Posts Tagged ‘Bookmobile’


No Bookmobile Service August 21-25

by Kara Logsden on August 14th, 2017

2017-04-bookmobile-outside-icplIt’s been a great summer on the Bookmobile! We drove over 1,000 miles, hosted an average of 700 visitors a week, and checked out over 6,000 items. That’s about 6 checkouts per mile 🙂

The Bookmobile will take a break August 21-25. This is a time for scheduled vehicle maintenance, collection updates, and staff training. The new Fall Bookmobile schedule will run from August 28 through December 21. Fall Schedule information can be found HERE – click on the “Fall” tab just above the map. Holds typically picked up at the Bookmobile will be held at the Library and sent out on the Bookmobile on Monday August 28. Patrons are welcome to come to the Library to pick-up a Hold if it has come in. Please go to the Help Desk and ask for a staff member to retrieve your hold.

During the Summer Schedule we focused on going to places to connect with children. During the Fall we’re focusing on connecting with people of all ages. This fall the Bookmobile will be out four days per week, Monday through Friday. Many of the stop times have changed so please take a look at the schedule to see where the Bookmobile stops are in or near your neighborhood.

If you have questions, visit www.icpl.org/bookmobile or call the Library at 319-356-5200. We’ll see you on the Bookmobile!

Finish out your Summer on the Bookmobile!

by Shawna Riggins on August 1st, 2017

Summer is wrapping up at the Library, but you can still make the most of the time we have left! The 2017-03-bookmobile-drawingBookmobile Summer schedule continues through August 18th and the Summer Reading Program wraps up on August 11th.

Are you ready to redeem prizes for completing the Summer Reading Program, but you haven’t had a chance to stop by the Library? Stop by your nearest Bookmobile stop to redeem your prizes and keep the reading going by checking out a book on the go. The Bookmobile collection is comprised of the newest and most popular items in the Library, so I am confident you will find something you can’t pass up!

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No Bookmobile Wednesday July 12

by Kara Logsden on July 6th, 2017

2017-07-bookmobileAfter driving 420 miles through the streets of Iowa City in June, the Iowa City Public Library’s Bookmobile will be out of service on Wednesday July 12th because of scheduled maintenance and warranty work. A Library staff member will be available at scheduled stops for Holds pickup. Regular service will resume on Thursday July 13th.

Stories in the Park, held at 10:30 AM that day in Wetherby Park, 2398 Taylor Drive, Iowa City, will go on as scheduled with a special guest. Becky with West Music will offer a musical program that teaches fundamentals of rhythm, basic motor function, mental dexterity, healthy emotional expression, sociability, and more.

If you are curious about what’s been happening on the ICPL Bookmobile, visit Shawna’s recent blog post here or my June 22nd blog post here.

For more information about ICPL Bookmobile services and the summer schedule, please navigate to www.icpl.org/bookmobile or call the Library during regular business hours at 319-356-5200.

We’ll see you soon on the Bookmobile!

 

Having a Blast on the Bookmobile!

by Shawna Riggins on July 3rd, 2017

July has arrived and our first month of Bookmobile service is in the books! We have had a wonderful time getting to know our community even better since Bookmobile service officially beg19533614_482704608745669_8351687546295549952_n1an on June 6th.

Our most frequently asked question this past month has been “Are you getting plenty of visitors?” The answer is, “Yes, and keep on coming!” We are delighted to be getting to know people who are brand new library users as well as seeing existing library users in new settings. If you’ve visited the Bookmobile recently and seen some empty shelves, that is because people have been loving the Bookmobile SO much, they’ve been clearing us out of books. What a wonderful problem to have! We restock our shelves every morning so there is always something new to find on the Bookmobile. Read the rest of this entry »

Bookmobile Update

by Kara Logsden on June 22nd, 2017

2017-06-bookmobile-lemmeCONNECT … ENGAGE … ENRICH! Bookmobile services are in full swing and we are connecting with our community in new ways, engaging new readers and community partners and enriching lives. It is heartwarming to experience the welcome we’ve received throughout our community.

We’re connecting with new populations in many of the neighborhoods we’re serving. Recently teachers from Lemme Elementary met us at a stop. Not only did they provide popsicles, but also encouraged the students to find their friends and make sure they came out to the Bookmobile (see picture). At the end of the stop, everyone had Library materials, a book bag, and a wallet attached to their book bag that held their Library card. We can’t wait to go back this week!

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Want to Pick Up Your Hold on the Bookmobile?

by Anne Mangano on June 7th, 2017

You’re in luck! You can choose the bookmobile as a hold pickup location right in the catalog.

To put a book on hold (or a movie, cd, art print, etc.), click on the Place Hold button. If you are not logged in, the catalog will ask for your library card number and password. The pop-up window will prompt you to choose a pickup location (downtown for the library building and the bookmobile).

catalogholds-for-patronsIt works very similar if you are looking to put a hold on a specific volume, like the second disc in a television season or the third volume in a comic series. In the same window you pick the volume you want and choose your desired pickup location.

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Want to make a change to your hold pickup location? You can do that in the catalog too! Log into your account and click on HOLDS. Under PICKUP LOCATION each hold has a drop down menu listing the place you are currently set to pick up your hold. To change a location, use the drop down menu to pick the desired location and click on UPDATE LIST. ***You can make this change as long as the title doesn’t say “In Transit” or “On Holdshelf.”*** Once we’ve set aside an item for you, it has made it to its final destination.

changeholdspatronsFind more information about the bookmobile and its stops on our website: icpl.org/bookmobile.

Stories in the Park begins June 5

by Meredith Hines-Dochterman on May 31st, 2017

img_7137_1The Iowa City Public Library’s Stories in the Park summertime outdoor reading series begins June 5 and continues through August 4.

Stories in the Park will be held from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. at the following locations:

  • Monday at Willow Creek Park, 117 Teg Dr.
  • Wednesday at Wetherby Park, 2400 Taylor Dr.
  • Friday at Mercer Park, 2701 Bradford Dr.

Beginning Wednesday, June 7, the Library’s new Bookmobile will be present at all Stories in the Park dates. Children, parents and caregivers should remember to bring their Library Card in order to check out books and DVDs from the Bookmobile. Anyone who doesn’t have a Library Card can sign up at icpl.org/cards. Bookmobile staff also can issue new Library Cards.

In the event of rain, the Monday and Wednesday storytimes will be held at the Library and the Friday storytimes will be cancelled. However, the Bookmobile will still travel to the parks, rain or shine, so visitors can check out items.

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.

Stories in the Park 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’s Bookmobile Service Begins June 6

by Meredith Hines-Dochterman on May 31st, 2017

The Iowa City Public Library Bookmobile’s Summer Schedule will begin Tuesday, June 6.

This date is a delay from the original start date of June 1 due to an accident. The Bookmobile sustained physical damage when it hit a pole in route to a school visit earlier this week, breaking two of the vehicle’s windows. No one was hurt, but the windows need to be replaced, pushing the start of the summer schedule back to June 6.

The Library apologizes for the inconvenience.

Please visit the Bookmobile on June 6 at the following Iowa City locations:

  • 9 to 10 a.m.: Legacy Senior Living, 1020 S. Scott Blvd.
  • 10:30 to 11:30 a.m.: Oaknoll Retirement Residence, 735 George St.
  • Noon to 1p.m.: North Dodge Hy-Vee, 1125 N. Dodge St.
  • 2 to 3 p.m.: Forest View Trailer Court, 1205 Laura Drive
  • 3:30 to 4:30 p.m.: Iowa City Marketplace, 1660 Sycamore St.

Visit www.icpl.org/bookmobile for the complete Bookmobile schedule or call the Library at 319-356-5200.

It Takes a Village …

by Kara Logsden on May 27th, 2017

2017-04-bookmobile-outside-icplRecently 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!

It’s like the Batmobile … but it’s the Bookmobile

by Kara Logsden on May 16th, 2017

2017-05-bmb-at-alexanderWe 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 »