Saturday, June 7, 2014

What do you mean "Can libraries stay relevant"?!

Thursday, June 5, 2014

Did You Know?

1. Our inventory has doubled since the old days on Washington Street and now contains 50,000 carefully selected, cleaned, and organized books. We circulate at least half of those books every year.

2. From a staff of one, we've grown to offer three full-time and three part-time positions, with more to come. We are always open during our posted hours, and we offer online services beyond those hours.

3. We've had the honor of working with Goodwill Industries and other groups to offer employment experience to several young interns, every one a winner just needing a chance.

4. We've come to be friends with our Northside neighborhood and proud advocates of our fellow independent, locally owned businesses (check out the page linked below).

5. We've raised over $18,000 for non-profit organizations like Local Foods Connection and for an academic endowment.

6. We bought and now have the privilege of curating one of the most striking historic homes in Iowa City, the 1847 Wentz House, which is on the National Register of Historic Places.

7. Most importantly: We've come to know many regulars, including young people just getting started with reading, and we are privileged to remain a part of their lives; we've also had the opportunity to circulate our community's used books and to keep favorite authors' out-of-print titles available for our City of Literature.

Thank you so much for making all of this possible!
Check out more info on our new location, including tours of the building and the neighborhood, below. 

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

219 North Gilbert St showing off its summer look. Notice the enticing flowerbed on the right (behind the tree) where our friend Abey of Amazing Services has been at work planning new greenery!

In other look news, we'll soon be sporting a lovely sign featuring the logo by Claudia McGehee. Tune in later this week for more details.

Sunday, June 1, 2014

Travel Section on the Move!

Don't panic! The travel-related sections - travel narratives, books about ships/air travel/cars/trains, polar adventures - moved upstairs to the Gold Room, and Law, Economics, and Business are now in the downstairs hall. Just trying to find your favoritest spots for things you like.