UD Libraries Minecraft Teens server is up and running!

Attention Minecraft fans! The Upper Darby Libraries have just started up a Minecraft server! If you have the PC edition of Minecraft and you're in grades 6 to 12, you are welcome to join! All you need to do is sign a paper saying you've read the rules, and give us your name to whitelist you in. After that you can can log in anytime by selecting "multiplayer" in Minecraft and going to this address:

Right now it's looking a bit empty, with just a lobby and a few portals leading to the main survival world and to a world used for taking resources. Hopefully we can get a nice community going on shortly! If you want more information, the UD Libraries website has a page about the server at udlibraries.org/teen/minecraft, or you can email me if you have questions!

the UD Libraries lobby

Frozen sing-along at Sellers Library!

On Friday April 11 we had a movie night at the library! 18 teens showed up to watch Frozen, the new animated movie from Disney. We played the movie with the subtitles on so that we could sing along with the movie. There were snowman building kits made from pretzel sticks, orange slices chocolate chips and different sized marshmallows, held together with some vanilla frosting! I'd also come across some tiny bottles of bubbles and invited people to blow them during the song "Let It Go", or just anytime they wanted!  I'd seen Frozen once before, but I think watching it like this with a large crowd made for a way better experience! If you missed this movie night, our next one will be May 30th from 5:00 to 8:00 when we'll be watching Catching Fire!


Table Top Gaming @ Sellers Library

Last week we had 11 teens show up to play various table top games, from classics like Connect 4 and Uno (and seriously, I'd never seen an Uno game go on as long as this one did!) to newer stuff like Castle Panic and Zombie Dice. I played Castle Panic with a small group, and while we made it quite far, our castle was eventually destroyed by the incoming horde of monsters. I think next time we'll try playing on the "less panic" rule set, our castle has been destroyed so many times! One new addition to the gaming lineup was "Life of George", a Lego game that's an iPad/real world hybrid game. You're given an image to build, then when you've built it you use the iPad camera and the game grades you on how close you came and how fast you built it. 1 to 4 players can play!

I'm often asked about when the next table top event will be, so I'm thinking that starting shortly we'll be making table top a regular monthly event. I'll have more on this soon, so be sure to check back!

Our selection of games!

Castle Panic and Connect 4 craziness!

Right as the Jenga tower fell!

They wanted to do a posed one too.


Pokemon Night X and Y tournament!

Last Friday 16 teens showed up to play some Pokemon from 6 to 8! Mary showed up as Sylveon and Devon came as Infernape! We played doubles battles with a team of 6 Pokemon. There were four rounds of Swiss pairings to decide the single elimination bracket. There was some heavy competition and a good deal of (friendly) smack-talking! In the end, Phillip took the tournament, winning a $15 Gamestop gift card! In addition to the 3DS battles going on, there was some Pokemon anime being projected on the big screen, a Wii with the 4-player Pokemon Rumble playing, and an N64 with Pokemon Snap (one of my favorite Pokemon games. SEQUEL PLEASE!) and the 4-player Pokemon Stadium.

Pokemon tournaments are always a good time, and I look forward to hosting another one shortly. Thanks to everyone that came!

Infernape and Sylveon!

lots of snacking and Pokemon playing!

Taking a break from the tournament to play some console Pokemon

The single elimination bracket

A poster with all 721+ Pokemon makes for a good "Where's Waldo"-style challenge

Sylveon and Professor Oak

some new books for the week of 3/23/2014!

A few new books this week to check out!

  • Twilight by Stephenie Meyer (replacement)
  • Blood Red Horse by K.M. Grant
  • The Missing Semester by Matt Kabala and Gene Natali Jr.
  • The Early Investor by Michael W Zisa
  • Not Another Teen Knitting Book by Vickie Howell
  • The Night Wanderer by Drew Hayden Taylor and Michael Wyatt


Random-A-Thon 2014!!

Last Saturday we had our annual Random-A-Thon fundraiser! 11 teens showed up for the event, which required a minimum donation of $10 to enter. Almost everyone stayed for the entire program, which ran from 10 to 3! We started things off with some Dance Dance Revolution by hooking up the Xbox 1 (like, an original Xbox, not the Xbox One!) to a projector. The tables were set up with duct tape crafts, with a few iPads set to YouTube pages of duct tape instructions to follow along with. Although it didn't take long for some of the iPads to be hijacked for playing some Spaceteam on them, which is a riot to watch four people play at the same time.

After DDR we used the projector for a trivia game where everyone had to test their knowledge on a variety of topics such as "name that cheese", "2013", "celebrity yearbook photos" and "candy". Afterwards we broke for lunch where you could make your own peanut butter and jelly (or marshmallow fluff) sandwiches or get a Cup Noodles. During lunch there was Rock Band playing in the other room, then we brought out the Connect 4 for a short tournament where Alex was undefeated. We ended things with some Super Smash Bros and Mario Kart.

I'm still waiting for some people to hand in their fundraising packets, so I'll update again when there's a final tally, but right now I think we're at around $350! The person who raises the most will get a prize as a way of saying thank you. Overall it was a great way to spend a Saturday at the library!

trivia time!

starting the day with DDR

Chess on one side of the table, Spaceteam on the other


New books for the week of 2/23/2014

Here's a list of new books this week, including a new one by Laurie Halse Anderson, the entire Shatter Me trilogy, and a couple of cool new graphic novels!

  • Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi (book 1 of the Shatter Me trilogy)
  • Unravel Me by Tahereh Mafi (book 2 of the Shatter Me trilogy)
  • Ignite Me by Tahereh Mafi (book 3 of the Shatter Me trilogy)
  • The Impossible Knife of Memory by Laurie Halse Anderson
  • Living With Jackie Chan by Jo Knowles
  • Three by Kristen Simmons (an Article 5 book)
  • Sex & Violence by Carrie Mesrobian
  • Starglass by Phoebe North
  • OCD Love Story by Corey Ann Haydu
  • Heck by Zander Cannon
  • Johnny Hiro: The Skills to Pay the Bills by Fred Chao
  • Young Avengers by Kieron Gillen and Jamie McKelvie
  • Jane, the Fox & Me by Fanny Britt and Isabelle Arsenault 


Blackout Poetry was fun!

I am officially blaming all these snow days we've had as why I've not posted up about the blackout poetry event we had two Wednesdays ago. That's my story and I'm sticking to it! Anyway! We had six teens show up to make some blackout poetry crafts! We had on hand old mangas, discarded books and a ton of old magazines to go through, tear up, and scribble over to make new poems from old blocks of text. And in typical fashion, I had my phone in my pocket and forgot to take a single picture! Ah! Well, here's an example I made shortly before the event, at any rate. We had coffee cans and wooden picture frames to decoupage the poems onto! 

Everyone seemed to enjoy the laid-back nature of blackout poetry, and we all chatted while we made poems. I also had my iPod playing for some background noise, and made sure to apologize for my eclectic taste in music that I was subjecting them to. We've got the Random-A-Thon fundraiser coming up this Saturday, and I'll have supplies on hand to make more blackout poetry as well as a ton of other things!

Random-A-Thon and other upcoming programs!

Our big fundraiser for Sellers Library teen programs, the Random-A-Thon, is just a week away! Next Saturday from 10 to 3 we'll be hosting all sorts of events, from anime to Connect 4, from papercrafts to Super Smash Bros, there's something for everyone to check out! It's a $10 minimum donation to enter.

On Wednesday, March 5, we'll be doing temporary tattoo crafts at 3:30. I'll have some designs on hand for anyone to use, such as the Deathly Hallows symbol and the Hunger Games Mockingjay, but you're welcome to bring in your own or just freehand it if you're feeling brave!

On Wednesday, March 12 we'll be making 6-second book trailers for Teen Tech Week! We'll have some iPads on hand to use, or if you've got a Vine-enabled device you can use that too. We'll plan out and make some 6-second book trailers, then at the end we'll show them on the projector for a mini-marathon! Come with a book in mind, and if you have any props you'd like to use, feel free to bring them too.

March 19th is the third Wednesday of the month, and that means it's the Anime Club! Each month we vote on a title to watch while we hang out and talk manga, anime and anything else!

Pokemon Night will be Friday, March 21 from 6 to 8. We'll be having a tournament for the X and Y Pokemon games, as well as free play on older console Pokemon titles. Come in costume for a chance at a prize!

March 26 will be the Tabletop Gaming event, a personal favorite of mine, where for two hours we'll be offering a ton of board games to choose from! From classics to new titles, we'll have a little of everything. You're welcome to bring your own games as well!

I hope to see lots of you at all these upcoming events! And if you're around Saturday, make sure to stop by the Random-A-Thon fundraiser, which helps us raise money to do all these teen programs!


A few new titles

Just a few new titles added recently that I wanted to bring to your attention!

  • The Rule of Three by Eric Walters
  • Dragon Ball by Akira Toriyama (3-in-1 of vols. 7-9)
  • The Property by Rutu Modan


Upcoming Winter programs!

Winter schedule brochures are available to grab here at the library, but here's some of the upcoming events:

The next three dates for Anime Club are Wed, Jan 29, Feb 19, and March 19 from 3:30 to 5:00. Come in and vote on an anime show to watch, enjoy some snacks and hang out with teens who share your interests!

Next Friday, January 31, join us at the library for a screening of Pixar's Monsters University at 4:00!

We'll be having a trivia contest on Wednesday, February 5 from 4 to 5. Come in and have fun competing for fun and prizes! 

On Wednesday, February 12 we'll be making blackout poetry by taking old books, magazines, newspapers and anything else we can find and marking them up to make new passages! 

Anime Club and our movie are drop-in, but registration is now open at the library for Teen Trivia Day and Blackout Poetry!


Lots of new titles for the week of 1/12/2014!

Another week with lots of new releases. Come check some stuff out before these shelves burst!

  • The Dream Thieves by Maggie Stiefvater (book 2 of The Raven Cycle)
  • To Be Or Not To Be: a choosable-path adventure by Ryan North
  • Teeth by Hannah Moskowitz
  • Scorpion Shards by Neal Shusterman (book 1 of The Star Shards Chronicles)
  • Thief of Souls by Neal Shusterman (book 2 of The Star Shards Chronicles)
  • Shattered Sky by Neal Shusterman (book 3 of The Star Shards Chronicles)
  • Hollow City  by Ransom Riggs (book 2 of Miss Peregrine's Peculiar Children)
  • Frozen by Melissa De La Cruz (book 1 of Heart of Dread)
  • Guinness World Records 2014 Gamer's Edition
  • Drawing Words and Writing Pictures by Jessica Abel & Matt Maddden
  • S.E.X. the all-you-need-to-know progressive sexuality guide to get you through high school and college by Heather Corinna
  • YOU: The Owner's Manual for Teens by Michael F. Roizen, Mehmet C. Oz and Ellen Rome
  • Start It Up: the complete teen business guide to turning your passions into pay by Kenrya Rankin
  • How to Draw Hip Hop by Damion Scott and Kris Ex
  • Johnny Hiro {Half Asian, All Hero} by Fred Chao
  • Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles by Kevin Eastman, Tom Waltz, Dan Duncan (vol. 1 & 5)
  • Bad Houses by Sara Ryan and Carla Speed McNeil
  • Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind by Hayao Miyazaki (vol. 1)
  • Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Secret History of the Foot Clan by Mateus Santolouco and Erik Burnham
  • Battling Boy by Paul Pope
  • Champion by Marie Lu (book 3 of Legend trilogy). Read by Steven Kaplan and Mariel Stern
  • The Fiery Heart by Richelle Mead (a Bloodlines novel). Read by Emily Shaffer