by Stacey McKim on December 6th, 2016
Our exhibit of redesigned book covers has come to a close, and we hope you enjoyed it!
If you contributed one of the beautiful and thoughtful original designs, you may now retrieve your piece from the Help Desk. Thank you for participating!
The centerpiece of the exhibit was this year’s Art Purchase Prize winner. This beautiful redesign of The Oregon Trail by Francis Parkman was made by local artist Doran Pearson and is almost ready for 8-week checkouts. See if it’s available or place a hold.
And finally, if you were inspired to make your own design too late, you can always submit a book cover to the online Recovering the Classics project.
by Meredith Hines-Dochterman on July 13th, 2016
Receiving a letter in the mail was a big deal when I was a child. It didn’t happen often, so the days I’d come home from school and find an envelope with my name sitting on the kitchen table were treasured. I’d rip it open and start reading before taking off my coat, devouring the words the sender shared with me.
I think it’s my love for mail that launched my love of epistolary novels – books written as a series of documents, such as letters and journal entries. There’s something real about these stories because the reader instantly becomes part of the character’s personal life. Then again, there’s also a thrill that comes from reading another person’s journal – even if they are fictional.
You can check out some of my favorite epistolary novels on the new pop-up display on the Library’s first floor, located near the Help Desk. Choices include everything from young adult fiction, such as The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chboksky, to fiction titles, including Attachments: A Novel by Rainbow Rowell.
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by Stacey McKim on March 30th, 2016
Have you seen the current display on the second floor of the library? The amazing variety of lamps, vases, trays, interior design plans, and other items of functional design were made by Professor Monica Correia and her 3D design students at the University of Iowa. Everything is breathtaking, but the 3D printed tank that stores rubber bands is funny, too. If one of the items inspires the maker in you, a selection of design books are on display nearby.
This 3D design exhibit is here until mid-April to coordinate with Monica Correia’s Mission Creek talk on Saturday, April 9 at 1:00pm in the Iowa City Public Library. Her lecture is titled “Digital Technology in the Process of Making Design to Connect” and admission is free.
Other upcoming community displays include the Awesome Autism Awareness and Acceptance Art Project (April 19-May 15), resources for Sexual Violence Awareness Month (RVAP, April 1-21), and a promotion of the Festival of Flowers (United Action for Youth, April 25 – May 25). And I hope you caught the impressive exhibit of UI Scottish Highlanders memorabilia last month!
If your group would like to have a display at the Iowa City Public Library, please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org or (319) 887-6025. Display guidelines can be found at http://www.icpl.org/displays.
by Angela Pilkington on November 9th, 2015
The Iowa City Public Library is pleased to welcome The Rita Benton Music Library’s exhibit, “We Give Thanks for Music: an A-Z list” to the library this November.
The fantastic display with all of the 26 musical concepts is located in the large display case outside of the Children’s Room at the Iowa City Public Library, 123. S. Linn St. The display fits in well with ICPL’s nine month initiative, Music is The Word, which aims to offer music-related programming initiated by the Iowa City Public Library, in partnership with other Iowa City entities, to welcome and introduce the University of Iowa School of Music to downtown Iowa City. Weekly programming will run from September 2015 through May 2016 at the library, unless noted otherwise. The focus will be all things musical and will include performance events for all ages and tastes, as well as non-performance, music related programs, displays and exhibits.
Katie Buehner, Head of UI Music Library says it was hard to pick just one or two reasons to be thankful for music, so they chose 26 musical concepts, instruments, styles, genres, and ensembles (one for each letter of the alphabet) to represent a portion of what makes music great.
“I wanted to share a little bit of everything from our collection – books, scores, recordings – but with some local flavor sprinkled throughout. Several objects highlight the School of Music’s history, and the exhibit contains sheet music selections that hail from Cedar Rapids and radio station WHO.”
There are several items with strong ties to Iowa City and the University of Iowa’s School of Music, including recordings by jazz ensemble Johnson County Landmark, an opera by Iowa professors Philip Bezanson and Paul Engle, and some locally produced vinyl records. Several items from the Music Library’s rare book and score collection are highlighted, as well as early 20th song collections from WHO in Des Moines and ukulele clubs in Cedar Rapids.
This is an exciting year for the Music Library because in just nine months, the University of Iowa Music Library will move into the new Voxman Music Building on the corner of Burlington and Clinton in downtown Iowa City.
To see a list and full detail of all the display concepts visit their website at: http://guides.lib.uiowa.edu/exhibit-givethanksformusic and for an up-to-date look at the ICPL’s Music is the Word events, visit our online calendar at: http://www.icpl.org/mitw .
by Stacey McKim on August 20th, 2015
Just in time for the Soul Fest next week, check out our Behind the Beat exhibit near the magazine area on the first floor. On loan from the African American Museum of Iowa, the display explores the development of African American music from its roots in Africa to modern-day hip hop.
Want more on this topic? I recommend searching the online catalog for music history for books, or search soul music as a subject to find music CDs.
by Kara Logsden on April 29th, 2015
Display on the “T-Walls” at the Iowa City Public Library
The Library Board recently reviewed and updated the Display Policy that governs displays members of the community host at the Library. More information about display space at the Library may be found at www.icpl.org/displays.
According to Board Policy:
The purpose of the Library’s display facilities is to fulfill the Library’s mission and increase awareness of Library resources. The Library provides display facilities for the public and Library use. Exhibits using these facilities shall further one or more of these purposes:
A. To call attention to a theme related to Library services, collections or programs.
B. To bring together Library materials from several subject areas related to a theme of current interest.
C. To highlight current issues, events or other subjects of public interest.
D. To display original art, crafts, photographs or writings created by Iowa artists or contained in traveling exhibits.
E. To explain the activities of, or issues of interest to, local organizations and agencies engaged in educational, recreational, cultural, intellectual or charitable activities.
F. To display interesting collections or hobbies of local residents.
The next time you are in the Library, browse through the many displays at the Library. They are constantly changing and the information shared in informative and entertaining. If you would like to schedule a display at the Library, please call the Library at 319.356.5200 and ask to be directed to Stacey in Community and Access Services.
by Meredith Hines-Dochterman on October 15th, 2014
The Iowa City Public Library will host “Remembering Our Fallen,” a touring photo display honoring Iowa servicemen and servicewoman who have died from wounds suffered in a war zone since September 11, 2001.
The exhibit will be on display in the Library’s first floor gallery Nov. 1 through Nov. 8. The exhibit’s stop at the Library is supported by U.S. Bank.
“Remembering Our Fallen” was created to honor those who made the ultimate sacrifice in the Iraq and Afghanistan wars. Photo exhibits exist in 18 states so that the men and woman who made the ultimate sacrifice will never be forgotten.
In addition to the exhibit, the Library will host a book reading with Miyoko Hikiji from noon to 1 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 5, in Meeting Room A.
Hikiji is the project director for the non-profit group Veterans National Recovery Center in Iowa and an instructor for the “Writing My Way Back Home” workshop. She served with the Iowa National Guard for nine years, and earned 14 military decorations for service. Her memoir, “All I Could Be: My Story as a Woman Warrior in Iraq,” details more than 70 missions throughout the northwest quadrant of Iraq in 2003 and 2004.
For more information, contact the Library at (319) 356-5200.