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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

Teen Anime & Manga Club This Saturday

by Brian Visser on November 14th, 2013

Hey!  Our Teen Anime & Manga Club is meeting this Saturday from 1:30-2:30 p.m. in the Teen Center on the 2nd floor of the Library.  We’re watching Log Horizon, which has the absolute most ridiculous opening theme song ever.



Koza Family Teen Center is Open!

by Brian Visser on November 12th, 2013

The Koza Family Teen Center at the Iowa City Public Library is a place for teens in grades 7-12 to hangout, have fun, be creative and comfortably do homework. It’s available all hours that the Library is open.  We also have after school & weekend Tech Times.  During Tech Times, you can use the computers without having to login with your library card. You can also check out laptops and iPads for use within the space. Gaming, including PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360, will be available. We’ll also have programs during these hours. The Tech Times are 4 to 6 p.m. Monday through Wednesday, 3 to 8 p.m. on Thursday and 1 to 5 p.m. on Saturday.

Come in and check it out!

November Teen Events

by Brian Visser on October 30th, 2013

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

Teen NaNoWriMo Kick-Off Party!
Saturday, November 2, 2013, 1:30-2:30 p.m., Teen Center

National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) is an annual, international challenge to write the first draft of a novel during the month of November. Seasoned participants, first-timers, and the merely curious alike are all welcome in the Teen Center for the ICPL Teens NaNoWriMo Kick-Off Party! We will be providing tea, hot chocolate, and light snacks to fuel your writing frenzy.

College Essay Workshop
Tuesday, November 12, 2013, 6:00-7:00 p.m., Teen Center

When applying to college, writing the Dreaded Essay can be the trickiest part. Come to our College Essay Workshop and learn how to write an essay that gets admission’s attention—in a good way! We’ll talk opening lines, dos and don’ts, and picking a topic that shows the best of who you are.

Teen Gaming: 1st Annual Teen Omegathon
Saturday, November 16, 2013, 3:00-5:00 p.m., Teen Center

ICPL is hosting its first ever Teen Omegathon! Omegathon is a tournament where participants compete in games from different genres and formats culminating in a championship match. The games this year are: Round 1–Mario Kart 64. Round 2–Zombie Dice. Round 3–Injustice: Gods Among Us. Round 4–Mystery Game! The winner will receive the coveted Omegathon trophy and eternal bragging rights!

The Hunger Games: Catching Fire Release Party
Thursday, November 21, 2013, 4:00-6:30 p.m., Teen Center

Come celebrate the release of “Catching Fire” by watching the “The Hunger Games” in the Teen Center!  We’ll have Hunger Games trivia and snacks.

Crank It Up–Young Adult Books on Disc are now on the 2nd floor!

by Brian Visser on September 5th, 2013

Rather listen to Young Adult books than read them?  You’re in luck, because ICPL has YA Books on Disc, and they’re now located on the 2nd floor with the rest of the Young Adult collection.  I recently ordered new titles too.  Favorites from the beginning of summer were finally released: The Moon and More by Sarah Dessen, The Testing by Joelle Charbonneau and The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey.  Also, hot fall releases like Allegiant by Veronica Roth, Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell and Rose Under Fire by Elizabeth Wein are on order.  Check out our YA eAudio too!


Divergent Movie: Teaser of the Trailer

by Brian Visser on August 22nd, 2013

So, I’m pretty excited for the movie adaptation of “Divergent” starring Shailene Woodley.  The brief footage here is our first look at the movie.  The full-length trailer debuts during the MTV VMAs on Sunday.  Let me know what you think!

Book Alert: Steelheart

by Brian Visser on August 12th, 2013

I started reading an advance copy of Brandon Sanderson’s comic book inspired “Steelheart” this weekend.  So far, it’s really good:

At age eight, David watched his father die at the hands of Steelheart, an Epic with superhuman powers.  Now, ten years later, David wants to join the Reckoners–a resistance group that assassinates Epics.  Only with their help can he hope to take down Steelheart and end his tyrannical rule of what used to be Chicago.

Check out the  book’s Prologue and trailer.  Comic book fans and readers who like action and intricate world building should give it a try when it comes out in September.  Place a hold today!

Happy Friday: It’s Adventure Time!

by Brian Visser on August 9th, 2013

Hey, all!  To celebrate the fact that it’s Friday, here’s the intro to Adventure Time done with LEGO!  Hope everyone has a great weekend.

Teen Summer Reading Program: It’s the Final Countdown!

by Brian Visser on July 29th, 2013

The end of the Teen Summer Reading Program is  approaching rapidly.  Wednesday is the final day to turn your Reading Log in at the Reference Desk to claim your prize and be entered for the prize drawing.  The Grand Prize is a Kindle Fire HD and the runner-up prize is a $50 Prairie Lights gift certificate.  If you haven’t sign-up for Summer Reading yet, you still can!  Go here, click on “Teen” and fill out the required fields.  You can include any reading and/or activities that you’ve done since the beginning of June.  It’s easy!

Summer Reading Program Lock In Finale Party!

by Brian Visser on July 23rd, 2013

The Teen Summer Reading Program ends the last day of July.  To celebrate, we’re having a Teen Lock In Finale Party this Friday, July 26 from 8-11 p.m.  Teens going into Grades 7-12 are invited to hang out at the Library after hours!  We’ve got a lot of fun stuff planned.  Here are just a few things:  An epic scavenger hunt, duct tape crafts, book dominoes (though we probably won’t break the world record) and Minecraft.  Also, Pancheros is providing delicious burritos.  Be in Meeting Room A by 8:30 to get locked-in.