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V is for Villain by Peter Moore

by Brian Visser on April 16th, 2014
V is for Villain by Peter Moore Cover Image

Superheros and villains exist in Peter Moore’s “V is for Villain.”  Brad Baron comes from a family of superheroes, but he’s a bit of a disappointment because he’s only super-intelligent.  He’s jealous of his older brother, Blake, who has super-strength, speed and flight, and is a member of the Justice Force.  Brad attends the Academy, a school for super-powered students, but he’s soon transferred to the alternative program since he can’t keep up with his super-strong classmates.  There he finds a kindred spirit in Layla, who doesn’t think that heroes are that great either.  Soon, Brad, Layla and their friends decide that they should give villainy a try.

My favorite part of “V is for Villain” is Brad’s believable descent into becoming a “bad” guy.  He has good intentions at first, but he ends up doing questionable and downright evil things.  But, honestly, I thought most of his actions were justified responses to what had been done to him.  I also really enjoyed the teens exploring their powers.  Not to spoil it, but Brad does have another power, and the book really takes off when he masters it.  ”V is for Villain” is a fast, fun read.  I recommend it to comic book readers who like Young Adult books.

Singing! Playing! Dance Party In The Library!

by Jei 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.

Springtime = bugs!

by Hannah Kane on April 2nd, 2014

Looking for your next weekend read? I have a great springy one for you. In Grasshopper Jungle by Andrew Smith, the end of the world is nigh. Austin Szerba, his girlfriend Shann, and his best friend Robby live in fictional Ealing, Iowa. The trio occupy themselves the same way most small-town 16-year-olds do — skateboarding, eating pizza, driving into Waterloo to see movies, and trying to figure out who they are and what they want out of life.

But their world is turned upside-down when giant praying mantises rampage through Ealing. The big bugs are hungry — for PEOPLE. This tale of survival, friendship, identity, and growing up has a sense of Vonnegut-esque humor so fresh that once I started, I couldn’t put it down. Check out the catalog record here to learn more and place a hold!

Plus, it’s green. REALLY green.

April Teen Events

by Brian Visser on April 1st, 2014

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

Teen Concert

ICPL/UAY Mission Creek Teen Concert
Iowa City Public Library and United Action for Youth co-sponsor a Mission Creek Teen Concert featuring: Other Band, ConeTrauma and Dion Jackson.
Doors open at 6:30 p.m., music at 7:00 p.m. For grades 7-12.
Date: Friday, April 4, 2014
Location: Meeting Room A


Teen Activity Group
Calling all people in grades 7-12! TAG is looking for new members!
The Teen Activity Group (TAG) helps plan teen programs and give teens a greater voice at the Library…also we eat lots of snacks.
Want to make a difference in your Library? TAG is a fun way to earn volunteer hours!
Date: Saturday, April 12, 2014
Time: 1:00-2:00 p.m.
Location: Teen Center


ICPL Teen Anime & Manga Festival 2014
We’ll watch anime, talk about our favorite manga and eat massive amounts of candy sushi! We will be screening: Kamisama Kiss, Girls und Panzer and Say, ‘I Love You.’
There will also be an artist alley with prize drawings for participants, so be sure to bring your finished drawings or do some freehand work while you’re here! Cosplay dress is always welcome and there will be prizes for those that take part. For Grades 7-12 only.
Date: Saturday, April 26, 2014
Time: 2:00-4:00 p.m.
Location: Meeting Room A

What’s on your mind?

by Jei 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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by Meredith Hines-Dochterman on March 26th, 2014

Anime Club 8

The Iowa City Public Library will host the annual Teen Anime & Manga Festival from 2 to 4 p.m. on Saturday, April 26, in Meeting Room A.

Open to students in grades 7-12, the Festival is an opportunity for teens to interact with fellow anime and manga enthusiasts, watch anime, discuss manga, win prizes, and eat massive amounts of candy sushi.

Those who wish to display their art work as part of the Artist Alley should bring their finished drawings to the Festival or do some freehand work during the event. Prizes will be awarded to select artists. Cosplay is always welcome and one lucky person will win Best Costume.

This year, we’ll watch episodes from three different anime: Kamisama Kiss, the story of a girl who unwittingly takes over a job as a local deity; Girls und Panzer, about a team of high schoolers who operate armored tanks; and Say, ‘I Love You’, in which a girl who has sworn off friendship falls for an annoyingly charming boy.

“The Anime & Manga Festival is my favorite event of the year,” Teen Services Librarian Brian Visser says. “We’re watching some really great shows, too.”

The Teen Anime & Manga Festival is a free event. For more information, call the Library at (319) 887-3400.

Spring Bre~e~eak!

by Jei 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 Jei 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!

March Teen Events

by Brian Visser on March 7th, 2014


Here are the upcoming March events for teens at the Iowa City Public Library:

GIF Workshop–Teen Tech Week: DIY @ Your Library
Hannah will show you how to make awesome GIFs like you see online to impress your friends. For teens in grades 7-12.
Date: Thursday, March 13, 2014
Time: 3:15-4:15 p.m.
Location: Computer Lab

Magnetic Silly Putty–Teen Tech Week: DIY @ Your Library
We’re going to make magnetic silly putty. For teens in grades 7-12.
Date: Saturday, March 15, 2014
Time: 2:00-3:00 p.m.
Location: Teen Center

Teen Divergent Party
Join us in the Teen Center to celebrate the release of Divergent. We’ll have Divergent themed crafts and activities! For teens in 7th-12th grade.
Date: Friday, March 21, 2014
Time: 3:00-4:00 p.m.
Location: Teen Center

Teen Activity Group
Calling all people in grades 7-12! TAG is looking for new members!
The Teen Activity Group (TAG) helps plan teen programs and give teens a greater voice at the Library…also we eat lots of snacks.
Want to make a difference in your Library? TAG is a fun way to earn volunteer hours!
Date: Saturday, March 22, 2014
Time: 1:00-2:00 p.m.
Location: Teen Center

Teen Anime & Manga Club
We watch anime, talk about our favorite manga, draw and trade tips on cosplay! For Grades 7-12.
Date: Saturday, March 22, 2014
Time: 2:30-3:30 p.m.
Location: Teen Center

Teen Minecraft Meetup
Do you play Minecraft and want to meet other Minecraft players? Then join us for our monthly Minecraft meetups! For Grades 7-12.
Date: Saturday, March 22, 2014
Time: 4:00-6:00 p.m.
Location: Computer Lab


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

by Jei 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.])

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