Scratch Game Programming!

Late July and early August we had a small group of teens show up for some game programming using Scratch, and easy to use programming environment that lets you snap together blocks of code similar to Legos. Attendance may have been small, particularly for the second and third sessions, but the teens worked hard and were proud of what they'd made, so I still call that a success!

We started out by introducing the concept of code blocks with some simple examples from Code.org. In them, you're tasked with guiding a zombie from Plants Vs Zombies to a sunflower by placing the correct code blocks down. It's a fun little exercise that gets more challenging with each level, and tasks you to use the fewest code blocks possible to solve it. The teens caught on really quickly, and were having a good time with them too! You can try them out for yourself at the link below:

Two of the finished games are embedded after the break!


Playing catch-up on the blog!

Hi there! Boy it's been a while since there's been anything posted here. Please allow me to get down on my claws and do the apology dance:

So it's left, left, right....
Anyhow! Balancing social media can sometimes be tricky, and I've gotta say that Instagram has lately become my posting of choice. So while I haven't been busy on here, I've still be chronicling what has been going on with teen programs at the library. For anyone that's not following yet, here's the address to the Sellers Library Teens Instagram page:

I'll be posting here for the next couple of days trying to catch up on all the goings-on since my last post. Shortly after the Star Wars Day event, the children's library closed down for a month for renovations. The place opened looking better than it's ever looked with a fresh coat of paint, new windows, doors, etc.

The library looks weird all empty!
new paint!
our awesome old door got replaced, sadly!
details of the re-opened library