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ICPL to celebrate Batman Day on July 23

by on July 1st, 2014

Holy celebration, Batman! batman-logo

The Caped Crusader celebrates his 75th anniversary this year, a feat which will be celebrated with special events all year long, including Batman Day on Wednesday, July 23.

DC Entertainment is partnering with thousands of comic book retailers, bookstores, and libraries on Batman Day to commemorate the Dark Knight’s influence in popular culture.

The Iowa City Public Library will celebrate Batman Day with a costume contest and a free screening of “Batman: Mask of the Phantasm.” Don your best Caped Crusader apparel and enjoy an animated film in which we Batman is investigating the murders of several prominent gangsters at the same time his ex-fiancée is back in Gotham City.

Comic book artist Eric Gapstur will draw Batman sketches for anyone who wants one during the movie.

After the film, you’re invited to show us how much you know about Bruce Wayne’s Alter Ego in our Batman Trivia Challenge.

The celebration begins at 2 p.m. in Meeting Room A. It is free and open to all ages.

For more information about the Library’s Batman Day celebration, contact Brian Visser at (319) 356-5200.

For the latest information and exclusive content celebrating Batman’s 75th anniversary, visit www.batman75.com.

The Boundless by Kenneth Oppel

by on June 30th, 2014
The Boundless by Kenneth Oppel Cover Image

Trains, Sasquatches, and a circus make for an exciting combination in this steampunk adventure story from Kenneth Oppel. During the late 1800′s in Canada, Will Everett grows up witnessing the expansion of the continental railroads as the son of the railway company manager. A shy boy with a talent for drawing, he has always wished for adventure, but never seems to find it. Now on the maiden voyage of The Boundless, the longest train ever built, his adventure finally begins, as he witnesses a murder. In order to stay alive and warn his father about the criminal plot, Will disguises himself as part of a circus with the help of an old acquaintance. He teams up with Maren, the highrope walker from his past, and Mr. Dorian, the circus ringmaster who has an agenda of his own. Together, they try to reach the front of the seven mile train before the criminal gang catches them. The journey, full of perils both magical and real, puts Will’s drawing skills and new friendships to the test. As the train reach the snowy mountains, danger finally catches up to the circus trio, and not everyone will escape uninjured.

The only hitch in this otherwise fantastic story, is the present tense narration takes some getting used to for most readers. Overall this is a page turning story bolstered by mild fantasy elements and plenty of detail from a lesser-known period of history, with some edge of your seat moments that lead to a suspenseful climax.

July Teen Events

by on June 30th, 2014

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Here are the upcoming July events for teens at the Iowa City Public Library!

Tuesday, July 1, 2 p.m. Teen Supernatural Party: Join us in the Teen Center to watch episodes of Supernatural. We’ll also have Supernatural themed crafts and activities! Teen Center
Tuesday, July 8, 2 p.m. Smartphone Projector: Make a cool projector for your smartphone. Teen Center
Thursday, July 10, 2 p.m. Candy Experiments: All candy. All science. All fun. Also, we’ll eat candy. Teen Center
Tuesday, July 15, 2 p.m. Video Game Tournament: Bring your game face, because we’re throwing down with Mario Kart 8. Teen Center
Thursday, July 17, 2 p.m. Movie Club–The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug: Get outta the heat, watch a movie and eat popcorn. Teen Center
Tuesday, July 22, 2 p.m. Anime & Manga Club: We’ll watch anime, talk about our favorite manga, draw and trade tips on cosplay. Teen Center
Wednesday, July 23, 2 p.m. Batmania: Batman Day: We’re having an all ages Batman Day celebration. The Dark Knight turns 75 this year, so join us to watch “Batman: Mask of the Phantasm.” Afterwards, wow us with your knowledge of the Caped Crusader during our Batman Trivia Challenge. Meeting Room A
Thursday, July 24, 2 p.m. Minecraft Meetup: Do you play Minecraft and want to meet other Minecraft players? Then join us for our monthly Minecraft meetups! Computer Lab
Friday, July 25, 2 p.m. Teen Comic Book Club: Join us for our Teen Comic Book Club meeting! We’ll discuss Batman Vol. 1: The Court of Owls by Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo. Teen Center
Wednesday, July 30, 2 p.m. Tales of a Teenage Author: Chideraa Okeoma Talks Writing:  Chideraa B. Okeoma, a local teen author, will be in the Teen Center to discuss writing his recently released book “When Mystery Busters Came to Town.”

Families will learn, play during ICPL’s Messy Science Day

by on June 30th, 2014

Experimenting with science can be fun. It can also be messy. For one day, parents, you won’t be the ones cleaning it up. boy-microscope-post

Join the Iowa City Public Library from 10:30 a.m. to noon Saturday, July 12, for Messy Science Day, a fun-filled family event with all sorts of science experiments.

Librarians will set up the lab on the City Plaza, leading participants through experiments that include the creation of chalk bombs and Mentos soda rockets.

Old clothing is encouraged. Everyone will get messy.

Messy Science Day is free and open to the public. For more information, call the Iowa City Public Library at (319) 356-5200.

True Detective

by on June 28th, 2014
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Anchored by terrific performances and beautifully shot, True Detective is so much more than your typical police procedural.  The story follows Louisiana State Police Detectives Rust Cohle and Martin Hart–played by Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson– as they are asked to recollect a bizarre homicide that they solved in 1995.  As they get deeper into the questioning, it becomes obvious that the investigation wasn’t as open-and-shut as it appeared.

The show has a deliberate pace that may turn off some viewers, but stick with it!  Give it until the fourth episode which has a six-minute tracking shot that will blow your mind.  Personally, I was hooked right away by McConaughey’s perfectly delivered nihilistic musings.  There are very few television shows like this.  I cannot recommend it enough.

Free Screening of the Documentary “The City Dark” on July 16

by on June 28th, 2014

Join us on Wednesday, July 16, for a free screening of the acclaimed documentary “The City Dark” at 7:00 p.m. in Meeting Room A as part of the 2014 Adult Summer Reading Program.

City DarkAfter a move from New York City to rural Maine, filmmaker Ian Cheney was surprised to find streets awash in light and a sky devoid of stars leading him to ask the question “What do we lose, when we lose the night?” The film takes viewers on a quest to understand how light pollution affects people and the planet. Along the way, Cheney visits America’s brightest and darkest corners, asking astronomers, cancer researchers, and ecologists what is lost in the glare of city lights. Among those interviewed is Neil deGrasse Tyson, host of the popular PBS series “Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey.”

A NY Times Critics’ Pick and winner of numerous film festival awards, “The City Dark” blends a humorous, searching narrative with poetic footage of the night sky.

For more information, contact the Iowa City Public Library at (319) 356-5200.

Learn About Iowa’s Most Haunted Places on July 15

by on June 27th, 2014

On Tuesday, July 15, paranormal investigator Terry Fisk, co-author of “The Iowa Road Guide to Haunted Locations,” will join us in Room A at 7:00 p.m. to present Iowa Ghosts and the Afterlife.

Black AngelFrom the Sioux City Airport to Iowa City’s own Black Angel of Oakland Cemetery, Fisk will lead us on a ghostly journey to Iowa’s most haunted places. In the introduction of their book, Fisk’s co-author Chad Lewis says ghost hunting “is as much about adventure as it is about ghosts. This is your cure for the ‘there-is-nothing-to-do’ boredom that haunts us all.”

For adults participating in the Summer Reading Program, you can count attending Iowa Ghosts and the Afterlife as one of your Summer Reading Program events.

For more information, contact the Iowa City Public Library at (319) 356-5200.

Iowa City Public Library Will Be Closed July 4

by on June 27th, 2014

The Iowa City Public Library will be closed on Friday, July 4.Closed-sign-tm

Regular hours will resume on Saturday, July 5.

More information on the Library’s holiday hours schedule can be found at: http://www.icpl.org/hours-location/holidays/

Salad Days of Summer

by on June 25th, 2014

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On these long steamy days of summer is there anything that sounds better than a nice fresh salad?

Some people  can create wonderful salads as if by magic.  But I’m not one of those people.  Even wandering through farmers market I get stumped on what would go well together.

ICPL has a some great salad cookbooks.  (Does one cook salad?)  Check out the new Salad pop-up display on the 2nd floor west of the Reference Desk, or at search in the ICPL catalog for subject Salads for some great ideas.

 

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What’s it called when you see rain in the distance?

by on June 25th, 2014

The other day a patron asked what the meteorological term for when you see rain falling in the distance. He said had a bet with a friend, and as I am more than happy to use information-seeking skills to stack the odds, I started searching. It turns out, as I learned, the term he was looking for was “virga.”

According to the National Weather Service, virga is actually “Precipitation falling from the base of a cloud and evaporating before it reaches the ground.” It’s common enough of a phenomenon that I could picture it when he asked, but if you don’t know what that looks like, check out this image from Wikipedia. 

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Thanks to Simon Eugster for the wiki pic!