Consumer Reports rounds up best Fourth of July appliance sales

by on July 2nd, 2019

Sale signHardware stores are sending email after email about their Fourth of July sales right now. Who has the best sales? Read the rest of this entry »

Telephone Notification System for Library Holds

by on June 25th, 2019

ATTENTION: Patrons who receive notifications about Library Holds by telephone

Telephone calls announcing Holds available for pickup at the Library will end on June 30, 2019. This service is ending because the software that supports the telephone notification system is no longer supported by our vendor. Beginning July 1, 2019, we will send print notices via U.S. Mail to everyone who received telephone notices.

If you are affected by this and would prefer receiving an email notice instead of a notice via U.S. Mail, please call the Library at 319-356-5200 during regular Library hours. Please ask the staff member who answers the telephone to add your email address to your Library Account.

We are sorry for the inconvenience this will cause for some of our patrons.

65th anniversary of Brown v. Board of Education

by on June 25th, 2019

Posters on display in the libraryIf you’ve wondered what it was like to live during “separate but equal” times, stop by the 1st floor Gallery to view an exhibit on loan from the Brown Foundation, brought to town courtesy of the Iowa City Human Rights Commission.  Learn more about the historic Brown v. Board of Education case, which overturned the justification for racial segregation in public facilities that had been in place since 1896.

Dr. Cheryl Brown Henderson

Dr. Cheryl Brown Henderson

And then attend the Human Rights Commission‘s Inclusive Teaching Awards event this Friday, June 28 from 1:30-3:00 and hear guest speaker Dr. Cheryl Brown Henderson (daughter of named plaintiff Oliver Brown) share what the court case meant to her family.  The founding president of the Brown Foundation for Educational Equity, Excellence and Research, and owner of Brown & Associates, an educational consulting firm, she has an extensive background in education, business and civic leadership.

Event details

 

No Bookmobile Service on Thursday, July 4

by on June 24th, 2019

The Iowa City Public Library Bookmobile will not be in service on Thursday, July 4. The Downtown Library is also closed that day.

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.

Downtown Block Party @ ICPL

by on June 17th, 2019

The Iowa City Public Library will be open until 10 on Saturday, June 22. Join your friends playing play Mario Kart and Smash Brothers in Meeting Room A from 6 pm to 8 pm as part of the Downtown Block Party. From 8:30 pm to 9:30 pm Jason Snell, a multidisciplinary artist, presents Primary Assembly, a performance using an EEG biosensor to compose music and video with his mind. His performance is sponsored by the Iowa City Public Art Program.

 

ICPL Bookmobile at Juneteenth

by on June 17th, 2019

The ICPL Bookmobile will be at the June 22 Juneteenth Commemoration from Noon to 4:00 pm. This year’s commemoration will be at Mercer Park, 2701 Bradford Drive in Iowa City. More information about Iowa City’s Juneteenth commemoration is available at the Juneteenth Facebook page.

Juneteenth is an annual commemoration of the 1865 abolition of slavery in the United States. Sometimes Juneteenth is called African American Emancipation Day.

We’ll see you at Mercer Park on June 22!

Looking for a Level ____ Book?

by on June 11th, 2019

I hear the leveling question often during the summer months, so I thought this information would be useful to repost.

Have you ever come to the children’s desk and asked “Where can I find the level 1 books?” or “Where are your books with a Lexile number of….?” and received a long-winded round about answer?

It is well known that leveled reading is a dominant educational structure that most if not all caregivers and children learning to read will find themselves functioning within. Leveling books can be an extremely helpful tool in terms of finding books that children will be able to read independently. But it is just that, a tool, a guideline, not a hard and fast rule. If you take one thing away from this blog post I hope it is this: there is no such thing as a book that is ‘too easy’ or ‘too difficult’ for a reader at any level.   That’s a bold statement right? But when you think about why this is, it really starts to make sense. Read the rest of this entry »

Free snacks for kids at ICPL

by on June 10th, 2019

The Iowa City Public Library is partnering with the Iowa City Community School District to provide free snacks to any child age 1-18. Free snacks will be distributed at 3 pm in the Children’s Room and the Teen Center. Snacks will be available from Monday, June 10 – Friday, August 9.

Bookmobile @ IC Pride

by on June 10th, 2019

Iowa City PrideIowa City Public Library is a proud Pride Week sponsor and we’re excited to take the ICPL Bookmobile to two Pride events this week.

Pride Picnic at City Park – Friday, June 14, 5-7 pm: ICPL’s Bookmobile will head to City Park and be open during the Pride Picnic. Stop by, say hello and checkout the special display of materials related to Pride week.

Pride Fair Downtown – Saturday, June 15, 11 am-6 pm: Visit the ICPL Bookmobile at the vendor fair Downtown. We don’t know where we’re parking yet, but look for the big blue Bookmobile. We’ll have our special display of materials related to Pride week and, if it’s hot, we’ll have the A/C on.

Happy Pride Week! We’ll see you at the ICPL Bookmobile soon!

 

ICPL’s Votes Are In for the 2019 Children’s Choice Book Award!

by on June 7th, 2019

Throughout the month of May, ICPL’s young patrons in kindergarten through 6th grade could cast their votes for the 2019 Children’s Choice Award at our voting booth in the Children’s Department.

The Children’s Choice Award is the only national literary award given completely by children – students in select schools across the country choose the finalists in preliminary voting, after which all kids are invited to choose from the five finalist books in their age category by marking a ballot. Kids can make their voice heard in selecting the best book for children published during the previous year!

163 total votes were cast at ICPL, and the ballots for each age category were tabulated last week. The winners are:

K-2nd grade 

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Grow Up, David! written and illustrated by David Shannon

 

3rd-4th grade

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Back to the Future: The Classic Illustrated Storybook written by Robert Zemeckis and Bob Gale; illustrated by Kim Smith 

 

5th-6th grade

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Ghost Boys written by Jewell Parker Rhodes

 

ICPL’s totals have now been officially submitted to Every Child a Reader, the organization that administers the Children’s Choice Award as well as other national literacy initiatives. When the whole country’s votes are tabulated and the winners are announced in a few weeks, ICPL’s patrons will have had a hand in selecting them!

Check out all of this year’s nominees in each age category (and see previous winners t00) at https://everychildareader.net/choice/.