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DIY videos, Black Lives Matter reading lists and laptop checkouts buoy local libraries’ summer programs during COVID-19 closure

When local libraries closed their doors in March due to COVID-19, it was unclear what would happen to their popular summer reading programs. With the duration of COVID-19-related closures unknown and summer reading program plans nearly solidified, local libraries had limited time and information to decide if summer programs would continue this year, and if […]

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Two houses represent a forgotten period of segregation in Iowa City, University of Iowa history

The houses at 942 Iowa Ave and 914 S Dubuque St in Iowa City may seem nondescript — just another couple of old, off-campus rental properties for college students — save for the rust-brown metal signs out front. These signs, funded by a grant from the National Park Service, detail the background of the Iowa Federation Home and Tate Arms house, which have had quiet but important roles in the history of Iowa City and the University of Iowa. […]

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Library users in Johnson and Linn counties will see increased wait times for new ebooks as a major publisher restricts access

Starting on Nov. 1, wait times to borrow some new ebooks from public libraries will get longer — in some cases, significantly longer — as publishing giant Macmillan imposes new limits on the number of copies of its ebooks libraries can loan. Public libraries will only be able to purchase one copy of a book during the first eight weeks after its publication […]

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Five questions with: author Markus Zusak

Markus Zusak was already a successful author before the publication of The Book Thief, the novel that propelled the Australian writer to international stardom, in 2005. But it was another book that he struggled to write for many years. Zusak is returning to Eastern Iowa to read from Bridge of Clay at the Iowa City Public Library on Monday, Oct. 21. […]

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‘Letter To My Body’ brings voices from around the state to the Iowa City Public Library

“Letter To My Body,” a unique exhibit about how people perceive their physical selves will be on display at the Iowa City Public Library on Monday. “The letters highlight sexual harassment and violence, gender norms, sexism, and taught beliefs,” according to Monsoon Asians and Pacific Islanders in Solidarity, the group that organized the exhibit. […]

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Pete Buttigieg, mayor of South Bend, Indiana and 2020 presidential candidate, discusses his qualifications, husband and ‘the freedom to’ in Iowa City

Pete Buttigieg started his remarks at The Airliner on Monday by addressing the most obvious question about his run for the 2020 Democratic nomination for president. “I find everywhere I go, people are sometimes — especially here in Iowa — a little too polite to ask the question of why a 37-year-old mayor thinks he […]

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‘Go big and be bold’: Potential presidential candidate Eric Swalwell discusses national issues at ICPL

It wasn’t officially a campaign event, and California Congressman Eric Swalwell hasn’t officially (or unofficially) declared he’s running for president, but the Monday afternoon town hall event in Meeting Room A at the Iowa City Public Library looked like a campaign event, and Swalwell sounded like a presidential candidate. The town hall was sponsored by […]

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