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ICPL to celebrate Batman Day on July 23

by Meredith Hines-Dochterman on July 1st, 2014

Holy celebration, Batman! batman-logo

The Caped Crusader celebrates his 75th anniversary this year, a feat which will be celebrated with special events all year long, including Batman Day on Wednesday, July 23.

DC Entertainment is partnering with thousands of comic book retailers, bookstores, and libraries on Batman Day to commemorate the Dark Knight’s influence in popular culture.

The Iowa City Public Library will celebrate Batman Day with a costume contest and a free screening of “Batman: Mask of the Phantasm.” Don your best Caped Crusader apparel and enjoy an animated film in which we Batman is investigating the murders of several prominent gangsters at the same time his ex-fiancée is back in Gotham City.

Comic book artist Eric Gapstur will draw Batman sketches for anyone who wants one during the movie.

After the film, you’re invited to show us how much you know about Bruce Wayne’s Alter Ego in our Batman Trivia Challenge.

The celebration begins at 2 p.m. in Meeting Room A. It is free and open to all ages.

For more information about the Library’s Batman Day celebration, contact Brian Visser at (319) 356-5200.

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by Meredith Hines-Dochterman on February 4th, 2014

Elmore Leonard

The Iowa City Public Library will honor the career of Elmore Leonard with a series of film screenings in February.

Leonard was an American novelist and screenwriter who wrote some of most memorable Westerns, crime novels, and suspense thrillers in literary history – some of which became movies. Come to the Library every Thursday in February to see his works on the big screen. Films will be shown in Room A of the Library.

All films are free and open to the public. Free popcorn will be provided.

February 6: Jackie Brown                        

A flight attendant, played by Pam Grier, becomes a key figure in a plot between the police and an arms dealer. Also stars Samuel L. Jackson and Michael Keaton. Directed by Quentin Tarantino; 154 minutes. (1997)

The movie begins at 6:30 p.m.

February 13: Out of Sight

George Clooney plays Jack Foley, a fugitive on the run. Jennifer Lopez plays the U.S. Marshal Foley kidnaps during his escape. Directed by Steven Soderbergh; 123 minutes.  (1998)

The movie begins at 7 p.m.

February 20: 3:10 to Yuma

After outlaw leader Ben Wade, played by Glenn Ford, is captured in a small town, small-time rancher Dan Evans, played by Van Heflin, is hired to escort Wade to his trial. Directed by Delmer Daves; black-and-white film; 92 minutes. (1957)

The movie begins at 7 p.m.

February 27: Hombre

Paul Newman plays John Russell, a white man raised by the Apaches on an Indian reservation. An inheritance finds him on a stagecoach with six other passengers, none who care for Russell until bandits attack and they need his knowledge to survive. Directed by Martin Ritt; 111 minutes.  (1967)

The movie begins at 7 p.m.

For more information, contact Beth Fisher at or (319) 887-6024.