Our Souls at Night 2.0

by on December 8th, 2017
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Kent Haruf is one of my favorite authors. His death from lung cancer in 2014 was a tragedy because it meant no more lyrical novels detailing the life and landscape of Eastern Colorado. Haruf was an Iowa Writer’s Workshop graduate and drew details from his life experiences to bring his characters to life. Haruf finished writing his final novel, Our Souls at Night, just before his death. I found the lyrical book delightful but haunting – I knew it would be the last Haruf book I would read and I didn’t want it to end.

I was haunted in a different way recently when I finished watching Season 3 of Grace and Frankie on Netflix. I’m not much of a TV watcher, but I am guilty of binge watching on Netflix – they make it so easy. At the end of Grace and Frankie, an ad popped up for a new Netfix Original starring Jane Fonda and Robert Redford … Our Souls at Night! I wouldn’t normally recommend watching a Netflix movie over checking one out at the Library, but this was a wonderful movie. It made me want to read the book again.

(PS … Watch the trailer for the movie … you’ll be glad you did!)

 

Mock Newbery Nominee: Well, That Was Awkward by Rachel Vail

by on December 6th, 2017
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I hope you’re ready for the second installment of our Mock Newbery summaries and reviews. Does Well, That Was Awkward by Rachel Vail have what it takes to get your vote? Read on for my take on this funny, and  yes, awkward coming-of-age story.

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Winter Break Events for Kids at ICPL

by on December 5th, 2017

As the holidays creep up, it’s not too early to start planning your family’s two week winter break, when the kids are home from school and the excitement of new toys and eating until your tummy aches has worn off. The library has something going on every day besides city holidays, including a family-friendly party to ring in the New Year! Events are always free and there’s something for all ages. And be sure to sign up for the Winter Reading Program to kick off 2018 with a sweet reading goal. You can register online, at the Children’s Room desk or on the Bookmobile beginning January 2nd, look for the link on our website.  Check out these library events coming up while school’s out!   Read the rest of this entry »

Great Holiday Gifts from ICPL

by on December 5th, 2017

Suddenly Winter is here – it blew in overnight. If you are looking for a cozy holiday gift, check out these clothing items embroidered with the ICPL Logo thanks to our friends at Underground Printing. You need to act quickly, though, because items may only be ordered at this link through MIDNIGHT Wednesday December 6th. Your order supports the Library because the ICPL Friends Foundation receives a donation for each item purchased.

Here’s the details: You place your order and pay directly online. Items you order will be available to pick up at the ICPL Help Desk beginning Thursday, December 21, 2017. We cannot take any late orders for the December 21st delivery; however, we may offer another purchase option in early 2018.

Happy Holidays and keep warm with ICPL apparel.

 

 

Pick Up Holds and ILLs at the Bookmobile!

by on December 1st, 2017

Picking up Holds and Inter-Library Loans is easy at the Bookmobile! When you place your request, indicate where you want to pick-up your item – Downtown Library or Bookmobile. We’ll let you know when your item is ready for pick-up.

For more information, check out this fun video created by our awesome staff.

When the Bookmobile is not in service Friday through Sunday, Holds and ILLs are available for pick-up at the Help Desk.

For a full schedule of Bookmobile stops, navigate to icpl.org/bookmobile. Information about the Winter/Spring schedule, which begins on Monday January 8, 2018, will be available soon.

Mock Caldecott Reviews: Little Fox & Little Cat

by on December 1st, 2017

Since last week was Thanksgiving, I am starting the reviews of our ten mock Caldecott titles with a two for one. This week I will be taking a look at Little Fox in the Forest by Stephanie Graegin and Big Cat Little Cat by Elisha Cooper. With these reviews I aim to discuss why a book has been chosen for mock Caldecott consideration without giving too much away–I want you to form your own opinions about these wonderful titles. Without further ado let’s take a look at Little Fox in the Forest  and Big Cat Little Cat. 

Earlier this year I posted a short blog about Stephanie Graegin’s Little Fox in the Forest. Not only is this wordless title absolutely adorable, but the message is heartfelt. Graegin’s use of color as narrative structure is lovely and the movement between spreads and panels sets the pacing of this title apart. Clearly written with children’s sensibilities in mind, the intricate details wrought on every page lend depth to characters and the world Graegin has made. Immensely successful artistically and emotionally, the emotive power of this text is palpable without becoming pedantic.

However, library packaging is problematic here. The endsheets are paramount to the narrative, since the dust jackets have been taped down for circulation some of the intricacies of the story can be lost. I suggest being very gentle and taking a peek under the beautiful wrap around jacket to get a glimpse of both the cover and the endsheets.

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Elisha Cooper’s Big Cat Little Cat is a beautiful homage to love, loss and the nature of change. Set in black and white, utilizing deceptively simple illustrations and large negative spaces, Big Cat Little Cat also serves as an exploration of Yin and Yang.

A black kitten is brought into a family with an adult white cat. We see these two learn, play, grow and of course nap together. The cats are opposites in many ways, coloring, size, age, personality and yet are also completely complementary much like Yin and Yang. The visual reference to the ancient Taoist symbol is made more than once with full bleed illustrations on a striking yellow background. Like Yin and Yang, the cats are separate entities yet create balance and harmony together. The dualistic and transformative nature of Yin and Yang comes into play by the end of the narrative as well.  Simple, powerful and universal, Big Cat Little Cat tackles a tough issue with beauty and tenderness.

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Wrapping up Picture Book Month

by on December 1st, 2017

November was National Picture Book Month. To celebrate our love for picture books, ICPL staff shared photos of their favorites on social media platform all month long. The result was a list of beloved books, both old and new. If you missed seeing them the first time around, here’s every book we recommend:

Shawna: Mister Bud Wears the Cone by Carter Goodrich

“Carter Goodrich’s stories featuring Mister Bud and his brother Zorro teach some great lessons about pets, siblings, and friends. Also the illustrations are simply adorable and hilarious!”

Erik: The Bear Ate Your Sandwich by Julia Sarcone- Roach

“I really love the pastel artwork and the bear’s big hungry eyes as he makes his journey to the delectable sandwich! And just prepare yourself for a wonderful twist at the end!”

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Two more weeks to enter the iPad giveaway!

by on November 30th, 2017
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Check out magazines and win!

The Digital Johnson County team has extended the iPad promotion until December 15.

If you haven’t yet given the new RBdigital app a chance, do so now for a chance to win an iPad Mini from your library. Enter the drawing at the Digital Johnson County website, and then head over to the digital magazine collection to sign up for an account. You must check out 5 magazines by December 15 to have your name entered into the drawing.

Need help downloading the app? Our IT manager, Brent, has written up helpful instructions for getting started with the RBdigital app. If you try to set up the app before you create an account on the digital magazine page, you will get an error message.

Looking for inspiration on what to check out? Drool over these Christmas cookie recipes in 5 great magazine options.

Mock Newbery Nominee: See You in the Cosmos by Jack Cheng

by on November 28th, 2017
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Welcome to the first installment of our Mock Newbery summaries and reviews. Will See You in the Cosmos by Jack Cheng earn your vote for our Mock Newbery Award? Read on to find out what makes this realistic and moving story special and let us know what you think.

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Try Our Digital Magazines

by on November 28th, 2017

If you haven’t yet tried ICPL’s digital Magazine service, I encourage you to give it a shot, especially if you regularly read magazines.  Here is a short guide with answers to your questions about using this amazing service and how to get started: Read the rest of this entry »