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University of Iowa News Release

March 24, 2006

UI Libraries Mark National Library Week With Music, Comedy, Art And Theater

The University of Iowa Libraries will celebrate National Library Week with music, improvisational comedy, theater and its cARTalog art exhibition on Friday, April 7, at 7:30 p.m. in Shambaugh Auditorium in the Main Library.

"cARTalog: The Festival" is the 42nd annual Friends of the UI Libraries event. It is the culmination of the cARTalog project and will present both the visual and performing art projects that grew from the retired card catalog. The public, non-juried art exhibition will feature the more than 50 pieces that have been submitted for the cARTalog general exhibition. Artists have responded with a range of works, including books, collage, clothing, sculpture and an installation piece by artist Robert Possehl that will be suspended from the ceiling of the Main Library's North Exhibition Hall.

Some of the cARTalog artists will be on hand to talk about their work and the project. For a sneak preview of some of the submitted pieces, check online at

The festival also will feature performing artists, including local musician Peter Balestrieri and his improvisation group, Din; a performance of the children's play "Laughter, Liberty, Library: A Card Catalogue Adventure," written by UI undergraduate playwriting student Justine Nakase; and comedy improv troupe, Lightning in a Bottle.

A reception will follow in the North Exhibition Hall.

This event is free and open to the public, but reservations are appreciated. RSVP by e-mail to, by phone to 319-335-6093. Please respond by Friday, March 31st.

The Friends of the University of Iowa Libraries is an association of individuals committed to the enrichment and growth of the University Libraries. Established in 1964, it is one of the oldest such organizations affiliated with a university library. The Friends are individuals who, through their annual contributions and valuable membership activities, demonstrate their conviction that a strong and active library is essential, reflecting the strength of the University as a whole.

STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa News Service, 300 Plaza Centre One, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-2500.

CONTACTS: Kristi Bontrager, 319-335-5960,; Tom Snee, 319-384-0010,