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2015 Art Purchase Prize winners
posted by: Candice Smith in From the Reference Desk, Inside ICPL, News, Adult Events, Art To Go, Programs
This year’s Art Purchase Prize contest has resulted in the purchase of eight new works of original art. During the annual contest, the Library solicits art from artists who live, work, or exhibit in the Iowa City area; the art is then judged by the Library’s Art Advisory...

Upcoming Events

Music on Wednesday @ICPL: Preucil School of Music

Join musicians from the Preucil School of Music as they share their joy in music performance.

Date: Wednesday, February 10th, 2016
Time: 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Location: Lobby, Meeting Room A
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Music is the Word/ Black History Month Documentary : Twenty Feet From Stardom

The backup singer exists in a strange place in the pop music world; they are always in the shadow of the feature artists even when they are in front of them in concert while they provide a vital foundation for the music. Through interviews with veterans and concert footage, the history of these predominately African-American singers is explored through the rock era. 91 min (2013)

Date: Thursday, February 11th, 2016
Time: 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Location: Meeting Room A, Meeting Room B, Meeting Room C
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Music Is The Word: Traditional Chinese Music Performance - Wu Man:

Wu Man is an internationally renowned pipa (Chinese lute) virtuoso.

Date: Wednesday, February 17th, 2016
Time: 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Location: Meeting Room A, Meeting Room B, Meeting Room C
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Music is the Word film program: And the Oscar for Best Original Score goes to The Adventures of Robin Hood!

The Adventures of Robin Hood (1938) 102 min. Sir Robin of Locksley (Eroll Flynn), defender of downtrodden Saxons, runs afoul of Norman authority and is forced to turn outlaw. With his band of Merry Men, he robs from the rich, gives to the poor and still has time to woo the lovely Maid Marian (Olivia de Havilland), and foil the cruel Sir Guy of Gisbourne (Basil Rathbone) and keep the nefarious Prince John (Claude Rains) off the throne. Guest speaker Nathan Platte, Assistant Professor of Musicology, UI School of Music introduce the film and give a short history of the Academy Award for Best Original Score.

Date: Thursday, February 18th, 2016
Time: 7:00 PM - 9:30 PM
Location: Meeting Room A
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Music is the Word: Dunlavin Green - St. Patrick's Day concert:

Dunlavin Green (Larry Mossman, Guy Drollinger, David Hicks, and Kathy Maxey) will perform traditional Irish music to celebrate St. Patrick's Day.

Date: Thursday, March 17th, 2016
Time: 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Location: Meeting Room A, Meeting Room B, Meeting Room C
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Music is the Word Documentary Screening: Theremin - an Electronic Odyssey

A documentary about the amazing life of Leon Theremin, inventor of the theremin, the electronic musical instrument so beloved of 50s sci-fi movie music. Theremin amazed America with his instrument until his kidnapping by Soviet agents in the mid-30s. Upon his release from a labor camp, he worked on surveillance devices for the KGB. Almost 60 years later , he is brought back to America for a touching reunion with his friends and colleagues. 81 min (1994) Local theremin owner Kent Williams will bring his theremin to the event so we can see one in action.

Date: Thursday, March 24th, 2016
Time: 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Location: Meeting Room A
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Music Is The Word: Iowa City Classical Guitarist Society concert:

Concert of classical guitar music with a featured soloist.

Date: Thursday, March 31st, 2016
Time: 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
Location: Meeting Room A, Meeting Room B, Meeting Room C
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Music Is The Word: Grecian Urns-The Posing Women Behind "The Music Man":

Talk by Marian Wilson Kimber, Associate Professor at the University of Iowa School of Music.

Date: Monday, April 11th, 2016
Time: 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Location: Meeting Room A
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Music Is The Word: Iowa City Community String Orchestra spring concert:

The program is not finalized yet, but it will include a new work by local composer, professor and founding ICCSO member, Dr. Laird Addis. The Iowa City Community String Orchestra presents high quality performances that support contemporary artists as well as present the classics. Members are professionals and serious amateurs that volunteer musical skills for the community. Event will be held at The Englert Theatre and is free and open to the public.

Date: Sunday, April 17th, 2016
Time: 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Location: Other
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Music is the Word - Music Therapy in Eastern Iowa:

Mary Adamek, Director of the Music Therapy Program at the University of Iowa School of Music will lead a panel discussion of music therapists on the history of music therapy in Eastern Iowa.

Date: Monday, April 18th, 2016
Time: 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Location: Meeting Room A
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Music is the Word Documentary Screening: Throw Down your Heart

Béla Fleck has spent most of his career moving the banjo into the future--i.e., away from what he calls "the white southern stereotype" and, with the help of his band the Flecktones, into genres not normally associated with the instrument--but with Throw Down Your Heart, he goes in the opposite direction, traveling to Africa to explore the banjo's ancient roots. Joined by documentary filmmaker Sascha Paladino, Fleck journeys to Uganda, Tanzania, Gambia, and Mali, where he jams with (and records) a variety of musicians and the results are consistently lilting and joyous. 97 min (2008)

Date: Thursday, April 21st, 2016
Time: 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Location: Meeting Room A
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Music is the Word/Weber Days : History of the UI School of Music

With special guest Katie Buehner, Music Librarian, UI School of Music.

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 Is the Word: First United Methodist Church Organ concert: Weber on Wednesday

Local history display and organ concert featuring Gregory Hand, assistant professor of organ at the University of Iowa. Event will be held at First United Methodist Church, 214 East Jefferson St., Iowa City, IA

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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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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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 2015 book selection was My name is Mary Sutter by Robin Oliveira. 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.