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A total eclipse of the sun is expected on Monday, April 8th. For Iowa City, that means we may experience 89% totality starting at 12:46 p.m. and lasting until 3:16 p.m. The maximum eclipse occurs at 2:02 p.m. ICPL is giving out free eclipse glasses at our public service desks. One per person, please! And remember sharing is caring: Families may share pairs to reduce clutter in the home and waste in the environment.

From environmental disasters to apocalyptic events, these reads are sure to shake you.

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Flooded book cover
Flooded book cover


Mariajo Ilustrajo

jE Ilustraj

"Flooded is the funny and beautifully illustrated tale of animals who live in a city that is ever so slowly flooding. The flood comes gradually at first. A business lion reads about it in the paper over his breakfast and absent-mindedly says 'hmm!', but does nothing about it. All the...

This book was put on my lap from one of our superstar Children's Librarians and it's lovely. Children will adore scouring the pages for a wonderfully illustrated variety of animals in often funny predicaments, and adults will be reminded of the very real problems going on around us, despite how distracted we might be with our own. Overall, it's a shining testament that celebrates the fact that we can solve most of our problems successfully when we work together. -Victoria

The last zookeeper book cover
The last zookeeper book cover

The last zookeeper

Aaron Becker

jE Becker
Picture Books, Animals, Nature, Science Fiction

A master of the wordless form imagines a futuristic Noah's Ark in a luminous sci-fi parable for our changing world.

Masterful! Aaron Becker's latest title is wordless picture-book perfection. -Casey

Three kinds of lucky book cover
Three kinds of lucky book cover

Three kinds of lucky

Kim Harrison


"Petra Grady has known since adolescence that she has no talent for magic-and that's never going to change. But as a sweeper first-class, she's parlayed her rare ability to handle dross--the damaging, magical waste generated by her more talented kin's spellwork--into a decent...

The author's writing style was so good. It made this an easy read. I really enjoyed the idea that there's a waste byproduct from magic that has to be handled by specialists. -Mykle

Comet chaser : the true Cinderella story of Caroline Herschel, the first professional woman astronomer book cover
Comet chaser : the true Cinderella story of Caroline Herschel, the first professional woman astronomer book cover

Comet chaser : the true Cinderella story of Caroline Herschel, the first professional woman astronomer

Pamela S. Turner

j520.92 Herschel
Science, Picture Books, Nonfiction

"Once upon a time there lived a girl who swept floors and washed dishes, and was little more than a servant to her family. Until, one day, an invitation arrived. It was an invitation to a new country and a new beginning--a place where Caroline's dreams, her fascination with the night sky...

Long-overdue recognition for Caroline Herschel, a European female astronomer working in the late 1700s who did not receive a formal education and seemed destined to be the unpaid servant for her family, until she left home and moved in with an adult sibling, who discovered a latent talent for advanced mathematics. The brother-sister duo built what was then the world's most advanced telescope and Caroline used her mathematical ability to calculate the position of stars and other celestial bodies, leading to precise and detailed catalogs and maps of the solar system that are still used to this day. She discovered and mathematically mapped over 2,000 comets, a feat that was truly mind-blowing at the time. Also, she and her brother literally discovered Uranus. -Anne W

Glenn Burke, game changer : the man who invented the high five book cover
Glenn Burke, game changer : the man who invented the high five book cover

Glenn Burke, game changer : the man who invented the high five

Phil Bildner

j796.357092 Burke
Sports, LGBTQ+, Kids, Nonfiction

"An inspiring picture book biography about Glenn Burke, the first Major League Baseball player to come out as gay, and the story of how he created the high five, the world's most recognizable handshake. Playing for the Los Angeles Dodgers, Glenn Burke could do it all--hit, throw, run,...

Ever thought about who might have invented the high five? It was 1970s pro baseball player Glenn Burke! This biographical picture book follows Glenn Burke's brief but illustrious career in the major leagues, including the moment he and fellow player Dusty Baker spontaneously invented the high five. For Burke, a unique individual who was always joking, cheering, and dancing in the dugout, it was a natural progression. Burke also happened to be a Black gay man in the 1970s, and, heartbreakingly, he was pushed out of the league and later struggled with homelessness and substance abuse, dying of AIDS-related illness at only 42. These topics are dealt with sensitively but honestly in this picture book biography. I hope readers think of Burke every time they high-five someone after reading this story - a man who only now is being recognized for his legacy, not only in inventing such an iconic gesture, but in paving the way for LGBT+ athletes. If you want more on Burke, there is a middle-grade fiction title also by Phil Bildner that ties together the stories of Burke and a modern-day LGBT+ young male baseball player, also an excellent book. -Anne W

A friend for Eddy book cover
A friend for Eddy book cover

A friend for Eddy

Ann Kim Ha

jE Kimha
Picture Books

"Eddy the goldfish makes a leap of faith to become closer to new friends"--

A Friend for Eddy is wonderful! No spoilers, check out the cover under the jacket! -Casey


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World Club: Dutch Windmill. Iowa City Public Library.
ICPL Spring Houseplant Swap. Iowa City Public Library.
National Scrabble Day. Iowa City Public Library.
Local Libraries Listen. Initiate. Talk. Virginia Sole-Smith. Thursday, April 18. 7 p.m. Online. Book cover that reads "Fat Talk: Parenting the Age of Diet Culture"
Iowa City Public Library. English Conversation Group.
Community Writing Center. Iowa City Public Library. Coralville Public Library. Kirkwood Community College. Iowa.
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