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The Library Card: A Ticket to Adventure

by Meredith Hines-Dochterman on September 3rd, 2015

I was sitting at my desk Monday when I received a phone call from the Help Desk.

This postcard shows an image of the Fort Dodge Public Library I remember. The Carnegie building closed on November 30, 2000. The new library opened in by the City Square in January 2001.

This postcard shows an image of the Fort Dodge Public Library I remember. The Carnegie building closed on November 30, 2000. The new library opened in January 2001.

“There’s someone here to see you.”

I didn’t have an appointment scheduled, but drop-ins aren’t uncommon, so I grabbed a notebook and pen, and walked to the Library’s first floor.

“There you are!”

It was my parents. They live on the other side of the state, but ever since my dad retired, surprise visits have become a common thing. They don’t last long — my parents left after I gave them a tour of the Library — but they make me smile. (Then I text my siblings to let them know that our parents are on the road again and to be prepared.)

I love giving tours of the Library, be it to people I’m related to or visitors who stop by because they’ve heard great things about ICPL. From the slide in the Children’s Room to the Koza Family Teen Center on the second floor, the Art-To-Go collection and an amazing selection of graphic novels, the Library is a wonderful place that truly has something for everybody.

Author Lilian Jackson Braun says “a library card is the start of a lifelong adventure.” As we celebrate Library Card Sign-up Month, I think back to the adventures I’ve had because of my Library Card. They begin, of course, with the stories I’ve read, but entwined are memories of biking to the Library with friends and that huge feeling of maturity when my mom decided I was old enough to hold on to my Library Card instead of giving it to her for safekeeping.

My very first Library Card was from the Fort Dodge Public Library. It was about the size of a business card, made from heavy beige paper, with a silver bar threaded through it. The card came with a tiny manila-type envelope for safekeeping. I felt so grown up every time I used it. I thought it was amazing that with just this card, I could take home any book I wanted for free.

I still think it’s amazing.

As I led my parents around ICPL, my mom joked that they had to stop by to see if I was actually working. I was always a reader, so it’s safe to assume I would spend my days at a Library and call it my job.

“It’s the perfect job for you, kid,” my dad said as they left to visit one of my younger sisters.

It’s not only a job, it’s an adventure. It’s a Library.

ICPL at ICCSD Elementary Schools Ice Cream Social Night

by Meredith Hines-Dochterman on August 18th, 2015

The Iowa City Public Library will be present at several Iowa City School District elementary school ice cream socials from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 20.

Staff members will attend the back-to-school ice cream socials at Alexander, Hills, Hoover, Horn, Lemme, Lincoln, Longfellow, Lucas, Mann, Shimek, Twain, Weber, and Grant Wood elementary schools to help students and their families apply for a Library Card. Applicants can complete an application at the event and a Library Card will be mailed to their home address.library-card-300x199

“Our attendance at the elementary schools’ ice cream socials is to ensure that all students are prepared for the new school year with their own Library Card,” said Kara Logsden, ICPL’s Coordinator of Community and Access Services. “We understand that families are especially busy this time of year, so we are happy to do what we can to make the Library Card application process easier.”

People also can apply for a card online at or in person at the first floor Help Desk any time the Library is open.

For more information, contact the Library at (319) 356-5200.

Community IDs and Library Cards

by Kara Logsden on July 11th, 2015

Community IDThe Johnson County Auditor’s Office will begin accepting applications for Community ID cards Friday July 17 at 1:00 PM.

UPDATE 7/14/15: Here’s a link to the online application for the new Community ID Cards.

We are excited about the program and hope this will encourage members of our community to use their Community ID card to get at Library Card.

It’s easy to get a Library Card and only takes a couple minutes. The online application is available at It works great to sign-up online at home or you can complete an online application at the Library at any of the catalog terminals.

Once you’ve registered online, stop by the Help Desk to pick up your Library Card.

Adults and students in 7th grade and older should be prepared to show photo identification and proof of your residence address. A Community ID card or Driver’s License fulfils the requirement for both if the current address is listed. Other documents that work for proof of address include a lease, voter registration card, mail with a current post mark or pre-printed checks from a bank.

Students in 6th grade or younger should be accompanied by a parent or guardian who will be asked to show a photo ID and proof of current address.

Three Cheers for the new Community ID program and everyone who made this possible! We look forward to seeing these ID cards at the Library.


by Meredith Hines-Dochterman on May 8th, 2014

Summer-Library-BusAn Iowa City Public Library card is your child’s ticket to ride an Iowa City Transit bus free this summer.

The Library will provide free bus rides to children through 12th grade, and the adult caregivers who are with them, on any Iowa City Transit bus route, from the day after Iowa City Schools dismiss until the day before school starts, on weekdays between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. Eligible bus riders should show their Iowa City Public Library card to the bus driver to gain free access to the bus.

Children can catch a ride home anytime the same day with a Ride & Read bus pass, issued by showing a Library Card at any public service desk at the Library.

Parents, if your child doesn’t have an Iowa City Public Library card, visit for information about how to apply for a card. Applications can be completed online, then stop by the Help Desk within two weeks to pick up your card. You can also apply in person at the Help Desk any time the Library is open. Adults, please be prepared to show photo identification (current driver’s license, lease or passport) and proof of your resident address (current driver’s license, mail with a current post mark; current lease). Photo identification is not required for children.

For more information, please call the Library at (319) 356-5200.