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What’s on your mind?

by Jessica Lee on March 31st, 2014

Are you between the ages of 12-18? DO YOU LOVE YOUR LIBRARY? Do you despiiise it? Either way, we want to hear from you!

Plz to be taking this survey to let us know what you think, and how we can be betterfasterstronger:

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by Meredith Hines-Dochterman on March 26th, 2014

Anime Club 8

The Iowa City Public Library will host the annual Teen Anime & Manga Festival from 2 to 4 p.m. on Saturday, April 26, in Meeting Room A.

Open to students in grades 7-12, the 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.

Those who wish to display their art work as part of the Artist Alley should bring their finished drawings to the Festival or do some freehand work during the event. Prizes will be awarded to select artists. Cosplay is always welcome and one lucky person will win Best Costume.

This year, we’ll watch episodes from three different anime: Kamisama Kiss, the story of a girl who unwittingly takes over a job as a local deity; Girls und Panzer, about a team of high schoolers who operate armored tanks; and Say, ‘I Love You’, in which a girl who has sworn off friendship falls for an annoyingly charming boy.

“The Anime & Manga Festival is my favorite event of the year,” Teen Services Librarian Brian Visser says. “We’re watching some really great shows, too.”

The Teen Anime & Manga Festival is a free event. For more information, call the Library at (319) 887-3400.

Spring Bre~e~eak!

by Jessica Lee on March 17th, 2014

Hey folks, we have special staffed hours in the Koza Family Teen Center this week on account of spring break! This means that the game systems, laptops, and iPads will be available from 1-5pm every day from Monday, March 17 through Saturday, March 22.

Teen Tech Week : DIY @ Your Library

by Jessica Lee on March 12th, 2014

It’s Teen Tech Week, and we’ve got a couple sweet DIY @ Your Library events on the calendar for teens in grades 7 through 12!

On Thursday, March 13, Hannah will be showing ye how to make your very own animated gifs in the Computer Lab from 3:15-4:15 p.m.

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On Saturday, March 15, we’ll be making magnetic silly putty in the Teen Center from 2:00-3:00 p.m.

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See you there!

March Teen Events

by Brian Visser on March 7th, 2014


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

GIF Workshop–Teen Tech Week: DIY @ Your Library
Hannah will show you how to make awesome GIFs like you see online to impress your friends. For teens in grades 7-12.
Date: Thursday, March 13, 2014
Time: 3:15-4:15 p.m.
Location: Computer Lab

Magnetic Silly Putty–Teen Tech Week: DIY @ Your Library
We’re going to make magnetic silly putty. For teens in grades 7-12.
Date: Saturday, March 15, 2014
Time: 2:00-3:00 p.m.
Location: Teen Center

Teen Divergent Party
Join us in the Teen Center to celebrate the release of Divergent. We’ll have Divergent themed crafts and activities! For teens in 7th-12th grade.
Date: Friday, March 21, 2014
Time: 3:00-4:00 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, March 22, 2014
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, March 22, 2014
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, March 22, 2014
Time: 4:00-6:00 p.m.
Location: Computer Lab


Calling All Knitters: Penguins (May Not) Need Sweaters!

by Jessica Lee on March 6th, 2014

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I’m not being funny, y’all. Nasty oil spills off the coast of Australia make it tough out there for our flightless feathered friends, and you can make a difference! A wee, adorable difference.

Ice King, you’re doing it wrong!

Sweater (aka jumper) patterns and where to send the finished products can be found here.

Have you knitted a bitty penguin sweater? Show ‘em off in the comments section!

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ETA:  OH BUT WAIT ~ the penguin situation may not be as dire as it first appeared! Ah, well. You can still follow the link to learn how to knit eensy weensy sweaters~ (And I guess they’re more like sweater vests, what with not having arms and all. [AND THE CAKE IS A LIE.])

There are no trees in the library.

by Jessica Lee on February 28th, 2014

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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 Jessica Lee 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

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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.