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Introducing eMagazines for Kids on Zinio

by Morgan Reeves on May 24th, 2016

Zinio, the eMagazine service, keeps getting better and better. First, it became even easier to access all of your favorite magazines online–you just need to log in once. Now, the service has added new titles, this time for children of all ages. I’ve put together a handy guide for ages and interests.

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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.

The Goblin’s Puzzle by Andrew S. Chilton

by Morgan Reeves on February 29th, 2016
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Diversity in middle grade fantasy is hard to come by, particularly high fantasy featuring dragons, goblins, princesses, and kings. The Goblin’s Puzzle by Andrew S. Chilton provides all of these, as well as a good dose of humor and plenty of logic puzzles.

A dark-skinned slave boy with no name finds himself suddenly free, and for the first time in his life able to choose how to live his life. His choice to free a similarly enslaved goblin may provide him with more adventure than he bargained for, as goblins are notoriously tricky creatures. When the goblin tells him that it was not the boy’s fate to be a slave, he sets off to find his true destiny. With the goblin in tow, he learns many things along they way, including how to catch bats with a sling.

At the same time, a dragon has kidnapped Plain Alice, a case of mistaken identity, as he meant to capture Princess Alice. As the dragon goes off to rectify his mistake, Plain Alice begins doing what she does best, thinking. The soon-to-be-captured Princess Alice is at the center of a royal mess, as her father is trying to make her his heir to skip over the obviously evil Duke Geoffrey. To pay for the costly process, Princess Alice is to be married to a suitably wealthy person, to be decided upon by everyone but Princess Alice. All of these plans go literally out the window when Princess Alice is captured by the dragon. If ever there was a need for a nameless hero in search of his destiny, it is here in the Kingdom of West Stanhope.

The boy volunteers to rescue both Alices, though finds he needs their help just as often as they need his. The multiple threads of the story are finally and carefully woven together in a rooftop duel, a royal declaration, and one last trick from the goblin. In another rarity in recent middle grade fantasy, the story ends without a cliff-hanger to lead us to a sequel. Final word: A fantastic, thought-provoking, stand-alone fantasy adventure.

ICPL Hosts Animation Workshop for Students

by Meredith Hines-Dochterman on May 28th, 2015

Professional animator Ben Rosales will lead an Animation Workshop for students in fifth- through 12th-grades Saturday, June 6, at the Iowa City Public Library.

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Ben Rosales

Rosales is a professional animator whose resume includes Open Season 3. He also is an animation instructor.

During his workshop about computer animation, students will learn about the programs they can use to create great animated works. Any student interested in animation should attend to learn about principles and techniques from an industry pro.

This program will be held from noon to 2 p.m. Saturday, June 6, in the Computer Lab on the Library’s second floor.

For more information, contact 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.

ICPL celebrates National Poetry Month

by Meredith Hines-Dochterman on March 24th, 2015

The Iowa City Public Library received funding from Humanities Iowa, a private, non-profit state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities, to host a presentation called Landscape Iowa: Poems of James Hearst at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, April 8. A cultural resource for Iowans since 1971, Humanities Iowa offers many cultural and historical programs and grants to Iowa’s communities.

This program, during which Dr. Scott Cawelti will explore the life and poetry of Iowa farmer-poet James Hearst through song, is one of several programs the Library has planned for National Poetry Month in April.

The Library will host a Totally Tweens: Poetry Workshop from 2 to 4 p.m. on Saturday, April 11, in Meeting Room A. Tweens in grades third through sixth 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 the last 15 minutes of the workshop; parents and guardians may attend.

The program is free to attend, but registration is required. To register, visit http://calendar.icpl.org/view.php?did=31093; call (319) 356-5200; or stop by the Children’s Room desk.

Our Poetry Month Open Mic Night will be held at 7 p.m. on Monday, April 13, in Meeting Room A. Stop by to share your favorite poem penned by you or another poet, or simply show up to hear other people read. There is a five minute limit per reader.

Reading Aloud, the Iowa City/Johnson County Senior Center’s poetry group, will present poetry readings about places from noon to 1 p.m. Tuesday, April 28, in Meeting Room A. This event is co-sponsored by the Iowa City/Johnson County Senior Center.

Finally, be sure to visit our collection of poetry books on the Library’s second floor and try your hand at crafting your own on our super-sized Magnetic Poetry display, also located on the second floor.

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

Tween Minecraft at ICPL

by Meredith Hines-Dochterman on December 30th, 2014

The Iowa City Public Library is pleased to announce the continuation of its Tween Minecraft program the first Monday of the month in the Computer Lab.

Tween Minecraft Time is held from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. and 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. on the first Monday of the month January through May (Jan. 4; Feb. 1; March 7; April 4; and May 2). Participants in grades third through sixth are welcome to play for an hour at the Library. They can build peacefully in creative mode or fight to stay alive in survival mode.

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 need to 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.

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

The Misadventures of the Family Fletcher by Dana Levy

by Morgan Reeves on November 29th, 2014
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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.

ICPL Announces Tweens on Tuesday Summer Program

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.Tuesday

“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.

ICPL to Host Tween Minecraft on March 19

by Meredith Hines-Dochterman on March 12th, 2014

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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.




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