Of course I love to stock up on fresh produce at the Farmers Market, but there are many other parts of the Market that I get excited about. Lately I have been enjoying the beautiful fresh cut flowers available in several stalls. Half the fun is taking the time to build a personalized arrangement. Then you get to bring them home and admire their beauty and scent in your house all week. I love the variety that is available at the market as well as knowing that they were grown locally and cut individually. If you don’t have a yard of blooming flowers, this is a great way to enjoy nature. Even if you do have your own yard and flowers, you may not necessarily want to cut them down. Stop by this weekend and build your own bouquet. Looking for guidance as you set out to make your extra special centerpiece? Check out some of our helpful books. Be sure to share a photo with us, we’d love to see your creations!
Posts Tagged ‘Summer’
I love Wednesdays in the summer because I know that when I get off work I can walk a little more than one block to the Farmers Market and find the garden of earthly eating delights. I will not have to make dinner, not that I make dinner much anyway, (though I must confess that I love to read cookbooks and I do very much enjoy when others use cookbooks and share their delicious dishes with me, I just cannot get enthused about cooking). Early in the market season I rely on the vendors who make food ready for me to consume on the spot. Nothing requires a plate and can I pair my handheld tasty meal with a beverage made fresh at the market too. There is always music playing, with chairs set up or a table if one might have purchased several items for dinner.
As the season progresses more and more vegetable are available. And with vegetables like tomatoes and cumbers and basil I can make a pretty mean sandwich. In fact, I think I excel at sandwich making. But not everyone does, and if you are looking for help in the sandwich making area, the library is here for you. In fact we have 25 books on how to make sandwiches. In The big summer cookbook : 300 fresh, flavorful recipes for those lazy, hazy days by Jeff Cox devotes a chapter to farmers market picks. I would be willing, however, to offer a free tutorial. And once you have your sandwich, (chock full of veggies so you don’t need a salad) and a beverage and maybe a dessert or two – you are ready to do one of my other favorite summer activities – picnic. And guess what? Yep, the library has books on how to picnic too.
It’s hot, it’s humid, it’s time for an iced tea. According to an NPR story on the history of iced tea, the Tea Association of the U.S.A states that 85 percent of all tea consumed in the United States today is sipped cold. Iced tea’s history is a fascinating one. It was often the base of a punch, a punch with a punch, so to speak. Recipes for tea punch date back to Colonial times, although the icing of tea was a thing in the Northern United States it wasn’t possible in the South until the turn of the 19th century when New Englanders began shipping ice.
The Iowa City Cook Book, 1898 published by the Ladies of the Christian Church, has a recipe for tea punch, (without the alcoholic punch, they were church ladies, after all). It’s looks delicious and one could, if one so wanted, add a little extra kick. The Iowa City Public Library also has a number of books on tea; how to make it, how to grow it and how to have a party with tea.
Way Cool Chemistry, a program designed to make chemistry accessible and fun for fifth- through eighth-grade students, returns to the Iowa City Public Library this summer.
Students interested in chemistry will have the opportunity to participate in hands-on demonstrations and experiments from 2 to 3 p.m. Saturday, June 20, and Saturday, Aug. 1.
Both programs will be held in Meeting Room A. Pre-registration is not required.
For more information, contact the Library at (319) 356-5200.
It’s summer and for many this means relaxed days, vacations, and no school. For others this means long days, no school breakfast or lunch, and being hungry. Fortunately our community has a Summer Food Rocks! program. From June 15th through July 30th on Mondays through Thursdays, breakfast and lunch are served at Fairmeadows Park and the Pheasant Ridge Neighborhood Center.
Summer Food Rocks! is open to all children 18 and younger. There is no enrollment and no cost. Breakfast is served 9-9:30 AM and lunch is served Noon-12:45 PM.
Here’s a link to more information: 2015 SummerMeals_flyer_2015
Feel free to print this PDF and post it where students might find it. If you know a student who could benefit from this program, please pass along the information.
For more information, contact Alison Demory, RD/LD, Director of Nutrition Services, Iowa City Community School District, 688-1021.
Three cheers for summer!
The Iowa City Public Library will kick off its Monday Matinee series Monday, June 8, with Disney Pixar’s The Incredibles.
Join us every Monday at 2 p.m. in the Storytime Room for a screening of some of our favorite family movies.
June 8: The Incredibles
Undercover superhero family, the Parrs, are trying to live quietly until they are forced to don their masks again to try to save the world.
June 15: How to Train Your Dragon
Aspiring dragon hunter Hiccup discovers that there may be more to dragons than his clan thinks.
June 22: Shrek
When his swamp fills with magical creatures, Shrek the Ogre agrees to rescue a princess for the king. In return his swamp will be emptied of creatures.
June 29: Kung Fu Panda
Po the Panda dreams of being a master of Kung Fu while working in his parents’ noodle shop. When he is chosen to fulfill an ancient prophecy despite having no martial arts experience, Po is forced to try to make his dreams a reality.
July 6: Brave
Princess Merida, determined to make her own path, defies a custom, creating chaos in her kingdom.
July 13: Wreck-It Ralph
Videogameland villian Weck-It Ralph aspires to be the hero of his game.
July 20: WALL-E
In the distant future a small garbage compacting robot, WALL-E, inadvertently sets out on a space adventure that will change the fate of the human race.
July 27: Mulan
To save her father from being drafted into the Chinese army, Mulan takes his place and becomes one of China’s most celebrated heroines.
Monday Matinee is a free event for children of all ages. For more information, call the Library at (319) 356-5200.
The Iowa City Public Library’s Totally Tweens program has an exciting lineup of activities and programs for students in third through sixth grades as part of the Every Hero Has a Story Summer Reading Program.
Totally Tweens will meet at 2 p.m. every Tuesday in June and July, beginning June 9, in the Storytime Room, unless otherwise noted.
June 9: Literary LEGOs
Start the summer by using LEGOs to recreate scenes from your favorite books, then show off your creations in the Children’s Room display case.
June 16: Ready, Set, Draw! With Leo Kelly
What is a story? What makes a good character? Join Leo Kelly and find out how drawing can bring your heroes to life.
June 23: Marvelous Marbling
Try your hand at something new: paper marbling. Swishes of color and patterns combine to create unique works of art.
June 30: Weather Academy with Justin Gehrts
Join special guest Justin Gehrts, a meteorologist with the KCRG-TV9 Storm Team, for some fun experiments to learn how weather works and how to stay safe in storms.
July 7: Spy School
Do you have what it takes to be a spy? Join us for an hour of avoiding detection and secret messages.
July 14: Movie and Popcorn
Join us for a screening of Despicable Me 2. Watch as Gru tries to be a hero instead of a villain. We’ll provide the popcorn.
July 21: Explore Electronics
Learn how circuits work and make simple robots using littleBits, magnetic modules with no risk for electrocution.
July 28: Game Time
Tired of playing the same old games? Come and create your own using pieces from old games or ones you make yourself.
We will end the summer with a Totally Tweens Movie and Lock-In from 6 to 9 p.m. on Friday, July 31, in Meeting Room A. We’ll have games, crafts, snacks and a movie for our tween Summer Reading Program participants.
In addition to our Tuesday Totally Tweens events, Tween Minecraft Time will take place from 2 to 3 p.m. and 3 to 4 p.m. Friday, June 12, and Friday, July 17. Registration is required for Tween Minecraft Time. You can register online at calendar.icpl.org by clicking on the date of the event you wish to attend. Each participant may only register for one time slot.
Tweens should have a Minecraft account to play in multiplayer mode. Players without an account may use a library account, but these are limited and first come first serve. Otherwise players without an account may still play in single player mode.
The Iowa City Public Library Summer Reading Program will be held June 1 through Aug. 9; registration begins May 18. Patrons can either register in-person at the Library or online at srp.icpl.org.
For more information about Totally Tweens, call the Library at (319) 356-5200.
The Iowa City Public Library’s Stories in the Park summertime outdoor reading series begins June 10 and continues through July 31.
Stories in the Park will be held at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday mornings at Willow Creek Park, 117 Teg Dr., and 10:30 a.m. Friday mornings at Mercer Park, 2701 Bradford Dr.
In the event of rain, the Wednesday storytimes will be held at the Library and the Friday storytimes will be cancelled. There will be no storytime on Friday, July 3, and Wednesday, July 22.
Stories in the Park is an outdoor storytime geared toward children between the ages of three and six. All children in attendance need to be accompanied by a parent or adult caregiver.
Children should remember to bring their Library Card, as there will be a selection of books available for check out at each storytime. Children who don’t have a Library Card can sign up at icpl.org/cards. Library staff will be available to issue new Library Cards at Stories in the Park.
This event is co-sponsored by the Iowa City Parks and Recreation Department and the Iowa City Public Library. For more information, please call the Library at (319) 356-5200.
We have a new smoker/grill at our house, just in time for summer. Our challenge now is to learn how to use it. Have no fear, the Library is here! We’ve had some delicious meals including Slaw Burgers (a family favorite of smoked pork on a bun with traditional cole slaw), marinated smoked vegetables and some great salmon. Now we’re ready to try some new meals.
A quick search of the Library’s catalog shows there are many books to help learn how to use a smoker. Subject headings of “Barbequing” and “Smoked Foods” were most helpful. I found a new book, Smoke and Spice 3rd Edition, that had some great recipes. Two recipes looked especially good – Peabody-Style Stuffed Onions and Deep-Dish Smoked Mozzarella Pizza. Yummy!
If you are ready to relax and enjoy some great summer food, but need some culinary inspiration, give us a call or stop by. The call numbers 641.5784 and 641.61 are a great place to start.
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, between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. every weekday beginning Wednesday, June 3. 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, which is 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 www.icpl.org/cards/ for information about how to apply for a card. Complete your application 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 will need to show photo identification (current driver’s license, lease or passport) and proof of resident address (current driver’s license, mail with a current post mark; current lease) in order to obtain a Library Card.
Photo identification is not required for children.
The summer bus program ends Friday, Aug. 21.
For more information, please call the Library at (319) 356-5200.