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Iowa City Public Library’s December Teen Events Announced

by Meredith Hines-Dochterman on November 23rd, 2015

Coding, job search assistance and a movie are just a few of the activities the Iowa City Public Library has planned for its teen patrons in December. All teen events are open to students in grades 7through 12 and take place in the Koza Family Teen Center, unless otherwise stated.

Interested in learning how to write computer code? Join us from 4 to 5 p.m. Monday, Dec. 7, for Hour of Code 2015 – Star Wars: Building a Galaxy with Code. The Hour of Code is a one-hour introduction to computer science, designed to demystify code and show that anybody can learn the basics. This year we’re trying Star Wars: Building a Galaxy with Code using drag-drop blocks and JavaScript.

Have you reached the age where a part-time job sounds great, but you aren’t sure how to go about finding one? Come to UAY Job Shop from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 8. Job Shop is a program in which teens ages 12 through 17 receive free job search help from United Action for Youth staff. This includes searching available jobs, completing applications, creating a resume, and job interview preparation.

It’s getting cold outside, making it the perfect time to enjoy a summer blockbuster. We will screen Marvel’s Ant-Man from 2 to 4 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 22. Armed with a super-suit with the astonishing ability to shrink in scale but increase in strength, cat burglar Scott Lang (Paul Rudd) must embrace his inner hero and help his mentor, Dr. Hank Pym (Michael Douglas), plan and pull off a heist that will save the world.

In addition to these events, the Koza Family Teen Center will extend its Teen Tech Times hours during winter break. During Tech Time, the Teen Center is open for teens to use the Internet, check out iPads and laptops, or play video games on the big screen. Visit for times.

For more information about any of these programs, contact the Library at 319-356-5200.

Iowa City Public Library’s TAG Meetings Announced

by Meredith Hines-Dochterman on September 18th, 2015

TAG, the Iowa City Public 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.

Our fall meetings will be held from 1 to 2 p.m. in the Koza Family Teen Center on Saturday, Sept. 26; Saturday, Oct. 17; and Saturday, Nov. 14.

TAG is open to students in grades 7 through 12.

For more information, contact the Library at 319-356-5200.

Let’s Make Something Teen Series at ICPL

by Meredith Hines-Dochterman on September 17th, 2015

The Iowa City Public Library will host a series of Let’s Make Something events for teens in grades 7 through 12.

All programs will be held from 2 to 3 p.m. in the Koza Family Teen Center on the Library’s second floor.

September 26: Chopsticks Catapult

We’re going to build miniature catapults using chopsticks, rubber bands and plastic spoons. They’re perfect for launching marshmallows and irritating family members!

October 17: Chocolate Banana Pops

We’re going to make delicious chocolate covered banana pops. That’s kind of healthy, right?

November 14: Magnetic Slime

We’re going to make some slime that’s attracted to magnets. Why? Because it’s cool! You can take your disgusting creation home with you, too.

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

ICPL Launches Music is the Word Series with Musical Revue

by Meredith Hines-Dochterman on August 19th, 2015

The Iowa City Public Library will kick off nine months of special programming with the Music is the Word Musical Revue at 2 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 20, at The Englert Theatre.

The revue will feature live performances by local musicians playing everything from bluegrass and rock to vocal choir and ethnic love songs. Performers include The Beggermen with the Champagne Academy of Irish Dance; Kol Shira; the Extra Credit Project; Cedar County Cobras; The Recliners; Combined Efforts Theatre Men’s Choir; and Chase Garrett.

“We want to showcase the wide variety of musical talent in Iowa City,” Paul Bethke of Children’s Services said. “At the same time, we see this concert as an opportunity to introduce new genres to the audience – adults and children – who might not otherwise experience it.”

The Library’s Music is the Word celebration is to help our community welcome the University of Iowa School of Music building to downtown Iowa City, currently scheduled to open in the fall of 2016. Weekly programs focused on all things musical are scheduled from September 2015 through May 2016.

“The Musical Revue is the first of what will be nine months of programming of all types for all ages,” Library Director Susan Craig says. “This is an opportunity for us to share Iowa City’s rich musical culture through live performances, presentations, displays, hands-on activities, movies, and sing-alongs.”

“This is an exciting time in our community, as we prepare for the opening of the UI School of Music downtown and adding to Iowa City’s abundant musical complexity,” said Maeve Clark, the Library’s coordinator of adult services.

General admission tickets for MITW Musical Revue are $10 each; children 5 and under are free. Everyone must have a ticket to the show, free or paid, to gain entry to the Englert.

Tickets are for sale at Library’s first floor Help Desk at the Library and The Englert Theatre’s website at

All performers are donating their time and talent to the Musical Revue. Ticket proceeds will help support additional Music is the Word programming.

For a list of Music is the Word events, visit For more information, contact the Library at (319) 356-5200.

Middle and High School Students Invited to Pitch Business Ideas

by Meredith Hines-Dochterman on April 14th, 2015

Do you have a great business idea? Are you a student middle or high school student? Would you like to pitch your idea and garner feedback from a panel of judges?Quick Pitch

If you answered yes to these questions, then you should attend the Iowa City Public Library’s Quick Pitch Assembly on Monday, April 20.

Students in 7th through 12th grades will have three minutes to pitch an idea for a product or service, then receive five minutes of feedback from a panel of judges. Cash prizes for the best pitches will be rewarded: $100 for first place, $50 for second, and $25 for third.

The Quick Pitch Assembly from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Monday, April 20, in Meeting Room A. Refreshments will be provided. Registration isn’t required, but it is appreciated. To register, visit

This Quick Pitch Assembly is co-sponsored by the Library, MidWestOne Bank, and the Jacobson Institute for Youth Entrepreneurship as part of Money Smart Week April 18 through April 15. Created by the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago in 2002, Money Smart Week is a public awareness campaign designed to help consumers better manage their personal finances.

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

ICPL Anime & Manga Festival Feb. 26

by Meredith Hines-Dochterman on February 3rd, 2015

The Iowa City Public Library will host the annual Teen Anime & Manga Festival from 2 to 4 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 26, in Meeting Room A.Festival2015

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.

We will screen episodes from three different anime: Gargantia on the Verdurous Planet, in which mankind has taken to the stars and formed the Galactic Alliance of Humankind and is engaged in a perpetual war with an alien species; Log Horizon, which shows what happens when Japanese gamers playing Elder Tales find themselves transported into the virtual game; and K-On!, the story of four Japanese high school girls join the light music club of Sakuragaoka Girl’s High School to save it from being disbanded. However, they are the only members of the club.

The Teen Anime & Manga Festival is a free event. For more information, call the Library at (319) 356-5200.

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.