by Morgan Reeves on November 29th, 2014
Two dads, four boys, one dog, one cat, and one invisible cheetah. The Family Fletcher is preparing for a new school year, the first school year where all four of the very different boys will be in school. The Misadventures of the Family Fletcher by Dana Levy follows this unique, and at the same time totally normal, family throughout the year as they deal with their individual problems. Twelve year-old Sam is a soccer player, a cool kid looked up to as the example for his younger brothers. Can he transfer his talent for storytelling into a part in the school play, and more importantly still be cool? 10 year-old Jax thinks Sam is the coolest, and wants to be accepted as part of the same crowd, now that he’s in the same school building. But with a changing friendship and a school project hanging over his head, Jax might end up more behind than ever. Eli, also 10 (but a couple of months younger), is starting a new, expensive, academically minded school, trading familiar faces for scholarly challenges. When his new school turns out to be less amazing than he had hoped, he struggles with the his ability to admit he made a mistake. Six year-old Froggie (not Jeremiah) is excited to start kindergarten with Flare, his invisible cheetah. His biggest problems are asking for kittens, turtles and convincing his family that his new friend Ladybug is real girl.
Even with all of their individual issues to work through, the whole family comes together for the biggest Halloween party ever, camping trips, and convincing their grumpy neighbor Mr. Nelson that they mean no harm. With loving support from both Papa and Dad (who have some misadventures of their own), the Fletchers work together to overcome all obstacles that come their way. This is a fun romp that just happens to have a diverse family at the heart of it.
by Meredith Hines-Dochterman on June 3rd, 2014
Tweens, are you looking for something fun to do this summer? The Iowa City Public Library has you covered.
Tweens on Tuesday is a special program geared specifically to students in third through sixth grades. Held every Tuesday as part of the Summer Reading Program, Tweens on Tuesday promotes fun and learning for elementary students in the “in between” ages of summer programming.
“We have a great lineup of summer activities, but some of the programs can feel a bit too young for older elementary students,” Children’s Librarian Katherine Habley says. “At the same time, these kids aren’t old enough for the Teen Summer Reading Program. Rather than have them feel left out, we decided to design a program specifically for them.”
Starting June 10 and continuing through July 29, each Tweens on Tuesday activity will be held in the Storytime Room beginning at 2 p.m. The following is a list of all Tweens on Tuesday events:
- June 10: Hawk Eyes on Science — The zany scientists from the U of I department of Physics and Astronomy return with knock-your-socks off experiments with lasers, electricity, and 3D wonders.
- June 17: Tween Yoga – Practice yoga with Dana Robinson of Sweet Feet Yoga.
- June 24: Dangerous Decibels — This fun and interactive program will teach you about sound, how we hear, how we can damage our hearing, and how to prevent hearing loss.
- July 1: Movie and Popcorn – Come to the Library for a special screening of “The Lego Movie.”
- July 8: Altered Book Art – Join us as we get creative with books.
- July 15: Lego Robots – Is there anything Legos can’t do?
- July 22: Terrariums – Ever wanted to make your own terrarium? Mari will show you how!
- July 29: Healthy Treats with Cathy Gehris – Everyone loves snacks, but not all treats are good for you. Join Cathy to learn more about choosing healthy treats that taste great and will keep you moving!
For more information, call the Library at (319) 356-5200.
by Meredith Hines-Dochterman on March 12th, 2014
Hey tweens! Do you play Minecraft? Do you want to meet other Minecraft players?
The Iowa City Public Library will host a Tween Minecraft event from 3 to 5 p.m. Wednesday, March 19, in the Computer Lab. This program is for students in third through sixth-grades. Participants don’t have to be an expert Minecraft player to join the fun. New players are welcome, too.
“The Library already has a Minecraft program for teens, but it’s a popular game for kids of all ages,” Children’s Librarian Morgan Reeves says. “We’re excited to have a program specifically for younger Minecraft players.”
Participants should have a Minecraft account a password prior to the program. A limited number of Library accounts will be available for individuals without an account.
Tween Minecraft Time is a free event. For more information, call the Library at (319) 887-3400.