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. 

Memoir Writing Workshop

Marcelle Soviero
Marcelle Soviero

Sunday, November 18 at 2 p.m.

Introduction to Memoir: Telling Your Life Stories

Join us as we discuss the best ways to begin writing your memoir, either as a full-length book or as individual essays. We'll learn how to focus on our life experiences, write a descriptive summary with plot points, and use the techniques of fiction -- setting, character, dialogue -- to enrich the storytelling process so readers will want to read your book.

Marcelle Soviero is the author of An Iridescent Life: Essays on Motherhood and Stepmotherhood. Her award-winning essays have been published in numerous publications and radio programs including The New York Times, Salon.com, Eating Well, New York Metro, Babble.com, Literary Mama, Upper East Side, Wilton, StepMom, Anderbo, Tiny Lights: A Journal of Narrative Nonfiction, and featured on The Story on National Public Radio. In August 2012, Marcelle became the Editor-in-Chief of Brain, Child: The Magazine for Thinking Mothers.

Additional parking for evening and weekend Library programs available on Thorndal Circle (behind Nielsen's).

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!

http://www.duckbrand.com/Solutions.aspx

 

The Darien Minecraft Olympics 2012 Round Up

Winners!
Winners!

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!

 

 

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!

DLteen is now on tumblr.

(Photo courtesy of chadarizona)
(Photo courtesy of chadarizona)

Dlteen is now on tumblr. Follow us at: http://dlteen.tumblr.com We are following all sorts of cool music, art, technology, fashion, comics, news, science, books, and other teen stuff. Check it out now!

Video of 3rd Annual Teen Writing Competition Awards Ceremony

Congratulations to all of our winners! To end our wonderful teen writing competition we invited the teens and there families to join us on March 31st at 2 p.m. in the Library's Community Room for an award ceremony with judges Dulcy Brainard, Melissa Crandall, and Marc Aronson.

New Young Adult Books Now Located On Main Street

New YA Books Located On Main Street
New YA Books Located On Main Street

The Library is happy to announce you can now find your favorite young adult books from the Teen Lounge on the shelves of Main Street. The new teen books are located to the right of the Welcome desk in the display bay with the Library's catalogs. The Main Street teen collection consists of only the most popular, newest, and noteworthy titles that the industry has to offer. Check some out today, they are going fast!

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