A Very MineCrafter-y Competition!

Photo courtesy of Charlene Kelley and Candy Bar Cupcakes
Photo courtesy of Charlene Kelley and Candy Bar Cupcakes

 MineCraft is taking over Tech Time!


Get your craft skills together and come join us this Thursday at 3:30 for a Minecraft building competition!!


The rules are...there are no rules.  Use all your skills and creativity to create the coolest Minecraft buildings, mazes, landscapes, anything you want!

Creations will be judged through the following categories: most creative, coolest individual component, most complex, most realistic, and best overall concept.


Each week we will post the winners in all their crafty glory right here on the teen site.

Watch this space and you might see your own Minecraft creations!

Want to go private?

Want to know me?

Want to see me?

Want to call me?

Want to trust me?

Want to love me?

Want to go private?

It's the summer after 8th grade and Abby Johnson is about to enter high school. That should be exciting enough, but Abby is bored with her life. She is pretty much good at everything she does and nothing is really a challenge. She is beautiful, athletic, smart, and gets prefect grades in school.

Faith is Abby's bestfriend and has been since childhood. They spend all day together in classes and the minute they get home from school they meet up in online chatrooms at Chezteen.com, a new virtual second-life-type website for teens.

Today is like any other day chatting online to Faith except today she starts chatting with someone else in the chatroom, someone she doesn't know. It's not long before "Kyle" wants "to go private" with Abby claiming they have some much in common to talk about. This would be cool except that Kyle is 27 and Abby is only 14.  

Turning low tech into high tech

Dixon crossing Niagara below the Great Cantilever Bridge, U.S.A. 1895-1903
-photo courtesy of NYPL
Dixon crossing Niagara below the Great Cantilever Bridge, U.S.A. 1895-1903 -photo courtesy of NYPL


NYPL gives viewers the opportunity to take 19th century images and turn them into 21st century GIF files.


Stereograms, invented in 1838 by Charles Wheatstone, are pairs of two dimensional images shot from different angles in such a way that they mimic the vantage points of our left and right eyes. When viewed through a stereoscope, the combined images pop out in 3D.


Stereograms were hugely popular in the 19th century and often used to give audiences glimpses of parts of the world they may never have been able to see before. Even more recently, NASA has used the stereogram technology to take 3D pictures on Mars to better see what the landscape of the planet looks like.


Last month, the New York Public Library's experimental Labs department (http://www.nypl.org/collections/labs) unveiled its latest digitization project, the Stereogranimator. This cool new tool enables users to take old stereograms from the 19th century and turn them into 21st century animated images. Using the Stereogranimator (http://stereo.nypl.org), you can choose an image and then the speed and composition of your animation and start creating a flickering image that looks 3D! The Stereogranimator also gives you the option to create an old school red and blue 3D image that can be viewed through 3D glasses (not the ones you kept from that movie you saw last week!).


Check out NYPL's website for other low tech to high tech projects and start making your own animated images today! Add them to your website or next school project!

Pixels to Print: Self-Publishing for Print and Digital Books

(Image courtesy of Flickr user Baddog_)
(Image courtesy of Flickr user Baddog_)


This program takes place on Friday, February 24th 10AM- 5PM in the Tech Center on the lower level.

Teens will learn how to set-up, design, and publish their very own books using the Adobe Creative Suite, and watch a finished book printed before their eyes using Darien Library's own Espresso Book Machine (removed in August 2012. Please contact On Demand Books for information about Espresso Book Machines). Teens who would like to participate in this program should bring a flash drive with photos or text to create their books. This program is registration only.

*To register please contact Teen Librarian, Erica Gauquier at egauquier@darienlibrary.org or (203) 669-5225. Teens must be between the ages of 12-18 to partake in this workshop.  Snacks will be provided.


"So You Think You Can Do Something?" - Winners

1st place winners of the third annual
1st place winners of the third annual "So You Think You Can Do Something?" teen talent competition, Laura Anglade and Emily Karlik.

In case you missed our wonderful teen talent competition here are the winners from Saturday night's show.

The Future Of Us by Jay Asher

Josh and Emma are neighbors and best friends, they have been since they were little, but ever since they shared a kiss a few years back they never managed to get over the thought of "what if".  Now it's 1996 and AOL is just coming on the scene. No one in Josh and Emma's high school have the internet yet, not until a friend gives Emma the free trial 100 hours of AOL l start-up disc she recieved in the mail.  Emma is bored one day and decides to give it a shot, but when she first logs on to AOL a website called Facebook pops up onto the screen and a page opens.  A profile page of herself...15 years later.  Josh and Emma have no idea what this "Facebook" thing is, but they do know it's a look into the future and if the future doesn't look good...why not change it now.

Teen Lounge iPad

photo courtesy of Flickr user Ben Atkin
photo courtesy of Flickr user Ben Atkin

Did you know that the Teen Lounge now has it's very own iPad for you to use!? It's already packed with tons of cool games, books, and other fun apps.

If you don't see a game on there that you would like to play, let us know!  To use the iPad while your hanging out in the Teen Lounge just stop by and ask the teen librarian if you can borrow it for a bit.


Sports-Themed Books

Looking for a good YA book that's sports-themed?  Look no further. 

This comprehensive list was compiled from books found in our collection.  All center on sports-related issues, anywhere from baseball, to basketball, to chess (yes! that is a sport in my book), to snowboarding, to football--with a healthy dose of angst served on the side.



National Gaming Day 2011

Stop by the Teen Lounge this Saturday, November 12th all day long for some games and competition.  We've got an iPad loaded with all your favorite gaming apps, old school board games, and of course video games! If Mac and PC gaming is more your thing then maybe you'd like to know that we have 4 Minecraft accounts on our Teen Lounge computers! Check out our sweet book display complete with gaming guides and gaming books.

There is something for everyone. 

*Refreshments will be provided!

Teen Read Week: October 16th- 22nd


Teen Read Week 2011 is here and to honor it we are holding a READ OFF YOUR FINES event on October 18th from 2-9pm.  That means if your "caught" reading in the Library between the hours mentioned you will recieve a waiver card from Erica, Beth, or Alex.  If we didn't happen to see you, find us and let us know all about what you've read and we will be happy to give you waiver card. When you receive the card bring it to the front desk and hand it in to get all of your fines waived! It's that simple so don't let this oppertunity pass you by!

*Refreshments will be served*

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