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Great Picture Books to Celebrate Earth Day!

by on April 20th, 2016

Help your little one celebrate and learn more about our planet for Earth Day coming up this Friday, April 22nd! While I believe we should celebrate Earth Day everyday, books are a great way to help kids learn about it in an exciting and relatable way! Here is a great list of earth friendly picture books to honor this day with your child through reading:

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Take Care of The Earth Everyday by Tammy Gagne.   While not a picture book, it is a short book showing how Earth is our home and how to care for it on a daily basis, including recycling, planting trees, and caring for plants and animals.

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The Earth Book by Todd Parr.  A great book that is simple and gives clear examples for how to save the earth as well as easy to understand reasons for why we need to.

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Big Bear Hug by Nicholas Oldland.  This book about a bear who hugs everything in sight is sure to elicit giggles from young audiences, but it also has an important message about preservation.

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10 Things I can Do to Help My World by Melanie Walsh.  This super child-friendly book has beautifully die-cut pages filled with ways that even young children can help the environment, from planting seeds to turning off the lights when they leave a room.

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Gabby and Grandma Go Green by Monica Wellington.  This book introduces to little ones what it means to be green with Gabby and her grandma who have a ‘green day’ together.

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The Green Mother Goose : Saving the World One Rhyme at a Time by Jan Peck.  Mother Goose has gone green-and this playful picture book invites kids to join the fun. These are delightful “recycled” rhymes, perfect for Earth Day.

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Michael Recycle by Ellie Bethel. Michael Recycle tells the adventures of a young superhero whose power allows him to teach people about recycling. The rhyming text and a child superhero is perfect for reading aloud together.

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The Little Recycler by Jan Gerardi. This board book makes the concept of recycling fun and exciting for your little ones, and there’s plenty of machinery interest for those little engineers!

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The Lorax by Dr. Seuss. Last, but not least, the classic Dr. Seuss book that is synonymous with Earth Day. Even though is a long read, is a perfect story on the importance of taking care of our place no matter how big or small you are.

Remember to make Earth Day everyday!

Download this! Interior decorating edition.

by on April 20th, 2016
HGTV Magazine, May 2016

HGTV Magazine, May 2016

A couple of weeks ago, Anne walked us through some of the new interior decorating books. Today I’d like to share what ICPL has to offer on that front in terms of digital magazines. Even if you never plan to shop at Crate & Barrel, you can indulge in the guilty pleasure of flipping through home decor magazines straight from your phone, tablet, or computer.

What did I read over my cereal this morning? Read the rest of this entry »

ICPL Friends Foundation hosts Looking Forward fundraiser

by on April 20th, 2016

The board of the Iowa City Public Library Friends Foundation invites the public to attend Looking Forward, the annual fundraiser for the Library.

This year’s event will be held on Sunday, May 8, at the Library. It is designed to expand horizons, achieve support through reservations and attendance, and continue to build long-standing camaraderie among the Library’s devotees.

The evening begins at 6 p.m. with “The Legendary Duke Ellington,” a presentation by John Hasse, curator of American Music at the Smithsonian Institution. Afterwards, guests will be treated to appetizers and beverages provided by Bread Garden Market & Bakery, Cookie Mom, Deluxe Cakes and Pastries, Motley Cow Café, and ReUnion Brewery.

The cost to attend Looking Forward is $125 per person and reservations are required. An optional one-hour tour of the new University of Iowa School of Music building will be held at 4 p.m. for an additional $25. The tour is open to the first 20 able-bodied guests. Closed-toe shoes and long pants are required; additional safety equipment will be provided.

Click here to make a reservation. Reservations must be received by April 29.

For more information, contact Patty McCarthy, Director of Development, at 319-356-5249 or patty-mccarthy@icpl.org.

ICPL to host Money Smart Week events

by on April 19th, 2016

The Iowa City Public Library will observe Money Smart Week April 23 through April 30 with classes and programs designed to help people improve their financial literacy.

Library users can learn more about MorningStar and Value Line, two leading investment research resources, during our Be Money Smart class on April 26 from 10 to 11 a.m. in the Computer Lab. Library staff will demonstrate how to use these databases, giving users the information they need to be smart investors. Space is limited for this class. Register online at calendar.icpl.org or call (319) 356-5200.

Learn how to protect yourself and your finances at Don’t Be a Victim: How to Avoid Scams from noon to 1 p.m. Thursday, April 28, in Meeting Room A. Staff from MidWestOne Bank will share lessons on how to avoid common financial scams and fraud. This program is co-sponsored by MidWestOne Bank and Johnson County Livable Community. Light refreshments will be served.

Finally, all patrons are invited to participate in DASH for the STASH, a statewide competition to win a $1,000 IRA. To participate, read four Money Smart Week posters on display at the Library, use your Smartphone or Tablet to scan the QR code to access that topical question, and submit your answers.

Created by the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago in 2002, Money Smart Week is a public awareness campaign designed to help consumers better manage their personal finances. For more information about ICPL’s Money Smart Week programs and classes, contact the Library at 319-356-5200.

ICPL Thanks Community for Sharing Stories, Images of 2006 Tornado

by on April 18th, 2016

The Iowa City Public Library would like to thank the community for sharing their memories of the tornado that hit Iowa City on April 13, 2006.

In January, the Library asked for your photographs of the tornado and its aftermath for a digital exhibit commemorating the tornado’s 10th anniversary. The response was incredible. We received more than 2,500 images from the community, as well as video and written stories.

To view the tornado collection, visit ICPL’s Digital History Project website at history.icpl.org. You can also track the tornado’s path through an interactive map pinpointing specific locations of the damage. We’ll continue to add images to the collection as we receive them.

We would also like to thank everyone who told their stories at our Tales from the Tornado, and shared their memories through our tornado display, which can be viewed on the Library’s first floor through April 30.

For more information, call the Library at 319-356-5200 or visit the Digital History Project here.

Fresh Picks: Poetry

by on April 14th, 2016
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As a cataloger, I see a lot of interesting, brand-new books every day. Sometimes the covers and titles are just so interesting I have to take a peek inside. Since it’s National Poetry Month, I’ll share some of the most recent poetry books that caught my eye.

Catch Your breath: Writing Poignant Poetry by Laura Purdie Salas is a great new book full of ideas and inspiration to write your own poetry. It’s full of examples of different types of poems, as well as good writing habits and profiles of famous poets.

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Celebration of the Young Child at the Iowa Children’s Museum

by on April 13th, 2016

Last Saturday families from all around the corridor area explored the Iowa Children’s Museum in “Celebration of the Young Child” event with free admission. Kids attended performances, created make and take crafts and had “Permission to Play” with dozens of community groups devoted to children and families.kids playing

The Iowa City and Coralville Public Library’s staff volunteered their time along with a variety of other organizations dedicated to early education, health and well-being.

The library’s booth had sensory play dough for kids to play, pat, pound, and squeeze. The play dough we provided was made out of simple ingredients found at home and needless to say our booth was a big hit! Recipes at the booth were available and quickly ran out. For families who did not get a recipe, here it is:

4-Minute Play Dough Recipe

It’s the easiest play dough you can make. Get creative and add, essential oils, extracts, 1-2 packages of Kool-Aid, food coloring, cinnamon, cocoa powder, fresh or dried herbs, etc.

Ingredients

  • 2 cups plain flour (all purpose)
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1/2 cup salt
  • 2 tablespoons cream of tartar
  • Up to 1.5 cups boiling water

(Adding in increments until it feels just right)

  • Food coloring (optional)

Few drops glycerin (optional- adds more shine!)

Instructions

  • Mix the flour, salt, cream of tartar and oil in a large mixing bowl
  • Add food coloring to the boiling water then into the dry ingredients (color optional)
  • Stir continuously until it becomes a sticky, combined dough
  • Add the glycerin (optional)
  • Allow it to cool down then take it out of the bowl and knead it vigorously for a couple of minutes until all of the stickiness has gone.    * This is the most important part of the process, so keep at it until it’s the perfect consistency!*

(If it remains a little sticky then add a touch more flour until just right)

The wind began to switch – the house to pitch and suddenly the hinges started to unhitch

by on April 11th, 2016
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Quick, what happened almost ten years ago to the date?  BINGO! The F2 tornado that hit Iowa City on the night of April 13, 2006.  Where were you that night and what were you doing when the twister hit?  ICPL wants to know.  You can stop in the library and add your story to the tornado board and even place your tale on the exact location of where you were that monumental night.  And you can share your photos of the aftermath of the storm with all the world through ICPL interactive tornado map. tornado smallWe already have over 2000 photos but we are looking for more, especially ones from where the tornado first touched down, the south end of town.  On Wednesday, you are all invited to share your stories of the the night of the tornado and the days of recovery afterwards.  Iowa City, while suffering millions of dollars in damage saw not loss of life.

The National Weather Service has linked 15 tornadic events from April 13, 2006 on one page, starting with a tornado north of Marion, Iowa and ending in Alexis, Illinois.  The tornado activity began at 7:40 in Iowa and ended at 10:15 in Illinois.  Wikipendia calls all of the tornado activity that weekend and the following Monday, the Easter Week Tornado Outbreak, as the first tornadoes started on Maundy Thursday, April 13 and ended on Tuesday, April 18.  The tornadoes moved across the plains and prairie and spread a path of destruction.

The library has a wealth of information on tornadoes real and fictional.  Watch Twister, filmed in Madison County, Iowa, or everyone’s favorite, The Wizard of Oz, or better yet, read the L. Frank Baum stories on which Victor Flemming based the his film production.   Look under the subject heading of tornadoes to find out what it takes for the atmosphere to roil to the extent that every home in a town is destroyed and many lives are lost or why in another locality a house can be sucked into a swirling vortex and set down in a field of corn with nary any damage .

And finally, do you know the difference between a twister and a tornado?

We have our Book Madness winners!

by on April 11th, 2016

It was a heated competition, but Ray Bradbury’s Fahrenheit 451 defeated Suzanne Collin’s The Hunger Games to be named ICPL’s 2016 Book Madness champion in the Teens & Adults bracket.

The Children’s bracket winner was Wonder by R. J. Palacio. This wonderful (pun intended) book beat out Erin Hunter’s Warriors series.BookMadness

Nearly 100 patrons turned in completed brackets, but only four had the winning title in their bracket — one in the Teens & Adults bracket, and three in the Children’s bracket. We moved to a point system to determine our winner in the children’s bracket (one point for every correct title moving on to Round 2, two points for every correct title in the Sweet 16, three points for every correct title in the Elite 8, etc.). We will contact the winners this week.

Thank you to everyone who participated in this year’s Book Madness! Remember, you can find a list of all 2016 titles here. Please let us know if there’s a category and/or book title you’d like to see in next year’s competition!

ICPL presents Tales from the Tornado

by on April 8th, 2016

On April 13, 2006, an F2 tornado struck Iowa City, carving a path of destruction that left cars overturned, trees uprooted, traffic lights snapped off their poles, and roofs torn off buildings. Join the Iowa City Public Library as we commemorate the ten-year anniversary of this historic event.

Visit our digital gallery tracking the tornado’s path at history.icpl.org/tornado. Click on specific sites to see photographs of the destruction. This gallery was curated from pictures shared with the Library’s Digital History Project. More images will be shown in a photo exhibit on the Library’s first floor through April 30.

Tales from the Tornado will be held from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 13, in Meeting Room A. Come and listen to tales of the twister, take a pictorial tour of the tornado’s path, and share your own memories.

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





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