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ICPL announces January Classes for Adults
posted by: Meredith Hines-Dochterman in News, adult classes, Adult Events, computer classes, technology
Want to learn more about your Apple or Android tablet or smartphone? In January, the Iowa City Public Library will offer several classes that help beginning and intermediate users get a better handle on their hand-held devices. Join us at 11 a.m. on Friday, January 13, for iPad...

Upcoming Events

Invisible Hawkeyes: African Americans at the UI During the Long Civil Rights Era

Dr. Lena M. Hill, Sr. Associate to the UI President and Dr. Michael D. Hill, UI Associate Professor of English and African American Studies, will discuss the creation of the 2016 book "Invisible Hawkeyes: African Americans at the University of Iowa During the Long Civil Rights Era." What was it like to be black and a student at Iowa during the 1930s - 1960s? This event is cosponsored by the League of Women Voters of Johnson County as part of their 2017 Sunday Speaker Series and by the Iowa City Public Library as part of the 2017 Black History Month series.

Date: Sunday, 2-19-2017
Time: 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Location: Meeting Room A
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Social Media Safety: Protecting your Privacy Online

Discuss the advantages/disadvantages of using the privacy settings on several social networks. Learn how to adjust your settings and learn ttechniques for discovering the information that is already out there online about you.

Date: Monday, 2-20-2017
Time: 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Location: Computer Lab
Registration is required!
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Living History with Harriet Tubman

Kathryn Harris, retired library services director at Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library, began reenacting Harriet Tubman in the late 1990s. As Harriet she talks about her experiences as a ‘conductor’ for the Underground Railroad. Over a period of roughly ten years, Tubman made nearly a score of trips to the slave states to lead slaves to freedom in the north, risking her own life and freedom each time she went south. Harris has portrayed Tubman countless times, both to adult and children’s groups. This program is part of the 2107 Black History Month series.

Date: Thursday, 2-23-2017
Time: 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Location: Meeting Room A, Meeting Room B, Meeting Room C
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Living History with Harriet Tubman

Kathryn Harris, retired library services director at Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library, began reenacting Harriet Tubman in the late 1990s. As Harriet she talks about her experiences as a ‘conductor’ for the Underground Railroad. Over a period of roughly ten years, Tubman made nearly a score of trips to the slave states to lead slaves to freedom in the north, risking her own life and freedom each time she went south. Harris has portrayed Tubman countless times, both to adult and children’s groups. This program is part of the 2107 Black History Month series.

Date: Thursday, 2-23-2017
Time: 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Location: Meeting Room A, Meeting Room B, Meeting Room C
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Spanish Book Club - "El amor en los tiempos del cólera" by Gabriel Garcia Marquez

The Spanish Book Club will meet in Meeting Room E to discuss "El amor en los tiempos del cólera" by Gabriel Garcia Marquez. Free and open to the public. Everyone is welcome.

Date: Friday, 2-24-2017
Time: 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Location: Meeting Room E (2nd Floor)
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Pinterest Tips and Tricks

Discover how to organize and use your Pinterest account to its fullest potential. Learn how to search for boards using various search terms, follow and unfollow boards, make a secret pin board, and much more!

Date: Tuesday, 2-28-2017
Time: 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Location: Computer Lab
Registration is required!
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DNA Interest Group - Ancestry Prediction

Ancestry Prediction: An overview of ancestry estimation including a panel discussion of personal findings in the context of family history. The DNA Interest Group is designed to bring together individuals in the Iowa City area interested in learning about the use and interpretation of commercial DNA test results. Meetings will address a variety of different topical areas, including applications in genealogy, inferences of traits, exploration of human genetic variation, and the societal impact of these services. Meetings will also include group discussions, and are free and open to the public. If this topic interests you, join us! Meetings will be the 4th Tuesday of the month at 6:00pm in Meeting Room A at the Iowa City Public Library. For more information, contact Bryant McAllister at bryant-mcallister@uiowa.edu and follow the group on Facebook: DNA Interest Group - Iowa City.

Date: Tuesday, 2-28-2017
Time: 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Location: Meeting Room A
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Maintaining and Preserving Digital Photos

Want to learn how to take care of your digital photo collection? Begin by getting familiar with important terminology and file types. Then learn the key steps needed to preserve your digital photos. See how to use metadata to organize photos and discuss and talk about tools available to make this process a little more manageable.

Date: Friday, 3-03-2017
Time: 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Location: Computer Lab
Registration is required!
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Belly Babies: Begin a Reading Ritual

Recent research suggests that babies can hear their parents' voices as early as 23 weeks. I'll share literacy tips, rhymes, songs and books. All practices to help you start a reading ritual before your baby is born. This program is free and open to all expectant parents in the community. Registration isn't required. Older siblings are welcome to attend.

Date: Saturday, 3-04-2017
Time: 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Location: Storytime Room
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Second Sunday Garden Forum: Iowa City's 'Gather Here' - Growing Parks & Community

Juli Seydell Johnson became the Director of Iowa City Parks & Recreation in January 2016. She'll be here to discuss Iowa City’s current park areas and its master plan for parks, natural areas, trails, and trees which provides a new vision to “Gather and Grow” in the city. As Director of Parks & Recreation, Juli is responsible for the city's 46 parks, extensive trail network, 1,600 acres of open space, two recreation centers and the city-owned Oakland Cemetery. An Iowa native, Juli previously served as the Director of Parks and Recreation for the City of Eagan, Minn, and Coralville, Iowa .She is a graduate of Iowa State University and the University of South Dakota. The Second Sunday Garden Forums and cosponsored by Project GREEN and the Iowa City Public Library. All programs are free and open to the public.

Date: Sunday, 3-05-2017
Time: 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Location: Meeting Room A, Meeting Room B, Meeting Room C
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Creative Workshop using Adobe Creative Cloud

The computer lab will be open for individuals interested in self-guided work using Adobe Creative Cloud products. Today's open lab will focus on Adobe Illustrator. If you don't have a project or want to learn to use the Adobe software you can access one of the many tutorials available. A librarian will be on hand to trouble shoot questions that may arise or provide guidance when using the software. A handout with learning resources will be provided. Please register -- there are only 10 seats available.

Date: Monday, 3-06-2017
Time: 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Location: Computer Lab
Registration is required!
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Music on Wednesday @ICPL: Pigs and Clover

Native Iowan singer-songwriters, Matt Kearney and Jamie (Fredericksen) Kearney, share their eclectic mix of music and poetry.

Date: Wednesday, 3-08-2017
Time: 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Location: Lobby
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Restoring Scanned Images

Learn to restore a scanned image by using GIMP, a free, open source software similar to Adobe Photoshop. In this class learn how to correct a photo's color balance, the brightness and contrast, correct small areas of damage (like water spots), sharpen a blurry image, and eliminate red eye and much more!

Date: Friday, 3-10-2017
Time: 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Location: Computer Lab
Registration is required!
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Special Access Browsing

On selected days, the Library will open one hour early for individuals with autism and their families to enjoy the library together in a neutral environment. The children's room will also have therapy dogs, sensory toys and activities. The Teen Room will be open for teens to play computer and video games. The library will also use Natural lighting throughout the library to accommodate those with light sensitivity.

Date: Saturday, 3-11-2017
Time: 9:00 am - 10:00 am
Location: Children's Room
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Belly Babies: Finding a Balance with a Baby

A new baby means a new routine. Helen Kudos, MSW, LSW, of Eastwind Healing, will be here to share tips and best practices about keeping the lines of communication open and finding balance during this unpredictable time. Programs are free and open to all expectant parents in the community. Registration isn't required. Older siblings are welcome to attend.

Date: Saturday, 3-11-2017
Time: 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Location: Storytime Room
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Creative Workshop using Adobe Creative Cloud

The computer lab will be open for individuals interested in self-guided work using Adobe Creative Cloud products. Today's open lab will focus on Adobe Photoshop. If you don't have a project or want to learn to use the Adobe software you can access one of the many tutorials available. A librarian will be on hand to trouble shoot questions that may arise or provide guidance when using the software. A handout with learning resources will be provided. Please register -- there are only 10 seats available.

Date: Monday, 3-13-2017
Time: 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Location: Computer Lab
Registration is required!
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Online Safety for Parents and Tweens

Keeping your kids safe online can seem like a big job. Come to the library and get an overview of some of the best ways to keep your kids safe and open up conversation with them about their online experiences. Our class will primarily focus on safety for Tween aged kids. While you attend the class, your kiddos can join our tween librarian, Morgan, for some iPad fun. Experiment with coding logic, explore internet safety, and check out some of our newest apps and games.

Date: Wednesday, 3-15-2017
Time: 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Location: Computer Lab
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Online Safety for Parents and Tweens

Keeping your kids safe online can seem like a big job. Come to the library and get an overview of some of the best ways to keep your kids safe and open up conversation with them about their online experiences. Our class will primarily focus on safety for Tween aged kids. While you attend the class, your kiddos can join our tween librarian, Morgan, for some iPad fun. Experiment with coding logic, explore internet safety, and check out some of our newest apps and games.

Date: Wednesday, 3-15-2017
Time: 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Location: Storytime Room
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Belly Babies: What to Expect When Baby is Born?

Felicia Wagner, RN and Doula, will discuss postpartum mood disorders, the signs to look for , and how partners, friends, and family can help. Several new parents will be here to share their own experiences. Programs are free and open to all expectant parents in the community. Registration isn't required. Older siblings are welcome to attend.

Date: Saturday, 3-18-2017
Time: 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Location: Storytime Room
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Restoring Scanned Images

Learn to restore a scanned image by using GIMP, a free, open source software similar to Adobe Photoshop. In this class learn how to correct a photo's color balance, the brightness and contrast, correct small areas of damage (like water spots), sharpen a blurry image, and eliminate red eye and much more!

Date: Monday, 3-20-2017
Time: 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Location: Computer Lab
Registration is required!
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Creative Workshop using Adobe Creative Cloud

The computer lab will be open for individuals interested in self-guided work using Adobe Creative Cloud products. Today's open lab will focus on Adobe InDesign. If you don't have a project or want to learn to use the Adobe software you can access one of the many tutorials available. A librarian will be on hand to trouble shoot questions that may arise or provide guidance when using the software. A handout with learning resources will be provided. Please register -- there are only 10 seats available.

Date: Monday, 3-20-2017
Time: 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Location: Computer Lab
Registration is required!
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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 2017 book selection is Bottomland by Michelle Hoover. 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.