Thursday, October 29, 2009

November Events

Movie Night: Van Helsing Tuesday, November 3 @ 5 p.m. [Grades 6 and up]
Legendary 19th-century monster hunter Van Helsing is sent to mysterious Transylvania to battle Dracula who is trying to release evil with the unwilling help of Frankenstein’s monster and a wolf-man.
Rated PG-13

Henna Program
Saturday, November 7 @ 1 p.m. [Grades 6 and up]
Come in and learn about the history, cultural practices, and the preparation of henna. You will also get a chance to practice your own henna designs and get a small design from a Henna specialist.
Sign-up and permission slip required. Limit 15.

TAB Meeting Tuesday, November 10 @ 5 p.m. [Grades 6-12]
It’s your chance to say what you want to see at the library. Tell us what programs, books, movies, and music you want at the library. And, as always, snacks will be provided.

“On the Edge” Book Discussion: Crank by Ellen Hopkins **
sday, November 11 @ 5 p.m. [Grades 6-12]
The “On the Edge” book discussion group features books about edgier, more mature topics.

Kristina Georgia Snow is the perfect daughter, gifted high school junior, quiet, never any trouble. But on a trip to visit her absentee father, Kristina disappears and Bree takes her place. Bree is the exact opposite of Kristina. Through a boy, Bree meets the monster: crank. And what begins as a wild ecstatic ride turns into a struggle through hell for her mind, her soul- her life. (Summary from Lansing Public Library catalog)

“Off the Shelf” Book Discussion: Peak by Roland Smith **

Monday, November 23 @ 5 p.m.
[Grades 6-12]
A fourteen-year-old boy attempts to be the youngest person to reach the top of Mount Everest. (Summary from the Lansing Public Library catalog).

** Additional copies available at the upstairs circulation desk

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

World Ruled by Video Games?? YES PLEASE!

By Conor Kostick

Erik lives on New Earth, a place where violence was banned generations ago. Anyone who commits an act of violence is immediately exiled. The only way to settle disputes or handle appeals to the government, known as Central Allocations, is through a video game. Everyone, starting at a young age, makes a character that must start with nothing in hopes to adventure enough to get enough equipment and money to make a difference in their lives and attend the prestigious Mikelgard University. Most people never get successful enough in the game to move up in the ranks of society and spend their lives working in crop fields or salt mines. But there are also a few who will risk everything to get themselves heard, like Erik, his friends, and his father.

When Erik’s father is exiled, Erik decides to try a new technique in playing the game. Instead of putting all of his character points into becoming a strong, bland-looking fighter like everyone else, he finds an obscure class known as a swashbuckler and puts almost all of his points into his female character’s appearance. Right upon starting the game, doors never available to average players open up and Erik sees a different side of the game. Erik learns that in order to save his exiled family he must rally up his friends and defeat some of the toughest opposition in the game such as Inry’aat, the red dragon, the Committee, a group of older players that run the game, and a vampire who is a little more than he seems.

Epic takes the video gamer’s dream of life built around a video game and creates a science fiction world to house it. Conor Kostick uses terms that are easy to understand for those unfamiliar with video games but will also suck video game fans in. Epic appeals to those uninterested in reading the perfect story. Full of loyalty, determination, and teamwork, Epic is full of amazing characters overcoming elite opposition.