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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.

Tales of a Teenage Author at Iowa City Public Library

by Meredith Hines-Dochterman on July 17th, 2014

Teens interested in writing have an opportunity to learn more about the process from local teen author Chideraa B. Okeoma.book

Okeoma will share his thoughts on writing from 2 to 3 p.m. Wednesday, July 30, in the Iowa City Public Library’s Koza Family Teen Center. He is the author of When Mystery Busters Came to Town, a mystery that centers around four teen sleuths working together to bring shine a spotlight on the underground criminal network in their hometown.

When Mystery Busters Came to Town was published in May.

The book is illustrated by Okeoma’s younger sister.

This event is free of charge and open to students in grades seventh through 12th.

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

July Teen Events

by Brian Visser on June 30th, 2014

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Here are the upcoming July events for teens at the Iowa City Public Library!

Tuesday, July 1, 2 p.m. Teen Supernatural Party: Join us in the Teen Center to watch episodes of Supernatural. We’ll also have Supernatural themed crafts and activities! Teen Center
Tuesday, July 8, 2 p.m. Smartphone Projector: Make a cool projector for your smartphone. Teen Center
Thursday, July 10, 2 p.m. Candy Experiments: All candy. All science. All fun. Also, we’ll eat candy. Teen Center
Tuesday, July 15, 2 p.m. Video Game Tournament: Bring your game face, because we’re throwing down with Mario Kart 8. Teen Center
Thursday, July 17, 2 p.m. Movie Club–The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug: Get outta the heat, watch a movie and eat popcorn. Teen Center
Tuesday, July 22, 2 p.m. Anime & Manga Club: We’ll watch anime, talk about our favorite manga, draw and trade tips on cosplay. Teen Center
Wednesday, July 23, 2 p.m. Batmania: Batman Day: We’re having an all ages Batman Day celebration. The Dark Knight turns 75 this year, so join us to watch “Batman: Mask of the Phantasm.” Afterwards, wow us with your knowledge of the Caped Crusader during our Batman Trivia Challenge. Meeting Room A
Thursday, July 24, 2 p.m. Minecraft Meetup: Do you play Minecraft and want to meet other Minecraft players? Then join us for our monthly Minecraft meetups! Computer Lab
Friday, July 25, 2 p.m. Teen Comic Book Club: Join us for our Teen Comic Book Club meeting! We’ll discuss Batman Vol. 1: The Court of Owls by Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo. Teen Center
Wednesday, July 30, 2 p.m. Tales of a Teenage Author: Chideraa Okeoma Talks Writing:  Chideraa B. Okeoma, a local teen author, will be in the Teen Center to discuss writing his recently released book “When Mystery Busters Came to Town.”

Koza Family Teen Center Announces Summer Tech Times

by Meredith Hines-Dochterman on June 5th, 2014

The Iowa City Public Library’s Koza Family Teen Center will have new Tech Time Hours this summer.teen tech

Beginning Monday, June 9, the new Tech Hours will be 12:30 to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, and 1 to 6 p.m. Saturday. During Tech Hours, teens in grades seventh through 12th can play video games on the big screen, check out iPads and laptops.

Students who will enter the seventh grade this fall can use the Koza Family Teen Center.

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

 

June Teen Events

by Brian Visser on June 5th, 2014

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Here are the upcoming June events for teens at the Iowa City Public Library!

Tuesday, June 10 2 p.m.  Light Painting:  We’ll use flashlights and light-up toys to create beautiful light art with cameras and iPads.  Board Room

 

Thursday, June 12, 2 p.m.  Oculus Rift VR Demo:  The S.T.E.A.M Room Fab Lab is going to demo an Oculus Rift virtual reality headset, and you can try it out too!  Teen Center

 

Tuesday, June 17, 2 p.m.  Steampunk Crafts:  Join Jei and make awesome steampunk inspired crafts.  Teen Center

 

Thursday, June 19, 2 p.m.  Movie Club–Hunger Games: Catching Fire:  Get outta the heat, watch a movie and eat popcorn.      Teen Center

 

Tuesday, June 24, 2 p.m.  Anime & Manga Club:  We’ll watch anime, talk about our favorite manga, draw and trade tips on cosplay.  Teen Center

 

Thursday, June 26, 2 p.m.  Minecraft Meetup:  Do you play Minecraft and want to meet other Minecraft players?  Then join us for our monthly Minecraft meetups!  Computer Lab

 

Friday, June 27, 2 p.m.  Teen Comic Book Club:  Join us for our first Teen Comic Book Club meeting! We’ll discuss Hawkeye, Vol. 1: My Life as a Weapon by Matt Fraction and David Aja.  Limited copies of the comic are available for check out from Reference Desk staff on 2nd floor at ICPL.  Teen Center

ICPL Launches Teen Comic Book Club

by Meredith Hines-Dochterman on June 2nd, 2014

Do you read comic books? Do you like talking about comic books with others? Are you a student between the ages of 12 and 18? If you answered yes to these questions, then the Iowa City Public Library’s Teen Comic Book Club is for you!comic book

New to the Library’s lineup of teen events, the Teen Comic Book Club invites teens to read specific titles for a group discussion.

“Comic books are on the rise, from sales in stores to popularity in the mainstream media,” Teen Services Librarian Brian Visser says. “Some of the highest-grossing movies in recent years are based on comic book heroes, a trend that is introducing more people to their fantastic storylines and amazing art.”

“Hawkeye: Vol. 1: My Life as a Weapon” by Matt Fraction, David Aja, and Javier Pulido will be the first title read and discussed. This in-depth look at the bow-and-arrow guy from “The Avengers”shows that there’s more to Clint Barton than you thought you knew. Teens will share their thoughts with others from 2 to 3 p.m. Friday, June 27, in the Koza Family Teen Center.

The Caped Crusader faces a series of brutal murders and a conspiracy going back to his youth in “Batman Vol. 1: The Court of Owls” by Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo. Teens will discuss this comic book from 2 to 3 p.m. Friday, July 25, in the Koza Family Teen Center.

Limited copies of both titles are available for check out from the Reference Desk staff on the Library’s second floor.

The Library’s Teen Comic Book Blub is a free event for students in grades seventh through 12th.

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

SPARK A REACTION: ICPL’S SUMMER READING PROGRAM FOR TEENS BEGINS JUNE 1

by Meredith Hines-Dochterman on May 23rd, 2014

The Iowa City Public Library’s Summer Reading Program for teens – Spark a Reaction – begins June 1. Registration begins that day, too. Teens in grades seventh through 12th can register for the Summer Reading Program at the Library or online at www.icpl.org/srp.spark_poster_sm

Each participant will receive an oversized bookmark to track their progress in meeting summer reading goals. Teens can either read five books, or read three books and attend two Summer Reading Program events, to complete receive their first prize: a drawstring backpack, and coupons for free food from Hardee’s and Noodles & Company. The bookmark is then entered into a drawing for one of four prizes:

  • The John Green Pack: a signed copy of Looking for Alaska and an audio book of The Fault in Our Stars.
  • A Daydreams Comics gift certificate.
  • A Prairie Lights gift certificate.
  • A Marcus Theatres gift certificate.

Teens also will be entered into the grand prize drawing for a Kindle Fire.

Teens that complete their bookmark early can pick up a Bonus Game Card. Completing the game card will result in more entries for the grand prize.

Crafts, movies and games are included in the lineup for Summer Reading Program activities, beginning with light painting at 2 p.m. Tuesday, June 10, and ending with a Library Lock-In from 8 to 10 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 1. A complete listing of programs can be found at www.icpl.org/srp/teens and on the back each bookmark.

Spark a Reaction continues through Aug. 2. For more information, call the Library at (319) 356-5200.

Iowa City Public Library’s May Teen Events Announced

by Meredith Hines-Dochterman on April 28th, 2014

Anime, Bingo and Minecraft are just a few of the activities the Iowa City Public Library has planned for its teen patrons in May.generic-bingo-balls

Do you love Harry Potter? Do you love Bingo? If you answered yes to bother questions, then you should play Harry Potter-themed Bingo from 6 to 7 p.m. Thursday, May 1, in the Koza Family Teen Center. There will be prizes for the winners and ice cream for all!

TAG, the Library’s Teen Activity Group, is looking for new members. 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 May TAG meeting will be held from 1 to 2 p.m. Saturday, May 31, in the Koza Family Teen Center.

The May meeting of the Teen Anime & Manga Club will be held from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. Saturday, May 31, in the Koza Family Teen Center. Attendees will watch anime, talk about favorite manga, draw, and trade tips on cosplay.

Do you play Minecraft? All teenage Minecraft fans are invited to the Library’s Minecraft Meetup from 4 to 6 p.m. Saturday, May 31, 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.




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