Author Archive for Morgan Reeves

ICPL Mock Newbery Awards

by Morgan Reeves on November 21st, 2017

Our mock awards fun is expanding to include Mock Newbery Awards this year. The real Newbery Medal is awarded annually by the Association for Library Service to Children, a division of the American Library Association, to the author of the most distinguished contribution to American literature for children.  For our Mock Newbery, we will vote online on ten titles released in 2017 by authors currently living in or citizens of the USA. Voting will be open from December 1st through January 31st on our Kids page. You don’t have to have read every book to vote, but read as many as you can as these are all fantastic reads. I will post book reviews of our nominees each week, so check back in if you just can’t read them all.

We’ll announce our winner on February 5, 2018 and find out if we are right when the real Newbery Medal honors are announced on February 12, 2018.

Take a peek at ICPL’s Mock Newbery nominees:


Storytime Recap: Welcome Fall

by Morgan Reeves on September 23rd, 2017
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It may not feel like it but yesterday was the first day of autumn. To welcome fall (and some hopefully cooler weather) we read a poem and a story about how summer changes into fall and danced like falling leaves. We followed a bear on a hike over a mountain and marched along. Then we read and sang about my favorite part of fall, apples! We learned how an apple tree grows apples throughout the year and then pretended to be apple trees. Finally we watched a movie based on the book by Peter Brown which follows a bear explaining why Children Make Terrible Pets. Check out the list below of books, songs and rhymes.

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Storytime Recap: Labor Day

by Morgan Reeves on September 2nd, 2017
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Today’s family storytime was in honor of Labor Day. We read books about all kinds of jobs and worker’s rights. We sang songs about marching and celebrating together. I told everyone about how workers came together and demonstrated for better pay and working conditions. We talked about how even children used to have hard jobs to do. I asked the children what kind of jobs they have now and what they might want to be when they grow up. We also talked about how a lot of people get Labor Day off of work or school to relax and have a good time. Read the rest of this entry »

Totally Tweens: littleBits Invention Workshop

by Morgan Reeves on August 4th, 2017

This past Tuesday the Library welcomed tween inventors to our littleBits Invention Workshop. We talked about how to use the snap-able circuits to solve problems, like how to wake up in the morning or how to keep someone out of your room.

Each group chose their own problem and brainstormed ways to solve their problem. The kids then got to experiment and try different ways of attaching the bits to create new outcomes, but mostly just for fun.

A frenzy of experiments and prototypes.

A frenzy of experiments and prototypes.


Finally each group had created their own invention.

Alarm-o-matic 2000 by Colin

Alarm-o-matic 2000 by Colin

Colin’s Alarm-o-matic 2000 would wake up even the heaviest sleeper with a multitude of flashing lights and loud buzzers. It comes with a convenient dimmer switch if you want to go back to sleep.

Buzzer Fan 8000 by Paul

Buzzer Fan 8000 by Paul

Paul (preferred to not be pictured) put together the Buzzer Fan 8000 in order to keep his brother out of his room. He used a sound sensor and motion sensor to turn on a buzzer and fan, which would alert him if his brother was trying to enter his room.

Volume Volt 2000 AKA Scare-o-matic 4000 by Kaden and Isran

Volume Volt 2000 AKA Scare-o-matic 4000 by Kaden and Isran

Kaden and Isran originally wanted to solve waking up in the morning. They had so much fun experimenting, that they decided to add even more startle power, and created the Volume Volt 2000 AKA Scare-o-matic 4000. With buzzers, fans, and lights triggered by motion sensors, this contraption hit all the senses with sudden stimulation sure to scare your socks off.


Automatic Art Machine by Lydia and two others

Lydia and two other girls (who didn’t write their names down) created the fantastic Automatic Art Machine. Turn it on, hold it to the paper, and watch art appear with no more effort needed.

Automatic Art Machine by Lydia and two others

Storytime Recap: Our Community

by Morgan Reeves on July 22nd, 2017
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Today’s family storytime was all about communities, both large and small. We read books about community helpers, towns, and families. We sang some happy songs about friends and playing together. I talked about the different community events we have in Iowa City, like the Farmer’s Market, Parties in the Park, Stories in the Park, and bookmobile stops.

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Father’s Day at the Library

by Morgan Reeves on June 18th, 2017

It’s Father’s Day and we are celebrating all of our dynamite dads at the library. We’ve put our favorite books about all kinds of fathers on display in the Children’s Room. Come in to the library to check these out and stop in for our Sunday Funday at 2pm to make a Father’s Day craft.

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Learn How to Build a Better World

by Morgan Reeves on June 9th, 2017
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In conjunction with this year’s summer reading program, “Build a Better World,” read about ways people have made the world a better place, how you can help right now, and the possibilities of the future.

Since witnessing the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, J. J. Keki has been working with his neighbors of different religions to coexist peacefully and grow coffee together. By focusing on what unites them, instead of what divides them, this village has created an example of religious tolerance and harmony for the world. Read about it in Growing Peace by Richard Sobol.

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Mother’s Day at the Library

by Morgan Reeves on May 14th, 2017
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At the library, we love books and we love our moms. So of course, we love books about moms. Here are some new titles and old favorites about all kinds of mothers. Come in to the library today to check these out and make a a special Mother’s Day treat during our Sunday Funday program at 2pm.

And I Have You  by Maggie Smith celebrates the bond between mothers and babies both animal and human.

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Storytime Recap: Things That Go

by Morgan Reeves on April 27th, 2017

As the new ICPL Bookmobile is starting to make stops around the community, we celebrated all kinds of things that go this week in storytime. Today, as usual storytime began with our welcome song “Clap Everybody and Say Hello.” I talked a little about different ways of getting from one place to another. Read the rest of this entry »

Fresh Picks: Middle Grade Medley

by Morgan Reeves on April 11th, 2017

booksThere’s something for every interest on the New Juvenile Fiction shelves. I’ve collected a few standouts for middle grade readers to showcase today. Fantasy, mystery, sci-fi, adventure, realistic fiction, and even a novel in verse. Check out one of these terrific titles today.




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