Where My Gamers At?!

Photo courtesy of Flickr user Kelly Kline
Photo courtesy of Flickr user Kelly Kline

Come play the latest games on Xbox Kinect, Wii and more... OK, maybe just Halo or Super Smash Bros. Brawl, but still! Win prizes for playing video games! What could be better?! This event begins at 4:30 p.m. today. Refreshments will be served.

Calling All Teenage Cinephiles! It’s Darien’s Deathly Double Feature!

Photo courtesy of Flickr user Aaron Landry
Photo courtesy of Flickr user Aaron Landry

Saturday, October 25 from 5-9 p.m. in the Louise Parker Berry Community Room.

This program is for teens aged 12-18.

Let’s face it, October just wouldn’t be October without horror films. Whether it’s Jason Voorhees chasing down the counselors of Crystal Lake, the rage zombies of 28 Days Later, or watching a creepy puppet ride around on a tricycle in SAW, watching scary movies is as much a part of October as the leaves changing colors, or the fact that everything suddenly becomes pumpkin flavored.
Darien Library will be carrying on the tradition by hosting a Scary Movie Double Feature for teens on Saturday, Oct. 25, from 5-9 p.m. in the library’s Community Room, starting with the original 1968 Night of the Living Dead.
Most of the action in Night of the Living Dead centers around our hero boarding up windows, but that’s kind of the beauty of it! It’s one of those so-cheesy-it’s-good sort of movies. The film was made for an estimated $114,000, which wouldn’t even cover World War Z’s latte budget! There’s no fancy CGI, the blood’s clearly ketchup and some of the actors aren’t exactly what you’d call “professional,” but this was George “The Grandfather of All Zombie Films” Romero’s first foray into the undead. Think about that: If it wasn’t for Romero and this little black and white picture, there’d be no Walking Dead! No Rick Grimes! No Daryl Dixon! No The Governor! Noooooo!
The night will finish with 2012’s The Woman in Black. The film takes place in Edwardian era England. A young lawyer travels to a remote village where he discovers that a vengeful spirit is terrorizing the locals. Where Night of the Living Dead is all about putting its brain-loving monsters front and center, The Woman in Black takes a quiet--and therefore much more terrifying--approach. It’s all about creaking stairs, empty rooms, and seriously creepy dolls. And of course it stars heartthrob Ciarán Hinds! Just kidding! It’s our beloved Harry Potter, Daniel Radcliffe! Yay!
Teens are strongly advised to come dressed in costumes as we’ll be holding a costume competition with prizes between movies!

Refreshments will be served i.e. there’ll be candy. Lots and lots of candy, another great October tradition.

IT'S BACK!!!

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Photo courtesy of Flickr user lovlibovli

Like a bad penny, Tuesday Trivia is still here! Experience the suspense! The thrills! The horror!

Well, actually, no. You just answer a bunch of questions, and the person who answers the most correct gets a prize. Ta-da! Simple as that. So come and join us today in the Teen Lounge at 4:30 p.m. for this beloved event. Refreshments will be served.

No, It Can't Be! It Is! Game On Thursday!

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Photo courtesy of Flickr user JD Hancock

Come play the latest games on Xbox Kinect, Wii and more... OK, maybe just Halo or Super Smash Bros. Brawl, but still! Win prizes for playing video games! What could be better?! This event begins at 4:30 p.m. today. Refreshments will be served.

Trivia Tuesday!

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Image courtesy of Flickr user Dallas1200am

Did you know that Neptune's gravity is only about 17% stronger than Earth's? Or that Venus doesn't have a single moon? You did?! Then what are you doing reading this?! Join NASA! But before you do that, come and join us in the Darien Library Teen Lounge for Trivia! Test your knowledge! Impress your friends! Win a prize!

Trivia will take place today at 4 :30 p.m. in the Teen Lounge. Refreshments will be served.

Before I Die by Jenny Downham

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Photo courtesy of Flickr user dharder9475

Yeah, yeah, yeah, we get it. You’re in love with Augustus Waters, and for all intents and purposes you should be. I mean who doesn’t want to meet someone who says things like, “It would be a privilege to have my heart broken by you.” Swoon!
But more than just Gus and his metaphorical cigarette sweeping us off our collective feet, what made John Green’s The Fault in Our Stars so fantastic was its humor, its intelligence and its heart. In the end, no matter how gut-wrenching The Fault in Our Stars can be (and wrench the gut it will), it’s ultimately a story about love and hope.
Enter Jenny Downham’s 2007 sleeper Before I Die.
Before I Die tells the story of Tessa, a 16-year-old girl with terminal cancer, who decides to complete her bucket list, with items such as spending an entire day saying “YES” to everything, as well as committing a crime.
Like The Fault in Our Stars, Before I Die is ultimately life-affirming, but the journey it takes the reader on is absolutely raw. Tessa rails against her fate. She’s at times petulant, mean-spirited, and even selfish. Her best friend Zoey is even worse. And our romantic leading man, Adam, is no Gus Waters. In the end, though, that’s what makes Before I Die such an amazing and powerful book, and let's face it, gives The Fault in Our Stars a run for its money: It’s real; agonizingly real, and throughout it all there’s Downham’s writing, which can only be described as pure poetics. Here’s Downham describing Tessa burning two shoeboxes full of her mementos:
“From the day I noticed the first bruise on my spine, to the day only two months ago when the hospital officially gave up on me, I kept a diary. Four years of pathetic optimism burns well – look at it flare! All the get-well cards I ever received curl at the edges, crisp right up and flake to nothing. Over four long years you forget people’s names.
There was a nurse who used to draw cartoons of the doctors and put them by the bed to make me laugh. I can’t remember her name either. Was it Louise? She was quite prolific. The fire spits, embers spark away into the trees.
‘I’m unburdening myself,’ I tell Adam.”

But don’t take my word for it (or Downham’s). Here’s a review of the book by Jen Hubert Swan over at the fantastic blog Reading Rants!
 

 

Game On!

Photo courtesy of flickr user Kelly Kline.
Photo courtesy of flickr user Kelly Kline.

Come play the latest games on Xbox Kinect, Wii and more... OK, maybe just Halo or Super Smash Bros. Brawl, but still! Win prizes for playing video games! What could be better?! This event begins at 4 p.m. today. Refreshments will be served.

What?! Trivia Tuesday!

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Photo courtesy of Flickr user neilalderney123

Did you know a cat can see six times better than a human being in the dark? Or that the domesticated cat species is only about 7,000 years old? You did! Then why aren't you playing trivia in the Teen Lounge?! Test your knowledge! Impress your friends! Win a prize!

Trivia Tuesday will take place today Tuesday at 4 p.m. in the Teen Lounge. Refreshments will be served.
 

Hark! It's Minecraft Thursday!

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Photo courtesy of Flickr user zigazou76

Yes, that's right, another week, another Minecraft Thursday! Get your craft skills together and join us at 4 p.m. for the Teen Lounge's weekly Minecraft building competition!

Dig into your creativity to make the coolest Minecraft buildings, mazes, landscapes, anything you want! Creations will be judged by most creative, coolest individual component, most complex, most realistic and best overall concept!

Refreshments will be served.

Grab Your Sonic Screwdriver! It's Doctor Who!

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Image courtesy of Flickr user Wild Guru Larry

Do Weeping Angels legitimately scare you? Do you and your friends get into heated Amy Pond vs. Clara debates? Have you ever pondered whether bow ties really are cool? If you answered yes to any of these questions, then face it, you're a Doctor Who fan, and like all good Doctor Who fans, you're incredibly excited for the FEATURE LENGTH  August 23 premiere of Series 8. I mean what's the Twelfth Doctor going to be like, right?! 

So in anticipation of of the new series, the Teen Lounge will be celebrating Doctor Who, more specifically our beloved Fez-wearing Eleventh Doctor. Come to the Teen Lounge on Tuesday, August 19 at 3 p.m. and we'll watch some memorable episodes (anyone up for a little Angels Take Manhattan? Dinosaurs on a Spaceship?), play a little Doctor Who trivia and eat fish fingers and custard... Just kidding! It's Tardis-inspired cupcakes instead!

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