ICPL, IYWP to offer fantasy writing summer workshops

by Meredith Hines-Dochterman on June 9th, 2017

The Iowa City Public Library has teamed up with the Iowa Youth Writing Project to offer two writing camps for teens this summer.

Worlds Away: Fantasy Writing

June 26 through June 30, 1 to 3 p.m. in Room D at the Iowa City Public Library

Teens who love stories of fantasy, folklore and mythology are invited to attend a week of world building and creativity with World Away: Fantasy Writing. Participants will make maps of new lands, write spells, discuss the finer points of magical creatures, dream up characters emerging into wild and mysterious predicaments, and turn the everyday scenes of Iowa City into enchanting and unfamiliar settings.

Choose Your Own Adventure: Writing and Designing Interactive Stories

July 17 through July 21, 1 to 4 p.m. in the Computer Lab at the Iowa City Public Library

If you’ve ever wanted to write a story that gives readers the freedom to seek their own destiny, this is the camp for you. We’ll explore the basics of choose-your-own-adventure storytelling and learn how to use free online tools to help organize and visually map multi-thread narratives. Students will create their own interactive adventure stories and turn them into digital, playable products.

Both camps are open to teens ages 13 through 18. Camps are free to attend, but registration is required. To register, visit iywp.org/programs/summer-programs and click on the registration button below the program description of the camp you wish to attend.

The Iowa Youth Writing Project is a non-profit outreach collective founded by University of Iowa Writers’ Workshop graduates in 2010 that aims to join Iowa City’s unique literary heritage with Iowa’s larger community by empowering, inspiring, and educating Iowa’s youth through language arts and creative thinking. For more information, visit iywp.org.

For more information about the IYWP programs offered at ICPL, call the Library at 319-356-5200.

ICPL Teen Anime & Manga Festival March 1

by Meredith Hines-Dochterman on February 15th, 2017

The Iowa City Public Library will host its annual Teen Anime & Manga Festival from 2 to 4 p.m. on Wednesday, March 1, in the Koza Family Teen Center.

There’s no school that day.

Open to students in grades 7-12, this festival is an opportunity for teens to interact with fellow anime and manga enthusiasts, watch anime, discuss manga and draw fan art.

There will be an artist alley with prize drawings for participants, so be sure to bring your finished artwork or do some freehand drawing while at the festival. Cosplay is always welcome and there will be prizes for those who participate.

The Teen Anime & Manga Festival is a free event. For more information, call the Library at 319-356-5200.

Teen Homework Help at ICPL

by Meredith Hines-Dochterman on February 2nd, 2017

Teens, do you need help with your homework?

The Iowa City Public Library offers free tutoring sessions in all subjects for students in grades 7 through 12.

To sign up for your session, contact ICPL’s Teen Services Library at 319-887-6076 or via e-mail at teens@icpl.org.

Got to have Faith!

by Dennis Cooper on December 31st, 2016
Got to have Faith! Cover Image

Heroes come in all shapes and sizes, so it’s about time that superheroes did too.  Plus-sized Faith Herbert is the title character of Faith: Hollywood and Vine.  She might just be the most relatable superhero ever.  Like many of her potential fans, she has a passion for popular culture.  She grew up reading about superheroes in comic books.  Now she has become one.  With the powers of flight and a “telekinetic field”, Faith patrols the skies of Los Angeles as Zephyr.  She has also created a new secret identity for herself as mild-mannered pop culture blogger, Summer Smith.  Can she navigate the complex and complicated world of super-heroics and alien invaders, while keeping her positive outlook and sense of wonder intact?  Spoiler alert: Yes, she can.  Written with humor, heart, and hope by rising star, Jody Houser, with stunning artwork by Francis Portela (and “fantasy” pages by Marguerite Sauvage), Faith is a different kind of superhero mostly because she is a kind superhero.  Kindness is an awesome super-power!

ICPL Top Staff Picks 2016: Young Adult

by Meredith Hines-Dochterman on December 24th, 2016

Young adult titles used to dominate our Best of the Best book list. In fact, our most recommended books of 2012 and 2013 were YA titles: Rainbow Rowell’s Eleanor & Park in 2013 and John Green’s The Fault in Our Stars in 2012.

Will it happen again?

You need to check back on December 31 when we release our Top Picks of 2016 in all genres. For now, check out the young adult titles staff members enjoyed.

ya-photoICPL’s BEST YOUNG ADULT BOOKS OF 2016

  • Flawed by Cecelia Ahern
  • A Study in Charlotte by Brittany Cavallaro
  • Girl in Pieces by Kathleen Glasgow
  • Heartless by Marissa Meyer
  • Cherry by Lindsey Rosin
  • Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys
  • Thanks for the Trouble by Tommy Wallach
  • P.S. I Like You by Kasie West

Have you explored our young adult collection? It’s on the Library’s second floor!

Behold . . . The Visions!

by Dennis Cooper on December 17th, 2016
Behold . . . The Visions! Cover Image

What does it mean to be “human”?  What does it mean to be “ordinary”?  What does it mean to be a “family”?   These deep philosophical questions (and more)  are explored by the android Avenger in Marvel Comics’ Vision, v.1: Little Worse Than a Man.  Former CIA agent and current comic book rising star Tom King wrote this future classic, with refreshingly understated and stunningly subdued artwork by Spanish illustrator Gabriel Hernandez Walta. Read the rest of this entry »

Super Smash Bros Video Game Tournament at ICPL

by Meredith Hines-Dochterman on December 14th, 2016

Hey teens, celebrate the first day of winter vacation at the Iowa City Public Library – and get your game face on because it’s Video Game Tournament time!

We’re throwing down Super Smash Bros for Nintendo Wii U. The battle will be held from 1 to 3 p.m. Thursday, December 22, in the Koza Family Teen Center.

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

New Way Cool Chemistry Date Announced

by Meredith Hines-Dochterman on September 13th, 2016

Students interested in chemistry will have the opportunity to participate in hands-on demonstrations and experiments from 2 to 3 p.m. on Saturday, September 17, in Meeting Room A at the Iowa City Public Library.

Way Cool Chemistry is designed to make chemistry accessible and fun for fifth- through eighth-grade students. Pre-registration is not required.

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

Win tickets to see Rick Riordan at The Englert

by Meredith Hines-Dochterman on August 30th, 2016

Best-selling author Rick Riordan will be in Iowa City for the Iowa City Book Festival October 4 through October 9, appearing at The Englert Theatre on October 7. Tickets to the event are sold out, but the Iowa City Public Library has two to award to the winner of our Rick Riordan fan fiction writing contest.

The contest is open to students in 4th through 12th grades. The stories can be about any of Riordan’s works, but must be written by the student and no more than four pages in length.

Finished stories must be turned in at the Children’s Room Desk or Info Desk on the Library’s second floor by 5 p.m. Friday, September 23. Only one story per entrant, please. The winner will be announced at the Library’s screening of Percy Jackson and The Olympians: The Lightning Thief and trivia contest at 3:30 p.m. Thursday, September 29, in Meeting Room A.

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

ICPL to host stage fighting workshop for teens

by Meredith Hines-Dochterman on August 19th, 2016

Shakespeare Fighting FunThe Iowa City Public Library will host a stage fighting workshop from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 3, in Meeting Room A. This event coincides with Shakespeare’s First Folio exhibit at the University of Iowa Libraries Aug. 29 through Sept. 25.

Lukas Brasherfons, a master of fine arts student in dramaturgy at the University of Iowa, will lead the two-hour introduction to unarmed combat for the stage. He’ll show participants how to safely punch, slap and fall in the most basic of ways. The lesson will tie into how William Shakespeare used violence in his plays.

This workshop is intended for teens ages 13 through 18. Registration is not required.

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