Nintendo Switch added to ICPL’s video game collection

The Iowa City Public Library recently added Nintendo Switch to its young adult and juvenile video game collection.

Nintendo Switch is designed to go wherever gamers go, with the ability to transform from home console to portable system. The games join others in the Library’s collection, which includes Nintendo Wii and Wii U, Microsoft Xbox 360 and Xbox One, and Sony Playstation 3 and Playstation 4.

All video games in the Library’s collection may be checked out for one week. There is a two games per person limit. Video games may be renewed once if a patron has not placed a hold request on the item. The fine for late video games is $1 per day.

For more information, contact the Library at 319-356-5200.

City of Iowa City Presidents Day Holiday Schedule 2018

City Hall administrative offices in Iowa City will be closed Monday, Feb. 19, 2018, in observance of Presidents Day. The following schedules will be in effect for other City facilities on the holiday:

A graphic showing Presidents Day closures for the City of Iowa City.

Airport: Office closed. Jet Air (FBO) will operate regular hours. Details at

Animal Care and Adoption Center: Closed

Landfill and Recycling Center: Closed

Library: Closes at 6 p.m.

Oakland Cemetery: Closed

Parking: Normal operations. Details at

Parks and Recreation: Administrative Offices closed. Recreation centers and pools will operate regular hours. Details at

Police: Normal operations. Records and administrative offices closed.

Senior Center: Closed and no senior meals. 

Trash & Recycling: Refuse and recycling will not be collected. 

  • Residents on the Monday route should have items curbside by 7 a.m. on Tues., Feb. 20.
  • Tuesday - Friday routes should have items curbside by 7 a.m. on their regular collection day.
  • The City cannot determine exactly when items will be collected.

Transit: Normal operations. Details at

Water: Closed

  • Residents with a water emergency should call the 24-hour emergency line at 319-356-5166.

City offices and operations will return to normal schedules on Tuesday, Feb. 20. 

For more information, contact Communications Coordinator Shannon McMahon at 319-356-5058 or

Iowa City Public Library Friends Foundation opens Society6 store

In search of a gift for the book lover in your life? Visit the Iowa City Public Library’s Society6 store! 

Society6 is an online store featuring the work of thousands of artists around the world. Artists upload their original work, which is then transferred to consumer goods, including prints, clocks, stationary and coffee mugs. 

The Library’s account features the Get a Library Card designs created by the Library’s graphic designer, Mara Cole. Some of the designs includes the Library’s logo, while most do not, allowing the items to be enjoyed by book lovers around the globe; not just Iowa City. 

Visit and enter Iowa City Public Library in the search box to access ICPL’s store. All proceeds will go to the Library Friends Foundation, which supports the Summer Reading Program and other Library programs and collections. 

For more information, call the Library at 319-356-5200.

Watch for ice! Remember to clear icy sidewalks

As snow melts and temperatures fluctuate below and above freezing, remember to check walks for ice and clear them, especially first thing in the morning for the safety of those traveling to work or school. 

Those who do not remove ice and snow may be fined. 

A graphic reminding Iowa City residents to clear their sidewalks.

Sidewalk policy

Property owners are responsible for the ice and snow removal from all sidewalks that abut their private property. The entire width of the sidewalk must be cleared down to concrete. Renters should check their leases to see if their landlord has transferred the responsibility of snow and ice removal to them.

Reporting snowy or icy sidewalks

Those who wish to report a property where the adjacent public sidewalk has not been cleared can contact the City of Iowa City:

  • Download the free ICGovXpress mobile app for your smartphone or tablet. 
    Search GoRequest where you get your apps. 
  • Visit
  • Call the complaint hotline at 319-356-5152

Complaints must be specific and include an address for staff to respond. Residents can view a digital map of properties that are being investigated by staff due to complaints from the public.


If a complaint is received about an uncleared property, an inspector will visit the address to verify the violation, and leave a notification tag at the property. A Notice of Violation will also be mailed to the property owner and an additional 24 hours will be given to clear the pavement. If not completed by the deadline, the City will hire a private contractor to shovel, and the property owner will be billed those costs plus a $100 administrative fee. Only one notification will be given per snow season. Subsequent violations at the property will be cleared without further notification.

Clearing curb ramps and crosswalks

Be a good neighbor and keep curb ramps clear. Snow and ice free curb ramps are needed to keep sidewalks accessible to everyone, especially for pedestrians with limited mobility.


For more information, contact Stan Laverman at 319-356-5135 or

Archives Crawl at the Iowa City Public Library

The Iowa City Public Library will participate in the Iowa City Archives Crawl on Saturday, February 24. Learn more about local resources and archival items available at the Library in the newly expanded Computer Lab from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. that day. 

Library staff and speakers from local historical groups, including Friends of Historic Preservation, the Johnson County Historical Society and Historic Foodies, will share insights into collecting and preserving history. Come for one, two or all of the following programs:

11 to 11:15 a.m. – How to Find My Ancestors: A Genealogy Workshop

11:30 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. – Giving Your Personal History a Digital Makeover 

12 to 12:15 p.m. – Historic Preservation: The Original Whole-House Makeover, presented by Friends of Historic Preservation 

12:30 to 12:45 p.m. – Local History resources at ICPL or “What Really Happened Back in the Day?” 

1 to 1:15 p.m. – Iowa City’s Most Famous Athlete You Never Heard Of 

1:30 to 1:45 p.m. – Curating the 2006 Tornado Tour: Building a Strong Collection with the Community

2 to 2:15 p.m. – Johnson County Historical Society: Who We are and What We Do 

2:30 to 2:45 p.m. – CSI: Investigating a Murder with Local History Resources 

For more information about the Iowa City Archives Crawl and the other locations, visit or call the Library at 319-356-5200.

Iowa City Public Library’s TAG Meeting Announced

TAG, the Iowa City Public Library’s Teen Activity Group, is looking for new members. 

TAG is open to students in grades 7 through 12. TAG members help plan teen programs and give teenage students a voice in the Library. Anyone wanting to make a difference in the Library, and earn volunteer hours at the same time, should give TAG a try. 

Our February meeting will be held from 4 to 5 p.m. in the Koza Family Teen Center on Thursday, February 22. 

For more information, contact the Library at 319-356-5200.

Iowa City Police Respond to Armed Robbery

On Saturday February 17th, 2018 at 2:37 AM, the Iowa City Police Department was called to the Walgreens at 2214 Muscatine Avenue for a report of an armed robbery. The suspect, who had displayed a handgun, fled the scene with an undisclosed amount of money prior to the arrival of police. The area was checked however, the suspect was not located. No injuries were sustained by any of the store’s employees. 

The suspect is described as a white male possibly in his 20's, wearing a grey/black winter coat, blue jeans, and a black hood over his face. 

Anyone with information related to the armed robbery is asked to call the Iowa City Police Department at 319-356-5275. 

Iowa City Area CrimeStoppers is offering up to a $1000 cash reward for information leading to the arrest of this suspect. Anyone with information about this crime is urged to contact CrimeStoppers at 358-TIPS (8477). All calls are held in strict confidence and anonymity is guaranteed. Individuals providing information do not have to reveal their identity to collect a reward.

Join Iowa City Police Officers for Coffee with a Cop

Meet up with neighbors, friends, and police officers for coffee and a conversation during the next Coffee with a Cop event. 

Iowa City Police officers will be at The Encounter Café, 376 S. Clinton St., from 9:30 to 11 a.m. on Friday, Feb. 23, 2018. 

There is no agenda scheduled. This is an opportunity to ask questions, voice concerns, and get to know police officers in a relaxed setting over a cup of coffee. 

RSVP to the Coffee with a Cop Facebook event page for updates and reminders about the event.  

Additional information about the Coffee with a Cop program is available at

For other questions, or to schedule Coffee with a Cop in your neighborhood, contact Officer Colin Fowler at or 319-356-5275.

“Pay What You Want” Book Sale at ICPL February 24 and 25

Two of the greatest words in the English language join together for one great event: Book Sale. 

The Iowa City Public Library Friends Foundation will host a Book Sale from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, February 24, and from noon to 3 p.m. on Sunday, February 25, in Meeting Room A. 

Featuring “Pay What You Want” prices on everything from fiction and cookbooks, to nonfiction, DVDs, art books, young adult and children’s books, everyone is sure to find something.

 All sales are final with proceeds benefitting the Library, courtesy of The Book End Committee of the Iowa City Public Library Friends Foundation. 

For more information, contact Patty McCarthy, Development Office Director, at 319-356-5249 or via e-mail at

Fatal Fire at Shamrock Apartments

CEDAR RAPIDS, IA – The Cedar Rapids Fire Department responded to an apartment fire at Shamrock Apartments at 222 Jacolyn Drive SW at 9:42 a.m. this morning.  Firefighters were advised that an occupant was trapped inside a burning apartment unit.

Prior to the Fire Department’s arrival, neighbors were alerted by smoke alarms sounding and found smoke coming from the closed door of an apartment unit.  The neighbors gained access to the apartment unit and used portable fire extinguishers to knock down a fire inside the apartment.  There was a 57-year old male victim inside the apartment unit who had sustained severe burns.

Firefighters arrived on scene and removed the victim from the apartment where he was treated by firefighter/paramedics and transported by Area Ambulance Service to Mercy Medical Center.  The victim was subsequently transferred to the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics.

The Fire Department was notified this afternoon by the Johnson County Medical Examiner’s Office that the victim had died.

The fire remains under investigation.  The name of the victim is being withheld pending notification of family members.

Fire damage was contained to the one apartment unit.

No further information is available at this time.