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Chuck Felling is our Volunteer of the Year

by Stacey McKim on April 30th, 2015

Last night, we were pleased to award Volunteer of the Year to Chuck Felling, who has volunteered at the Iowa City Public Library for nearly 15 years.  Chuck can be found checking in books here every Tuesday morning.

ChuckFellingVotYSusan Craig, Chuck Felling, and Nancy Sereduck

“I always enjoyed the Library and I’ve always loved books,” Chuck says.  “There seem to be trends.  We have mystery days and science fiction days and non-fiction days.  Another change is the increase in graphic novels.  When I started volunteering, there weren’t that many, but now I check in a lot every week.”

Also a volunteer at the Food Bank and the Senior Center, Chuck is retired from a career as Director of Speech, Language, and Audiology at the University of Iowa, where he taught, wrote grants, did research, and worked with students and colleagues.  Our Volunteer of the Year may no longer teach formally, but he teaches through his actions and kindness, and we are honored by his commitment to the Iowa City Public Library.

If you are inspired by Chuck and interested in volunteering at the Library, here’s how to get started.

Thank you! Thank you!

by Susan Craig on April 30th, 2015

Nine thousand one hundred and forty hours contributed by Library volunteers in one year.  The average American working full time works 1,700 hours in one year.  The more than 9,000 hours contributed to the Library in 2014 by our 292 volunteers is the equivalent of more than five full time people.  WOW

Tonight we will be thanking the many dedicated people who volunteer to help the Library.  Hour by hour they provide support in a variety of ways and also inspire others to give back as well.  In 2014 volunteers performed a variety of tasks, including checking in books; sorting gifts, staffing The Book End and maintaining the free shelf; helping with book discussions and reading programs at local care centers; and providing children’s programming.

This year is a special because we are celebrating the program’s 35th anniversary.  Although people had been contributing time before then, the official beginning of the volunteer program occurred in 1979 when the first volunteer policy was adopted by the Library Board, just in time for the hundreds of volunteers who formed the human assembly line that moved library materials from the Carnegie building across the street to 123 S Linn in 1981.

Our wonderful volunteers reflect a great community of involved people who support many local efforts.  Our Children’s Services Coordinator who came to Iowa City three years ago has told me more than once that she is amazed at the support that children’s programming receives on a volunteer basis.  A library director who has invested in an automated materials handling system to check in library materials marvels that we are able to accomplish that task with volunteers – ICPL has successfully recruited check in volunteers for more than thirty years.

I can’t list everyone’s name here, but want to call out the people who will be recognized tonight for contributing 1,000 and 1,500 hours to the Library.  We are thanking Kerry Evans, Mary Lou Matheson, Margaret Nelson, and William Pontarelli for 1,000 hours of support, and Jeanette Carter and Richard Dobson for 1,500 hours.

Couldn’t do it without you!

ICPL Honors Volunteers

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)

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

Volunteer Spotlight: Jeanette Carter

by Stacey McKim on February 25th, 2015

Jeanette Carter is one of two library volunteers who will be honored for reaching a 1,500 hour milestone at this year’s Volunteer Recognition Event. We asked Jeanette a few questions for this “Volunteer Spotlight:”

How long have you been volunteering at the Iowa City Public Library?
I have been volunteering since I quit working at the library in 2003.  [Jeanette was a senior librarian in the library's Reference Department.]

What do you do at the Library?Local News Index
I have two volunteer jobs. I work 2 hours a week at the Book End, and for book sales. I also index the Press-Citizen microfilm retroactively, and am now on 1962. Both jobs are enjoyable.

[Go to icpl.org/newspaper and benefit from Jeanette’s work when you use the Local News Index!]

Why did you decide to volunteer at the Library?
When I was working at the library I knew how valuable the many volunteer jobs were. I wanted to contribute to this effort and support the library.

What is your favorite part of the collection?
I enjoy mysteries, biographies and always take recorded books on long car trips.

What else do you like to do?
Cooking and gardening are my favorite hobbies. I also enjoy visiting grandchildren, who live a long ways off, so I don’t get to see them very often.

Thank you, Jeanette, for all of your time and hard work!

If you’re interested in volunteering, go www.icpl.org/volunteer or come in to the Library and fill out a Volunteer Application.

Volunteer Spotlight: Eileen Robinson

by Stacey McKim on January 30th, 2015

We asked Book End volunteer Eileen Robinson a few questions for this “Volunteer Spotlight:”

How long have you been volunteering for the Iowa City Public EileenLibrary?

It has been many years. The Friends of the Library used to have book sales in the library’s garage and I worked at those. Then I worked in the used bookstore when it was on Linn Street in a separate building. My life got busy and I dropped out of volunteering for a few years. I have been back now for the past 10 years at the Book End and really enjoy it.

What do you do at the Library?

I serve on the Book End committee, which makes policy decisions for the Book End, and I serve as a cashier in the bookstore for 2 hours every week. It’s enjoyable to greet customers who love books like I do and help them find that CD, DVD, or book they’re looking for. It’s fun to see a child pick out a book for only 25 cents.

Why did you decide to volunteer at the Library?

I’ve been a user of this library for many years, starting with when my children were young. That made me want to give back, now that I have time to do so.

What is your favorite part of the collection?

I enjoy many types of books – fiction, non-fiction, mysteries, and biographies. I have wide interests.

What else do you like to do?

I also volunteer at my church, take time to keep up with the grandchildren, and enjoy traveling. My husband and I enjoy art and music, and Iowa City has much to offer.

Thank you, Eileen, for all of your time and hard work!

If you are interested in volunteering, go www.icpl.org/volunteer or come in to the Library and fill out a Volunteer Application.

 

Volunteer Spotlight: Emily Nelson

by Stacey McKim on December 15th, 2014

We asked volunteer Emily Nelson a few questions for this “Volunteer Spotlight:”

EmilyNelsonHow long have you been volunteering at the Iowa City Public Library?
I have been volunteering for about 11 years.

What do you do at the Library?
I check in books and prepare them for reshelving. I also perform other tasks as needed.

Why did you decide to volunteer at the Library?
I’ve loved libraries since I was little. I worked at the Truman State University library while I was a student. When I moved to the Iowa City area, I missed being in a library environment and was seeking a volunteering opportunity, so this was perfect.

What is your favorite part of the collection?
All of it! It depends on the day.

What else do you like to do?
Anything outdoors. I love to bike and am a 13-year RAGBRAI veteran. I also love to run and have gotten into triathlons in the last few years. My husband and I love to travel – especially when it involves hiking in national parks. Obviously, I love reading, but I also really enjoy watching movies.

Thank you, Emily, for all of your time and hard work!

If you are interested in volunteering, go www.icpl.org/volunteer or come in to the Library and fill out a Volunteer Application.

Thanks to our 8th grade volunteers

by Stacey McKim on October 15th, 2014

Most Iowa City residents are probably familiar with the 8th grade Personal Development class, which gets teens volunteering for 4 hours in the community.  At ICPL, we are delighted to be a place that many students choose to volunteer.

In the past few weeks, we’ve had several 8th grade volunteers helping to straighten books on the shelves, keep the magazines in order, and put together the Begin With Books packets that are distributed to the families of newborns.  Thanks to those volunteers!

If you are an 8th grader who hasn’t done your volunteering yet, there’s still time!  Contact the Library right away to make your October 20 or 21 deadline.  And if you are taking Personal Development later in the school year, consider ICPL as a fun place to make a difference.

New Crafting Books at ICPL.

by Beth Fisher on September 25th, 2014
New Crafting Books at ICPL. Cover Image

ICPL’s 3rd Annual Arts and Crafts Bazaar is coming up in December, and we’re taking donations now.   If you’d like to make something to donate to the bazaar, but need some suggestions, there are a lot of great new crafting books on the New Book shelves on the 2nd floor.  The books below were on the shelf this morning:

DIY Mason Jars – 35 Creative Crafts & Projects for the Classic Container by Melissa Averinos.  This book actually contains two types of crafts – things you do TO or WITH  a Mason Jar, and novel uses FOR a Mason Jar. From creating a vintage looking ceiling light to planting plants in them, Melisaa Averinos 35 craft ideas will fuel your imagination and your creativity.

beer craftsBeer Crafts: Making the Most of Your Cans, Bottle Caps, and Lables by Shawn Gascoyne-Bowman.   With eight pages of hints on how to work safely with cans and bottle caps, followed by 39 surprise craft projects, this is the book for you if you’re into both crafting and beer.   None of the projects look very complicated – from a string of beer can lights, to bottle cap jewelry, a bird house, fishing lures, and a cowboy hat made from a 12pack box – but they all look like fun.

duct tape discoveryDuct Tape Discovery Workshop by Tonia Jenny.  Duct tape crafts are all the rage, and not just with boys.  Duct tape is now available in all sorts of colors and designs, and crafters have come up with lots of great new ways to use it. From versions of the obligatory wallet, to shopping bags, lunch sacks,  coasters, luggage tags, and paint brush or knitting needle cases this book as lots of great ideas for using one of America’s most popular products.

never been stitchedNever Been Stitched: 45 No-Sew & Low-Sew projects by Amanda Carestio.  Not all fabric or fiber craft projects require owning a sewing machine.  Carestio has put together a collection of fun projects that, if they require sewing at all its a simple and can be done with a needle and thread.  One of her secrets is using fabrics with raw edges that don’t ravel like felt, fleece or vinyl.  And if you combine that with fusing, gluing, braiding, knotting or  tying you’ll have some cute craft projects good for both adults and kids (with some assistance).

 

 

 

Iowa City Public Library Friends Foundation Arts & Crafts Bazaar Call for Donations

by Meredith Hines-Dochterman on July 28th, 2014

Plans are underway for the Third Annual Iowa City Public Library Friends Foundation Arts & Crafts Bazaar and we need your help.C

This year’s bazaar will be held on Saturday, Dec. 6, and the Library is seeking donations. Items should be new, handmade arts and crafts that are easily moved and transported by volunteers.

Popular items at previous bazaars included knitted or crocheted hats, scarves, and blankets, greeting and post cards with an Iowa or Iowa City theme, ornaments, jewelry, ceramic bowls and mugs, small quilts and wall hangings, children’s toys and baby items.

Donations may be dropped off at the Library, 123 S. Linn St, beginning Sept. 2. Donations will be accepted through Dec. 4.

For more information, and a donor form, visit https://www.icpl.org/artsandcrafts or call (319) 356-5200.

Proceeds from the sale support the Iowa City Public Library Friends Foundation to benefit Library programs and collections.

IOWA CITY PUBLIC LIBRARY HONORS VOLUNTEERS

by Meredith Hines-Dochterman on May 1st, 2014

Iowa City Public Library volunteers provided more than 9,400 hours of service during the 2013 calendar year – the equivalent of nearly five full-time staff members.

“We are grateful for our volunteers for giving their time and talent to the Library and our community,” says Kara Logsden, the Library’s Coordinator of Community and Access Services.

Kara Logsden, the Iowa City Public Library's Coordinator of Community and Access Services, addresses more than 70 volunteers during a reception to thank them for their service.

Kara Logsden, the Iowa City Public Library’s Coordinator of Community and Access Services, addresses more than 70 volunteers during a reception to thank them for their service.

During the 2013 calendar year, 364 volunteers worked at the Library. On Wednesday, April 30, the Library said thank you with a reception and a ceremony, during which 38 volunteers received recognition awards for achieving milestone hours of service.

“These volunteers received hours of service awards ranging from 100 to 3,500 hours, representing a total of 17,200 hours volunteered at the Library,” Logsden says.

Helen Baum was named the Nancy Sereduck Volunteer of the Year. Baum has volunteered in the Community & Access Services Department and The BookEnd since 2004. She was noted in her nomination for her ability to recommend a title “by providing just enough intriguing information but never spoiling the story. From politics to the environment, to history to the lives of individuals from all walks of life, her knowledge and interest in non-fiction reading was very, very broad. Her customer service was top notch.”

Baum retired from volunteering this year and is missed in both departments. Logsden says she remains an inspiration for her dedication to the Library, strong work ethic, and passion for life-long learning.

The Library congratulates Baum on her achievement and thanks all volunteers for their service.

Volunteers receiving recognition awards for 2013:

100 Hour Award

  • Joel Barnhart
  • Brittney Blackburn
  • Amy Blessing
  • Abby Dickson
  • Joshua Franz
  • Teresa Hamilton
  • Vincent Lin
  • Ronald McCall
  • Ann Rhomberg
  • Barbara Stehbens
  • Angela Tyler
  • Cheryl Vowell

200 Hour Award

  • Beth Beasley
  • Philip Fontana
  • Erin Glenn
  • Emily Haworth
  • Kaitlin Thouvenell-Crowley

300 Hour Award

  • Terri Caplan
  • Becky Johnson
  • Jennifer Lam Lu
  • Kathy Mitchell
  • William Moorhead
  • Alexandra Murra
  • Corey Rew

400 Hour Award

  • Elizabeth Carroll
  • Cheryll Clamon
  • Jim Davis
  • Candice Gordon
  • Al Paxton
  • Julie Spencer

500 Hour Award

  • Susan Brown
  • Lori Cochran
  • Karen Eichler
  • Ryan Fitzpatrick
  • Archie Greene

1,000 Hour Award

  • Eileen Robinson

3,500 Hour Award

  • Gloria Lacina
  • Nola Naughton
The Iowa City Public Library recognized volunteers for service during the 2013 calendar year at an event on Wednesday, April 30. More than 350 Library volunteers contributed nearly 9,500 hours of service in 2013. Thirty-eight volunteers received hours of service awards ranging from 100 to 3,500 hours. Among the honorees were, front row, from left: Becky Johnson, Emily Haworth, Elizabeth Carroll, Erin Glenn, and Ronald McCall. Back row, from left: Al Paxton, William Moorhead, Terri Caplan, and Eileen Robinson.

The Iowa City Public Library recognized volunteers for service during the 2013 calendar year at an event on Wednesday, April 30. More than 350 Library volunteers contributed nearly 9,500 hours of service in 2013. Thirty-eight volunteers received hours of service awards ranging from 100 to 3,500 hours. Among the honorees were, front row, from left: Becky Johnson, Emily Haworth, Elizabeth Carroll, Erin Glenn, and Ronald McCall. Back row, from left: Al Paxton, William Moorhead, Terri Caplan, and Eileen Robinson.

 




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