Are you a gamer? What if real-world problems could be solved by gamers?
Take a few minutes to check out this TedTalk by Jane McGonigal.
Did you know the Lawrenceburg Public Library offers Teen gamers a monthly opportunity to get together and hang out? Bring your favorite game and share it with other gamers. We play Munchkin, Wii, Chess, Zombie Fluxx, Minecraft, Super Smash Brothers and more! Light snacks and drinks provided courtesy of the Friends of the Library. Our next meeting is on Monday, Nov. 10 at the Lawrenceburg Main Library, 3:30-5:00. Stay tuned for a NEW Gaming club for teens coming to the North Dearborn Branch Library starting Wednesday, January 14, 2015, 4:30-6:00pm. We’ll be playing all things Pokemon!
I recently read a great article at www.commonsensemedia.org with some timely advice for everyone, but especially for teens, about your online privacy.
1.Think about your online reputation. A reminder that anyone can see what you post online, even if you think no one will. Potential employers and college admissions staff often snoop social networking sites.
2. Anything you create or communicate can be cut, altered, pasted and sent around.Once you put it online, it is no longer in your control. This includes writing as well as photos. Online stuff can last forever. Did you know that there is a website that archives websites and blogs and what they looked like in the past? It’s called the WayBackMachine and you can find it athttps://archive.org
3. Avoid drama. Don’t participate in forwarding harmful or embarrassing photos, and don’t impersonate others. 4. Do not post your location.Turn it off in your settings, it may be tempting but it poses a safety issue.
5. Watch the clock.Hours can go by before you know it and can easily cut into time you could have spent on homework, hobbies or even reading!
6. Change your passwords often and don’t share them!No matter how tempting it is to share your accounts, don’t do it! Go to https://howsecureismypassword.net/ to test the strength of your current passwords.
Hiding her Sun Summoner identity from vengeful adversaries and haunted by the lives she took on the Fold, Alina attempts to forge a new life with Mal in an unfamiliar land only to be confronted by an emerging Darkling power that threatens the boundaries of the natural world, a danger that tests Alina’s loyalties. – (Baker & Taylor)
A decade after a bizarre celestial event causes certain individuals to manifest extraordinary powers and a fierce desire to rule the world, young David, the son of a father who was killed by supernatural oppressors, uses inside knowledge to help a shadowy group of freedom fighter assassins. By the best-selling author of the Mistborn trilogy. – (Baker & Taylor)
Sixteen-year-old Malencia (Cia) Vale is chosen to participate in The Testing to attend the University; however, Cia is fearful when she figures out her friends who do not pass The Testing are disappearing. 100,000 first printing. – (Baker & Taylor)
Abandoned on Earth because of her inability to survive on other planets, Jarra crafts a fake background for herself to join a class of norms who are excavating the dangerous ruins of the old cities. – (Baker & Taylor)
After repairing a school bus, the group of survivors split in two, with one group heading to the airport in hopes of reuniting with their parents and saving their dying friend and the other trying to rebuild the community they lost. – (Baker & Taylor)
A first entry in a new series by the award-winning author of The Extraordinary Adventures of Alfred Kropp follows the experiences of two survivors of apocalyptic disasters that have decimated life on Earth and transformed nearly everyone into crazed killers. – (Baker & Taylor)
As Wild Chalklings threaten the American Isles and Rithmatists are humanity’s only defense, Joel can only watch as Rithmatist students learn the magical art that he would do anything to practice. – (Baker & Taylor)
A descendant of Alice Liddell, the real-life inspiration for Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, 16-year-old Alyssa Gardner fears she is mentally ill like her mother and predecessors until she discovers that Wonderland is real and, if she passes a series of tests to fix Alice’s mistakes, she may be able to save her family from their age-old curse. – (Baker & Taylor)
A fun, quirky, 80’s love story! Rainbow Rowell has woven a story of heartache, humor, pain, beauty and most importantly the wonder of first love. First loves are plagued with the pain of a larger-than-life existence, that can follow you with an ache into adulthood. This one will pull you in and wrap you around it’s finger. But then again I’m a sucker for a good YA romance. I’m thrilled that all the voters saw this book as the gem that it is! Click the link above to read an excerpt or click the title to put a copy on hold today!
October Mourning; A Song for Matthew Shepard by Leslea Newman
This one just arrived on my desk this week, and I was looking for a quick read. What a moving tribute. It is a collection of poetry (91 pgs), and took less than an hour to read. In this case, it clearly is a case of quality over quantity. Matthew Shepard was the victim of a horrible hate crime in the fall of 1998. Five days after his murder, the author, Leslea Newman, was to arrive on the University of Wyoming campus to deliver a keynote speech for their Gay Awareness Week. Poems from the perspective of the fence he was tied to, from the truck who transported him, from the deer that laid next to him, to the bartender who was perhaps the last person to show kindness to him. Check out a copy and share it with your friends. We can only stop hate crimes by education, and never forgetting the story of Matthew Shepard. For more information please visit the website www.matthewshepard.org .
The first book in this series was eerily similar to the Hunger Games. The country has been divided into colonies that are struggling to survive after the Seven Stages of War. All students strive to work hard and earn an opportunity to pass The Testing. Malencia (Cia) Vale makes it through The Testing in book one, although not without some damage. Book 2, Independent Study, sets this series apart from the Hunger Games. It picks up with her entrance exam for the University at Tosu City. Students do not get to choose, but rather are assigned a course of study, based on their test results. Cia is chosen to go into Government service. The more she learns, the more disillusioned she becomes and finds it harder and harder to follow the rules. The author is such a good storyteller, that the similarities stopped mattering. I love the characters, and feel connected to them, and am eagerly awaiting a copy of Graduation Day!
After finding this on a number of must-read lists this summer, I decided it would make a great weekend read. I didn’t read any reviews prior as I would rather jump in cold and not have any preconceived ideas about the book. I was immediately drawn to the characters. Cadence Sinclair Easton comes from old east coast money and has a problem. She doesn’t remember. Throughout the course of the book, debilitating migraines and painkillers rule her world. As the summer progresses you eventually gain the details to the event that so badly damaged her and her romance with Gat. E. Lockhart does a fantastic job of giving you just enough information to make a guess as to the cause of the trauma, and I can tell you, I was way off base. The ending felt like a punch to the stomach. Excellent read – 5 stars!