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The Iowa City Public Library Board of Trustees Endorses the Letter as a Statement of the Board

Iowa City Public Library Board of Trustees

Libraries have been public institutions in Iowa since 1863, when citizens established the first free public library in Keokuk. Since then, Iowans have supported libraries across the state as key community centers governed by local citizens. Several politicians in the Iowa Legislature want to strip the authority of public citizens to manage their libraries by eliminating public vote on referenda and transferring all library decisions and properties to city councils.

Under current state law, voluntary Trustees, appointed by city councils, set library bylaws, hire library directors, and oversee funds collected for public library use. Major changes to library operations or bylaws are voted on by local citizens. The proposals now before the Legislature (HSB678, SSB3168) would entirely eliminate the traditional local citizen oversight of library operations, transferring it to city councils. There would be no more public referenda on library matters and no longer independent citizen trustees to guide the libraries.

City councils and public libraries already cooperate to manage library finances and to appoint library directors and citizen trustees. In situations of conflict, either the Council or the Library Board can call upon state mediators for reconciliation. The drastic proposal to eliminate the public’s participation in library funding and liquidating citizen-based Boards of Trustees is unnecessary at best, and at worst becomes a slippery slope for politicizing libraries as politicians replace citizen trustees as overseers. Citizen voters in Pella and other communities have already rejected the very changes now being considered by the legislature.

The proposed legislation centralizes power and lacks the checks and balances that since 1787 have characterized American democracy. Moreover, Iowa city councils have neither the time nor expertise to add public libraries to their already substantial portfolio of responsibilities. Tell your legislators to oppose HSB678 and SSB3168. We urge Iowa citizens to resist this centralizing political scheme and to sustain the self-governing traditions of the free public libraries that grace our state.

Adopted and approved by the Iowa City Public Library Board of Trustees on February 29, 2024


The Iowa City Public Library is a center of community life that connects people of all ages with information, engages them with the world of ideas and with each other, and enriches the community by supporting learning, promoting literacy, and encouraging creativity. 


School's Out Special

Coralville Public LibraryGet crafty! Supplies will be set up in the Storytime Room from 1:00-2:00 pm.  For school aged children kindergarten through 6th grade.

Date March 4, 2024
Time 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
Location Coralville Public Library
1401 5th St.
Coralville, IA 52241
Cost Free for school aged children

Coralville Community Clinic

Coralville Public LibraryStop by the Library for free health and social services. The UI Mobile Clinic will be in the lower level of the Library providing free basic health services on a drop-in (no appointment needed!) basis. Area social services agencies will be available to talk to.

Date March 3, 2024
Time 12:30 PM - 3:30 PM
Location

Coralville Public Library


1401 5th St.
Coralville, IA 52241
Cost Free and open to the public

Portions of sidewalk to close for Dubuque Street Reconstruction Project utility work beginning March 5

Iowa CityIOWA CITY -- Weather permitting, underground private utility work in preparation for the Dubuque Street Reconstruction Project will begin Tuesday, March 5, 2024.

This work will take place on the east side of Dubuque Street between Washington Street and Iowa Avenue. The sidewalk will be closed to pedestrian traffic approximately 20 feet north and south of the alley. Access to businesses will be maintained at all times.

The sidewalk is anticipated to reopen by March 11.

The Dubuque Street Reconstruction Project is anticipated to fully launch with the closing of Dubuque Street between Washington Street and Iowa Avenue on Monday, March 11. Additional information on the project, including frequently asked questions, can be found here.

Stay informed

The City will host weekly information meetings once the project begins. Project updates can be found by subscribing to E-subscriptions here and selecting "Dubuque St. Reconstruction." 


Iowa City now accepting applications for Program for Improving Neighborhoods (PIN) grants

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IOWA CITY -- The Program for Improving Neighborhoods (PIN) Grant program provides financial resources to support a wide range of initiatives that engage and energize neighborhoods.

Funding requests must be based on neighborhood input, have a collaborative partner, and align with the City's Strategic Plan. The maximum grant amount is $3,000 per neighborhood association.

Who can apply?
In order to be considered for funding, a recognized Neighborhood Association must apply through its official leadership. Considerations will also be made for up-and-coming associations (Pilot Programs) who have ideas for a qualifying project.

Project Proposal
The first step of the PIN Grant process is to submit a general Project Proposal. Submission of the proposal will help ensure applicants have ample time to understand grant requirements and goals, preplan communications with community partners, and coordinate with relevant City departments or divisions. City staff will review the proposal submission to ensure the early proposal is feasible and meets grant guidelines. Applicants must submit a Project Proposal before being invited to complete a full Grant Application.

The deadline to apply is Monday, March 25, 2024. The application and details on program guidelines can be found www.icgov.org/neighborhoods. Awardees will be notified by email in June.

If you are interested in applying and have questions about the process, please join a virtual discussion by reaching out to [email protected] for details on how to participate.


North Liberty Library - Don't Miss the Madness!

North Liberty LibraryMarch on over to the library!

Join us in March for family night featuring Miss Carole's Macaroni SoupMac & Murder lock-in for teens, Infinity Card Making, and several City Slate events including John Cassidy - The Balloon Freak.

March also means Book Madness! This year will be a battle of adult fiction against picture book favorites. Vote for each weekly bracket in the library or online. Get the kids involved and let them pick their favorite picture books to advance.

Our Local Libraries LIT virtual author series in collaboration with your public libraries of Johnson County, Iowa, the University of Iowa Libraries, and the Tuesday Agency will welcome Grace M. Cho and Virginia Sole-Smith this spring. The goal of the speaker series is to spark action to develop thriving communities.

Have a great month.

 

Sensory Certified

The North Liberty Community Center has partnered with KultureCity to enhance our ability to assist and accommodate guests with sensory needs. Our goal is to provide an inclusive experience for all guests using the community center.

Download the KultureCity App for iPhone or Android or visit the community center's profile to view what sensory features are available and where access them.

Conversational English Group

Mondays, 6 p.m. - 7 p.m. 
Looking to improve your English language skills? This relaxed and welcoming setting is open to language learners of all levels. Sessions are designed to help build confidence and fluency in English through interactive activities and discussions. Practice speaking, listening, and comprehension skills with other learners in a supportive and welcoming environment.

 
Visit the library calendar for a complete schedule of events for all ages.

West Music Celebrates 30 Years of Music Therapy Services

CORALVILLE —West Music Company - a complete music retailer in eastern Iowa - is proud to recognize 30 years of offering music therapy services in conjunction with World Music Therapy Week from April 10th – 15th.

In 1994, West Music became one of only a handful of music retailers to offer music therapy when it hired its first music therapist, Kirsten Nelson, MA, MT-BC. Since then, the program has expanded to five locations in central and eastern Iowa with ten full-time music therapists on staff. These therapists provide music therapy services in schools, group homes and day centers, mental health facilities, nursing homes, medical settings, and hospices. They also offer a variety of recreational music opportunities, like SoundReach Choir for adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Over the years, the department and its leaders have earned a positive reputation within the field of music therapy and beyond, earning several awards, including the “Music Makes a Difference” Award from the National Association of Music Merchants in 2021.

Music therapy is the clinical and evidence-based use of music interventions to accomplish individualized social, cognitive, emotion, & spiritual goals. Individuals of all ages can benefit from music therapy that is facilitated by a board-certified professional who has completed an approved music therapy education program. A music therapist from West Music may be seen building physical skills through playing a drum, promoting relaxation techniques for stress management, or practicing communication skills through singing, among many other techniques!

“Music therapy is a discipline that merges the transformative power of music with therapeutic techniques to address a wide range of physical, emotional, cognitive, and social needs,” says West Music CEO Emerita Robin Walenta. “It requires not only musical proficiency, but also an empathetic understanding of individuals' unique challenges and circumstances.”

Director of Music Therapy Services Rachael Willeke states, “Our department’s longevity is a true testament to the leadership at West Music, and their dedication to breaking down barriers and making music accessible to as many people as possible.”

In 2024 West Music celebrates the indelible impact that its music therapists have made in their communities. Three decades of continuous service is a significant milestone that speaks volumes about the team’s unwavering commitment to their mission of enriching lives through participation in music.

About Music Therapy Services of West Music

For 30 years, West Music has provided music therapy services to individuals of all ages and abilities around central and eastern Iowa and western Illinois. To learn more about music therapy and to connect with a music therapist, visit musictherapy.westmusic.com.


Animal Services Coordinator Chris Whitmore retires; new Coordinator announced

Whitmore retirement

Chris Whitmore (right) and Iowa City Police Chief Dustin Liston


Jobs – City of North Liberty, Part-Time Firefighter

North Liberty LogoNorth Liberty is a growing, thriving and young community. Proud to be a family-friendly small town in the heart of Iowa.

In the 03/01/2024 edition:

Part-Time Firefighter


The City of North Liberty is currently accepting applications for Part-Time Firefighter positions. Applicants for Part-Time Firefighter must be 18 years of age or older, possess a Firefighter 1 certification, be a current EMT or higher, hold a current driver’s license with a good driving record, and pass a background check. Passing a post-offer physical and drug screen is required for part-time employees.

Submit resume and application to:  North Liberty Fire Department, 25 W. Cherry Street, P.O. Box 77, North Liberty, IA 52317, by 4 PM, Monday, April 15, 2024, or apply online at www.nlfire.org.  Part-Time Firefighter hiring packet can be found at www.northlibertyiowa.org/nlfdparttime.

Following a review of part-time applicant hiring packets, including resume and application, finalists will be selected for furthering the selection process.  Candidates must pass a physical agility exam administered by the NLFD, unless they hold a CPAT card that was issued within the past 12 months.  The agility exam is considered a pass/fail timed test, and candidates will be given 2 attempts at passing.  To be successful, an applicant will need to complete this exam within 8 minutes & 30 seconds.  Once the candidate is successful with the agility exam, interviews, background checks, and health screens will be conducted.  The physical agility test will be conducted at the North Liberty Fire Station at 25 W. Cherry Street on Saturday, April 27, 2024, at 9 AM.

Starting wage rate for a Part-Time Firefighter / EMT is $16.50 per hour. EOE.

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