And here’s a cool quote to think about, if you’re gearing up to enter the contest next year:
“What was true about Iowa for Paul Engle at the beginning of the twentieth‐century is true now, at the dawn of a new millennium: we are surrounded by a vivid tapestry of sight and sound and smell that, if you pay attention to it, will not only enrich your experience, it will enlighten your mind.”
Whether you’ve got an old acoustic gathering dust in the corner, or you just broke your strings from rocking so hard, pick it up and contribute to The Crisis Center of Johnson County (or the HACAP Food Reservoir in Hiawatha, if you stop by the Marion location). Head to either West Music location between 10 AM and 8 PM on Wednesday, January 30 and bring either four canned good or non-perishable food items or a $5 donation. Only one 6-string acoustic steel-string guitar or one 6-string electric guitar per customer, and the offer only lasts as long as the supply.
With Anime/Manga Festival 2013 just around the corner, now would be a great time to get into anime. We have a nice selection here at the library, but really, there are tons of (often free!) offerings through streaming video websites.
Kellie Foxx-Gonzalez, a blogger at The Mary Sue, compiled a great list of easily accessible anime films: all can be found on either Hulu or Netflix (and sometimes both). She writes, “Getting into anime, let alone keeping up with it, can be quite difficult in the United States — much of the good stuff isn’t aired on cable, it takes dedication to keep up with fansubs [subtitles inserted by fans, for fans; not professionally translated], and it’s often hard to weed out the good, women-friendly titles from the hypersexualized harem anime.” Kellie cuts through the chaotic culture of anime and suggests such titles as Ouran High School Host Club and Kino’s Journey.
So, click through the list, find a couple titles you’re intrigued by, and give anime a try.
Don’t forget to stop by today and watch “Elf” from 1-3:00 PM in the Computer Lab on the second floor of the library. I’ll be hanging out and making Christmas ornaments during the movie; feel free to join me. Don’t be a cotton-headed ninny-muggins!
There’s been a lot of excitement around this Batman business, huh? Well, the library is showing several animated Batman films on Saturday in Meeting Room A (check out the links below for more information on IMDB):
Zine Library Day, Saturday July 21, 12:00-6:00 PM, Wesley Center, 120 N. Dubuque St., Iowa City. Also, there’s a pretty neat exhibit at the Wesley Center this Saturday on zines. Their article says, “To celebrate Zine Library Day, come down to psz downstairs at 120 N. Dubuque on July 21 between noon and 6pm. There will be a pop-up zine library, materials to make your own zines, and snacks, of course. At 6, we will parade the three blocks to Public Space One to use their copier. You can RSVP on Facebook.” Sounds like lots of fun (and free food!).
School’s out! Hooray! Let’s see what’s going on the first weekend of summer vacation!
Children’s Day and Summer Reading Program Registration, on City Plaza, Sunday, June 3, Noon – 4 p.m. Head down to the Ped Mall and register for the 2012 Summer Reading Program: Own the Night. Stop by the registration booth and sign up for an entry form and a chance to win a Nook Tablet, gift certificates to Prairie Lights, iTunes, or the movie theater at the end of the summer! You’re going to be reading anyway, right? Well register and pick up a form, and maybe you’ll be reading on a new ereader!
And don’t forget to attend the Teen programming events this summer, starting with a concert with UAY featuring local bands Tuesday, June 5 from 7:00-9:00 p.m.
Also, the summer schedule for Teen Tech Zone starts on Friday, so stop by between 1-4 p.m. Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays and say hello!
My name is Jose and I’m the new intern at ICPL. Over the next year I’ll be helping out during Teen Tech Zone, TAG meetings, and other library events. Hit me up, leave a comment, stop by and say hi during TTZ. I’m looking forward to meeting each and every one of you.