Digital Workshops offered at Iowa City Public Library

by on June 2nd, 2017

This summer, the Iowa City Public Library will host creative workshops every Wednesday from 5 to 6 p.m. in the second floor Computer Lab. The first workshop will be held on Wednesday, June 7. The series will continue through August.

During this time, a librarian will be available to help patrons with a variety of digital projects. Computers with Photoshop, Illustrator, Premiere Pro and other popular Adobe Creative Suite products will be available for use. Participants are encouraged to bring photos for editing, ideas for logos, clips to create a movie, or other digital files that need finessing.

This is not a class, but patrons who want to learn and experiment with the software are welcome. Experience with this software is not required to take part in the workshops. Staff will point participants to online tutorials and other resources as needed.

There are a limited amount of seats for this workshop. Registration is not required, but it is encouraged. Register online at http://calendar.icpl.org/categories/classes-tech-help or call the Library at 319-356-5200.

ICPL to Host Front Porch Story on June 7

by on June 1st, 2017

Trevor Harvey, one of the co-founders of the Longfellow Neighborhood Front Porch Music Festival, will share how the festival became an annual event during Front Porch Story from 7 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, June 7, in Meeting Room A at the Iowa City Public Library.

Now in its third year, the Front Porch Music Festival is a neighborhood celebration of music-making featuring musicians of all ages and experience. Their performances, which take place on porches throughout the neighborhood, showcase a wide range of musical styles and traditions, including jazz, classical, folk and rock.

Harvey’s presentation will discuss the value of music in building and sustaining communities. He’ll be joined by other festival organizers and performers, who will get the audience jazzed for the 2017 festival, which will be held from 2 to 5:30 p.m. on Saturday, June 10.

Front Porch Story is part of the 2017 Adult Summer Reading Program, which begins June 1. For more information about the summer reading program, visit srp.icpl.org or call the Library at 319-356-5200. For more information about Front Porch Music Festival, visit frontporchmusicfestival.com.

Stories in the Park begins June 5

by on May 31st, 2017

img_7137_1The Iowa City Public Library’s Stories in the Park summertime outdoor reading series begins June 5 and continues through August 4.

Stories in the Park will be held from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. at the following locations:

  • Monday at Willow Creek Park, 117 Teg Dr.
  • Wednesday at Wetherby Park, 2400 Taylor Dr.
  • Friday at Mercer Park, 2701 Bradford Dr.

Beginning Wednesday, June 7, the Library’s new Bookmobile will be present at all Stories in the Park dates. Children, parents and caregivers should remember to bring their Library Card in order to check out books and DVDs from the Bookmobile. Anyone who doesn’t have a Library Card can sign up at icpl.org/cards. Bookmobile staff also can issue new Library Cards.

In the event of rain, the Monday and Wednesday storytimes will be held at the Library and the Friday storytimes will be cancelled. However, the Bookmobile will still travel to the parks, rain or shine, so visitors can check out items.

Stories in the Park is an outdoor storytime geared toward children between the ages of three and six. All children in attendance need to be accompanied by a parent or adult caregiver.

Stories in the Park is co-sponsored by the Iowa City Parks and Recreation Department and the Iowa City Public Library. For more information, please call the Library at 319-356-5200.

Learning to Sew

by on May 31st, 2017
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My mother is a talented seamstress. Everything she sews has a professional look from the curtains on her windows to my childhood Halloween costumes. She hems pants, takes in shirts, and replaces zippers with ease. But she did not transfer any of these skills to me. Since I live half a country away, I cannot have her “help” me with her projects, so this year, I decided to learn to sew and these books helped immensely.

Need help demystifying the sewing machine? Marie Clayton’s How to Use a Sewing Machine is your best bet. The book goes over everything you need to know about the machine, from adjusting tension to Read the rest of this entry »

ICPL’s Bookmobile Service Begins June 6

by on May 31st, 2017

The Iowa City Public Library Bookmobile’s Summer Schedule will begin Tuesday, June 6.

This date is a delay from the original start date of June 1 due to an accident. The Bookmobile sustained physical damage when it hit a pole in route to a school visit earlier this week, breaking two of the vehicle’s windows. No one was hurt, but the windows need to be replaced, pushing the start of the summer schedule back to June 6.

The Library apologizes for the inconvenience.

Please visit the Bookmobile on June 6 at the following Iowa City locations:

  • 9 to 10 a.m.: Legacy Senior Living, 1020 S. Scott Blvd.
  • 10:30 to 11:30 a.m.: Oaknoll Retirement Residence, 735 George St.
  • Noon to 1p.m.: North Dodge Hy-Vee, 1125 N. Dodge St.
  • 2 to 3 p.m.: Forest View Trailer Court, 1205 Laura Drive
  • 3:30 to 4:30 p.m.: Iowa City Marketplace, 1660 Sycamore St.

Visit www.icpl.org/bookmobile for the complete Bookmobile schedule or call the Library at 319-356-5200.

It Takes a Village …

by on May 27th, 2017

2017-04-bookmobile-outside-icplRecently our new Bookmobile rolled into town and we quickly learned it takes a “Village” of dedicated City staff members to introduce a new service to our community. Every day we see the amazing work of our City staff. Whether it’s a friendly greeting, someone clearing trash, an Equipment Division staff member completing a safety inspection, a Transit/Fire/Police staff member talking to children about safety, or many other equally important examples, there’s a lot of work everyday by City staff that contributes to the great community we live in.

The Bookmobile represents a tremendous service expansion for the Library, and it would not be possible without the behind-the-scenes work of many Library staff in addition to the work of staff in many City departments. As we look forward to the start of Bookmobile services on June 1, it’s a great time to say thank you to everyone who made the Bookmobile possible.

Three cheers to the staff members of these City departments who contributed to bringing the Bookmobile to Iowa City: Accounting, City Council, City Manager’s Office, Communications, Engineering, Equipment, Information Technology, Neighborhood Outreach, Parks and Recreation, Police, Purchasing, Refuse, Streets, Transportation Services (including Parking & Transit), and others I missed (I’m sorry!). It definitely takes a Village, and our Village is awesome!

Pox in the park

by on May 26th, 2017

pesthouseThere are many reasons to take some time and visit Hickory Hill Park: have a picnic in the shelter at the Bloomington St. entrance, take a leisurely stroll and see some native wildflowers, go for a run and get a good workout on the hill up to Pappy Dickens’ Preserve, or go and have a nice, quiet sit at one of the many benches that have been installed recently. But hey, maybe you prefer a little disease and/or history when you’re in the park? If so, then I’ve got a walk for you…we’re going to visit the pest house in Hickory Hill Park!

Pest houses were used for a number of years to provide quarantine of patients who were infected with communicable diseases such as small pox and tuberculosis; this was the solution during a time when many hospitals did not have isolation wards and vaccinations had not been implemented to such a degree that the disease was wiped out. It may seem incredibly antiquated, but even Iowa City had a number of pest houses during the years of 1881-1920s; the one in Hickory Hill was the last. While there is very little to see there, we will be able to fill in the picture a bit with information from old Press Citizen articles and a few pictures from Margaret Beck, Assistant Professor in the UI Anthropology Department, who did a mapping project of the site in 2011. If you can’t make the walk with us, but are interested in learning more, stop by the Info Desk at the Library to use our databases, microfilm, and other historical resources.

Little Fox in the Forest

by on May 26th, 2017

Related imageIn the mood for something cute? Stephanie Graegin’s debut picture book as author and illustrator, Little Fox in the Forest, is a wordless triumph. The story is heartfelt and the pacing of the narrative is perfect for younger readers. This is certainly a book that little ones and adults will enjoy perusing over and over with a great message of friendship. Greagin has illustrated a number of other books in our collection so be sure to check them out.

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ICPL Summer Bus Program Begins June 1

by on May 25th, 2017

An Iowa City Public Library card is your child’s ticket to ride an Iowa City Transit bus free this summer.

The Library will provide free bus rides to children through 12th grade, and the adult caregivers who are with them, on any Iowa City Transit bus route traveling to the downtown interchange, between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. every weekday beginning Thursday, June 1. Eligible bus riders should show their Iowa City Public Library card to the bus driver to gain free access to the bus. Children can catch a ride home anytime the same day with a Ride & Read bus pass, which is issued by showing a Library Card at any public service desk at the Library.

Parents, if your child doesn’t have an Iowa City Public Library card, visit www.icpl.org/cards/ for information about how to apply for a card. Complete your application online, then stop by the Help Desk within two weeks to pick up your card. You can also apply in person at the Help Desk any time the Library is open. Adults will need to show photo identification (current driver’s license or passport) and proof of resident address (current driver’s license, mail with a current post mark, current lease) in order to obtain a Library Card.

Photo identification is not required for children under age 14.

The summer bus program ends the week day before the first day of school.

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

Dine Out to Support ICPL

by on May 24th, 2017

Here’s a novel idea: take the night off from preparing dinner and go out to eat. Better yet, have dinner out and support the Iowa City Public Library Friends Foundation at the same time.

The Foundation has partnered with local restaurants for a new fundraising program: Eat Out to Read. On Wednesday, June 7, dine at Motley Cow Café at 160 N Linn St. anytime between 5 and 9 p.m., and a percentage of your tab will be given to the Friends Foundation.

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