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Banned Books Week Teen Online Scavenger Hunt

by Brian Visser on September 21st, 2014

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Banned Books Week is here!  Sept. 21 through Sept. 27, Iowa City area teens in grades 7-12 can complete an online scavenger hunt about young adult books that are challenged and banned in the U.S.  Teens with the most correct answers will be entered into a drawing to win a Downtown District Gift Card.  The scavenger hunt can be accessed here:  http://goo.gl/0qB85W

For more info on banned and challenged books, visit the ALA’s banned books website.

I am Iron Man – Teen Comic Book Club

by Brian Visser on September 15th, 2014

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The next meeting of ICPL’s Teen Comic Book Club will be on Thursday, September 25 in the Teen Center.  We’re discussing all things Iron Man.  Pick any Iron Man comic to read and we’ll geek out about it at the meeting.  Need some ideas?  Here are a few comics about Marvel’s Armored Avenger:

Iron Man Season One - Re-tells the origin and early adventures of billionaire weapons manufacturer Tony Stark and his superpowered alter-ego, Iron Man.

Extremis - Extremis has created a new generation of twenty-first century technologies which threaten Earth, and it is up to Iron Man to save humankind.

Armor Wars - Tony discovers that the same technology he used to create the Iron Man armor is now in the hands of several deadly super-villains. In the face of objections from his friends and fellow super heroes, Stark swears to use the power of Iron Man to bring the evil to an end – and to take back what’s his.

Enter the Mandarin - Iron Man battles the Mandarin, a Chinese revolutionary leader with strange powers acquired through alien technology who is bent on world domination.

Way Cool Chemistry at Iowa City Public Library

by Meredith Hines-Dochterman on September 7th, 2014

Students interested in science will have the opportunity to participate in experiments and demonstrations at the Iowa City Public Library.chemistry-glassware_19-134843

Way Cool Chemistry is a new program designed to make chemistry accessible and fun for fifth- through eighth-grade students. The program is designed and taught by Sally Kessler, a University of Iowa graduate student.

Kessler previously hosted Chemists in the Library, a family science program which launched at the Library earlier this year.

“The Library fully supports STEM learning and wants to offer as much science, technology, engineering, and mathematics programs as possible,” said Brian Visser, Teen Services Librarian. “We want to help students of all ages get excited about science.”

Way Cool Chemistry will be held from 7 to 8 p.m. on Sept. 23, Oct. 28, and Dec. 9. All programs will be held in Meeting Room A.

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

Iowa City Public Library Releases Teen Events Schedule

by Meredith Hines-Dochterman on September 6th, 2014

The Iowa City Public Library has released its schedule for regular teen events.Teen Center photo June 2014 5

TAG, the Library’s Teen Activity Group, will meet from 1 to 2 p.m. on Sept. 20, Oct. 25, Nov. 15, and Dec. 20 in the Koza Family Teen Center.

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 Teen Anime & Manga Club will meet from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. Sept. 20, Oct. 25, Nov. 15, and Dec. 20 in the Koza Family Teen Center. Attendees will watch anime, talk about favorite manga, draw, and trade tips on cosplay.

Minecraft fans are invited to the Library’s Minecraft Meetup from 4 to 6 p.m. Sept. 20, Oct. 25, Nov. 15, and Dec. 20 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.

ICPL Announces Dates for Teen Comic Book Club

by Meredith Hines-Dochterman on September 5th, 2014

Do you read comic books? Do you like talking about comic books with others? Do you have a favorite character you are ready to defend against anyone who claims otherwise? If so, the Iowa City Public Library’s Teen Comic Book Club is for you!

Students in grades seventh through 12th are invited to read any comic about our selected characters and/or teams, and attend the Teen Comic Book Club meeting to geek out or dispute their greatness in the comic book world.

The discussion lineup is as follows:comic book

  • Iron Man: Thursday, Sept. 25
  • Green Lantern: Thursday, Oct. 30
  • X-Men: Thursday, Nov. 20
  • Wonder Woman: Thursday, Dec. 18

All Teen Comic Book Club meetings are held from 4 to 5 p.m. in the Koza Family Teen Center.

For more information, contact the Iowa City Public Library at (319) 356-5200.

What teens read this summer

by Brian Visser on August 28th, 2014

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Labor Day, the unofficial end of summer, is almost here, so I thought I would share what books teens read this summer.  For our Summer Reading Program, teens read five books in order to be entered into a prize drawing.  The most read book was, unsurprisingly, The Fault in Our Stars by John Green.  The book was already wildly popular, but the film adaptation starring Shailene Woodley, which came in June, put it over the top.  If you haven’t read it yet, we’ve finally made it through the massive hold list and there are copies on the shelf as I type this.  The second most read book was Divergent by Veronica Roth.  Divergent also had a recent film adaptation (now available on DVD), which also starred Shailene Woodley (busy girl).

The Hunger Games was the third most read book, and Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone was still going strong in 4th.  I think a lot of teens (and adults) make a point of re-reading Harry Potter during the summer.  Other stand out titles were Insurgent by Veronica Roth, City of Bones by Cassandra Clare and Hollow City by Ransom Riggs.

What did you read this summer?

ICPL Summer Reading Program Boasts Record Numbers

by Meredith Hines-Dochterman on August 13th, 2014
Treymire Johnson is the winner of the Babies Summer Reading Program Grand Prize -- a $50 gift certificate to Prairie Lights.

Treymire Johnson is the winner of the Babies Summer Reading Program Grand Prize — a $50 gift certificate to Prairie Lights.

The Iowa City Public Library ended the 2014 Summer Reading Program with a bang, recording record participation numbers among all age levels – babies, kids, teens, and adults.

In all, 4,822 patrons registered for the 2014 Summer Reading Program, with 2,205 participants turning in completed game cards by Aug. 2.

The kids program had the highest number of registrants – 2,720 people – and the highest completion rate – 1,386 people.

More than 1,250 adults signed up for the program, with 453 turning in completed game card.

The teen program had 404 registrations and 184 completed game cards handed in, while the babies program had 440 registrations and 183 game cards returned to the Children’s Room.

All completed game cards were entered in a drawing for the Summer Reading Program Grand Prize, which varied depending on the program level. The winners were chosen by a random drawing and contacted by Library staff.

Congratulations to everyone who received a Summer Reading Program prize and thank you to all who participated!

Babies Summer Reading Program Grand Prize: A $50 gift card to Prairie Lights

  • Winner: Treymire Johnson

Kids Summer Reading Program Grand Prize: A Kindle Fire

Edward Li is the winner of the Kids Summer Reading Program Grand Pirze, a Kindle Fire. He is pictured with his father, Richard Li, and Vickie Pasicznyk, the Children's Room Coordinator.

Edward Li is the winner of the Kids Summer Reading Program Grand Pirze, a Kindle Fire. He is pictured with his father, Richard Li, and Vickie Pasicznyuk, the Children’s Room Coordinator.

  • Winner: Edward Li

Teen Summer Reading Program Grand Prize: A Kindle Fire

  • Winner: Anh To

Adult Summer Reading Program Grand Prize: A Kindle Fire

  • Winner: Mamta Gautam

Both the teen and adult Summer Reading Programs had additional prizes. In the teen program, first prize winners include:

  • John Green prize:  Morgan Louvar
  • Day Dreams Comics prize:  Madeline Van Horn
  • Prairie Lights Bookstore prize:  Thomas Duong
  • Movie Theatre Prize:  Ashley Rose Joens

Second prize winners received Taste of Iowa City tickets. The winners of this prize includes Palmer Love; MaryClare Greer; Emma Dochterman; Noah Bullwinkle; and Abby Walling.

The winner of the first prize in the adult program – a bag of books – is Lenore Maybaum.

Second prize winners also received Taste of Iowa City tickets. The winners of this prize include Ellen Lee-Andino; Rachel Carmen; Wesley Beary; Brittni Stille; and Jennie Fischer.

 

100 Sideways Miles by Andrew Smith

by Brian Visser on August 11th, 2014
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Finn Easton believes that he’s trapped in his father’s book.  That he’s not living his own life.  It all started when a dead horse, destined for a rendering plant, fell from a truck as it crossed a bridge.  The horse landed on young Finn and his mother, killing her and injuring him.  Years later, Finn suffers from epilepsy because of the accident.  Finn’s dad created a character in his popular book, The Lazarus Door, using Finn’s unique scar from the horse incident, his epilepsy and his heterochromatic eyes.  Now Finn just wants to figure out who he is.  Finn’s best friend, Cade, and his girlfriend, Julia, try to get him to see that he’s much more than the boy in the book.

I have a deep, abiding love of Smith’s writing.  Each novel is singular.  His teen characters are smart and real.  Their voices authentic.  Finn measures time in miles traveled by the Earth in orbit–20 miles a second–and muses about the universe as a knackery endlessly reusing atoms.  The publishing industry is looking for the next (or another) John Green.  Andrew Smith has been here all along, and, honestly, I like him more than Green.

Iowa City Public Library’s August Teen Events Announced

by Meredith Hines-Dochterman on August 5th, 2014

TAG, the Library’s Teen Activity Group, is looking for new members.Teen Center photo June 2014 5

TAG is designed to energize teen programming and services as well as allow teens a greater voice at the Library. TAG members meet monthly to discuss books, plan upcoming events, and talk about what’s going at the Library – while eating snacks.

If you are interested in joining TAG, please drop by from 1 to 2 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 30, in the Koza Family Teen Center to see what we’re all about.

The August meeting of the Teen Anime & Manga Club will be held from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 30, in the Koza Family Teen Center. Attendees will watch anime, talk about favorite manga, draw, and trade tips on cosplay. Also, you can let the Brian, ICPL’s Teen Services Librarian, know what anime and manga the Library should have in its collection.

Do you play Minecraft and want to meet other Minecraft players? Then join us for our monthly Minecraft Meetup from 4 to 6 p.m. Saturday. Aug. 30, 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.

Teen Lock-In Finale Party!

by Brian Visser on July 30th, 2014

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The end of the Summer Reading Program is near, and that means it’s almost time for our Teen Lock-In Finale Party!  This Friday, August 1st, from 8-10:30ish, you can hang out in the Teen Center with your friends while the Library is closed.  How cool is that?  We’re going to watch Divergent, eat pizza and play video games.  Ok, so it’s not an actual lock-in because we don’t spend the night.  But who wants to sleep on the floor?  Not me.  Let’s all go home to our beds.  Cool?  Cool.  Be in Meeting Room A by 8:30 to get locked-in.




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