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Free Screening of the Documentary “The City Dark” on July 16

by Kyle VanNatter on June 28th, 2014

Join us on Wednesday, July 16, for a free screening of the acclaimed documentary “The City Dark” at 7:00 p.m. in Meeting Room A as part of the 2014 Adult Summer Reading Program.

City DarkAfter a move from New York City to rural Maine, filmmaker Ian Cheney was surprised to find streets awash in light and a sky devoid of stars leading him to ask the question “What do we lose, when we lose the night?” The film takes viewers on a quest to understand how light pollution affects people and the planet. Along the way, Cheney visits America’s brightest and darkest corners, asking astronomers, cancer researchers, and ecologists what is lost in the glare of city lights. Among those interviewed is Neil deGrasse Tyson, host of the popular PBS series “Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey.”

A NY Times Critics’ Pick and winner of numerous film festival awards, “The City Dark” blends a humorous, searching narrative with poetic footage of the night sky.

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

Learn About Iowa’s Most Haunted Places on July 15

by Kyle VanNatter on June 27th, 2014

On Tuesday, July 15, paranormal investigator Terry Fisk, co-author of “The Iowa Road Guide to Haunted Locations,” will join us in Room A at 7:00 p.m. to present Iowa Ghosts and the Afterlife.

Black AngelFrom the Sioux City Airport to Iowa City’s own Black Angel of Oakland Cemetery, Fisk will lead us on a ghostly journey to Iowa’s most haunted places. In the introduction of their book, Fisk’s co-author Chad Lewis says ghost hunting “is as much about adventure as it is about ghosts. This is your cure for the ‘there-is-nothing-to-do’ boredom that haunts us all.”

For adults participating in the Summer Reading Program, you can count attending Iowa Ghosts and the Afterlife as one of your Summer Reading Program events.

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

All Iowa Reads 2014: An Evening with “Little Wolves” Author Thomas Maltman

by Meredith Hines-Dochterman on June 4th, 2014

Thomas Maltman, the author of the 2014 All Iowa Reads Book, Little Wolves, will be at the Iowa City Public Library for a special event at 7 p.m. on Monday, June 9, in Meeting Room A.little wolves

“We’re excited to have the opportunity to welcome Thomas Maltman to the Iowa City Public Library for this one-night only event,” Adult Programming Librarian Beth Fisher says. “The purpose of All Iowa Reads is for foster a sense of community and unity through reading. What better ways to do that than have this year’s author come and talk about his book?”

Set on the Minnesota prairie in the late 1980s during a drought season that’s pushing family farms to the brink, Little Wolves features the intertwining stories of a father searching for answers after his son commits a heinous murder, and a pastor’s wife who has returned to the town for mysterious reasons of her own.

Little Wolves was named one of the Best Books 2013 Adult Books for Teens by “School Library Journal” in November. Maltman’s first book, The Night Birds, received a Spur Award, the Friends of American Writers Literary Award, and an Alex Award.

Maltman lives in the Twin Cities. He received his MFA from Minnesota State University.

Little Wolves: An Evening with Author Thomas Maltman is one of the Library’s Adult Summer Reading Program activities. To learn more about the Summer Reading Program, or to register, visit

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

ICPL Announces Tweens on Tuesday Summer Program

by Meredith Hines-Dochterman on June 3rd, 2014

Tweens, are you looking for something fun to do this summer? The Iowa City Public Library has you covered.

Tweens on Tuesday is a special program geared specifically to students in third through sixth grades. Held every Tuesday as part of the Summer Reading Program, Tweens on Tuesday promotes fun and learning for elementary students in the “in between” ages of summer programming.Tuesday

“We have a great lineup of summer activities, but some of the programs can feel a bit too young for older elementary students,” Children’s Librarian Katherine Habley says. “At the same time, these kids aren’t old enough for the Teen Summer Reading Program. Rather than have them feel left out, we decided to design a program specifically for them.”

Starting June 10 and continuing through July 29, each Tweens on Tuesday activity will be held in the Storytime Room beginning at 2 p.m. The following is a list of all Tweens on Tuesday events:

  • June 10: Hawk Eyes on Science — The zany scientists from the U of I department of Physics and Astronomy return with knock-your-socks off experiments with lasers, electricity, and 3D wonders.
  • June 17: Tween Yoga – Practice yoga with Dana Robinson of Sweet Feet Yoga.
  • June 24: Dangerous Decibels — This fun and interactive program will teach you about sound, how we hear, how we can damage our hearing, and how to prevent hearing loss.
  • July 1: Movie and Popcorn – Come to the Library for a special screening of “The Lego Movie.”
  • July 8: Altered Book Art – Join us as we get creative with books.
  • July 15: Lego Robots – Is there anything Legos can’t do?
  • July 22: Terrariums – Ever wanted to make your own terrarium? Mari will show you how!
  • July 29: Healthy Treats with Cathy Gehris – Everyone loves snacks, but not all treats are good for you. Join Cathy to learn more about choosing healthy treats that taste great and will keep you moving!

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