by Meredith Hines-Dochterman on October 3rd, 2014
The Iowa City Public Library will celebrate Teen Read Week Oct. 12-18 with special events and programs aimed at encouraging teens to read for fun.
Teen Read Week is a time to celebrate reading for fun while encouraging teens to take advantage of reading in all its forms — books, magazines, e-books, audiobooks and more. Thousands of libraries, schools and bookstores across the country will hold similar events centered on this year’s theme, Turn Dreams into Reality @ your library. ICPL has several events planned for the annual celebration.
- Book Bingo: Pick up a Bingo card at the Library and, during the month of October, books that you read for school or leisure can count for a space. Once you complete a line, return to the card to the Koza Family Teen Center for a chance to win a gift certificate to Prairie Lights. Card must be submitted by 5 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 2.
- Book Spine Poetry: Join us in the Koza Family Teen Center from 4 to 5 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 14, to make book spine poetry. We’ll take pictures of your creations and put them on display in the Teen Center.
- Book and Comic Book Swap: Do you have a book sitting on your shelf that you’ll never read again? Bring it to our Book and Comic Book Swap from 4 to 5 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 16, and trade with your fellow voracious readers. Hardbacks, paperbacks and comics will be accepted.
Teen Read Weekis a national adolescent literacy initiative created by the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), a division of the American Library Association. It is held annually during the third week of October.
For more information about Teen Read Week, visit www.ala.org/teenread.
For more information about the Iowa City Public Library’s Teen Read Week activities, call the Library at (319) 356-5200.
by Brian Visser on September 26th, 2014
Watch actor and rug connoisseur Jeff Bridges read from Lois Lowry’s young adult classic “The Giver” as part of the American Library Association’s Banned Books Week Virtual Read-Out! Bridges stars as the titular Giver in the movie version, which you can place a hold on here.
And teens, remember you can complete an online scavenger hunt about young adult books that are challenged and banned in the U.S. Teens with the most correct answers will be entered into a drawing to win a Downtown District Gift Card. The scavenger hunt can be accessed here: http://goo.gl/0qB85W
by Meredith Hines-Dochterman on September 25th, 2014
Teens, do you need help with your homework?
Beginning Oct. 1, the Iowa City Public Library offers drop-in Teen Homework Help from 6 to 8 p.m. on Wednesdays in the Koza Family Teen Center.
Tutors from the University of Iowa will give one-on-one assistance to students in seventh- through 12th-grades. Teens are expected to bring all materials needed to complete their assignments.
Teen Homework Help won’t be offered when the University is not in session.
For more information, call the Library at (319) 356-5200.
by Meredith Hines-Dochterman on September 22nd, 2014
Celebrate the freedom to read during Banned Books Week.
The annual event was launched in 1982 in response to a sudden surge in the number of challenges to books in schools, book stores, and libraries. Banned Books Week brings together all members of the book community –- librarians, booksellers, publishers, journalists, teachers, and readers –- in support of the freedom to seek and to express ideas.
This year’s Banned Books Week celebration will be held September 21 through September 27.
According to the American Library Association, more than 11,300 books have been challenged since 1982. There were 307 challenges reported to the Office of Intellectual Freedom in 2013. A challenge is defined as a formal, written complaint filed with a library or school requesting that a book or other material be restricted or removed because of its content or appropriateness.
The 10 most challenged titles of 2013 were:
- Captain Underpants (series), by Dav Pilkey
Reasons: Offensive language, unsuited for age group, violence
- The Bluest Eye, by Toni Morrison
Reasons: Offensive language, sexually explicit, unsuited to age group, violence
- The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, by Sherman Alexie
Reasons: Drugs/alcohol/smoking, offensive language, racism, sexually explicit, unsuited to age group
- Fifty Shades of Grey, by E.L. James
Reasons: Nudity, offensive language, religious viewpoint, sexually explicit, unsuited to age group
- The Hunger Games, by Suzanne Collins
Reasons: Religious viewpoint, unsuited to age group
- A Bad Boy Can Be Good for A Girl, by Tanya Lee Stone
Reasons: Drugs/alcohol/smoking, nudity, offensive language, sexually explicit
- Looking for Alaska, by John Green
Reasons: Drugs/alcohol/smoking, sexually explicit, unsuited to age group
- The Perks of Being a Wallflower, by Stephen Chbosky
Reasons: drugs/alcohol/smoking, homosexuality, sexually explicit, unsuited to age group
- Bless Me Ultima, by Rudolfo Anaya
Reasons: Occult/Satanism, offensive language, religious viewpoint, sexually explicit
- Bone (series), by Jeff Smith
Reasons: Political viewpoint, racism, violence
The Iowa City Public Library has Banned Books Week buttons for sale through September 27. They are available at the Help desk for $1 each. The Library also invites patrons to share photos of them reading banned books on twitter and Instagram, using the #caughtreadingatICPL hashtag.
Teens in grades seventh through 12th can celebrate Banned Books Week by participating in an online scavenger hunt about young adult books that are challenged and/or banned. Teens with the most correct answers will be entered into a drawing to win a Downtown District Gift Card. The scavenger hunt can be accessed at: http://goo.gl/0qB85W
For more information about Banned Books Week, visit www.bannedbooksweek.org.
by Brian Visser on September 21st, 2014
Banned Books Week is here! Sept. 21 through Sept. 27, Iowa City area teens in grades 7-12 can complete an online scavenger hunt about young adult books that are challenged and banned in the U.S. Teens with the most correct answers will be entered into a drawing to win a Downtown District Gift Card. The scavenger hunt can be accessed here: http://goo.gl/0qB85W
For more info on banned and challenged books, visit the ALA’s banned books website.
by Brian Visser on September 15th, 2014
The next meeting of ICPL’s Teen Comic Book Club will be on Thursday, September 25 in the Teen Center. We’re discussing all things Iron Man. Pick any Iron Man comic to read and we’ll geek out about it at the meeting. Need some ideas? Here are a few comics about Marvel’s Armored Avenger:
Iron Man Season One - Re-tells the origin and early adventures of billionaire weapons manufacturer Tony Stark and his superpowered alter-ego, Iron Man.
Extremis - Extremis has created a new generation of twenty-first century technologies which threaten Earth, and it is up to Iron Man to save humankind.
Armor Wars - Tony discovers that the same technology he used to create the Iron Man armor is now in the hands of several deadly super-villains. In the face of objections from his friends and fellow super heroes, Stark swears to use the power of Iron Man to bring the evil to an end – and to take back what’s his.
Enter the Mandarin - Iron Man battles the Mandarin, a Chinese revolutionary leader with strange powers acquired through alien technology who is bent on world domination.
by Meredith Hines-Dochterman on September 7th, 2014
Students interested in science will have the opportunity to participate in experiments and demonstrations at the Iowa City Public Library.
Way Cool Chemistry is a new program designed to make chemistry accessible and fun for fifth- through eighth-grade students. The program is designed and taught by Sally Kessler, a University of Iowa graduate student.
Kessler previously hosted Chemists in the Library, a family science program which launched at the Library earlier this year.
“The Library fully supports STEM learning and wants to offer as much science, technology, engineering, and mathematics programs as possible,” said Brian Visser, Teen Services Librarian. “We want to help students of all ages get excited about science.”
Way Cool Chemistry will be held from 7 to 8 p.m. on Sept. 23, Oct. 28, and Dec. 9. All programs will be held in Meeting Room A.
For more information, contact the Library at (319) 356-5200.
by Meredith Hines-Dochterman on September 6th, 2014
The Iowa City Public Library has released its schedule for regular teen events.
TAG, the Library’s Teen Activity Group, will meet from 1 to 2 p.m. on Sept. 20, Oct. 25, Nov. 15, and Dec. 20 in the Koza Family Teen Center.
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 Teen Anime & Manga Club will meet from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. Sept. 20, Oct. 25, Nov. 15, and Dec. 20 in the Koza Family Teen Center. Attendees will watch anime, talk about favorite manga, draw, and trade tips on cosplay.
Minecraft fans are invited to the Library’s Minecraft Meetup from 4 to 6 p.m. Sept. 20, Oct. 25, Nov. 15, and Dec. 20 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.
by Meredith Hines-Dochterman on September 5th, 2014
Do you read comic books? Do you like talking about comic books with others? Do you have a favorite character you are ready to defend against anyone who claims otherwise? If so, the Iowa City Public Library’s Teen Comic Book Club is for you!
Students in grades seventh through 12th are invited to read any comic about our selected characters and/or teams, and attend the Teen Comic Book Club meeting to geek out or dispute their greatness in the comic book world.
The discussion lineup is as follows:
- Iron Man: Thursday, Sept. 25
- Green Lantern: Thursday, Oct. 30
- X-Men: Thursday, Nov. 20
- Wonder Woman: Thursday, Dec. 18
All Teen Comic Book Club meetings are held from 4 to 5 p.m. in the Koza Family Teen Center.
For more information, contact the Iowa City Public Library at (319) 356-5200.
by Brian Visser on August 28th, 2014
Labor Day, the unofficial end of summer, is almost here, so I thought I would share what books teens read this summer. For our Summer Reading Program, teens read five books in order to be entered into a prize drawing. The most read book was, unsurprisingly, The Fault in Our Stars by John Green. The book was already wildly popular, but the film adaptation starring Shailene Woodley, which came in June, put it over the top. If you haven’t read it yet, we’ve finally made it through the massive hold list and there are copies on the shelf as I type this. The second most read book was Divergent by Veronica Roth. Divergent also had a recent film adaptation (now available on DVD), which also starred Shailene Woodley (busy girl).
The Hunger Games was the third most read book, and Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone was still going strong in 4th. I think a lot of teens (and adults) make a point of re-reading Harry Potter during the summer. Other stand out titles were Insurgent by Veronica Roth, City of Bones by Cassandra Clare and Hollow City by Ransom Riggs.
What did you read this summer?