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ICPL’s digital collection meets patrons’ technological needs

by Meredith Hines-Dochterman on December 30th, 2014

The Consumer Electronics Association stated that the 2014 holiday season will have the highest level of spending on consumer electronics since the association started tracking holiday spending in 1994. If you received a tech gift this season, the Iowa City Public Library has the digital resources to help your gift reach its full potential.DigitalICPL

  • OverDrive offers eBooks, eAudiobooks and local video that patrons can download to their computer or mobile device anywhere, anytime.
  • TumbleBook Library is an online collection of animated, talking picture books, audiobooks and eBooks for children.
  • Zinio offers cover to cover access to more than 100 magazine titles to download to computers or mobile devices.
  • Local Music Project is a collection of albums by eastern Iowa musicians available for free download to your computer.

Need help understanding your electronic device? The Library also offers drop in tech help in the second floor Computer Lab from 10 a.m. to noon Mondays and Wednesdays, and noon to 4 p.m. on Tuesdays. Senior Tech Zone, drop in tech help for seniors, is available from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. every Thursday.

The Library also offers tech classes on everything from iPad Tips & Tricks to exploring social media sites like LinkedIn and Pinterest. For more information about upcoming classes, including registration, visit

Access to some digital collections are limited to residents who live in the Iowa City Public Library’s service area of Iowa City, unincorporated rural Johnson County, Hills, University Heights and Lone Tree. If you live outside of Iowa City Public Library’s service area please contact your local public library regarding availability of digital collections.

For more information about the Library’s digital collection, visit or contact the Library at (319) 356-5200.

ICPL announces April adult technology classes

by Meredith Hines-Dochterman on March 25th, 2014

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The Iowa City Public Library has released its adult technology class schedule for April.

Library Assistant Jennifer Eilers will teach a graphic design class using GIMP, a free, graphic design and photo editing software with similar capabilities as Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator, from 10 to 11 a.m. on Friday, April 11, and again from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. on Monday, April 21.

Patrons in the class will learn the basics needed to create their own invites, cards or graphics such as cutting out photos, finding and inserting great fonts, and creating shapes. It is a great way for patrons to learn some new computer skills, have fun and get creative. GIMP can be downloaded for free at

Eilers and Adult Services Librarian Candice Smith will host a scanning class from 10 a.m. to noon on Saturday, April 19. Patrons can bring three to five pictures to scan, edit and enhance. The first part of the class will be devoted to scanning photos and the second part of the class will be on editing the photos they just scanned. Patrons can learn to improve their photos’ composition, coloring, exposure, and blurriness or graininess by using the GIMP software.

The adult technology classes 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 to register online. You can also register by calling the Library at (319) 356-5200.