Larry Ginter Wins the Pace

by Anne Mangano on November 17th, 2017

Every morning I drive to the end of Summit to turn onto Kirkwood Avenue and I look at a brick and iron fence with the word “Ardenia.” And every morning, I ask myself, “Why Ardenia?” After several months driving this route, I finally looked it up in “Irving Weber’s Historical Stories about Iowa City.” It was a house with an interesting history of its own, but I quickly abandoned that research when I stumbled across the name of Larry Ginter.

You see, Larry (also spelled as Larrie) Ginter is a horse, but not just any horse. Larry Ginter is the type of horse you would name a street after, which Iowa City did (Ginter Avenue). And he wasn’t just a local celebrity—he was known nationally and in Canada, described by a newspaper in Manitoba as “one of the gamest, hard-hearted performers emanating from the Hawkeye State.” Read the rest of this entry »

Let us now give thanks, and eat.

by Candice Smith on November 10th, 2017

The First Thanksgiving at Plymouth, Jennie A. Brownscombe (1914), Pilgrim Hall Museum

I love finding out what is behind our holidays and traditions–why do we put a tree in the house? why the painted eggs? why did he put ashes on my forehead?–but Thanksgiving is one of those that I hadn’t given much thought to. According to Bruce Forbes and his excellent America’s Favorite Holidays, the holiday we celebrate today is pretty straightforward and connected to events that happened in our country’s past, although not in the way I had imagined.

We can thank the Puritans for getting us started with the holiday. Much of the reason they wanted to leave England was to have their religion the way they wanted it, and one of the things they wanted was fewer holidays. The Church used to be pretty big on them, with lots of days to recognize saints, have feasts, practice penitence–well over 100 days per year for a long time, including Sundays–and all of this time off meant less work, less pay, more goofing off. Puritans felt that Sundays should be used for worship and other religious acts, and aside from that there should only be a few days a year for either giving thanks and feasting (when good things happened) or for fasting and penitence (when not-so-good things happened). These days were most often proclaimed by religious authorities, and started to be somewhat common, although only when warranted. However, as the population of the colonies grew, the desire for the traditional harvest festival did as well, and even the Puritans were swayed by that. Read the rest of this entry »

Old School Voting – Voting on the Day of the Election

by Maeve Clark on November 6th, 2017

I am totally old school about voting.  I like to vote on the day of the election and say hey to all my neighbors.  However my election location, the old school of Longfellow, is undergoing a remodeling and having a much needed addition built. (Happy 100th birthday, Longfellow Elementary!)  So what to do?  The answer to my question can be easily found at the polling places section Johnson County Autitor’s website or by calling the Auditor’s Office at 319-356-6004.  My favorite tool at the website is the easy-to-use find your polling place option.  Just pop in your address and it returns all the information you need to know about where to vote, but it also lists your precinct number, the location of your polling site, the hours it is open, a sample ballot and the elected officials in your precinct.

If you have questions about voter’s registration, click on the link to voter’s registration.   And you can register to vote on the day of an election, but you must have identification with you and proof of residence.  The Iowa Secretary of State’s election day registration page outlines just what you need to bring with you to register on election day.

 

If you are looking for candidate information the Iowa City Press Citizen, the Gazette and the Daily Iowan all have links to each person’s website as well as their editorial endorsements.

All Iowa Reads Program is now for All Ages

by Beth Fisher on November 5th, 2017

 

Begun in 2003 by the Iowa Center For The Book, the All Iowa Reads program was created to build a sense of community through reading.  Once a year adults across the state were encouraged to read and talk about the same book. The All Iowa Reads titles are selected by a committee of ten rotating members representing public libraries, academic libraries, a publisher or bookstore, a state government agency, and the State Library Commission.  They read a variety of books to come up with each years selection.  A list of the runners up can also be found at the All Iowa Reads website.

In October at the annual Iowa Library Association state conference the AIR selection for the next year is announced.   This year there was an even bigger announcement: the all All Iowa Reads Program is no longer just aimed at adults.  There are now three All Iowa Reads selection each year: one for Kids (ages 8-12),  for Young Adults (ages 13-18), and for Adults (18+).

 

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Iowa Health Insurance Marketplace Renewal and Open Enrollment

by Maeve Clark on November 2nd, 2017

Open enrollment for Iowa’s Health Insurance Marketplace is health-care

November 1, 2017 – December 15, 2017.

Apply for and enroll in health coverage through the Health Insurance Marketplace at: www.HealthCare.gov
For help by phone, call the Help Center at 800-318-2596.
Open enrollment ends December 15, 2017. – DON’T WAIT – APPLY NOW!

If you need assistance in completing your enrollment there is help in Johnson County. Karen Wielert is a Certified Application Counselor and she can be reached by phone at 319-535-2679or by email at Johnsoncountycac17@gmail.com

If you need computer access Iowa City, Coralville, North Liberty, and Solon Public Libraries all offer free computer access.
In collaboration, Johnson County Public Health and Iowa City Free Medical Clinic are offering CAC (Certified Application Counselor) services to help people in the community complete enrollment and renewal applications.  Office hours are available at Johnson County Public Health, Iowa City Free Medical Clinic, and the local public libraries.

Coralville Public Library – meeting room B
Monday, November 20 (10am-4pm)
Friday, December 1 (10am-4pm)

North Liberty Public Library – meeting room A
Wednesday, November 29 (4-7pm)
Wednesday, December 13 (4-7pm)

Iowa City Public Library – meeting room C
Wednesday, November 15 (4-8pm)
Wednesday, December p6 (4-8pm)

Johnson County Public Health and Iowa City Free Medical Clinic
(Tuesdays and Thursdays during the day – call Karen for hours)

Don’t let language be a barrier. Ask for help at any access point.
Ne dejes que el idioma sea una barrera. Pida ayududa en cualqier punto de accesso.
Ne laissez pas que la langue soit un obstacle. Demandez de l’aide à tout point d’accès.

Get ready … get set … WRITE!

by Meredith Hines-Dochterman on October 25th, 2017

In one week, writers of all ages will take on the ultimate challenge: to write a 50,000 word novel in one month.typewriter-801921_640

National Novel Writing Month is an internet-based creative writing project that encourages anyone who has ever thought of writing a book to use the 30 days of November to accomplish that goal. Participation is easy. Just sign up on their website before November 1 and you’ll receive notifications of local writing meet-ups, pep talks from well-known authors, tips for beating writer’s block, etc. throughout the challenge.

The Library is a great NaNoWriMo resource. We have plenty of space for you to write, nonfiction titles about writing, databases and other research materials for the fine details pertinent to your story, and published books that started as NaNoWriMo novels to inspire you. These include:

Each one of these writers started with a dream. NaNoWriMo gave them the incentive they needed to get the first draft of their dream on paper/a computer screen. There’s no reason why the next author on this list can’t be you! As Toni Morrison once said, “If there’s a book that you want to read, but it hasn’t been written yet, then you must write it.”

Happy writing!

Orionid Meteor Shower reaches it’s peak this weekend!

by Beth Fisher on October 20th, 2017

 

orionidsIf you’re not often outside late at night, you might not be aware that something pretty special has been going on this week.  The 2017 Orionid Meteor Shower began on October 15 and ends October 29th.  Peak nights for viewing the meteor shower are tonight and tomorrow night  – with prime viewing time around around 2:00a.m Saturday and Sunday.

 

 

 

haleysThe Orionids happen every year in late October when the earth passes through the stream of ice particles and rocks trailing Haley’s Comet. Haley’s Comet has a highly elliptical 75.5 year orbit around the Sun. It last passed through the inner part of the solar system in 1986.  Each time it passes the Sun a bit of the ice on the comet melts and rocks and larger chunks of ice break off and join the stream of debris following the comet.

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Stephen King books for young adults

by Melody Dworak on October 19th, 2017
Stephen King books for young adults Cover Image

Today I helped a family look for classic Stephen King books that tweens and teens might like. You wouldn’t expect a list like that to be very long, given that he’s a horror writer. Still, I found lots of books that young adults could pick up and read and still sleep at night (maybe).

The library has a book recommendation tool called NoveList. It’s one of our online resources that you can log into from home with a resident library card and password. NoveList has a genre called “Adult books for young adults,” which helps younger readers branch out from the Young Adult Fiction section and find good books on the first floor as well. Lo and behold, 27 of Stephen King’s books fit this criteria for NoveList.  Read the rest of this entry »

Iowa City Haunted Houses and Attractions

by Brian Visser on October 13th, 2017

I don’t like scary movies or books or anything.  Honestly, I’m a big wimp.  So, do you think I’d go 2324747282_a752896fde_zanywhere near a haunted house?  No, normally not, but I’ve got two scare-crazy kiddos.  Yes, my seven and four year old children are braver than I am.  They begged me to go through one when we were at Bloomsbury Farm (Scream Acres).  We went through “Carnival Chaos,” which was rife with killer clowns and other jump scares.  I desperately held onto to my four year old as he joyfully went from one nightmare filled room to the next.  The kids loved it, and want to go to even more.  Me?  I’m done, but maybe you can take them for me.  Here are some of the haunted houses and other attractions in and around the Iowa City area:


Field of Screams–Haunted corn maze put on by the Johnson County Jaycees.

Dates & Times: October 13, 14, 20, 21, 27 & 28. Open at 7:30 PM. Last visitor in line at 10:30 PM. Closes at 11:00 PM.

Location: 2991 Black Diamond Rd SW, Iowa City, IA 52240

Admission: $10 per person ($1 off admission, if you bring a canned food item).


Creepy Campus Crawl–Family friendly fun at the Old Capitol Museum and Museum of Natural History

Date & Time: October 27, 2017 from 5:30 PM to 8:30 PM

Location: 17 North Clinton Street, Iowa City, IA 52240

Admission: Free


CAB Haunted House–The Iowa Memorial Union is turned into a free haunted house.

Date & Time: Friday, October 20 from 7:00 PM until 1:00 AM

Location: 125 N Madison St, Iowa City, IA 52245

Admission: Free


Circle of Ash–Intense attraction at the Linn County Fairgrounds

Dates & Times: Friday, October 13th, 8 PM to 12 AM (last tickets at 11:30 PM)
Saturday, October 14th, 8 PM to 12 AM (last tickets at 11:30 PM)
Friday, October 20th, 8 PM to 12 AM (last tickets at 11:30 PM)
Saturday, October 21st, 8 PM to 12 AM (last tickets at 11:30 PM)
Sunday, October 22nd, 8 PM  to 10 PM (last tickets at 9:30 PM)
Thursday, October 26th, 8 PM to 10 PM (last tickets at 9:30 PM)
Friday, October 27th, 8 PM to 12 AM (last tickets at 11:30 PM)
Saturday, October 28th, 8 PM to 12 AM (last tickets at 11:30 PM)
Sunday, October 29th, 8 PM to 10 PM (last tickets at 9:30 PM)

Location: 201 Central City Rd, Central City, IA 52214

Admission: $20


Scream Acres–Multiple attractions at one location including “Carnival Chaos” *shivers*

Dates & Times:  October 13, 14, 20, 21, 27 & 28 from 7 PM to 10 PM.

Location: 3260 69th St, Atkins, IA 52206

Admission: $20 for two attractions.  $30 for four attractions.

Five Things You Can Do With Your Library Card Right at Home

by Anne Mangano on September 5th, 2017

In honor of September, National Library Card Sign-Up Month, here are five ways you can make the most of your ICPL Library card, right at home:

Try digital audiobooks on your smartphone or device today using OverDrive's Libby app.Listen up—You’re busy. Whether it’s work or school, caring for others or commuting, chores or exercising, there isn’t always time in your life to snuggle up with a book. Why not give audiobooks a try and listen to a book wherever you are? ICPL has thousands of audiobooks to choose from, whether you are in the mood for a heart-pounding thriller or an in-depth history. And OverDrive’s new app, Libby makes listening super easy.

Distraction Reading—If getting into that in-depth history—or even that heart-pounding thriller—isn’t in the cards right now, there is nothing like a magazine to give you the short distraction you need. With your Library card, you can read over 175 magazines Read the rest of this entry »