Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Wii Championship - Tennis

We just finished another round in our Battle of the Boxes - Championship on the Coast! tournament with the Nintendo Wii. Tonight we played Tennis. The results are as follows:

Justin with 4 wins
Peng with 3 wins
Alex with 2 wins
Sam & Dominic with 1 win
Chris with 0 wins

We played one on one, everyone got to play 3 matches and then the top winners played off. Each match consisted of 3 games.

Our next tournament date will be on Tuesday, May 27 at 5:30 PM. We will be playing Dance Dance Revolution.

Hope to see you there!

Friday, April 25, 2008

Teen Late Nights

I've had a few questions this week about when the next late night will be. I'm afraid we will be taking a break for a few months. But don't worry, we will definitely start up again in September or October and continue through the school year.

In the meantime, look for these exciting programs this summer:

Edible Fear Factor
Thursday, June 19 1:00 PM
How’s your stomach? Do you think you could eat Sardines? Jell-O & ketchup? Could you drink a glass of clam juice? How about a chocolate covered cricket or a sour cream and onion meal worm? Come compete with other teens in 6th-12th grade in the library’s Edible Fear Factor—I Dare You! Prizes for the teens who can eat anything. Registration required.

Henna Tattoos
Thursday, July 10 2:00 PM
Registration required. Back by popular demand, artist Amy Wilde will once again be demonstrating the art of temporary henna tattoos. Amy will draw one for you, or you can do one on yourself or your friends.

Beaded Bugs
Thursday, July 24 12:30 PM
Dragonfly key chains, bee charm bracelets and other buggy delights in our afternoon of beaded fun. Open to all teens in 6th-12th grade, no registration required. Pizza & Soda provided.

Survivor Night
Thursday, August 7 8:00 PM
Can you survive a night in the library? Compete with other 6th-12th graders in a variety of challenges to become Lester Public Library’s Survivor Champion. There will be only one winner. No registration required, snacks and soda provided. This program will be over by approximately 9:30 PM.

Texas Hold’em
Thursday, August 21 12:30 PM
Spend the afternoon with other teens in 6th-12th grade playing Texas Hold’em poker. Easy to learn and fun to play. Prizes for best hand and most chips. You do not have to know how to play to join in, we will teach you. No registration required. Pizza & Soda provided.

Timber Rattlers Game
Monday, August 25 7:05 PM
Keep track of the time you spend reading this summer and you can earn a free ticket for the August 25 Timber Rattlers Game. Timber Rattlers reading program begins Monday, June 30 and runs through Friday, August 1. Registration Required.

Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Test Podcast

Hi everyone,

My goal is to start a podcast to talk about teen books and other materials of interest to teens at the Lester Public Library. This is just a test. You should only bother to listen to this one if you have missed the sound of my voice.

But please, watch for more podcasts in the next month or so. I will hopefully have a feed you can subscribe to up and running soon.

Saturday, April 19, 2008

New Manga

As I was perusing the New YA collection, I noticed quite a few new Manga titles. They are easy to spot because of the blue dot on their spine. New titles such as:

Helsing by Kohta Hirano - a bit violent, full of vampires, ghouls and the like, lots of action.

Nosatsu Junkie by Ryoko Fukuyama - Comedy

Rose Hip Zero Vol. 4 by Tohru Fujisawa - Action/Drama

Punch by Rie Takada - Martial Arts, jealous boyfriends - definitely for older teens.

Come check out the new titles. There is also a selection of new and old on display in the YA area. If you see a series you like and would like me to continue buying them for the library, just let me know. I am also open to new suggestions. Don't be afraid to ask!

Monday, April 14, 2008

Wii Championship Tournament Game Change

Please note:

We've decided not to play Wii Golf for our Wii Championship Tournament, instead we will be playing Wii Tennis. I'm not sure how this tournament will be played but you might want to bone up on your backhand!

Wii Tennis Game Times will be on the following dates:

Tuesday, April 29 5:30 PM
Friday, July 18 1:00 PM

Thursday, April 10, 2008

2008 Battle of the Books

The annual Teen Battle of the Books, a competition between the 6 libraries in the Manitowoc-Calumet Library System (New Holstein, Chilton, Kiel, Manitowoc, Two Rivers, and Brillion) will be here soon.

This year the competition will be take place on Wednesday, September 3 5:30 PM at Silver Lake College. This will give you all summer to read and then compete the first week of school before you are too busy to do anything.

The Battle committee met last Thursday in Two Rivers to choose the 8 books for the competition. The titles are as follows:
  • The Re-gifters by Mike Carey (graphic novel)
  • Shark Girl by Kelly Bingham
  • Born on a Blue Day by Daniel Tammet (nonfiction)
  • Peak by Roland Smith
  • Memoirs of a Teenage Amnesiac by Gabrielle Zevin
  • The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-time Indian by Sherman Alexie
  • Maximum Ride: The Angel Experiment by James Patterson
  • Skulduggery Pleasant by Derek Landy
If you are interested in being on this year's team, give me a buzz at 793-7116 and start reading!

Our library’s team will compete against the Manitowoc, New Holstein, Chilton, Brillion and Kiel libraries. Each team consists of 8 7th-12th graders who work together to answer trivia questions based on the 8 titles above. After the battle, all teams are invited to eat pizza and drink soda. All participants will recieve a team t-shirt just for playing. A traveling trophy is awarded to the winning team.

While Two Rivers has not won YET, we have always done well, a trend I am hoping to continue this year so come be a part of this fun event.

Wednesday, April 9, 2008

Super Smash Brothers Brawl Has Arrived!

For all of you who have been waiting....Super Smash Brothers Brawl has arrived.

For those of you who don't know, here is the official Nintendo description:

What is "Super Smash Bros."? It's a brawling, battling, action-packed video game that features a varied roster of characters for four-player simultaneous melees! When you hit an opponent, his or her damage meter builds up. The more damage that builds up, the farther an opponent flies each time he or she gets hit! Soon, people are flying around like rockets. And when you fly off the screen in any direction. Also, in some modes, each time you KO an opponent, you earn points. As an example, you can fight for a mere two minutes in a competition to see who can shoot their opponents off-screen the most. If you had to call it something, I'd say it's almost like a sport.

I like to think of it as King of the Mountain. Just a reminder about our Wii tournament, if you want to compete to be Lester Public Library's Super Smash Brothers Brawl Champion we will be playing on Friday, June 13 1:00 PM and Friday, August 15 at 1:00 PM.

We may also have some time to try it out on Tuesday, April 29 after we do the Golf tournament.

Hope to see you then!

Tuesday, April 8, 2008

Sequel Alert!

Has anyone read Life As We Knew It by Susan Beth Pfeffer? Here is a quick rundown from Amazon.com:

It's almost the end of Miranda's sophomore year in high school, and her journal reflects the busy life of a typical teenager: conversations with friends, fights with mom, and fervent hopes for a driver's license. When Miranda first begins hearing the reports of a meteor on a collision course with the moon, it hardly seems worth a mention in her diary. But after the meteor hits, pushing the moon off its axis and causing worldwide earthquakes, tsunamis, and volcanoes, all the things Miranda used to take for granted begin to disappear. Food and gas shortages, along with extreme weather changes, come to her small Pennsylvania town; and Miranda's voice is by turns petulant, angry, and finally resigned, as her family is forced to make tough choices while they consider their increasingly limited options. Yet even as suspicious neighbors stockpile food in anticipation of a looming winter without heat or electricity, Miranda knows that that her future is still hers to decide even if life as she knew it is over.

This book gave me chills, I felt the need to visit the grocery store and buy every canned good that they had. It is a scary thought to think how much the earth depends on the moon being exactly where it is.

This books sequel, The Dead and the Gone just arrived and I can't wait to see what happens. To reserve your copy, stop by the library or visit us online at www.tworivers.lib.wi.us and hit search catalog.

Monday, April 7, 2008

Interesting Movie

Just saw Across the Universe this weekend. While always a big fan of musicals this one was a bit strange. Great soundtrack if you like the Beatles and I really liked the two main actors Evan Rachel Wood (Lucy) and Jim Sturgess (Jude.)

Here is a synopsis from www.imdb.com (Internet Movie Database):

An original musical film, Across The Universe is a fictional love story set in the 1960s amid the turbulent years of anti-war protest, the struggle for free speech and civil rights, mind exploration and rock and roll. At once gritty, whimsical and highly theatrical, the story moves from high schools and universities in Massachusetts, Princeton and Ohio to the Lower East Side of Manhattan, the Detroit riots, Vietnam and the dockyards of Liverpool. A combination of live action and animation, the film is paired with many songs by The Beatles that defined the time. Written by Anonymous

To reserve a copy of the movie, visit our website at www.tworivers.lib.wi.us and hit search catalog. Have your library card handy and remember your pin/password is the last 4 digits of your phone number.

Thursday, April 3, 2008

This just in!

Hey all,

Guess what I just opened? A box containing our very own GUITAR HERO! Super Smash Brothers Brawl is on the way, along with another controller. Warm up those fingers and show us what you got tomorrow at the Late Night.

Speaking of which, only 14 spots left. If you haven't picked up your slip you better do it soon before they are all gone.

See you tomorrow!