Iowa City Public Library's online newsletter - April 2016

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Music is the Word

Nine months of musically-themed programming to celebrate the University of Iowa School of Music's move to downtown Iowa City wraps up soon.

If you haven't attended a program or want to catch another one before Music is the Word comes to a close, here are some upcoming events:


10:30 a.m. Saturday, April 23: Dia de Los Ninos/Libros Storytime Celebration

Join in Storytime fun as we celebrate Latino books, music and culture.


7 p.m. Wednesday, May 4: History of the UI School of Music

Katie Buehner, Music Librarian at the UI School of Music, will lead this program that also ties into ICPL's Weber on Wednesdays, our annual celebration of local history.


10:30 a.m. Thursday, May 5: Preschool Storytime

Regina Orchestra will join us for a special morning concert. Stop by to learn about the string family and to participate in the instrument petting zoo!


6:30 p.m. Saturday, May 21: Music is the Word Finale: Catfish Keith

Gather on the Ped Mall for a special Saturday night concert featuring Catfish Keith. It will be an evening of foot-stomping deep-delta blues and American roots music with "the real acoustic blues king."

For a complete listing of upcoming events, visit our Music is the Word website.

Thanks for sharing photos, memories

thank you tornado

We want to thank the community for sharing their memories of the tornado that hit Iowa City on April 13, 2006.

The response to our request for photographs of the tornado and its aftermath for a digital exhibit commemorating the tornado’s 10th anniversary was incredible! We received more than 2,500 images, as well as video and written stories.

To view the tornado collection, visit ICPL’s Digital History Project website. You can also track the tornado’s path through an interactive map pinpointing specific locations of the damage. We’ll continue to add images to the collection as we receive them.  

We also want to thank everyone who told their stories at our "Tales from the Tornado" event and shared their memories through our tornado display, which can be viewed on the Library’s first floor through April 30.

ICPL to host Money Smart Week event


The Library will observe Money Smart Week April 23 through April 30 with "Don’t Be a Victim: How to Avoid Scams" from noon to 1 p.m. Thursday, April 28, in Meeting Room A.

Staff from MidWestOne Bank will share lessons on how to avoid common financial scams and fraud. This program is co-sponsored by MidWestOne Bank and Johnson County Livable Community. Light refreshments will be served.

We love hearing from you!


A recent contribution to Library's Development Office came with this kind note: “We use the library on a regular basis to check out books and DVD’s. Thank you for your service and commitment to the community.”

ICPL Friends Foundation hosts Looking Forward fundraiser

looking forward

The board of the Iowa City Public Library Friends Foundation invites the public to attend Looking Forward, the annual fundraiser for the Library, on Sunday, May 8, at ICPL.

The evening begins at 6 p.m. with “The Legendary Duke Ellington,” a presentation by John Hasse, curator of American Music at the Smithsonian Institution. Afterwards, guests will be treated to appetizers and beverages.

The cost to attend Looking Forward is $125 per person and reservations are required. An optional one-hour tour of the new University of Iowa School of Music building will be held at 4 p.m. for an additional $25. The tour is open to the first 20 able-bodied guests. Closed-toe shoes and long pants are required; additional safety equipment will be provided.

Reservations can be made here. Reservations must be received by April 29.