Dec
5
Sat
Stanley Reads Book Club @ Online (registration required)
Dec 5 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Stanley Reads puts the museum’s recent exhibitions in conversation with literature. This fall we will consider Follow Her Lead in relation to Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi. Both the exhibition and novel focus on women and motherhood across time and geography. During each meeting of the book club, we will pair artwork from the exhibition with chapters from the book to connect deeply with the themes and expand our understanding of the objects and the story.

Stanley Reads is led by Kimberly Datchuk, curator of learning & engagement and is presented in partnership with Prairie Lights Books.

Homegoing begins in Ghana in the eighteenth century. It follows the lives of two half-sisters and eight generations of their descendants, those who endured enslavement in America and those who remained in Africa. The powerful story shows the deep and lasting effects of slavery.

Yaa Gyasi was born in Ghana and raised in Huntsville, Alabama. She earned an MFA from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop. Homegoing won the PEN/Hemingway Award and the NBCC’s John Leonard Award. It is Gyasi’s first novel.

Register for Stanley Reads:  https://uiowa.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_3VR83aPIweoUmHz.

Once registered, you will receive invitations to all Stanley Reads events.

Registration will cut off at noon the Friday preceding each event. Anyone registered after that will be added to the following meeting.

September 19

  • “Effia” (pp. 1–26)
  • “Esi” (pp.27–48)

October 3

  • “Quey” (pp. 49–86)
  • “James” (pp. 87–109)

October 17

  • “Kojo” (pp. 110–131)
  • “Abena” (pp. 132–152)

October 31 (Led by Derek Nnuro)

  • “H” (pp. 155–175)
  • “Akua” (pp. 176–197)

November 14

  • “Willie” (pp. 198–220)
  • “Yaw” (pp. 221–241)

December 5

  • “Sonny” (pp. 242–262)
  • “Marjorie” (pp. 263–282)
  • “Marcus” (pp. 283–299)

Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to attend all University of Iowa-sponsored events. If you are a person with a disability who requires a reasonable accommodation in order to participate in this program, please contact the SMA in advance at 319-335-1727.

Dec
9
Wed
Zoom: It’s A Mystery Book Group @ Zoom
Dec 9 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am
Join us on Zoom for It’s a Mystery’s Year End Party. Register here to receive Zoom links for It’s a Mystery Discussions.

‘It’s a Mystery’ is a mystery book discussion group that has met at the Coralville Public Library for over twenty years. We meet on the second Wednesday of each month at 10:00 am, and you are welcome to join in any time. Come when the book sounds good, or to every meeting.

Everyone is welcome to join the lively discussion!

It's a Mystery logo on a book coverWednesday, December 9 : It’s a Mystery Year End Party!

Bring a book or two you’ve enjoyed this year to share with the group—old, new, mystery or not—anything you’d like to recommend that others read.

 

 

Dec
17
Thu
Zoom: Novel Conversations @ Zoom
Dec 17 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Join us on Zoom for Novel Conversations discussion of America Was Hard to Find by Kathleen Alcott. Register here to receive Zoom links for Novel Conversations discussions.

Novel Conversations is a book group that alternates between classic novels and more recent works of fiction and nonfiction. Participants are welcome to come to all the meetings or just those that sound interesting.  Multiple copies of each book are available for checkout in the library and are, whenever possible, made available in large print, audiobook, and ebook editions.

Novel Conversations meets the third Thursday of each month from 7:00-8:00 pm on Zoom.

American Was Hard to Find by Kathleen Alcott (book cover) Thursday, December 17 :  America Was Hard to Find by Kathleen Alcott

In Alcott’s fictionalized America, a reclusive astronaut named Vincent Kahn was the first man to walk on the moon and an heiress turned violent revolutionary named Fay Fern dies in a demonstration about how the Apollo program is a distraction from the Vietnam War. Before all that, though, Vincent and Fay have an affair, and Fay has, unbeknownst to Vincent, a son, who grows up trying to find his father and understand his mother’s legacy.

 

 

Dec
18
Fri
A Christmas Cabaret @ Online, virtual event
Dec 18 – Dec 20 all-day

When the quarantine blues cause Santa to consider canceling Christmas, it is up to the elves to restore his holiday spirit! Featuring talented performers from throughout the Corridor, this musical variety show will bring the holidays right to your screen in this internet broadcast. Written and directed by Katie Colletta.

This on demand virtual performance is professionally filmed and streamed right into your home! Buy your tickets now, and watch the show at a time of your choice December 18, 19, and 20!

Jan
13
Wed
Zoom: It’s A Mystery Book Group @ Zoom
Jan 13 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am

Register here to receive Zoom links for It’s a Mystery Discussions.

‘It’s a Mystery’ is a mystery book discussion group that has met at the Coralville Public Library for over twenty years. We meet on the second Wednesday of each month at 10:00 am, and you are welcome to join in any time. Come when the book sounds good, or to every meeting.

Everyone is welcome to join the lively discussion!

The Thursday Murder Club by Richard Osman (book cover) Wednesday, January 13 : The Thursday Murder Club by Richard Osman

In a serene retirement village, four unlikely friends investigate unsolved murders. But the “Thursday Murder Club” finds itself in the middle of its first live case when a body appears a little too close to home.

 

 

 

Jan
21
Thu
Zoom: Novel Conversations @ Zoom
Jan 21 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Register here to receive Zoom links for Novel Conversations discussions.

Novel Conversations is a book group that alternates between classic novels and more recent works of fiction and nonfiction. Participants are welcome to come to all the meetings or just those that sound interesting.  Multiple copies of each book are available for checkout in the library and are, whenever possible, made available in large print, audiobook, and ebook editions.

Novel Conversations meets the third Thursday of each month from 7:00-8:00 pm on Zoom.

Song of Solomon by Toni Morrison (book cover) Thursday, January 21 : Song of Solomon by Toni Morrison

Milkman embarks on a physical and spiritual journey, with the help of his aunt and best friend, helping him to reconnect with his past and find his self-worth. Based on an African-American folktale about slaves who escape by flying back to Africa, Song of Solomon won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1993.

 

 

Feb
10
Wed
Zoom: It’s A Mystery Book Group @ Zoom
Feb 10 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am

Register here to receive Zoom links for It’s a Mystery Discussions.

‘It’s a Mystery’ is a mystery book discussion group that has met at the Coralville Public Library for over twenty years. We meet on the second Wednesday of each month at 10:00 am, and you are welcome to join in any time. Come when the book sounds good, or to every meeting.

Everyone is welcome to join the lively discussion!

In Cold Blood by Truman Capote (book cover) Wednesday, February 10 : In Cold Blood by Truman Capote

Capote, with help from his friend Harper Lee, interviewed residents of Holcomb, Kansas about the 1959 murders of four members of the Herbert Clutter family. In Cold Blood is the second-best selling true crime book ever (after Helter Skelter).

 

 

 

Feb
18
Thu
Zoom: Novel Conversations @ Zoom
Feb 18 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Register here to receive Zoom links for Novel Conversations discussions.

Novel Conversations is a book group that alternates between classic novels and more recent works of fiction and nonfiction. Participants are welcome to come to all the meetings or just those that sound interesting.  Multiple copies of each book are available for checkout in the library and are, whenever possible, made available in large print, audiobook, and ebook editions.

Novel Conversations meets the third Thursday of each month from 7:00-8:00 pm on Zoom.

After Midnight by Irmgard Keun (book cover) Thursday, February 18 : After Midnight by Irmgard Keun

Keun’s 1937 novel captures the tension, contradictions, and hysteria of pre-war Germany. It is filled with humor, even as it describes the growing threat of the Nazis and their rise to power.

 

 

Feb
20
Sat
Joseph Hall: ELVIS Rock N Remember @ Coralville Center for the Performing Arts
Feb 20 @ 7:00 pm

ELVIS IS IN THE BUILDING! Joseph Hall is thrilled to present his Elvis Rock N Remember tribute show! This show celebrates the roots of Elvis, yet is a fast-paced concert that makes it difficult for you to stay in your seat. It caters to both the young and the young at heart. He’s got the look, the voice, the charm and the moves that take us back to a time when parents were flabbergasted by the flauntingly provocative hip action.

In Hall’s Elvis Rock N Remember show, he achieves a powerful flashback experience to the moment when fans fell in love with the talented, handsome, carefree, energetic, high-spirited young man that is Elvis Presley. The show is masterfully produced with a mixture of Elvis hits from rock n roll, country, pop to gospel, multiple costume changes and a heartfelt tribute to our veterans. He’s even got the teddy bears and scarves to woo the ladies. A must-see for all ages!

Joseph Hall, born in 1984, has been paying tribute to the legacy of Elvis Presley since 2006. He starred on NBC’s America’s Got Talent in 2008, making 6 TV appearances, viewed by more than 90 million people and placing as one of the top 10 finalists! Sharon Osbourne impressed enough to tell him, “I’ve got shoes older than you, but I’d like to try you on!” Also, Piers Morgan quoted saying, “ELVIS IS BACK!” Joseph Hall has performed all over the world! Joseph Hall has won accolades throughout his young career including the “Spirit of Elvis ” award. Joseph Hall has worked with Elvis Presley Enterprises, Legends in Concert, and has officially been recognized as one of the top tribute artists in the world today. Hall says “My goal is to capture the essence of Elvis Presley, to pay tribute with the utmost respect to his legacy, his music, his image and above all else his fans.”

Tickets to this event are non-refundable.

Mar
4
Thu
Virtual Thursday Forum: What’s in Your Water? Water Quality in Iowa (and Beyond) @ Coe College
Mar 4 all-day

Maty St. Clair, Ben Peterson Professor of Chemistry

This Thursday Forum will explore the issue of water quality in Iowa. The forum will begin with a brief introduction to the history of water technology and regulation in the United States, including the Clean Water Act (1972) and Safe Drinking Water Act (1974). As a primarily agricultural state, Iowa’s most significant water quality issues include excess nutrients and bacteria. We will discuss the impacts of those pollutants on human health and the environment, examine efforts to assess the problem (including our own Coe Water Quality Lab) and review a recent lawsuit by Des Moines Water Works against drainage districts in northwestern Iowa. We also will assess the Iowa Nutrient Reduction Strategy, Iowa’s plan to reduce the impact of its contribution to the Gulf of Mexico’s “dead zone.” Finally, we will take a look at other headline-grabbing water-quality issues with contaminants such as lead, per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS, also known as “forever chemicals”) and viruses, with an eye toward anticipating future developments.