Annual Reports

FY14 Annual Report

The Library's 2014 fiscal year ended June 30, and the numbers show another busy year.

Many positive comments have been received about the completion of the Library's "facelift," a two-year project to make improvements throughout the building.

The new Koza Family Teen Center on the second floor has attracted many new teens to programming and other events just for them. If you or family members are in 7th through 12th grades, be sure to stop by during special after-school hours to check out whats happening.

The renovation project also saw improvements in the Ellen Buchanan Children's Room where child-oriented technology advancements - including our Library's first interactive touch table - were provided. We thank local software developers created innovative software for the table. Their work continues this year in an effort to keep the Library's young patrons learning while playing.

The improvements made possible by the remodeling project would not have been so significant without your generous charitable contributions. Thank you for your increased support of two fundraising events. Donations topped $17,000 for the second annual Library Links Golf Classic and the Arts & Crafts Bazaar.

The importance of summer reading programs is receiving new attention both nationally and locally. Our community responded with record participation by all ages - babies, children, teens, and adults. For the first time, we partnered with two other libraries that serve students in the Iowa City Community School District, Coralville and North Liberty, to track registrations by school. A grant from the United Way of Johnson and Washington Counties helped us provide weekly programming at Iowa City Neighborhood Centers this summer.

The use of library collections remains strong. Although circulation of some traditional collections is down, electronic collections saw an 18 percent increase. Many people know what they want and appreciate the convenience of placing holds electronically anytime. The number of reserves placed is up 15 percent.

In FY14, the Iowa City Public Library finished its two-year renovation project, with improvements throughout the building.
Library patrons were greeted by Anthony Arnone, Associate Professor of Cello in the University of Iowa School of Music in October; one of several pop-up concerts Arnone gave around town as part of his Bach to Work" project."
The addition of the Koza Family Teen Center on the Library's second floor saw an increased use in programs and other events.
The two-year renovation project included the addition of a centralized Help Desk on the Library's first floor.
The Summer Reading Program kicked off with Children's Day in the City Plaza.
Many children used their library card for free transportation on the Library Summer Reading Bus.
Mondays in June were World Cup Days; patrons of all nationalities cheered on their favorite teams.
Patrons enjoyed a variety of special programs, including dance demonstrations.
Wii gaming continues to be a big draw, with children able to play on several screens in the Storytime Room.
Frances Owens and Anna Sewell visited Iowa City schools to distribute Library Cards and promote Library programs and events.
The annual Children's Day event is a celebration of reading, music, art and crafts.
Fizz, Boom, Read was the theme of the 2014 Summer Reading Program for babies. Nearly 500 babies participated in the program.
Make the Library your Laboratory with the 2014 Summer Reading Program theme for the adult program. More than 1,250 adults registered for the program.
The teen 2014 Summer Reading Program theme was Spark a Reaction; 404 teens participated.
Fizz, Boom, Read was the children's theme of the 2014 Summer Reading Program. A total of 2,720 children signed up for the program.
Teens celebrated the end of the Summer Reading Program with a lock-in at the Library.
A toddler enjoys the dinosaur exhibit at Children's Day.
Children love the painting activity at Children's Day.
Have you ever wanted to pet an alligator? Children who attended the Library's Summer Reading Program events got to do just that, thanks to a visit from Blank Park Zoo.
Children learned how to gslide their own garden during a special Storytime.
Young patrons enjoy cookies and punch during the Library's Open House to celebrate the end of the two-year renovation project.
The Annual Chess Tournament saw record participation numbers in 2013.
The 2014 Mission Creek Festival lineup included a teen concert at the Library, co-sponsored by United Action for Youth.
Scott Koepke, the education and outreach coordinator for New Pioneer Food Co-op's Soilmates program, led a special storytime to show children how to plant a pallet garden.
The second annual Library Links Golf Tournament was held in June at Finkbine Golf Course.
Minecraft fans flocked to the Library for several special events, including a new tween Minecraft program.
Children participate in a Preschool Storytime program.
Staff attended literacy night programs at area elementary schools to sign up children for their first Library Card.
Olivia the pig was one of many surprise visitors to storytimes this year.
Stories in the Park is a summer program during which children's staff host storytime at Willow Creek and Mercer parks on Wednesdays and Fridays in June and July.
Scott Koepke, the education and outreach coordinator for New Pioneer Food Co-op's Soilmates program, helps children design signs for the Children's Garden. The garden is planted every summer on Children's Day.
Rainbow slideell's Eleanor & Park was the ICPL's top read in 2013 and a good example of young adult literature that spans all ages.
Tweens on Tuesday, a new program for tween patrons, was introduced as part of the 2014 Summer Reading Program, with crafts and other activities available for older elementary students.
The second annual Arts and Crafts Bazaar fundraiser was a huge success.
The FY14 Library Board of Trustees.
A young patron enjoys the activity tables in the Children's Room.
More than 80 children registered for the 2013 Chess Tournament. The annual event is open to students in third through sixth grades.
A little rain didn't put a damper on this year's Children's Day. Instead, activities were moved inside, including juggling.
The Library honored its volunteers with a reception in May, highlighting those who have reached 100 hours of service or more. We are grateful to our volunteers for all that they do.
The Library is a support of STEM education, offering Chemists in the Library for families.
Even Herky has a Library Card!

Quick Facts

Population Served

Iowa City 67,862
Rural Johnson County (by contract) 31,343
University Heights (by contract) 1,051
Hills (by contract) 703
Lone Tree (by contract) 1,309


Books/eBooks 193,531
Non-print Materials 53,993
Print and Electronic Reference 3,998
Periodicals, Newspapers & e-subscriptions 375

Annual Usership Figures

Cardholders 66,403
Circulation 1,406,995
Visits to the Library 710,595
Information Requests 76,415
Program Attendance in Meeting Room 28,392
Non-Library Meeting Room Use 1,508