And you can still fan us...you never know, we might have another contest again soon. :)
We're running a contest.....fan the Darien Library on Facebook (<----click there to do it) and you could win a SIGNED copy of....
Skulduggery Pleasant: The Faceless Ones by Derek Landy
Witch and Wizard by James Patterson
Once Was Lost by Sara Zarr
Ash by Malinda Lo
Along for the Ride by Sarah Dessen
Fragile Eternity by Melissa Marr
Revelations by Melissa de la Cruz
Sign up from now through the end of January to win, win, win!
Check out these projects we made in our last workshop, taught by one of our teen experts, Matthew!
These games introduce basics such as:
Here's an excellent resource Matthew recommended, that has cool sprites for use in your projects called the Spriter's Resource.
To learn how to do other cool stuff, check out the tutorials page in the Scratch forums.
If you are interested in learning Scratch, send an email to ahylton [at] darienlibrary [dot] org and keep on the lookout for our next workshop!
If you think the Nintendo Wii's motion controls are cool, then this will ROCK your SOCKS OFF! Microsoft has debuted at E3, a new project they are working on for the XBOX 360 called Project NATAL, which totally redefines entertainment and gaming. Full body controls, no controllers needed = totally awesome!
Just Imagine, total interaction with the gameworld and the characters with a system that recognizes everything from your face to your body movements. The future of gaming is almost here!
Of course, you don't have to take my word for it.
Check the video below to see a demo of the project and check out Microsoft's demo page here for more info, videos and to sign up to receive updates on the project.
photo courtesy of flickr user FT Techfeed
If you have ever played the popular game franchise Halo, you may just be interested in this real-time strategy adaptation to the title called Halo Wars.
According to IGN, Halo Wars immerses you in an early period of the storied Halo universe, allowing you to experience events leading up to the first Halo title. With the guidance of Serina, a spirited artificial intelligence (A.I.) persona, direct legions of UNSC soldiers, Warthogs, Scorpions, and more, each group having its own strengths and uses in battle. Adventurous commanders can also call upon ancient Forerunner technology, if they are fortunate enough to find it hidden throughout the battlefield.
The game offers 2 player co-op as well as 6 player versus modes. As always, XBOX live is supported allowing you to challenge friends in an epic battle!
The title was officially released for the XBOX 360 platform on March 3, 2009 and is ESRB rated T for Teens.
If this is a game you are interested in playing, leave your comments, and we can source a copy for you to enjoy at our library!
For more info, check out the full IGN review here.
Check out this great article by DHS student Samantha Wood!
And what she writes is true: "If you are interested in joining or learning more about the teen committee, or have any questions about the new teen section, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org." I'd love to hear from you!
I visited the new library today and the teen room is going to be aMAYzing. I can't wait wait wait to get there.
Have you seen Amazon’s new portable reading device, the Kindle? Just last week, talk show host Oprah Winfrey named the Kindle as her favorite new gadget. Ms. Winfrey cited the Kindle's wireless connectivity, paperless platform, and competitive per-title pricing as the primary reasons for her enthusiastic support. About the size of a paperback book, the Kindle can hold over 200 digital books, newspapers, magazines, and/or blog posts. The Darien Library invites you to stop in and take a look at our Kindle. We have predownloaded several recent titles, as well as a daily subscription to the New York Times. And, we have a complete, printed version of the Kindle User's Guide for your easy reference. Why not come in and see what the Kindle is all about. Interested? To check out a Kindle please call the Help Desk at 203-669-5238.
Twitter is fun because it's like blogging in text messages. It's a super fast and easy way of letting your friends know where you are, what you're doing, or what you're thinking about. It's actually a lot like the "status update" feature on Facebook. I like it because I can connect with my friends who live in other parts of the world.
If you have a Twitter account, make me your friend! This is obvs not my personal Twitter account, but it IS where you will find out info about the Darien Library, new books, new movies, new interesting websites, etc. It's also a great way to get in touch with me.
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Whether you're a senior or a freshman, there's something about the college process that's a little scary and a little exciting. Whether you can't wait to go or you're dreading the application process, these online resources will inform your search. Have other favorite websites? Send us a comment below.
College Search Tools
College Board Our Favorite Feature: The Academic Tracker, which lets you see how your stats measure up to your favorite college's requirements.
CollegeNet Our Favorite Feature: Being able to search by region, size, and major
Fiske Guide to Colleges Our Favorite Feature: Essay Turnoff Tips
Princeton Review Our Favorite Feature: Free SAT practice test
www.collegeview.com Our Favorite Feature: The clear, step-by-step guide to the entire college application process
Virtual college tours: www.campustours.com
Common Application with complete instructions : www.commonapp.org (Many colleges take this application; some don't; double check!)
Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA); www.fafsa.ed.gov (You'll need to fill this out to be eligible for any college's financial aid)
Financial aid and scholarship information: www.fastweb.com www.finaid.com & www.salliemae.com