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