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The writing on the wall will be printed neatly in block letters

by Jessica Lee on July 7th, 2014
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src: Dallas News (click through for related article)

This recent post, “Cursive is an Endangered Species,” along with many other similar articles, discusses the decline of cursive in younger generations, particularly with increased reliance on digital devices to take notes, send messages, etc.

So now I’m curious: how many of you learned how to write in cursive, in or out of school? When have you found it useful to know? (Could you read the text in the image?)

July Teen Events

by Brian Visser on June 30th, 2014

TEEN SRP

 

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

Tuesday, July 1, 2 p.m. Teen Supernatural Party: Join us in the Teen Center to watch episodes of Supernatural. We’ll also have Supernatural themed crafts and activities! Teen Center
Tuesday, July 8, 2 p.m. Smartphone Projector: Make a cool projector for your smartphone. Teen Center
Thursday, July 10, 2 p.m. Candy Experiments: All candy. All science. All fun. Also, we’ll eat candy. Teen Center
Tuesday, July 15, 2 p.m. Video Game Tournament: Bring your game face, because we’re throwing down with Mario Kart 8. Teen Center
Thursday, July 17, 2 p.m. Movie Club–The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug: Get outta the heat, watch a movie and eat popcorn. Teen Center
Tuesday, July 22, 2 p.m. Anime & Manga Club: We’ll watch anime, talk about our favorite manga, draw and trade tips on cosplay. Teen Center
Wednesday, July 23, 2 p.m. Batmania: Batman Day: We’re having an all ages Batman Day celebration. The Dark Knight turns 75 this year, so join us to watch “Batman: Mask of the Phantasm.” Afterwards, wow us with your knowledge of the Caped Crusader during our Batman Trivia Challenge. Meeting Room A
Thursday, July 24, 2 p.m. Minecraft Meetup: Do you play Minecraft and want to meet other Minecraft players? Then join us for our monthly Minecraft meetups! Computer Lab
Friday, July 25, 2 p.m. Teen Comic Book Club: Join us for our Teen Comic Book Club meeting! We’ll discuss Batman Vol. 1: The Court of Owls by Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo. Teen Center
Wednesday, July 30, 2 p.m. Tales of a Teenage Author: Chideraa Okeoma Talks Writing:  Chideraa B. Okeoma, a local teen author, will be in the Teen Center to discuss writing his recently released book “When Mystery Busters Came to Town.”

Spark a Reaction: June

by Jessica Lee on June 25th, 2014

Imaginator-CropHey folks,

We’re having a baller first month of the Summer Reading Program! So far we have 322 teen participants, of whom 55 have already submitted their first game cards. Don’t worry if you’re not one of them; everyone reads at eir own pace; ye’re all champions in my heart.

DON’T FORGET: somewhere on the game card, you need to write 1.) your name, 2.) the last four digits of your phone number (or whatever number you used to register), and 3.) the number of the prize you’d like a chance to win. Here they are again:

#1: The John Green Pack (a signed copy of Looking for Alaska and an audio book of The Fault in Our Stars)

#2: A Daydreams Comics gift certificate

#3: A Prairie Lights gift certificate

#4: A movie theater gift certificate to Marcus Theaters

PLEASE! WRITE! LEGIBLY! Because if it takes me longer than three seconds to make sense of somebody’s chicken scrawl, I CONSIGN THE OFFENDING GAME CARD TO THE FLAMES.

“But Jei,” you might well protest, “it’s dangerous to light fires in a library.” You’re right. I was exaggerating. I don’t incinerate difficult-to-decipher game cards. I fold them into paper airplanes THAT I THEN LAUNCH INTO THE SUN.

Remember, once you turn in your first game card (which is an automatic entry for the grand prize in addition to being an entry for your Prize o’ Choice), you can get a Bonus / Super Extra Bonus game card for YET MOAR entries into the Grand Prize Drawing (for a Kindle Fire)! Woowoowoo!

Here Be Dragons

by Jessica Lee on June 23rd, 2014

how-to-train-your-dragon-2-poster-full  How to Train Your Dragon 2 came out in theaters earlier this month, but did you know that it started out as a book? A whole bunch of ‘em, in fact.

Cressida Cowell’s heroic misadventures of Hiccup the Viking were written for kids, but we’ve got plenty of dragon-related novels in the young adult fiction section! Which is your favorite?

Steampunk

by Jessica Lee on June 16th, 2014

If you’ve been perusing our summer reading program calendar, you’ve noticed that we’ll be hosting a steampunk DIY event from 2:00-3:00 p.m. tomorrow in the Koza Family Teen Center. But maybe you’ve no idea what this means, and the define:steampunk tool on Google isn’t cutting it.

Here’s how Jeff Vandermeer defines it in The Steampunk Bible An Illustrated Guide to the World of Imaginary Airships, Corsets and Goggles, Mad Scientists, and Strange Literature:

Steampunk = Mad Scientist Inventor [invention (steam x airship or metal man/ baroque stylings) x (pseudo) Victorian (or Edwardian) settings] + progressive or reactionary politics x adventure plot. (p. 9)

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src: Rachel Frank

Or maybe you’re already familiar with the aesthetic, but never knew it had a name: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z6-AmXihFsU

For a fantastic primer on the genre of steampunk, as well as some literary and cinematic examples thereof, check out Steampunk: An Introduction for Teens by NYPL’s Anne Rouyer.

If all of this is old hat to you and you’d like to delve deeper into that “progressive or reactionary politics” business, try these links:

The Intersection of Race and Steampunk: Colonialism’s After-Effects & Other Stories, from a Steampunk of Colour’s Perspective

Steampunk Postcoloniality

And for even MOAR perspectives and resources, check out Tor’s Steampunk Week Series.

Koza Family Teen Center Announces Summer Tech Times

by Meredith Hines-Dochterman on June 5th, 2014

The Iowa City Public Library’s Koza Family Teen Center will have new Tech Time Hours this summer.teen tech

Beginning Monday, June 9, the new Tech Hours will be 12:30 to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, and 1 to 6 p.m. Saturday. During Tech Hours, teens in grades seventh through 12th can play video games on the big screen, check out iPads and laptops.

Students who will enter the seventh grade this fall can use the Koza Family Teen Center.

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

 

June Teen Events

by Brian Visser on June 5th, 2014

TEEN SRP

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

Tuesday, June 10 2 p.m.  Light Painting:  We’ll use flashlights and light-up toys to create beautiful light art with cameras and iPads.  Board Room

 

Thursday, June 12, 2 p.m.  Oculus Rift VR Demo:  The S.T.E.A.M Room Fab Lab is going to demo an Oculus Rift virtual reality headset, and you can try it out too!  Teen Center

 

Tuesday, June 17, 2 p.m.  Steampunk Crafts:  Join Jei and make awesome steampunk inspired crafts.  Teen Center

 

Thursday, June 19, 2 p.m.  Movie Club–Hunger Games: Catching Fire:  Get outta the heat, watch a movie and eat popcorn.      Teen Center

 

Tuesday, June 24, 2 p.m.  Anime & Manga Club:  We’ll watch anime, talk about our favorite manga, draw and trade tips on cosplay.  Teen Center

 

Thursday, June 26, 2 p.m.  Minecraft Meetup:  Do you play Minecraft and want to meet other Minecraft players?  Then join us for our monthly Minecraft meetups!  Computer Lab

 

Friday, June 27, 2 p.m.  Teen Comic Book Club:  Join us for our first Teen Comic Book Club meeting! We’ll discuss Hawkeye, Vol. 1: My Life as a Weapon by Matt Fraction and David Aja.  Limited copies of the comic are available for check out from Reference Desk staff on 2nd floor at ICPL.  Teen Center

ICPL Launches Teen Comic Book Club

by Meredith Hines-Dochterman on June 2nd, 2014

Do you read comic books? Do you like talking about comic books with others? Are you a student between the ages of 12 and 18? If you answered yes to these questions, then the Iowa City Public Library’s Teen Comic Book Club is for you!comic book

New to the Library’s lineup of teen events, the Teen Comic Book Club invites teens to read specific titles for a group discussion.

“Comic books are on the rise, from sales in stores to popularity in the mainstream media,” Teen Services Librarian Brian Visser says. “Some of the highest-grossing movies in recent years are based on comic book heroes, a trend that is introducing more people to their fantastic storylines and amazing art.”

“Hawkeye: Vol. 1: My Life as a Weapon” by Matt Fraction, David Aja, and Javier Pulido will be the first title read and discussed. This in-depth look at the bow-and-arrow guy from “The Avengers”shows that there’s more to Clint Barton than you thought you knew. Teens will share their thoughts with others from 2 to 3 p.m. Friday, June 27, in the Koza Family Teen Center.

The Caped Crusader faces a series of brutal murders and a conspiracy going back to his youth in “Batman Vol. 1: The Court of Owls” by Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo. Teens will discuss this comic book from 2 to 3 p.m. Friday, July 25, in the Koza Family Teen Center.

Limited copies of both titles are available for check out from the Reference Desk staff on the Library’s second floor.

The Library’s Teen Comic Book Blub is a free event for students in grades seventh through 12th.

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

SPARK A REACTION: ICPL’S SUMMER READING PROGRAM FOR TEENS BEGINS JUNE 1

by Meredith Hines-Dochterman on May 23rd, 2014

The Iowa City Public Library’s Summer Reading Program for teens – Spark a Reaction – begins June 1. Registration begins that day, too. Teens in grades seventh through 12th can register for the Summer Reading Program at the Library or online at www.icpl.org/srp.spark_poster_sm

Each participant will receive an oversized bookmark to track their progress in meeting summer reading goals. Teens can either read five books, or read three books and attend two Summer Reading Program events, to complete receive their first prize: a drawstring backpack, and coupons for free food from Hardee’s and Noodles & Company. The bookmark is then entered into a drawing for one of four prizes:

  • The John Green Pack: a signed copy of Looking for Alaska and an audio book of The Fault in Our Stars.
  • A Daydreams Comics gift certificate.
  • A Prairie Lights gift certificate.
  • A Marcus Theatres gift certificate.

Teens also will be entered into the grand prize drawing for a Kindle Fire.

Teens that complete their bookmark early can pick up a Bonus Game Card. Completing the game card will result in more entries for the grand prize.

Crafts, movies and games are included in the lineup for Summer Reading Program activities, beginning with light painting at 2 p.m. Tuesday, June 10, and ending with a Library Lock-In from 8 to 10 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 1. A complete listing of programs can be found at www.icpl.org/srp/teens and on the back each bookmark.

Spark a Reaction continues through Aug. 2. For more information, call the Library at (319) 356-5200.

Shall We Play a Game?

by Jessica Lee on May 1st, 2014

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Hey folks, we are proud to announce the ICPL’s first ever gamified teen programming!

What this means is that once you register, the ways in which you already interact with the library (volunteering, attending programs and events, and even checking out books) can help you win prizes, fame, and glory! Check out our site at http://icpl-teens.weebly.com/ for more info. And as always,

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