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You don’t have school today, right? Good thing we’re still playin’ vidgames at Fairmount from 3-5 then, huh?! Come check it out. Plus, we recently totally (and legally) hacked our Wii. So worth it!
And…I have sugar cookies for you…
September is just around the corner and that means our regular teen programs will be starting back up again. Yay! The line up for this year is as follows:
1st Tuesday of the month–Anime Club
2nd Tuesday of the month–TVC (Teen Volunteer Council & Gaming)
3rd Tuesday of the month–Ultimate Card Gaming (Magic/YuGiOh/…)
4th Tuesday of the month–Teen Tech Lab
EVERY Wednesday–Get Your Game On (free play video gaming)
Anime Club starts this Tuesday, September 1st, at the Fairmount St. library from 5:30-7:30. Don’t miss the first meeting and your chance to help plan the club’s activities for the season. Do we need a logo? Will you draw it? Should we have officers? Or just go with the flow? How about another chopsticks/M&Ms race and ramen noodle eating contest? (yes please)
Plus, we have big announcements concerning this year’s Anime Fest which will be held at the Figge Art Museum in October. Art contest anyone? Do we have cosplayers in the house? Stay tuned to tomorrow’s post for all the juicy deets.
The ever-popular “Get Your Game On” videogame series will continue this summer at the Fairmount Street Library. Every Wednesday at 3:00 p.m., teens can enjoy socializing with others as they show off their video-gaming skills. Play PS2 and Wii, DDR, Rock Band, and other games of skill. No need to register, just show up and get your game on!
If you know me, you know I like to sing. So it should come as no surprise that I was totally stoked when I happened upon the PS2 game “Karaoke Revolution presents: American Idol Encore” at the Fairmount library tonight. It comes with the microphone when you check it out, so I didn’t need to worry about about special equipment (I totally wanna play Guitar Hero Aerosmith — which they’ve also got at the library — but I’m too cheap to pony up the bucks for a guitar!) Microphone in hand, I was ready to sing my little heart out.
When I got home from the library, I eagerly pulled everything out the box — game, instructions and microphone (which mercifully has a nice long cord). I popped the game into my system, and hunkered down to the business of American Idol Encore. I picked a character, a song and a venue and in no time I was singing to a crowd. I was fairly well jazzed about how simple it was to get started.
It didn’t take long, however, to realize that the song list was fantastically limited. I have to admit here that this is the first “singing” PS2 game I’ve ever played with. I’ve sang along in Rock Band, but that’s my only other video-game-singing experience. Maybe they all suck. But when I could only find four songs that I really wanted to sing, I was a little annoyed.
I hope something out there provides more options — there were loads of songs that I like and that I know the words to, but few that are even reasonably close to my range. I was stuck with “Come Sail Away,” “It’s Still Rock and Roll to Me,” “Satisfaction,” and “Tainted Love.” I was amused for about a half and hour, but ultimately left the game feeling disappointed.
So a question to you singing gamers out there — is there a great karaoke game for the PS2?
It’s been kind of awhile since we posted a featured player, but we’re gonna give it another go. First up this time: Bailey. Bailey rocks! She always participates in lots of programs at the library and even won an award at the Manga drawing contest/Anime Fest we had at the Figge Art Museum. I also saw her make a few appearances last summer as Showtime Pal in Junior Theater’s weekly performances at the Fairmount St. Library. So, let’s get to know a bit more about Bailey, shall we?
Random facts about you: *Laughs* “I’m always random. I have a happy dance when I eat, and I learned how to answer the phone in Japanese the other day. Favorite colors are purple and black. I want to start my own webshow called ‘According to Roxas.’ As in Roxas from Kingdom Hearts II. I cosplay a lot.”
How much is a lot?: “Umm, whenever I feel like it, I guess.”
What do you like best about the library?: “Everything. Dude, it’s amazing.”
What do you want to be when you grow up?: “Manga artist…hopefully that turns into anime. If that fails, then an artist or writer.”
Where do you most want to travel to?: “London or Japan.”
Favorite animal cracker to munch on?: “I don’t know what kind I just ate. I think it was this buffalo looking thing.”
Was it good?: “Yes. Immensely.”
Edward…: “Yes!!! XD” *drools* “Sorry…”
And on that note…here’s a pic of Bailey at the Twilight Party we held last November. It shows her with the Twilight Soundtrack she won for being the howling contest winner! That’s right, she won the howling contest. Jacob would be so proud. BAILEY: “But I like EDWARD!”
The 14th Annual Teen Reading Challenge has begun! Pick up your reading log today at either Davenport Public Library location. The Teen Reading Challenge is an event sponsored by the Quad City Area Public Libraries. This unique winter reading program asks teens to join their home library team and “compete” against other area public libraries to see who can read the most. Come on DPL teens…let’s do this!
This year’s program runs from Dec. 14, 2008-Jan. 3, 2009. The logs must be turned in by Jan. 6, 2009. To participate visit your local library and pick up a log. Just keep track of the number of minutes you read (books, magazines, newspapers, and even books for school!) on the provided log and turn it in when you’re done. It’s really that easy!
Oh, and did I mention a party? Party. Teens who read 250 minutes or more will be invited to the Teen Reading Challenge Party at the Moline Public Library on Friday, Jan. 9th. And they get to bring a friend, as well! There will be video games to play, scrapbooking activities, duct tape crafts, free food, drinks, and lots of prizes to give away.
One more thing…if the DPL teens win this Challenge, they get to have an overnight lock-in at the library. Time to get your read on!
Today’s Wednesday and that means another installment of Get Your Game On will be taking place at the Fairmount St. Library. If you like playing video games and hanging with other teens, then you should definitely come check it out. Good times. Good times. And speaking of good, check out this pic that Mello, one of our dedicated teen patrons, drew of a few of the gaming crowd regulars. What a super great pic!! Thanks for sharing, Mello!
Get Your Game On is every Wednesday from 3-5. The library owns two PS2s and a Wii system. Teens often bring in their own systems to play on, too. Lately we’ve had four screens going at once. And we play all sorts of games…Guitar Hero III, Rock Band, Super Smash Brothers Brawl, MarioKart, and Dance Dance Revolution Extreme 2 just to name a few. So come on by sometime and Get Your Game On!!