Posts Tagged ‘Adult Events’


Who is ready for a good old walk? And a little local history?

by Candice Smith on April 10th, 2018

And I do mean a good old walk!

On November 5, 1881, Anton Stein woke up, had coffee in the guest house he was at on Dubuque St., then went and murdered his wife. In between those disparate acts, he made a couple stops. On his walk, he would have gone past some buildings that are no longer there, while others we still see today; he visited businesses that are long gone, but their owners and functions left their mark on our downtown. He would have passed by the many people who were making their way in an Iowa City that was barely forty years old, hard-scrabble and burgeoning at the same time.

Using various local history resources that the Library has and provides access to, we’ve been able to recreate the short walk that Anton Stein took. We’ve also filled in the story of what happened to the people involved, and gained an idea of what our city looked like at that time. Want to learn more? Join us for an ICPL History Walk: The Lizzie Hess Murder, on Saturday, May 5. There are walks scheduled at 2:30 and 7:00 p.m., and registration is required. The walk should last about 1-1.5 hours, and is about one mile total. The 2:30 walk will meet inside the Library lobby, and the 7:00 right outside the lobby in the pedmall.

Register for the 2:30 walk.
Register for the 7:00 walk.

This program is part of ICPL’s Weber Days, a series of Local History programs and events honoring the memory and work of Iowa City Historian Irving B. Weber. If you have any questions, please contact Candice Smith at csmith@icpl.org or 319-887-6031

Pox in the park

by Candice Smith on May 26th, 2017

pesthouseThere are many reasons to take some time and visit Hickory Hill Park: have a picnic in the shelter at the Bloomington St. entrance, take a leisurely stroll and see some native wildflowers, go for a run and get a good workout on the hill up to Pappy Dickens’ Preserve, or go and have a nice, quiet sit at one of the many benches that have been installed recently. But hey, maybe you prefer a little disease and/or history when you’re in the park? If so, then I’ve got a walk for you…we’re going to visit the pest house in Hickory Hill Park!

Pest houses were used for a number of years to provide quarantine of patients who were infected with communicable diseases such as small pox and tuberculosis; this was the solution during a time when many hospitals did not have isolation wards and vaccinations had not been implemented to such a degree that the disease was wiped out. It may seem incredibly antiquated, but even Iowa City had a number of pest houses during the years of 1881-1920s; the one in Hickory Hill was the last. While there is very little to see there, we will be able to fill in the picture a bit with information from old Press Citizen articles and a few pictures from Margaret Beck, Assistant Professor in the UI Anthropology Department, who did a mapping project of the site in 2011. If you can’t make the walk with us, but are interested in learning more, stop by the Info Desk at the Library to use our databases, microfilm, and other historical resources.

ICPL to Host Community Seed Share

by Meredith Hines-Dochterman on March 23rd, 2017

Interested in starting a vegetable or flower garden this spring, but don’t want to invest in large quantities of seeds? Do you have extra seeds that you’d like to share with other gardeners? Come to the Iowa City Public Library from 2 to 3:30 p.m. Sunday, April 2, for a Community Seed Share!seedshare

Sponsored by the Library and the Iowa State Extension Master Gardeners of Johnson County, this event is a great opportunity to share seeds you’ve saved or get some free seeds to try growing something new.

This event is part of the JCMG Growing Together efforts to reduce food insecurity in Johnson County. With donations from Burpee, Baker Seeds and Seed Savers, nearly 30 varieties of vegetable, herb and flower seeds will be available.

The event is free and open to all – you do not have to bring seeds to participate. Seeds will be available on a first come, first served basis, so attendees are encouraged to arrive early.

If you need disability-related accommodations in order to participate in this event, please contact the Library at 319-356-5200.

ICPL announces January Classes for Adults

by Meredith Hines-Dochterman on December 16th, 2016

Want to learn more about your Apple or Android tablet or smartphone? In January, the Iowa City Public Library will offer several classes that help beginning and intermediate users get a better handle on their hand-held devices.

Join us at 11 a.m. on Friday, January 13, for iPad Tips and Tricks. This class is offered for the intermediate iPad user. Learn how to customize your device, keep your iPad safe, and get the most out of your device’s memory.

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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.