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Got to have Faith!

by Dennis Cooper on December 31st, 2016
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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.

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.




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