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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

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, 5-01-2017
Time: 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Location: Computer Lab
Registration is required!
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Music on Wednesday @ICPL/Weber Days: Old Post Office Brass

"Old Post Office Brass" reflects the home base in the Senior Center, formerly the Iowa City Post Office, and is a part of the New Horizons Band. This traditional brass quintet (two trumpets, horn, trombone and tuba) performs a large variety of music, including classical, ragtime, Dixieland and popular (show tunes, etc.) for a variety of audiences in different venues.

Date: Wednesday, 5-03-2017
Time: 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Location: Lobby
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Introduction to Genealogy

Have you ever wondered about your family tree? Not sure how to start searching for your ancestors? Come join us for an Introduction to Genealogy. From what questions to ask and where to start searching to how to keep track of the information you find we'll get you started on your search.

Date: Wednesday, 5-03-2017
Time: 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Location: Computer Lab
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Weber Days: University Town, Union Town - An Introduction to Iowa City and Johnson County Labor History

John W. McKerley, Oral Historian at the University of Iowa Labor Center's Iowa Labor History Oral Project, will give an introduction to the Labor History of Iowa City and Johnson County. This program is part of ICPL's Weber Days, a series of Local History programs and events honoring the memory and work of Iowa City Historian Irving B. Weber.

Date: Wednesday, 5-03-2017
Time: 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Location: Meeting Room A
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Weber Days: Voxman and Eble: Iowa City's Music Men

Starting in the 1950s, Himie Voxman and Charlie Eble travelled throughout the United States and Europe, collecting sheet music for arrangement, study, and sale in Iowa City. Voxman collected copies of neglected music manuscripts from European archives, while Eble made important contacts with dealers to bring the latest musical repertoire to School of Music and Iowa City musicians. This talk by Katie Buehner, head of the Rita Benton Music Library will examine Voxman's travels, the archives he visited, and take a look at his editorial work which produced over 300 musical arrangements and countless instrumental methods books. The Voxman 5, a woodwind quintet of University of Iowa staff members, will perform. This program is part of ICPL's Weber Days, a series of Local History programs and events honoring the memory and work of Iowa City Historian Irving B. Weber.

Date: Wednesday, 5-10-2017
Time: 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Location: Meeting Room A
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New! Military Records and your Genealogy Search

Military records are great resources when trying to further your genealogy search. There are some key things you need to know about using these records and this class will teach you what you need to know.

Date: Friday, 5-12-2017
Time: 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Location: Computer Lab
Registration is required!
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Weber Days: The Plain and Colorful Story of Feed Sacks

For nearly 100 years, cotton bags (AKA "feed sacks") were used to transport products that ranged from agricultural feed and seed to ballots, auto parts, and hams. Their evolution from white, strictly utilitarian textiles to stylish dress-print fabrics created by New York designers parallels recognition by manufacturers of women's influence on their family's purchases, and on the resulting marketing efforts. Linzee Kull McCray will share stories and images from her book Feed Sacks: The Colourful History of a Frugal Fabric, which brings together tales of hardship, resilience, and social and economic forces with more than 850 historic photos and images of vintage fabrics, advertising, and more to explore this little-known segment of textile history and of the American economy. This program is part of ICPL's Weber Days, a series of Local History programs and events honoring the memory and work of Iowa City Historian Irving B. Weber.

Date: Monday, 5-15-2017
Time: 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Location: Meeting Room A
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Weber Days: Local History Resources at ICPL

The Iowa City Public Library has many unique collections that focus on historical information about the Iowa City area. This hi-bred class will take you on a tour of our online resources and then tour areas within the library that house our unique local items. This program is part of ICPL's Weber Days, a series of Local History programs and events honoring the memory and work of Iowa City Historian Irving B. Weber.

Date: Wednesday, 5-17-2017
Time: 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
Location: Meeting Room A
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Weber Days: Why Save an Old Barn?

Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the Secrest 1883 Octagonal Barn near Downey, Iowa is one of the oldest and largest round barns in the United States. In the process of restoring the barn, its current owner Rich Tyler has researched the history behind the property, including the golden age of farming, the Depression, and the architecture of barns. He'll share the story of the barn's preservation, thanks in part to the individuals and organizations that rallied around the barn and contributed to its saving. The barn is open to the public, and photographers, artists and school children have all played an important role. He'll also discuss how you can save your own barn, and what old barns may mean to future generations who grow up without them. When he's not in his barn, Rich Tyler is a Professor in the Departments of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery and Speech Pathology and Audiology at the University of Iowa. This program is part of ICPL's Weber Days, a series of Local History programs and events honoring the memory and work of Iowa City Historian Irving B. Weber.

Date: Wednesday, 5-17-2017
Time: 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Location: Meeting Room A
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DNA Interest Group - DNA Myth Busters

DNA Myth Busters -“Your baldness is from your mother” – a presentation and discussion of myths about inheritance. 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, 5-23-2017
Time: 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Location: Meeting Room A
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Weber Days: The Jefferson Hotel and the Murals of Mildred Pelzer

Sean Ulmer, Executive Director of the Cedar Rapids Museum of Art will present a lecture on Mildred Pelzer's Jefferson Hotel murals. Two of the murals are on loan to the Iowa City Public Library and the Iowa City/Johnson County Senior Center during the renovation of Longfellow Elementary School. J Patrick White, who organized the loan and Chris Pisarik, Longfellow Elementary School Principal, will also speak. This program is part of ICPL's Weber Days, a series of Local History programs and events honoring the memory and work of Iowa City Historian Irving B. Weber.

Date: Wednesday, 5-24-2017
Time: 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Location: Meeting Room A, Meeting Room B, Meeting Room C
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Spanish Book Club - "La esquina del munda" by Mylene Fernández Pintado

The Spanish Book Club will meet in Meeting Room B to discuss "La esquina del munda" by Mylene Fernández Pintado. Free and open to the public. Everyone is welcome.

Date: Friday, 5-26-2017
Time: 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Location: Meeting Room B
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Prenatal Yoga with Kelli from Zen Den Yoga

Expecting mothers are invited for a free prenatal yoga session at the library taught by Kelli Jackson, owner of Zen Den Yoga and an expecting mother herself. Yoga is beneficial during pregnancy because it helps you learn how to breathe deeply and consciously relax, which will be useful as you face the physical demands of labor, birth, and new motherhood. Yoga during pregnancy can keep you limber, tone your muscles, and improve your balance and circulation, so check out this class in the Storytime Room.

Date: Saturday, 5-27-2017
Time: 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Location: Storytime Room
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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.