Attention Artists & Crafters!

by on September 1st, 2018

It’s time to get your craft on to support ICPL.

On Tuesday, September 4th, we will begin accepting donations of handmade arts and crafts for the 7th Annual ICPL Friends Foundation Arts & Crafts Bazaar.

This year the bazaar will be on Saturday, December 8th, so you still have plenty of time to let your craftiness fly to support ICPL.

Information about the Bazaar is available online and you can download a donation form or pick one up here at the Library.   Donations can be dropped off at the Help Desk until December 6th.

 

 

 

 

Library Card Sign-up Month

by on August 27th, 2018

September is National Library Card Sign-up Month. If you don’t have a Library Card, or know someone who doesn’t have a Library Card, head to the Downtown Library or the Bookmobile to get your Library Card.

Anyone in Iowa may get a Library Card from the Iowa City Public Library. To save time, you may pre-register at icpl.org/cards. Pick-up your Library Card at the Help Desk or Bookmobile. All you need is a photo ID. If your current address is on your photo ID, you are all set. If not, bring a recent utility bill, copy of your lease, or official mail to verify your local address.

Information about children and Library Cards and different card types is available at icpl.org/cards.

What can you do with your Library Card? Beyond checking out traditional Library materials such as books and movies, your Library Card becomes your ticket for much, much more! Did you know the Library checks out Toys? Book Club Kits? Video Games? Giant Chess and Checkers?

Do you have Bare Wall Syndrome? Check out 2 art prints for two months from our Art-To-Go collection.

Need Internet access? The Library has many computers available for public use. Log-in with your Library Card for two free hours of use each day.

Need to catch a ride home from Downtown Iowa City on an Iowa City Transit Bus? Present your Library Card to any public service desk at the Library and get a pass for a free ride home. There is a limit of two free bus passes per week with our Ride and Read program.

If you live in our service area (Iowa City, rural Johnson County, University Heights, Hills, Lone Tree) you may use your Library Card to:

Access ICPL’s Digital Library including eBooks, eAudiobooks, Kanopy movie streaming, Digital Magazines, New York Times Online and the Local Music Project. Access is FREE. All you need is your Library Card number and password.

Browse Consumer Reports online to figure out which refrigerator to buy via our Online Resources collection.

Browse the Chilton Library in our Online Resources collection to learn how to fix your car or truck.

Check out a Laptop, Internet Hotspot, or other equipment.

There’s so many things you can do with your Library Card! If you have questions, give us a call at 319-356-5200 during regular Library hours, ask us a question online, or stop by the Library or Bookmobile. We are happy to help!

 

Libraries Make a Difference … Every. Day.

by on August 24th, 2018

It’s been a great week at the Library! Most weeks are great, but this week included a couple of special events I really enjoyed.

On Tuesday, staff from ICPL and other area public libraries were at the Johnson County Board of Supervisors meeting where the Supervisors voted on a proclamation declaring September “Library Card Sign-up Month” in Johnson County. The photo with all the people was taken after members of the Board of Supervisors shared stories about how libraries have made a difference in their lives. Indeed, our area public libraries make a difference in our community every day.

On Tuesday night, members of the Iowa City City Council also proclaimed September as “Library Card Sign-up Month” in Iowa City. We appreciate the ongoing support from our City Council and recognition of the importance of Iowa City Public Library in our community.

Just before the City Council meeting, Library staff were at the Iowa City Community School District Ice Cream Socials at our elementary schools sharing information about the Library and helping children and their family members sign-up for Library Cards. We firmly believe a Library Card is one of the most important back-to-school supplies for students.

If you don’t have a Library Card, or know someone who doesn’t have a card, sign-up is easy at www.icpl.org/cards or in person at the Downtown Library Help Desk or on the Bookmobile. A picture ID and proof of current Iowa address is needed to get a Library Card.

Although the Bookmobile wasn’t in service this week, staff were busy preparing for the Fall Bookmobile Schedule that begins next week. Bookmobile information, including details about the Fall Schedule, is available at www.icpl.org/bookmobile. The Bookmobile had some warranty work done this week. When we picked it up, it was like reuniting with a friend we haven’t seen for a few days. We’re looking forward to being out on the road again next week!

At our Help Desk meeting today we celebrated that students are back in school and reflected on our summer. Overall, it was a great summer! Circulation is up, more Holds are being placed, we offered great programs for people of all ages, and we set some records for Summer Library Program participation.

And finally, I ended the week with a friend sending me a wonderful post about Libraries from Read it Forward called 13 Reasons Why Libraries are Holding Us All Together.

My favorite quote from this article? “Signing your name for your first library card is the first right of passage into being an active member of society.”

Three cheers for Libraries and Library Cards and the difference libraries make in our community every day.

No Bookmobile Service on Labor Day

by on August 24th, 2018

The Iowa City Public Library Bookmobile will not be in service on Monday, September 3. The Downtown Library is also closed in honor of Labor Day.

Bookmobile holiday hours are always available on the Library’s website.

Although the Bookmobile and Library are closed, online services are available 24/7 at www.icpl.org. This includes account access and, for those who live in our service area, access to ICPL’s Digital Library including eBooks, eAudiobooks, eMagazines, The New York Times and Kanopy video streaming.

We’ll see you back on the Bookmobile or at the Downtown Library on September 4.

Extra, Extra! Read all about it!

by on August 23rd, 2018

Did you know we have online newsletters promoting the latest Library news?

The Little Window, our online Children’s Room newsletter, is sent to subscribers the first Thursday of the month. The Windshield, our Bookmobile newsletter, is mailed to subscribers the second Thursday of the month. Check It Out, our general Library newsletter, is released the third Thursday of the month. Each newsletter includes fun features, upcoming programming information and staff recommendations.

Don’t miss out; subscribe today using the City of Iowa City’s eSubscription form.

REMINDER: No Bookmobile Services August 20 to August 24

by on August 17th, 2018

We had a GREAT summer on the Bookmobile, but now it’s time for the Bookmobile to take a summer vacation. The Bookmobile is going to the spa (maintenance garage) for some pampering (warranty work), a massage (cleaning inside and out), and TLC (restocking with new Library materials).

The Bookmobile begins the Fall Schedule on Monday August 27. More information is available at icpl.org/bookmobile.

During Bookmobile service breaks, Holds and ILLs scheduled for pick-up on the Bookmobile may be picked up at the Help Desk at the Downtown Library.

We will not capture any holds when the Bookmobile is not in service, so there may be a period of time when the Bookmobile is on break when holds will be at the Library waiting for pick-up. Don’t worry, though, because the 7-day waiting period for picking up a hold does not begin until we “trap” the hold. That’s when we send the eMail, call you on the telephone, or mail your Hold Pick-up Notice.

Thanks for a great summer on the Bookmobile! We’ll be out on the road again beginning Monday August 27. See you soon 🙂

The Bookmobile is on a Break – Where are my Holds?

by on August 17th, 2018

Fall is nearly here – School is starting up, pumpkin-spice items are popping up left and right, and the 2018 Summer Bookmobile schedule has wrapped up. The 2018 Fall Bookmobile schedule begins Monday, August 27th and runs through Thursday, December 21st. Next week, August 20th through 24th, the Bookmobile is out of service for a seasonal service break. If you had holds you were expecting to pick up on the Bookmobile, those items are currently available at the Downtown Library building. Simply ask at the Help Desk for help finding these materials. All holds that have been requested to be delivered to the Bookmobile have also been extended to give folks a chance to pick them up during our first week of service. If you are unsure about when or where you can find an item you placed on hold, call the Library at 319-356-5200.

If you haven’t looked at the Bookmobile’s 2018 Fall schedule yet, take a moment to find the stop that will work best for your schedule.  Now is a great time (or really, anytime is a great time) to place some holds to be picked up on the Bookmobile during the upcoming Fall schedule period. We look forward to seeing you on the road!

Fall Bookmobile Schedule

by on August 13th, 2018

We are pleased to announce the Fall 2018 ICPL Bookmobile Schedule. The Fall Schedule runs from August 27 through December 21, 2018 and offers FREE PARKING at all stops, with the exception of the UI College of Medicine Courtyard stop.

Schedule information is available at icpl.org/bookmobile and in printed schedules available in the Library and on the Bookmobile.

The Bookmobile has a dedicated collection of over 2,000 new books and movies available for checkout with your ICPL Library Card. We also pull materials from the Downtown Library collection to feature on the Bookmobile.

Did you know you can also request to pick-up your Holds or Interlibrary Loans on the Bookmobile? It’s easy to indicate “Bookmobile” as your pick-up location when you reserve an item or make a request for an Interlibrary Loan. We’ll let you know when your item is ready for pickup on the Bookmobile.

Materials checked out on the ICPL Bookmobile may be returned to the Bookmobile, Downtown Library, or to one of our remote book returns, conveniently located at the 1st Avenue HyVee Pharmacy Drive (812 S. First Avenue) or the Mormon Trek location of the University of Iowa Community Credit Union (825 Mormon Trek Blvd).

The ICPL Bookmobile stops at elementary schools, retirement residences, parking lots, and mobile home communities throughout Iowa City and a couple locations in rural Johnson County. Each Bookmobile stop (with the exception of the UI College of Medicine Courtyard) offers free parking adjacent to the Bookmobile. Stops at the Bookmobile are quick and easy.

Haven’t visited the Bookmobile yet? What are you waiting for? The Bookmobile is a great way to access services the Library offers with the added bonus of free parking.

For more information, visit the Bookmobile webpage at icpl.org/bookmobile, give us a call at 319-356-5200 during regular Library hours, or ask us a question online.

The 2018 Perseid Meteor shower peaks this weekend!

by on August 9th, 2018

The Perseid meteor shower occurs each year in late Summer, with peak viewing around the 2nd week of August.  In 2018, the peak will be this weekend,  August 10-12,  when more than 50 meteors per hour should be visible in the night sky.  The meteors will be the heaviest in the hours between midnight and dawn, and this year the August 11th new moon will set early in the evening, so it won’t interfere with viewing.

The Perseid meteor shower happens when the Earth passes through the orbital path of the Swift-Tuttle comet.  Swift-Tuttle orbits the sun every 133 years, and each time it gets close to the Sun, small pieces break off and join the cloud of debris in the comet’s orbit.  When Earth passes through the Swift-Tuttle’s debris field, some of the debris bounces off the Earth’s atmosphere creating the Perseid meteor shower.

The Perseids appear to originate from the top of the constellation Perseus. During August, Perseus will be found in the Northeastern Part of the sky, to the left of the big Dipper.  The point in space where a meteor shower seems to originate from is called it’s “radiant.”   All the meteors will appear to fly outwards from that point in the sky.

There are many great Astronomy websites with information about the Perseids.   Sky & Telescope is a website and print magazine for astronomy fans of all levels. They cover all kinds of news and events as well as review equipment, books and software.  Their “resources and education” section can keep you busy for hours.  My current favorite is the Astophotography: Tips & Techniques section.

The University of Texas at Austin’s McDonald Observatory’s web site “StarDate” has lots of information for people new to star gazing and astronomy.  Clicking on the “Stargazing” tab on their homepage will give you a list of things visible in the night sky this week.  This is also where you’ll find a link to the Meteor Shower Page.   And they also have this great table of regular meteor showers throughout the year if you miss the Perseids.

The Earth Sky  is a great science website for non-scientists.  Their  Top 10 Tips For Watching The Perseids is a must read – and includes things like information about the Perseids is easy to read and has lots of information about the origins of the Perseids as well as how and when to find them and general tips on viewing.

To learn more about Comets, Meteors and Meteor Showers, the NASA website is a great place to start.  You’ll find information about planets, asteroids, and comets as well.

The Iowa City Public Library has lots of material about Astronomy and Stargazing. The staff at any of the public service desks can help you find more information.

Community display: Physicians for Social Responsibility

by on August 6th, 2018

Stop by the second floor of the library in August to see the large, detailed display created by the local chapter of Physicians for Social Responsibility.

Today marks the 73rd anniversary of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima, and Thursday is Nagasaki’s remembrance day.  This exhibit provides a wealth of information about weapons of mass destruction and the Physicians for Social Responsibility’s efforts in advocating for a world free of nuclear weapons.

Sign their guest book, join the Physicians for Social Responsibility mailing list, and take a brochure with more information about nuclear weapons.  You’ll also find a selection of library books on the topic available for checkout.

If your club or organization would like to have a display at the library, please contact Stacey-McKim@icpl.org or call 319-887-6025 for more information.