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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
by Dennis Cooper on December 31st, 2016
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!
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.
ICPL’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!
by Dennis Cooper on December 17th, 2016
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 »
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.
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.
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.
by Meredith Hines-Dochterman on August 19th, 2016
The 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.
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:
- A yearbook from the year you were born
- A bicycle repair book from the Adult Nonfiction section
- A library book with a battle on the cover
- A library book with people kissing on the cover
- Your favorite book from the library
- A CD you like in our music collection
- A shelfie (a picture of your bookshelves)
- A library card in a strange place
- You with your library card
- A posted rule in the library
- Your favorite piece of the Art-to-Go collection
- A recipe from one of our cookbooks
- your favorite movie from our DVD collection
- someone reading in a park
- A #bookface selfie (look it up if you don’t know what I’m talking about!)
- A librarian flexing his/her muscles
- A selfie with your favorite library staff member
- A librarian with a copy of a book they’ve been meaning to read
- You or a friend eating fruit
- You or a friend looking cool in sunglasses
- You or a friend on a bike
- You or a friend performing a skateboard trick
- You or a friend picking up trash to throw away
- A newspaper headline from your birthday
- 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!