What Can You Do In An Hour at ICPL?

My kids have art lessons every Wednesday afternoon, which means I have an hour to kill every week, as 60 minutes is too short to drive home (I don’t live in Iowa City), but too long to sit around and do nothing.

I suppose I could go grocery shopping, but but my life seems to be consumed by errands already. I wanted to do something fun!

It turns out 60 minutes is the perfect amount of time for a visit to the Library, especially when the first hour of parking is free in the Dubuque Street, Capitol Street and Tower Place parking garages, and the Court Street Transportation Center. hold-shelf-3

So what did I do during my hour?

I picked up a book waiting for me on the Hold Shelf, browsed the DVDs, grabbed a few CDs for my son, and talked to a friend I bumped into in the fiction stacks.

(She asked for a book recommendation. I suggested Saving Cee Cee Honeycutt by Beth Hoffman and The Year of Pleasures by Elizabeth Berg.)

My visit ended with more than 20 minutes left of my free hour of parking, so I stopped by a coffee shop for an iced vanilla latte, which I enjoyed as I strolled to the parking garage.

Wednesdays are my new favorite day of the week.

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And there is so much more. Find an Art-to-Go work of art to borrow, or two. Come upstairs and find the latest biographies and memoirs, expand your culinary horizons with the latest cookbooks or check out travel books for your next vacation. We have a great selection of documentaries to watch at home and audio books to fill your time while in the car commuting or on a long car trip. And if you want to get started on genealogical research, we have databases like Ancestry.com that you can use in-house and others that the Info Desk staff would love to show you how to use.

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