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ICPL to circulate mobile hotspots
The Library will soon add mobile hotspots to its list of materials available to check out.
Beginning January 30, seven mobile hotspots will be available to Library
users living in Iowa City or one of ICPL’s contract service areas -- Hills,
Lone Tree, University Heights, or unincorporated Johnson County. Three others are bundled with ICPL’s circulating laptops.
HotSpot allows users to connect to the Internet anywhere on any
wireless-enabled device, such as a laptop, tablet or smartphone.
Each hotspot can be borrowed for seven days. At this time, users won’t
be able to renew hotspots, as the Library wants as many patrons as possible to
gain access to the devices.
Overdue hotspots will have Internet access deactivated. The
fine for overdue hotspots is $1 per day. The replacement cost for hotspots that
are lost or damaged beyond repair is $75.
Our Top Recommended Reads of 2016
Every year, Library staff
nominate books that they thought were the best published that year. Any book that receives more than one nomination is added to the Library's Best of the Best list. The book, or books, with the most nominations is named ICPL's Most Recommended Book of the Year.
We had more than 100 nominations for 2016, with 20 titles earning Best of the Best distinction. They are:
Lover by Elizabeth Berg (Fiction)
A Few of the Girlsby Maeve Binchy (Fiction)
The Readers of Broken Wheel Recommend by Katarina Bivald (Fiction)
Fireman by Joe Hill (Fiction)
Eligibleby Curtis Sittenfeld (Fiction)
Railroad by Colson Whitehead (Fiction)
by Marissa Meyer (Young Adult)
Girl Who Drank the Moon by Kelly Barnhill (Children’s)
Nightingale by Kate DiCamillo (Children’s)
Night Gardener by Terry and Eric Fan (Children’s)
Star: Book III of The Red Rising Trilogy by Pierce Brown (Science
From Utopia Park: Surviving a Transcendent Childhood by Claire Hoffman (Biography/Memoir)
Little Nobody by Anna Kendrick (Biography/Memoir)
Cake by Anne Byrn (Nonfiction)
Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi (Nonfiction)
Hidden Figures: The American Dream and the Untold
Story of the Black Women Mathematicians Who Helped Win the Space Raceby Margot Lee Shetterly (Nonfiction)
is a Myth by Sarah Andersen (Graphic Novel)
White: A Graphic Novel by Matt Phelan (Graphic Novel)
by Raina Telgemeier (Graphic Novel)
Paper Girls Vol. 1 by Brian K.
Vaughn and Cliff Chang (Graphic
The Library's Most Recommended Book for 2016 was a tie between two graphic novels: Snow
White: A Graphic Novel by Matt Phelan and Ghosts
by Raina Telgemeier.
Locked in and happy about it
The last Totally Tweens lock-in of 2016 took place at the Library on Dec. 30. Fun was had by all, but a comment from a parent made a fun activity even better!
"My daughter had a GREAT time and is still talking about a 'secret passage' and playing hide-and-go-seek 'on both the first AND second floor!' Thanks for the happy memories for my girl, ICPL!"