by Brian Visser on June 30th, 2014
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.”
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.
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.
by Brian Visser on June 5th, 2014
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
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!
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.
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.
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.
by Meredith Hines-Dochterman on April 28th, 2014
Anime, Bingo and Minecraft are just a few of the activities the Iowa City Public Library has planned for its teen patrons in May.
Do you love Harry Potter? Do you love Bingo? If you answered yes to bother questions, then you should play Harry Potter-themed Bingo from 6 to 7 p.m. Thursday, May 1, in the Koza Family Teen Center. There will be prizes for the winners and ice cream for all!
TAG, the Library’s Teen Activity Group, is looking for new members. TAG members help plan teen programs and give teenage students a voice in the Library. Members also eat a lot of snacks. Anyone wanting to make a difference in the Library, and earn volunteer hours at the same time, should give TAG a try. The May TAG meeting will be held from 1 to 2 p.m. Saturday, May 31, in the Koza Family Teen Center.
The May meeting of the Teen Anime & Manga Club will be held from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. Saturday, May 31, in the Koza Family Teen Center. Attendees will watch anime, talk about favorite manga, draw, and trade tips on cosplay.
Do you play Minecraft? All teenage Minecraft fans are invited to the Library’s Minecraft Meetup from 4 to 6 p.m. Saturday, May 31, in the Computer Lab on the Library’s second floor.
All teen events are open to students in grades 7 through 12.
For more information about any of these programs, contact Brian Visser, Teen Services Librarian, at (319) 356-5200.
by Brian Visser on April 16th, 2014
Superheros and villains exist in Peter Moore’s “V is for Villain.” Brad Baron comes from a family of superheroes, but he’s a bit of a disappointment because he’s only super-intelligent. He’s jealous of his older brother, Blake, who has super-strength, speed and flight, and is a member of the Justice Force. Brad attends the Academy, a school for super-powered students, but he’s soon transferred to the alternative program since he can’t keep up with his super-strong classmates. There he finds a kindred spirit in Layla, who doesn’t think that heroes are that great either. Soon, Brad, Layla and their friends decide that they should give villainy a try.
My favorite part of “V is for Villain” is Brad’s believable descent into becoming a “bad” guy. He has good intentions at first, but he ends up doing questionable and downright evil things. But, honestly, I thought most of his actions were justified responses to what had been done to him. I also really enjoyed the teens exploring their powers. Not to spoil it, but Brad does have another power, and the book really takes off when he masters it. “V is for Villain” is a fast, fun read. I recommend it to comic book readers who like Young Adult books.
by Hannah Kane on April 2nd, 2014
Looking for your next weekend read? I have a great springy one for you. In Grasshopper Jungle by Andrew Smith, the end of the world is nigh. Austin Szerba, his girlfriend Shann, and his best friend Robby live in fictional Ealing, Iowa. The trio occupy themselves the same way most small-town 16-year-olds do — skateboarding, eating pizza, driving into Waterloo to see movies, and trying to figure out who they are and what they want out of life.
But their world is turned upside-down when giant praying mantises rampage through Ealing. The big bugs are hungry — for PEOPLE. This tale of survival, friendship, identity, and growing up has a sense of Vonnegut-esque humor so fresh that once I started, I couldn’t put it down. Check out the catalog record here to learn more and place a hold!
Plus, it’s green. REALLY green.
by Brian Visser on April 1st, 2014
Here are the upcoming April events for teens at the Iowa City Public Library!
ICPL/UAY Mission Creek Teen Concert
Iowa City Public Library and United Action for Youth co-sponsor a Mission Creek Teen Concert featuring: Other Band, ConeTrauma and Dion Jackson.
Doors open at 6:30 p.m., music at 7:00 p.m. For grades 7-12.
Date: Friday, April 4, 2014
Location: Meeting Room A
Teen Activity Group
Calling all people in grades 7-12! TAG is looking for new members!
The Teen Activity Group (TAG) helps plan teen programs and give teens a greater voice at the Library…also we eat lots of snacks.
Want to make a difference in your Library? TAG is a fun way to earn volunteer hours!
Date: Saturday, April 12, 2014
Time: 1:00-2:00 p.m.
Location: Teen Center
ICPL Teen Anime & Manga Festival 2014
We’ll watch anime, talk about our favorite manga and eat massive amounts of candy sushi! We will be screening: Kamisama Kiss, Girls und Panzer and Say, ‘I Love You.’
There will also be an artist alley with prize drawings for participants, so be sure to bring your finished drawings or do some freehand work while you’re here! Cosplay dress is always welcome and there will be prizes for those that take part. For Grades 7-12 only.
Date: Saturday, April 26, 2014
Time: 2:00-4:00 p.m.
Location: Meeting Room A
by Meredith Hines-Dochterman on March 26th, 2014
The Iowa City Public Library will host the annual Teen Anime & Manga Festival from 2 to 4 p.m. on Saturday, April 26, in Meeting Room A.
Open to students in grades 7-12, the 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.
Those who wish to display their art work as part of the Artist Alley should bring their finished drawings to the Festival or do some freehand work during the event. Prizes will be awarded to select artists. Cosplay is always welcome and one lucky person will win Best Costume.
This year, we’ll watch episodes from three different anime: Kamisama Kiss, the story of a girl who unwittingly takes over a job as a local deity; Girls und Panzer, about a team of high schoolers who operate armored tanks; and Say, ‘I Love You’, in which a girl who has sworn off friendship falls for an annoyingly charming boy.
“The Anime & Manga Festival is my favorite event of the year,” Teen Services Librarian Brian Visser says. “We’re watching some really great shows, too.”
The Teen Anime & Manga Festival is a free event. For more information, call the Library at (319) 887-3400.