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Chemistry: It’s FUN-damental

A demonstration on the Wonders of Chemistry will take be conducted by Lou Messerle, Chemistry Professor

Thursday, September 8th
Main Library North Exhibition Hall

The University of Iowa Libraries has compiled an exhibit celebrating the International Year of Chemistry 2011 as well as emphasizing how fundamental chemistry is and how it can be seen in everyday life. The exhibit will be on display from July to December 2011.

Wherever we look, the work of the chemist has raised the level of our civilisation and has increased the productive capacity of the nation.

— John Calvin Coolidge



Iowa City Book Festival seeks volunteers – July 16 & 17

The Iowa City Book Festival is seeking volunteers Saturday, July 16 and Sunday, July 17 to direct visitors, assist authors and work in the information booth.

For a complete list of volunteer needs and to sign up to volunteer, see http://www.iowacitybookfestival.org/volunteers-2.

See the Iowa City Book Festival schedule of events at http://www.iowacitybookfestival.org. For more information, contact festival co-directors Kristi Bontrager at kristi-r-bontrager@uiowa.edu and Greg Prickman at greg-prickman@uiowa.edu.


It’s Snapshot Day at the UI Libraries, April 12

To celebrate National Library Week, the UI Libraries are taking a “snapshot” of activities in the library today. We need your help.

  • Check our Facebook page (www.facebook.com/UofIowaLibraries) and tell us what you’re doing in the library today.
  • Visit the library and check out our physical Facebook page and “Like” the reason you’re at the library
  • Take a picture of yourself in the library, outside the library, using the Libraries website, reading an article you downloaded from a library database – then post that picture on our Facebook page.

We can’t wait to see what you’re doing in the library.


Remember the Triangle Fire, March 25

We will close women’s history month on Friday, March 25th  with “In Memoriam:  The Triangle Factory Fire 100th Anniversary,” an event to commemorate the 146 young, immigrant garment workers who lost their lives in this tragedy. 

Friday, March 25
12:00 – 1:00 p.m.
Second Floor Conference Room (2032), UI Main Library

Remarks by Professor of History Linda K. Kerber and dramatic readings by Carol Macvey and UI theater students will follow, with comments by playwright Janet Schlapkohl. 

For further information call 319-335-5068.  Event is free and open to the public.


Filmmaker Booth to speak in Iowa Women’s Archives, March 22

Award-winning filmmaker Marlene Booth will present a talk entitled “Tell Me a Story:  Making and Learning From Documentary Films” on Tuesday, March 22nd. Born and raised in Des Moines, Booth looks back – with clips from her films – on 35 years of filmmaking as a woman, a feminist, and a dyed-in-the-wool Hawkeye. 

Iowa Women’s Archives, third floor UI Main Library
March 22, 2011
4:00 – 6:00 p.m.
  Reception at 4:00 p.m., followed by presentation from 4:30-5:30 p.m.

Booth, a lecturer in film at the University of Hawaii, has worked in film since 1975, both as an independent and for public television station WGBH-TV in Boston. She has produced and directed several major documentary films screened on PBS, at national and international film festivals, and in classrooms nationwide. Her most recent film, Pidgin: the voice of Hawaii (2009), examines the language spoken by over half of Hawai’i’s people, and confronts issues of language and identity, and who gets to decide what language we speak. 

Booth’s 1999 film “Yidl in the Middle: Growing Up Jewish in Iowa” (1999) explores her Iowa-Jewish roots and uses home movies, period photos, her high school reunion, and interviews, to examine the process of negotiating identity, as an American, a Jew, and a woman.  “Yidl in the Middle” will be screened at Hillel (122 E. Market St.) on Wednesday, March 23rd at 7:00 p.m., followed by a question and answer with the director.


Looking for Lucretia, Elizabeth and Susan B.: women who put the “rage” in suffrage

Got 15 minutes?  Develop your research skills and learn about a database that will be sure to add credibility to your paper or speech.  

Looking for Lucretia, Elizabeth, and Susan B. : women who put the rage in suffrage:

Wednesday, March 9th

Main Library, Rm. 4037
Noon – 12:15
Snacks Provided


Today’s Hot Topic: underage drinking on campus

Do you have a speech or a paper due on a current event? You’ve come to the right place. In 15 minutes, you’ll develop your research skills and learn about a database that will be sure to add credibility to your paper or speech.  These mini-workshop are like veggies for your brain!

Topic: Underage Drinking
Wednesday, February 23, 2011
12:00-12:15 p.m.
Room 4037, Main Library

For more information, check our brainfood LibGuide.


Invisible Book-a-Thon Closes City of Literature Exhibit

As the City of Literature: Literary Life in Iowa City exhibit comes to a close this week, Dr. Alphabet will perform a reading. His costume has been on display throughout the exhibit.

Thursday, Nov. 18th, 2010
3:00 – 5:00 PM
North Exhibit Hall, Main Library


International Writers to read in Main Library, Oct 29

The International Writing Program will bring their Friday evening reading to the UI Main Library on Oct. 29 at 5 p.m. Ms. Yong Mee Cho from South Korea and Ms. Lai Chu Hon from Hong Kong will read from their work. Ms. Cho is the author of four poetry collections and the recipient of the 2005 Kim Dal Jin Literary Prize. Ms. Hon is the award-winning novelists and her most recent work, “Grey Flower,” was selected as Top 10 Chinese Novels World-wide for the year 2009. More detailed biography of the authors are available at: http://iwp.uiowa.edu/writers/index.html.

Friday, October 29th
5:00 to 6:00 PM
Main Library, Second Floor North Study Lounge (rm 2001)
Library floorplan (pdf)

Refreshments will be served.

The “City of Literature: Literary Life in Iowa City” exhibit will be on display in the North Exhibition Hall through the Mid-November.


Iowa Women’s Archives Tour, Nov. 4

The University of Iowa Alumni Association’s Lifelong Learning Program is hosting a behind-the-scenes tour of the Iowa Women’s Archives in the UI Main Library starting at 5 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 4. Registration is required.

Archives curator Kären Mason will give the tour, where participants will examine photos, diaries, letters, scrapbooks, and other items. Mason will discuss the archives’ founders and its development over the past 18 years.
The Iowa Women’s Archives holds more than 1,100 manuscript collections that chronicle the lives and work of Iowa women, their families, and their communities. These personal papers and organizational records date from the 19th Century to the present. Together with oral histories, they document the activities of Iowa women throughout the state and beyond its borders.

This program, co-hosted by the UI Osher Lifelong Learning Institute, begins at 5 p.m. in Room 2032 (on the second floor, south side) of the Main Library and move up to the third floor at 6 p.m. for the tour.

Cost for the event is $5 and is open to UI Alumni Association and Osher Institute members and their guests. RSVP by Thursday, Oct. 28 at www.iowalum.com/lifelonglearning/. For more information, email alumni-learning@uiowa.edu or call 1-800-IOWALUM.