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Singing! Playing! Dance Party In The Library!

by Jessica Lee on April 3rd, 2014
This Saturday, April 5, the Iowa City Public Library and Mission Creek Festival will host a series of youth events that will take place in Meeting Rooms A-C of the Iowa City Public Library.

Do you have a song in your heart? The first Youth Songwriting Workshop is welcoming volunteers and participants! Local musicians and writers will work with middle and high school aged kids to write original songs from 12 to 1, before playing them as a group at 5 o’clock! All instruments (including no instruments) welcome! Parents and friends are welcome to attend the concert.

Chic-A-Go-Go (“Chicago’s Dance Show for Kids of All Ages”) is the kind of public access television show that will make you drop your remote control, your jaw, or both. Bring costumes or just wear your everyday clothes to a special taping of this very special program! Guest lip-syncing appearances by Samuel Locke Ward, Katie Roche, Dave Zollo, and Lipstick Homicide! Kids of all ages — from one to one hundred — are welcome. 

The public is invited to watch a group performance of the songs worked on in the youth songwriting workshop held earlier in the day.

Sponsored by the UI Office of Outreach and Engagement, University of Iowa- Department of Communication Studies, Iowa City Public Library, Iowa Youth Writing Project, Mission Creek Festival, Frank N. Magid Center for Undergraduate Writing, The James Gang, and Girls Rock Iowa City.

What’s on your mind?

by Jessica Lee on March 31st, 2014

Are you between the ages of 12-18? DO YOU LOVE YOUR LIBRARY? Do you despiiise it? Either way, we want to hear from you!

Plz to be taking this survey to let us know what you think, and how we can be betterfasterstronger:

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Spring Bre~e~eak!

by Jessica Lee on March 17th, 2014

Hey folks, we have special staffed hours in the Koza Family Teen Center this week on account of spring break! This means that the game systems, laptops, and iPads will be available from 1-5pm every day from Monday, March 17 through Saturday, March 22.

Teen Tech Week : DIY @ Your Library

by Jessica Lee on March 12th, 2014

It’s Teen Tech Week, and we’ve got a couple sweet DIY @ Your Library events on the calendar for teens in grades 7 through 12!

On Thursday, March 13, Hannah will be showing ye how to make your very own animated gifs in the Computer Lab from 3:15-4:15 p.m.

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On Saturday, March 15, we’ll be making magnetic silly putty in the Teen Center from 2:00-3:00 p.m.

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See you there!

Calling All Knitters: Penguins (May Not) Need Sweaters!

by Jessica Lee on March 6th, 2014

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I’m not being funny, y’all. Nasty oil spills off the coast of Australia make it tough out there for our flightless feathered friends, and you can make a difference! A wee, adorable difference.

Ice King, you’re doing it wrong!

Sweater (aka jumper) patterns and where to send the finished products can be found here.

Have you knitted a bitty penguin sweater? Show ‘em off in the comments section!

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ETA:  OH BUT WAIT ~ the penguin situation may not be as dire as it first appeared! Ah, well. You can still follow the link to learn how to knit eensy weensy sweaters~ (And I guess they’re more like sweater vests, what with not having arms and all. [AND THE CAKE IS A LIE.])

There are no trees in the library.

by Jessica Lee on February 28th, 2014

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Don’t forget! Today we’ll be hosting our very first Welcome to Night Vale event in the Koza Family Teen Center on the second floor from 2:30-4:30 PM!

Spark a Reaction! Video Contest

by Jessica Lee on February 26th, 2014

The deadline for the 2014 Teen Video Challenge is nigh! Which means that if you make a short vid about your badass local library, incorporate the theme for this year’s summer reading program (“Spark a Reaction”), and submit it online by next Friday, March 7, you have a chance to win GLORY, ADMIRATION, and MONEY.

Seriously, there is a $275 prize.
(You could buy a lot of books with $275.)
But you and I know that there is nothing as rewarding as being able to express your love for literacy.


Click here for MOAR details on how to enter!

Welcome to Night Vale Fanart Contest

by Jessica Lee on February 6th, 2014


Hello, readers. I am petrified proud to announce the ICPL’s first Welcome to Night Vale fan art contest! (All media are welcome.)

Submit your entries by midnight, February 21st to the Info Desk on the second floor, or via e-mail to, for a chance to win a gift certificate to Prairie Lights as well as our eternal adulation, second in fervor only to that which we owe the mighty Glow Cloud. (Don’t forget to include your name and contact info!)

The winner of the contest will be announced at our Welcome to Night Vale party the following week.

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Hello, Writers.

by Jessica Lee on February 1st, 2014


Look at your monitor, now back to me; now back at your monitor, now

Sadly, it isn’t me, but if it stopped showing cat gifs and switched to a collaborative writing project, it could seem like it’s me.

Look down, back up, where are you? You’re on Tumblr next Saturday with the teen writers your computer could connect with.

What’s in your browser? Back at me. I have it: it’s a signup sheet to do that thing you love.


Anything is possible when you love writing fiction in the digital age. I’m on Tumblr.




by Jessica Lee on January 29th, 2014

BEHOLD: the official trailer of the Fault in Our Stars movie!