Rock Band Jam Session!

Last Wednesday 7 teens showed up to rock out in our Rock Band jam session. While it was a smaller group than usual, that just meant that everyone got more time to play! While I started off grabbing the microphone and singing (my apologies to everyone present), I was surprised to see that the microphone got passed around quite a lot during the event! We had some players who were seasoned veterans of the game, and we also had some people who had never played before! We played a lot of Rock Band 3, then popped in Lego Rock Band after a little while (once again, no love for the Beatles!). There was also popcorn, pretzels and cookies to snack on in between songs. Everyone had a good time and I can't wait to do it again!


We have new shelves!!!

I'm happy to announce that our teen corner just got a bit more spacious, as our new shelves were installed this week! The new shelving was installed where the manga shelf was before. This gives us enough room to fit series in to the corner, after the fiction ends, then series continues out to where it's always been located, with manga/graphic novels starting there as well. The layout definitely has more of a flow to it, and even gives us more room to put displays on top of the shelves and show off new titles!

lots more space!

Un-Valentine's Day Party!

Last Wednesday, 16 teens stopped by to partake in our Un-Valentine's Day party! With a mix CD of anti-love songs playing in the background by artists such as Tom Waits and Weird Al, we played some games, ate some snacks, and made some cool looking crafts. First we built little marshmallow shooters out of plastic cups and a balloon, and launched heart-shaped marshmallows at partners who tried to catch them in a cup. After 60 seconds, whichever team caught the most won candy prizes, then we switched launchers and catchers. It was pretty frantic and fun. Then we made some duct tape roses, but out of duct tape options such as black, or black with skulls, and red with black dragons! They came out looking pretty cool! While making the roses I wheeled out some snacks, "broken heart" cookies and "Hershey kisses of death!". We ran into a snag when I tried to play some anti-Valentine's day clips on YouTube, as the wifi was being fickle. Oh well, we still got to watch Adam Sandler sing "Love Stinks" from the Wedding Singer before it refused to cooperate! All in all it was a fun day that went by too fast!

making duct tape roses
the dragon tape came out looking great, and this rose even has leaves!
another rose with leaves that came out great!

New titles for the week of 2/10/2013

  • Out of the Easy by Ruta Sepetys
  • What We Saw at Night by Jacquelyn Mitchard
  • Crash by Lisa MacMann (Visions book 1)
  • The Assassin's Curse by Cassandra Rose Clarke
  • Right State by Mat Johnson and Andrea Mutti
  • Bring the Thunder by Alex Ross and Jai Nitz


Mini Desktop Calendars

Last Wednesday we had 15 teens show up to make mini desktop calendars that use an inverted CD case as a stand. Tables were scattered with various kinds of paper, crayons, colored pencils and magazines to tear up in order to decorate the monthly calendar pages. Everyone's calendars came out looking totally unique but all equally awesome. Thanks to everyone that came by to participate!