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ICPL launches new Staff Picks webpage


Have you ever wondered what books ICPL staff have piled on their nightstands? Or what movies they watch on a lazy Saturday night? What about the music playing in their earbuds?

Now you can take a peek at the recent Library materials our staff have checked out and enjoyed, thanks to our new Staff Picks webpage!

Visit the site to see recent materials staff have read, watched or listened to. Dive deeper into our practice of cataloging materials by exploring one of our lists showcasing materials for specific topics. You can even browse our staff profiles to see whose preferences best match yours and make their recently read items next on your to-read list.

It's like having a personal librarian at your fingertips!

ICPL Database Spotlight: ChiltonLibrary



Do you need help in troubleshooting an automotive problem or assistance in car-care?

The Library has the online resource for you!

ChiltonLibrary offers maintenance, repair, and technical service bulletins for most years, makes, and models and includes: 

  • Step-by-step service and repair procedures
  • Wiring diagrams
  • Maintenance and specification tables
  • Troubleshooting guides and diagnostic trouble codes
  • Photos, illustrations, diagrams and multimedia (videos and animations)

Go here to find ChiltonLibrary and all of our other online resources. For ChiltonLibrary specifically, choose Car Repair from the category menu on the right side of the page. 

ChiltonLibrary can be used by anyone in the Library and can be accessed from home, with an up-to-date Resident Library Card and a password. If you need assistance with your card or password, call the Library at 319-356-5200 or click on Live Help and staff will be happy to help. 

Orientation times announced for new Digital Media Lab


From photo books and podcasts, to movies and logo designs, what will you create in our NEW Digital Media Lab?

The Digital Media Lab is an open, flexible workspace with technology for creating digital media projects.

To access the room's free software and hardware, Library patrons must become a member by completing a short orientation. They also need a valid Library Card.

Upcoming orientations will be held from 10 to 11 a.m. on March 17 and March 20; and 1 to 2 p.m. on March 28. Registration is required.

Mark your calendars for Community Seed Share 2.0


Interested in starting a vegetable or flower garden this spring, but don’t want to invest in large quantities of seeds? Do you have extra seeds that you'd like to share with other gardeners? Come to the Iowa City Public Library from 2 to 3:30 p.m. Sunday, March 25, for our 2nd Annual Community Seed Share

Sponsored by the Iowa City Public Library and the Iowa State Extension Master Gardeners of Johnson County, this is a great opportunity to share seeds you've saved or get some free seeds to try growing something new. 

This event is part of the JCMG Growing Together efforts to reduce food insecurity in Johnson County. With donations from Burpee, Baker Seeds and Seed Savers, nearly 30 varieties of vegetable, herb and flower seeds will be available. 

The event is free and open to all - you do not have to bring seeds to participate. Seeds will be available first come, first served so plan to arrive early!


Household Hazardous Materials Collection event this Friday

Household HazardousResidents can safely dispose of household hazardous materials during a mobile collection event from 8 to 11 a.m. on Friday, March 16, 2018, at East Side Recycling Center, 2401 Scott Blvd. SE. 

This event is for households and there is no cost to participate.

Residents of Iowa City and other communities in rural areas of Johnson County, as well as residents of Kalona and Riverside, can dispose of one box of household hazardous materials per household. 

Materials include oil-based paint, household cleaners, non-alkaline batteries, such as rechargeable or cell phone batteries, sharps, motor oil and other automotive fluids. Latex paint will not be accepted at this event. For a complete list of accepted items, visit  

Residents with more than one box of household hazardous materials, those with materials that will not be accepted at this event and all businesses, should call 319-356-5185 to make an appointment for disposal at the Iowa City Landfill’s collection facility.   

For more information, call the Iowa City Landfill and Recycling Center at 319-356-5185. 

Movie: Saving Brinton

Screening of "Saving Brinton", a documentary about a small-town Iowa collector who discovers the show reels of the man who brought moving pictures to the...… Read on

Date March 17, 2018
Time 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Location Coralville Center for the Performing Arts
1301 5th St.
Coralville, IA 52241
Cost $8 suggested donation - proceeds benefit the Coralville Public Library Foundation


Families on Foot

Whether your wee one isn't walking yet or you have a speedy toddler, we hope to help you make the connection with trails in the area and with others who like...… Read on

Date March 24, 2018
Time 3:30 PM - 4:30 PM
Location Tom Harkin Trail Head - Camp Cardinal Blvd.
Camp Cardinal Blvd.
Coralville, IA 52241