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ICPL announces March Classes for Adults
posted by: Meredith Hines-Dochterman in News, adult classes, Adult Events, computer classes
Are you creative? Do you enjoy learning new computer skills? The Iowa City Public Library will be teaching classes on GIMP, free graphic design software, and YouTube which has a built-in video editor in March. When you learn how to use these tools, you can edit and create personalized...

Upcoming Events

Music is the Word: Music on Friday

Please join students from the University of Iowa School of Music as they share a hour of music over the lunch break. Sit back, relax, and enjoy the amazing talent of our University of Iowa students.

Date: Friday, April 29th, 2016
Time: 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Location: Meeting Room A, Meeting Room B, Meeting Room C
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UNESCO International Jazz Day Event: The Art of Improvisation:

Music group led by Steve Grismore will explore and explain the art of jazz improvisation.

Date: Saturday, April 30th, 2016
Time: 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
Location: Meeting Room A, Meeting Room B, Meeting Room C
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Weber Days: Realizing Stephen Smith: His Conscience and Conflict

UI student Steve Smith (1944-2009) encountered violence as a civil rights worker in Mississippi, led a hunger strike in downtown Iowa City, and burned his draft card in the Iowa Memorial Union in protest of the escalating war in Vietnam - all before his 21st birthday. University archivist David McCartney recounts Smith's life and efforts in the UI Archives to document his ideals and his struggles.

Date: Wednesday, May 4th, 2016
Time: 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Location: Meeting Room A, Meeting Room B, Meeting Room C
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Music is the Word/Weber Days : History of the UI School of Music

Since 1906, there has been a School of Music at the University of Iowa. Come hear music librarian Katie Buehner discuss the evolution of this one hundred and ten year old program as evidenced in documentation from the University Archives and the collections of the Rita Benton Music Library.

Date: Wednesday, May 4th, 2016
Time: 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Location: Meeting Room A, Meeting Room B, Meeting Room C
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Music on Wednesday @ICPL: Crystal City

Singer/songwriter Dave Helmer teamed up with choral singer Sam Drella in 2009 to form Crystal City. The group draws its name from the Gram Parsons song “Las Vegas” and finds inspiration from the strong, interdependent harmonies of Parsons and Emmylou Harris.

Date: Wednesday, May 11th, 2016
Time: 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Location: Lobby
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Music Is the Word-First United Methodist Church Organ concert: Weber Days

Local history display and organ concert featuring Dr. Melanie Sigafoose. Event will be held at First United Methodist Church, 214 East Jefferson St.

Date: Wednesday, May 11th, 2016
Time: 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Location: Other
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Music is the Word Documentary Screening: Troubadour Blues

Troubadour Blues is a journey into the world of well-traveled singer-songwriters in the tradition of Woody Guthrie, including Peter Case, Mary Gauthier, Chris Smither, Dave Alvin, Slaid Cleaves and many more. Filmmaker Tom Weber spent nearly 10 years gathering material for this feature-length documentary, which provides a revealing look at the heartbreaks and joys of these modern-day wandering minstrels. 93 min. (2011)

Date: Thursday, May 12th, 2016
Time: 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Location: Meeting Room A, Meeting Room B, Meeting Room C
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Weber Days: Restoring Scanned Images Part I

Date: Friday, May 13th, 2016
Time: 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Location: Computer Lab
Registration is required!
2 of 10 seats available.
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Weber Days: Restoring Scanned Images Part II

Date: Tuesday, May 17th, 2016
Time: 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Location: Computer Lab
Registration is required!
3 of 10 seats available.
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Weber Days: The Secret Lives of Houses: How to Research your House's History.

Learn from Alicia Trimble, Executive Director of Friends of Historic Preservation how to research the history of your home or a building.

Date: Wednesday, May 18th, 2016
Time: 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Location: Meeting Room A
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Weber Days: Maintaining and Preserving Digital Photos Part I

Date: Saturday, May 21st, 2016
Time: 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Location: Computer Lab
Registration is required!
-4 of 10 seats available.
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Weber Days: Maintaining and Preserving Digital Photos Part II

Date: Saturday, May 21st, 2016
Time: 12:30 PM - 1:30 PM
Location: Computer Lab
Registration is required!
-2 of 10 seats available.
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6:30-8:30 PM Ped Mall Concert-Music is the Word Finale: Catfish Keith

Gather on the Ped Mall for a special Saturday night concert to wrap up our year-long Music is the Word series welcoming the University of Iowa School of Music to Downtown Iowa City. Join Catfish Keith for some foot-stomping deep-delta blues and American roots music. Come see why Catfish Keith has been described as a "Guitar Genius" and "The real acoustic blues king."

Date: Saturday, May 21st, 2016
Time: 6:30 PM - 7:30 PM
Location: Meeting Room A, Meeting Room B, Meeting Room C, Meeting Room D (ICN), Other
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Weber Days: Introduction to Genealogy

Have you ever wondered about your family tree? Not sure how to start searching for your ancestors? Come join us for an Introduction to Genealogy. From what questions to ask and where to start searching to how to keep track of the information you find we'll get you started on your search. Space is limited register online or by calling 356-5200.

Date: Monday, May 23rd, 2016
Time: 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Location: Computer Lab
Registration is required!
4 of 15 seats available.
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B.Y.O.Book - "The Black Count" at The Mill:

Join us for the spring 2016 series of the B.Y.O.Book "Books In Bars" Book Club meetups! We will celebrate the Pulitzer Centennial by featuring books that have won a Pulitzer Prize.

Date: Tuesday, May 24th, 2016
Time: 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Location: Other
Registration is required!
14 of 26 seats available.
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Music on Wednesday @ICPL/Weber Days: Old Post Office Brass

"Old Post Office Brass" reflects the home base in the Senior Center, formerly the Iowa City Post Office, and is a part of the New Horizons Band. This traditional brass quintet (two trumpets, horn, trombone and tuba) performs a large variety of music, including classical, ragtime, Dixieland and popular (show tunes, etc.) for a variety of audiences in different venues.

Date: Wednesday, May 25th, 2016
Time: 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Location: Lobby
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Weber Days: Making Sense Out of Iowa City Streets

Citizen historian Thomas Schulein will present a program on how Iowa City streets were named. Making Sense Out of Iowa City Streets - Why can't we seem to drive directly from place to place in Iowa City? Why are there no churches on Church Street? Why are some street signs in Iowa City blue, instead of green? Why do the streets First Avenue through Seventh Avenue go from east to west? How did we get all of those streets named after movie stars? And, what is with those strange-sounding names of St. Mathias Alley and St. Clements Alley? This presentation will focus on these issues and more to explain the layout and naming of the streets of Iowa City. Some early history of Iowa City will be explored along the way. Historic Foodies will provide street food after the presentation.

Date: Wednesday, May 25th, 2016
Time: 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Location: Meeting Room A, Meeting Room B, Meeting Room C
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Annual Events

All Iowa Reads

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The purpose of All Iowa Reads is to encourage Iowans statewide to read and talk about a single title in the same year. The 2016 book selection is Lila by Marilynne Robinson. All Iowa Reads is a project of the Iowa Center for the Book. For more information about the All Iowa Reads program and reviews, discussion guides, and the selected books for each year, visit our All Iowa Reads page.

One Community, One Book

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One Communty, One Book is a community-wide reading project that runs annually, from mid-September to mid-November. The 2015 book selection is Just Mercy: a Story of Justice and Redemption by Bryan Stevenson. For more information, visit the Library's One Community, One Book page.

Intellectual Freedom Festival

Intellectual Freedom Festival

In 1995, The Iowa City Public Library established the annual Carol Spaziani Intellectual Freedom Festival to honor Spaziani 26-year career at ICPL and life-long commitment to the freedom of ideas. Spaziani believes that the public library's role is to be a resource and a forum for an individual's pursuit and expression of diverse points of view. The festival is held in the fall. For more information, visit our Intellectual Freedom Festival page or call the Library at 319.356.5200.

Summer Reading Program

Iowa City Public Library offers Summer Reading Program events for people of all ages. Registration typically begins at the end of the school year. For more informaiton, visit our Summer Reading Program page or call 319-356-5200.

Irving B. Weber Days

The Iowa City Public Library, Johnson County Historical Society, Iowa City Genealogical Society, Iowa City Noon Lions club, and other area groups celebrate Irving B. Weber days in May, during Local History Month. For more information about Weber Days programs, visit the online Irving B. Weber site or call the Library at 319.356.5200.

Garden Forums

Second Sunday Garden Forums are sponsored by ICPL and Project GREEN. Each two-hour forum is free and open to the public. For more information on upcoming Garden Forums, contact Beth Fisher at 319.887.6024 or beth-fisher@icpl.org.

Library Links Golf Classic

The Library Links Golf Classic is a yearly golf outing to benefit the Iowa City Public Library. For more information, visit our Library Links page.