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ICPL announces August Classes for Adults
posted by: Meredith Hines-Dochterman in News, adult event, Adult Events, classes
August classes at the Iowa City Public Library are all about being social. The Center and the Library are teaming up to offer beginner and intermediate classes for Facebook and Pinterest. Our beginners’ class will be held at 10 a.m. Friday, Aug. 5, at the Senior Center ...

Upcoming Events

Shakespeare on Film: Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead (Tom Stoppard, 1991, 118m)

Tom Stoppard’s own film adaptation of his most famous play (first produced in 1966) centers on two of Hamlet’s minor figures, who observe most of the action of Shakespeare’s greatest tragedy from the wings. Gary Oldman and Tim Roth may or may not play the frequently befuddled title characters.

Date: Thursday, September 1st, 2016
Time: 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Location: Meeting Room A
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2016 International Authors Series: Right to Remove, Right to Refuge

Is changing one’s country a basic human right? A conversation about the impact of the millions in motion today, worldwide. The International Authors program series provides an opportunity for the community to meet and converse with writers from around the world who are the 2016 Writers in Residence at the UI International Writing Program. The series is sponsored by The UI International Writing Program and The Iowa City Public Library.

Date: Friday, September 2nd, 2016
Time: 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
Location: Meeting Room A
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Bikes, bikes, bikes: For the Love of Mud - Documentary screening

Produced and directed by Benedict Campbell, For the Love of Mud documents the increasingly popular world wide sport of cycle-cross.

Date: Tuesday, September 6th, 2016
Time: 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Location: Meeting Room A
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Shakespeare on Film: Romeo + Juliet (Baz Luhrmann, 1996, 120m)

Baz Luhrmann’s outrageous take on Shakespeare’s famous tragedy of star-crossed teenage lovers sticks to the script while wildly updating everything else, resulting in perhaps the first major post-MTV Shakespeare adaptation. Leonardo DiCaprio and Claire Danes play the doomed yet immortal couple.

Date: Thursday, September 8th, 2016
Time: 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Location: Meeting Room A
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2016 International Authors Series: Fiction in the Age of Film

Graphomane, cinephile, both? Along what pathways can the written word cross the bridge to cinematographic storytelling? The International Authors program series provides an opportunity for the community to meet and converse with writers from around the world who are the 2016 Writers in Residence at the UI International Writing Program. This series is sponsored by The UI International Writing Program and The Iowa City Public Library.

Date: Friday, September 9th, 2016
Time: 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
Location: Meeting Room A
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Shakespeare's Herbs and Flowers:

Stop by the ICPL table at the downtown Farmer's Market to learn how herbs and flowers were used during the time Shakespeare lived. Colleen E. Kennedy, PhD, visiting Assistant Professor, UI Dept. of English will demonstrate how locally grown flowers and herbs from Shakespeare's time were used. The hour long program will be given twice -at 9:00 am and 11:00 am.

Date: Saturday, September 10th, 2016
Time: 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Location: Other
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Bikes, Bikes, Bikes: How to Build a Bike

Fabrication and Design: Learn UI Professor Steve McGuire's hand built bicycles class. Iowa City has been chosen as a site for the 2016 UCI Volkswagen Jingle Cross Cyclo-Cross World Cup races. During the last weekend of September, Iowa City will be welcoming cyclo-cross teams and fans from all over the world to the World Cup events at the Johnson County Fairgrounds. ICPL will be hosting a variety of events throughout the month to put us all in a biking mood.

Date: Wednesday, September 14th, 2016
Time: 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Location: Meeting Room A
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Shakespeare on Film: "O" (Othello) (Tim Blake Nelson, 2001, 94m)

Starring Mekhi Phifer, Julia Stiles, Martin Sheen. Actor and director Tim Blake Nelson’s powerful update of Shakespeare’s tragedy Othello boldly relocates the story of love, loyalty, jealousy, and betrayal in a modern American high school. Among other elements, the film features an inventive soundtrack.

Date: Thursday, September 15th, 2016
Time: 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Location: Meeting Room A
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2016 International Authors Series: At Language’s Edge

In what ways does translation and/or multilingual writing stretch, alter, inflect the creative process of literary thinking? The International Authors program series provides an opportunity for the community to meet and converse with writers from around the world who are the 2016 Writers in Residence at the UI International Writing Program. This series is sponsored by The UI International Writing Program and The Iowa City Public Library.

Date: Friday, September 16th, 2016
Time: 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
Location: Meeting Room A
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2016 Intellectual Freedom Festival: Bob Dylan - Don't Look Back (1967, 96 min)

Bob Dylan is captured on-screen as he never would be again in this groundbreaking film from D. A. Pennebaker. The legendary documentarian finds Dylan in London during his 1965 tour, which would be his last as an acoustic artist and marked a turning point in his career. Dont Look Back is a radically conceived and shot portrait of an American icon that has influenced decades of vérité behind-the-scenes documentaries.

Date: Monday, September 19th, 2016
Time: 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Location: Meeting Room A
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B.Y.O.Book--"The Millionaire and the Bard" at Share Wine Lounge & Bistro:

Join us for the Summer/Fall 2016 series of the B.Y.O.Book "Books In Bars" Book Club meetups! We will be celebrating the exhibition of Shakespeare's First Folio at the University of Iowa Main Library Gallery (August 29-September 25) by featuring books about Shakespeare's work and books that have Shakespearean themes.

Date: Tuesday, September 20th, 2016
Time: 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Location: Other
Registration is required!
9 of 25 seats available.
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Bikes, Bikes, Bikes: What's it all about? Jingle Cross & the Cyclo-Cross World Cup

The best bike racers from around the world will come to Iowa City during the Volkswagen Jingle Cross Cyclo-Cross Festival September 22nd-25th 2016. There will be over 50 races for amateurs and professional riders with the Telenet UCI World Cup taking place on Saturday, September 24th, 2016. Dr. John Meehan, the Jinglecross Promoter and Race Director, will stop by ICPL to give us all the details.

Date: Tuesday, September 20th, 2016
Time: 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Location: Meeting Room A, Meeting Room B, Meeting Room C
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Dostoyevsky's Crime & Punishment in Film: Crime and Punishment (1935)

Directed by Josef von Sternberg, and starring Peter Lorre and Edward Arnold.

Date: Wednesday, September 21st, 2016
Time: 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Location: Meeting Room A
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Shakespeare on Film: Documentary - Looking for Richard (Al Pacino, 1996, 112m)

Al Pacino’s unique take on Shakespeare’s Richard III is a rare, revealing investigation of the actor’s art. Seeking his own approach to one of the great, sympathetic villains in theatre history, Pacino’s behind-the-scenes documentary is as mesmerizing as his eventual stage performance in the role must have been. Appearances by some of Shakespeare’s most famous modern interpreters are also featured in Pacino’s first, award-winning film as a director.

Date: Thursday, September 22nd, 2016
Time: 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Location: Meeting Room A
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2016 International Authors Series: Real Work

Franz Kafka was a legal clerk. Kurt Vonnegut was a car dealer. Harper Lee was a ticket agent. How do day jobs infiltrate writing lives, minds, stories? The International Authors program series provides an opportunity for the community to meet and converse with writers from around the world who are the 2016 Writers in Residence at the UI International Writing Program. This series is sponsored by The UI International Writing Program and The Iowa City Public Library.

Date: Friday, September 23rd, 2016
Time: 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
Location: Meeting Room A
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2016 Intellectual Freedom Festival film screening: Citizenfour (2014)

Citizenfour is a 2014 documentary film directed by Laura Poitras. In January 2013, Poitras, an American documentary film director/producer received an encrypted e-mail from a stranger who called himself Citizenfour. In it, he offered her inside information about illegal wiretapping practices of the US National Security Agency (NSA) and other intelligence agencies. In June 2013, accompanied by investigative journalist Glenn Greenwald and The Guardian intelligence reporter Ewen MacAskill, she traveled to Hong Kong with her camera for the first meeting with the stranger in a hotel, who revealed himself as Edward Snowden.

Date: Monday, September 26th, 2016
Time: 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Location: Meeting Room A
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2016 Intellectual Freedom Festival/Shakespeare book discussion: Hamlet's Dreams - the Robben Island Shakespeare

Hamlet's Dreams brings together the Robben Island Prison of Nelson Mandela and the prison that is Denmark for Shakespeare's Hamlet. David Shalkwyk uses the circulation of the so-called 'Robben Island Shakespeare', a copy of the Alexander edition of the Complete Works that was secretly circulated, annotated and signed by a group of Robben Island political prisoner in the 1970s (including Nelson Mandela), to examine the representation and experience of imprisonment in South African prison memoirs and Shakespeare's Hamlet.

Date: Tuesday, September 27th, 2016
Time: 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Location: Meeting Room A
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Intellectual Freedom Festival Poetry Event: XXX:Love Poems

XXX:Love Poems," a program of erotic love poems by Ovid, Whitman, Donne, cummings, Dickinson, Levertov, Gunn and others, read by the members of Reading Aloud, from the Iowa City/Johnson County Senior Center.

Date: Wednesday, September 28th, 2016
Time: 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Location: Meeting Room A
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Dostoyevsky's Crime & Punishment in Film: Woody Allen's Match Point

Loosely based on Dostoyevsky's Crime and Punishment, Woody Allen's Match Point stars Jonathan Rhys Meyers and Scarlett Johansson. Match Point centers on Chris (Rhys Meyers) is retired tennis pro about to marry into a wealthy family, but his social position is threatened when he begins a clandestine affair with his future brother-in law's girlfriend, played by Johansson.

Date: Wednesday, September 28th, 2016
Time: 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Location: Meeting Room A
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2016 International Authors Series: The Shape of Your Paragraph

Genre writing may be constraining or exhilarating. What are the limits and the thrills of genre specialization in the world’s literary cultures? The International Authors program series provides an opportunity for the community to meet and converse with writers from around the world who are the 2016 Writers in Residence at the UI International Writing Program. This series is sponsored by The UI International Writing Program and The Iowa City Public Library.

Date: Friday, September 30th, 2016
Time: 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
Location: Meeting Room A
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2016 International Authors Series: The Sound of Your Words, the Line on Your Screen

In today’s world of increasingly mixed media, pairing images with prose, music with poetry, or motion with plot can deepen affect and broaden audience reach. The International Authors program series provides an opportunity for the community to meet and converse with writers from around the world who are the 2016 Writers in Residence at the UI International Writing Program. This series is sponsored by The UI International Writing Program and The Iowa City Public Library.

Date: Friday, October 14th, 2016
Time: 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
Location: Meeting Room A
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B.Y.O.Book--"Station Eleven" at Northside Bistro:

Join us for the Summer/Fall 2016 series of the B.Y.O.Book "Books In Bars" Book Club meetups! We will be celebrating the exhibition of Shakespeare's First Folio at the University of Iowa Main Library Gallery (August 29-September 25) by featuring books about Shakespeare's work and books that have Shakespearean themes.

Date: Tuesday, October 18th, 2016
Time: 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Location: Other
Registration is required!
16 of 25 seats available.
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2016 International Authors Series: World Literature Today

What are the most exciting currents and influences of contemporary writing beyond and across the borders of national literatures today? The International Authors program series provides an opportunity for the community to meet and converse with writers from around the world who are the 2016 Writers in Residence at the UI International Writing Program. This series is sponsored by The UI International Writing Program and The Iowa City Public Library.

Date: Friday, October 21st, 2016
Time: 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
Location: Meeting Room A
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2016 International Authors Series: World Literature Today

Fall Residents share impressions of their time in the United States during this perennial IWP favorite. The International Authors program series provides an opportunity for the community to meet and converse with writers from around the world who are the 2016 Writers in Residence at the UI International Writing Program. This series is sponsored by The UI International Writing Program and The Iowa City Public Library.

Date: Friday, October 28th, 2016
Time: 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
Location: Meeting Room A
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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 2016 book selection is Without You, There Is No Us: My Time With the Sons of North Korea's Elite by Suki Kim. 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.