More new graphic novels!

Continuing from last week, here's more of the new graphic novels that have been added to the teen collection! You can click the link in the descriptions to go to the library listing of the book if you'd like to put a hold on it!

When Roxas disappeared, Sora awakened from his deep slumber along with his allies, Donald and Goofy. Now the trio continues their mission to save the worlds from the forces of darkness and to find King Mickey and Sora's best friend Riku. But this time a new menace to the peace of Kingdom Hearts bears down on Sora and his friends--the Nobodies and Organization XIII.


New titles!!

There are going to be lots of additions in the coming weeks, so let's get started on what's new at the library! Also, I'm changing up the format here to give a little more information on each title. In addition to the title and author, each entry will have a book cover, and a link to the library copy on our website! Let me know what you think of the changes!


In 1891, in a world transformed by 1799's Great Disruption--when all of the continents were flung into different time periods--thirteen-year-old Sophia Tims and her friend Theo go in search of Sophia's uncle, Shadrack Elli, Boston's foremost cartologer, who has been kidnapped.


Pics from our Shrinky Dinks art @ Municipal!

Yesterday we had 13 teen show up to make Shrinky Dink art! While Shrinky Dinks seem to be making a comeback, there are still a lot of people who don't know what they are. They're a thin, papery-like plastic that you can draw and color on, that when baked become about 50% smaller and get thicker and harder, like a plastic charm. Some people traced over pictures I'd brought in, others traced over drawings that they had made, and others just drew freehand! Below are some of the results!


It's Computer Science Education Week!

This week is Computer Science Education Week! Challenge yourself at some point this week to write an Hour of Code, even if you've never done it before! I'll be posting some links to stuff for beginners to try their hand at coding, so check back soon! If you do any coding this week, tell us about it!

Code.org has lots of great tutorials for beginners looking to try their hand at coding! The link below lets you create a Flappy Bird clone! This lets you move simple blocks of code around to change how the game plays on the fly over ten different steps. You can eventually change things like speed, sound effects, graphics and the score system, then share it online! A great challenge for beginners! (The site is getting slammed right now though, so you may need to reload a couple times!)

Below is another challenge for the Hour of Code! This one uses the same snap together blocks of code that the Flappy Bird clone does, but in this challenge you made designs in ice by directing Elsa and Anna from Frozen.This is another challenge aimed at beginners. Once again, the code.org site is still getting slammed so loading may take a while right now!

"Gotta Code 'em All" uses a C++ like environment to introduce users to functions, variables and integers as they make changes to a Pokemon-like battle system! Then you run the program in a virtual iPhone!


Some pics of our Perler Bead creations!

We had fun yesterday making stuff out of Perler Beads, and while I didn't get pictures of all of them, I did try to get as many as I could in between ironing other people's creations! Special thanks to everyone that chipped in to help finish my Christmas Mario when I became too busy with the iron to work on it!


new books incoming!

  • Gabi: A Girl in Pieces by Isabel Quintero
  • Don't Touch by Rachel M. Wilson
  • This Is How It Ends by Jen Nadol
  • I Have a Bad Feeling About This by Jeff Strand
  • A Matter of Souls by Denise Lewis Patrick
  • The Testing by Joelle Charbonneau
  • Belzhar by Meg Wolitzer
  • Monument 14: Sky on Fire by Emmy Laybourne
  • A Death-Struck Year  by Makiia Lucier
  • I'll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson
  • How It Went Down by Kekla Magoon
  • Wild Rover No More by L.A. Meyer (final book in the Bloody Jack series)
  • Stitching Snow by R.C. Lewis
  • The Young Elites by Marie Lu
  • The Rules For Breaking by Ashley Elston
  • Teen Spirit by Francesca Lia Block
  • Minecraft: Construction Handbook by Mojang


New books!

A couple new additions this week, with lots more to come soon!

  • Afterworlds by Scott Westerfeld
  • The Devil's Intern by Donna Hosie
  • Love is the Drug by Alaya Dawn Johnson
  • Found by Harlan Coben, read by Nick Podehl
  • The Infinite Sea by Rick Yancey (book 2 of The 5th Wave) read by Phoebe Strole and Ben Yannette


Halloween Party @ Sellers Library!

Halloween fell on a Friday this year, which worked out perfectly since I wanted to have a Halloween party on a Friday night at the library! We had 18 teens show up, many most in costume, to play some Halloween themed games, make some Halloween themed crafts, and of course, eat Halloween themed pizza.
...Okay, the pizza wasn't actually Halloween themed in any way, but it is still an essential for a Halloween party!

We started out the night with a simple Minute to Win It game where each person has one minute to inflate a balloon, then use the air from the balloon to blow a row of 15 plastic cups off the table. Then we played another Minute to Win It game, Dizzy  Mummy, which was a hit at last year's party too. Everyone gets into teams of two, with one person trying to unwrap an entire roll of toilet paper over the other person. The team to use up their roll first wins! I also brought out a Nerf gun and zombie targets for some target shooting.

One of my favorite things about Halloween are the movies, and throughout the party there was a projector playing a YouTube playlist of Halloween-y clips for people to enjoy. Classics like Thriller, Dracula, Frankenstein, and Nightmare Before Christmas were playing while people enjoyed pizza. Overall it was a really fun night, and I'm already looking forward to next Halloween!


Shrinky Dink fun!

Yesterday we had 6 teens show up to make stuff out of Shrinky Dinks! For those that don't know, Shrinky Dinks are this odd material that starts off like a paper-think plastic sheet that you draw and color on, then after being baked they shrink down to about a third of their original size and get much thicker! Everyone was welcome to draw whatever they wanted, though I had some sheets on hand for people to trace over if they needed suggestions. There were lots of different kinds of things made, and everyone was able to make several pieces. There were also things like keychains and necklace cords if people wanted to make them into something. If anyone missed it the first time but wanted to try making some, we'll be doing the Shrinky Dink art again at Municipal Library on Tuesday, December 9!

They shrink fast and curl up before flattening back out!

After baking they are tiny! There's a Mockingjay, pokeball, enderman, creeper, rupee and TNT!

a chest and rupee size comparison before and after being shrunk


Book Hedgehogs!

Last week we had a small group come in to make and decorate hedgehogs out of books! The five of us folded each page of the book to give it a round, spikey appearance. Then we used duct tape, buttons, googly eyes and markers to give the guys some personality! The group may have been small, but we all had a good time hanging out and making something! Our next craft event will be October 22, when we'll be making Shrinky Dink art!