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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.

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. 

Teen Book Review.

February 7, 2014 Leave a comment

Megan M. @ Schlafly Branch reviewed The Diviners by Libba Bray

untitledSet in the 1920’s, this book has wonderful blend of history, paranormal, and mystery. The characters are engaging and interesting. The mystery had me hooked from the beginning of this book. The plot is very engrossing, well thought-out, and shows a great deal of knowledge about the 20’s. Overall, this is a very good read.

 

 

 

Read It Forward – Jennifer Brown, March 12 @ 7 p.m.

February 5, 2014 Leave a comment

St. Louis Public Library presents Jennifer Brown, our Spring 2014 Read It Forward author.  Teens! You can pick up your FREE copy of the Spring 2014 Read It Forward title, Hate List by Jennifer Brown.  The book Hate List is available now at all of our St. Louis Public Library locations.  Simply be a teen in grades 6-12, and ask for a copy of Hate List.

You can meet Jennifer Brown on March 12 at 7 p.m. at Central Library.  Her presentation will also be live streamed to our Carpenter, and Julia Davis branches.

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Week of Feb. 3rd – Feb. 9th.

February 3, 2014 Leave a comment

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February may be the shortest month of the year, but it is definitely not a quiet month.  With Black History Month, the Winter Olympics, and my birthday, there will be no shortage of events at your local St. Louis library.

Here’s the rundown for the week of Feb. 3rd to Feb. 9th:

Monday, February 3rd

Central: Creative Experience: Explore, Learn, Design, 4-5pm.  Grades 6-12. First Floor Creative Experience.

Barr: DIY: Unity Bracelets, 4-5pm.  Grades 6-12. Groups of 5 or more register in advance.

Carpenter: Black History Month Film Series, 6-8pm.  Pride. Grades 6-12.

Tuesday, February 4th

Carondelet: Got Game?, 3-4pm.  Play Xbox 360 or Wii games. Grades 6-12.

Buder: DIY: Rolled Paper Collage, 4-5pm.  Roll up strips of magazine and paper to make funky, 3D wall art. Grades 6-12.

Wednesday, February 5th

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

Baden: Teen Movie Day, 3:30-5:30pm.  Join us for the latest releases. Grades 6-12.

Barr: Got Game?, Play Wii and Xbox 360. Grades 6-12.

Cabanne: Jubilee Quilting Bee, 4-5pm.  Grades 6-12.

Thursday, February 6th

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

Julia Davis: Chess Tournament, 3:30-4:30pm.  Learn to play or compete for bragging rights. Teens.

Machacek: Teen Game Day, 4-5pm.  Play African-America​n bingo and learn all about Black History. Grades 6-12.

Central: ” The Maze Runner” Movie Release Party, 5-6pm.  Survive the maze. Grades 6-12. First Floor Teen Lounge

Friday, February 7th

Barr: Teen Movie: “Men in Black”.  PG 13.  A streetwise NYPD detective joins a secret organization that polices extraterrestria​l affairs on Earth. Grades 6-12.

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

Saturday, February 8th

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

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