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Year of Yes by Shonda Rhimes

by on July 16th, 2016
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I just finished listening to Year of Yes, narrated by the author, Shonda Rhimes, and it was great. I don’t usually listen to Nonfiction, but a friend recommended it so I placed a hold. I didn’t realize when I started the book that Rhimes is the creator of one of my favorite shows, Grey’s Anatomy. That fact, plus the excellent writing and author narration made the book even more enjoyable.

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ICPL Presents Yoga Practice for Stress Relief

by on July 14th, 2016

In today’s world of go-go-go, stress and anxiety are everywhere. If the pressures of everyday life are getting to you, it might be time to hit the mat – the yoga mat, that is.

Local yoga instructor Beth Beasley will be in Meeting Room A at the Iowa City Public Library from 7 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, July 20, to lead adult participants through a simple, accessible yoga practice designed to reduce stress and tension.

This event is free and open to the public. It is presented as part of the 2016 Adult Summer Reading Program. All participants should bring their own yoga mat.

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

Signed, Sealed, Published: Epistolary Novels

by on July 13th, 2016

pop up displayReceiving a letter in the mail was a big deal when I was a child. It didn’t happen often, so the days I’d come home from school and find an envelope with my name sitting on the kitchen table were treasured. I’d rip it open and start reading before taking off my coat, devouring the words the sender shared with me.

I think it’s my love for mail that launched my love of epistolary novels – books written as a series of documents, such as letters and journal entries. There’s something real about these stories because the reader instantly becomes part of the character’s personal life. Then again, there’s also a thrill that comes from reading another person’s journal – even if they are fictional.

You can check out some of my favorite epistolary novels on the new pop-up display on the Library’s first floor, located near the Help Desk. Choices include everything from young adult fiction, such as The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chboksky, to fiction titles, including Attachments: A Novel by Rainbow Rowell.

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Iowa City Community School District Candidate Special Election Forums and election information

by on July 11th, 2016

J.P. Claussen, Paul Roesler and Janice Weiner are in the race to fill the seat of Tom Yates, who resigned in May. There will be a July 19 special election to fill his vacant seat.

Claussen is a former West High special education teacher, Roesler is an outreach leader at Scheels and Weiner is a former U.S. diplomat of 26 years.

The Daily Iowan published piece on the three candidates as well the Iowa City Press Citizen and the Gazette.

Early voting began Tuesday at the auditor’s office, and residents can cast their votes on weekdays from 7:45 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Upcoming events are scheduled as follows:

Mission Iowa City: Monday from 7-9 p.m. at Meeting Room A in the Iowa City Public Library, 123 S. Linn St. The event will focus on questions organizers are gathering from students, parents, educators and other community members. Those interested in posing questions can send them to ICSchoolBoardQuestions@gmail.com. Read the rest of this entry »

“Pay What You Want” Book Sale at ICPL July 16

by on July 11th, 2016

Two of the greatest words in the English language have come together for one event: Book Sale.

The Iowa City Public Library Friends Foundation will host a Book Sale from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, July 16, in Meeting Room A. Featuring “Pay What You Want” prices on everything from large print books and graphic novels to fiction, cookbooks, nonfiction and children’s books, everyone is sure to find something. Video games, artwork, board games and more also will be available.

All sales are final with proceeds benefiting the Library, courtesy of the Book End Committee of the Iowa City Public Library Friends Foundation.

For more information, contact Patty McCarthy, Development Office Director, at 319-356-5249 or via e-mail at patty-mccarthy@icpl.org.

B.Y.O.Book Upcoming Events

by on July 8th, 2016
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If you’re in the mood for a little reading, eating, and talking, think about joining us at one of our B.Y.O.Book meetups. For the Summer/Fall series, we will be celebrating the exhibition of Shakespeare’s First Folio at the University of Iowa Main Library Gallery (August 29-September 25) by featuring a nonfiction book about Shakespeare’s work and two fiction books that have Shakespearean themes. This will be a very unique opportunity to read a book (or three) by or about one of the world’s most famous and influential writers, while at the same time having the chance to view the first printing of his collected plays.

Tuesday, August 2, 6-7 p.m. at The Mill (120 E. Burlington St.) we will be discussing Aldous Huxley’s Brave New World.

Tuesday, September 20, 6-7 p.m. at Share Wine Lounge & Small Plate Bistro (in the Sheraton Hotel) we will be discussing Andrea Mays’ The Millionaire and the Bard: Henry Folger’s Obsessive Hunt for Shakespeare’s First Folio.

Tuesday, October 18, 6-7 p.m. at Northside Bistro (203 N. Linn St.) we will be discussing Emily St. John Mandel’s Station Eleven: a Novel.

There will be a limited number of copies of the books available at the second floor Info Desk in the Library. If you have questions or want more information, please call 356-5200, or email candice-smith@icpl.org or jason-paulios@icpl.org

We hope you can join us!

On Wheel or On Foot: There’s a Johnson County Trail for You

by on July 7th, 2016

TheresAJohnsonCountyTrailForYouWith miles of trails throughout Johnson County, you’re sure to find one to suit your recreational needs.

Johnson County Conservation Program Manager Brad Freidhof will be in Meeting Room A at the Iowa City Public Library from 7 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, July 13, to talk about the county’s walking, hiking and biking trails. Come and learn more about what’s available now and what will be available in the future, as well as the wide range of recreational activities the trails provide throughout the county.

This event is free and open to the public. It is presented as part of the 2016 Adult Summer Reading Program and will be broadcast LIVE on The Library Channel, Iowa City cable channel 20.

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

Acrobat/Juggler Laura Ernst to Perform at ICPL

by on July 5th, 2016

LauraErnstLaura Ernst learned to juggle for her role in a middle school play, eventually transitioning her new skill to performances at street festivals. Today, Ernst has made a career out of her passion for entertaining.

The Iowa City Public Library is pleased to welcome the world-renown acrobat, juggler and entertainer to the Library for an all-ages show Tuesday, July 12, in Meeting Room A. The program will be held from 7 to 8 p.m., with doors opening at 6:30 p.m.

Ernst’s performance is free and open to the public, but seating will be on a first come-first served basis. It will be broadcast LIVE on The Library Channel, Iowa City cable channel 20.

An Iowa native, Ernst received first place at the 2008 World Juggling Federation, a designation that places her among some of the best jugglers in the world. She also appeared on the fifth season of America’s Got Talent, during which her performance inside her human-sized hamster ball caused Howie Mandel to exclaim, “I love you! You are my soul mate!”

Ernst’s appearance is part of the Library’s 2016 Summer Reading Program, On Your Mark, Get Set … Read!

For more information about Laura Ernst, visit www.cutejuggler.com

For more information about her appearance at ICPL, call the Library at 319-356-5200.

 

Take a Summer Field trip!

by on July 1st, 2016

As a former teacher, current part-time nanny, and a librarian who has witnessed many busy summers in the Children’s Room, I know that kids can get stuck in summertime rut of computers, video games, and TV. While the library is always a great place to find books to read, attend storytime, and collect SRP prizes, I love to recommend some local educational getaways for the family, and of course some awesome books from the children’s nonfiction section to supplement learning. Just because school’s out on summer vacation, doesn’t mean your brain has to be.

A millipede from the Blank Park Zoo visits the library.

A millipede from the Blank Park Zoo visits the library.

Think of it as summertime field trip, and field trip day is the best day of the whole school year!  This year I am watching a four-year old and an eight-year old, which is pretty much the perfect age range for these enrichment activities. To be honest, I am probably more excited about our little trips than they are. Luckily I can keep my cool under pressure.

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Soak up the rest of summer!

by on July 1st, 2016

summer16July is here, which means our Summer Reading Program –On Your Marks, Get Set, Read! is half over! With the program coming to an end July 31st, there is still plenty of time to sign up to get your reading done to earn great prizes and a chance for one of the grand prizes!

We also have a full line up of great programs coming up in July, here are a few of our bigger children’s events:

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