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ICPL Teen Instagram Scavenger Hunt

by Allison Smith on May 31st, 2016

Have you all signed up for the Teen Summer Reading Program? Because you should. The grand prizes are awesome.

One way to earn a point for the Summer Reading Program is to participate in our Instagram Scavenger Hunt! Post pictures of 10 of the following items:

  1. A yearbook from the year you were born
  2. A bicycle repair book from the Adult Nonfiction section
  3. A library book with a battle on the cover
  4. A library book with people kissing on the cover
  5. Your favorite book from the library
  6. A CD you like in our music collection
  7. A shelfie (a picture of your bookshelves)
  8. A library card in a strange place
  9. You with your library card
  10. A posted rule in the library
  11. Your favorite piece of the Art-to-Go collection
  12. A recipe from one of our cookbooks
  13. your favorite movie from our DVD collection
  14. someone reading in a park
  15. A #bookface selfie (look it up if you don’t know what I’m talking about!)
  16. A librarian flexing his/her muscles
  17. A selfie with your favorite library staff member
  18. A librarian with a copy of a book they’ve been meaning to read
  19. You or a friend eating fruit
  20. You or a friend looking cool in sunglasses
  21. You or a friend on a bike
  22. You or a friend performing a skateboard trick
  23. You or a friend picking up trash to throw away
  24. A newspaper headline from your birthday
  25. You or a friend listening to an audiobook

Tag those images using #ICPLteens and #ICPLscavengerhunt and let Brian, Lillie, or me (Allie) know what your username is so we can see your awesome pictures!  Every participant will be entered into a drawing for a super neat prize at the end of the summer!

ICPL to Host Teen Summer Book Club

by Meredith Hines-Dochterman on May 26th, 2016

Attention teens, the Iowa City Public Library has a book club just for you as part of the On Your Mark, Get Set … Read Summer Reading Program.

Our first book, An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir, appeared on the New York Times best-seller list. It tells the story of Laia, a Scholar living under the iron-fisted rule of the Martial Empire. When her brother is arrested for treason, Laia goes undercover as a slave at the empire’s greatest military academy in exchange for assistance from rebel Scholars who claim that they will help to save her brother from execution.

A limited number of copies are available for check out from the Information Desk on the Library’s second floor. Pick up a copy today and be sure to come to the discussion from 2 to 3 p.m. Tuesday, June 28.

Our second book was a National Book Award Finalist: Nimona by Noelle Stevenson. Nimona is an impulsive young shape shifter with a knack for villainy. Lord Ballister Blackheart is a villain with a vendetta. As sidekick and supervillain, Nimona and Lord Blackheart are about to wreak some serious havoc. Their mission: prove to the kingdom that Sir Ambrosius Goldenloin and his buddies at the Institution of Law Enforcement and Heroics aren’t the heroes everyone thinks they are.

We will discuss Nimona from 2 to 3 p.m. on Tuesday, July 26. A limited number of copies are available for check out from the Information Desk on the Library’s second floor.

The Teen Summer Book Club is for students in grades 7 through 12, including teens who will start seventh grade in the fall. Meetings will be held in the Koza Family Teen Center on the Library’s second floor.

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

We Can Code at ICPL

by Meredith Hines-Dochterman on May 25th, 2016

The Iowa City Public Library is pleased to present We Can Code, a workshop for teens to explore the basics of computer programming and web development in a self-paced, example-driven, supportive environment.

We Can Code will be held from 1 to 3 p.m. in the Library’s Computer Lab on the second floor every Wednesday, beginning June 1 and continuing through Aug. 17. The workshop is open to teens in grades 7 through 12, including students who will start seventh grade in the fall.

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

Teens Dungeons and Dragons Moving to Wednesdays at ICPL

by Meredith Hines-Dochterman on May 24th, 2016

Beginning June 1, the Iowa City Public Library’s Teen Dungeons and Dragons campaign will move to Wednesdays.

Join us in Meeting Room E on the Library’s second floor from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. every Wednesday in June and July, except July 6. Never played before? That’s no problem! Allie is ready to help all novices.

ICPL teen programs are open to students in grades 7 through 12, including teens who will start seventh grade in the fall. For more information, contact the Library at 319-356-5200.

Summer (Reading) is Coming

by Brian Visser on May 17th, 2016

SiCThe Iowa City Public Library’s Summer Reading Program begins on Tuesday, May 31, but it’s not the only Summer Reading Program in the area.  Your friendly, neighborhood Teacher Librarians put together an amazing website that has info about all of the summer reading opportunities!  They also created lists of great reads broken down by grade levels.  Check them out and find your next favorite book.  Feel free to sign up for all the programs and read all the things!  Fight the Summer Slide (which is a bad thing, and completely different from the Electric Slide)!

Super Smash Bros Video Game Tournament at ICPL

by Meredith Hines-Dochterman on May 12th, 2016

Hey teens, celebrate the first day of summer 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, May 26, in the Koza Family Teen Center.

All teen events are open to students in grades 7 through 12, including students who will start seventh grade in the fall.

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

ICPL to host Teen Earth Day event

by Meredith Hines-Dochterman on April 6th, 2016

Teens, you can make a difference this Earth Day by helping the Iowa City Public Library clean up local parks.

We’ll meet in the Koza Family Teen Center at 1 p.m. on Friday, April 22. Your parents must sign a liability form in order for you to participate. This form will be available in the Teen Center. We’ll walk to a park together and clean until 2:30 p.m. All clean up materials will be provided. We’ll have refreshments, too. Please wear clothes you don’t mind getting dirty.

This program is open to students in seventh through 12th grades. Participants will receive volunteer hours for their work.

Call the Library at 319-356-5200 for more information.

 

Spring Break Programs for Teens at ICPL

by Meredith Hines-Dochterman on March 10th, 2016

Teens looking for something to do during spring break only have to visit the Iowa City Public Library. We have a great lineup activities to keep you busy!

First, get your game face on because we’re throwing down with Super Smash Bros for Nintendo Wii U at our Spring Break Video Game Tournament. The battle will be held from 1 to 2 p.m. Tuesday, March 15, in the Koza Family Teen Center.

Calling all teen Whovians! Come geek out about The Doctor and his companions at our annual Teen Doctor Who Day celebration from 1 to 4 p.m. Thursday, March 17, in the Koza Family Teen Center. We’ll watch specially-selected episodes of the show and hold a trivia contest.

Calling all teenage adventurers! Our Saturday Dungeons and Dragons campaign will be held from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday, March 19, in the Koza Family Teen Center. Teens in grades seventh through 12th are invited to play. Never played before? No problem! Allie is there to instruct you in the dark arts.

The Koza Family Teen Center also will have extended School’s Out Tech Times the week of March 14 through March 19. The Teen Center will be open for teens in grades seventh through 12th to use the Internet, play video games on the big screen, use iPads and laptops, or just hang out. School’s Out Teen Tech Times will be 1 to 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday; 1 to 8 p.m. Friday; and 1 to 6 p.m. Saturday.

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

For more information about any of these programs, contact the Library at 319-356-5200.

#flashwrite: Teen Poetry

by Allison Smith on March 1st, 2016

IWP-flashwriter-slider-1-webThe International Writing Program is offering their fist Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) designed for teens! #flashwrite: Teen Poetry is an online class designed to help teens improve their poetry writing skills! No prior experience necessary and you have the opportunity to earn UI college credit!

By signing up for #flashwrite: Teen Poetry you have the opportunity to learn the basics of poetry from Daniel Khalastchi, a man who has made money by writing poetry! You also get to work with other teens around the world!

Registration is free! The class starts on March 30 and is entirely online!

For more information click here!

Dying to sign up? Click here!

ICPL Teen Anime & Manga Festival Feb. 25

by Meredith Hines-Dochterman on February 12th, 2016

The Iowa City Public Library will host its annual Teen Anime & Manga Festival from 2 to 4 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 25, in Meeting Room A.

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, win prizes, and eat massive amounts of candy sushi. Cosplay is always welcome and there will be prizes for those who participate.

We will screen episodes from three different anime: Haikyu!!, Golden Time and Steins;Gate.

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




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