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Grayson Vol. 1: Agents Of Spyral by Tom King and Tim Seeley

by on June 2nd, 2016
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DC Comic’s The New 52 publishing initiative has come to an end.  Grayson by Tom King and Tim Seeley was easily the best thing to come out of it.  It follows the former Robin, Dick Grayson, after he was outed as Nightwing, killed (he got better) and recruited to become a spy for the organization Spyral.  Comics!  I’d describe Grayson as a crazy sci-fi, spy-thriller.  King and Seeley took a lot of Grant Morrizon’s bizarre ideas from his tenure on Batman and ran with them.  Dick is working as a double-agent for Batman in Spyral.  Spyral has been keeping tabs on the superhero community and slowly figuring out everyone’s secret identities.  Batman wants to know what Spyral knows and wants the once Boy Wonder to undermine their operations.  This puts Dick–now known as Agent 37–in morally compromising situations.  The book also has a sense of humor:  I think of Dick Grayson as the Spider-man of the DC Universe–he’s a quipper.  He knows everyone, and he’s fun.  Even though The New 52 is done, Rebirth isn’t steamrolling everything that came before.  Grayson is still relevant to the DC Universe going forward.  Plus, it’s a great story with great art.  I don’t know how newbie friendly it is.  Batman Incorporated would be a good place to start if you want the background of Grant Morrison’s influence.  Otherwise, you can start with The New 52 Nightwing then Forever Evil.

On Air: Episode 18

by on June 2nd, 2016

Click here to get the episode!

The old gang is back together! Meredith, Brian, Jason, and Melody are chatting about books and travel – destinations they want to visit because of a book or places they’ve actually visited due to reading. They’re also talking about movie adaptations of popular books. Of course, they’ll share ideas of lots of other great books and materials to enjoy.

Books and Travel for Summertime


What we’re reading/watching/listening to

  • 00:41 Jason: The Black Count: Glory, Revolution, Betrayal, and the Real Count of Monte Cristo by Tom Reiss and Day of the Dead by Various Artists (distributed by 4ad)
  • 03:38 Brian: The Strumbellas
  • 06:50 Melody: Shattered by Kevin Hearne (Iron Druid Series)
  • 08:34 Meredith: Audiobooks from Digital Johnson County

Books and Travel (but not Travel Books!)

  • 12:30 Brian: The Road Headed West: a 6,000-Mile Cycling Odyssey through North America by Leon McCarron, Going Somewhere by Brian Benson, Life is a Wheel by Bruce Weber
  • 20:50 Jason: Sixpence House by Paul Collins
  • 25:05 Melody: Mercy Thompson series by Patricia Briggs
  • 30:25 Meredith: Centennial TV Show/book, Road Food by Jane & Michael Stern

Book to Movie Adaptations

  • 33:45 Brian: Fight Club by Chuck Palahniuk
  • 37:50 Melody: Adaptation based on The Orchid Thief by Susan Orlean
  • 39:20 Jason: The Forest of Hands and Teeth by Carrie Ryan
  • 42:43 Meredith: Love Story by Erich Segal
  • 43:58 Brian: Room by Emma Donaghue

Ready, set, BAKE!

by on June 1st, 2016
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If you’re like me, you’re waiting patiently for PBS to air another season of The Great British Baking Show (or The Great British Bake Off as it is known across the pond). And if you’re like me, you’re baking your way through the wait. The show has inspired me to venture out of my baking comfort zone, exploring the shelves of the Iowa City Public Library for new and interesting recipes to try. The library even has a number of cookbooks by your favorite Bake Off personalities. So, on your mark, get set, bake!

Perhaps the best place to start is a baking book by one of the show’s judges. Paul Hollywood’s How to Bake acts as a primer on technique. The recipes here are pretty detailed, offering the how and why to each Read the rest of this entry »

Stories in the Park begins June 8

by on June 1st, 2016

The Iowa City Public Library’s Stories in the Park summertime outdoor reading series begins June 8 and continues through July 29.StoriesInThePark

Stories in the Park will be held at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday mornings at Willow Creek Park, 117 Teg Dr., and 10:30 a.m. Friday mornings at Mercer Park, 2701 Bradford Dr.

In the event of rain, the Wednesday storytimes will be held at the Library and the Friday storytimes will be cancelled.

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.

Children should remember to bring their Library Card, as there will be a selection of books available for check out at each storytime. Children who don’t have a Library Card can sign up at icpl.org/cards. Library staff will be available to issue new Library Cards at Stories in the Park.

This event 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.

ICPL Teen Instagram Scavenger Hunt

by on May 31st, 2016

Have you all signed up for the Teen Summer Reading Program? Because you should. The grand prizes are awesome.

One way to earn a point for the Summer Reading Program is to participate in our Instagram Scavenger Hunt! Post pictures of 10 of the following items:

  1. A yearbook from the year you were born
  2. A bicycle repair book from the Adult Nonfiction section
  3. A library book with a battle on the cover
  4. A library book with people kissing on the cover
  5. Your favorite book from the library
  6. A CD you like in our music collection
  7. A shelfie (a picture of your bookshelves)
  8. A library card in a strange place
  9. You with your library card
  10. A posted rule in the library
  11. Your favorite piece of the Art-to-Go collection
  12. A recipe from one of our cookbooks
  13. your favorite movie from our DVD collection
  14. someone reading in a park
  15. A #bookface selfie (look it up if you don’t know what I’m talking about!)
  16. A librarian flexing his/her muscles
  17. A selfie with your favorite library staff member
  18. A librarian with a copy of a book they’ve been meaning to read
  19. You or a friend eating fruit
  20. You or a friend looking cool in sunglasses
  21. You or a friend on a bike
  22. You or a friend performing a skateboard trick
  23. You or a friend picking up trash to throw away
  24. A newspaper headline from your birthday
  25. You or a friend listening to an audiobook

Tag those images using #ICPLteens and #ICPLscavengerhunt and let Brian, Lillie, or me (Allie) know what your username is so we can see your awesome pictures!  Every participant will be entered into a drawing for a super neat prize at the end of the summer!

ICPL and Iowa City Parks and Rec present Wellness Wednesdays

by on May 31st, 2016

The Iowa City Public Library and the Iowa City Parks and Recreation Department have teamed up to create Wellness Wednesdays as part of this year’s Summer Reading Program – On Your Mark, Get Set … Read!WellnessWednesday

Beginning June 8 and continuing through July 27, Wellness Wednesdays will take place from 1 to 2 p.m. at either the Library or the Robert A. Lee Community Recreation Center, with programs focusing on healthy lifestyles for students in kindergarten through third grade. Join us as we explore all the ways we can live well!

June 8: Swimming
Bring your suits and towels to the Robert A. Lee Community Recreation Center pool where we will learn the benefits of swimming to help us live a healthy lifestyle!

June 15: Martial Arts
Join us at the Robert A. Lee Community Recreation Center as we learn what martial arts are all about. Be prepared to try some new moves!

June 22: Yoga
We’ll meet in Meeting Room A at the Library to learn about yoga and practice basic poses.

June 29: Dance
It’s a Dance Party at the Robert A. Lee Community Recreation Center! Come move along to the music and learn how dancing can lead to a healthy life!

July 6: A Stress-Free Me
Join us in Meeting Room A at the Library as we learn about meditation, coloring, stretching and mindfulness for kids.

July 13: Relay Races
Get ready to tackle our relay races at the Robert A. Lee Community Recreation Center.

July 20: Healthy Eating
Join us in Meeting Room A at the Library as we try different healthy snacks and why we need to learn to eat healthy.

July 27: Zumba
Today is all about learning the benefits of Zumba! Join us at the Robert A. Lee Community Recreation Center as we learn to move to a healthy beat.

The Iowa City Public Library Summer Reading Program will be held May 31 through July 31; registration begins May 31. Patrons can either register in-person at the Library or online at srp.icpl.org.

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

Checking out some bookmobiles

by on May 27th, 2016

We knew a bookmobile could help us further expand library services beyond downtown, but some of us (including me) had never set foot in one!  Over the past year, ICPL staff members have visited several bookmobiles to get a feel for these moving libraries that fit DVDs, magazines, and books for all ages in the size of a bus.

Inside the Scott County Library System bookmobileI’ve been impressed by how bright and inviting bookmobiles can be. Some have cozy wooden shelves like the Ames Public Library’s, and others have modern-looking metal shelving that can be easily adjusted like one bookmobile we saw in the Chicago area.  Many use creative ways to keep small things like board books and music CDs from flying around while driving, some stagger materials for different ages so that taller people can browse behind children looking at the lower shelves, and they all do their best to maximize every last square inch in the space.  (If you like to daydream about tiny houses like me, here’s a variation!)

I had the pleasure of seeing the Scott County Library System’s bookmobile in Eldridge, Iowa last weekend.  Their two-year-old Bluebird-style bookmobile travels throughout the county to residential neighborhoods, parks, gas stations, a farmers market, a swimming pool, a shopping mall, and even a baseball diamond!  They enjoy being out on the road and getting to know the people at each stop.

scottco_bookmobileThis was a meeting of the Midwest Bookmobile Alliance, a group composed of mainly Iowa bookmobiles that includes the Antelope Lending Library, Scott County, Ames Public Library, and now us.  I received some great advice from Cassi and Braeden of the Antelope Lending Library and Cathy of Scott County about all the little details that go into organizing and operating a bookmobile.  We talked about back-up cameras, picking up holds on the bookmobile, climate control, tips for getting a bookmobile un-stuck in the snow, and much more, including Antelope‘s expanded summer schedule in Iowa City.  I shared my dream of broadcasting music from ICPL’s bookmobile like an ice cream truck, and Cathy said their old bookmobile did play calliope music!  Everyone hated it.  :)

We’re excited to be preparing for a mobile library branch that will get out to where you are!   Did you grow up with a bookmobile?  Share with us what you loved about it!

Overdrive Tips: Pick a Winner

by on May 27th, 2016

Sometimes when I’ve just finished a book in Overdrive, I’m at a total loss for what to start next.  CaptureIf you are on the ball, you have been collecting titles in your wish list.  If not, here is one technique I often use: search for award winners.  To do this:

  1.  Click on “advanced search” in the upper right.
  2.  On the advanced search page, click the “all awards” drop down to pick the list.  I’ve been using “Notable Books for Adults” recently and found some things that I enjoyed.
  3.  You might also want to check the “show only items that are available to save some time

Good Luck!

I Found Spot, Can You?

by on May 26th, 2016
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Henry Cole has written and illustrated over 50 books for children including Big Bug, and Unspoken. His most recent delves into the realm of eye spy. Spot, The Cat is a wonderful wordless romp through a quaint urban setting. Readers follow and find a cat appropriately named Spot as he weaves his way through town. Parents and children will have a delightfully difficult time discovering the errant Spot and his pursuant owner.

 

 

Memorial Day Observances

by on May 26th, 2016

Memorial_Day-026Memorial Day is always the last Monday in May, and provides us the opportunity to remember and honor those who have died in service to the United States of America.

According to the U. S Department of Veterans Affairs, Memorial Day originated as Decoration Day and was established several years after the Civil War ended by an organization of Union veterans.  The practice of decorating graves with flowers and flags dates to this time.  After World War I, this day of remembrance was expanded to include veterans lost in all American wars.  In 1971 the U. S. Congress declared Memorial Day to be a national holiday.  In 2000, Congress passed the “National Moment of Remembrance Act” which encourages citizens to pause wherever they are at 3:00 pm local time on Memorial Day “to observe a National Moment of Remembrance to honor the men and women of the United States who died in the pursuit of freedom and peace”.

In Iowa City, there are three Memorial Day observances:

  • Ceremony to honor soldiers and sailors lost at sea will be held on the bridge on Park Road, off N. Dubuque Street, at 8:30 a.m.
  • Celebration at Oakland Cemetery, 1000 Brown Street, beginning at 9:30 a.m., sponsored by the Grand Army of the Republic, American Legion Post 17 and Auxiliary, and the Johnson County Military Affairs Association, and Iowa City Parks and Recreation (see their website for more details).  In case of rain, the ceremony will be moved to Opstad Auditorium at City High School, 1900 Morningside Drive.
  • Memorial Day Service will be held at Memory Gardens Cemetery, 2600 Muscatine Avenue, at 11:00 a.m., by the Johnson County Military Affairs Association with American Legion Post 17.

In Coralville, there will be a service at Oak Hill Cemetery, First Avenue north of I-80, beginning at 11:15 a.m. by the Coralville American Legion and Color Guard.  In case of rain, it will be moved to Coralville American Legion, 901 2nd Street, at 11:30 a.m.





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