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Take a Peek at Our New OverDrive Website

by on October 19th, 2016

On Wednesday, November 9th, the Iowa City Public Library will upgrade its OverDrive website, which supports the library’s eBook and digital audiobook collections. The new site will make finding, browsing, and borrowing eBooks and eAudio faster and easier. You now have the option of exploring the new site before the official launch by clicking on the red bar at the bottom of the current OverDrive website.


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Video Staff Picks: New nonfiction for fall 2016 with Terri

by on October 18th, 2016

American Cake by Anne Byrn

by on October 17th, 2016
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I love history. And I love cake. So Anne Byrn’s new baking book, American Cake spoke to me. Byrn provides a timeline of American history through recipes, from gingerbread and sugar cakes of colonial times to more recent favorites like tres leches or beet velvet cake. Each recipe includes the cake’s significance, whether a change in cooking techniques and ingredients to major societal and technological shifts, as well as an updated recipe.

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Crystal City-Music on Wednesday

by on October 15th, 2016

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Last spring Crystal City performed a Music on Wednesday program in our Lobby and I was blown away by their music. It is harmonious, celebratory, and joyful. Plus Sam’s whistling ability is … AMAZING! Join us Wednesday October 19th at Noon as we welcome Crystal City back to Iowa City Public Library.

Dave Helmer and Sam Drella are Crystal City. Their music is described as “Heartland rock band with blue-collar roots” with “themes of love and loss, being good to each other, and celebrating life.” Since discovering this band I’ve enjoyed listening to their music online (listen here) and getting to know their music a bit better. If you live in our service area (Iowa City, rural Johnson County, Hills, University Heights or Lone Tree), you can download their album for free with your ICPL card and password via our Local Music Project.

I’ll see you at the Library on Wednesday October 19 at Noon in the Lobby for the sweet tunes of Crystal City.

Pit Bull: The Battle over an American Icon

by on October 12th, 2016

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Pit Bull advocate Bronwen Dickey’s summer 2016 book release Pit Bull: The Battle over an American Icon was sometimes very difficult to read. I even put off writing this blog post because I was too emotional after I first read the book to write a proper review! I have been a Pit Bull mama for almost a decade. Saysha is a 12-year-old female Staffordshire Terrier and Mowgli is a 3-year-old male American Bulldog mix. “Pit Bull” is not an exact breed – instead it has become a catch-all term for bulldogs of various kinds, or just mutts that look like Pits. Defining characteristics are blocky heads, thick muscular bodies, and big smiles. Saysha and Mowgli have very distinct personalities and looks. Mowgli weighs over 110 pounds; Saysha weighs only around 50 pounds. Mowgli loves eating fruit and veggies; Saysha will turn her nose up at a carrot or apple slice and instead beg for a biscuit. Saysha is very friendly with a princess streak, she naps a lot in her old age; Mowgli is playful and active yet more challenging, prone to becoming territorial about the house and barking out the front window. (Nothing a couple miles around the neighborhood can’t ease.) I can’t imagine my life without them. One of my long-term plans is to own some land so I can start my own bulldog rescue here in Iowa. SayshMowgli

(Above: Saysha and Mowgli in 2014. Mowgli is the white and grey dog.)

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Popo’s Halloween Puppet Festival at ICPL Oct. 22

by on October 12th, 2016

The Iowa City Public Library’s annual Popo’s Puppet Festival will be held from noon to 4:30 p.m. on Saturday, October 22, in Meeting Room A.

This year’s festival features three acts. Come for one performance or stay for all three!

First, join Parasol Puppets at noon for their performance of The Teeny Tiny Woman and Other Halloween Tales. This audience participation version of the old English folk tale features a teeny tiny woman who takes a teeny tiny walk and finds a teeny tiny bone. Suddenly, her teeny tiny house echoes with the cry of “Give me my bone!”

Popo’s Halloween Show takes the stage at 2:30 p.m. for a performance that will have the audience laughing so hard, it’s scary!

Finally, at 3:30 p.m., enjoy a shadow puppet show. Sea Beast Puppetry’s hero gets lost in the shadow. Will she ever be saved?

Stick around after the performances for crafts, or put on a show of your own with the Library’s collection of puppets.

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

Get your craft on to support ICPL.

by on October 11th, 2016
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Attention all crafters!   Donations are now being accepted for the 5th Annual ICPL Friends Foundation fundraising bazaar.  The bazaar is on Saturday, December 3rd, so you still have time to get your craft on to support ICPL.  Donation forms area available online or in the Library.

If you’re looking for ideas to get your crafting juices flowing, on the 2nd floor near the Information Desk we’ve put together a display of a few of the many, many craft books from our collection.  Some of the books on the display include:

Christmas Crafting in No Time by Clare Youngs  Contains 50 fun holiday projects in a variety of different crafts, including paper crafting, sewing, clay modelling, papiermache, printing, candle making.  Each project has easy to follow step by step instructions,  and project rage from quick and simple to time consuming and more advanced.  A guide to embroidery stitches in included at the end of the book.

big bookThe Big Book of Holiday Paper Crafts, by the editors of Paper Crafts magazine contains more than 500 ideas for all sorts of holidays.  Focused mainly on cards, here are also ideas bookmarks, gift bags, and holiday ornaments as well. Read the rest of this entry »

New Janet Evanovich Series

by on October 11th, 2016
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Confession time: When I heard there was a new Janet Evanovich series starting I might have groaned a bit. I enjoy the Stephanie Plum series and thought the Barnaby series was laugh-out-loud funny, but I haven’t really enjoyed the Fox and O’Hare series Evanovich has been writing with Lee Goldberg. I’m happy to report I think the new series, Knight and Moon, written with Phoef Sutton, has a lot of potential. Phoef Sutton was a co-writer on Evanovich’s Wicked Charms, part of the entertaining series featuring the character Diesel. Read the rest of this entry »

Fresh Picks: Graphic Novels

by on October 9th, 2016
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Formerly derided as lazy reading, these days graphic novels have come into their own and offer some of the most complex and interesting stories around. Classic comics themes of adventure and humor are still the most prevalent in the format, but nonfiction and historical fiction are gaining in popularity. Some of the newest additions to our jGraphic Novels collection showcase the format’s growing diversity. Let’s start with the sixth volume in the American history series “Nathan Hale’s Hazardous Tales,” Alamo All-Stars. This book covers the convoluted early history of Texas and its ties to Mexico. The historical facts are kept flowing through the funny narration of Nathan Hale and questions from his executioners. Tangential stories from the lives of Davy Crockett, Jim Bowie, and Vicente Guerrero help keep the story personal.

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When can I VOTE EARLY?

by on October 6th, 2016

Iowa C2016 Early Votingity Public Library hosted early voting on September 29, 2016 – the first day voters could cast their ballot early for the November 8th Presidential Election. On that day, 585 people voted early at the Library. Since then, we’ve had droves of people coming in hoping to vote. The official early voting schedule is posted HERE at the Johnson County Auditor’s webpage.

Early Voting at the Iowa City Public Library begins again on Saturday October 29 at 10:00 AM. A complete schedule is below. If you can’t wait until October 29th, the Early Voting hours at the Johnson County Auditor’s Office are also listed below.

Iowa City Public Library Early Voting Schedule:

Saturday, October 29, 10 AM – 5 PM
Sunday, October 30, Noon-5 PM
Monday, October 31 through Friday, November 4, 11 AM – 4 PM
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