Posts Tagged ‘Totally Tweens’


Totally Tweens: littleBits Invention Workshop

by Morgan Reeves on August 4th, 2017

This past Tuesday the Library welcomed tween inventors to our littleBits Invention Workshop. We talked about how to use the snap-able circuits to solve problems, like how to wake up in the morning or how to keep someone out of your room.

Each group chose their own problem and brainstormed ways to solve their problem. The kids then got to experiment and try different ways of attaching the bits to create new outcomes, but mostly just for fun.

A frenzy of experiments and prototypes.

A frenzy of experiments and prototypes.

 

Finally each group had created their own invention.

Alarm-o-matic 2000 by Colin

Alarm-o-matic 2000 by Colin

Colin’s Alarm-o-matic 2000 would wake up even the heaviest sleeper with a multitude of flashing lights and loud buzzers. It comes with a convenient dimmer switch if you want to go back to sleep.

Buzzer Fan 8000 by Paul

Buzzer Fan 8000 by Paul

Paul (preferred to not be pictured) put together the Buzzer Fan 8000 in order to keep his brother out of his room. He used a sound sensor and motion sensor to turn on a buzzer and fan, which would alert him if his brother was trying to enter his room.

Volume Volt 2000 AKA Scare-o-matic 4000 by Kaden and Isran

Volume Volt 2000 AKA Scare-o-matic 4000 by Kaden and Isran

Kaden and Isran originally wanted to solve waking up in the morning. They had so much fun experimenting, that they decided to add even more startle power, and created the Volume Volt 2000 AKA Scare-o-matic 4000. With buzzers, fans, and lights triggered by motion sensors, this contraption hit all the senses with sudden stimulation sure to scare your socks off.

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Automatic Art Machine by Lydia and two others

Lydia and two other girls (who didn’t write their names down) created the fantastic Automatic Art Machine. Turn it on, hold it to the paper, and watch art appear with no more effort needed.

Automatic Art Machine by Lydia and two others

ICPL Announces Totally Tweens Summer Lineup

by Meredith Hines-Dochterman on May 18th, 2016

The Iowa City Public Library’s Totally Tweens program has an exciting lineup of activities and programs for students in third through sixth grades as part of the On Your Mark, Get Set … Read! Summer Reading Program.

Totally Tweens will meet at 2 p.m. every Tuesday in June and July, beginning June 7, in the Storytime Room, unless otherwise noted.

June 7: Amazing Race
Start off your summer cracking clues and completing challenges. Bring a friend to make a team of two, or come alone to be paired up with a new friend.

June 14: Popcorn Olympics
Pop into the library for a tasty competition. Test your aim with the Popcorn Toss, show off your coordination in the Popcorn Cup Catch, plus other corny contests. Enjoy the taste of victory (and popcorn) at the end.

June 21: From IC to NFL with Nate Kaeding
Former NFL kicker Nate Kaeding will talk about his football career and answer questions about life in the NFL.

June 28: Yoga with Karen
Interested in yoga? Join Children’s Librarian, Karen Gordon to learn the basics. Starting with the 4 B’s –Brain, Body, Breath, and Balance. Yoga helps build self-confidence and self-esteem, flexibility and strength.

July 5: LEGOs and LittleBits
Get creative with engineering and electricity by designing and constructing a part of a city.

July 12: Insect Zoo Bug Olympics
Join our special guests from the ISU Insect Zoo for these Olympic Events: Cockroach Pulls, Roach Races, and Cricket Jumps. Then get up close and personal with the other awesome multi-legged creatures at the Bug Olympics Display.

July 19: Pizza Workshop
Find out how pizza is made in a restaurant, then make and eat your own mini pizza. Please contact us ahead of time with any food allergies. We may not be able to accommodate all allergies.

July 26: Life Size Games
Do you love board games but always wished they were bigger? The library has the solution. Come in today to play some games as big as you are.

Don’t forget our special finale, a Glow-in-the-Dark Lock-In from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 5.

Celebrate the end of the Summer Reading Program by staying late at the Library. We’ll have glow-in-the-dark games, temporary hair colors, snacks, and more. Please note that parents and/or caregivers must fill out a permission slip at the Children’s Desk prior to the event. Tweens will be dropped off in Meeting Room A and picked up by the after-hours book drop at 9:30 p.m.

The Iowa City Public Library Summer Reading Program will be held May 31 through July 31; registration begins May 31. Patrons can either register in-person at the Library or online at srp.icpl.org.

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

ICPL hosts poetry workshop for tweens

by Meredith Hines-Dochterman on March 25th, 2016

Calling Tween poets!

The Iowa City Public Library will host a Totally Tweens: Poetry Workshop from 2 to 4 p.m. on Saturday, April 9, in Meeting Room A.

Tweens in third through sixth grades are invited to write their own poems and learn about various poetic forms from haiku, concrete poems, acrostic poems, limericks, etc. Participants may share their poems aloud with the group if they wish.

All materials will be provided and refreshments will be served. A poetry slam will take place during the last 15 minutes of the workshop; parents and guardians may attend.

To register for Totally Tweens: Poetry Workshop, click here. Registrations can also be made by calling the Library at 319-356-5200.

Spend Spring Break at the Iowa City Public Library

by Meredith Hines-Dochterman on March 7th, 2016

No plans to travel over spring break? Spend your time off from school and work at the Iowa City Public Library! In addition to our regular lineup of Library happenings, we have special programs and events planned for all age groups the week of March 13 through March 19.

Sunday, March 13

Our final Second Sunday Garden Forum of the 2016 series will be held from 2 to 4 p.m. in Meeting Room A. Join David Cavagnaro, former Preservation Gardens Manager at Seed Savers Exchange in Decorah, as he takes attendees “around the world in 80 minutes” to look at the origins of all our major food crops.

Also happening from 2 to 4 p.m. is Sunday Fun Day in the Storytime Room. Families are invited to stop by and make a dream catcher.

Monday, March 14

Join Nancy for Toddler Storytime from 10:30 to 11 a.m. in the Storytime Room. Specifically planned for toddlers or young preschoolers, this program is ideal for young children with short attention spans who need short stories, fingerplays, and action rhymes.

Children can join Simba and his friends on a journey of growth during a screening of “The Lion King” from 2 to 4 p.m. in the Storytime Room. Even better, this screening is a sing-along so if you want to join in on the chorus of “Circle of Life,” you are more than welcome to do so.

Tuesday, March 15

Join Karen for Toddler Storytime from 10:30 to 11 a.m. in the Storytime Room. Specifically planned for toddlers or young preschoolers, this program is ideal for young children with short attention spans who need short stories, fingerplays, and action rhymes.

Teens, better get your game face on because we’re throwing down with Super Smash Bros for Nintendo Wii U at our Spring Break Video Game Tournament. The battle will be held from 1 to 2 p.m. in the Koza Family Teen Center. This program is for students in seventh through 12th grades.

Tweens, get ready to put your problem solving and engineering skills to work at our Totally Tweens: LEGO Robots program, which will be held from 1 to 3 p.m. in the Storytime Room. Totally Tweens programs are for students in third through sixth grades. Registration is required for this program. To register, visit calendar.icpl.org and click on the program.

Wednesday, March 16

Blank Park Zoo will visit our storytime from 10:30 to 11 a.m. in Meeting Room A for a Spring Break Special Show-and-Tell Program. Stop by to meet a zoologist, a couple of the zoo’s animals and Ruby the Reading Red Panda.

Local children’s book author Delia Ray is the featured guest at our Totally Tweens: Author Visit from 2 to 3:30 p.m. in the Storytime Room. She will give a presentation on her latest novel, “Finding Fortune,” which is recommended for third through sixth grade students. If you have your own copy of her book, Delia will autograph it. After her program, stick around to create a button craft to take home. All Totally Tweens programs are for students in third through sixth grades.

Are you ready to find out what makes you tick? Time of Your Life is the theme of this week’s Crazy 8s Math Club. Students in kindergarten through second grade will race their way through crazy stunts, “be” a clock and see if they have the winning birthday. Join us from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. in the Storytime Room.

Thursday, March 17

100 Grannies will host today’s preschool storytime from 10:30 to 11 a.m. in Meeting Room A.

Calling all teen Whovians! Come geek out about The Doctor and his companions at our annual Teen Doctor Who Day celebration from 1 to 4 p.m. in the Koza Family Teen Center. We’ll watch specially-selected episodes of the show and hold a trivia contest. This program is for students in seventh through 12th grades.

Students in third through eighth grades who love to play Minecraft are invited to our After School Minecraft program from 3 to 5 p.m. in the Computer Lab. Students can register for one hour of play at calendar.icpl.org by clicking on the date of the event. Participants should have a Minecraft account to play in multiplayer mode. Players without an account may use a library account, but these are limited and first come first serve. Otherwise, players without an account may still play in single player mode.

Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with a live performance by Dunlavin Green. Join Larry Mossman, Guy Drollinger, David Hicks, and Kathy Maxey from 7 to 8 p.m. in Meeting Room A as they perform traditional Irish music. This concert is part of the Library’s Music is the Word celebration.

Friday, March 18

Join Karen for Book Babies from 10:30 to 11 a.m. and again at 1:30 to 2 p.m. This program features rhymes, fingerplays, songs and short stories designed to stimulate an infant’s language development. We ask that there be a lap for every baby.

Saturday, March 19

Relive the experience of watching cartoons on a Saturday morning with the Library’s Retro Saturday Morning Cartoons program from 10:30 to 11 a.m. We’ll screen a lineup of Saturday morning classics from the 1980s from 10:30 to 11 a.m. Pajamas, pillows and stuffed animals are welcome – we may even have cereal for you to enjoy!

Calling all teenage adventurers! Our Saturday Dungeons and Dragons campaign will be held from 1 to 3 p.m. in the Koza Family Teen Center. Teens in grades seventh through 12th are invited to play. Never played before? No problem! Allie is there to instruct you in the dark arts.

Our Music is the Word Spring Break family Concert from 2 to 3 p.m. in Meeting Room A features Tom Pease. Tom has been entertaining families for more than 30 years, with songs that touch on a variety of themes from cultural diversity to self-esteem.

All Week

The Koza Family Teen Center will have extended School’s Out Tech Times this week. The Teen Center will be open for teens in grades seventh through 12th to use the Internet, play video games on the big screen, use iPads and laptops, or just hang out. School’s Out Teen Tech Times will be 1 to 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday; 1 to 8 p.m. Friday; and 1 to 6 p.m. Saturday.

Buy 1, Get 1 Free CD sale at The Book End, the Friends Foundation’s used bookstore located on the Library’s second floor.

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

Fired Up Bowls Ready for Pick Up

by Morgan Reeves on January 26th, 2016

fired upWe had a great time painting ceramic bowls with help from our friends at Fired Up Iowa City last Monday. A great turn out of enthusiastic artists helped make this program a success. I am amazed each year at the creative ability of our patrons. I already can’t wait until next year. In the meantime the bowls have all been glazed and fired and are now ready to be picked up at the library. Come in and ask at the Children’s Desk to claim your finished bowl.

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ICPL to Host Annual Chess Tournament Nov. 14

by Meredith Hines-Dochterman on November 5th, 2015

The Iowa City Public Library’s Totally Tweens Chess Tournament will be held from 1 to 5 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 14, in Meeting Room A at the Library, 123 S. Linn St.

A staple of the Library’s tween programming, the tournament is held in honor of Steve Young, who was active in the community’s chess population until his death in 2012.

This is a free event, available to students in third through sixth grades. Younger children may participate if they are a member of the United States Chess Federation.

Registration is required. Children can register by e-mailing Eric Vigil at evigil@gmail.com. Walk-ins may register the day of the event from noon to 12:45 p.m.

Refreshments will be provided. Participants should plan to stay for the entire afternoon.

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

Crafting in a Crunch

by Shawna Riggins on October 27th, 2015

It’s that time of year; The leaves are falling, the temperature is cooling and the days are getting shorter…It’s time to do all the crafting I put off all summer! After each holiday season I tell myself that I will start crafting early in the year to avoid late December nights where I knit blisters onto my fingers. Of course, I still haven’t learned and as of now I still have a cross stitch project to start and finish, two afghans to complete and numerous other projects that I haven’t even planned yet….

So much to do so little time!

So much to do so little time!

If you’re like me you might be looking for every opportunity to work on craft projects without becoming a social recluse for the last two months of 2015. Luckily, ICPL has several upcoming events where you can lap craft while maintaining your social life. Music is the Word: Music on Wednesdays events provide a great midweek break where you can meet a friend for lunch and tunes while you squeeze in some crafting. Join us this week to see Saul Lubraroff play his jazz saxophone. Our special Music is The Word Friday Concert on November 13th featuring Dick Watson and Eve Minkler playing piano jazz is a great opportunity for you to start your weekend off with some fun times and a chance to knit. Maybe you get to play taxi driver and give a ride to teens attending some of our teen programs in November like Way Cool Chemistry or Let’s Make Something. Meet a friend at the library, stake out a cozy spot in the library and get some crafting done while you catch up. If you don’t feel like chatting, just settle in with an audio book from our Book on CD collection or Overdrive and let the knitting continue. Knitting isn’t just for adults, though. Regardless of skill level or experience, 3-6th graders are invited to the Totally Tweens Knit-In on November 12th.wool-637104_1920

If you’re more motivated and a better planner than I am then you might already be done with your holiday crafting. Still looking for something to keep your hands busy as it gets cold and you begin spending more and more time indoors? ICPL is accepting donations of crafted items until Friday December 4 for the annual Arts and Craft Bazaar. No matter the reason ICPL can help you stay social as you craft this season. What project will you be working on at the library?

ICPL Introduces Totally Tweens LittleBits Club

by Meredith Hines-Dochterman on September 24th, 2015

The Iowa City Public Library’s Totally Tweens program has a new club for students in third through sixth grades who like to invent things.

Totally Tweens LittleBits Club will meet from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. every Thursday from October 1 through November 19 in the Storytime Room to master different design challenges using LittleBits electronic modules and craft supplies. This program is designed to increase students’ STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) and STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, the Arts and Mathematics) skills.

Registration is required for each LittleBits event. To register, visit calendar.icpl.org and click on the date you wish to attend.

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

ICPL Announces Totally Tweens Fall Lineup

by Meredith Hines-Dochterman on September 4th, 2015

The Iowa City Public Library’s Totally Tweens program has an exciting lineup of activities and programs for students in third through sixth grades.

September 10: Reading RemixTotally Tweens

3:30 to 4:30 p.m. in Meeting Room A

Have you ever wanted to change a boring story? Join us today to get creative and make some changes. Get inspired by the literary mash-up “Battle Bunny” by Jon Scieszka.

October 8: Author Visit with Sarah Prineas

3:30 to 4:30 p.m. in the Storytime Room

Local author Sarah Prineas, author of the Magic Thief series, will share insights into her writing process and advice for aspiring young writers.

October 30: Creepy Lock-In

6:30 to 9:30 p.m. in Meeting Room A

Celebrate Halloween by staying late at ICPL. Enjoy a spooky movie, snacks and more before taking over the library after it closes. Permission slips required.

November 12: Knit-In

3:30 to 4:30 p.m. in the Storytime Room

Learn some basics of knitting. We’ll provide knitting needles and yarn to get you started on a simple scarf. All skill levels welcome.

November 14: Chess Tournament

12:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. in Meeting Rooms A, B, C, D

Sign-up to compete in the library’s annual Chess Tournament. Refreshments will be provided. Registration is required by email to Eric Vigil: evigil@gmail.com.

December 10: Minute to Win It

3:30 to 4:30 p.m. in the Storytime Room

Get into the holiday spirit by playing fast and festive games with friends to win silly prizes.

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

ICPL Announces Totally Tweens Summer Lineup

by Meredith Hines-Dochterman on May 26th, 2015

The Iowa City Public Library’s Totally Tweens program has an exciting lineup of activities and programs for students in third through sixth grades as part of the Every Hero Has a Story Summer Reading Program.

Totally Tweens will meet at 2 p.m. every Tuesday in June and July, beginning June 9, in the Storytime Room, unless otherwise noted.

June 9: Literary LEGOs

Start the summer by using LEGOs to recreate scenes from your favorite books, then show off your creations in the Children’s Room display case.

June 16: Ready, Set, Draw! With Leo Kelly

What is a story? What makes a good character? Join Leo Kelly and find out how drawing can bring your heroes to life.

June 23: Marvelous Marbling

Try your hand at something new: paper marbling. Swishes of color and patterns combine to create unique works of art.

June 30: Weather Academy with Justin Gehrts

Join special guest Justin Gehrts, a meteorologist with the KCRG-TV9 Storm Team, for some fun experiments to learn how weather works and how to stay safe in storms.

July 7: Spy School

Do you have what it takes to be a spy? Join us for an hour of avoiding detection and secret messages.

July 14: Movie and Popcorn

Join us for a screening of Despicable Me 2. Watch as Gru tries to be a hero instead of a villain. We’ll provide the popcorn.

July 21: Explore Electronics

Learn how circuits work and make simple robots using littleBits, magnetic modules with no risk for electrocution.

July 28: Game Time

Tired of playing the same old games? Come and create your own using pieces from old games or ones you make yourself.

We will end the summer with a Totally Tweens Movie and Lock-In from 6 to 9 p.m. on Friday, July 31, in Meeting Room A. We’ll have games, crafts, snacks and a movie for our tween Summer Reading Program participants.

In addition to our Tuesday Totally Tweens events, Tween Minecraft Time will take place from 2 to 3 p.m. and 3 to 4 p.m. Friday, June 12, and Friday, July 17. Registration is required for Tween Minecraft Time. You can register online at calendar.icpl.org by clicking on the date of the event you wish to attend. Each participant may only register for one time slot.

Tweens should have a Minecraft account to play in multiplayer mode. Players without an account may use a library account, but these are limited and first come first serve. Otherwise players without an account may still play in single player mode.

The Iowa City Public Library Summer Reading Program will be held June 1 through Aug. 9; registration begins May 18. Patrons can either register in-person at the Library or online at srp.icpl.org.

For more information about Totally Tweens, call the Library at (319) 356-5200.