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January 2019

ICPL presents redesigned calendar

The Iowa City Public Library recently launched its redesigned online calendar with the goal of improving the user experience.

The new default view of the calendar is a list, making it simpler to browse for events. Patrons can quickly scan the list to see what’s happening at ICPL that day, week or month. The grid calendar is available for anyone who anyone who prefers that look or, if requesting a meeting room, needs to see availability.

Events in the new calendar were re-categorized, making it easier to narrow down the event search. This will allow users to see all the events in a single age category or type. This means that when looking at a month’s worth of events, the public can easily see what’s coming up in their selected age and/or category type, and mark personal calendars accordingly.

Speaking of marking your calendar, patrons can also now add events directly from the event page to their personal calendars by clicking the calendar icon next to the date. There are several calendars available including Google Calendar, iCalendar, and Outlook Calendar.

In addition to upgrading the online calendar, the Library’s website also has a new look. The simpler layout is designed to help the public find the information they want easier and faster.

Have comments or feedback? Contact the Library through email or chat at, or leave a note on the Website Feedback form at

For more information, contact the Library at 319-356-5200.

News and Notes from the City of Coralville, January 31, 2019

Upcoming Events

Check out the upcoming events, meetings, activities, and performances at the City of Coralville. Highlights for the next two weeks include:

  • Family Storytime (February 2)
  • Kids Create (February 7)
  • Meetings: Planning & Zoning Commission (February 6), City Council (February 12)
  • Coffee & Crafts (February 7)
  • Tommy: Behind the Scenes (February 13)

View all upcoming events


Help Plan for the Future of Bicycling in Coralville – and Beyond

Share input about facilities, policies, and programs that impact local bicycling

Tuesday, February 12 | 6:00-7:30 pm

Whether you bike year round or only occasionally, your input about local bicycling conditions can help set a foundation to make area bicycling safer and easier in Johnson County.

The Metropolitan Planning Organization of Johnson County will host a public meeting at the Coralville Public Library to get feedback about opportunities for better connectivity between metro communities and to the county trail system. Biking


Cold Temperatures Prompt Trash & Recycling Collection Delay

Blame it on the polar vortex

Due to extremely cold temperatures, trash and recycling is being picked up one day later than usual for Wednesday and Thursday routes.

Wednesday routes are picked up on Thursday, January 31, and Thursday routes will be picked up on Friday, February 1.  The forecast shows the arctic air subsiding, and regular pickup resumes on February 4. Trash & recycling collection


City Budget Information

Presentation of proposed budget

Tuesday, February 12 | 6:30 pm

The proposed budget for the City’s next fiscal year will be presented on Tuesday, February 12, at 6:30 pm at the City Council meeting in City Hall.
Join us in person, watch live on Mediacom 118-8 or online, catch a rebroadcast, or stream the video later. The City Council will hold a public hearing on the budget at the City Council meeting on Tuesday, February 26.
Look for detailed budget information in the spring Connection, scheduled to reach mailboxes in mid-February.


On Stage at the Center for the Performing Arts

Theatre community connection

Tuesday, February 4 | 7:30 pm

Join the cast of The Who's Tommy and a panel of experts for an open conversation about Tommy’s story and the real-life impact child abuse has on a person and a community. Located in Schwab Auditorium at the Coralville Public Library.


Tuesday, February 5 | 7:00 pm

Eulenspiegel Puppets performs a brand-new story about Johnny Appleseed's true adventures and his relationships with the settlers, the Native Americans, and the animals and plants around him

The Who's Tommy: In Concert

February 15-17

Presented by City Circle Acting Company. Based on the iconic 1969 rock concept album, this is an exhilarating story of hope, healing, and the human spirit.

What's on stage


What's Happening at the Library

Kick off a month of reading

Thursday, January 31 | 10:00 am-2:00 pm & 4:00-6:00 pm

Winter Adult Reading Month kicks off with cookies and cocoa! Sign up, read just three books during February, and enter for a chance to win bookstore gift certificates, New Pi Co-op gift cards, or a tablet. Kickoff

Find bargains at the library book sale

Friday, February 1 | 1:30-5:30 pm
Saturday, February 2 | 9:00 am-3:00 pm

Hundreds of newly donated books are for sale at bargain prices, hosted by the Friends of the Coralville Public Library. Book sale

LitFlicks: Crazy Rich Asians

Thursday, February 7 | 6:00 pm

Based on the global bestseller by Kevin Kwan, this romantic comedy follows a native New Yorker to Singapore to meet her boyfriend’s family. Refreshments, including fresh popcorn, will be provided. Free film

It’s a Mystery: Tornado Weather by Deborah E. Kennedy

Wednesday, February 13 | 10:00 am

In a small town, a five-year-old girl goes missing. Everyone has a theory, and with each chapter a different character tries to solve the mystery. Mystery discussion


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Crews to remove snow piles in Downtown Iowa City


Snow piles

Crews will remove the snow piles in Downtown Iowa City overnight Friday, Feb. 1, 2019. Vehicles parked next to the snow piles will be removed in order to clear the area. Streets Division staff will begin removing the snow piles at 2 a.m. 

Snow Piles

Vehicles parked near the snow piles may be towed if they prevent crews from completing their work. The piles are located next to metered spots, which do not permit parking from 2 a.m. to 6 a.m. Follow all posted parking signs to prevent your vehicle from being towed.

Vehicles can be moved to a Downtown Parking ramp, or to on-street parking spaces outside of the area.

If your vehicle is towed, contact the Iowa City Police Department at 319-356-5275. Do not call 911. 

Is Your TV Ready for the Big Game?

CEDAR RAPIDS, IA – Every three weeks in the United States, a child dies from a TV tipping over. That tragic statistic is why Safe Kids Linn County is bringing partners and families together to promote National TV Safety Day on February 2.

National TV Safety Day is celebrated the day before the big game, as families around the country prepare to gather around their TVs for this must-see event. The day raises awareness about TV tip-overs and educates parents and caregivers about the importance of securing TVs, or removing unwanted TVs from the home and recycling them.

Children under age 5 are the most at risk, accounting for the majority of TV tip-over injuries. And about half (51 percent) of TV and furniture tip-over incidents happen in a bedroom.

Parents and caregivers are urged to do a quick check of their home to make sure all TVs are secured safely and placed properly. Heavier, box-style CRT TVs placed on dressers or high furniture can tip over and cause serious injuries, even death, if children climb onto the furniture.  Safe Kids Linn County encourages families to include TV safety as part of their childproofing plans by placing CRT TVs on low, stable pieces of furniture. For families with flat-panel televisions, Safe Kids Linn County recommends mounting TVs to the wall to reduce the risk of TV tip-overs.

“Take a close look at the TVs in your home,” said Safe Kids Linn County co-coordinator and Cedar Rapids Police Officer Shannon Sampson. “Close to ten children a day are rushed to the emergency room because of a TV tip-over. Taking time to ensure the stability of TVs can make all the difference.”

Safe Kids Linn County recommend these tips to help keep kids safe.

  1. Secure TVs. Mount flat-screen TVs to the wall. Place older, box-style TVs on a low, stable piece of furniture designed to bear more weight. Anchor the TV to the wall or the piece of furniture.
  2. Attach furniture to the wall. Use anti-tip brackets, braces or wall straps to secure furniture to the wall. Install stops on dresser drawers to prevent them from being pulled all the way out.
  3. Rearrange household items. Store heavy objects on lower shelves or in lower drawers. Avoid placing remote controls, toys or other items in places where kids might be tempted to climb up or reach for them.

For more TV safety tips, visit

Need that special gift for Valentine's Day, Thursday, February 14th?

Singing Valentines - RoseFor a donation of $45, a women's quartet will perform two love songs and deliver a Valentine card, a rose, candy, and memories to last a lifetime!  The music can also say “you are special” or “thank you” to groups such as family members or friends at a restaurant, workplace, retirement facility, just about anywhere in Iowa City, Cedar Rapids or surrounding area.  Have harmony, will travel.

If you would like to touch someone’s heart on Valentine’s Day, make your request at [email protected]  or call 319-430-0169.  Imagine the surprise, the smiles and sometimes a few joyful tears.   To reach loved ones across the miles, you may request a Singing Valentine via telephone for a donation of $10.   Get your order placed soon. 

Join ICPD in the Polar Plunge for Special Olympics Iowa


Polar Plunge

Iowa City Police Officers are going to get cold for a cause.

Officers will plunge into a frigid Coralville Lake at noon on Saturday, March 30, 2019, as part of the annual Polar Plunge®, which supports Special Olympics Iowa.

The Polar Plunge® is a signature fundraiser for Special Olympics and offers a unique opportunity for individuals and organizations to raise money and support Special Olympics Iowa athletes by jumping into frigid waters.

The Iowa City Police Department is encouraging individuals and groups to take the plunge and help to support a great cause.

To learn more and register online, visit

Central State Bank - Cedar Rapids, Coralville, Swisher

Central State BankCentral State Bank now has 7 locations serving Eastern Iowa all of them dedicated to providing the quality products and services CSB has become known for. If you are a current customer we thank you for your patronage. If you aren't a customer yet we hope you will give us the chance to earn your business. Stop by a CSB location or give us a call. We look forward to serving you!

Central State Bank has eight convenient locations to include Cedar Rapids, Coralville and Swisher.



Coralville Marriott Hotel & Conference Center has amazing opportunities!!!!

Job#                             Req Job Title

190003F5                  Kitchen Supervisor

18003JDJ                   Audio Visual Ops Supervisor

190000HD                Restaurant Supervisor

18003JDN                 Server - PM

18003JDF                  Starbucks Barista

18003JD2                  Housekeeping Aide

18003JBO                  Lead Night Auditor


Apply by using the following link:    Search by job number

Structure Fire at 1266 Dolen Place

At 10:58 p.m. on Wednesday, January 30th, the Iowa City Fire Department responded to a report of a structure fire at 1266 Dolen Place.  The first fire unit arrived on scene five minutes after notification and reported a working structure fire from a two-story, duplex residential structure.  Sixteen firefighters worked in extreme cold temperatures and extinguished the fire in approximately two hours. 

The Iowa City Fire Department was assisted by the Iowa City Police Department, Johnson County Ambulance Service, Johnson County Emergency Communication Center, Mid-American Energy, and Iowa City Public Works.

No civilian or firefighter injuries were reported. The residence sustained fire damage to the living room, roof, and smoke damage throughout the unit.  A loss estimate is not yet available.  The cause of the fire remains under investigation by the Iowa City Fire Department.

For more information, contact the on-duty Battalion Chief at 319-356-5255

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