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.
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.
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!
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.