Posts Tagged ‘Anime Club’

Anime Club @ Fairmount St. Library

November 3, 2008

Yeah, we’ll probably talk about cool anime films.  Yeah, we’ll probably recap the Teen Anime Fest.  Yeah, we’ll probably discuss your favorite graphic novels.  Yeah, I’m probably going to make you participate in one of those dorky/superfun icebreaker games.  Yeah, we’ll probably watch a couple of episodes of a popular anime series.  Yeah, it’s probably gonna be the same old stuff and the same people. 

Oh wait.

We’re going to make awesome key chains with your favorite anime characters on them!  That’s right!  How could I forget?  Just exactly how are we going to do that, you ask?  Well, you’ll have to come and find out for yourself.  The action begins around 5:30 at the Fairmount St. Library.  Hope you can make it to Anime Club tomorrow night!


Get Your Game On Featured Player: ‘Da Man

October 23, 2008

This week we’re featuring Marcus because he’s ‘Da Man.  Seriously.  Marcus is our most dedicated teen patron.  He is an active participant at nearly every teen program.  Whether it’s Anime Club, Get Your Game On, Teen Tech Lab, or any of the summer programs…Marcus is there.  He was the only one who showed up for the Teen Read-In this year and had no problem immersing himself in a graphic novel while chillin’ in the YA section of the library.  We can always always count on him to give us good programming advice and great suggestions for our circulating collection.  Marcus is a curious guy who’s not afraid to try new things.  When last year’s Film Fest came around he gave it a go, even though it was a completely new endeavor for him.  He ended up with a cool little film and even won best director.  That’s pretty impressive considering the group of 5 teens that started the project with him bailed out early on.  But he stuck to it and pulled it off.  We’ll definitely want to check in on Marcus in 20 years and see where all his drive and dedication has taken him.

His dream job:  “A mixture of a professional viola player and a chef.  Maybe a graphic novelist.”   

Favorite videogames:  “Hmmmmm, I got two, Dragon Ball Z Budokai Tenkaichi 3 and Naruto Ultimate Ninja 3.”

Favorite read:  “Right now, it’s Rosario + Vampire.”

Words of wisdom for the week:  “If you like anime, like really really much, check out  You can watch episodes or catch up on series you missed.  And check out the newest graphic novels that’ll be coming out and where you can find them.  It’s cool.”

Favorite thing about the library:  “The teens and graphic novels and the librarians.”

What he would change about the library:  “The teen space…make it like bigger…and more like where only teens can come in…more graphic novels and maybe add a computer for teen use, only where you don’t even need a library card to use it.”

A huge thanks to Marcus for coming to the library so much and contributing to all the good times.  Everyone always says Marcus is really quiet and shy, yet, at the library we don’t see that side of him.  Does this look like a quiet shy guy to you???

Anime Fest 2008: Cosplay Participants

October 21, 2008

It’s time to feature the cosplay portion of last Saturday’s Teen Anime Fest which was hosted by the Quad City Public Libraries and the Figge Art Museum.  First up we have cosplay designer and workshop instructor, Jenna.  She was kind enough to offer up her experience and fascinating expertise when it comes to all things cosplay.  Jenna provided her audience with great instructions on mask making, sewing skills, costume design, and practical tips for cosplaying in general.  A huge thank you goes out to Jenna for her enthusiastic presentation, as well as bringing in some of her spectacular creations to pass around.  Jenna attends high school in Bettendorf and got started making masks thanks to a knowledgeable and inspiring art teacher. 

After the cosplay workshop, supplies such as furry material, foam sheets, felt, socks, gloves, buttons and glue guns were provided for teens to go wild with.  A few made furry gloves with claws and this next picture shows a teen participant who was able to finish his creation in time to parade it through the cosplay fashion show.  Nice work.

After the cosplay fashion show it was time to choose the winners.  Yet, it wasn’t as easy as you might think.  With over 30 teens participating in the cosplay event we ended up seeing more than a few stellar ensembles.  In order to determine the winner of the Teens’ Choice Award we decided that it would be best to let the audience clap for their favorites and whoever received the loudest applause would win.  Well, we narrowed it down to two finalists and had to have a clap-off to try and determine the real winner.  Turns out that even the tie breaker was too close to call.  So, instead of giving out a Teens’ Choice Award and a Librarians’ Choice Award, we spontaneously went with two Teens’ Choice Awards.  Too fun!  Enjoy these pics of the winners who each received $25 gift cards to Hobby Lobby.  Thanks to everyone for participating.

In the top picture, one award winner is the teen on the left with the freshly dyed green hair.  Mello Peterson did a spot on cosplay of Saria from Legend of Zelda.  In the bottom picture, the other award winner is the girl crouching in front.  She left before we could get her name :(  Congratulations to the winners!!

Anime Fest 2008: Art Contest Winners

October 20, 2008

The Teen Anime Fest at the Figge was such a great time!  Thanks to those of you who were able to make it to the event on Saturday.  Over 100 people showed up and nearly all of them were teens.  The partnership between the Quad City Public Libraries and the Figge Art Museum was a perfect match for the many teen anime and manga lovers in the area.  They sure seemed to enjoy themselves.  We had 67 art submissions on display for the Manga Art Show.  Way to go teens!!  You all did a really fantastic job! 

We decided to break the art contest up into two age brackets, 12-14 yr. olds & 15-18 yr. olds.  Local professional artist, Heidi Hernandez, judged the contest and selected one grand prize winner in each age group.  They were then awarded $25 gift cards to Hobby Lobby.  Five honorable mentions were also chosen in each age group and recipients of those received a tasty Pocky prize.  Also, all of the artists were awarded an official certificate of artistic excellence for participating in the contest.  Following are pictures of the winning artwork:

Age Division: 12-14

Best In Show:  Portrait of A Boy – Clayton Summers

Honorable Mention:  Goddess – Emily Stogdill

Honorable Mention:  Yin & Yang – Casey Albee

Honorable Mention:  Flawed Design – Deme Echelbarger

Honorable Mention:  Kawii Kitty Twins – Bailey Hager

Honorable Mention:  Dream Wielder – Jacob Joslyn

Age Division 15-18

Best In Show:  Guardian – Christopher Mbakwe

Honorable Mention:  Yuki – Mimzy Storm

Honorable Mention:  The Gang’s All Here – Ruth Sanders

Honorable Mention:  Mamimi – Jacob Burns

Honorable Mention:  Dangerous Beauty – Sari Moore

Honorable Mention:  Believe – Basilia Koster

Stay tuned to tomorrow’s post when we revisit the cosplay portions of the Anime Fest.  Again, great job everyone!  Don’t forget to pick up your artwork at the library that you submitted it to.  Special thanks to local artist, Heidi Hernandez, and, of course, the Figge Art Museum for hosting the event…thank you!

Anime Matinees

June 5, 2008

Tomorrow is our first Anime Matinee of the summer.  Showtime is at 2:00 at the Fairmount St. Library.  We will have free popcorn for everyone to munch on.  Also, the Teen Volunteer Council will have drinks for sale, so be sure to scrounge around under those couch cushions for some spare change.  See ya!

Howl’s Moving Castle

June 4, 2008

Howl’s Moving Castle (Hauru no ugoku shiro), nominated for the Oscar for Best Animated Feature Film of the Year, is an anime by the legendary Hayao Miyazaki. With a loveable cast of characters full of magic and mystery, the anime follows Sophie Hatter, a young woman who, day after day, dutifully works in her mother’s hat shop. One day she is cursed by the wicked Witch of the Waste. The witch turns Sophie into an old woman. Because of this, Sophie decides that she must leave her mother’s shop to live on her own. On the way, she runs into the moving castle of the notorious wizard, Howl. She goes inside and immediately makes herself at home. The cast of characters work together to move past the curses they are under and, ultimately (as it should be), the good guys win.  -aubreydawn

Attention Anime Fans!!

May 17, 2008


Death Note the Movie will be shown May 20th and 21st at the Showcase Cinemas on 53rd St. in Davenport.  Viewings start at 7:30 pm.  For more info you can call the Showcase Theaters at 563-441-0242.  The Death Note series is reeeeally popular among DPL’s Anime Club members.  If you’ve never seen the movie, don’t miss this rare chance.  Plus, you can write a review and post it on the blog.  Be sure to check out the newest manga titles and anime flicks we’ve added to our collection.  As always, if you think we’re lacking certain titles, let us know what you’d like to see on the shelves.  We’re always looking for input from our teen patrons.  After all, it’s your library, too.�