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Displays @ ICPL

by Kara Logsden on April 29th, 2015
Display on the "T-Walls" at the Iowa City Public Library

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

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.

Poetry Month events at ICPL

by Beth Fisher on April 8th, 2015


April is National Poetry Month

ICPL is hosting a variety of programs to celebrate:



Landscape Iowa:

Poems of James Hearst, Sung.

Wednesday, April 8th  7:00 p.m.

Meeting Room A

Dr. Scott Cawelti explores the life and poetry of Iowa farmer-poet James Hearst.  Dr Cawelti puts the poetry of James Hearst to music, accompanying himself on accoustic steel-string guitar.   *This event is sponsored in party by Humanities Iowa and the National Endowment for the Humanities.



Totally Tweens: Poetry Workshop

Saturday, April 11th 2:00 p.m.

Meeting Room A

Tweens are invited to write their own peoms and learn about various poetic forms from haiku, concrete poems, acrostic poems, limericks, etc. Participants may share their poems aloud with the group if they wish. All mateirals will be provided. Refreshemnts will be served.  A poetry slam will take place the last 15 minutes of the workshop, with parents invited.  Registration is required, click here  or  call the library at 319-356-5200 to register.


Poetry Month Open Mic Night

Monday, April 13th 7:00 p.m.

Meeting Room A

Read your favorite poem.  It can be your own work or the work of another poet you admire.  Limit of 5 minutes per reader.

Where in the World:  Places in Poetry

Tuesday, April 28th, Noon

Meeting Room A

Members of the Iowa City/Johnson County Senior Center group “Reading Aloud” will be reading poems about places.  * This event is cosponsored by the Iowa City/Johnson County Senior Center.

Stop by and check out the Library’s Poetry Month displays on the first and second floors,  or express yourself with our giant magnetic poetry game on the 2nd floor.


March is National Craft Month

by Beth Fisher on March 12th, 2014
March is National Craft Month Cover Image

National Craft Month What a GREAT idea!  A whole month dedicated to crafts of all kinds.

On the 2nd floor there Craft Month display with books on all sorts of crafts:  ceramics, jewelry making, felting, embroidery, stained glass making, metalwork, glass blowing, quilling, miniature making, tatting, photography, and weaving, in addition to the more common knitting, crocheting and quilting books.

Another place to check for crafting books is the New Book Shelves on the 2nd floor.   Here are a few of the new books I found on the shelf today:

The Crafter’s Book of Clever Ideas (pictured above) by Andrea Currie and Cliff Currie. If I’d been the editor, I’d have called this book “He Did/She Did.”  It’s hard to describe this book.  There are 25 crafts, but 50 projects.  Each craft has a “her” version and a “his” version. The same supplies and concepts are used to make two similar yet different projects.  None are really high tech. You might not even need to buy any supplies.  Some projects are kitschy, others are cute.  With simple instructions illustrated by color photos, none of the projects looks overly complicated.  As I flipped through this book I found myself thinking that it would be a great book for a crafty evening with friends or kids.

precut patchwork partyPrecut Patchwork Party by Elaine Schmidt.  All of the projects in this book involve some form of patchwork or quilting, but none of them are actually quilts.   Schmidt has created 18 fun projects that take advantage of precuts.*  Fabric baskets, purses, aprons, and potholders, there’s something here for anyone.

Schmidt knows her stuff.  The book begins with 18 pages of “Basics” will lead you through everything you’ll need to know about precuts, supplies, tools and basic techniques.  She’s broken the projects down into two sections:  Home Decor Projects and Accessories, Wear-ables, and Gifts.   Well written, easy to follow, step by step instructions are provided for each project along with bright color photographs.  None of the projects are very complicated, and a beginner could probably tackle most of them with no problem.  That’s not to say advanced sewists or quilters wouldn’t find something fun to make here too.     *Precuts are packets of coordinating fabric that are available in specific sizes, from 5.5″ squares to rolls of 2.5″ strips.  One of the best things about precuts is because the fabrics are all from one line they automatically all go together.

instacraftInstacraft: fun & simple pojects for adorable gifts, deco & more by Allison Caporimo with photographs by Meera Lee Patel.    The title of this book is perfect.  Each of the 50+ projects included are fun, quick and mostly use things you already have around the house.  The book is fun to flip through.  Each 2-page spread is one project, with a great closeup of the finished project, a list of supplies you’ll need and simple step by step instructions.  The author also includes an “extra” in each project.. be it a tip, listening suggestion, a recipe to try while waiting for something to dry, or other entertaining tidbit.  It gives the book a fun twist not found in most craft books.   Most of the crafts would be great to do with younger kids, or for older kids to do with supervision (spray paint and glue …) and many of them use recycled items. Definitely a great new choice for the ICPL craft collection.