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Popo’s Puppet Festival at Iowa City Public Library Oct. 25

by on October 10th, 2014

The Iowa City Public Library’s annual Popo’s Puppet Festival from 10 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Oct. 25, in Meeting Room A is a Halloween special featuring our favorite clown, Popo. He will be joined by Bony Legs and the Jester Puppets.

Join ICPL staff and puppeteers Deanne Wortman, Dave Panther, Kevin Coble, and Buffy Quintero for a delightfully haunting morning full of jumps, squeals, laughter and activities.

Halloween costumes are optional.

This event will be broadcast live on The Library Channel, Iowa City cable channel 10.

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

Iowa City Public Library presents Visiting the Beyond with Curt Strutz

by on October 10th, 2014

curtParanormal investigator Curt Strutz will be at the Iowa City Public Library at 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 24, to present Visiting the Beyond.

Strutz has traveled far and wide vising haunted battlefields, deserted asylums, historic locations, and known haunted residences. Come to Meeting Room A on Oct. 24 to learn more about his experiences.

Due to the nature of the material covered, including some of the haunting activity and not-so-pleasant history of some of the locations, this program is recommended for teens and adults only.

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

Iowa City Public Library to screen Raising Ms. President

by on October 10th, 2014

The Iowa City Public Library will show a free screening of “Raising Ms. President,” a documentary about raising the next generation of female political leaders, at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 8, in Meeting Room A. raising ms prez

Studies show that when more women are at the political decision-making table, their presence makes a difference. The problem, though, is that many women don’t want to run for office, saying they are underqualified. This is despite the fact that women make up more than 50 percent of the population and workforce, are college graduates, and have higher earning power before their reach their 30th birthday.

“Raising Ms. President” looks at where political ambition begins and how to get more women to run for office in order to create a stronger country and world.

This screening is free and open to the public. It is co-sponsored by the Library, the League of Women Voters of Johnson County, Girls on the Run of Eastern Iowa, and the Girl Scouts of Eastern Iowa and Western Illinois.

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

Planning for the Homecoming Parade

by on October 9th, 2014

drill teamLooking forward to the Homecoming Parade? Or perhaps, you need to plan an escape route out of downtown. Either way, there are a few informational sites to help you get the best seat or find an alternate way around Washington and Gilbert Streets. The parade starts Friday, October 10th at 5:45 pm.

The Press-Citizen has an overview of what to expect from a description of the parade route to street closures. You can find it here:  http://www.press-citizen.com/story/news/local/2014/10/08/iowa-city-announces-closures-changes-ui-homecoming/16948975/

For detailed street closures, no-parking areas, changes to bus routes, and parade parking, check out the City of Iowa City’s announcement from last week: http://www.icgov.org/?artID=10008&navID=1515&type=M

For a map of the parade route, visit the Homecoming Iowa website: http://homecoming.uiowa.edu/parade/

Expect the parade to end around 8 pm.

If you do go, make sure to cheer for the Iowa City Public Library ‘s Book Cart Drill Team, as well as our parade mascot, Book Man.

 

 

Iowa City Public Library celebrates Jackson Pollock

by on October 7th, 2014

The Iowa City Public Library will celebrate American painter Jackson Pollock with two events in October.

At 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 15, the Library will screen “Who the #$&% Is Jackson Pollock?” in Meeting Room A.

“Who the #$&% Is Jackson Pollock?” follows the story of Teri Horton, a 73-year-old woman from California, who spent $5 on a painting she discovered in a thrift shop, only to find out that it may be a Jackson Pollock painting. Horton had no idea who Jackson Pollock was; hence the name of the film.

Released in 2006, this documentary by veteran filmmaker Harry Moses exposes the controversy in the world of high priced artwork, painting a vivid picture of how art is bought and sold in America.

The screening is free and open to the public. Popcorn will be provided.mural

At 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 21, Yvonne Szafran, Senior Conservator and Head of Paintings Conservation at the J. Paul Getty Museum, will present a visual exploration of “Mural,” the University of Iowa’s landmark painting by Jackson Pollock. This presentation is part of The University of Iowa Museum of Art’s Smart Talk series.

“Mural” traveled to the Getty Museum in Los Angeles for two years of intensive analysis and treatment by scientists and conservators. Szafran’s presentation also will include a review of the painting’s creation and early history.

This event is free and open to the public. It is co-sponsored by The University of Iowa Museum of Art, Prairie Lights, and the Library.

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

Iowa City Public Library Channel Changing from 10 to 20

by on October 7th, 2014

Mediacom is in the process of converting local public access channels from analog to digital format. In addition to this, the Iowa City Public Library’s local access channel will move from Channel 10 to Channel 20. These changes will take place on Oct. 29.

Iowa City has six local access channels that will convert to digital-only format at the end of the month. However, The Library Channel is the only channel that also will change channel number.

The Library Channel originates from the Iowa City Public Library. Its primary mission is to extend Library programs for children and adults to a wider audience and to inform the community about Library services.

The Library Channel’s schedule focuses on Storytimes, Children’s Specials, and a variety of adult programs produced at the Iowa City Public Library. Other programming includes live coverage of meetings and events of local non-profit organizations taking place in the Library’s meeting rooms, or local programming provided by the City’s Cable Television Services office which may be of interest to the local community.

The switch from Channel 10 to Channel 20 only affects Mediacom subscribers. A digital converter is needed to view The Library Channel on Channel 20. Most newer televisions have a digital converter. If needed, customers may pick up a digital converter (DTA) device from Mediacom at 546 Southgate Avenue in Iowa City for use for one year at no charge. After that, subscribers will be charged $0.99 per month per unit. They may also call Mediacom at 1-844-274-6753 to arrange for a converter to be sent to their home. Customers may install the Mediacom converter box themselves or contact the company to schedule an installation at a cost of $49.99. Digital-to-analog converters are also available for purchase from local or online retailers.

Mediacom office hours are Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday from 8 a.m. and 6 p.m., Wednesday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Saturday from 9 a.m. to noon.

The Library Channel is not available to satellite customers; however, programs may be streamed online at video.icpl.org.

For more information, call the Library at (319) 356-5200 or email bond-drager@icpl.org.

Don’t forget to order your Arts & Crafts Bazaar T-Shirt!

by on October 7th, 2014

Knitted scarves, recycled stationary, beaded jewelry, and other handmade treasures are appearing at the Library each day as we prepare for the Library’s 3rd annual Arts and Crafts Bazaar.C

If you want to show your creativity and support of the Library “on your sleeve,” purchase an Arts & Crafts Bazaar T-shirt!

You can pre-order your shirt by visiting www.icpl.org/artsandcrafts and clicking on the pre-order button. These exclusive shirts feature an inspirational quote from Maya Angelou, “You can’t use up creativity. The more you use, the more you have.”

Shirts are available in charcoal-black tri-blend, women’s and unisex sizes XS through XXL. Each shirt is $16 and will be available for pick up at the Library on Saturday, December 6 during the Arts & Crafts Bazaar from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. All shirts must be picked up on this date, so stop by the Bazaar to do your holiday shopping for a great cause!

Proceeds from the sale support the Iowa City Public Library Friends Foundation to benefit Library programs and collections.

Why are books on a subject shelved in more than one place?

by on October 6th, 2014

While working at the Reference Desk last week, I got a question from a couple of young students.  More than anything I wanted to give a simple answer that would signal to them that the Library is easy to use.  But no such luck, because the question—Where are your books on prairie plants?—resulted in two places to look.

The Dewey Decimal Classification scheme, used in many public libraries, provides a framework for grouping materials together by subject.  More than 100 years old, the scheme has been resilient and adaptable.  But sometimes it conspires to keep similar things apart, if the approach to the subject matter differs.  I think the best illustration for this is the 500s and 600s.  The 500s are “Pure Science” and the 600s are “Technology,” sometimes referred to as “applied science”.

glareless13   Some examples:

The Dewey Decimal classification numbers in the 530s are about physics, with electricity at 537.   But if you are interested in wiring your house, you would look at applied physics in 621.31924.

In the 580s you find books about the natural history and identification of plants; and in the 600s, you find the books about gardening and cooking with plants.

In the classification number 590, you find books about animals—their history and biology.  But look in the 600s to find books about animals in  the subject areas of farming, cooking, and keeping animals as pets.

Doing a subject search in the catalog will help you identify all the places you can look for what you need.   If you do a subject search for “parrots”, the catalog will send you to 598.71 for “Parrots of the World:  An Identification Guide” and also to 636.6865 for books on training and caring for a pet parrot.  If you do a subject search for “prairie plants,” as I did for the students last week, the catalog will direct you to 581.744 for “An Illustrated Guide to Iowa Prairie Plants” and also to 635.95 for “A Practical Guide to Prairie Reconstruction”.  glareless16

Browsing an area of the collection that you know is one way of finding what you need, but there may be similar items of interest in other areas.  We hope that you will check with staff at the Reference Desk whenever you have a question about where to find a subject that interests you.  Chances are there is more than one place to look, and we can help you find them all.

Lost and Found

by on October 6th, 2014

2014 10 lf resizedI often think someone could write a mystery book about a items left in the Library’s Lost and Found.  Maybe it could be an espionage story about a secret message on an item left at the Library or a heartwarming story about a child being reunited with a favorite stuffed animal.  Regardless, there are many interesting items in the Library’s Lost and Found that may be reclaimed at the Help Desk.

Staff at the Help Desk are the stewards of Lost and Found and can share many interesting stories about items left behind.  Today’s items feature one crutch, a cell phone, a wallet, miscellaneous IDs, a few umbrellas, some homework assignments, and a bag full of wet swimsuits and towels (must have been at the Rec Center pool before stopping at the Library).  A clue to that lost item:  “Anderson” is a monogrammed on the bag.

When we are able to identify the owner of an item (often through their Library Card account) we call or eMail to let the person know the item is at the Library.  Library Cards left at the Library are “stopped” and then mailed to the patron.  Stopped cards must be activated again via a call to the Library or visit to the Help Desk.

Unfortunately we can also tell stories about liquids oozing out of lunch boxes, mold growing in sippy cups, and other unsavory tales of woe.  Because of this, we have a new procedure to throw away anything that goes into the mouth (sippy cups, pacifiers), personal grooming items, and anything else that may illicit an “eeeewww” or strong gag reflex.

So you might ask, “What happens to all the unclaimed items?” Photo IDs and any items of value that have not been reclaimed after a period of time are sent to the Iowa City Police Department.  Clothing and other miscellaneous items are donated to Goodwill.  Papers are recycled and books are considered a donation to the Library.

If you are looking for a lost item that may have been left at the Library, please give us a call or stop by the Help Desk.  If you are curious about found items around the world, there are a number of webpages that catalog found items including Found magazine and foundinbooks.wordpress.com (I should pass along a general disclaimer to the content of these two webpages.  They are not related to the Library and not guaranteed for all audiences. They are amusing though … )

Why do Library Cards expire?

by on October 3rd, 2014

The other day someone asked me what the oddest thing we found left in a book.  I couldn’t think of anything specific, but I do know we frequently have money, checks, photographs, and other items that are accidentally left in Library materials when they are returned.  When we find these items, we attempt to locate the owner.  Updated contact information helps us w2014 10 Library Cardith that.

According to the “Circulation and Library Card” policy, “Library cards expire regularly to confirm address and other contact information.”  We expire cards so that we may periodically check with patrons to assure we have updated information.  Many people are dropping their landlines so this gives us an opportunity to update to a new telephone number.  Also, if you’ve been in the area long, you might feel like half of the town moves on August 1 when leases typically expire.  Cards with apartment numbers expire annually in August so we can touch base with the patron and update an address when needed.

Beyond returning items left in books, we want to make sure Hold Notices are delivered (either via eMail, telephone notification, or U.S. Mail) or we can contact you if you accidentally forgot to return a disc or a puzzle piece that was part of a set.

We also often have keys turned into the Library that have a Library Card attached to the keychain.  Many patrons have breathed a huge sign of relief when the Library calls to tell them a good Samaritan returned their keys to the Library.

We also have contracts with vendors such as OverDrive (eBooks/eAudio) and Zinio (eMagazines) who stipulate we must limit access to people who live in our service area.  The Library’s service area is Iowa City, rural Johnson County, Hills, University Heights, and Lone Tree.  Basically this means that people who live in these areas directly support the Library through their property taxes (thank you!).  Keeping Library accounts updated assures we are meeting the contractual obligations with our vendors.

To help patrons understand why cards expire, we added information to the Library webpage.  If you are wondering what your account expiration date is, you may login to your account.  The date will be listed under your name in the upper left-hand corner.  You may also call us during regular Library hours at 319-356-5200.

If your card is expiring soon, please give us a call or stop by the Library’s Help Desk.  Hopefully you’ll never leave something in a book or lose your keys, but you never know …

 

 





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