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.
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.
by Brian Visser on October 14th, 2014
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 : Rebirth - Hal 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 Origin - While 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 : Sinestro - In 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 : Fearsome - When 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.
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.
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 email@example.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.
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.
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.
by Brian Visser on September 26th, 2014
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
by Meredith Hines-Dochterman on September 25th, 2014
Teens, do you need help with your homework?
Beginning Oct. 1, the Iowa City Public Library offers drop-in Teen Homework Help from 6 to 8 p.m. on Wednesdays in the Koza Family Teen Center.
Tutors from the University of Iowa will give one-on-one assistance to students in seventh- through 12th-grades. Teens are expected to bring all materials needed to complete their assignments.
Teen Homework Help won’t be offered when the University is not in session.
For more information, call the Library at (319) 356-5200.
by Meredith Hines-Dochterman on September 22nd, 2014
Celebrate the freedom to read during Banned Books Week.
The annual event was launched in 1982 in response to a sudden surge in the number of challenges to books in schools, book stores, and libraries. Banned Books Week brings together all members of the book community –- librarians, booksellers, publishers, journalists, teachers, and readers –- in support of the freedom to seek and to express ideas.
This year’s Banned Books Week celebration will be held September 21 through September 27.
According to the American Library Association, more than 11,300 books have been challenged since 1982. There were 307 challenges reported to the Office of Intellectual Freedom in 2013. A challenge is defined as a formal, written complaint filed with a library or school requesting that a book or other material be restricted or removed because of its content or appropriateness.
The 10 most challenged titles of 2013 were:
- Captain Underpants (series), by Dav Pilkey
Reasons: Offensive language, unsuited for age group, violence
- The Bluest Eye, by Toni Morrison
Reasons: Offensive language, sexually explicit, unsuited to age group, violence
- The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, by Sherman Alexie
Reasons: Drugs/alcohol/smoking, offensive language, racism, sexually explicit, unsuited to age group
- Fifty Shades of Grey, by E.L. James
Reasons: Nudity, offensive language, religious viewpoint, sexually explicit, unsuited to age group
- The Hunger Games, by Suzanne Collins
Reasons: Religious viewpoint, unsuited to age group
- A Bad Boy Can Be Good for A Girl, by Tanya Lee Stone
Reasons: Drugs/alcohol/smoking, nudity, offensive language, sexually explicit
- Looking for Alaska, by John Green
Reasons: Drugs/alcohol/smoking, sexually explicit, unsuited to age group
- The Perks of Being a Wallflower, by Stephen Chbosky
Reasons: drugs/alcohol/smoking, homosexuality, sexually explicit, unsuited to age group
- Bless Me Ultima, by Rudolfo Anaya
Reasons: Occult/Satanism, offensive language, religious viewpoint, sexually explicit
- Bone (series), by Jeff Smith
Reasons: Political viewpoint, racism, violence
The Iowa City Public Library has Banned Books Week buttons for sale through September 27. They are available at the Help desk for $1 each. The Library also invites patrons to share photos of them reading banned books on twitter and Instagram, using the #caughtreadingatICPL hashtag.
Teens in grades seventh through 12th can celebrate Banned Books Week by participating in an online scavenger hunt about young adult books that are challenged and/or banned. 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 at: http://goo.gl/0qB85W
For more information about Banned Books Week, visit www.bannedbooksweek.org.
by Brian Visser on September 21st, 2014
Banned Books Week is here! Sept. 21 through Sept. 27, Iowa City area teens in grades 7-12 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
For more info on banned and challenged books, visit the ALA’s banned books website.
by Brian Visser on September 15th, 2014
The next meeting of ICPL’s Teen Comic Book Club will be on Thursday, September 25 in the Teen Center. We’re discussing all things Iron Man. Pick any Iron Man comic to read and we’ll geek out about it at the meeting. Need some ideas? Here are a few comics about Marvel’s Armored Avenger:
Iron Man Season One - Re-tells the origin and early adventures of billionaire weapons manufacturer Tony Stark and his superpowered alter-ego, Iron Man.
Extremis - Extremis has created a new generation of twenty-first century technologies which threaten Earth, and it is up to Iron Man to save humankind.
Armor Wars - Tony discovers that the same technology he used to create the Iron Man armor is now in the hands of several deadly super-villains. In the face of objections from his friends and fellow super heroes, Stark swears to use the power of Iron Man to bring the evil to an end – and to take back what’s his.
Enter the Mandarin - Iron Man battles the Mandarin, a Chinese revolutionary leader with strange powers acquired through alien technology who is bent on world domination.
by Meredith Hines-Dochterman on September 7th, 2014
Students interested in science will have the opportunity to participate in experiments and demonstrations at the Iowa City Public Library.
Way Cool Chemistry is a new program designed to make chemistry accessible and fun for fifth- through eighth-grade students. The program is designed and taught by Sally Kessler, a University of Iowa graduate student.
Kessler previously hosted Chemists in the Library, a family science program which launched at the Library earlier this year.
“The Library fully supports STEM learning and wants to offer as much science, technology, engineering, and mathematics programs as possible,” said Brian Visser, Teen Services Librarian. “We want to help students of all ages get excited about science.”
Way Cool Chemistry will be held from 7 to 8 p.m. on Sept. 23, Oct. 28, and Dec. 9. All programs will be held in Meeting Room A.
For more information, contact the Library at (319) 356-5200.