people can educate themselves about the sport.  Last week you missed a great documentary, For the Love of Mud.  I learned a lot and gained a real appreciation of the sport.  Luckily, it is now in our collection so you can watch it at your leisure — perhaps this winter when the snow is falling and you want to see people covered in mud carrying bicycles up hills and throw them over creeks (this is fun!?).BikesBikesBikes_JingleCross

This week we are featuring University of Iowa professor, Dr. Steve McGuire who will be talking about the fabrication and design of bikes — Wednesday, September 14, 7:00, Meeting Room A.  Next week we have the founder of our Jingle Cross event and key figure in bringing the World Cup Cyclo-cross event to Iowa City, Dr. John Meehan — Tuesday, September 20, 7:00, Meeting Room A.

Let’s show our international visitors that we appreciate this exciting, family oriented sport.  For more information see the website.

Arts & Crafts Bazaar Call for Donations

by Meredith Hines-Dochterman on September 8th, 2016

The Iowa City Public Library Friends Foundation is now accepting donations of handmade arts and crafts for the Fifth Annual Arts & Crafts Bazaar.

This year’s bazaar will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 3. Proceeds from the sale support the Iowa City Public Library Friends Foundation to benefit Library programs and collections.

Those wishing to donate items may bring them to the Library during open hours before Thursday, Dec. 1. All items must be handmade and be delivered with an ICPL Arts and Crafts Bazaar donation form (available at the Library and online).

For more information, contact Christina Stanton at 319-887-6017 or

Steve McGuire to present bicycle design program at ICPL

by Meredith Hines-Dochterman on September 7th, 2016

Gear up for September’s Telenet UCI Cyclo-Cross World Cup by learning more about bicycle design and fabrication.

Join University of Iowa Professor Steve McGuire, creator of the University of Iowa’s School of Art & Art History handmade bicycle curriculum, for How to Build a Bike from 7 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 14, in Meeting Room A.

UI’s Hand Built Bicycle Program is comprised equally of art and engineering majors. Since the program’s inception, more than 70 students have built bicycles, with some going on to be engineers and craftspeople in the bicycle industry. UI was the first academic institution to be selected to exhibit the work of students at the North American Hand Built Bicycle Show, the most prestigious venue of its kind internationally. In 2014, five engineering students and five art students traveled to the North American Hand Built Bike Show in Charlotte, NC, to exhibit the bicycles they’d built, ­garnering national recognition in the process.

McGuire’s current project is The Poetics of Endurance: Design It, Build It, Ride It, a traveling exhibition of handmade bikes built for specific ultra races. With off-road courses that encompass everything from grass and dirt to mud and gravel, cyclocross fits the definition of ultra bike racing.

Iowa City has played host to the Jingle Cross Cyclo-Cross every winter since 2004. This year, the annual race will move to September to coincide with the World Cup on September 24. Called the sport’s Super Bowl, the World Cup features a series of races in countries across the globe. Iowa City is one of two North American host sites.

McGuire’s presentation is part of the ICPL’s Gear Up for Bikes, Bikes, Bikes; a series of programs designed to inform and educate the public about cyclocross. The program is free and open to the public.

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

ICPL hosts Shakespeare’s Herbs and Flowers at the Farmers Market

by Meredith Hines-Dochterman on September 2nd, 2016

It was William Shakespeare’s Juliet who once asked “What’s in a name? That which we call a rose by any another name would smell as sweet.”

It was not the first time Shakespeare used the language of flowers in his work. From Othello to Hamlet, the playwright’s characters have referenced daisies and violets, roses and lilies.

When Shakespeare was alive, flowers and herbs were used for more than adding color to the coffee table or spice to a meal. Join Dr. Colleen E. Kennedy, visiting assistant professor at the University of Iowa English department, at the Iowa City Farmers Market Saturday, September 10, to learn how herbs and flowers were used during Shakespeare’s time.

Kennedy’s hour-long demonstration will be presented twice; first at 9 a.m. and again at 11 a.m.

Kennedy’s presentation is part of a series of programs sponsored by the Iowa City Public Library in conjunction with the First Folio! The Book that Gave Us Shakespeare exhibit at the University of Iowa Main Library. The exhibit will remain on display through September 25.

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

MidWestOne Bank Hosts Book Drive

by Meredith Hines-Dochterman on August 30th, 2016

A special community effort to restock the shelves at the Iowa City Public Library’s Book End used bookstore starts soon at local MidWestOne bank locations.

The eleventh annual September collection will benefit The Book End store on the second floor of the library. The drive will run from September 1 through September 30.

Each MidWestOne bank in Iowa City, Coralville, and North Liberty will accept gently-read fiction and non-fiction books for all ages at a special inside collection box. If you have paperback romance, and any children’s books which are in great shape, please consider donating them. Bank customers, staff, and the public are encouraged to deliver their donations during convenient bank hours.

“It is wonderful of MidWestOne Bank to host this drive for The Book End again! Every year, the number of books received increases thanks to our generous communities. When those books are sold at The Book End, proceeds are used to buy prize books for every child and teen to finish our Summer Reading programs, and they help add more Art-to-Go. It will be wonderful to be able to see what is donated this year,” says Patty McCarthy, Director of Development of the Iowa City Public Library.

The Book End is staffed by dedicated volunteers as a fundraising activity of the Iowa City Public Library Friends Foundation.

Win tickets to see Rick Riordan at The Englert

by Meredith Hines-Dochterman on August 30th, 2016

Best-selling author Rick Riordan will be in Iowa City for the Iowa City Book Festival October 4 through October 9, appearing at The Englert Theatre on October 7. Tickets to the event are sold out, but the Iowa City Public Library has two to award to the winner of our Rick Riordan fan fiction writing contest.

The contest is open to students in 4th through 12th grades. The stories can be about any of Riordan’s works, but must be written by the student and no more than four pages in length.

Finished stories must be turned in at the Children’s Room Desk or Info Desk on the Library’s second floor by 5 p.m. Friday, September 23. Only one story per entrant, please. The winner will be announced at the Library’s screening of Percy Jackson and The Olympians: The Lightning Thief and trivia contest at 3:30 p.m. Thursday, September 29, in Meeting Room A.

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