Follow the Yellow Brick Road.

May 28, 2014 Leave a comment

We’ve had some fun times here at Word Press, but it’s time to fly the coop.  We now have a dedicated teen website, full of events, book reviews, and of course a blog.  We hope you will continue to follow us at our new site.  You can now contribute reviews of books, movies, or video games, right through the site.  Check it out here!

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The Lowdown for the Week of April 14th – April 20th.

April 14, 2014 Leave a comment

Here is the scoop for what’s happening at St. Louis Public Library for the week of April 14th – April 20th.

 

Monday, 14th April

Central: Creative Experience: Explore, Learn, Design, 4-6pm.  Grades 6-12.

Tuesday, April 15th

Julia Davis: Manga and Anime Drawing Club, 3:30-4:30pm.  Grades 6-12

Machacek: DIY: String Eggs, 4-5pm.  Celebrate spring with this simple but unusual craft.  Grades 6-12.

Central: Guerilla Poetry, 5-6pm.  Teen Lounge.  Grades 6-12.

Wednesday, April 16th

Central: Got Game?, 3-5pm.  Xbox 360 and Wii games.  Teen Lounge.  Grades 6-12.

Divoll: DIY: Paint Swatch Bookmarks, 4-6pm.  Grades 6-12.

Buder: DIY: No-Sew T-Shirt Up-Cycles, 4-5pm.  Can’t sew? No problem.   Bring in your favorite old t-shirts and turn them into something new: headbands, bags, and more!  Grades 6-12.

Thursday, April 17th

Schlafly: Got Game?, 3-5pm.  Play Xbox 360 or Wii games.  Grades 6-12.  Groups of 5 or more register in advance.

Walnut Park: Book Spine Poetry, 4-6pm.  Grades 6-12.

Carondelet: DIY: Floppy Disc Pencil Holders, 4-5pm.  Grades 6-12.

Barr: Teen Poetry Slam, 4-5pm.  Grades 6-12.

Friday, April 18th

Central: Anime Club, 4-5pm.  Teen Lounge.  Grades 6-12.

Saturday, April 19th

Central: Game On: Everything From Chess to Yu-Gi-Oh, 3-5pm.  Teen Lounge.  Grades 6-12.

See you somewhere!

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My StL 2014 Challenge – What Does St. Louis Mean to You?

April 9, 2014 Leave a comment

My StL 2014 Challenge

St. Louis Public Library presents My StL 2014 Challenge for teens in grades 6-12. Celebrate St. Louis’ 250th anniversary by writing or creating an A/V presentation about a person, place, or institution that defines your St. Louis. You could WIN PRIZES! Visit any St. Louis Public Library, e-mail SLPLteens@slpl.org, or call 314.539.0332 for details and entry form. Submissions to the My StL 2014 Challenge accepted from May 1 – June 30.

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Old School Review: Pikmin 2, Wii, Nintendo.

March 25, 2014 Leave a comment

Evan B. from Schlafly Branch is keeping it old school with this video game review.  Despite the recent release of Pikmin 3 on the Wii U, Evan gives us a rundown of the only Pikmin on the Wii: Pikmin 2.

Pikmin 2 was originally released on the Nintendo GameCube (2001-2010), but it was re-made and re-mastered for the Wii.

After the events of the first Pikmin, Captain Olimar returns home to planet Hocotate, where his employer has gone into serious debt.  In order to pay off his debts, the President of Hocotate Freight must give 100,000 coins  that he doesn’t have. He must sell stuff in order to collect enough coins for his debt. The first thing sold is Olimar’s ship, the S.S. Dolphin (which is also the GameCube’s development name, Project Dolphin) While the S.S. Dolphin was being towed away, a bottle cap fell out of the ship and the President was surprised by Olimar’s souvenir and wanted to know how much it was worth. After the ship is appraised, the bottle cap gets appraised as well. It is worth at least 200 coins.
After this discovery, the President sends Olimar back to the “Mysterious Planet” find more stuff to pay the President’s debt.

Due to this being on the Wii, the controls are slightly different. You must battle with enemies, while collecting objects. In this game, you must collect fruit and other stuff, then take it back to your ship for appraisal. After the appraisal, you will send the items back to Hocotate.

This is a really good game, and if you’re not ready to spend $50 for Pikmin 3 yet, then this is a great, cheaper option.  You can also check it out from the library for free.

SLPL Teen Lounge: Let’s Play: Resident Evil, & DC Comics Deck Building Games, plus Zombies!!!

March 18, 2014 Leave a comment

Bored during springbreak?  Come down to Central Library’s Teen Lounge and play some great deck building games with staff, and other teens.

Nathan S. explains some of the deck building games you can play at St. Louis Public Library’s Teen Lounge.

Going Bananas With MaKey MaKey

March 7, 2014 Leave a comment

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.

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Video Game Review: Kirby’s Return to Dreamland, Nintendo Wii.

February 26, 2014 Leave a comment

Game Review by Evan B. from Schlafly

Kirbys_return_to_dreamland_boxartTitle: Kirby’s Return to Dream Land on Nintendo Wii

Publisher: Nintendo

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. 

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