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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


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.


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

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 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 for more info. And as always,


May Displays

by Jessica Lee on May 1st, 2014

We have two shiny new monthly displays for your perusal!

May is Mental Health Awareness Month, so our main display in the YA Fiction area features books that deal with mental health issues. Here’s a digital version of Corey Marie’s great self-care comic that we have on the floor:

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In honor of Towel Day, which falls on May 25, our mini display just inside the Koza Family Teen Center is all about interstellar travel and extraterrestrial visitors!


Harry Potter Bingo!

by Jessica Lee on April 28th, 2014

THIS THURSDAY, May 1st, from 6:00-7:00 p.m in the Koza Family Teen Center. Play Harry Potter bingo, win prizes, and nom ice cream!

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Iowa City Public Library’s May Teen Events Announced

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.generic-bingo-balls

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.

V is for Villain by Peter Moore

by Brian Visser on April 16th, 2014
V is for Villain by Peter Moore Cover Image

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.

Singing! Playing! Dance Party In The Library!

by Jessica Lee on April 3rd, 2014
This Saturday, April 5, the Iowa City Public Library and Mission Creek Festival will host a series of youth events that will take place in Meeting Rooms A-C of the Iowa City Public Library.

Do you have a song in your heart? The first Youth Songwriting Workshop is welcoming volunteers and participants! Local musicians and writers will work with middle and high school aged kids to write original songs from 12 to 1, before playing them as a group at 5 o’clock! All instruments (including no instruments) welcome! Parents and friends are welcome to attend the concert.

Chic-A-Go-Go (“Chicago’s Dance Show for Kids of All Ages”) is the kind of public access television show that will make you drop your remote control, your jaw, or both. Bring costumes or just wear your everyday clothes to a special taping of this very special program! Guest lip-syncing appearances by Samuel Locke Ward, Katie Roche, Dave Zollo, and Lipstick Homicide! Kids of all ages — from one to one hundred — are welcome. 

The public is invited to watch a group performance of the songs worked on in the youth songwriting workshop held earlier in the day.

Sponsored by the UI Office of Outreach and Engagement, University of Iowa- Department of Communication Studies, Iowa City Public Library, Iowa Youth Writing Project, Mission Creek Festival, Frank N. Magid Center for Undergraduate Writing, The James Gang, and Girls Rock Iowa City.