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ICPL to Host Community Seed Share
posted by: Meredith Hines-Dochterman in News, Adult Events, gardening
Interested in starting a vegetable or flower garden this spring, but don’t want to invest in large quantities of seeds? Do you have extra seeds that you’d like to share with other gardeners? Come to the Iowa City Public Library from 2 to 3:30 p.m. Sunday, April 2,...

Upcoming Events

Belly Babies: The First Three Months

Early childhood educator, Siobhan Gordon, MS, will share helpful information on the first 3 months of early childhood development. Programs are free and open to all expectant parents in the community. Registration isn't required. Older siblings are welcome to attend.

Date: Saturday, 3-25-2017
Time: 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Location: Storytime Room
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"Suffragette" Film Screening

Watch the 2015 film "Suffragette" after an introduction by Meenaksi "Gigi" Durham, University of Iowa School of Journalism. Professor Durham's research addresses representations of gender and sexuality in the media, focusing of the politics of the body, and the intersections of race, class and gender, and youth cultures. Stay for the movie (107 minutes) and popcorn. The Sunday Speaker Series is cosponsored by the League of Women Voters of Johnson County and the Iowa City Public Library.

Date: Sunday, 3-26-2017
Time: 1:30 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 Premiere. 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, 3-27-2017
Time: 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Location: Computer Lab
Registration is required!
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DNA Interest Group - Interpreting SNP Data (23andMe)

Interpreting SNP Data: A presentation about trait prediction from DNA data – from 23andMe trait reports to DIY analysis. 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, 3-28-2017
Time: 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Location: Meeting Room A
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Belly Babies: Breathing Techniques and Infant Massage

Kristin Bergman, LPN, LMT and Doula, of consciousbirthiowa.com will teach breathing techniques for birth preparation, and demonstrate how you can connect with your baby through massage. Programs are free and open to all expectant parents in the community. Registration isn't required. Older siblings are welcome to attend.

Date: Saturday, 4-01-2017
Time: 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Location: Storytime Room
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Community Seed Share

Want to start a vegetable or flower garden, but don’t want to invest in large quantities of seeds? Want to try growing something new? Do you have extra seeds that you'd like to share with other gardeners? Join us for a Community Seed Share! Sponsored by the Iowa City Public Library and the Iowa State Extension Master Gardeners of Johnson County, this is a great opportunity to share seeds you've saved or get some free seeds to try growing something new. The event is free and open to all - you do not have to bring seeds to participate. Seeds will be available first come, first served so get here early. This event is part of the JCMG Growing Together efforts to reduce food insecurity in Johnson County. We'll have nearly 30 varieties of vegetable, herb and flower seeds to share. We have received donations from Burpee, Baker Seeds and Seed Savers to kick off this event.

Date: Sunday, 4-02-2017
Time: 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Location: Meeting Room A
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New! Tools for Video Editing

Learn the basics for how editing works so that you can asked informed questions when it comes to selecting a video editor that is right for you. Get an overview of the types of tools that come standard with most video editing software and see how they help to create great video.

Date: Monday, 4-03-2017
Time: 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Location: Computer Lab
Registration is required!
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Thomas Frank reading and presentation - "Listen, Liberal"

"What’s the Matter With Kansas" author Thomas Frank will talk about his newest book, "Listen, Liberal". Hailed as “the most prescient book” of the year, "Listen, Liberal" accurately described what ailed the Democratic Party even before the election of 2016 made their weaknesses obvious. It is the story of how the “Party of the People” detached itself from its historic constituency among average Americans and chose instead to line up with the winners of our new economic order. Thomas Frank is the author of "Pity the Billionaire," "The Wrecking Crew," and "What’s the Matter with Kansas?" A former columnist for the Wall Street Journal and Harper’s, Frank is the founding editor of The Baffler and writes regularly for Salon. He lives outside Washington, D.C. This event is co-sponsored by the Iowa City Public Library, Johnson County Democratic Party, Iowa City Federation of Labor, University of Iowa Public Policy Center, and Prairie Lights.

Date: Tuesday, 4-04-2017
Time: 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Location: Meeting Room A, Meeting Room B, Meeting Room C
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Mission Creek - The Window featuring Dan Lerner podcast

The Window is a podcast produced by the University of Iowa’s Belin-Blank International Center for Gifted Education and Talent Development, Josh Jacobs, and David Gould. Hosted by Dr. Nicholas Colangelo. The Window will be recorded live in front of the Mission Creek Festival audience, with noted teacher, speaker, strength-based performance coach – and now author, Dan Lerner, as the guest. Dan teaches the popular NYU class, “The Science of Happiness,” and his first book, "U Thrive: How to Succeed in College (and Life)" will be published this spring. The program will focus on Dan’s new book, his “The Science of Happiness” class, among other topics.

Date: Friday, 4-07-2017
Time: 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Location: Meeting Room A, Meeting Room B, Meeting Room C
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Mission Creek Art + Life + Technology (ALT) Speaker Series

Mission Creek Festival's Art + Life + Tech (ALT) Speaker Series: 1 pm Presentation: “Unexpected Futures” with Nick Scappaticci 2 pm Panel: “#crushingit and #restingit - slow hustle” with Peter Awad 3 pm Presentation: “The Literacy of the Future” with Samantha Dahlby 4 pm Presentation: “Demystifying the Maker Movement” with Donald Bell

Date: Saturday, 4-08-2017
Time: 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Location: Meeting Room A, Meeting Room B, Meeting Room C
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Belly Babies: Lactation - What is a Doula?

Professional Birth Doula and Certified Lactation Counselor, Kimberly Hendricks takes the mystery out of childbirth and breast feeding with per presentation, "Beloved Bonds Womb to World." Programs are free and open to all expectant parents in the community. Registration isn't required. Older siblings are welcome to attend.

Date: Saturday, 4-08-2017
Time: 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Location: Storytime Room
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New! Using Adobe Premiere

Learn how to upload your files, clip away unneeded footage, add titles and transitions, as well as other effects to create quality video. The class will work with the patron’s own videos. ***Please bring your file saved on a flash drive. It suggested that participants attend Tools for Video Editing before taking this class.

Date: Monday, 4-10-2017
Time: 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Location: Meeting Room E (2nd Floor)
Registration is required!
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National Bookmobile Day event at Mercer Park

Celebrate bookmobiles with the Iowa City Public Library and Antelope Lending Library on National Bookmobile Day! Visit the bookmobiles as well as other vehicles that provide important mobile services in town, such as a fire truck, police car, UIHC Mobile Clinic, Table to Table van, an IC Transit bus, and more! The Dandelion Stompers will perform, and there will be free activities courtesy of Zen Den, massage therapist Jamie Nevins, and a mini zine craft courtesy of Katie Ross. Have your face painted, get your hands on the bookmobiles' summer schedules, and nab a special bookmobile-themed giveaway. Stop by Mercer Park and welcome ICPL's new bookmobile to town! (Rain location is the Mercer Park Community Room.)

Date: Wednesday, 4-12-2017
Time: 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Location: Mercer Park
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YouTube Digital Video Editing

Learn to use YouTube's video editing tools to edit your personal videos. The class will work with a generic video to learn how to edit these files using YouTube. Skills that will be covered in the class are: uploading video files, adding transitions, trimming your clips, adding titles, adding filters to your videos and more. It suggested that participants attend Tools for Video Editing before taking this class.

Date: Friday, 4-14-2017
Time: 10:00 am - 12:00 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 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, 4-17-2017
Time: 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Location: Computer Lab
Registration is required!
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Music on Wednesday @ICPL Preucil School of Music

Music on Wednesdays (this month on FRIDAY) is a bit of serendipity in the Library. Our community encounters music in unexpected places and local musicians share their talent. Join musicians from the Preucil School of Music as they share their joy in music performance.

Date: Friday, 4-21-2017
Time: 12:00 pm - 1:00 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 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.