We tested out a great little device here at the Teen Lounge yesterday – MaKey MaKey. This device lets you do a number of things, including using almost any household product to control a video game, and using humans as live piano keys.
It’s a very simple device, but with endless possibilities. And you can get a chance to go hands on with one on Monday, 10th March from 4:00 – 5:00 p.m. at our regular Creative Experience program @ Central Library. We will be using Play Do, bananas, and other things to control different retro video games. We will also be demonstrating how to use it, and then letting teens set it up for themselves. Check out the photo and video below for more details on how the MaKey MaKey can be used.
Game Review by Evan B. from Schlafly
Review: This is Kirby’s first home console game since Epic Yarn. In Return to Dream Land, you start off on planet Pop Star, where Kirby is running from King Dedede and Waddle Dee, while holding a large piece of cake in his hands. Meanwhile, Meta Knight is reading a book under a tree. Suddenly, a spaceship emerges from the sky, and crashes in a nearby field. Kirby and his friends investigate the crash site for survivors. They find Magolor, the owner of the crashed starship (also known as “Lor Starcutter). Magolor explains that all the pieces of his ship are scatted across Pop Star. Kirby and friends offer to help search for the missing pieces.
Gameplay works similar to the adventure mode in Super Smash Bros. Brawl (minus Kirby’s fighting styles). Like Kirby’s other games, the combat is based on inhaling enemies and using their abilities to fight other enemies. Also, there are 4 playable characters (like the Mario Bros. games). The first player is always Kirby, while the other three characters are King Dedede, Waddle Dee , and Meta Knight. Meta Knight can fly faster compared to the rest of the other players. King Dedede is the slowest among all the players, but uses a big hammer. Waddle Dee uses a spear and runs as fast as Kirby.
This is Kirby’s last game before he appears on the Wii U, and you should really check this out. Don’t forget, St. Louis Public Library allows you to check out games for Wii, Wii U, Xbox 360, PS4, and Xbox One. Kirby’s Return to Dreamland is one of the hundreds of games the library carries.
The winners of the 2014 Black History Month Bookmark Contest were selected and the awards were presented on Thursday, February 20th at Schlafly Branch Library. The winners were selected from over 100 entries. The 1st place middle and high school designs were made into a bookmark, which will be available at all of the libraries. Congrats!
High School Winners:
1st Place Carpenter Branch – Jason, Metro High School, 11th grade
2nd Place Central Library – Tyrell, Vashon High School, 10th grade
3rd Place Cabanne Branch – Xayvion, Clyde C. Miller Career Academy, 9th grade
Middle School Winners:
1st Place Julia Davis Branch – Stephantre, Yeatman Middle, 8th grade
2nd Place Julia Davis Branch – JaQuay, Cote Brilliante, 6th grade
3rd Place Julia Davis Branch – Soreal, St. Louis Catholic Academy, 7th grade