Nintendo Night!

Last night 19 teens showed up for the Fall Nintendo Night. It was my first time hosting Nintendo Night, and I had a great time. We did the usual Smash Bros Brawl tournament, with seven teams of two. Since there was an odd number of teams, one of the three losing teams in the first round was picked randomly to get a second chance fighting the seventh team. Good thing for David and Siaka, who were eliminated in the first game of the night, but when they were randomly chosen to come back in, they ended up winning the tournament! Each of them got a $20 Gamestop gift card. The teams to come in second and third place won candy.

People were also invited to try their hands at an old-school competition on my NES I brought in, along with a reproduction cartridge of Nintendo World Championships 1990. Each player is given five minutes to get 50 coins in Super Mario Bros., race one lap in Rad Racer, and run out the clock in Tetris. After the five minutes are up the game ends and displays your score, which I recorded in my notebook. Next to the NES I had a high score board display where I could post the current top five players. We had ten people compete. It was a close battle, but David took the top spot at 103, 390 points, getting another $20 Gamestop gift card. The other high scorers won candy. Here's the top five scores of the night:
David     103,390
John E     99,745
Colin       98,140
Owen      96,630
Morgan   95,050
And just for comparison's sake, the actual champion of Nintendo World Championships 1990, Thor Ackerlund, had a score of 2,800,000. Which is insane.

Finally there was a second Wii set up with another projector for free play. The first half of the night it was dominated by Naruto, but for a while there was some Mario Kart Wii going on as well. There will be more gaming events in the upcoming months, so check back soon for more info!


the new titles continue, week of 12/16/2012

The flood of new titles continues this week! In order to make some extra room, I've added a top row to all the shelves in the teen space with new titles displayed there. And since the graphic novel/manga section was already filled to capacity before adding all of these, I've put a small display up on the windowsill featuring some of the newer titles. And since manga don't really have book trailers, I put in links to the anime counterpart's opening where I could. Just because!

  • Abandon by Meg Cabot (replacement copy)
  • This Dark Endeavor by Kenneth Oppel
  • Tempest by Julie Cross
  • Wither by Lauren DeStefano
  • Scarlet by A.C. Gaughen
  • All Good Children by Catherine Austen
  • Struck By Lightning by Chris Colfer
  • Pirate Cinema by Cory Doctorow
  • Article 5 by Kirsten Simmons 


TAB's Barnes and Noble gift wrap fundraiser!

On Saturday, our Teen Advisory Board went to Barnes and Noble to wrap gifts for customers, taking donations. From 12 to 4 the TAB was able to get $51.89 in donations! I occasionally wrapped some gifts as well, and I feel I must apologize to those customers who offered a donation and received my poor poor gift wrapping skills in return!


deluge of new titles for week of 12/9/2012!

Get ready, 'cause we've got a TON of new titles being added to the teen section! (Hopefully we'll get more shelf space soon, otherwise these shelves are gonna be bursting!) Here's what we've got this week, there's more to come next week as well!

  • Marmalade Boy by Wataru Yoshizumi (vol. 1-3)
  • Death Note by Tsugumi Ohba and Takeshi Obata (vol. 1, 3, 5-7)
  • Yotsuba&! by Kiyohiko Azuma (vol. 4, 5, 7, 8)
  • Paradise Kiss by Ai Yazawa (vol. 1-2)


New titles for the week of 12/2/2012

  • The Door Within by Wayne Thomas Batson
  • Because It Is My Blood by Gabrielle Zevin
  • The Raft by S.A. Bodeen
  • London Eye by Tim Lebbon
  • A World Away by Nancy Grossman
  • What's Left of Me by Kat Zhang
  • Breaking Point by Karyn Langhorne Folan & Paul Langan (a Bluford High book)
The Hikaru no Go books are actually shelved in the juvenile graphic novels, but I'm including them because I think they have a pretty large age range of appeal. Also I think it's actually 1-10, minus 3 and 7? Anyway, lots of new stuff to check out this week!


Borrow, Don't Steal!

This video was  long time coming, but it's finally online! A group of teens here at the Sellers Library made a truly great public service announcement video speaking out against theft at the library! It's great to see the hard work of everyone involved really pay off!