Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Halloween Party - Mu ha ha ha ha!!!





The Teen Advisory Board hosted a Halloween party last Saturday for school age kids!  We didn't know if five would show up or if 25 would!  Turns out over 50 attended the party! That didn't include parents who stayed... We had a blast, with all sort of good food...cupcakes, chips, and of course, candy!  These are pictures of the teens preparing for the excitement!!  Missing is Lily, who arrived just on time in a beautiful steam punk costume!  David was there, but escaped having his picture taken...hmmm......! Now that I think of it, Morgan is missing too...she was busy being Zombie bouncer!!

Kids competed for candy by playing all sorts of games including Coffin Bean Bag, Ghost Bowling, fishing for spiders, Ghost Buckets and Witches Pitch!  We listened to a scary story about a dead man and were able to feel his dead brain, heart, hair and more!

Miranda entertained with face painting and everyone took a walk around the library to show off their really awesome costumes!  We were impressed with how great the kids looked!

One highlight for me was a short skit the teens wrote.  It was about the disappearance of Morgan and who the culprit was!  It was interactive, so the kids could help decide on the guilty person !

Then we popped fifty balloons and the person who popped the most by sitting on the balloon was the winner!  We did scare one little girl and felt bad, but otherwise the balloon popping was weirdly fun!!!

Thanks to all for attending and to the teens for their good work!

Thursday, October 17, 2013

GadgetJax reviews Ashfall

GadgetJax Reviews: Ashfall
Horror/Survival books are some of the most popular books in the market, some could even say that they OWN the shelves. But, how do make a book about survival and make it stand out from the rest? Add Zombies? And Monsters? How about neither? That's exactly what Ashfall does. It makes you feel a rush of adrenaline on every page, without having to make use of cliche parts of nearly every survival book to date, though that doesn't mean it's without it's faults.

Let's start with the plot. Alex is a normal, average boy who likes to spend time alone in his room playing MMORPG's on computer. When his family goes on a trip to see relatives, he stays behind, because, what could possibly go wrong?

Apocalypse.

A super-volcano under Yellowstone Park erupts, turning the lively USA into a barren wasteland, and Alex must travel 200+ miles to find his family. The story is very well written, and not very often would I find a part in the book that didn't make sense, though there are many spots in the book that drag on for too long, which may tempt even the most persistent reader to skip a chapter (or 2).
But if there was one aspect of Ashfall that just takes the cake, it's the fact that everything in this book could happen in real life, there is not a single moment in the book where something impossible occurs. not one. It makes for one of the most realistic survival books i've ever read.
 
SCORE: 8.5 GREAT
+ Stands out from the crowd
+ Loveable characters
+ A realistic experience
- Moves at a Sloth's pace

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

The Hovercraft moved!!!

Yes, we were able to make the fan work and although we didn't make the finished product, the fan worked and the base (a paper plate) moved on its own! Here are some pictures from our fun "maker" evening!








Thanks to everyone who attended!!!

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Big Week Coming Up!!!

October 13 - 19 is Teen Read Week and the theme is "Seek the Unknown @ your library". The library will have a display of some popular award winning Young Adult books.  We'll have bookmarks to hand out.

Mark your calendars as well for Monday, October 14 - More "Break it to Make it"...We are trying to create a moving hovercraft from computer parts.

 
Jewelry and other useful items will be crafted as well.  Bring safety glasses of you have them!
See you here at the Highland Library at 6:30PM.



Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Conversation Station - Wimpy Kid 8 - Hard Luck Review

Conversation Station - Wimpy Kid 8Product Details

Ever since 'Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days', it's been pretty much a tradition for a Wimpy Kid book to be released once a year, around november. And this year, it's no different.
Jeff Kinney has announced that Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Hard Luck will be released in-stores on November 5th, 2013. The official website teaser goes as follows:

'Greg Heffley’s on a losing streak. His best friend, Rowley Jefferson, has ditched him, and finding new friends in middle school is proving to be a tough task. To change his fortunes, Greg decides to take a leap of faith and turn his decisions over to chance. Will a roll of the dice turn things around, or is Greg’s life destined to be just another hard-luck story?'

You can check out the website here: http://www.wimpykid.com/wimpykid8/

This got me thinking; 'will Hard Luck be worth the read? Rowley has ditched Greg (and vice versa) at least 5 times now, and if the story is merely a rerun of what Kinney has previously written, then no thanks. I'd much rather read AshenWinter. It still sounds promising, but I feel that Hard Luck won't as good as the previous books.

What would YOU like to see in Wimpy Kid 8? Leave your comments below.

-GadgetJax