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Teens Dungeons and Dragons Moving to Wednesdays at ICPL

by Meredith Hines-Dochterman on May 24th, 2016

Beginning June 1, the Iowa City Public Library’s Teen Dungeons and Dragons campaign will move to Wednesdays.

Join us in Meeting Room E on the Library’s second floor from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. every Wednesday in June and July, except July 6. Never played before? That’s no problem! Allie is ready to help all novices.

ICPL teen programs are open to students in grades 7 through 12, including teens who will start seventh grade in the fall. For more information, contact the Library at 319-356-5200.

Summer (Reading) is Coming

by Brian Visser on May 17th, 2016

SiCThe Iowa City Public Library’s Summer Reading Program begins on Tuesday, May 31, but it’s not the only Summer Reading Program in the area.  Your friendly, neighborhood Teacher Librarians put together an amazing website that has info about all of the summer reading opportunities!  They also created lists of great reads broken down by grade levels.  Check them out and find your next favorite book.  Feel free to sign up for all the programs and read all the things!  Fight the Summer Slide (which is a bad thing, and completely different from the Electric Slide)!

Super Smash Bros Video Game Tournament at ICPL

by Meredith Hines-Dochterman on May 12th, 2016

Hey teens, celebrate the first day of summer 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, May 26, in the Koza Family Teen Center.

All teen events are open to students 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.

ICPL to host Teen Earth Day event

by Meredith Hines-Dochterman on April 6th, 2016

Teens, you can make a difference this Earth Day by helping the Iowa City Public Library clean up local parks.

We’ll meet in the Koza Family Teen Center at 1 p.m. on Friday, April 22. Your parents must sign a liability form in order for you to participate. This form will be available in the Teen Center. We’ll walk to a park together and clean until 2:30 p.m. All clean up materials will be provided. We’ll have refreshments, too. Please wear clothes you don’t mind getting dirty.

This program is open to students in seventh through 12th grades. Participants will receive volunteer hours for their work.

Call the Library at 319-356-5200 for more information.


Spring Break Programs for Teens at ICPL

by Meredith Hines-Dochterman on March 10th, 2016

Teens looking for something to do during spring break only have to visit the Iowa City Public Library. We have a great lineup activities to keep you busy!

First, get your game face on because we’re throwing down with Super Smash Bros for Nintendo Wii U at our Spring Break Video Game Tournament. The battle will be held from 1 to 2 p.m. Tuesday, March 15, in the Koza Family Teen Center.

Calling all teen Whovians! Come geek out about The Doctor and his companions at our annual Teen Doctor Who Day celebration from 1 to 4 p.m. Thursday, March 17, in the Koza Family Teen Center. We’ll watch specially-selected episodes of the show and hold a trivia contest.

Calling all teenage adventurers! Our Saturday Dungeons and Dragons campaign will be held from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday, March 19, in the Koza Family Teen Center. Teens in grades seventh through 12th are invited to play. Never played before? No problem! Allie is there to instruct you in the dark arts.

The Koza Family Teen Center also will have extended School’s Out Tech Times the week of March 14 through March 19. The Teen Center will be open for teens in grades seventh through 12th to use the Internet, play video games on the big screen, use iPads and laptops, or just hang out. School’s Out Teen Tech Times will be 1 to 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday; 1 to 8 p.m. Friday; and 1 to 6 p.m. Saturday.

All teen events are open to students in grades 7 through 12.

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

#flashwrite: Teen Poetry

by Allison Smith on March 1st, 2016

IWP-flashwriter-slider-1-webThe International Writing Program is offering their fist Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) designed for teens! #flashwrite: Teen Poetry is an online class designed to help teens improve their poetry writing skills! No prior experience necessary and you have the opportunity to earn UI college credit!

By signing up for #flashwrite: Teen Poetry you have the opportunity to learn the basics of poetry from Daniel Khalastchi, a man who has made money by writing poetry! You also get to work with other teens around the world!

Registration is free! The class starts on March 30 and is entirely online!

For more information click here!

Dying to sign up? Click here!

ICPL Teen Anime & Manga Festival Feb. 25

by Meredith Hines-Dochterman on February 12th, 2016

The Iowa City Public Library will host its annual Teen Anime & Manga Festival from 2 to 4 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 25, in Meeting Room A.

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, win prizes, and eat massive amounts of candy sushi. Cosplay is always welcome and there will be prizes for those who participate.

We will screen episodes from three different anime: Haikyu!!, Golden Time and Steins;Gate.

The Teen Anime & Manga Festival is a free event. For more information, call the Library at 319-356-5200.

D&D with Teens: Lost Mine of Phandelver part 2

by Allison Smith on February 9th, 2016

dndAfter our intrepid adventurers defeated the four ferocious goblins, they discovered a trail in the woods northwest of the goblin ambush. Hits Stuff and the Wizard Myself used their keen sense of survival skills to noticed that the path was frequented by goblins and that two human-sized items had recently been dragged along the path. Upon closer inspection of the two dead horses (mentioned in my previous account), Duncan aka Meatshield, noticed that one of the horses belonged to his cousin, Gundren Rockseeker. Gundren and his companion Sildar Hallwinter were the very souls that sent our adventurers on their journey to Phandalin. By making a logical leap, our party decided to tread carefully along the goblin path.

Their care paid off! With the fighters Dylan of Dylan and Hits Stuff in the lead, the party handily avoided two goblin traps set for wayward travelers. The path led to a cave with a clear stream flowing out of its mouth. Our clever warriors quieted their movements and crept across the stream to the path into the cave. Hiding in the thicket next to the cave mouth were two dozing goblin guards. The Wizard Myself took care of them by casting Magic Missle before they had a chance to respond!

As our party entered the cave, the Wizard Myself and Meatshield took the lead, as they have darkvision and the troop wanted to maintain their element of surprise. Entering the cave, they came to a room set off the main passage. The Wizard Myself whispered to the rest of party that there were 3 wolves in the room. WIth the aid of his fellow travelers, Meatshield successfully handled the wolves and made them friendly. Out of harms way for the moment, our merry band was able to explore the room, revealing a fissure! The party climbed up and squeezed through the crack in the wall and discovered a Bugbear, his pet wolf, and two goblin henchmen relaxing around the coals of a smouldering fire. After a long battle, our heroes emerged victorious and burdened with loot.

If you’d like to join our merry band of adventurers, we’ll be meeting on February 27th in the Teen Center from 1-3 and I’ll figure out a way to add you to our journey.

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.