Week 4 Summer Reading Club winner!

Tony Faijue, grade 7
won a $15 gift card to Effin Comics, a local comic shop on Burmont Rd in Drexel Hill!

Congratulations and keep reading for a chance to win more prizes!


Week 2 and 3 winners of Summer Reading Club 2014!

So I've been announcing winners on Fridays, and last Friday we were closed for the 4th of July and it threw me off! So here's the winners for both week 2 and week 3 of the Summer Reading Club random drawings!

Jaspinder Singh, grade 8
won a movie pack of Despicable Me 2 and The Croods on DVD, plus candy!

Shanique Clarke, grade 7
won a $15 gift card to AMC Theaters and candy!

congratulations to our winners for weeks 2 and 3!

It's slime time!

On Friday, June 27th we had 25 teens show up to make slime! This was a fun (and messy) craft, with some really great results! We used a recipe that involved Borax, glue, food coloring and water. It's simple, it's easy, and it's pretty fast! There were a couple of different kinds of glue on hand, and each had different results: clear Elmer's, regular white Elmer's, and a transparent colored Elmer's that had glitter in it! Oddly enough every time I tried to make slime, mine came out pretty awful! But there were some really impressive ones here! I took some pictures of the various kinds of slime we turned out!

The slime lasted from 5 to 6. At 6 we brought out the projector and watched Ghostbusters, which is celebrating it's 30th anniversary this Summer! It also felt an appropriate title to match with slime!


Week 1 winner for the Summer Reading Club 2014!

Last week was the first week of the Summer Reading Club, and each week we'll be giving random prizes to students that handed in Summer Reading Club slips for that week. I'm happy to announce our first winner!

Mallory Perry, grade 10
won a $15 gift card to Amazon!

Congratulations to our first winner and keep recording everything you read this Summer!

Rock Away Your Fines

With Summer starting, it was a great time to come in to the library and get rid of some fines by playing Rock Band! For every song you played, the library would deduct $1 from your overdue fines! We had a great turn out of 22 teens, and over the course of three hours we played enough to take off $126 worth of fines! Way to go! Of the 22, 16 had their fines paid off completely! Thanks to everyone that came out, and congratulations on getting down your fines! Now go check out some books!


Last Monday we had 19 people show up to try out some skill toys! These are various toys that require a bit of patience and practice to pull off, but it's really rewarding when you finally get it! We had diabolos, flower sticks, chatter rings, kendama, spinning plates and juggling balls. Luckily the weather was on our side, because between the crowd and the skoyz there was not enough room in our usual meeting place and we ended up taking it outside. Every got 5 to 10 minutes to practice at a station, then we rotated. After everyone had tried each one, they were free to go to whichever ones they wanted and play around with them. I'm usually pretty bad at spinning plates, and the outdoor breeze was not helping that! Everyone found at least one that they liked, and the time went by surprisingly fast!


spinning plates!

flower sticks!

Pokemon Night @ Municipal Library!

On Tuesday the 10th we had 17 Pokemon trainers come to the Municipal Library to be the very best, like no one ever was. We had everyone pair up Swiss Pair style for four rounds, then started a single-elimination bracket. Taking a cue from the recent Mario Night, instead of offering gift cards for the winners, first place got to choose from a table of prizes first, then second place could pick, and finally third. There was also a prize that was a random drawing for anyone that came in costume, but with only one person coming with a Pikachu cosplay cap, he automatically got the prize! When the prizes were first shown, Tom said to hold on to that Lucario figure, 'cause he was gonna get first and claim it, and he totally did! Congratulations!

In addition to the Pokemon battling, the anime was playing on a nearby TV, and we had a Wii and N64 hooked up with some older Pokemon games, like Pokemon Rumble Wii, Pokemon Snap and Pokemon Stadium. Pokemon Night was a great time, and while there's no more tournaments scheduled for the Summer, I think this Fall we'll be holding a Super Smash Bros tournament, so stay tuned!

the prize table!


More new books!

Last week we added a bunch of fiction and non-fiction to the collection, this week we have some new graphic novels to look through!

  • Eat Brains Love by Jeff Hart
  • Feedback by Robison Wells (sequel to Variant)
  • K-On! by Kakifly (vol. 1)
  • K-On! College by Kakifly
  • Coraline by Neil Gaiman and P. Craig Russell
  • Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Micro-Series: Villains by Joshua Williamson, Erik Burnham, Jason Ciaramella and Brian Lynch
  • X-Men: Days of Future Past by Chris Claremont and John Byrne
  • Astonishing X-Men by Joss Whedon (vol. 1 & 2)
  • Wolverine by Chris Claremont and Frank Miller
  • Skullkickers by Jim Zubkavich


Summer Reading Club starts today!!

Today marks the official start of Summer Reading Club 2014! From now until August 22, for every five books you read, fill out a short form that lists the title and author of the book. The first slip you hand in you'll receive a McDonald's food voucher plus a free book! Every five books you read after that will get you an additional free book! Then on top of that, each week we'll have random drawings for other prizes, like Amazon and Barnes and Noble gift cards, etc.

Then on top of THAT, there will be weekly county-wide drawings for prizes like iTunes gift cards, iPod shuffles and even a Kindle Fire! Practically anything you read will count for the Summer Reading Club; read magazines, manga, graphic novels, books, audiobooks, online scanlations, whatever! So come in, get your Summer Reading Club slips, and start earning stuff for your Summer reading!


New books for the week of 6/8/2014

Lots of new stuff to check out this week!

  • Smoke by Ellen Hopkins (sequel to Burned)
  • Dreams of Gods & Monsters by Laini Taylor (book 3 in the Daughter of Smoke & Bone trilogy)
  • The Shadow Throne by Jennifer A. Nielsen (book 3 of The Ascendance Trilogy)
  • Panic by Lauren Oliver
  • Dorothy Must Die by Danielle Page
  • Better Off Friends by Elizabeth Eulberg
  • Two Boys Kissing by David Levithan
  • Grasshopper Jungle by Andrew Smith
  • Rogue by Gina Damico (book 3 in the Croak series)
  • Blood Promise by Richelle Mead (book 4 of the Vampire Academy series)
  • Since You've Been Gone by Morgan Matson

  • Minecraft Redstone Handbook by Mojang
  • Junk-Box Jewelry by Sarah Drew
  • Scared Stiff: Everything You Need to Know About 50 Famous Phobias by Sara Latta
  • Beyond Magenta: Transgender Teens Speak Out by Susan Kuklin
  • This Star Won't Go Out by Esther Earl, Lori and Wayne Earl
  • How They Choked: Failures, Flops and Flaws of the Awfully Famous by Georgia Bragg
  • Naruto by Masashi Kishimoto (vol. 58-59)
  • Kitaro by Shigeru Mizuki


Summer schedule is out!

Wow, another Summer is already about to begin! The Summer schedule is pretty much finalized, so I'll post the flyer down below. There's a few things happening at Municipal, which you'll find in it's own box. I look forward to seeing you all this Summer for the programs, and of course, Summer Reading Club!


Perler Beads crafts!

Last Wednesday, 8 teens showed up to make things out of Perler beads! Perler beads, generically known as fuse beads, are little different colored beads you arrange on a pegboard. After you've got the image you want, you place parchment paper over it and iron them for a minute. The beads will melt a little, fusing together. Once it's cooled, you can take them off the pegboard and it'll stick! There were lots of patterns to choose from (doing an image search at Google will bring you lots of results, as well as Pinterest, or you can check out Kandi Patterns, a website specifically for fuse bead and pony bead patterns), and I also had some iPads on hand with Bead It! installed on them, which can make a bead pattern out of any picture! The print-out patterns were definitely more popular. Our stock of white beads was unfortunately quite low, so improvisation had to be made (someone used grey instead of white for R2D2 and he came out really good actually). Below are some pictures of the event.

happy sushi roll!
creeper with glow-in-the-dark beads!

Hello Kitty!

Beamo's arms didn't make the fusing process...

Sailor Moon was so large it covered a second board!

master ball

This was a really fun event that I'm definitely looking forward to doing again. If anyone else wants to try, you won't have to wait long, as we'll be doing more Perler Beads at the Municipal Library branch on Tuesday, July 8 at 4:00.


Table Top Gaming and Mario Night!

Last week we had another table top gaming day on Wednesday, the first of what is now a regular monthly Table Top Gaming Club! Nine gamers showed up to play, and I ran a game of King of Tokyo, where each player takes the role of a giant monster, gaining energy to buy crazy new powers and attacking the other players to become the king of Tokyo. Things got pretty cutthroat, but it was all in good fun! There were also games of Donkey Kong Jenga, Connect 4, Monopoly and Uno. I'm already looking forward to next month's meetup, where I think we'll try out a game of Munchkin. If you're interested in playing some table top games, we're meeting on the second Wednesday of each month!

My monster's name was The King, but he did not live up to that title..

Playing King of Tokyo

Monopoly and Uno!

Then that Friday night we had a Mario Night, the main draw of which was the Mario Kart Wii tournament! All characters, vehicles and courses were unlocked, with stages set to random. Everyone played two rounds or two races each and their point totals were recorded. After the two rounds were up, the top four players faced off for one final race on Rainbow Road! There were three different Mario prizes, and first place got first dibs, and so on to third place. In the end Sarah took first place and choose the Mario t-shirt as her prize, Brian took second and choose the Mario poster, and Mary took third and choose to skip over the final prize, the Mario DVD, and instead took one of the Mario mushroom brownie pops I'd made! So the DVD went to fourth place racer John!

In addition to the tournament, there were various games set up for people to play at their leisure. We had Super Mario 3D World running on the Wii U for up to four players, an N64 with Mario games like Mario Party and Mario Kart 64, and a Super Nintendo with Tetris Attack and some Mario titles. Oh, and also a TV playing the old Super Mario Bros. Super Show, the campy cartoon from the late 80s/early 90s! Everyone had a good time, and I hope we get another Mario Kart tournament going shortly, this time for the upcoming Wii U game!

gathered around playing Mario 3D World on Wii U

tournament racing, with old-school systems in back

Mario Kart banana peels and Mario Kart spare tires!

Fireballs and Peach Punch


Getting ready for Mario Night @ Sellers library!

Mario Night is next Friday, May 16! In the interest of switching it up a bit, the prizes will be a little bit different than what's usually on offer for the winners of the Mario Kart tournament. While all three winners will get candy prizes, there will be a large Mario poster, a Mario t-shirt, and a Mario cartoon collection DVD. First place winner will get first pick, second place can pick from the remaining two, and third place gets the one that's left!

In addition to the Mario Kart Wii tournament, we'll have the Wii U hooked up with Super Mario 3D World, as well as older Nintendo systems playing classic Mario titles. Signups are still open! I hope to see you all there!