In the spirit of “paying it forward,” tomorrow I will be helping you create sweet bookmarks to leave in your favorite book on the library shelf. Hopefully this will encourage other curious book-seekers to investigate your creativity and love of the book!
I’ll have lots of craft materials freely available, plus ideas and inspiration to get you started. Love The Hunger Games? Make a bookmark version of Katniss’s bow and arrows! Or a croissant from Peeta’s bakery! Or a hive of trackerjackers! Or maybe zombies are more your speed? Creepy zombie arms reaching from the top of the book would definitely catch somebody’s attention.
Stop by Meeting Room B from 2:00-3:00 PM!
Back by popular demand, we will be creating some totally crazy duct tape stuff on Tuesday, June 4 from 2:00-3:00 PM in Meeting Room B.
All materials are provided: I’ll have grommets, clasps, and earring hardware to make bags and jewelry, as well as cardboard and fabric to make bags or purses. Of course, there will be LOTS of SUPER SWEET duct tape, so the sky is the limit!
I mean, somebody made a duct tape Mount Rushmore. And the Stuck at Prom scholarship will award you a $5,000 scholarship if you make a super sweet duct tape prom dress. It’s totally worth stopping by the library to learn and share some duct tape skills!
Interested in expressing yourself through poetry, spoken word, or rap?
Register now to participate in a performance master class from 3 – 5 pm on Saturday, April 27th at the Iowa City Public Library, followed by food and a 5:30 pm performance where you’ll take the stage and perform your work alongside amazing spoken word artists! Space is very limited, so register NOW!
I’ll admit, I know almost nothing about manga/anime. But I am TOTALLY behind the new trend out of Japan: using a digital camera to create cool faux Kamehameha photos (a la Dragon Ball). So simple, so awesome! I would love to see some examples from Iowa City fans!
Check out more sweet pics at Comics Alliance and Kotaku.
And seriously, if you take your own faux Kamehameha picture, send it to teens (at) icpl (dot) org. You might just see your picture featured here!
Yes, you read that title correctly: Someone made a kayak out of PVC and duct tape. That someone is a 9th grader at West High, and his duct tape kayak made the front page of Instructables! Check it out! He’s much braver than me…
Attention 7th and 8th graders!
The One Book Two Book children’s literature festival and the Iowa Young Writer’s Project are teaming up to host the Jr. High Writing Jam on Saturday, January 12 from 11:30-1:00 PM at the pedestrian mall location of Capanna Coffee and Gelato. You must be in 7th or 8th grade to participate.
The writing jam itself sounds like lots of fun: free Wedge pizza for registered participants, hanging out with other aspiring writers, and listening to their sweet stories and poems in an open-mic format. Plus, first place winners will be awarded ”two free tickets (for the student and one guest) to the Once Upon a Time dinner on Friday, January 11; be acknowledged at the dinner, the Writing Jam! and throughout the festival weekend; and be interviewed and videotaped (with permission) for our On the Fly author series. The interviews, along with the winning stories, will be posted on the City of Literature website.”
Fame, glory, pizza…what’s not to like? Head over to their website to register and learn more!
The sounds of ripping, cutting, and sticking were familiar sounds in the Computer Lab this month. The library has lots of resources for duct tape designs, and using some of the books below, we created lunch bags, headbands, flowers, a tool belt, and, of course, wallets. With so many different colors, patterns, and designs to choose from, crafters could really get creative: why use a pattern when you could make it better, or something totally original?
Of course, there was also some crochet/amigurumi-ing going on. We learned that it takes some practice, but looping yarn together to make a cute little pocket friend is totally worth it. Crochet isn’t just for lace-y scarves anymore!
If you’re interested in making something for fun, for yourself, or for a friend, stop by the Computer Lab between 1-4 PM every first and third Saturday of the month.
Want to know where to find some sweet duct tape instructions? Try these books below, found in the ICPL nonfiction collection on the 2nd floor.
Crazy Cool Duct Tape Projects by Marisa Pawelko (745.5 Pawelko)
The Duct Tape Book by Jolie Dobson (745.5 Dobson)
Stick It! 99 D.I.Y. Duct Tape Projects by T.L. Bonaddio (745.5 Bonaddio)