Out Loud! Author Series Presents Jenny Lawson

Out Loud! The Metro Library Network Author Series is thrilled to present another season of outstanding authors in 2016. The collaborative program of the Cedar Rapids, Hiawatha, and Marion Public Libraries will finish with Jenny Lawson in free events at the Hotel at Kirkwood Center.

The series will end with #1 New York Times bestselling author Jenny Lawson, best known as “The Bloggess”, on Friday, July 8, at 7 p.m. Known for her sardonic wit and her hysterically skewed outlook on life, Lawson has made millions of people question their own sanity. Lawson’s blog (TheBloggess.com) is award-winning and extremely popular, seeing more than half a million page-views per day. She is also the author of two books: Let’s Pretend This Never Happened (A Mostly True Memoir), which won Goodread’s Best Humor Book of 2012 and was chosen as one of Hudson Bookseller’s Best Books of 2012; and Furiously Happy, a comical and emotional exploration of her lifelong battle with mental illness.

While no tickets are required, series organizers are requesting pre-registration. To register, visit www.metrolibrarynetwork.org/outloud and select the author event you wish to attend. Alternately, patrons may contact any of the Metro Libraries or send an email to events@crlibrary.org.

All Out Loud! authors will take questions from the audience and sign books following their presentations.

More information about the Out Loud! Author Series is available at www.metrolibrarynetwork.org/outloud.

Out Loud! The Metro Library Network Author Series is supported by the Giacoletto Foundation with media support from The Gazette and event book sales provided by Barnes & Noble Booksellers. Additional support comes from the Friends of the Cedar Rapids Public Library, Friends of the Hiawatha Public Library, Friends of the Marion Public Library, Hills Bank and Trust Company, and Nancy and Steve Miller.

Out Loud! Author Series Presents Matt de la Peña

Out Loud! The Metro Library Network Author Series is thrilled to present another season of outstanding authors in 2016. The collaborative program of the Cedar Rapids, Hiawatha, and Marion Public Libraries will continue on July 1 with Matt de la Peña and July 8 with Jenny Lawson in free events at the Hotel at Kirkwood Center.

Young adult author Matt de la Peña will continue the series on Friday, July 1, at 7 p.m. Matt de la Peña is the New York Times Bestselling, Newbery Medal-winning author of six young adult novels: Ball Don’t Lie, Mexican WhiteBoy, We Were Here, I Will Save You, The Living, and The Hunted. He’s also the author of the critically-acclaimed picture books A Nation’s Hope: The Story of Boxing Legend Joe Louis (illustrated by Kadir Nelson) and Last Stop on Market Street (illustrated by Christian Robinson). de la Peña currently lives in Brooklyn NY. He teaches creative writing and visits high schools and colleges throughout the country.

The series will end with #1 New York Times bestselling author Jenny Lawson, best known as “The Bloggess”, on Friday, July 8, at 7 p.m. Known for her sardonic wit and her hysterically skewed outlook on life, Lawson has made millions of people question their own sanity. Lawson’s blog (TheBloggess.com) is award-winning and extremely popular, seeing more than half a million page-views per day. She is also the author of two books: Let’s Pretend This Never Happened (A Mostly True Memoir), which won Goodread’s Best Humor Book of 2012 and was chosen as one of Hudson Bookseller’s Best Books of 2012; and Furiously Happy, a comical and emotional exploration of her lifelong battle with mental illness.

While no tickets are required, series organizers are requesting pre-registration. To register, visit www.metrolibrarynetwork.org/outloud and select the author event you wish to attend. Alternately, patrons may contact any of the Metro Libraries or send an email to events@crlibrary.org.

All Out Loud! authors will take questions from the audience and sign books following their presentations.

More information about the Out Loud! Author Series is available at www.metrolibrarynetwork.org/outloud.

Out Loud! The Metro Library Network Author Series is supported by the Giacoletto Foundation with media support from The Gazette and event book sales provided by Barnes & Noble Booksellers. Additional support comes from the Friends of the Cedar Rapids Public Library, Friends of the Hiawatha Public Library, Friends of the Marion Public Library, Hills Bank and Trust Company, and Nancy and Steve Miller.

Out Loud! Author Series Presents Sara Gruen

Out Loud! The Metro Library Network Author Series is thrilled to present another season of outstanding authors in 2016. The collaborative program of the Cedar Rapids, Hiawatha, and Marion Public Libraries will present Sara Gruen, Matt de la Peña, and Jenny Lawson in free events at the Hotel at Kirkwood Center.

The series will kick off with Sara Gruen on Friday, June 24 at 7 p.m. Gruen is the #1 New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of At the Water’s Edge, Water for Elephants, Ape House, Riding Lessons, and Flying Changes. Her works have been translated into forty-three languages, and have sold more than ten million copies worldwide. Water for Elephants was adapted into a major motion picture starring Reese Witherspoon, Rob Pattinson, and Christoph Waltz in 2011.

Young adult author Matt de la Pena will continue the series on Friday, July 1, at 7 p.m. Matt de la Peña is the New York Times Bestselling, Newbery Medal-winning author of six young adult novels: Ball Don’t Lie, Mexican WhiteBoy, We Were Here, I Will Save You, The Living, and The Hunted. He’s also the author of the critically-acclaimed picture books A Nation’s Hope: The Story of Boxing Legend Joe Louis (illustrated by Kadir Nelson) and Last Stop on Market Street (illustrated by Christian Robinson). de la Peña currently lives in Brooklyn NY. He teaches creative writing and visits high schools and colleges throughout the country.

The series will end with #1 New York Times bestselling author Jenny Lawson, best known as “The Bloggess”, on Friday, July 8, at 7 p.m. Known for her sardonic wit and her hysterically skewed outlook on life, Lawson has made millions of people question their own sanity. Lawson’s blog (TheBloggess.com) is award-winning and extremely popular, seeing more than half a million page-views per day. She is also the author of two books: Let’s Pretend This Never Happened (A Mostly True Memoir), which won Goodread’s Best Humor Book of 2012 and was chosen as one of Hudson Bookseller’s Best Books of 2012; and Furiously Happy, a comical and emotional exploration of her lifelong battle with mental illness.

While no tickets are required, series organizers are requesting pre-registration. To register, visit www.metrolibrarynetwork.org/outloud and select the author event you wish to attend. Alternately, patrons may contact any of the Metro Libraries or send an email to events@crlibrary.org.

All Out Loud! authors will take questions from the audience and sign books following their presentations.

More information about the Out Loud! Author Series is available at www.metrolibrarynetwork.org/outloud.

Out Loud! The Metro Library Network Author Series is supported by the Giacoletto Foundation with media support from The Gazette and event book sales provided by Barnes & Noble Booksellers. Additional support comes from the Friends of the Cedar Rapids Public Library, Friends of the Hiawatha Public Library, Friends of the Marion Public Library, Hills Bank and Trust Company, and Nancy and Steve Miller.

Creative Gardening Series: Planting for Pollinators!

Join the Linn County Master Gardeners and ISU Extension and Outreach as we present the 2016 Creative Gardening Series. This series meets three consecutive Thursday evenings at 6:30 pm in Whipple Auditorium at the Downtown Library and is free to all.

April 7: What’s the Buzz? What’s Happening with Pollinators?
Guest speaker is Dr. Donald Lewis, ISU Extension & Outreach Entomologist. Declines in the number of domestic honey bees that began nearly a decade ago have led to increased interest in the “other” pollinators and what can be done by gardeners, landscapers and others to promote and enhance the pollinator community on which much of our varied food supply depends. What have you done for pollinators lately? What more could you do? What more should you do? These and other questions and issues will be explored by Dr. Lewis

April 14: Messy Fields Make Good Neighbors
Guest speaker is Robert Ewoldt, Iowa Producer, Rafter E Ranch. Hear about the dilemmas and delights of being a Scott County farmer while attempting to make a living for family, and treating the land as sustainably as possible. Rob will explain what practices he has adopted to improve his soil while providing competitive yields. Some of the practices he uses are no-till farming, proper timing and placement of nutrients for crop utilization, cover crops and grassed waterways. He will also describe how he evaluates new practices and will chronicle some successes and challenges along the way.

April 21: Monarch Research Project & Monarch Zones
Guest speaker is Clark McLeod, CEO of Access Communications Holdings. What are Monarch Zones? By working together, how can we, as a community, bring back our Monarchs and their habitat quickly? Clark will give an overview of the research he and Cam Watts have conducted thus far, and how it has led to “Monarch Zones” and the Monarch Research Project. He will review the goals and purpose of the Monarch Research Project, and all the activities that will occur in 2016. Finally, he will provide ways that you, too, can be a part of this multi-county Monarch and habitat restoration project.

For more information on the Linn County Master Gardeners and ISU Extension and Outreach, visit http://www.extension.iastate.edu/linn/.

Celebrate Valentine’s Day at the Library!

super_candyland_board_background_by_wyldfantasyx-d2hl8yqVisit either location of the Cedar Rapids Public Library on Saturday, February 13 to take part in our Valentine’s Day celebrations.

The Downtown Library will be home to a life-sized Candyland experience from 10:30 am to 12:30 pm. Queen Frostine, Gramma Nutt, and Plumpy Princess Lolly will greet you as you travel through the Peppermint Forest exploring Candyland confections. Music, crafts, and, of course-candy! – highlight this fabulous festivity. Finish up the experience by making your way to our friends at the Cedar Rapids Museum of Art to celebrate Iowa artist Grand Wood’s 125th birthday from 11 am to 3 pm.

Visit the Ladd Library from 1:30 pm to 3 pm to explore their very own life-sized Candyland where characters and confections create a world all their own. Music, crafts and candy await you!

MLK Day Kick-Off and Public Employment Job Fair

selma-posterJoin the Cedar Rapids Civil Rights Commission and the Cedar Rapids Public Library as we kick off the Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday an MLK Day Kick-Off and Public Employment Job Fair. Visit the Downtown Library on Sunday, January 17, starting at 2pm to view a special screening of the 2015 movie “Selma”.

Following the film, interested persons will have the chance to speak with representatives from the City of Cedar Rapids, the Cedar Rapids Community School District, and Linn County on employment opportunities.

The story of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s historic struggle to secure voting rights for all people — a dangerous and terrifying campaign that culminated with the epic march from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama, and led to President Johnson signing the Voting Rights Act of 1965. See the story unfold dramatically on screen in the Whipple Auditorium.

Join us as we celebrate Dr. Martin Luther Kind, Jr.’s legacy and learn more about public employment opportunities available now.

Register today at http://bit.ly/MLKCR2016 or call (319) 261-READ.

A Book Journey

The New York Public Library recently followed a copy of “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” through their library system, recording in detail the odyssey it took from when a patron put it on hold to when it was checked out. We thought this was a really wonderful idea, and while our library system is exponentially smaller than NYPL, we wanted to share the same kind of journey with all of you.

  1. Place on Hold:
    The first step was to log onto the Cedar Rapids Public Library catalog and choose a book. Because it’s the holiday season, we wanted something fitting, so we chose “The Art of Gift Wrapping: 50 Innovative ideas using organic, unique and uncommon materials” by Wanda Wen.

1. Place Hold

We can place this item on hold directly from the catalog station in the library (seen here at our Downtown Library) or from your computer or mobile device (download the MLN2GO app from iTunes or the Bookmyne app from the Google Play store). We have the option to choose where to have the item picked up and we’re asking to pick this item up at the Ladd Library (3750 Williams Blvd SW).

Our collection of materials is shared not only with our two branches but also with neighboring libraries in Marion and Hiawatha. That means our books, movies, and cds all travel from library to library via courier to meet the demands of our patrons. Last year we circulated more than 1.5 million items in our libraries alone, and 173,174 items were placed on hold in Cedar Rapids while over 287,980 items were placed on hold in the entire Metro Library Network.

  1. Because our item was available and not waiting for another patron, our hold will be pulled the next day. Each morning before we open at 9 am, a report is generated from our system listing each requested hold, and our wonderful volunteers use this list to locate the items and pull them from the shelves. Once they’re pulled from the shelf they head to our sorter room. The downtown library has a collection of over 150,000 materials, a mix of all types of offerings. The collection of materials is maintained by staff who choose items based on reader requests, demand and shelf space.

2. Hold Pulled

  1. Holds, once pulled from the shelf, are put onto the library’s sorter. The sorter is a system of conveyor belts and computers with RFID technology that “traps” the item for the patron and notifies the person that their hold is available. Because we want to pick up our book at the Ladd Library, it is placed into a bin slated for the Ladd Library by the time we open our doors at 9 am.

3. Put on Sorter

  1. The bin holding “The Art of Gift Wrapping” is picked up by our courier before 11 am to make the four mile trek to the Ladd Library, with stops at local HyVee Stores to pick up items from those book drops. The library contracts with Per Mar to act as our courier. Last year, 356,297 items moved from one Cedar Rapids library to another via courier.

4. In Transit to Ladd

  1. The courier arrives before noon at the Ladd Library to deliver the bins. Our book is placed on the sorter in the back room of the Ladd Library and a slip is printed with the first three letters of our last name and the last four digits of our library card. The slip is inserted into The Art of Gift Wrapping and the book is placed on a cart ready to head to the library hold shelves before the end of the day. At the Ladd Library, these are located near the front doors. At the Downtown Library, they are located near the entrance to the Children’s Library.

5. Ladd Recieves Item

  1. A volunteer or staff member bring the cart to the hold shelves and the item is placed there awaiting pickup. We have one week to pick the book up before it is pulled from the shelf by a staff member and put back into circulation or onto the hold shelf for the next person in line.

7. Hold is Shelved

 

 

 

Putting items on hold is easy to do and allows us to help you access the entire collection no matter which library you use, including our neighbors at the Hiawatha Public Library and Marion Public Library.