by Meredith Hines-Dochterman on April 30th, 2015
Iowa City Public Library volunteers provided more than 9,100 hours of service during the 2014 calendar year.
“We are grateful for our volunteers for giving their time and talent to the Library and our community,” Library Director Susan Craig says. “As we celebrate the 35th anniversary of the Library’s Volunteer Program, it’s a great time to reflect on what a difference our volunteers make.”
In the past 35 years of the program, 4,232 volunteers have worked 251,271 hours assisting with book check-ins, materials maintenance, prepping supplies for events, helping plan teen programs, operating The Book End, and serving on the Board of Trustees, and on the Friends Foundation Board of Directors.
During the 2014 calendar year, 292 volunteers worked at the Library. On Wednesday, April 29, the Library said thank you with a reception and a ceremony, during which 43 volunteers received recognition awards for achieving milestone hours of service.
Chuck Felling was named the Nancy Sereduck Volunteer of the Year. Felling has volunteered in the Community & Access Services Department for nearly 15 years. When asked to describe our Volunteer of the Year, Library staff said he was “dedicated, caring and wonderful to work with.”
The Library congratulates Felling on his achievement and thanks all volunteers for their service.
Volunteers receiving recognition awards for 2014:
The Iowa City Public Library honored its 2014 teen and adult volunteers during the annual Volunteer Recognition Celebration on April 29. Forty-three volunteers received recognition awards for achieving milestone hours of service and Chuck Felling was named the 2014 Nancy Sereduck Volunteer of the Year.
Pictured are some of the volunteers honored for their hours of service. They are, back row, left to right: Stephen Merkel-Hess; Paul McCarthy; Joel Barnhart; Theo Prineas; Al Paxton; Bill Pontarelli; Natalie Holmes; and Jeanette Carter. Pictured in the front row, left to right, are: Maria Padron; Terri Caplan; Chuck Felling; Becky Johnson; June True; Kerry Evans; Cheryll Clamon; Bobbie Paxton; Deb Schultz; and Mary Lou Matheson. (Photo provided by the Iowa City Public Library)
100 Hour Award
- Akash Borde
- Donna Byers
- Clara Chua-Sierra
- Natalie Holmes
- Iver Hovet
- Nancy Howe
- Paul McCarthy
- Stephen Merkel-Hess
- Maria Padron
- Richard Paulus
- Bobbie Paxton
- Janis Perkins
- Theo Prineas
- Celeste Reyes
- Patricia Ryan
- Deborah Schultz
- Juli Statton
- Rebekah Walker
200 Hour Award
- Joel Barnhart
- Sarah Burnett
- Rachael Carlson
- Linda Eastman
- Jeanne Morris
- Michelle Nagle
- Angela Tyler
300 Hour Award
- Philip Fontana
- Ronald McCall
- Kaitlin Thouvenell-Crowley
400 Hour Award
- Becky Johnson
- Kathy J. Mitchell
- Corey Rew
500 Hour Award
- Terri Caplan
- Cheryll Clamon
- Jim Davis
- Al Paxton
- Linda J. Prybil
- June True
1,000 Hour Award
- Kerry Evans
- Mary Lou Matheson
- Margaret Nelson
- William Pontarelli
1,500 Hour Award
- Jeanette Carter
- Richard Dobson
by Casey Maynard on April 27th, 2015
Since I was small I have loved fairytales. It began with the original Grimm’s tales my mother read. I remember the illustrations more clearly than anything: the image of Rapunzel’s prince stumbling and blinded after being thrown from the tower is one I can conjure readily. Since that time, I have read as many fairytales and retellings as I could get my hands on. It is only as an adult that I recognize the why of this love for, even obsession with fairytales that began as a child. These traditional stories encompass something innately human that has the capacity to be retold in multifarious ways, thus remaining fresh, somehow unencumbered by its own redundancy.
Recently this passion for all things fabled has led me to the work of Emily Carroll. With many of her graphic short stories debuting online, it was not until July of last year that Carroll’s first book came into print. Through the Woods is a collection of five short stories all of which find their center in the forest. Definitely not your childhood bedtime stories, each is reminiscent of the archetype while simultaneously obliterating the gap between traditional fairytale and horror.
Where Grimm’s fairy tales hinted at the horror that awaited villains–red-hot iron shoes come to mind–Carroll’s tales thrust the reader into truly terrifying confrontations with evil. Evil that not only surrounds each of us but has the capacity to be found within us as well. It is in this way that Emily Carroll’s Through the Woods, leaves the reader unsettled, searching for a happy ending when we know that the journey will begin all over again tomorrow.
Accompanied by beautiful full color illustrations that bleed into text, Carroll’s graphic novel debut is stunning. She leaves the reader the space to interpret what is left in the darkness of each page, unsaid and just out of reach.
For more of her stories and for a sneak peek of Through the Woods be sure to check out “His Face All Red” and the rest of her website,
Emily Carroll’s Website
by Ella Von Holtum on December 19th, 2014
Dominion is the original deck-building game. In it you are a medieval monarch, building a bigger and more prosperous kingdom. The cards in your deck represent all parts of your kingdom, and in each turn you try to accumulate more. Each player starts with ten cards, and over the course of play selects Treasure cards, Kingdom cards, Curse cards, and Victory cards to construct a deck and embellish their very own Dominion. The player with the most victory points at the end wins.
I played this game one New Year’s Eve several winters ago. It’s a novel, fast-moving game once you get the hang of play. It can be played with two, three, or four players, and a game takes probably half an hour. If you’ve ever played Magic: The Gathering or another CCG, but you’ve never played a deck-building game, this is the one to start with.
Come by some time with friends and play!
by Meredith Hines-Dochterman on June 2nd, 2014
Do you read comic books? Do you like talking about comic books with others? Are you a student between the ages of 12 and 18? If you answered yes to these questions, then the Iowa City Public Library’s Teen Comic Book Club is for you!
New to the Library’s lineup of teen events, the Teen Comic Book Club invites teens to read specific titles for a group discussion.
“Comic books are on the rise, from sales in stores to popularity in the mainstream media,” Teen Services Librarian Brian Visser says. “Some of the highest-grossing movies in recent years are based on comic book heroes, a trend that is introducing more people to their fantastic storylines and amazing art.”
“Hawkeye: Vol. 1: My Life as a Weapon” by Matt Fraction, David Aja, and Javier Pulido will be the first title read and discussed. This in-depth look at the bow-and-arrow guy from “The Avengers”shows that there’s more to Clint Barton than you thought you knew. Teens will share their thoughts with others from 2 to 3 p.m. Friday, June 27, in the Koza Family Teen Center.
The Caped Crusader faces a series of brutal murders and a conspiracy going back to his youth in “Batman Vol. 1: The Court of Owls” by Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo. Teens will discuss this comic book from 2 to 3 p.m. Friday, July 25, in the Koza Family Teen Center.
Limited copies of both titles are available for check out from the Reference Desk staff on the Library’s second floor.
The Library’s Teen Comic Book Blub is a free event for students in grades seventh through 12th.
For more information, contact the Iowa City Public Library at (319) 356-5200.