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Springtime = bugs!

by Hannah Kane on April 2nd, 2014

Looking for your next weekend read? I have a great springy one for you. In Grasshopper Jungle by Andrew Smith, the end of the world is nigh. Austin Szerba, his girlfriend Shann, and his best friend Robby live in fictional Ealing, Iowa. The trio occupy themselves the same way most small-town 16-year-olds do — skateboarding, eating pizza, driving into Waterloo to see movies, and trying to figure out who they are and what they want out of life.

But their world is turned upside-down when giant praying mantises rampage through Ealing. The big bugs are hungry — for PEOPLE. This tale of survival, friendship, identity, and growing up has a sense of Vonnegut-esque humor so fresh that once I started, I couldn’t put it down. Check out the catalog record here to learn more and place a hold!

Plus, it’s green. REALLY green.

April Teen Events

by Brian Visser on April 1st, 2014

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

Teen Concert

ICPL/UAY Mission Creek Teen Concert
Iowa City Public Library and United Action for Youth co-sponsor a Mission Creek Teen Concert featuring: Other Band, ConeTrauma and Dion Jackson.
Doors open at 6:30 p.m., music at 7:00 p.m. For grades 7-12.
Date: Friday, April 4, 2014
Location: Meeting Room A

TAG

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, April 12, 2014
Time: 1:00-2:00 p.m.
Location: Teen Center

T A&M

ICPL Teen Anime & Manga Festival 2014
We’ll watch anime, talk about our favorite manga and eat massive amounts of candy sushi! We will be screening: Kamisama Kiss, Girls und Panzer and Say, ‘I Love You.’
There will also be an artist alley with prize drawings for participants, so be sure to bring your finished drawings or do some freehand work while you’re here! Cosplay dress is always welcome and there will be prizes for those that take part. For Grades 7-12 only.
Date: Saturday, April 26, 2014
Time: 2:00-4:00 p.m.
Location: Meeting Room A

TEENS, GET READY FOR THE ANIME & MANGA FESTIVAL ON APRIL 26

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.

March Teen Events

by Brian Visser on March 7th, 2014

March

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

 

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 brian-visser@icpl.org, or register online at: http://calendar.icpl.org/view.php?did=29224.

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.

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

Fencing Fundraiser!

by Brian Visser on January 2nd, 2014

Challenge yourself! Go from en guard to touche in just two hours! Participants learn the basics of foil fencing from how to stand and move to how to attack, defend, and fence their first bouts. No experience necessary. All equipment is provided; wear sneakers, a t-shirt and long, comfortable pants.

Cost is $25, with all proceeds going to the Iowa City Public Library.

There are two sessions on Sunday, January 26: 12:30-2:30 & 3:00-5:00.

Register by calling the Iowa City Fencing Center at (319)338-7171 or e-mailing icfencingcenter@gmail.com

December Teen Events

by Brian Visser on November 27th, 2013

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

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: Thursday, December 19, 2013
Time: 3:00-5:00 p.m.
Location: Computer Lab

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 snacks.
Want to make a difference in your Library? Maybe you just love reading and making new friends? We’d love to hear from you!
Date: Saturday, December 21, 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, December 21, 2013
Time: 2:30-3:30 p.m.
Location: Teen Center

Teen Holiday Movie: Elf
Join us in the Teen Center to watch “Elf” starring Will Ferrell. We’ll also have cookies and cocoa! For Grades 7-12.
Date: Monday, December 23, 2013
Time: 3:00-5:00 p.m.
Location: Teen Center

Teen Doctor Who Day
Join us in the Teen Center to watch episodes of Doctor Who. We’ll also have Doctor Who themed crafts and activites! For Grades 7-12.
Date: Monday, December 30, 2013
Time: 3:00-5:00 p.m.
Location: Teen Center




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