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The Library Channel is available on local cable channel 20 to those who subscribe through Mediacom. Programming focuses primarily on Storytimes, Children's Specials, and a variety of adult programs. Other possible programs include live coverage of meetings and events of local non-profit organizations in our meeting rooms, or local programming provided by the City's Cable Television Services office.

Services

Video Streaming

Many of the events that have aired on The Library Channel are also available on-demand.
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Record Your Meeting

Non-profit organizations holding their meetings in Meeting Room A can have the event taped and/or shown live on The Library Channel. Prior approval is required and must follow established guidelines outlined in the Recording and Live Cablecast Guidelines section below.

Recording

Use of the video production equipment in Meeting Room A is limited to specific City of Iowa City staff and trained staff of Public Access Television, Inc (PATV). Non-profit organizations must arrange for an authorized individual to run the equipment during their meeting. Technical assistance from Library staff cannot be guaranteed, but will be provided when possible. Programs videotaped in Meeting Room A must follow the general Meeting Room Guidelines. Events must be free and open to the public.

Live Cablecast

Approval will be given for programs that have a broad community appeal if they can be accommodated without major disruption to the Library's program schedule. Programs shown live will not be re-cablecast. All live cablecasts will end at Library close; however, use of production equipment may continue with meeting room use as dictated by our Meeting Room Policy.

All live cablecasts must follow our Cable Television Channel Programming Policy and Policy on Meeting Room and Lobby Use.

How to Arrange for Recording/Cablecast

  1. Request Meeting Room A online or at the Help Desk.
  2. Once your meeting has been approved, non-profit organizations and City Departments should contact the City of Iowa City Cable TV Office at (319) 356-5454 to arrange for equipment use.
  3. After contacting the City of Iowa City Cable TV Office, contact the ICPL AV Librarian at (319) 887-6024.

**All arrangements for recording and cablecasts must be made at least 14 days in advance.**

Channel 20 Schedule

History for Lunch

10:00 pm - 11:09 pm

in-progress

Johnson County Historical Society Presents

Family Storytime

6:00 am - 6:29 am

Family Storytime

6:30 am - 6:58 am

Toddler Storytime

7:00 am - 7:20 am

Join Elizabeth for stories and a special visit from Elephant and Piggie!

Family Storytime

7:30 am - 7:54 am

History for Lunch

8:00 am - 8:52 am

Johnson County Historical Society Presents

History for Lunch

9:00 am - 9:47 am

Johnson County Historical Society Presents

Book Babies

10:00 am - 10:30 am

Join Stacey Kelly, Balance Yoga studio. Stacey will teach you and your baby, poses, songs, and games...all with the benefits of yoga!

Chinese Book Babies

10:30 am - 10:55 am

Book Babies will host Emily Jia. Emily will introduce families to Chinese language.

Book Babies

11:00 am - 11:25 am

Book Babies Special

11:30 am - 11:58 am

Lauren Willberg ofPreucil School of Music’s, Music Together will lead a special Book Babies program. Stop by to learn some new songs and have a great time singing and dancing together!

Grow Your Business with the Library

12:00 pm - 12:50 pm

GROW YOUR BUSINESS WITH THE LIBRARY Can’t connect with customers? Suffering from prospecting problems? Your local library can help! The Iowa City Public Library subscribes to ReferenceUSA, a premier business & consumer database for marketing, sales and general business research. At 12:00 PM on January 22nd, the library will be hosting a free lunch & learn training event. The program will last one hour and cover the ins and outs of using this resource to enhance business outreach efforts.

Summer Reading Program

3:06 pm - 3:55 pm

Presenter Name: Darrin Crow Listen to local storyteller Darrin Crow tell entertaining tales and bring stories to life! Darrin has been based out of Iowa since 1999 where he brings stories of Iowa history, folk tales, tall tales and more to life for audiences of all ages. He'll keep you on the edge of your seat until the very end today with his presentation of "Big Builders with Big Stories- American Tall Tales and Folk Tales."

Summer Reading Program

4:00 pm - 4:46 pm

Jesus Rios

Kids Summer Reading Program event

5:00 pm - 5:41 pm

Duke Otherwise is a playful wordsmith, a spirited performer, a skilled guitarist and captivating tap-dancer. Come see him perform at either 10:30 or 1:00 with his distinct baritone as he sings hilarious and imaginative songs that all ages will delight in together.

Visiting Author

7:02 pm - 7:41 pm

Super sleuth and local children's author Delia Ray unravels secrets of the Black Angel from her new book, "Here Lies Linc." Followed by spooky stories, a visit by the Oakland Cemetery Ghoul, a cemetery maze activity, and musty mausoleum root beer.

Iowa - Echos of a Vanishing Landscape

8:00 pm - 8:58 pm

Photographer David Ottenstein discusses his hew book "Iowa - Echos of a Vanishing Landscape"

Elizabeth Strout

9:00 pm - 9:59 pm

Elizabeth Strout - Author Visit Prairie Lights and the Iowa City Public Library co-sponsor a visit from Pulitzer Prize-winning author Elizabeth Strout. She will be discussing her new novel, "The Burgess Boys." Tender, tough-minded, loving, and deeply illuminating about the ties that bind us to family and home, "The Burgess Boys" is Elizabeth Strout’s newest and perhaps most astonishing work of literary art.

Eco Iowa City

10:00 pm - 11:21 pm

Join ECO Iowa City to learn how to make a simple rain barrel to improve water quality and reduce the amount of runoff at your home. Presentation by Chant Eicke, Master Gardener and environmental scientist and wetland delineator with EarthView Environmental, LLC.

Family Storytime

6:00 am - 6:24 am

Family Storytime

6:30 am - 6:56 am

Preschool Storytime

7:00 am - 7:25 am

Preschool Storytime

7:30 am - 7:55 am

International Authors

8:00 am - 9:30 am

Images of America— Fall International Writing Program Residents share impressions of their time in the United States during this perennial IWP favorite.

ICCSD Visiting Author

9:30 am - 9:57 am

Preschool Storytime

10:00 am - 10:30 am

Preschool Storytime

10:30 am - 10:58 am

Preschool Storytime : Music Together with Lauren and Whitney of Preucil School of Music

Preschool Storytime

11:00 am - 11:29 am

Preschool Storytime : Stone Soup Storytime with Special Guests Chef Kurt Friese and Scott Koepke

Preschool Storytime

11:29 am - 11:59 am

Preschool Storytime with Ellen Buchanan

One of a Kind

12:34 pm - 1:06 pm

Young Adult Summer Reading Program

1:06 pm - 2:00 pm

with Vanessa and Victoria

Sweetcorn and Sushi

2:00 pm - 2:52 pm

Summer Reading Program

3:00 pm - 3:47 pm

Join the musical fun with Euforquestra and kicks up your heels to their rollicking Blue Grass tunes.

Zoop, Gap, Zar with Dino O'Dell

4:00 pm - 4:48 pm

Do you speak space alien? Would you like to? Then be sure to come by today's concert with musician, storyteller and picture book author, Dino O'Dell!

Summer Reading Program

4:48 pm - 5:27 pm

Travel Down Under for some of Deanne's tall tales accompanied by the melodies of Scott Koepke and his didgeridoo. Followed by "Sun and the Moon" African Tale with Kidspectacular.

Summer Reading Program

5:30 pm - 5:57 pm

Come celebrate the end of the summer reading program with a special show and treats.

Harshbarger Hosta Society Presents

6:00 pm - 6:45 pm

History for Lunch

7:00 pm - 7:50 pm

Johnson County Historical Society Presents

Irving Weber Days

7:50 pm - 8:57 pm

This talk by Katie Buehner, head of the Rita Benton Music Library will examine the travels of Himie Voxman and Charlie Eble who collected sheet music for arrangement, study, and sale in Iowa City. The Voxman 5, a woodwind quintet of U of Iowa staff members, will perform.

Local Lore

8:57 pm - 10:00 pm

Johnson County Historical Society Presents

Big Brain

10:00 pm - 10:52 pm

Preschool Storytime with Casey

6:00 am - 6:20 am

Preschool Storytime with Casey

Preschool Storytime

6:20 am - 6:53 am

Book Babies Storytime with Karen

7:00 am - 7:29 am

Toddler Storytime

7:30 am - 7:59 am

One of a Kind

8:00 am - 8:32 am

One of A Kind

8:32 am - 9:01 am

Ellen Buchanan interviews David Hensley of the UI Entrepreneurship Center.

One of a Kind

9:01 am - 9:35 am

Preschool Storytime

10:00 am - 10:25 am

Preschool Storytime : "Popo's Valentine Surprise" with Deanne Wortman and Dave Panther Popo's up to his old tricks with laugh-out-loud valentine fun.

Family Special

10:25 am - 11:20 am

Family Special: MADCAP Puppets present "The Cinderella Files"

Toddler Musical Storytime

11:20 am - 12:00 pm

Take a break from the cold and sing in the winter with local musician Jon Eric! We will be singing well known tunes as well as sharing some gingerbread cookies.

Visiting Author

12:00 pm - 12:46 pm

Local author Sarah Prineas will talk about her new children's fantasy book, The Magic Thief. The first in a trilogy about a pickpocket, a wizard, biscuits and magic.

Underground Railroad in Johnson County

1:00 pm - 2:50 pm

Civil War 150: Underground Railroad in Johnson County - Recent Research Douglas W. Jones, Iowa Freedom Trail Grant Project Manager from the State Historical Society of Iowa, will give us an overview of the Underground Rail Road activities in Johnson County and how they tied into the larger underground network. Part of the Civil War 150 series of programs

Storytime

3:00 pm - 3:31 pm

Darwin Turner Action Theatre's performance of "How Hummingbird Saved Carnaval"

Dance Me A Story

3:31 pm - 4:06 pm

Dance Me a Story ties together ballet performances and the literature that inspires the choreography. In anticipation of Ballet Quad Cities upcoming performance of the Wild, Wild West, get ready to explore rodeo through stories.

Book Babies

4:06 pm - 4:34 pm

Music is the Word: Book Babies with special guests West Music

Family Special

4:34 pm - 5:00 pm

Join the fun as hippo and elephant try to outdo one another to see who's the strongest in this East African puppet and creative dramatics tall tale followed by the colorful "Why the Sun and the Moon Live in the Sky." Kidspectacular

Family Special

5:00 pm - 5:48 pm

Family Special: Saint Patrick's Day Hooley with the Beggarmen It's everyone is Irish Day so, to celebrate, kick up your heels to the Celtic tunes of Iowa City's very own Beggarmen.

Poetry Month 2018

6:00 pm - 6:46 pm

Join us for a program by the Reading Aloud Group from the Iowa City/Johnson County Senior Center as the share poems by UI Writers Workshop teachers from the past.

Bike to Work Week Special

7:00 pm - 7:14 pm

Bike to Work Week Event: Wheely Fun Bike Basics Folks from the Bike Library of Iowa City will be here to teach us basic bicycle maintenance: Keeping your chain in good condition and your tires well inflated. Learn how to change a tire or patch a flat. Clean and lube your chain for a longer life. And Adjust your brakes and gears.

How to Build a Bike

7:30 pm - 8:28 pm

Learn about bike fabrication and design from UI Professor Steve McGuire.

Bike to Work Week

8:30 pm - 9:54 pm

Lawyer Jim of Bike Law, will discuss bicycle safety, laws affecting cyclists, dangerous situations, interactions with law enforcement, what to do if you're involved in a collision, and legislation affecting bicyclists.

DNA Interest Group

10:00 pm - 11:01 pm

Hidden Family History Revealed, Part I - Searching. A presentation about the search for biological family. 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.

Family Storytime

6:00 am - 6:28 am

Preschool Storytime

6:28 am - 7:00 am

In honor of the One Book, Two Book festival this weekend, some of our favorite characters from children's literature will joining us for storytime and cookies after.

Family Storytime

7:00 am - 7:30 am

Toddler Storytime

7:30 am - 7:50 am

Join Elizabeth for stories and a special visit from Elephant and Piggie!

Storm Water Management

8:00 am - 9:29 am

Adult Summer Reading Program 2015: Lucy Hershberger, founder of Forever Green Garden Center, will be here to teach us what we can do in our yards to help reduce flooding, protect our drinking water and improve water quality in our rivers, streams and lakes

Friends of Hickory Hill Park

9:30 am - 9:57 am

Preschool Storytime

10:00 am - 10:27 am

Preschool Storytime: Sweet Feet Yoga

Preschool Storytime

10:27 am - 10:57 am

Preschool Storytime with Ellen Buchanan

Preschool Storytime

11:00 am - 11:25 am

Preschool Storytime : "Popo's Valentine Surprise" with Deanne Wortman and Dave Panther Popo's up to his old tricks with laugh-out-loud valentine fun.

Storytime Special

11:30 am - 11:58 am

Bollywood Dancing with Smitha Khullar Kids will have fun learning the creative movements to this modern Indian dance craze which combines jazz and hip hop styles.

Big Brain

12:00 pm - 12:43 pm

Art Quilts of the Midwest

1:00 pm - 2:18 pm

Linzee Kull McCray, Erick Wolfmeyer, Astrid Bennet According to Wikipedia, Art Quilts are an art form that uses both modern and traditional quilting techniques to create art objects. Author and quilter Linzee Kull McCray's new book "Art Quilts of the Midwest" showcases the work of 20 artists whose works were inspired by life in the Midwest. Linzee will discuss the creation of her book, and sign copies after the program. Astrid Bennet, who wrote the forward, will talk about art quilts and the fabrics used in them. Erick Wolfmeyer, the only Iowa artists included in the book, will show a 10 minute film about his work. Spons. by Prairie Lights.

Poetry For Lunch

2:22 pm - 2:56 pm

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Spring Break Special

3:00 pm - 3:52 pm

Stop by ICPL to kick off spring with a bang! Comedy Magician, Rick Eugene, is back with a side splitting, smile making, doldrums breaking spring break special for the entire family. This show is sure to leave you laughing, wondering and inspired for the new season. Rick Eugene Brammer is an area magician, his shows are designed for the entire family, are action packed and fun filled. Stop by ICPL during spring break for a magical time!

Schools Out Special

4:00 pm - 4:56 pm

Come join the fun, surprises, and magical mayhem.

School's Out Special

4:56 pm - 5:56 pm

Celebrate Mexico's April Fool Day with Ed East and Karin Stein and their regional instruments and storytelling. Move to the rhythms of Colombia, Panama, Cuba, and Brazil.

Big Brain

6:00 pm - 6:43 pm

Remembering the Scottish Highlanders' 75-year History

7:00 pm - 7:46 pm

What are the Scottish Highlanders? How and when were they founded? What was their purpose? What were their accomplishments? Join Heather Stockman, daughter of the original director of the University of Iowa Scottish Highlanders, as she shares information about the wonderful 75-year history of this organization.

Songs and Stories of Farming

8:00 pm - 8:45 pm

History for Lunch

8:45 pm - 8:56 pm

Johnson County Historical Society Presents

Johnson County Historical Society Presents

9:00 pm - 9:53 pm

One of A Kind

10:00 pm - 10:32 pm

Ellen Buchanan interviews Jim Swaim, former executive director of United Action for Youth.

One of a Kind

10:32 pm - 11:07 pm

Thinkin' Lincoln

6:00 am - 7:16 am

Kickoff the Thinkin' Lincoln festivities and join Popo, Deanne Wortman, Babaloon the Clown, Scott Koepke, and Kidspectacular for a fun-filled festival of puppetry, crafts, creative dramatics and a giant circus puppet and pickle band parade. Kidspectacular begins the day with "Hershel and the Goblins" for some spooky fun at 10:30, followed by "Popo and the Funny Penny" at 11:15 and "Popo's Big Top Circus" with Deanne Wortman and Babaloon at 11:45. Crafts and a pickle band circus parade led by Scott Koepke round out the magical merriment.

Toddler Storytime

7:16 am - 7:51 am

DNA Interest Group

8:00 am - 9:06 am

Archaic Ancestry. Professor Andrew Kitchen from the Department of Anthropology at the University of Iowa will present the science of archaic ancestry inferences, such as the number of Neanderthal variants. 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.

DNA Interest Group

9:06 am - 9:50 am

Family Storytime Speical

10:00 am - 10:30 am

Join violin-fiddle duo Tricia Park and Taylor Morris in this special family concert as they explore a genre-bending program of music from traditional classical fair to contemporary world music as well as American and Celtic fiddle tunes

Storytime Puppet Special

10:30 am - 11:07 am

Eulenspiegel's adaptation of this beloved Grimms fairy tale uses delightfully crafted miniature Bohemian marionettes created by puppeteer Monica Leo. The set is an extra-large pop-up storybook also designed and created by Leo. The script, laced with wit and whimsy, was written by puppeteer Teri Jean Breitbach. The production was directed by well-known director Michael Sokoloff. In addition to seven puppets, the cast includes a wacky, flamboyant storyteller who relates to the audience as well as the puppets.

Family Special

11:07 am - 11:32 am

Join Orchestra Iowa's talented woodwind quartet as they introduce preschool-aged children to the beat of the orchestra! Focused on fun and learning, Pied Piper Concerts offer children the opportunity to enjoy an up-close and personal chamber concert absolutely FREE!

Caped Crusaders

11:32 am - 11:57 am

Caped Crusaders: Scott Koepke New Pi Soilmates organic garden educator, Scott Koepke, is kicking off the summer reading program with a sprout! Come learn about composting, the plant life cycle and get your hands dirty gardening with Scott.

International Writing Program

12:00 pm - 1:33 pm

Also part of IC Book Fest 2017

International Authors

1:33 pm - 2:32 pm

In today’s world of increasingly mixed media, pairing images with prose, music with poetry, or motion with plot can deepen affect and broaden audience reach. The International Authors program series provides an opportunity for the community to meet and converse with writers from around the world who are the 2016 Writers in Residence at the UI International Writing Program. This series is sponsored by The UI International Writing Program and The Iowa City Public Library.

Summer Reading Program

3:00 pm - 3:50 pm

Follow the clues and take a mystery trip around the world with super sleuth Deanne Wortman, John Lake, and Habeas Corpus members Nora Garda and Mark McCusker. K-6th grade.

Summer Reading Program

4:00 pm - 4:54 pm

Our favorite reptile guy brings a variety of not-so-slimy creatures including a boa constrictor, cayman, lizards, and other assorted exotic critters from the wild.

Summer Reading Program

4:54 pm - 5:24 pm

with Sarah Horgen

Summer Reading Program

5:24 pm - 5:59 pm

Deanne knows how to tickle your funny bone with her tall tales, accompanied by Ken on the cello. Make-a-mask crafts and Australian activity sheets.

One of a Kind

6:00 pm - 6:26 pm

One of a Kind

6:30 pm - 6:57 pm

Peter Catalanatto Interview

7:00 pm - 7:54 pm

John Coy

7:54 pm - 8:55 pm

Many boys don�t like to read. Why? In a first grade class most students are excited about letters and words and eager to learn this code. By fourth and fifth grade, however, many boys have decided they don�t like reading. John Coy, the 2010 ICPL Author in Residence, will explore some of the reasons boys get turned off from reading and offer specific suggestions to address the genuine interests of boys and engage them in reading.

Author Interview

8:55 pm - 9:58 pm

Walt Whitman, Emily Dickinson, Mathew Brady and the Civil War

10:00 pm - 11:09 pm

Presented by Ed Folsom, PhD Roy J. Carver Professor of English, University of Iowa Part of the Civil War 150 series

Family Storytime

6:00 am - 6:28 am

Family Storytime

6:30 am - 6:58 am

Family Storytime

7:00 am - 7:26 am

Family Storytime

7:26 am - 7:56 am

School's Out Special

8:00 am - 8:55 am

Celebrate Saint Patrick's Day and kick up your heels to the traditional and modern Celtic tunes of Iowa City's own Beggarmen.

School's Out Special

9:00 am - 9:51 am

Kick up your heels to Irish music, dancing, and a St. Patrick's Day celebration featuring Acoustic Mayhem and We 3 Riverdancers. This Spring Break event is free and open to families and children of all ages.

Preschool Storytime

10:00 am - 10:34 am

"The Magic Paint Brush" with Deanne Wortman

Preschool Storytime

10:34 am - 11:01 am

Family Special Storytime

11:01 am - 11:31 am

Kidspectacular presents "Red Riding in the Hickory Hill Hood" and "Frog and Toad Are Friends," followed by Spring Fling fun activities and "Tell Us Your Family Story" with The Carnaval Arts project.

Preschool Storytime

11:31 am - 11:57 am

Preschool Storytime : Japanese Picture Tales with Deanne

Second Sunday Garden Forum

12:00 pm - 1:53 pm

Project Green

One of a Kind

2:00 pm - 2:30 pm

One of a Kind

2:30 pm - 3:02 pm

One of a Kind

3:02 pm - 3:32 pm

Irving Weber's Iowa City

4:00 pm - 5:01 pm

Lolly Eggers talking about her book "Iowa City's Irving Weber : a biography"

Iowa City Community Theatre

5:01 pm - 6:15 pm

Weber Days 2017

6:15 pm - 7:12 pm

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.

Hospice 2010 - part 1

7:12 pm - 8:35 pm

Karen Stobbe will share her perspective of what it is like to have two parents with Alzheimer's disease and how she has incorporated being present in the moment to help her with the rewards and challenges of being a primary caregiver. Ms. Stobbe will share tools for caregivers to use on a daily basis, and will help them identify meaning and a refreshed spirit in their caregiving roles.

Hospice 2010 -part 2

8:35 pm - 9:51 pm

Karen Stobbe will share her perspective of what it is like to have two parents with Alzheimer's disease and how she has incorporated being present in the moment to help her with the rewards and challenges of being a primary caregiver. Ms. Stobbe will share tools for caregivers to use on a daily basis, and will help them identify meaning and a refreshed spirit in their caregiving roles.

Visiting Author

9:51 pm - 10:57 pm

2010 Michael L. Printz Award Winner and 2006 Iowa High School Book Award-winner Libba Bray speaks at the Iowa City Public Library.