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Throwback Thursday…and a beer!
posted by: Candice Smith in From the Shelves, Adult Events, BookClubs, BYOBook, Fiction
So, this past Tuesday, I found myself wanting to discuss a good book and  have a nice beer. That happens to me often on Tuesdays…wait, what did you say? You too??!! Well, you’re in luck! Get ready for B.Y.O.Book, the Library’s new books in bars book club....

Upcoming Events

Film Screening -The Wizard of Oz

Do you remember the first time you saw the land of Oz? Join us as we celebrate the 75th Anniversary of this Technicolor classic and cheer on Dorothy and her friends Scarecrow, the Tin Man, the Cowardly Lion on their adventure to find the Wizard of Oz.

Date: Thursday August 14th
Time: 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Location: Meeting Room A, Meeting Room B, Meeting Room C
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Iowa Ghosts and The Afterlife

Geocaching 101

Part of the 2014 Adult Summer Reading Program.

Stargazing Basics and a Tour of the Summer and Fall Sky

Part of the 2014 Adult Summer Reading Program.

Beat Poets

Members of the Iowa City Johnson County Senior Center's Read Aloud group will be reading Beat Poetry.

Date: Wednesday September 24th
Time: 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Location: Meeting Room A
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The Dangers of Comic Books on the young mind

Carol L. Tilley, Assistant Professor, The Graduate School of Library and Information Science, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign will present a program on Fredric Wertham. In the 1950's psychiatrist Fredric Wertham began a crusade on the harmful effects of Comic books on children. His 1954 book "Seduction of the Innocent" warned that comic books were a negative form of popular literature and a serious cause of juvenile delinquency. This program is part of ICPL's 2014 Intellectual Freedom Festival.

Date: Wednesday September 24th
Time: 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Location: Meeting Room A, Meeting Room B, Meeting Room C
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Shut Up And Sing - a documentary

Censorship takes many forms. The film follows the Dixie Chicks, a successful all-woman Texas-based country music trio, over a three-year period of intense public scrutiny, fan backlash, physical threats, and pressure from both corporate and conservative political elements in the United States after lead singer Natalie Maines publicly criticised then President of the United States George W. Bush during a live 2003 concert.

Date: Thursday September 25th
Time: 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Location: Meeting Room A
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TED on Tuesdays

TEDTalks have become a worldwide sensation. TED (Technology, Entertainment, Design) are ideas worth spreading. Bring a brown bag lunch and join us the 3rd Tuesday of each month over the noon hour as we watch some of the most popular TED and TEDx talks.

Date: Tuesday August 19th
Time: 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Location: Meeting Room A
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2014 FIFA World Cup - USA vs. Germany

Hold for TED on Tuesdays

TEDTalks have become a worldwide sensation. TED (Technology, Entertainment, Design) are ideas worth spreading. Bring a brown bag lunch and join us the 3rd Tuesday of each month over the noon hour as we watch some of the most popular TED and TEDx talks.

Date: Tuesday September 16th
Time: 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Location: Meeting Room A
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Date: Tuesday October 21st
Time: 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Location: Meeting Room A
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Date: Tuesday November 18th
Time: 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Location: Meeting Room A
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Hold for Melissa Gilbert event - Prairie Lights

Melissa Gilbert is coming out with a cookbook about Little House!!! They can do an event sept 16th.

Date: Saturday September 20th
Time: 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Location: Meeting Room A, Meeting Room B, Meeting Room C
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Date: Friday September 19th
Time: 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Location: Meeting Room A, Meeting Room B, Meeting Room C
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2014 FIFA World Cup Final

"Red" a play about Mark Rothko

Host Miriam Gilbert and a special guest will discuss John Logan's play "Red" about painter Mark Rothko. "Red" will open the season at Riverside Theatre on September 5th and run through the 28th.

Date: Thursday August 28th
Time: 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Location: Meeting Room A, Meeting Room B, Meeting Room C
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Food Preservation 101

Join Rachel Wall, Nutrition and Health Specialist with ISU Extension and Outreach, to learn the basics of safe canning, freezing, and dehydrating of fruits, vegetables, and herbs. Learn the most current, research-based guidelines. Free dial-gauge pressure canner lid testing is also available (note: All-American and Burpee models cannot be tested).

Date: Wednesday August 6th
Time: 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Location: Meeting Room A
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B.Y.O.Book - Wolf Hall at Sanctuary Pub

Join us for the fall 2014 series of the B.Y.O.Book "Books In Bars" Book Club meetups! This month we'll be at Basta Pizzeria Ristorante (121 Iowa Ave) to discuss Tom Rachman's novel about an international English-language newspaper in Rome, "The Imperfectionists". Registration is encouraged due to space limitations. Limited copies of the book will be available for check out from Reference Desk staff on 2nd floor at ICPL.

Date: Tuesday August 26th
Time: 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Location: Other
Registration is required!
19 of 25 seats available. Information & registration for this session

Date: Tuesday September 16th
Time: 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Location: Other
Registration is required!
24 of 25 seats available. Information & registration for this session

Date: Tuesday October 28th
Time: 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Location: Other
Registration is required!
22 of 25 seats available. Information & registration for this session

Senior Tech Zone

Want to learn how to use Google or make better searches? Or would you like to try your hand at Facebook, blogging or learn how to scan? Or maybe you just need some extra help using a computer. Come join your peers for a two-hour drop in session, no sign-up needed and it is free!

Date: Thursday August 7th
Time: 10:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Location: Computer Lab
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Date: Thursday August 14th
Time: 10:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Location: Computer Lab
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Date: Thursday August 21st
Time: 10:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Location: Computer Lab
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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 2014 book selection is Little Wolves by Thomas Maltman. 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 2014 book selection is The distance between us : a memoir by Reyna Grande. 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.