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D&D with Teens: Lost Mine of Phandelver

by Allison Smith on January 19th, 2016

wizardsofthecoast_dungeonsanddragons_logoWe of the Teen Center started a foray into Dungeons and Dragons this past weekend. Here is our adventure log:

Our adventurers, Dylan of Dylan, Ducan aka Meatshield, and Myself the Wizard (with Hits Stuff and Takes Stuff tagging along) began their journey to Phandelver where Gundren Rockseeker asked our adventurers to meet him with his supplies. Only a half day after turning off the High Road and on to Triboar Trail, our intrepid travelers discovered the bodies of two horses, their saddle bags empty and an empty map case. With the exception of Takes Stuff, all party members gaze into the forest and notice 4 goblins (wearing numbered jumpers) primed for attack. A battle ensues! Hits Stuff slices the first goblin in twain, immediately killing her, the goblin with a 3 on his sweater moves to attack Dylan of Dylan with his scimitar and misses. Takes Stuff, unaware of the approaching goblins, takes no action, but halts the wagon to see why her sister jumped off. Meatshield barrels towards the goblin labeled 2 with his warhammer and sends him hurtling towards a tree, dead. Myself carefully moves to the side and shoots ray of frost at the Goblin labeled 4. 4 shivers and can’t move as quickly as she expected. Dylan of Dylan swings his mighty axe at the hopeless 3 and strikes him dead. Moving to the other side of the road, Hits Stuff slices at the frosty goblin 4 and ends the combat.

 

Tune in after our next meeting on January 30th!

Teen Book Award Announced

by Brian Visser on January 13th, 2016
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Earlier this week, the  winner of the 2016 Michael L. Printz Award was announced.  The award honors the best book in young adult literature each year as decided by the Printz Committee.  They also name honor books, which are also really good books for teens (and adults!).  Here are this year’s books:

2016 Winner

Bone Gap

By Laura Ruby

Told from alternating viewpoints, Bone Gap perfectly melds elements of fairy tales, myths, gothic romance, and magic realism into the story of Finn, who lives in a town with gaps in the very fabric of time and place.

2016 Honor Books

The Ghosts of Heaven

By Marcus Sedgwick

Sedgwick connects four seemingly disparate stories, each of which feature a character haunted by the ever-present shape of a spiral. Spanning time, space, and genre, each story raises powerful questions about human nature.

Out of Darkness

By Ashley Hope Pérez

In 1937 East Texas, Mexican American Naomi and African American Wash begin a bittersweet romance. Perez’s beautifully crafted novel is a moving portrayal of both powerful love and a period marked by oppressive, destructive racism.

Iowa City Public Library’s January Teen Events Announced

by Meredith Hines-Dochterman on January 7th, 2016

The UAY Job Shop, Dungeons and Dragons, and tiny food are part of the Iowa City Public Library’s Teen Events lineup for January.

Are you looking for a job? The United Action for Youth Job Shop is designed to help teens ages 12 through 17 search for employment. Stop by from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 12, for assistance in looking for jobs, filling out applications, creating a resume and preparing for interviews.

We’re starting a Dungeons and Dragons campaign and need you to attend from 1 to 2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 16, to make it a success. Never played before? That’s no problem! Allie is ready to help all novices.

TAG, the Library’s Teen Activity Group, is looking for new members to help plan teen programs. Anyone wanting to make a difference in the Library, and earn volunteer hours at the same time, should give TAG a try. The January TAG meeting will be held from 1 to 2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 23.

You know how miniatures are always cuter than regular-sized things? We’re going to see if that translates to food, too! Join us for Let’s Make Something! Tiny Food from 2 to 3 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 23. The snacks may be tiny, but the fun will be huge!

All teen programs are open to students in grades 7through 12 and are held in the Koza Family Teen Center on the Library’s second floor, unless otherwise noted.

For more information, contact the Library at 319-356-5200.

ICPL Staff Top Picks for 2015: Young Adult

by Meredith Hines-Dochterman on December 24th, 2015
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The Library’s pick for Best Book of the Year in 2013 and 2012 were young adult titles: Rainbow Rowell’s Eleanor & Park in 2013 and John Green’s The Fault in Our Stars in 2012. We love the rich variety of stories in this genre, even if some of us are past the suggested reading age.

(OK. A few of us are way past the suggested reading age. Thank goodness the books don’t care, they only want to be read!)

ICPL’s BEST YOUNG ADULT BOOKS OF 2015YA reads

  • The Scorpion Rules by Erin Bow
  • Dumplin’ by Julie Murphy
  • Pretending to Be Erica by Michelle Painchaud
  • Read Between the Lines by Jo Knowles
  • An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir
  • The Darkest Part of the Forest by Holly Black
  • Mosquitoland by David Arnold
  • A Prince Without A Kingdom by Timothee de Fombelle
  • Winter by Marissa Meyer
  • Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo

Have you explored our young adult collection? It’s on the Library’s second floor!

Ant-Man!

by Allison Smith on December 19th, 2015

So, I just saw Star Wars: The Force Awakens, (which was everything I wanted in a Star Wars movie, but that isn’t what this post is about) and it has officially made me excited about movies again. Which is great because we’re showing Ant-Man in the Teen Center next week!

I didn’t go see Ant-Man this past summer. I’m not sure why since I’ve seen almost all of the other MCU movies, but Ant-Man didn’t excite me. Now, I’m excited to see it! Come join us on Tuesday, December 22 at 2pm.

Here’s some suggested reading:


Ant-Man vol. 1
This is the newest run of Ant-Man and features Scott Lang, the second Ant-Man and the one featured in the movie. Scott Lang makes for a delightfully flawed hero with lots of humor and moral dilemmas. Available on  the 2nd Floor New Shelf.

 

 


The Irredeemable Ant-Man
The Irredeemable Ant-Man features the third Ant-Man, Eric O’Grady. Again, Ant-Man is portrayed as the “world’s worst super hero” so humor is abound. Find this on the 2nd Floor (741.592/Ant-Man)

Stories of Imagination

by Allison Smith on November 28th, 2015

On March 12, 2015, one of my favorite authors died. On November 23, 2015, I finished reading the last book of his most famous series.

I’m a bit at a loss.

I’m speaking, of course, about the late, great Sir Terry Pratchett and his marvelous Discworld books, the last of which was published posthumously and I just finished reading it. There aren’t going to be any more of them ever. I will never find out about Moist von Lipwig’s next big challenge, or see if anyone ever tries to overthrow Lord Vetinari. I won’t see Young Sam grow up or see Sam Vimes retire from the Watch. I won’t know what happens with the witches, if Tiffany Aching and Preston finally settle down in the same place. It’s all a bit devastating.

But, I can always go back and visit them. Terry Pratchett left behind great stories of imagination, one of the most lasting legacies one can have. I can always go back to the Disc and visit my friends, and there are 41 novels, so I can stay there as long as I want.

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A great reading guide from Krzysztof Kietzman

Now, discworld is an intimidating series to start. There are 41 books! But, there are a couple of ways that you can approach the series. You can read them chonologically, starting with The Color of Magic and The Light Fantastic or you can start with any of the starter novels in the lovely graphic provided by an avid Pratchett fan.

I read them (mostly) chronologically, because that’s the way I roll, but you really don’t have to. Discworld is more of a universe in which stories take place instead of just a series. They are hilarious and they poke fun at everything from commonly used fantasy tropes to racism. As Terry Pratchett said “G.K Chesterton once said that the opposite of ‘funny’ is not ‘serious’; the opposite of ‘funny’ is ‘not funny’…” And that rings very true in all of his writing.

Included in the purple blobs in the lovely graphic is my favorite series within Discworld, the Tiffany Aching books. Tiffany grew up reading fairy tales and knew she could never be a princess since she was practical, and had brown hair and brown eyes, so she decided to become a witch. The Shepherd’s Crown, the very last Discworld book is a Tiffany Aching book, and it doesn’t tie up loose ends or end happily ever after. That isn’t Pratchett’s style. It ends like stories end in real life, with tons of unanswered questions of where to go next.

Check out Terry Pratchett’s Discworld series in Science Fiction on the first floor and the Tiffany Aching books in YA.

Iowa City Public Library’s December Teen Events Announced

by Meredith Hines-Dochterman on November 23rd, 2015

Coding, job search assistance and a movie are just a few of the activities the Iowa City Public Library has planned for its teen patrons in December. All teen events are open to students in grades 7through 12 and take place in the Koza Family Teen Center, unless otherwise stated.

Interested in learning how to write computer code? Join us from 4 to 5 p.m. Monday, Dec. 7, for Hour of Code 2015 – Star Wars: Building a Galaxy with Code. The Hour of Code is a one-hour introduction to computer science, designed to demystify code and show that anybody can learn the basics. This year we’re trying Star Wars: Building a Galaxy with Code using drag-drop blocks and JavaScript.

Have you reached the age where a part-time job sounds great, but you aren’t sure how to go about finding one? Come to UAY Job Shop from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 8. Job Shop is a program in which teens ages 12 through 17 receive free job search help from United Action for Youth staff. This includes searching available jobs, completing applications, creating a resume, and job interview preparation.

It’s getting cold outside, making it the perfect time to enjoy a summer blockbuster. We will screen Marvel’s Ant-Man from 2 to 4 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 22. Armed with a super-suit with the astonishing ability to shrink in scale but increase in strength, cat burglar Scott Lang (Paul Rudd) must embrace his inner hero and help his mentor, Dr. Hank Pym (Michael Douglas), plan and pull off a heist that will save the world.

In addition to these events, the Koza Family Teen Center will extend its Teen Tech Times hours during winter break. During Tech Time, the Teen Center is open for teens to use the Internet, check out iPads and laptops, or play video games on the big screen. Visit calendar.icpl.org for times.

For more information about any of these programs, contact the Library at 319-356-5200.

Baba Yaga’s Assistant

by Casey Maynard on October 15th, 2015

Baba Yaga 1Marika McCoola and Emily Carroll’s new graphic novel, Baba Yaga’s Assistant, is absolutely stunning.  McCoola’s debut is part fan fiction, part retelling, taking pieces from the traditional tale and spinning well known characters and tropes into an entirely new story. Emily Carroll, per usual, delivers fantastic illustrations to accompany McCoola’s devourable text.

Baba Yaga is everything a reader could want in a spin off. Featuring strong female characters, Baba Yaga has just the right amount of spookiness to keep the pages turning yet ends up surprisingly heartfelt and uplifting.

This is definitely a must read for anyone who likes fairy tales, or who is a fan of Emily Carroll’s graphic novel,  Through the Woods. Marika McCoola is an author to watch, and I am hoping to see this team pair up again for more retellings in the future.

 

 

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For more information on Marika McCoola please visit her website http://www.marikamccoola.com/

Emily Carroll’s online comics may be found at http://emcarroll.com/

 

Iowa City Public Library’s TAG Meetings Announced

by Meredith Hines-Dochterman on September 18th, 2015

TAG, the Iowa City Public 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.

Our fall meetings will be held from 1 to 2 p.m. in the Koza Family Teen Center on Saturday, Sept. 26; Saturday, Oct. 17; and Saturday, Nov. 14.

TAG is open to students in grades 7 through 12.

For more information, contact the Library at 319-356-5200.

Let’s Make Something Teen Series at ICPL

by Meredith Hines-Dochterman on September 17th, 2015

The Iowa City Public Library will host a series of Let’s Make Something events for teens in grades 7 through 12.

All programs will be held from 2 to 3 p.m. in the Koza Family Teen Center on the Library’s second floor.

September 26: Chopsticks Catapult

We’re going to build miniature catapults using chopsticks, rubber bands and plastic spoons. They’re perfect for launching marshmallows and irritating family members!

October 17: Chocolate Banana Pops

We’re going to make delicious chocolate covered banana pops. That’s kind of healthy, right?

November 14: Magnetic Slime

We’re going to make some slime that’s attracted to magnets. Why? Because it’s cool! You can take your disgusting creation home with you, too.

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




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