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The Iowa City Public Library’s May classes will celebrate local historian Irving Weber and help attendees get their personal history sleuthing in tip-top shape.
Have you ever wondered about your family tree? Not sure how to start searching for your ancestors? Come join us for an Introduction to Genealogy on Wednesday, May 3, at 2 p.m. Learn where to start your search and how to keep track of the information you find once you get started.
We are introducing a new class on military records on Friday, May 12, at 10 a.m. Military records are great resources when trying to further your genealogy search. There are some key things you need to know about using these records and this class will teach you what you need to know.
Come to the Library on Monday, May 22, at 2 p.m. to learn how to use online genealogy resources to solve your family tree mysteries.
All classes and workshops for adults are held in the Library’s Computer Lab on the second floor. Classes are free, so patrons should register early. Visit http://calendar.icpl.org/categories/classes-tech-help to register online. You can also register by calling the Library at 319-356-5200.
Don't forget to bring your reusable bags to the Farmers Market this year!
In support of the City of Iowa City's on-going sustainability efforts, single-use plastic shopping bags will no longer be provided by Iowa City Farmers Market vendors. Farmers Market staff encourage patrons to bring their own bags, baskets, or boxes to carry their goods.
To help launch this new policy, the Iowa City Farmers Market has purchased 1,500 cloth bags which will be given away at the first few markets, while supplies last. After these are gone, the market will sell bags for $3 each at the information table.
What’s wrong with plastic bags?
Supporting a sustainable food system is not just about the food, it's also important to have sustainable options for packaging the food. Plastic bags are one of the most widely used products in the world, however only 1 to 4% of bags in the U.S. are recycled (Center for Urban Education and Sustainable Agriculture).
In March 2016, Iowa City was awarded a 4-STAR Community Rating for sustainability excellence, by being formally certified in the STAR Community Rating System.
The decision to disallow single-use plastic bags not only aligns with the goals of the City of Iowa City as a STAR community, but also with the mission of the Iowa City Farmers Market to provide an educational forum for consumers to learn the uses and benefits of quality, locally grown or prepared food products while supporting the Iowa City area's sustainable food system.
The Iowa City Farmers Market is a program of the Iowa City Parks and Recreation Department.
Chauncey Swan Park Farmers Market, 405 E. Washington St. Operates the beginning of May to the end of Oct. Wednesdays, 5-7 p.m. Saturdays, 7:30 a.m.-12 p.m.
Join the Iowa City Public Library as we celebrate UNESCO International Jazz Day from 2 to 3 p.m. Sunday, April 30, in Meeting Room A, with “Jazz in the Fight for Civil Rights: Jazz as Activist Music.”
During the Civil Rights movement, many musicians joined African-Americans in using their musical voice as a catalyst in demanding change in America. While popular artists such as Aretha Franklin, Marvin Gaye and James Brown were more overt in voicing their opposition to the status quo through their music, the more subtle sonic contributions that jazz musicians made to this righteous cause are often overlooked.
Through a combination of live performance, spoken remark and a visual presentation, “Jazz in the Fight for Civil Rights: Jazz as Activist Music” will highlight three of the more prevalent examples of jazz music’s alignment with the African-American fight for civil rights and the backstory behind their creation. Musicians featured include Dr. Damani Phillips from the University of Iowa on saxophone and vocals; Steve Shanley from Coe College on piano; Blake Shaw, a graduate student at the University of Iowa on bass; and Jim Dreier of the University of Iowa on drums.
This event is co-sponsored by the Iowa City Public Library and the Iowa City UNESCO City of Literature. For more information, call the Library at 319-356-5200.
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Learn how to use the garden as your classroom in April.
In partnership with Field to Family and Backyard Abundance, Iowa City Parks and Recreation will host a school garden workshop, “Teaching the Next Generation: The Garden as Your Classroom” on Saturday, April 8, 2017 at the Robert A. Lee Recreation Center Outdoor Classroom, 220 S. Gilbert St. This class is open to teachers, school district staff, early care and education providers, garden volunteers and all who are interested in using gardening as an education tool in Johnson and neighboring counties.
Presenters at this free workshop will share school district and community resources that support learning about the outdoor environment, showcase versatile designs for outdoor classrooms, demonstrate activities that support new science standards, and offer hands-on lessons in the garden for PreK-12 students.
Kelly Hanson, Farm to Early Care Education Program Specialist with the Iowa Association for the Education of Young Children, will share pre-K garden learning activities.
Jen Kardos, Co-Director Backyard Abundance, along with Jenni Mettemeyer, Shimek school garden leader, will demonstrate ways to use elementary science curriculum (FOSS) in the garden.
Michelle Kenyon, Field to Family Program Director and ICCSD Farm to School Coordinator, will cover general resources available to school gardeners and those creating and maintaining outdoor classroom space.
Elizabeth Maas, Restoration Ecologist, Kirkwood Community College, will demonstrate an activity following the Next Generation Science Standards
Breanna Shea, Outreach Coordinator and Tony Loeser, Water Resources Engineer from Iowa Flood Center will demonstrate a new community resource to teach about water quality.
“This event features a hands-on component that demonstrates how to teach current district science curriculum in the garden,” explains Jen Kardos, Co-Director of Backyard Abundance. “Being thoughtful in the design of our school gardens means they can be used as outdoor classrooms effectively without adding to a teacher’s workload.”
In addition to the activities listed, the Iowa Flood Center will demonstrate a new, interactive erosion table, highlighting how it can be used in teaching outdoor ecology.
Iowa City Parks and Recreation received a DNR REAP Conservation Education Program grant to partner with the Iowa Flood Center on new water quality educational classes, which will compliment the City's growing line of ecology programs.
To register for the garden workshop, visit the Iowa City Parks and Recreation registration website: bit.ly/2no59Cs
Support for this event comes from the City of Iowa City and New Pioneer Food Co-op.
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ICCSD Farm to School Chapter: The ICCSD Farm to School chapter, a program of Field to Family, is one of 27 Iowa Farm to School chapters throughout the state that is working to get kids thinking about where their food comes from and adding more local foods to school lunches. The program has three components: providing support for school gardens, sourcing local foods for school lunches and hosting education programs on the farm to table process called, Farmer Fairs, which are in-school field trips where students get to meet local farmers, learn from nutritionists and participate in a hands-on gardening workshop as well as eat locally harvested, lightly processed fresh seasonal foods. fieldtofamily.org/programs/farm-to-school/
Backyard Abundance is a nonprofit that helps people create beautiful, environmentally-beneficial landscapes that provide healthy food and habitat. backyardabundance.org/
Field to Family works to create a more local, healthy and sustainable agriculture in Johnson and surrounding counties through their programs: Farm to School, Local Food Finder, Farm Stands in Food Deserts and Food System Education. fieldtofamily.org/
Author Thomas Frank will read from his new book, “Listen, Liberal: Or, What Ever Happened to the Party of the People?,” at the Iowa City Public Library on Tuesday, April 4.
Hailed as “the most prescient book” of the year, "Listen, Liberal" accurately describes what ailed the Democratic Party even before the election of 2016 made their weaknesses obvious. It is the story of how the “Party of the People” detached itself from its historic constituency among average Americans and chose instead to line up with the winners of our new economic order.
This free event will take place from 6 to 7 p.m. in Meeting Room A.
Frank is the author of "Pity the Billionaire," "The Wrecking Crew," and "What’s the Matter with Kansas?" A former columnist for The Wall Street Journal and Harper’s Magazine, Frank is the founding editor of The Baffler, a printed and digital magazine of art and criticism, and writes regularly for Salon magazine.
This event is co-sponsored by the Iowa City Public Library, Johnson County Democratic Party, Iowa City Federation of Labor, University of Iowa Public Policy Center, and Prairie Lights.
Copies of the book will be available for purchase from Prairie Lights.
For more information, contact the Library at 319-356-5200.