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ICPL announces Music Classes in December

by on November 23rd, 2016

Have you ever wanted to try your hand at making your own composition? Or do you want to learn more about free music from online sources? The Iowa City Public Library and Senior Center are providing classes on Garageband and an overview of popular online music sites such as Spotify in December.

Use one of the Library’s iPads to explore the app Garageband at 10 a.m. Friday, December 2, at 10:00 a.m. at the library. Garageband is an app that is easy to use so anyone regardless of your musical experience can create something with it.

Join us for Digital Music at the Senior Center at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, December 6. Understand the difference between online music providers Spotify, ICPL’s Local Music Project, Pandora, streaming radio services, and subscription streaming services. Find out how online streaming music services have affected musicians and music.

Classes at the Library will be held in the Computer Lab on the second floor. Classes are free, but space is limited, so patrons should register early. Visit www.icpl.org/classes to register online or by calling the Library at 319-356-5200. If you plan on attending the class at the Senior Center, register by calling 319-356-5220.

 

Thanks for giving- Kids books that inspire giving

by on November 22nd, 2016

As parents, we tirelessly work to instill a sense of gratitude within our children and in today’s culture of more and better, it’s easy to overlook the many small blessings in our everyday. So as we turn our attention on giving thanks this week, let us not forget the power and importance of expressing gratitude all year long. Children’s books are fantastic resources when talking to kids about the importance of giving. Whether we choose to incorporate books about generosity into our daily reading rotation, or serve others as way of giving thanks, let’s continue inspiring grateful young hearts at home today and every day and in every way. Here are a few books to get you started.

The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein

If you’re looking for a children’s book that teaches generosity or unselfishness, most people will point you right to The Giving Tree, Shel Silverstein’s lovely story of a tree that will do anything for the boy it loves — and for good reason. This classic is always a good place to start.

An Awesome Book of Thanks! by Dallas Clayton

A delightfully quirky list of things we ought to be thankful for, from the simple to the extraordinary. It teaches children how beautiful life can be when we give thanks. Your child will love the whimsical childlike artwork of magical unicorns, robotic dinosaurs, aerobic alligators combined with heartwarming prose is sure to make this book a family favorite.

It’s Mine! by Leo Lionni

Lionni is the master of picture books with simple, inspiring messages that never feel preachy. And a lesson on sharing is the first one kids need on their way to generosity. In this one, three selfish frogs spend their days arguing with the same refrain: “It’s mine!” T
hen a bad storm (and a big brown toad) teach them that sharing is indeed more rewarding than trying to lay claim to everything for ourselves.

The Gift of Nothing by Patrick McDonnell

 Mooch the cat decides to give his pal Earl the gift of nothing. But there’s an important message in this picture book about knowing how to recognize when you have enough — and Earl, in fact, has everything he needs. Turns out a gift of nothing — save friendship — is just right, and often giving our friendship is everything.

Look and Be Grateful by Tomie dePaola

A young boy awakens with the dawn, opens his eyes and looks closely at his world. He admires all that surrounds him, large and small, from the radiant sun to a tiny, but exquisite ladybug. “Today is today, and it is a gift.” We are encouraged to be thankful and to express gratitude for each unique day.

We could add several more to this list, what are some of your favorite books about being grateful?

ICPL Arts & Crafts Bazaar Dec. 3

by on November 22nd, 2016

Just in time for the holidays, the Iowa City Public Library will host the Fifth Annual Arts & Crafts Bazaar and Winter Book Sale from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 3.

The craft bazaar will be held in meeting rooms A, B and C at the Library, 123 S. Linn St. The used book sale will take place in the hallway outside Meeting Room A. Shoppers can name their own price all day at the book sale.

Thanks to the generous donations of local artists and crafters, shoppers will find a wide selection of unique gifts from quilts and knitted items to jewelry, holiday ornaments, and more. For every $10 spent at the bazaar, shoppers receive an entry for amazing door prizes. Winners do not need to be present to win.

A children’s craft will be offered from 10 a.m. to noon in Meeting Room D.

Proceeds from the Arts & Crafts Bazaar and book sale benefit the Iowa City Public Library Friends Foundation, which supports the Summer Reading Program and other Library programs and collections.

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

2016 National Book Awards

by on November 17th, 2016

The 67th National Book Awards Ceremony was held last night, you can watch here and read the winning books from the Iowa City Public Library’s collection at the links below:

YOUNG PEOPLE’S LITERATURE

March (Book 3) written by John Lewis, Andrew Aydin, and illustrated by Nate Powell

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POETRY

The Performance of Becoming Human by Daniel Borzutzky

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NONFICTION

Stamped From The Beginning : The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America by Ibram X. Kendi

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FICTION

The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead

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Book Display: What does it mean to be transgender?

by on November 14th, 2016
Book Display: What does it mean to be transgender? Cover Image

What does it mean to be transgender?  Transgender people are people whose gender identity – their innate knowledge of who they are –  is different from the gender they were thought to be at birth. Transgender people are your classmates, your coworkers, your neighbors, and your friends. With approximately 1.4 million transgender adults in the United States—and millions more around the world—chances are that you’ve met a transgender person, even if you don’t know it.

Being transgender means different things to different people. Like a lot of other aspects of who people are – like race or religion – there’s no one way to be transgender, and no one way for transgender people to look or feel about themselves. The best way to understand what being transgender is like is to talk with transgender people and listen to their stories.  For more information visit http://www.transequality.org/

The books below, and many more like them, can be found in the display on the first floor near the Help Desk. Read the rest of this entry »

Music on Wed-Thanksgiving Gifts

by on November 14th, 2016

This 2016 02 Preucil Logoweek’s Music on Wednesday program from students at Preucil School of Music features of cornucopia of “Thanksgiving Gifts.” Performances include a Cello Choir and Violin Quartet as well as harp, piano, violin and cello solo performances. Performers range from 5 to 18 years old.

It’s a NO SCHOOL day in Iowa City on Wednesday, so head to the Library for some wonderful noontime music. You’ll be thankful you did! Below is the program for the event. See you Wednesday 🙂 Read the rest of this entry »

Cool Books for Kids and Adults

by on November 10th, 2016

Polar If you’re not familiar with photicular books you should take a look at this one.   Photicular technology uses sliding lenses and video imagery to display realistic living motion in the pages of a book.

These have wonderful, realistic pictures that move when you turn or move the page.  Carol Kaufmann, a writer for National Geographic, writes a crisp descriptive of each image with information about size, habitat, and other interesting information geared to an older than toddler reader.

Polar  (6120 words) is owned by ICPL.  There are  3 other books in the series, Safari, Jungle, and Ocean that we do not currently own.

My toddler  grandson likes his a lot.  He usually pulls them out of his book shelf first for reading time.  He has many reading times so they are well used.  He likes the moving pictures and we grown-ups like the narratives with the pictures.  Everyone is well entertained.

Scanimation is a similar photo technology.    Peanuts (2550 words)  from the comics collection and Waddle (3060 words) from the children’s room are some examples  of scanimation books at ICPL.  The photos are different from the photicular books and they usually have less text.

Take a look at both, they are fun.   These make interesting and cool gifts.

Save a Click

by on November 10th, 2016

We made a minor change on our website that will be welcomed by many users.  Our webmaster has switched the default search in the search box on our website to the catalog. So, if you land on our homepage first and want to search the catalog, you can simply type in your catalog search term, hit return and you will find yourself in our catalog at the results of that search.

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Previously, the default search in the search box was for the website itself, and to search the catalog you had to remember to click on “Catalog” after you typed in your search term.  Now you are saved from making that click.

This update comes as a result of the public survey of website users that the Information Technology staff did recently.  It was the number one comment they got on the survey, and was a change they could make immediately.  Watch for other improvements as the IT staff continue to evaluate the survey responses.

I Will Not Eat You

by on November 9th, 2016

From the author of Warning: Do Not Open this Book, Please, Open this Book, and Chicken in Space comes a brand new adventure! I Will Not Eat You by Adam Lehrhaupt, illustrated by Scott Magoon, is a delight and perfect for this late-onset autumn. It has everything you could possibly want as the days get shorter: mystery, suspense, chase scenes and happy endings (maybe?).
The dark color palette hints at the story’s capacity for equally colored humor and continually builds suspense concerning who our not-so-hungry protagonist might be. It is only when the stakes are highest that the true identity of the creature in the cave is revealed.  For more fun hints as to the identity of this stranger, check out the book trailer below, or better yet, the book!

 

ICPL to Host Annual Chess Tournament Nov. 19

by on November 9th, 2016

The Iowa City Public Library’s Totally Tweens Chess Tournament will be held from 1 to 5 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 19, in Meeting Room A at the Library, 123 S. Linn St.

A staple of the Library’s tween programming, the tournament is held in honor of Steve Young, who was active in the community’s chess population until his death in 2012.

The tournament is open to students in third through sixth grades. Members of the United State Chess Federation (USCF) in this grade range also are welcome. Players rated over USCF 1,000 will be in a separate section.

This event is free, but pre-registration is required. Children can register by e-mailing Eric Vigil at evigil@gmail.com. Walk-ins may register the day of the event from noon to 12:45 p.m.

Refreshments will be provided. Participants should plan to stay for the entire afternoon.

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





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