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Iowa City Public Library to screen Raising Ms. President

by Meredith Hines-Dochterman on October 10th, 2014

The Iowa City Public Library will show a free screening of “Raising Ms. President,” a documentary about raising the next generation of female political leaders, at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 8, in Meeting Room A. raising ms prez

Studies show that when more women are at the political decision-making table, their presence makes a difference. The problem, though, is that many women don’t want to run for office, saying they are underqualified. This is despite the fact that women make up more than 50 percent of the population and workforce, are college graduates, and have higher earning power before their reach their 30th birthday.

“Raising Ms. President” looks at where political ambition begins and how to get more women to run for office in order to create a stronger country and world.

This screening is free and open to the public. It is co-sponsored by the Library, the League of Women Voters of Johnson County, Girls on the Run of Eastern Iowa, and the Girl Scouts of Eastern Iowa and Western Illinois.

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

ICPL Presents “The Name is Bond … James Bond”

by Meredith Hines-Dochterman on September 22nd, 2014
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Tap into your inner spy in October with the Iowa City Public Library’s “The Name is Bond … James Bond” film series.

During October, a free screening of a James Bond movie will be shown every Thursday in Meeting Room A.

Thursday, Oct. 2: Dr. NoJamesBond

Released in 1962, the first James Bond movie remains one of the best. Starring Sean Connery as James Bond, watch as the M16 agent is called to Jamaica where a colleague and secretary have been mysteriously killed. With an American CIA agent, portrayed by Jack Lord, they discover that Dr. No (Joseph Wiseman) is scheming to blackmail the U.S. government with a device capable of deflecting and destroying U.S. rockets launched from Cape Canaveral. Directed by Terence Young; 110 minutes.

Thursday, Oct. 9: Goldfinger

Sean Connery returns as James Bond in this 1964 film. This time, Bond must go to Fort Knox and stop Auric Goldfinger and his henchman from obliterating the world economy. Goldfinger not only contains many of the series’ most memorable scenes, it is the film that introduces Desmond Llewelyn as Q. Directed by Guy Hamilton; 110 minutes.

Thursday, Oct. 16: The Spy Who Loved Me

Roger Moore dons James Bond’s tuxedo in this 1977 film that introduced the steel-toothed Jaws (played by Richard Kiel) as one of the most memorable Bond villains. In this movie, Bond teams up with yet a Russian agent (Barbara Bach) to track a pair of nuclear submarines that the nefarious Stromberg (Curt Jürgens) plans to use in his plot to start World War III. Directed by Lewis Gilbert; 125 minutes.

Thursday, Oct. 23: GoldenEye

This 1995 film was a box-office success, thanks to Pierce Brosnan’s portrayal at the suave, danger-loving 007. When a deadly satellite weapon that can fire a devastating electromagnetic pulse toward Earth falls into the wrong hands, only James Bond can save the world from certain disaster, but he is up against an enemy who anticipates his every move. Directed by Martin Campbell; 130 minutes.

Thursday, Oct. 30: Casino Royale

This series reboot released in 2006 established a new timeline and narrative framework to show a less experienced and more vulnerable Bond, portrayed by Daniel Craig. On his first mission as a 00, Bond travels to Madagascar, the Bahamas and eventually to Montenegro to face Le Chiffre, a ruthless financier attempting to recapture funds in a high-stakes poker game at the Casino Royale. Directed by Martin Campbell; 144 minutes.

All films begin at 7 p.m. and popcorn will be provided.

Iowa City Public Library Lowers Overdue Fines, Increases Hold Limits

by Meredith Hines-Dochterman on September 2nd, 2014
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Effective Tuesday, Sept. 2, patrons will be charged 25-cents per item per day for materials returned past their due date. This is effective for all items, except Express DVDs and circulating equipment, which will remain $1 per item per day, and circulating game consoles which remain at $5 per day.hold shelf 3

The Iowa City Public Library Board of Trustees approved a policy change Thursday.

Library patrons also will be able to have 10 free holds in the system, an increase from eight. Holds may be placed for all types of circulating materials, except for the Express Collections. Patrons are notified when an item is ready for pickup.

Additional holds, beyond the limit of 10, may be placed for the patron by a Library staff member for 50-cents each.

“The purpose of fines is to provide an incentive for on-time return of Library materials. Our overarching goal is to assure materials are available for the community. One fine rate at 25 cents per day, with a couple exceptions, will be easy for our community to remember,” says Kara Logsden, Community and Access Services Coordinator.

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


Video Staff Picks – British TV and Getting the Body of a Werewolf

by Bond Drager on July 10th, 2014

Jason talks about a British mystery series you may have missed, and Melody shows that the library can teach you how to have the body of a werewolf.

Hey Movie fans!

by Beth Fisher on January 6th, 2013
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Do you ever find yourself standing in front of the DVD collection completely unable to find something “good” to watch?  You’re in the mood for a movie, but just can’t think of a particular title, and nothing seems to pique your interest?

Well according to Rob Christopher’s new book “Queue Tips: Discovering Your Next Great Movie” finding a good movie spontaneously is really a crap shoot.   Just like most other things in life, it takes a bit of thought or planning to find a good movie – if “good” is really what you’re in the mood for.

This book is by no means a “Best List.”   Christopher and his 10 guest contributors (including comedian Julia Sweeney, author Barry Gifford, and jazz musician Ken Vandermark)  have come up with 24 themed lists that will hopefully help you create your own list of movies you want to watch – your own personal queue.

What do Psycho (1960), The Thin Man (1934) and Die Hard (1988) have in common?

Psycho and Other Surprising Christmastime Movies

How about: Seven Samurai (1954), Mad Max (1979) and Outland (1981) ?

“Nine Westerns That Aren’t Westerns”

Or  Reefer Madness (1938), Logan’s Run (1976) and Showgirls (1995) ?

“Ten Movies So Bad They’re Good”

The lists in this book just might surprise you: “Better Than the Book”,  “Movies Guaranteed To Make you Cry,”  “Flops That Actually Aren’t Half Bad” and my two favorites “Bettter Than The Book!” and “Favorite Late-Night Spooky Films.”   This book is definitely worth getting in the queue for.






Safety Not Guaranteed

by Brian Visser on November 26th, 2012
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I’m going to be honest with you, I was initially drawn to “Safety Not Guaranteed” due to the involvement of the lovely Aubrey Plaza (from my favorite show, Parks & Rec).  I was rewarded with an off-beat, heartfelt indie that won me over despite its misfire of an ending.

The movie follows Darius (Plaza), an intern at a Seattle magazine, who is disinterested and disconnected with her life.  Darius and two other co-workers see a potential story in an odd classified ad from someone who claims to have traveled through time and is looking for a partner to embark on another trip.  They discover that the ad was placed by an intense, but likable, supermarket clerk named Kenneth (played by Mark Duplass).

Darius finds a kindred spirit in Kenneth and soon befriends him.  She’s unsure of his claims, just as the audience is, but you just can’t help but be disarmed by how earnest he is.  Like I said earlier, I wasn’t a fan of the ending (and a quick check on Rotten Tomatoes tells me that it was divisive), but the overall charm of the movie makes it worth watching.

My Name is Bond, James Bond

by Maeve Clark on October 4th, 2012
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October 5th marks the 50th anniversary of the first James Bond film, Dr. No.   Take a trip through the Bond filmography at ICPL. We have 20 of the  Bond films, from the earliest, Dr. No, to the most recent, Quantum of Solace.  The newest Bond film, Skyfall, starring Daniel Craig debuts in theaters on November 9.  Ian Fleming’s novels and short stories served as the inspiration for Bond and you can borrow all of them from the library.  Other authors have penned 007 works from Kingsley Amis , (writing  under the pseudonym of Robert Markham)  to Jeffery Deaver.

Friendships have been lost arguing over who is the best Bond, I am torn between Connery and Craig.  How about you?  Take the “Which James Bond are You?” quiz to see if you are a classic Bond or one of those pretenders.  Let’s not neglect the toys.  Morning Edition interviewed Neil deGrasse Tyson on which gadgets might really work  and some just might.  And last but not least, let’s all raise a toast to 007, and remember, the martini is shaken, not stirred.

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2011)

by Brian Visser on April 2nd, 2012
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Full disclosure:  I have not read The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo nor have I seen the Swedish language film.  This either makes me the best person to review the 2011 remake or the worst.  So what made me want to watch the remake after I had passed up the book and the original film?  Director David Fincher. He’s the mastermind behind such films as “Seven,” “Fight Club” and “The Social Network.”  I’m a huge fan of his movies, and I even enjoyed the ones that others considered duds like “The Game,” “Panic Room” and “Zodiac.”  “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo” is definitely in his wheelhouse.

For the three people who have not consumed the story: Disgraced journalist Mikael Blomkvist (played by Daniel Craig) is hired by Henrik Vanger (Christopher Plummer), an aging industrialist, to figure out who killed his niece 40 years earlier.  Everyone in Vanger’s eccentric family, including a handful of Nazis, is a suspect.  Lisbeth Salander is the titular “Girl,” a gifted hacker who helps Blomkvist piece together the mystery.  Salander is played (inhabited is a better word) by Rooney Mara whose regular girl-next-door look is subverted into the pierced, alt icon.  Mara is 100% devoted to the role, and she owns the movie because of it.

Fincher’s take is bleak and beautiful with atmosphere to spare.  Every shot is purposeful and builds tension.  The movie looks, for the lack of a better word, expensive.  Which also might be a bit of a problem, because the movie didn’t perform quite up to expectations.  So, Fincher led sequels are up in the air. In the meantime, I’m going to devour the books, which is something I obviously should’ve done a long time ago.