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Way Cool Chemistry at Iowa City Public Library

by Meredith Hines-Dochterman on September 7th, 2014

Students interested in science will have the opportunity to participate in experiments and demonstrations at the Iowa City Public Library.chemistry-glassware_19-134843

Way Cool Chemistry is a new program designed to make chemistry accessible and fun for fifth- through eighth-grade students. The program is designed and taught by Sally Kessler, a University of Iowa graduate student.

Kessler previously hosted Chemists in the Library, a family science program which launched at the Library earlier this year.

“The Library fully supports STEM learning and wants to offer as much science, technology, engineering, and mathematics programs as possible,” said Brian Visser, Teen Services Librarian. “We want to help students of all ages get excited about science.”

Way Cool Chemistry will be held from 7 to 8 p.m. on Sept. 23, Oct. 28, and Dec. 9. All programs will be held in Meeting Room A.

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

Iowa City Public Library Releases Teen Events Schedule

by Meredith Hines-Dochterman on September 6th, 2014

The Iowa City Public Library has released its schedule for regular teen events.Teen Center photo June 2014 5

TAG, the Library’s Teen Activity Group, will meet from 1 to 2 p.m. on Sept. 20, Oct. 25, Nov. 15, and Dec. 20 in the Koza Family Teen Center.

TAG members help plan teen programs and give teenage students a voice in the Library. Members also eat a lot of snacks. Anyone wanting to make a difference in the Library, and earn volunteer hours at the same time, should give TAG a try.

The Teen Anime & Manga Club will meet from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. Sept. 20, Oct. 25, Nov. 15, and Dec. 20 in the Koza Family Teen Center. Attendees will watch anime, talk about favorite manga, draw, and trade tips on cosplay.

Minecraft fans are invited to the Library’s Minecraft Meetup from 4 to 6 p.m. Sept. 20, Oct. 25, Nov. 15, and Dec. 20 in the Computer Lab on the Library’s second floor.

All teen events are open to students in grades 7 through 12.

For more information about any of these programs, contact Brian Visser, Teen Services Librarian, at (319) 356-5200.

ICPL Announces Dates for Teen Comic Book Club

by Meredith Hines-Dochterman on September 5th, 2014

Do you read comic books? Do you like talking about comic books with others? Do you have a favorite character you are ready to defend against anyone who claims otherwise? If so, the Iowa City Public Library’s Teen Comic Book Club is for you!

Students in grades seventh through 12th are invited to read any comic about our selected characters and/or teams, and attend the Teen Comic Book Club meeting to geek out or dispute their greatness in the comic book world.

The discussion lineup is as follows:comic book

  • Iron Man: Thursday, Sept. 25
  • Green Lantern: Thursday, Oct. 30
  • X-Men: Thursday, Nov. 20
  • Wonder Woman: Thursday, Dec. 18

All Teen Comic Book Club meetings are held from 4 to 5 p.m. in the Koza Family Teen Center.

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

Melissa Gilbert at ICPL Sept. 16 for Discussion, Book Signing

by Meredith Hines-Dochterman on September 5th, 2014

Actress Melissa Gilbert, who played Laura Ingalls Wilder on the popular television series, Little House on the Prairie, has a new title to add to her list of credentials: cookbook author.Jacket

Gilbert is the author of My Prairie Cookbook: Memories and Frontier Food from My Little House to Yours. This piece of television nostalgia features 80 recipes and more than 75 pages of scrapbook images from the show. Gilbert also shares memories and behind-the-scenes stories.

Gilbert will be at the Iowa City Public Library at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 16, for a discussion and book signing. Her appearance is co-sponsored by the Library and Prairie Lights Books. Copies of the cookbook will be available for purchase. The cookbook is also available for checkout.

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

Iowa City Public Library Celebrates Library Card Sign-Up Month

by Meredith Hines-Dochterman on September 4th, 2014

The Iowa City Public Library wants to card you.library-card

September is Library Card Sign-Up Month and the Library is encouraging local residents to sign up for a free card. A Library card can be used to:

  • Check out materials from the Library’s collection
  • Access premium databases
  • Explore the Library’s digital collection
  • Get connected to the Library’s on-site public computer stations
  • And much more!

You can apply for a card online at www.icpl.org/cards. After completing the online application, stop by the Library within two weeks to pick up your card. You must have identification and proof of your residence address (current driver license, lease or voter registration card; mail with a current post mark; preprinted checks from a bank).

You also can apply for a card in person. Stop by the Help Desk any time the Library is open to apply for a card. You will need identification and proof of your residence address.

Children age 12 and under must have a parent or guardian with them to receive a card in their name.

If you’ve lost your Iowa City Public Library Card, visit the Help Desk on the Library’s first floor for a free replacement during Library Card Sign-Up Month.

Iowa City Public Library Lowers Overdue Fines, Increases Hold Limits

by Meredith Hines-Dochterman on September 2nd, 2014

 

Effective Tuesday, Sept. 2, patrons will be charged 25-cents per item per day for materials returned past their due date. This is effective for all items, except Express DVDs and circulating equipment, which will remain $1 per item per day, and circulating game consoles which remain at $5 per day.hold shelf 3

The Iowa City Public Library Board of Trustees approved a policy change Thursday.

Library patrons also will be able to have 10 free holds in the system, an increase from eight. Holds may be placed for all types of circulating materials, except for the Express Collections. Patrons are notified when an item is ready for pickup.

Additional holds, beyond the limit of 10, may be placed for the patron by a Library staff member for 50-cents each.

“The purpose of fines is to provide an incentive for on-time return of Library materials. Our overarching goal is to assure materials are available for the community. One fine rate at 25 cents per day, with a couple exceptions, will be easy for our community to remember,” says Kara Logsden, Community and Access Services Coordinator.

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

 

ICPL to Show Immigration Documentaries Sept. 4 and Sept. 17

by Meredith Hines-Dochterman on August 28th, 2014

The Iowa City Public Library will screen two documentaries about immigration in Iowa in September.

train-to-nowhere“Train to Nowhere: Inside an Immigrant Death Investigation” tells the story of the 11 bodies found inside a locked fright car in October of 2002. Part crime story, part immigration perspective, “Train to Nowhere” offers an honest and compassionate look at the deaths of undocumented immigrants, taking viewers from the streets of southern Texas to the hills of a Guatemalan farm to Denison, the small Iowa town where the bodies were discovered.

“A Little Salsa on the Prairie: The Changing Character of Perry, Iowa” drew hundreds of viewers when it premiered in Perry and Des Moines October of 2006. The 55-minute film explores the significant change that began in Perry in the early 1990s when the complexion of a once predominantly white community shifted dramatically when an influx of Latino workers moved in to work at the local meat packing plant.SalsaPostcard_5x7wBleed1

“Train to Nowhere: Inside an Immigrant Death Investigation” will be screened on Thursday, Sept. 4.

“A Little Salsa on the Prairie: The Changing Character of Perry, Iowa” will be shown on Wednesday, Sept. 17.

Both documentaries will air at 7 p.m. in Meeting Room A.

This presentation is co-sponsored by the University of Iowa Center for Human Rights. The documentaries are free and open to the public.

Writing help available at Iowa City Public Library

by Meredith Hines-Dochterman on August 25th, 2014

One-on-one writing help is now available Tuesdays at the Library-Community Writing Center Satellite, located in the Iowa City Public Library’s second floor computer lab.Essay-Writing-Help-for-College-Students

A University of Iowa writing tutor is available from 4 to 6 p.m. every Tuesday of the fall college semester, except the week of Thanksgiving. This free, drop-in program is available for adults and teens.

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

ICPL Summer Reading Program Boasts Record Numbers

by Meredith Hines-Dochterman on August 13th, 2014
Treymire Johnson is the winner of the Babies Summer Reading Program Grand Prize -- a $50 gift certificate to Prairie Lights.

Treymire Johnson is the winner of the Babies Summer Reading Program Grand Prize — a $50 gift certificate to Prairie Lights.

The Iowa City Public Library ended the 2014 Summer Reading Program with a bang, recording record participation numbers among all age levels – babies, kids, teens, and adults.

In all, 4,822 patrons registered for the 2014 Summer Reading Program, with 2,205 participants turning in completed game cards by Aug. 2.

The kids program had the highest number of registrants – 2,720 people – and the highest completion rate – 1,386 people.

More than 1,250 adults signed up for the program, with 453 turning in completed game card.

The teen program had 404 registrations and 184 completed game cards handed in, while the babies program had 440 registrations and 183 game cards returned to the Children’s Room.

All completed game cards were entered in a drawing for the Summer Reading Program Grand Prize, which varied depending on the program level. The winners were chosen by a random drawing and contacted by Library staff.

Congratulations to everyone who received a Summer Reading Program prize and thank you to all who participated!

Babies Summer Reading Program Grand Prize: A $50 gift card to Prairie Lights

  • Winner: Treymire Johnson

Kids Summer Reading Program Grand Prize: A Kindle Fire

Edward Li is the winner of the Kids Summer Reading Program Grand Pirze, a Kindle Fire. He is pictured with his father, Richard Li, and Vickie Pasicznyk, the Children's Room Coordinator.

Edward Li is the winner of the Kids Summer Reading Program Grand Pirze, a Kindle Fire. He is pictured with his father, Richard Li, and Vickie Pasicznyuk, the Children’s Room Coordinator.

  • Winner: Edward Li

Teen Summer Reading Program Grand Prize: A Kindle Fire

  • Winner: Anh To

Adult Summer Reading Program Grand Prize: A Kindle Fire

  • Winner: Mamta Gautam

Both the teen and adult Summer Reading Programs had additional prizes. In the teen program, first prize winners include:

  • John Green prize:  Morgan Louvar
  • Day Dreams Comics prize:  Madeline Van Horn
  • Prairie Lights Bookstore prize:  Thomas Duong
  • Movie Theatre Prize:  Ashley Rose Joens

Second prize winners received Taste of Iowa City tickets. The winners of this prize includes Palmer Love; MaryClare Greer; Emma Dochterman; Noah Bullwinkle; and Abby Walling.

The winner of the first prize in the adult program – a bag of books – is Lenore Maybaum.

Second prize winners also received Taste of Iowa City tickets. The winners of this prize include Ellen Lee-Andino; Rachel Carmen; Wesley Beary; Brittni Stille; and Jennie Fischer.

 

Arts & Crafts Bazaar T-Shirts Available for Pre-Order

by Meredith Hines-Dochterman on August 12th, 2014

The Third Annual Iowa City Public Library Friends Foundation Arts & Crafts Bazaar is scheduled for Saturday, Dec. 6. Show your support for this yearly fundraiser by purchasing an exclusive Arts & Craft Bazaar T-shirt.C

You may pre-order your shirt by visiting www.icpl.org/artsandcrafts and clicking on the pre-order button. Featuring a popular Maya Angelou quote – “You can’t use up creativity. The more you use, the more you have.” — the shirts are a charcoal-black tri-blend. Shirts are available in sizes XS through XXL, women’s and unisex.

Each shirt is $16 and will be available for pick up the day of the Arts & Crafts Bazaar from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. All shirts must be picked up on this date.

Proceeds from the sale support the Iowa City Public Library Friends Foundation to benefit Library programs and collections.

For more information, contact Christina Davis at (319) 887-6017 or Christina-Davis@icpl.org.




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