We Love Wednesdays-Duct Tape Wallets

Duct Tape Wallet
Duct Tape Wallet

Learn how to turn an ordinary roll of duct tape into a wallet!  Once you learn to make one, you can make them on your own for yourself or as a gift.  Come join us today in the Teen Lounge at 3:30 p.m!  

We Love Wednesdays-Candy Sushi

Candy Sushi
Candy Sushi

Come join us in the Teen Lounge today for We Love Wednesdays!  We will be making candy sushi in the Teen Lounge at 3:30 p.m.  If you have a sweet tooth, come share your creations!  We will provide Rice Krispies Treats, Fruit Roll-Ups, marshmellows, Twizzlers, and more. 

After-school Teen Programs Back in Full Swing!

(Image courtesy of Flickr user Wonderlane)
(Image courtesy of Flickr user Wonderlane)

School is back in session and so are our weekly teen programs!

Here is the weekly lineup:

Movie Mondays (Mondays) at 3:00pm -Come watch a movie and enjoy a snack.

We Love Wednesdays (Wednesdays) at 3:30pm - Come learn how to make a cool new craft project.

Minecraft Time (Thursdays) at 3:30pm-  Play Minecraft on our very own Darien Library Server. Build special items to compete to win a prize.

Game On! (Fridays) at 4:00pm- Every other week come test your skills in a gaming battle against your peers!

Duct Tape Craft Tutorials

Duct Tape Flower Topper
Duct Tape Flower Topper

Did you miss our Duct Tape Craft time this week?

If you want to try out some of the things we made on your own, check out these links for some really fun things to make using Duct Tape!

Duct Tape comes in many cool colors and patterns so let your imagination go wild!


Duct Tape Pens/Pencils:

1) http://randomosityblog.com/2011/05/duct-tape-flower-pens.html

2) http://whatwillwedotoday.com/2011/11/19/duct-tape-flowers/

(once you know how to make the petals for a Duct Tape flower, the rest is easy!  Add a flower to anything you can find to decorate!)

Duct Tape Flower Rings:

3) http://www.duckbrand.com/Duck%20Tape%20Club/ducktivities/flowers-and-ros...

Duct Tape Wallets:

4) http://www.craftynest.com/2010/07/camp-craft-duct-tape-wallets/


And for more Duct Tape craft ideas, check out Duct Tape's website which is filled with ideas from both the staff and fans of Duct Tape!



The Darien Minecraft Olympics 2012 Round Up


Last week the first ever Darien Minecraft Olympics was a great sucess!

Players battled it out bracket-style, competing in awesome games like Pig Rodeo and Climbing.

Check out pictures of the craftletes and their battles on our Flickr photostream!  http://www.flickr.com/photos/darienlibrary/sets/72157630357477122/


A big thanks to Chris, Jimmy and Jacob who created the Olympic map for us and our server adminstrator John for making it all happen!  The map has been added to the server and is online so if you didn't make it to the Teen Lounge last Thursday you can check out the games and try them out for yourself! 

Go ahead, test your Olympic Minecraft skills and compete against your friends.

Congratulations to our sudden-death final round Spleef winners Gavin, Vaughn, and Zach!



Video Games

 We have three video game consoles in the Teen Room and several games for each! Just ask the Teen Librarian or at the Help Desk to get started. 

Nintendo Wii

  • Bomberman Land
  • Lego Star Wars: The Complete Saga
  • Super Mario Bros Wii
  • Super Mario Galaxy 2
  • Super Smash Brothers Brawl
  • Wii Fit
  • Wii Play


  • 2 DJ Hero Turntables
  • 1 Drum Set
  • 3 Game Cube controllers
  • 3 Guitars
  • 2 Marior Kart Wheels
  • 2 Microphones
  • 4 Nunchucks
  • 2 PS3 controllers
  • 1 Tony Hawk Skateboard
  • 1 Wii Fit Board
  • 4 Wiimotes
  • 4 Xbox controllers
  • 1 Xbox Kinect

Playstation 3

  • Arkham Asylum
  • Full Auto 2: Battlelines
  • Tekken 6

Xbox 360

  • American Idol
  • Dance Central
  • Dance Central 2
  • DJ Hero
  • DJ Hero 2
  • Fight Right Round 2
  • Guitar Hero: World Tour
  • Halo
  • Halo 2
  • Halo 3
  • Halo Reach
  • Lego Indiana Jones
  • Kinectimals
  • Kinect Joy Ride
  • Kinect Sports
  • Madden II
  • Marvel vs. Capcom
  • MX ATV Alive
  • Michael Jackson Experience
  • Portal 2
  • Scene It? Box Office Smash
  • The Beatles Rockband
  • Tony Hawke Ride
  • Yoostar 2
  • Your Shape: Fitness Evolved

Minecraft at Darien Library

Darien Library is excited to be hosting its own Minecraft server. If you don't know about it already; Minecraft is an awesome sandbox construction game in which players create and destroy different types of blocks in a 3D environment. Explore new terrain, gather raw materials, create amazing structures, and watch out for Creepers that come out at night!

To join the Darien Library Minecraft server, simply enter the address to join when you open a new game: minecraft.darienlibrary.org

A few ground rules:

  1. Please don't damage or steal another player's buildings or items.
  2. Please, no profanity when using the chat function.
  3. Please do not use mods while using the server.
  4. No killing of other players on the server.
  5. Have fun!

Video tutorials for how to play Minecraft.


Watch our Flickr stream for more snapshots of the awesome worlds we are building!

If you have any questions or suggestions about Minecraft at the library, ask for a Teen Librarian!

Minecraft Mod-Squad

 Hey Teens!


Come to our first ever Mod Squad meeting this Thursday!

We will talk about what it takes to become a moderator on the Darien Library Minecraft Server.

We will also discuss our Minecraft Olympics Summer Reading Program.

Don't miss it!

Video Tutorials for Minecrafters

Night time on the Darien Minecraft server
Night time on the Darien Minecraft server

We want to help you play a better game! We know that you may have questions or run into problems while playing Minecraft so we've created a list of videos to help you work through them.

Check out these videos explaining the simple plugins we've enabled to help you with some problems you might experience while crafting.





1) Grief Prevention:   http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yA-Eb_PD4SQ

This tutorial shows you how to prevent all forms of grief including theft, spam, and break-ins.  We've installed the Grief Prevention plugin to help.  Grief Prevention stops grief before it starts automatically without any effort from administrators, and with very little effort from players.


2) iConomy:    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QmxIrztvwYs

iConomy helps you create a thriving economy on the server.  This plugin allows you to customize every aspect of your currency as well as control supply and demand and hold auctions among other things.


3) Lockette:    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rvp8kF46QnM

This plugin allows you to restrict access to the contents in your chests, dispensers, furnaces, and doors.  All you have to do is post a sign directly beside the contatiner you want locked.


4) Simple Spleef:    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rI0DZ-6aPN4

Get your Spleef on!  We've got a spleef arena already set up, build your skills and get spleefing!


5)  Mob Repellent:    http://dev.bukkit.org/server-mods/mobrepellent/

Repel those angry mobs with Mob Repellent.  Construct repellers that prevent hostile mobs from spawning within a certain distance of your structure.  While it doesnt guarentee mobs won't spawn, it can be helpful!


6) Minecraft Wiki: http://www.minecraftwiki.net/wiki/Minecraft_Wiki

Wikipedia for Minecraft! For all your Minecrafting needs, Minecraftwiki has all the answers.


7) Darien Library's World Map:    http://minecraft.darienlibrary.org:8123/

Know where you are in the world.  Check out this arial view of the entire Darien Library Minecraft server and see what corners you may not have had a chance to explore yet! 



Know of any other plugins you think we should have?  Do you have any other ideas on how we could improve our Minecraft world here at the library?  Leave a comment and let us know what you think!

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