Just wrapped up our first ever Mario Kart Tournament. We will definitely be doing this again! It was a fast moving tournament, even with a loser's bracket, so everyone got to play at least twice. We even had time for some open free play after the tournament. Not that I'm at all biased or anything like that, but it was great to see 2 girls in the final round! Our big winner ended up being Christian G, with Grace B, who had quite a cheering section, pulling out a second place finish. If you missed it, pics below. Watch for another one of these in the fall.
Thursday, March 26, 2009
We just wrapped up a great workout with Jim Launer from Most High Sports Complex. It was basically a full body workout with no equipment. Jim always does a great job. We look forward to having him back again this summer as part of the Teen Summer Reading Program. This summer he''ll be doing another agility training session. Watch for it! If you missed tonight's program (And most of you did! The folks who came got lots of individual attention though!) a few pics below.
Just finished Martin Booth's Doctor Illuminatus. It's the story of Pip and Tim, sister and brother, whose family has just moved into an old British estate. During their first night there, a pale, scrawny young boy appears from inside Pip's bedroom wall, claiming to be the son of the original owner of the estate, born in the 1400's. Turns out his father was an alchemist who was executed for witchcraft, but not until after he had developed a potion that could put a person, essentially, into long term hibernation. He shared that, and many of his other secret's, with Sebastian, his son, before his death. Sebastian has been in hibernation on and off over the centuries, awakening when an evil alchemist who is trying to create a humunculus, is active in the area. Since Sebastian is awake, there's plenty of danger nearby. A fairly quick read, great for middle-schoolers. Well-written, with good character development for a short book, and very good, but not overly long descriptions. If you enjoy this one there is also a sequel, Soul Stealer. Enjoy! (Once I remember to bring it back, that is. Sorry!)
Sunday, March 22, 2009
We just wrapped up our first ever Call of Duty Tournament. We had a real nice turnout, with 16 in the tournament and half a dozen or so more who just came for the ambience, as usual. I actually like when the turnout is between 16 and 24 or so, because we usually have time to make the first round double elimination and everyone gets to play at least twice. Zach B was our winner, with Caleb L coming in a close second. If you missed it, pics below. Join us next week for Mario Kart!
Tuesday, March 17, 2009
The Teen Advisory Group invited anyone over 55 years of age for an afternoon of Wii Sports this past Saturday. As an added surprise we also brought out the Guitar Hero World Tour. We have some of the coolest senior citizens around here! I love these programs! The kids and the seniors really let their hair down and get to know each other and just have a blast. We had a budding Pat Benatar in our senior group. Who knew?! All in all a great day. Look for it again in the fall. Pics below.
Just finished Ben Jeapes' Time's Chariot. It's in the don't-go-messing-with-the-space-time-continuum genre. It's got time travel, political intrique, social conditioning to eliminate violence, a murder (ok, so that conditioning wasn't always successful) and plenty of plot twists. After time travel was invented, correspondents were sent back in time to record events and interview significant historical figures and relay reports to a moon station to be accessible in the future. Correspondents were genetically enhanced to be able to live several thousand years, and be brought back to the Home Time at a specific recall date that would be shortly before several timestreams converge and make time travel impossible again. But a lot of things aren't what they appear toe be, or are supposed to be. Not a bad book, but it could have been better with better editing. It didn't always read as smoothly as it should have. If you're interested in the topic, I'd suggest Orson Scott Card's Pastwatch.
Thursday, March 05, 2009
I finally got around to taking a look at some of the links I've been plugging. Good heavens! I really should have gotten to that much sooner! My apologies to anyone who was hijacked by that link to B. J. Pinchback's Homework Help site. It certainly wasn't like that when I first stuck it on this site. If anyone wants to recommend good sites, especially in the Fun Ways to Waste a Few Minutes of Your Time category, please send 'em to me. I've added a bunch of teen author's websites, and mostly subtracted in the other categories. Hopefully I'll get around to adding to those again soon. Stay tuned...
Wednesday, March 04, 2009
Just finished Neal Shusterman's Antsy Does Time. It's a companion to The Schwa Was Here which I enjoyed a lot. The main character, Anthony "Antsy" Bonano is now in high school. After both he and Antsy witness and get pretty freaked out by, a freak accidental death during the Thanksgiving Day parade, a fellow student, Gunnar Umlaut, tells Antsy that he has a terminal illness and has maybe 6 months to live. In trying to think of something he can do for Gunnar, Antsy tells him that he'll give him a month of his life, symbolically, of course. Gunnar jokingly asks for a contract to that effect and Antsy types one up and gives it to him. It's a quirky inside joke that made Gunnar feel a little better. Simple enough. But word gets out and this takes on a life of it's own, soon spinning out of control with the student council vowing to get enough people to sign contracts to get Gunnar to retirement age. But of course, things aren't quite what they seem as Antsy tries to figure out the strange things that are going on in Gunnar's family. There's also a Grapes-of-Wrath-inspired dust bowl, a gorgeous Swedish girl who seems to actually like Antsy, and a mistake that lands Antsy on the front page of the New York Post. Yes, it has it's serious moments, but this book is laugh-out-loud funny in many places, purely because Antsy is such a wonderfully written character. If you liked the Schwa, you'll love this one as well. Highly recommended for all ages.