SLIS Students at 4th Annual Book Festival

SLIS Students at 4th Annual Book Festival

Last weekend, ‪SLIS student Jessica Rogers and recently graduated SLIS student Michelle Bjerke both worked booths a‬t the 4th Annual Iowa City Book Festival.

Braving the already fierce morning heat, Bjerke was helping children make their own small pamphlet notebooks to celebrate literature.

Bjerke, who graduated from SLIS this spring, is currently serving as intern at the Iowa City Public Library. She also maintains a blog,, in which she primarily reviews books for young people.

Rogers worked at the University of Iowa's Center for the Book booth in the afternoon. She is currently enrolled in BLIS, the MA/Certificate program offered by the School of Library and Information Science and the Center for the Book. Tapping into her passion of bookmaking, she taught passers-by how to make their own marbled paper.

"In the digital age, it's great that we can all come together to celebrate the printed word," said Rogers.

The festivities were undeterred by the newly-begun construction on the University Main Library and the heat wave sweeping the state. Instead of the usual location in Gilbert Square, tents were set up in the Pentacrest and lectures were hosted in the McBride Hall, the Seamans Center, and the Old Capitol Museum.

People dressed up as children's book characters, like Lilly from Chester's Way by Kevin Henkes, could be seen taking pictures with kids and their families in the Pentacrest. Book publishers, musicians, vendors, and volunteers alike sweat out the three-day festival, but despite their glistening brows everyone seemed to be having a grand old time.