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Special teen events at ICPL Dec. 30 and 31

by Meredith Hines-Dochterman on December 16th, 2014

Teens, visit the Iowa City Public Library Dec. 30 and Dec. 31 for two special School’s Out for the Holidays events. Holidays-Teen

Put your game face on Tuesday, Dec. 30, because we’re having a Video Game Tournament from 2 to 4 p.m. Nintendo’s Super Smash Bros. for Wii U will be playing on the flat screen, allowing up to four players to battle it out at one time.

Join the Teen Movie Club from 2 to 4 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 31, for a screening of Guardians of the Galaxy. Based on the Marvel Comics superhero team of the same name, Guardians of the Galaxy was released in August. The action film stars Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Vin Diesel, and Bradley Cooper.

ICPL teen events are for students in grades 7 through 12. All events take place in the Koza Family Teen Center on the Library’s second floor unless otherwise noted.

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

The Teen Center has board games…

by Ella Von Holtum on December 9th, 2014

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…in case you’re bored! For the next few weeks, I’ll feature some of them. When you’re off school for winter break come by and try them out. I’ll put a few games out every evening, too.

 

We’ve got a couple classic card games. Uno (2 to 10 player) was always one of my favorites, easy to play and a good way to pass the time. Skip-Bo (2-6 players) has rules similar to Uno’s: stack your cards in order, use wild cards and strategy, and be the first with no cards in your hand to win.

 

Bananagrams (1-4 players) is a word game, with tiles like Scrabble. Only they come zipped up in a banana! It’s fun a flexible, a cool twist lon word games.

 

The last little fun game of the day is Zombie Dice (2 or more players). It’s exactly what it sounds like…you are a zombie, and you’re rolling dice to see how successful you are! Do you get to eat brains, or does your victim fight back or get away? How convincingly can you demand Braaaaaains?

 

Stay tuned for some of our bigger board games…we’ve got some good ones!

Letters About Literature

by Brian Visser on November 28th, 2014

Browne,_Henriette_-_A_Girl_Writing;_The_Pet_Goldfinch_-_Google_Art_ProjectHave you ever loved a book so much that you had to let the author know?  That they were the only person who would understand how you felt?  Letters About Literature is a program where students in grades 4 through 12 write a letter to an author explaining how that author’s work impacted them.

The Letters can be written about works from any genre, fiction or nonfiction by authors from the present or the past. Students can write about a book, short story, poem, or speech.

The program is sponsored by the Center for the Book in the Library of Congress.  The Iowa Center for the Book is the Iowa sponsor.

Iowa first place winners win $75. Second and third place winners win $50.  Honorable Mention winners win $25.

The deadline for high school students is December 15, 2014. The deadline for elementary and middle school students is January 15, 2015. You can learn more at the Iowa Center for the Book website and read last year’s winning entries at http://www.iowacenterforthebook.org/letters

But maybe you don’t want to enter the contest and just want to write a letter to your favorite author.  We have a database that can help with that.  To access it, go to http://www.icpl.org/resources/ scroll down and click on “Contemporary Authors.”  Contemporary Authors has a lot of interesting information about more than 120,000 U.S. and international authors.  For example, you can search “Lowry, Lois,” and it will list info about awards she has won, her bibliography and personal information including a home address.  So, you could write a letter about how The Giver is your absolute favorite book of all time.  Wouldn’t that be awesome?

My True Love Gave to Me

by Brian Visser on November 17th, 2014
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My True Love Gave to Me is a collection of twelve holiday stories by popular young adult authors.  I was initially drawn to it because Rainbow Rowell supplied a story.  Rainbow’s story–”Midnights”–is great!  It’s about two friends who over the course of four New Year’s Eves decide if they want to be more than friends.  I hope we see the characters again!

Another plus for this collection is the chance to sample authors that you’ve been curious about.  I’ve never read anything by Matt de la Peña or Stephanie Perkins, who also edited the collection, and I loved both of their stories.  It made me want to read all of their books.  Holly Black has a great story–called “Krampuslauf”–about a group of friends who want to throw the perfect New Year’s Eve party and get revenge on a cheating ex.  An unexpected guest makes the party even more memorable.

A lot of the stories fall into the “meet-cute during the holidays” category, but they’re well done (except for a couple stinkers).  It’s a great book to read as a break from reading another book.  If you like holiday stories, you won’t go wrong with My True Love Gave to Me.

Review: Superman For All Seasons

by Ella Von Holtum on November 4th, 2014
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I never got excited about Superman because I couldn’t relate to him. I have a friend who felt the same way, until he read Superman For All Seasons. He said I should give it a shot. He was right – this book changes everything for me. Well, no, not everything, but Superman For All Seasons casts the man who masquerades as Clark Kent in a whole new light. Suddenly he is complex and relatable, and perhaps more heroic for it.

This book is made up of a four issue series written by Jeph Loeb and with art by Tim Sale. Bjarne Hansen is the colorist, using watercolors that move between bold primary, easter-eggy, and sad purples. The art style is Rockwellian and evokes a simple life – the graphics are all Americana, with gentle subtleties provided by both the coloring and the writing.  Each issue is told from the point of view of a different main character, and with each switch the reader gains a new bit of insight into our hero. I was left with an image in my mind of someone utterly more conflicted and connected and brave than I had thought.

We begin with a farm boy, a dog, a dear mother and father, and a highschool sweetheart. There’s that simplistic Superman I have no patience for. Only, highschool is ending, his powers are growing, and Superman, like many American teenagers, has the scary and exciting task of deciding, “what next?” The decision is more complicated that he wants it to be, and no matter what he must give some things up.

The story unfolds from here with standard comic book elements – heroics, races against time, feats of strength, villains. But in this story too are questions about honesty and making connections. About what you leave behind when you go and what good it will do to return. About the impressions a person leaves, and about figuring out who we really are. Teenage Superman has a lot to figure out. He gives something up when he decides to be Superman, and it’s hard for him. Even though he is Superman, he has to live with his choices, and they are the kinds of choices we can all relate to.

Other superheroes may have more shadowy appeals, and I like that. But in Superman For All Seasons we realize that just because Superman is from another planet and possesses what for earthlings are super powers, it doesn’t mean he doesn’t struggle like the rest of us, and it doesn’t mean he isn’t human after all.

ICPL to Host Teen NaNoWriMo Kick-Off Party

by Meredith Hines-Dochterman on October 15th, 2014

The Iowa City Public Library will host a Kick-Off Party for teens interested in National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 1, in the Koza Family Teen Center.nanowrimo-logo

National Novel Writing Month, often referred to as NaNoWriMo, is an annual, international challenge to write the first draft of a 50,000 word novel during the month of November. Younger writers have the option of choosing their own, less daunting, goal.

Seasoned teen writers, first-timers and the merely curious are welcome to attend ICPL’s kick-off party where Teen Services Intern Ella will describe the NaNoWriMo process. You may even find writing allies to help you through the month. The Library will provide tea, hot chocolate and light snacks to fuel teens’ creativity.

For more information about NaNoWriMo, visit nanowrimo.org.

For more information about the Teen NaNoWriMo Kick-Off Party, call the Library at (319) 356-5200.

Beware My Power – Teen Comic Book Club

by Brian Visser on October 14th, 2014

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The next meeting of ICPL’s Teen Comic Book Club will be on Thursday, October 30 from 4-5 in the Teen Center.  We’re discussing all things Green Lantern related.  Pick any Green Lantern comic to read and we’ll geek out about it at the meeting.  Need some ideas?  Here are a few comics about the emerald knights:

Green Lantern : RebirthHal Jordan was considered the greatest Green Lantern of them all. But Jordan lost control, allowed himself to be corrupted and transformed into the villainous Parallax. Later, Jordan reappeared and made the ultimate sacrifice —and became the Spectre, the Wrath of God.  See how a man born without fear and seeking to rebuild his life, puts cosmic forces into motion that will have repercussions not only on Earth but across the universe.

Green Lantern : Secret OriginWhile Hal Jordan is inducted into the Green Lantern Corps, the Green Lantern called Sinestro investigates the death of Hal’s predecessor, Abin Sur. Who–or what– could have killed this Lantern? And what does it all have to do with the “Blackest Night”?

Green Lantern Vol. 1 : SinestroIn the aftermath of a deadly showdown between the Green Lantern Corps and a mysterious foe from the past, Hal Jordan has been stripped of his ring. Left standing is an unexpected new Green Lantern in town: Sinestro! And now, this renegade GL has set a course for Korugar with one purpose: To free his homeworld from the scourge of his own Sinestro Corps, with the not-so-willing help of Hal Jordan!

Green Lantern Corps Vol. 1 : FearsomeWhen a new menace, The Keepers, begins to march across the space sectors and devouring not only their natural resources but their entire populations, it is up to The Corps, severely outnumbered, to stop them. The Corps soon find one of their own held by the ruthless Keepers and must figure out a way to save their comrade and defeat the Keepers without the Green Lantern’s most powerful weapon, their power rings.

 

Upcoming Totally Tween Events at ICPL

by Meredith Hines-Dochterman on October 13th, 2014

Halloween costume designs, chess and holiday crafts are part of the Totally Tweens lineup at the Iowa City Public Library.

Totally Tweens is a once-a-month program featuring hands-on activities specifically for students in third through sixth grades.

Monday, Oct. 20: Tweens are invited to join Morgan in the Storytime Room for Totally Tweens: They’re Alive. Tweens can paint and decorate a mask to bring their Halloween costume to life. The program begins at 3:30 p.m.Minecraft Challenge2

Saturday, Nov. 15: The annual ICPL Kids Chess Tournament will be held from 1 to 5:15 p.m. in Meeting Room A. Students in third through sixth grade are invited to complete; younger children are welcome if they are a member of the United States Chess Federation. You may register the day of the event from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. or e-mail Eric Vigil at evigil@gmail.com. Registration is required.

Wednesday, Dec. 10: Tweens are invited to get crafty at Totally Tweens: Holly Days Crafts. Supplies will be provided for tweens to create unique holiday crafts to take home. The program begins at 3:30 p.m. It will be held in the Storytime Room.

Tween Minecraft at ICPL

In addition to these special Totally Tween events, the Library also has Tween Minecraft Time from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. and 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 3, and Monday, Dec. 1.

Registration is required for Tween Minecraft Time. You can register online at calendar.icpl.org by clicking on the date of the event you wish to attend. Each participant may only register for one time slot.

Tweens need to have a Minecraft account to play in multiplayer mode. Players without an account may use a library account, but these are limited and first come first serve. Otherwise players without an account may still play in single player mode.

For more information about any of the Totally Tween events, call the Library at (319) 356-5200.

Iowa City Public Library celebrates Teen Read Week™

by Meredith Hines-Dochterman on October 3rd, 2014

The Iowa City Public Library will celebrate Teen Read Week Oct. 12-18 with special events and programs aimed at encouraging teens to read for fun.TRW image

Teen Read Week is a time to celebrate reading for fun while encouraging teens to take advantage of reading in all its forms — books, magazines, e-books, audiobooks and more. Thousands of libraries, schools and bookstores across the country will hold similar events centered on this year’s theme, Turn Dreams into Reality @ your library. ICPL has several events planned for the annual celebration.

  • Book Bingo: Pick up a Bingo card at the Library and, during the month of October, books that you read for school or leisure can count for a space. Once you complete a line, return to the card to the Koza Family Teen Center for a chance to win a gift certificate to Prairie Lights. Card must be submitted by 5 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 2.
  • Book Spine Poetry: Join us in the Koza Family Teen Center from 4 to 5 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 14, to make book spine poetry. We’ll take pictures of your creations and put them on display in the Teen Center.
  • Book and Comic Book Swap: Do you have a book sitting on your shelf that you’ll never read again? Bring it to our Book and Comic Book Swap from 4 to 5 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 16, and trade with your fellow voracious readers. Hardbacks, paperbacks and comics will be accepted.

Teen Read Weekis a national adolescent literacy initiative created by the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), a division of the American Library Association. It is held annually during the third week of October.

For more information about Teen Read Week, visit www.ala.org/teenread.

For more information about the Iowa City Public Library’s Teen Read Week activities, call the Library at (319) 356-5200.

Banned Books Week: The Dude Abides Edition

by Brian Visser on September 26th, 2014

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Watch actor and rug connoisseur Jeff Bridges read from Lois Lowry’s young adult classic “The Giver” as part of the American Library Association’s Banned Books Week Virtual Read-Out!  Bridges stars as the titular Giver in the movie version, which you can place a hold on here.

And teens, remember you can complete an online scavenger hunt about young adult books that are challenged and banned in the U.S.  Teens with the most correct answers will be entered into a drawing to win a Downtown District Gift Card.  The scavenger hunt can be accessed here:  http://goo.gl/0qB85W




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