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What teens read this summer

by Brian Visser on August 28th, 2014

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Labor Day, the unofficial end of summer, is almost here, so I thought I would share what books teens read this summer.  For our Summer Reading Program, teens read five books in order to be entered into a prize drawing.  The most read book was, unsurprisingly, The Fault in Our Stars by John Green.  The book was already wildly popular, but the film adaptation starring Shailene Woodley, which came in June, put it over the top.  If you haven’t read it yet, we’ve finally made it through the massive hold list and there are copies on the shelf as I type this.  The second most read book was Divergent by Veronica Roth.  Divergent also had a recent film adaptation (now available on DVD), which also starred Shailene Woodley (busy girl).

The Hunger Games was the third most read book, and Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone was still going strong in 4th.  I think a lot of teens (and adults) make a point of re-reading Harry Potter during the summer.  Other stand out titles were Insurgent by Veronica Roth, City of Bones by Cassandra Clare and Hollow City by Ransom Riggs.

What did you read this summer?

ICPL Summer Reading Program Boasts Record Numbers

by Meredith Hines-Dochterman on August 13th, 2014
Treymire Johnson is the winner of the Babies Summer Reading Program Grand Prize -- a $50 gift certificate to Prairie Lights.

Treymire Johnson is the winner of the Babies Summer Reading Program Grand Prize — a $50 gift certificate to Prairie Lights.

The Iowa City Public Library ended the 2014 Summer Reading Program with a bang, recording record participation numbers among all age levels – babies, kids, teens, and adults.

In all, 4,822 patrons registered for the 2014 Summer Reading Program, with 2,205 participants turning in completed game cards by Aug. 2.

The kids program had the highest number of registrants – 2,720 people – and the highest completion rate – 1,386 people.

More than 1,250 adults signed up for the program, with 453 turning in completed game card.

The teen program had 404 registrations and 184 completed game cards handed in, while the babies program had 440 registrations and 183 game cards returned to the Children’s Room.

All completed game cards were entered in a drawing for the Summer Reading Program Grand Prize, which varied depending on the program level. The winners were chosen by a random drawing and contacted by Library staff.

Congratulations to everyone who received a Summer Reading Program prize and thank you to all who participated!

Babies Summer Reading Program Grand Prize: A $50 gift card to Prairie Lights

  • Winner: Treymire Johnson

Kids Summer Reading Program Grand Prize: A Kindle Fire

Edward Li is the winner of the Kids Summer Reading Program Grand Pirze, a Kindle Fire. He is pictured with his father, Richard Li, and Vickie Pasicznyk, the Children's Room Coordinator.

Edward Li is the winner of the Kids Summer Reading Program Grand Pirze, a Kindle Fire. He is pictured with his father, Richard Li, and Vickie Pasicznyuk, the Children’s Room Coordinator.

  • Winner: Edward Li

Teen Summer Reading Program Grand Prize: A Kindle Fire

  • Winner: Anh To

Adult Summer Reading Program Grand Prize: A Kindle Fire

  • Winner: Mamta Gautam

Both the teen and adult Summer Reading Programs had additional prizes. In the teen program, first prize winners include:

  • John Green prize:  Morgan Louvar
  • Day Dreams Comics prize:  Madeline Van Horn
  • Prairie Lights Bookstore prize:  Thomas Duong
  • Movie Theatre Prize:  Ashley Rose Joens

Second prize winners received Taste of Iowa City tickets. The winners of this prize includes Palmer Love; MaryClare Greer; Emma Dochterman; Noah Bullwinkle; and Abby Walling.

The winner of the first prize in the adult program – a bag of books – is Lenore Maybaum.

Second prize winners also received Taste of Iowa City tickets. The winners of this prize include Ellen Lee-Andino; Rachel Carmen; Wesley Beary; Brittni Stille; and Jennie Fischer.

 

100 Sideways Miles by Andrew Smith

by Brian Visser on August 11th, 2014
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Finn Easton believes that he’s trapped in his father’s book.  That he’s not living his own life.  It all started when a dead horse, destined for a rendering plant, fell from a truck as it crossed a bridge.  The horse landed on young Finn and his mother, killing her and injuring him.  Years later, Finn suffers from epilepsy because of the accident.  Finn’s dad created a character in his popular book, The Lazarus Door, using Finn’s unique scar from the horse incident, his epilepsy and his heterochromatic eyes.  Now Finn just wants to figure out who he is.  Finn’s best friend, Cade, and his girlfriend, Julia, try to get him to see that he’s much more than the boy in the book.

I have a deep, abiding love of Smith’s writing.  Each novel is singular.  His teen characters are smart and real.  Their voices authentic.  Finn measures time in miles traveled by the Earth in orbit–20 miles a second–and muses about the universe as a knackery endlessly reusing atoms.  The publishing industry is looking for the next (or another) John Green.  Andrew Smith has been here all along, and, honestly, I like him more than Green.

Iowa City Public Library’s August Teen Events Announced

by Meredith Hines-Dochterman on August 5th, 2014

TAG, the Library’s Teen Activity Group, is looking for new members.Teen Center photo June 2014 5

TAG is designed to energize teen programming and services as well as allow teens a greater voice at the Library. TAG members meet monthly to discuss books, plan upcoming events, and talk about what’s going at the Library – while eating snacks.

If you are interested in joining TAG, please drop by from 1 to 2 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 30, in the Koza Family Teen Center to see what we’re all about.

The August meeting of the Teen Anime & Manga Club will be held from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 30, in the Koza Family Teen Center. Attendees will watch anime, talk about favorite manga, draw, and trade tips on cosplay. Also, you can let the Brian, ICPL’s Teen Services Librarian, know what anime and manga the Library should have in its collection.

Do you play Minecraft and want to meet other Minecraft players? Then join us for our monthly Minecraft Meetup from 4 to 6 p.m. Saturday. Aug. 30, in the Computer Lab on the Library’s second floor.

All teen events are open to students in grades 7 through 12.

For more information about any of these programs, contact Brian Visser, Teen Services Librarian, at (319) 356-5200.

Teen Lock-In Finale Party!

by Brian Visser on July 30th, 2014

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The end of the Summer Reading Program is near, and that means it’s almost time for our Teen Lock-In Finale Party!  This Friday, August 1st, from 8-10:30ish, you can hang out in the Teen Center with your friends while the Library is closed.  How cool is that?  We’re going to watch Divergent, eat pizza and play video games.  Ok, so it’s not an actual lock-in because we don’t spend the night.  But who wants to sleep on the floor?  Not me.  Let’s all go home to our beds.  Cool?  Cool.  Be in Meeting Room A by 8:30 to get locked-in.

Tales of a Teenage Author at Iowa City Public Library

by Meredith Hines-Dochterman on July 17th, 2014

Teens interested in writing have an opportunity to learn more about the process from local teen author Chideraa B. Okeoma.book

Okeoma will share his thoughts on writing from 2 to 3 p.m. Wednesday, July 30, in the Iowa City Public Library’s Koza Family Teen Center. He is the author of When Mystery Busters Came to Town, a mystery that centers around four teen sleuths working together to bring shine a spotlight on the underground criminal network in their hometown.

When Mystery Busters Came to Town was published in May.

The book is illustrated by Okeoma’s younger sister.

This event is free of charge and open to students in grades seventh through 12th.

For more information, call the Library at (319) 356-5200.

July Teen Events

by Brian Visser on June 30th, 2014

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Here are the upcoming July events for teens at the Iowa City Public Library!

Tuesday, July 1, 2 p.m. Teen Supernatural Party: Join us in the Teen Center to watch episodes of Supernatural. We’ll also have Supernatural themed crafts and activities! Teen Center
Tuesday, July 8, 2 p.m. Smartphone Projector: Make a cool projector for your smartphone. Teen Center
Thursday, July 10, 2 p.m. Candy Experiments: All candy. All science. All fun. Also, we’ll eat candy. Teen Center
Tuesday, July 15, 2 p.m. Video Game Tournament: Bring your game face, because we’re throwing down with Mario Kart 8. Teen Center
Thursday, July 17, 2 p.m. Movie Club–The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug: Get outta the heat, watch a movie and eat popcorn. Teen Center
Tuesday, July 22, 2 p.m. Anime & Manga Club: We’ll watch anime, talk about our favorite manga, draw and trade tips on cosplay. Teen Center
Wednesday, July 23, 2 p.m. Batmania: Batman Day: We’re having an all ages Batman Day celebration. The Dark Knight turns 75 this year, so join us to watch “Batman: Mask of the Phantasm.” Afterwards, wow us with your knowledge of the Caped Crusader during our Batman Trivia Challenge. Meeting Room A
Thursday, July 24, 2 p.m. Minecraft Meetup: Do you play Minecraft and want to meet other Minecraft players? Then join us for our monthly Minecraft meetups! Computer Lab
Friday, July 25, 2 p.m. Teen Comic Book Club: Join us for our Teen Comic Book Club meeting! We’ll discuss Batman Vol. 1: The Court of Owls by Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo. Teen Center
Wednesday, July 30, 2 p.m. Tales of a Teenage Author: Chideraa Okeoma Talks Writing:  Chideraa B. Okeoma, a local teen author, will be in the Teen Center to discuss writing his recently released book “When Mystery Busters Came to Town.”

Koza Family Teen Center Announces Summer Tech Times

by Meredith Hines-Dochterman on June 5th, 2014

The Iowa City Public Library’s Koza Family Teen Center will have new Tech Time Hours this summer.teen tech

Beginning Monday, June 9, the new Tech Hours will be 12:30 to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, and 1 to 6 p.m. Saturday. During Tech Hours, teens in grades seventh through 12th can play video games on the big screen, check out iPads and laptops.

Students who will enter the seventh grade this fall can use the Koza Family Teen Center.

For more information, call the Library at (319) 356-5200.

 

June Teen Events

by Brian Visser on June 5th, 2014

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Here are the upcoming June events for teens at the Iowa City Public Library!

Tuesday, June 10 2 p.m.  Light Painting:  We’ll use flashlights and light-up toys to create beautiful light art with cameras and iPads.  Board Room

 

Thursday, June 12, 2 p.m.  Oculus Rift VR Demo:  The S.T.E.A.M Room Fab Lab is going to demo an Oculus Rift virtual reality headset, and you can try it out too!  Teen Center

 

Tuesday, June 17, 2 p.m.  Steampunk Crafts:  Join Jei and make awesome steampunk inspired crafts.  Teen Center

 

Thursday, June 19, 2 p.m.  Movie Club–Hunger Games: Catching Fire:  Get outta the heat, watch a movie and eat popcorn.      Teen Center

 

Tuesday, June 24, 2 p.m.  Anime & Manga Club:  We’ll watch anime, talk about our favorite manga, draw and trade tips on cosplay.  Teen Center

 

Thursday, June 26, 2 p.m.  Minecraft Meetup:  Do you play Minecraft and want to meet other Minecraft players?  Then join us for our monthly Minecraft meetups!  Computer Lab

 

Friday, June 27, 2 p.m.  Teen Comic Book Club:  Join us for our first Teen Comic Book Club meeting! We’ll discuss Hawkeye, Vol. 1: My Life as a Weapon by Matt Fraction and David Aja.  Limited copies of the comic are available for check out from Reference Desk staff on 2nd floor at ICPL.  Teen Center

ICPL Launches Teen Comic Book Club

by Meredith Hines-Dochterman on June 2nd, 2014

Do you read comic books? Do you like talking about comic books with others? Are you a student between the ages of 12 and 18? If you answered yes to these questions, then the Iowa City Public Library’s Teen Comic Book Club is for you!comic book

New to the Library’s lineup of teen events, the Teen Comic Book Club invites teens to read specific titles for a group discussion.

“Comic books are on the rise, from sales in stores to popularity in the mainstream media,” Teen Services Librarian Brian Visser says. “Some of the highest-grossing movies in recent years are based on comic book heroes, a trend that is introducing more people to their fantastic storylines and amazing art.”

“Hawkeye: Vol. 1: My Life as a Weapon” by Matt Fraction, David Aja, and Javier Pulido will be the first title read and discussed. This in-depth look at the bow-and-arrow guy from “The Avengers”shows that there’s more to Clint Barton than you thought you knew. Teens will share their thoughts with others from 2 to 3 p.m. Friday, June 27, in the Koza Family Teen Center.

The Caped Crusader faces a series of brutal murders and a conspiracy going back to his youth in “Batman Vol. 1: The Court of Owls” by Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo. Teens will discuss this comic book from 2 to 3 p.m. Friday, July 25, in the Koza Family Teen Center.

Limited copies of both titles are available for check out from the Reference Desk staff on the Library’s second floor.

The Library’s Teen Comic Book Blub is a free event for students in grades seventh through 12th.

For more information, contact the Iowa City Public Library at (319) 356-5200.