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ICPL to Host Teen Summer Book Club

by Meredith Hines-Dochterman on May 26th, 2016

Attention teens, the Iowa City Public Library has a book club just for you as part of the On Your Mark, Get Set … Read Summer Reading Program.

Our first book, An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir, appeared on the New York Times best-seller list. It tells the story of Laia, a Scholar living under the iron-fisted rule of the Martial Empire. When her brother is arrested for treason, Laia goes undercover as a slave at the empire’s greatest military academy in exchange for assistance from rebel Scholars who claim that they will help to save her brother from execution.

A limited number of copies are available for check out from the Information Desk on the Library’s second floor. Pick up a copy today and be sure to come to the discussion from 2 to 3 p.m. Tuesday, June 28.

Our second book was a National Book Award Finalist: Nimona by Noelle Stevenson. Nimona is an impulsive young shape shifter with a knack for villainy. Lord Ballister Blackheart is a villain with a vendetta. As sidekick and supervillain, Nimona and Lord Blackheart are about to wreak some serious havoc. Their mission: prove to the kingdom that Sir Ambrosius Goldenloin and his buddies at the Institution of Law Enforcement and Heroics aren’t the heroes everyone thinks they are.

We will discuss Nimona from 2 to 3 p.m. on Tuesday, July 26. A limited number of copies are available for check out from the Information Desk on the Library’s second floor.

The Teen Summer Book Club is for students in grades 7 through 12, including teens who will start seventh grade in the fall. Meetings will be held in the Koza Family Teen Center on the Library’s second floor.

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

We Can Code at ICPL

by Meredith Hines-Dochterman on May 25th, 2016

The Iowa City Public Library is pleased to present We Can Code, a workshop for teens to explore the basics of computer programming and web development in a self-paced, example-driven, supportive environment.

We Can Code will be held from 1 to 3 p.m. in the Library’s Computer Lab on the second floor every Wednesday, beginning June 1 and continuing through Aug. 17. The workshop is open to teens 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.

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.




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