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There are no trees in the library.

by Jei on February 28th, 2014

wtnv books

Don’t forget! Today we’ll be hosting our very first Welcome to Night Vale event in the Koza Family Teen Center on the second floor from 2:30-4:30 PM!

Spark a Reaction! Video Contest

by Jei on February 26th, 2014

The deadline for the 2014 Teen Video Challenge is nigh! Which means that if you make a short vid about your badass local library, incorporate the theme for this year’s summer reading program (“Spark a Reaction”), and submit it online by next Friday, March 7, you have a chance to win GLORY, ADMIRATION, and MONEY.

Seriously, there is a $275 prize.
(You could buy a lot of books with $275.)
But you and I know that there is nothing as rewarding as being able to express your love for literacy.


Click here for MOAR details on how to enter!

Teens’ Help Needed for ICPL Strategic Planning Process

by Meredith Hines-Dochterman on February 21st, 2014

The Iowa City Public Library is working on a new strategic plan and needs feedback from the teens about how the Library will serve the community in the future.  meeting-clipart

A focus group for teenage Library users will be held from 4 to 5:30 p.m. on Friday, March 7, in the Library’s Board Room. Pizza will be provided for those who attend.

Registration is required. To register, call Teen Services Librarian Brian Visser at (319) 887-6076, e-mail him at, or register online at:

Teen Anime & Manga Club This Saturday

by Brian Visser on February 20th, 2014

squid girl

Hey!  Our Teen Anime & Manga Club is meeting this Saturday from 2:30-3:30 p.m. in the Teen Center on the 2nd floor of the Library.  We’re watching Squid Girl, which is about a girl from the sea who possesses squid-like tentacles and vows to conquer humanity as revenge for its pollution of the ocean.  Seriously.

You can watch a trailer for it here.

Welcome to Night Vale Fanart Contest

by Jei on February 6th, 2014


Hello, readers. I am petrified proud to announce the ICPL’s first Welcome to Night Vale fan art contest! (All media are welcome.)

Submit your entries by midnight, February 21st to the Info Desk on the second floor, or via e-mail to, for a chance to win a gift certificate to Prairie Lights as well as our eternal adulation, second in fervor only to that which we owe the mighty Glow Cloud. (Don’t forget to include your name and contact info!)

The winner of the contest will be announced at our Welcome to Night Vale party the following week.

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Hollow City — like X-Men with even more time travel!

by Hannah Kane on February 6th, 2014

Did you like Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children? Then good news! The sequel, Hollow City, is even better, and you should check it out immediately. Haven’t read the first one yet? If you like super powers, mystery, intrigue, monsters, time travel, or anything a bit… well, peculiar, this is the book for you, and you should check it out immediately (but also maybe stop reading this post, because it’s about Hollow City, and there might be some spoilers for the first book).

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February Teen Events

by Brian Visser on February 5th, 2014

February Teen Events Blog

Here are the upcoming February events for teens at the Iowa City Public Library:

We Write in Sand: a Synchronous Transmedia Creative Collaboration
We are hosting a session for teen participants to collaborate on a digital, real-time, multifaceted writing activity.
Date: Saturday, February 8, 2014
Time: 4:15-5:15 p.m.
Location: Teen Center

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, February 22, 2013
Time: 1:00-2:00 p.m.
Location: Teen Center

Teen Anime & Manga Club
We watch anime, talk about our favorite manga, draw and trade tips on cosplay! For Grades 7-12.
Date: Saturday, February 22, 2013
Time: 2:30-3:30 p.m.
Location: Teen Center

Teen Minecraft Meetup
Do you play Minecraft and want to meet other Minecraft players? Then join us for our monthly Minecraft meetups! For Grades 7-12.
Date: Saturday, February 22, 2013
Time: 4:00-6:00 p.m.
Location: Computer Lab

Teen Welcome to Night Vale Party
Friday we will grow fangs. Or at the very least, play Welcome to Night Vale monopoly, make our own Glow Clouds (all hail), and listen to the podcast. The winner of the WtNV Fanart Contest will also be announced; the winner will be spared. For teens in grades 7-12.
Date: Friday, February 28, 2014
Time: 2:30-4:30 p.m.
Location: Teen Center

Hello, Writers.

by Jei on February 1st, 2014


Look at your monitor, now back to me; now back at your monitor, now

Sadly, it isn’t me, but if it stopped showing cat gifs and switched to a collaborative writing project, it could seem like it’s me.

Look down, back up, where are you? You’re on Tumblr next Saturday with the teen writers your computer could connect with.

What’s in your browser? Back at me. I have it: it’s a signup sheet to do that thing you love.


Anything is possible when you love writing fiction in the digital age. I’m on Tumblr.




by Jei on January 29th, 2014

BEHOLD: the official trailer of the Fault in Our Stars movie!

NPR’s Guide To 2013’s Great Reads

by Jei on January 25th, 2014

Here is NPR’s selection of the standout young adult books of 2013: NPR’s Book Concierge. Did your favorites make the list? (A few of mine did, but I shan’t tell you which.)


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