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ICPL announces August Classes for Adults

by Meredith Hines-Dochterman on July 20th, 2016

August classes at the Iowa City Public Library are all about being social. The Center and the Library are teaming up to offer beginner and intermediate classes for Facebook and Pinterest.

Our beginners’ class will be held at 10 a.m. Friday, Aug. 5, at the Senior Center with Facebook Basics and Beyond. Participants will discuss the Facebook interface, go over privacy settings, and get a feel for how they can connect and stay connected to friends and family.

What is Pinterest? is the second social media class being offered with the beginner user in mind. Join us at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 13, in the Computer Lab at the Library. Check out how Pinterest is used by learning to navigate the interface and understand how pins are shared and followed.

To follow-up on this class, users can also take the intermediate class, Pinterest Tips and Tricks, which will also be held at 12:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 13. Discover how to organize and use your Pinterest account to the fullest potential!

Facebook Tips and Tricks is the new intermediate class that is being offered twice in August. Come and learn how to get control of your timeline and home feed. Find new ways to connect on Facebook by creating an event or group. Classes will be held at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 16, at The Center and 2 p.m. Monday, Aug. 29, at the Library.

Classes will be held in the Computer Lab on the second floor of the Library and in room 208 at the Senior Center. Classes are taught by an ICPL librarian. Classes are free, but space is limited, so patrons should register early.

Visit www.icpl.org/classes to register online for classes held at the Iowa City Public Library. You can also register by calling the Library at 319-356-5200. To register for classes at The Center, call 319-356-5220.

B.Y.O.Book Upcoming Events

by Candice Smith on July 8th, 2016
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If you’re in the mood for a little reading, eating, and talking, think about joining us at one of our B.Y.O.Book meetups. For the Summer/Fall series, we will be celebrating the exhibition of Shakespeare’s First Folio at the University of Iowa Main Library Gallery (August 29-September 25) by featuring a nonfiction book about Shakespeare’s work and two fiction books that have Shakespearean themes. This will be a very unique opportunity to read a book (or three) by or about one of the world’s most famous and influential writers, while at the same time having the chance to view the first printing of his collected plays.

Tuesday, August 2, 6-7 p.m. at The Mill (120 E. Burlington St.) we will be discussing Aldous Huxley’s Brave New World.

Tuesday, September 20, 6-7 p.m. at Share Wine Lounge & Small Plate Bistro (in the Sheraton Hotel) we will be discussing Andrea Mays’ The Millionaire and the Bard: Henry Folger’s Obsessive Hunt for Shakespeare’s First Folio.

Tuesday, October 18, 6-7 p.m. at Northside Bistro (203 N. Linn St.) we will be discussing Emily St. John Mandel’s Station Eleven: a Novel.

There will be a limited number of copies of the books available at the second floor Info Desk in the Library. If you have questions or want more information, please call 356-5200, or email candice-smith@icpl.org or jason-paulios@icpl.org

We hope you can join us!

The Adult Summer Reading Program is halfway over – but there’s still time to join in the fun!

by Beth Fisher on June 30th, 2016

July 1st is here!  That means we’re halfway through the 2016 Summer Reading Program. But you still have time to play along.

This year, participation is even easier – you can do it online or with a paper game-card available at any public service desk in the Library.   For people 18 and over, all you have to do is complete 5 activities.  You can read 5 books of your choosing, or use one of the suggestions on the came card or from a recommended list on the Summer Reading Program 2016 website

Some of the Reading List topics you’ll find on the SRP website:gooreads choice

  • Adventures on a Bike
  • Books Becoming Movies in 2016
  • Change your life one book at a time
  • Explore Iowa
  • Fiction Set in Iowa
  • Goodreads Choice Awards 2015: Best Fiction
  • If You Can’t Stand the Heat, Get Out Of The Kitchen – Grilling & Barbecue Cookbooks
  • NPR’s Book Concierge Best Biographies & Memoir 2015
  • Wanderlust – True Stories of Exploration and Adventure

NOTE:  Sorry, I can’t make a direct link into the Summer Reading Program website.  You have to log in to see the book list.  (And you want to, you really do!)
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ICPL announces July Classes for Adults

by Meredith Hines-Dochterman on June 15th, 2016

Want to learn more about your iPad? The Iowa City Public Library is offering several classes that help beginning and intermediate users get a better handle on their device.ipad

Get an in-depth look at the camera, photo, and video apps for your Apple device at our Apple App Class: Camera, Video, and Photo. Learn how to easily edit, store, and share your photos and videos. This class will be offered twice in July: first at 11 a.m. on Friday, July 8, and again at 12:30 p.m. on Saturday, July 16.

Join us at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, July 16, or 1 p.m. Monday, July 25, for a tutorial on how to use your iPad’s organizational apps. Our Apple App Class: Organizational Tips will discuss how to use the Maps app and other managerial apps like Notes, Calendar, and Reminders.

Classes will be held in the Computer Lab on the second floor of the Library. Classes are free, but space is limited, so patrons should register early.

Visit www.icpl.org/classes to register online. You can also register by calling the Library at 319-356-5200.

ICPL announces June Classes for Adults

by Meredith Hines-Dochterman on May 23rd, 2016

Want to know more about your family’s heritage? In the month of June, the Iowa City Public Library will have classes for the amateur genealogist. These classes will introduce patrons to the process for organizing their research and using the Library’s genealogy resources including Ancestry.com.

Join us at 10 a.m. Friday, June 3, for the “Introduction to Genealogy” class. Get your search started in the right direction by learning which questions to ask and how to record and keep track of your research. You will also find out the best resources to use when finding your ancestors.

Beginning or in the midst of a genealogy project?  You can come to the Library’s “Using Ancestry.com for Genealogy” class on Friday, June 13, at 2 p.m. or Tuesday, June 21 at 10 a.m. Learn how to use our online genealogy resources like Ancestry.com and HeritageQuest to help solve your family tree mysteries. These resources can be accessed at the Library for free without purchasing a subscription.

All classes for adults are held in the Library’s Computer Lab on the second floor. Classes are free, but space is limited, so patrons should register early.

Visit www.icpl.org/classes to register online. You can also register by calling the Library at 319-356-5200.

ICPL announces May Classes for Adults

by Meredith Hines-Dochterman on April 29th, 2016

May is National Historic Preservation month and the Iowa City Public Library will celebrate by honoring local historian, Irving B. Weber. To honor your personal history, join us for computer classes that focus on genealogical research, and photo preservation and restoration.

Join us for a two-part class where you can learn how to restore a scanned image by using GIMP, a free, open source software similar to Adobe Photoshop. Part one, to be held at 11 a.m. on Friday, May 13, will focus on using the GIMP software and doing basic skills in the program like cropping and resizing images.

Part two of this series focuses on photo correction. Learn to transform the original item by filling small areas of damage like water spots or balancing faded colors. In order to participate in the second part of this series, participants should have a good understanding of GIMP’s interface and tools. Class for Restoring Scanned Images Part II will be held at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, May 17.

Want to learn how to take care of your digital photo collection? On Saturday, May 2, come to another two-part class beginning at 10:30 a.m. Begin by getting crash course on important terminology and digital photo file types. Then at 12:30 p.m. learn the key steps needed to preserve your digital photos using metadata and tools like Picasa, Apple Photos, and Adobe Lightroom.

Finally, the month wraps up with an Introduction to Genealogy at 4 p.m. Monday, May 23. A librarian will help you get started by talking about what questions to ask, how to keep track of your research, and places you might want to search.

All classes for adults are held in the Library’s Computer Lab on the second floor. Classes are free, but space is limited to 10 people per program, so patrons should register early.

Visit www.icpl.org/classes to register online. You can also register by calling the Library at 319-356-5200.

ICPL announces March Classes for Adults

by Meredith Hines-Dochterman on February 25th, 2016

Are you creative? Do you enjoy learning new computer skills? The Iowa City Public Library will be teaching classes on GIMP, free graphic design software, and YouTube which has a built-in video editor in March. When you learn how to use these tools, you can edit and create personalized videos, or make cards, invites and other graphics on the computer.

Our Beginning Graphic Design: Part I class will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday, March 8, and again at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, March 19. Learn to use the GIMP interface by creating a project in which you download a picture from a website, import a picture from the computer, and resize and crop an image.

Part II of the Graphic Design class will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday, March 15, and 12:30 p.m. Saturday, March 19. Participants will learn how to draw a shape, color a shape using different editing tools, draw a line, and edit simple shapes captured from the internet. In order to take part in this class, registrants must have taken Beginning Graphic Design I or have previous experience with GIMP.

If Graphic Design isn’t part of your creative niche, attend one of our YouTube classes. Learn to use YouTube’s video editing tools to improve your own digital videos by adding transitions, trimming clips, adding titles, adding filters, and more. This class is offered at 10 a.m. Friday, March 25, and 2 p.m. Monday, March 28.

All classes for adults are held in the Library’s Computer Lab on the second floor. Classes are free, but space is limited, so patrons should register early. Visit www.icpl.org/classes to register online. You can also register by calling the Library at 319-356-5200.

2015 Art Purchase Prize winners

by Candice Smith on October 16th, 2015

This year’s Art Purchase Prize contest has resulted in the purchase of eight new works of original art. During the annual contest, the Library solicits art from artists who live, work, or exhibit in the Iowa City area; the art is then judged by the Library’s Art Advisory Committee, made up of six local residents who are involved with, and have an interest in, the arts. Iowa City has a very vibrant and active arts community, and the contest always brings in a wonderful variety of entries.

The art will be on display during the months of December and January, and then will be added to the Library’s Art-To-Go collection of framed artwork. Works from this collection can be checked out for two months by anyone with an ICPL library card.

The winning entries are: Calliope (water soluble oil on paper, monotype) by Pamela Read; Contact (oil on canvas) by John Tiffany; Ghosts of the Mississippi: Blackhawk Bridge (photograph) by Rebecca Miller; It’s Almost 1997 (oil on paper) by Phil Ochs; Red Barn & Winter Trees (acrylic on canvas) by Lianne Westcot; Still Life with Metal Pitcher & Pears (watercolor and pastel on paper) by David Noyes; and View From Overpass I & II  (charcoal on paper) by Joe McKenna.

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Author Jane Smiley at ICPL on Oct. 26

by Meredith Hines-Dochterman on October 12th, 2015
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The Iowa City Public Library and Prairie Lights are pleased to welcome Pulitzer Prize-winning author Jane Smiley to the Library on Monday, Oct. 26.

Smiley will read from her latest novel, Golden Age; the much-anticipated final volume in her Last Hundred Years trilogy, at 7 p.m. in Meeting Room A. Following Some Luck and Early Warning, Golden Age follows the next generation of Langdons in the 1980s as they face economic, social, political and personal challenges.

Smiley was born in California, but grew up in a suburb of St. Louis. After getting her BA at Vassar College in 1971, she traveled in Europe for a year before moving to Iowa City, where she subsequently earned an MA (1975), MFA (1976), and PhD (1978) at the University of Iowa. In 1981, she went to work at Iowa State University, where she taught until 1996.

She published her first novel, Barn Blind, in 1980. Her fifth novel, A Thousand Acres, a story based on William Shakespeare’s King Lear, received the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction in 1992. It was adapted into a movie of the same name in 1997, starring Michelle Pfeiffer, Jessica Lange, Jason Robards and Colin Firth.

Prairie Lights will have Smiley’s books available for purchase at the event.

Smiley’s reading will be broadcast live on The Library Channel, Iowa City cable channel 20.

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

ICPL announces October Classes for Adults

by Meredith Hines-Dochterman on September 25th, 2015

October’s computer classes for adults at the Iowa City Public Library bring users back to the basics. Investigate how the hardware in your computer makes it such a powerful machine, and learn how to empower yourself to surf social media and the internet safely.

Our Internet Safety: Protecting Your Privacy class will be held at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 7. Learn how to protect yourself and your privacy when browsing the internet, making a purchase or doing online banking.

Our Social Media Safety: Protecting Your Online Privacy class will be held at 5:30 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 12. This class will focus on the advantages and disadvantages of using privacy settings on several social networking sites. Learn how to adjust your privacy settings and discover what information is already out there online about you.

Two classes are scheduled for The Computer: Let’s Talk Hardware course. One will take place at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 20. The other will be held at 10 a.m. on Friday, Oct. 30. Get ready and roll up your sleeves for some hands on activities which will help you explore the inside of a computer.

All classes for adults are held in the Library’s Computer Lab on the second floor. Classes are free, but space is limited to 15 people per program, so patrons should register early.

Visit www.icpl.org/classes to register online. You can also register by calling the Library at 319-356-5200.




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