by Kara Logsden on May 27th, 2017
Recently our new Bookmobile rolled into town and we quickly learned it takes a “Village” of dedicated City staff members to introduce a new service to our community. Every day we see the amazing work of our City staff. Whether it’s a friendly greeting, someone clearing trash, an Equipment Division staff member completing a safety inspection, a Transit/Fire/Police staff member talking to children about safety, or many other equally important examples, there’s a lot of work everyday by City staff that contributes to the great community we live in.
The Bookmobile represents a tremendous service expansion for the Library, and it would not be possible without the behind-the-scenes work of many Library staff in addition to the work of staff in many City departments. As we look forward to the start of Bookmobile services on June 1, it’s a great time to say thank you to everyone who made the Bookmobile possible.
Three cheers to the staff members of these City departments who contributed to bringing the Bookmobile to Iowa City: Accounting, City Council, City Manager’s Office, Communications, Engineering, Equipment, Information Technology, Neighborhood Outreach, Parks and Recreation, Police, Purchasing, Refuse, Streets, Transportation Services (including Parking & Transit), and others I missed (I’m sorry!). It definitely takes a Village, and our Village is awesome!
by Kara Logsden on May 16th, 2017
We are having fun introducing the Bookmobile to our community! The joy on the faces of people, especially children, when they come onto the Bookmobile and see all the wonderful books and movies is heartwarming!
Last week the Bookmobile visited a number of elementary schools. The picture in this post shows Alexander Elementary students hearing about the Bookmobile. One student commented, “It’s like the Batmobile … but it’s the Bookmobile” and another said, “I want to live here!” I feel the same way! Read the rest of this entry »
by Shawna Riggins on April 29th, 2017
When you visit the Iowa City Saturday Farmer’s Market this year you may notice one large new participant – Our brand new Bookmobile! On Saturdays in May and June as you stock up on Farmer’s Market goodies be sure stop by the Iowa City Public Library Bookmobile in the Chauncey Swan lot. As a Farmer’s Market shopper and a library go-er, I am pumped about this pairing and I’ve been thinking of all the ways this could come in handy: Read the rest of this entry »
by Morgan Reeves on April 27th, 2017
As the new ICPL Bookmobile is starting to make stops around the community, we celebrated all kinds of things that go this week in storytime. Today, as usual storytime began with our welcome song “Clap Everybody and Say Hello.” I talked a little about different ways of getting from one place to another. Read the rest of this entry »
by Kara Logsden on April 26th, 2017
The Library’s Bookmobile rolled into town on Wednesday April 12th just in time for the National Bookmobile Day celebration at Mercer Park. If you missed this fun event, photos are available here.
A schedule of special events intended to introduce the Bookmobile to our community during the month of May is available on the Library’s calendar at this link.
More information about the Bookmobile, including the Summer Schedule that begins on June 1, 2017, is available at icpl.org/bookmobile. Read the rest of this entry »
by Shawna Riggins on April 3rd, 2017
Help welcome the Iowa City Public Library Bookmobile to town and check out materials from the Antelope Lending Library at the community National Bookmobile Day Celebration at Mercer Park
Wednesday April 12th from 5:30 – 7:30. Celebrating with us will be other vehicles that provide important mobile services such as a fire truck, police car, University of Iowa Mobile Clinic, University of Iowa Mobile Museum, Table to Table van, an IC Transit bus, and more!
Enjoy live music performed by the Dandelion Stompers and free activities courtesy of Zen Den, BackTogether Massage, Katie Ross with ZIPS (Zines in Public Schools) and join in on a book making activity led by Iowa City Parks and Recreation. Have your face painted, make a craft (there will be many to choose from!), get your hands on the bookmobiles’ summer schedules, and nab a special bookmobile-themed giveaway.
With the ICPL Bookmobile’s Summer Schedule start date of June 1st on the horizon, we can’t wait take our new bookmobile out for a spin. There won’t be books on board quite yet, so take this chance to get a unique peek at our freshly built Bookmobile. We hope to see you there!
by Shawna Riggins on March 29th, 2017
The Library is always a hub of excitement as Summer approaches and our countdown to the Summer Reading Program begins. This year, we have even more to look forward to as we prepare to roll out (er…drive out) our brand new Bookmobile.
Though regular Bookmobile operating hours won’t start until June 1, you will likely see our big blue Bookmobile around town in the weeks leading up to the start of the Summer Schedule.
The first opportunity to meet our Bookmobile will be at the community National Bookmobile Day celebration on April 12 from 5:30-7:30 pm at Mercer Park. Along with live music and family fun, you’ll get a unique peek at our Bookmobile during this event; Books and DVDs won’t be on the truck until later in the month. Thank you to our friends at Iowa City Parks and Recreation for hosting this event and providing a book making activity!
Be sure to bring an extra bag to the Farmer’s Market this spring. Your first chance to check out Bookmobile materials will be when the Bookmobile is parked at the Iowa City Saturday Farmer’s Market in May and June.
The ICPL Bookmobile’s Summer schedule will run from June 1 – August 18. View our schedule on our webpage or pick up a printed copy at the Library. We will be around town Mondays through Fridays in the Summertime with some special weekend events you won’t want to miss. To stay up-to-date on Bookmobile news and events, be sure to sign up for our Newsletter, the Windshield.
If you spot us as we are out and about, getting a feel for the route, we’d love to hear about it on Social Media. Find us on Facebook, Twitter @ICPL, and on Instagram @iowacitypubliclibrary.
by Kara Logsden on March 9th, 2017
Coming soon to a stop near you – ICPL’s new BOOKMOBILE!
The Iowa City Public Library is pleased to introduce new Bookmobile services to our community. The purpose of the Iowa City Public Library’s Bookmobile is to offer collections and services beyond the Downtown and extend Library services throughout our community. The idea for a Bookmobile came from months of Strategic Planning and asking a simple question, “What is the best and most affordable way to extend Library services into our community?”
The Bookmobile will have three annual schedule periods. The Summer Schedule (June-August) focuses on serving children and the Fall and Spring Schedules (August-December and January-May) focus on serving people of all ages.
Watch for the Bookmobile to appear around town in May, with a set schedule beginning in June. For more information, visit www.icpl.org/bookmobile. This under construction webpage will eventually be the “online home” of the Bookmobile. Online this week you will see a map with stop location information and photos showing the construction of the new Bookmobile. Check back often for schedule and photo updates.
Ready! Set!! Bookmobile!!!