Author Archive for Elsworth


Friday, Jun 26, 2020

Things are happening at ICPL!  While our doors remain closed to the public, our building is buzzing with socially distanced, masked staff ordering and preparing new materials for check out, moving furniture, getting meeting rooms ready to use as a technology access area, and tackling other tasks.  We are thankful our community continues to use library services while the building is closed.  We hear from you via phone and chat reference services, see your faces during remote programming, and pass you your materials at curbside pickup.

Friday, Jun 5, 2020

Thank you for helping make our first day of curbside holds pickup a success! With nice weather; well-prepared and enthusiastic staff; and patient, happy patrons, the June 4th kickoff could not have gone any better.  Library staff were thrilled to see patrons again, even from several feet away and through a windshield.    We plan to expand curbside pickup capacity in the coming weeks, and anticipate accepting new holds soon.  We know our community is eager for more access to library materials and we look forward to making this happen.

Friday, May 15, 2020

Many Iowa City residents have read the proclamation Governor Reynolds made on May 13th, which permits libraries (and several other types of businesses and agencies) to reopen within set parameters.  This has generated some questions about when the Iowa City Public Library will reopen.

Wednesday, Apr 29, 2020

Hello, Library Patrons, I’d like to address some comments the Iowa City Public Library has received about opting not to offer a curbside delivery service of library materials.    

Friday, Apr 24, 2020

I love a busy, bustling, noisy public library.  Seeing people enjoying our spaces, using our technology, exploring our collections, and interacting with our staff brings me true joy.  The past few weeks I have been working in a different type of space, and spending time in the empty (or nearly empty) building has provided the opportunity to think about how much I love library people.  Since this is both National Library Week and National Volunteer Week, I’d like to take a moment to acknowledge and thank the people who make ICPL such an amazing place.

Wednesday, Apr 1, 2020

Dear Library Patrons, We’re here for you! The library building is closed while we work remotely to try to keep everyone healthy. Please help us understand how to serve you better by filling out a short survey.

Monday, Mar 23, 2020

Dear Library Patrons, In response to the joint Mayors’ statement yesterday and in continuation of our efforts to align with best practices in reducing the spread of COVID-19, the Iowa City Public Library is releasing most staff from on-site work assignments through at least April 12. Telephone service will be temporarily suspended starting today; watch for updates related to the reestablishment of this service.

Sunday, Mar 15, 2020

Dear Library Patrons, Starting today, March 17th, the Iowa City Public Library is offering chat (online) reference and telephone assistance from 10.00am-5.00pm, Monday through Friday.  Our online resources continue to be available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.  Remote book drop service (located at GreenState Credit Union and First Avenue Hy Vee) will be suspended beginning Friday, March 20, at 1.00pm.

Friday, Mar 13, 2020

Dear Library Patrons: The Iowa City Public Library is dedicated to serving our community and improving the quality of life of our patrons. Usually, this work includes proactively participating in community events, offering enriching programs and classes, and working hard to meet our community members where they are throughout Iowa City. We love these active parts of our service. However, sometimes we have to adjust our service model in response to new or shifting challenges, and this is one of those times.

Wednesday, Jan 2, 2019

Hello!  I am Elsworth Carman, and I am so pleased to be the incoming director of ICPL. ICPL’s past and present successes set a high bar for the future of the agency.  I am excited to build on Susan Craig’s legacy of leadership as ICPL evolves...

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Elsworth is the Director of the Iowa City Public Library.