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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.

 

ICPL partners with Iowa City Hospice to bring books, conversation to area residents

by Meredith Hines-Dochterman on January 9th, 2014

Diana Durham’s years as an elementary teacher serve her well in her retirement.IC hospice

“As a schoolteacher, you learn to perform,” Durham says. “You have to like it.”

Durham liked it so much; she joined the Iowa City Hospice Singers. The singers are a group of volunteers who make visits to area nursing homes for monthly sing-alongs. It was through this program that Durham learned of another volunteer opportunity: The Iowa City Hospice Reading Program.

For more than four years, the Iowa City Public Library has partnered with Iowa City Hospice to offer monthly reading programs at area retirement and residential care centers. The Library provides the reading materials and supplemental information to assist reading program volunteers with their programs and discussions.

“When the program first began, the Library would select books for the volunteers,” says Sarah Neary, Iowa City Hospice’s volunteer program coordinator.

Every group was reading the same book at the same time, with outlines and reading discussion questions provided by the Library. The program has evolved over the years, though, to adapt to the needs and wants of the residents it serves.

“We’ve decided the program works best with less structure,” says Anna Sewell, the Library’s outreach and volunteer assistant. “Some groups continue to be happy with reading and rereading the stories of growing up in Iowa, such as “Little Heathens” and “Growing Up Country,” while other groups prefer to choose their own material to read and discuss. I stay available to all the groups as a source of information, ideas and resources.”

Neary credits the program, and its volunteers, for providing residents with interpersonal interactions.

“We are dealing with a population that, in general, did not grow up with TV,” Neary says. “These people grew up with stories. They had to entertain themselves. The reading program is more engaging than TV and it reminds them of how they grew up.”

“It’s so rewarding,” Durham adds. “You walk in and see all of these smiles – they’re just so happy to see you. I think I get more out of the program than they do.”

Currently, eight volunteers make up the Iowa City Hospice Reading Program. More facilities are interested in joining the program, but additional volunteers are needed. If you are interested in being a reader, contact Sarah Neary at sarah.neary@iowacityhospice.org.

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Volunteer Spotlight: Gloria Lacina

by Brian Visser on February 15th, 2012

Gloria

We asked Gloria Lacina a few questions for this “Volunteer Spotlight:”

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

Over 15 years.

What do you do at the Library?

Check-in books.

Why did you decide to volunteer at the Library?

I wanted to do a service for the community.  I’ve been coming to the Library since I was a little girl.  I remember going to the old, old Library.  I’ve been through a lot of transitions.

What is your favorite part of the collection?

I read an awful lot of fiction, but I also like biographies and history.  I also like classic movies and British period TV series.

What else do you like to do?

I’m a big reader.  I also knit, crotchet and bake.  I try and walk three miles a day when weather permits.

Thank you, Gloria, for all of your time and hard work!
If you’re interested in volunteering, go www.icpl.org/work or come in to the Library and fill out an application.

Volunteer Spotlight: Jeanette Carter

by Brian Visser on January 9th, 2012

Jeanette Carter

We asked Jeanette Carter a few questions for this “Volunteer Spotlight:”

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

8 years.

What do you do at the Library?

I work at The BookEnd and also index early years of the Press-Citizen.

Why did you decide to volunteer at the Library?

I used to work here, and wanted to continue my connection to the Library.

What is your favorite part of the collection?

Cookbooks and biographies.

What else do you like to do?

I play in the New Horizons Band and the Silver Swing Band.

Thank you, Jeanette, for all of your time and hard work!
If you’re interested in volunteering, go www.icpl.org/work or come in to the Library and fill out an application.




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