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25 Ways To Geek Out @ Your Library

Posted on March 8th, 2012 by Becky.
Categories: Events, Gaming, Technology, Web sites to watch.

Did you know we’re in the midst of Teen Tech Week? Every year, this week in March sets out to celebrate and showcase the amazing technology available at YOUR library. I especially like this list of 25 easy ways for teens to get involved in TTW at the library. The links below are adapted for WPL!

  1. Download an ebook or audiobook from your library.
  2. Download our mobile app and try it out!
  3. Visit your library’s webpage.
  4. Blog about a library book or program.
  5. Try out a book-focused site like GoodReads (did you know WPL has an account?), LibraryThing or Shelfari.
  6. Create a soundtrack or book trailer for your favorite book.
  7. Ask your librarian to recommend a nonfiction book on an area of technology that interests you.
  8. Add something to an article on Wikipedia.
  9. Set up a podcast for a group or club you belong to. (Click the link to check out YALSA’s podcasts!)
  10. Many young adult authors welcome email from their readers, and many have their own websites, blogs, and Twitter/Facebook accounts. Why not send them a message in honor of Teen Tech Week?
  11. Check out some video games, DVDs, or CDs from your library.
  12. Create an avatar on Yahoo! Avatars.
  13. Start a Teen Tech Club at your school or public library.
  14. Read and contribute to a blog about technology.
  15. Watch some anime or start an anime club at your library.
  16. Create a YouTube or Animoto video about your library or a favorite book.
  17. Download a newspaper article from the day you were born from an electronic database.
  18. Volunteer to help clean the computers and media at your library.
  19. Volunteer to tutor library customers who are new to using computers.
  20. Learn how to DJ music or record music with a computer.
  21. Search in a biography database for an article about your favorite musician.
  22. Learn how to use some new software.
  23. Take a class on graphic design or digital photography.
  24. Create a database of something you want to organize.
  25. Start a Twitter, Tumblr, or Flickr account.


Brawl tournament TOMORROW!

Posted on December 21st, 2010 by Becky.
Categories: All posts, Events, Gaming, Technology.

Calling all SSBB players! We’re hosting a tournament at the library tomorrow, 1-5 pm! There will be prizes! Get all the details here. See you there!



Posted on December 9th, 2010 by Becky.
Categories: All posts, Events, Gaming.

Yes, we DID — just add a Yu Gi Oh tournament for winter break, that is! Duelers, mark your calendars for Thursday, December 30. Registration and trading will be from 1:30-2:00 p.m, and the tournament will run from 2:00-6:00 p.m. Bring your deck — prizes will be awarded!


Teen Volunteer Party + rock-n-roll!

Posted on August 6th, 2010 by Becky.
Categories: All posts, Events, Gaming, Music, Teen Volunteers.

Summer Reading is almost over! *sniff!* But the wonderful 117 Teen Volunteers of Summer %2010 worked over 1,700 hours! Yes, you read that right!

Tomorrow, Saturday, August 7, Summer %2010 Teen Volunteers are invited to celebrate another summer well done. Come for FREE PIZZA @ noon, stay to hear the Detroit rock band The High Strung @ 2 pm, then chill with some videogames @ 4 pm. Hope to see you there!



Games That Give

Posted on September 22nd, 2009 by Becky.
Categories: All posts, Gaming, Random Fun, Web sites to watch.

Fess up…you know you’re addicted to online games. All you have to do is start one and then it becomes a competition of unstoppable proportions…you just need ONE MORE TRY and you will WIN (err, maybe that’s just what happens to me when I play Solitaire!). So how cool is it that there is now a way to get your fix AND donate to a good cause?

If you’re not familiar with, I highly recommend checking it out, especially if you’re into helping others and making a difference. As they say here,

We’ve partnered with GamesThatGive, a new website that generates money for charity (us) when you play their free online games:

How does it work? Sponsors advertise on the games, and 70% of every dollar they spend goes to Do Something! Check out and tell some friends about this fun new way to help Do Something change the world.

Sounds cool, huh? I’ll be checking it out just as soon as I beat Solitaire… ;)


Poe video contest

Posted on October 27th, 2008 by Becky.
Categories: All posts, Books, Gaming, Movies.

Just in time for Halloween, check this out: a Poe video contest! Scary-story master Edgar Allan Poe will turn %200 in January, and READ magazine is seeking video tributes from those age 18 and younger.

The deadline for this Weekly Reader exclusive video contest is November 21, %2008. Respond with your ghoulish video tribute. Videos should be under 5 minutes in length. Some images that might inspire you: ravens, floorboards, beating hearts, Baltimore, horror, Lenore, red death. 3-5 winners will receive publication of their Poe video tribute in READ magazine’s electronic issue, a monetary reward, and lots of Poe goodies!

Hmmm, 25 days to create a Poe-worthy video? Dare you to try it! Check out some Poe from the Library to get some inspiration!


I love technology, Part 5

Posted on March 7th, 2008 by Becky.
Categories: All posts, Events, Gaming, Technology.

As Teen Tech Week draws to a close (sniff!), remember that you don’t need a special celebration just to enjoy all the technology goodness that the library has to offer. I am, of course, referring to stuff like…

– Upcoming gaming tournaments (Super Smash Bros, March 22); bookmark our online Events Calendar, because new events are added all the time!

– NEW! The Ohio eBook Project — now you can download audiobooks, ebooks, music and video right from your computer! Plenty of teen titles are available. This is a great option for those who don’t like to read print books — or for when that book your teacher assigned is all checked out and the book report is due tomorrow…

– Finally, when you think you’ve done everything, run down the 25 ways to celebrate Teen Tech Week. Bet you haven’t tried them all yet.

And BTW, this stuff is going to haunt the next person who says “I’m bored!” at the library. You think you want to try saying that to me? Go on. I dare you. ;)


The 39 Clues: The next Harry Potter series?

Posted on February 20th, 2008 by Becky.
Categories: All posts, Books, Gaming, Web sites to watch.

Scholastic, the U.S. publisher of the Harry Potter series, has announced a new series that it hopes will be just as popular.

The 39 Clues will include 10 books, 350 collectible cards, and an online game with prizes. The first book, Maze of Bones, will be written by Rick Riordan (author of the Percy Jackson series!). You can reserve your library copy right now!

Check out for a cool promotional video on how it all ties together. I’m verrrrry curious!

Thanks to Odderkid for the info! :)

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School’s out; we’re in!

Posted on January 18th, 2008 by Becky.
Categories: All posts, Books, Events, Gaming.

In case you are crying into your pillow over being off school on Monday for Martin Luther King Day, fear not! The Library will be open regular hours, which means we are here for you from 9 am-9 pm. We’re even having a Yu Gi Oh tournament from 2-5, so stop on by for snacks and duels!

And of course, see what’s available on the great Dr. King himself.

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Boot camp for internet addicts…really!

Posted on November 20th, 2007 by Becky.
Categories: All posts, Gaming, Technology.

Internet addiction

Lily told me about this article from the New York Times that talks about how some kids in Korea are getting dangerously obsessed with going online. Thanks for the tip, Lily! :)

…These young people are not battling alcohol or drugs. Rather, they have severe cases of what many in this country believe is a new and potentially deadly addiction: cyberspace.

They come here, to the Jump Up Internet Rescue School, the first camp of its kind in South Korea and possibly the world, to be cured.

Wow! Do you know anyone who you’d say is “addicted” or “obsessed” with going online? Do you think it is dangerous? Is getting outdoors and active a good solution? Tell me what you think!!

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12-yr-old gets $6.5M for gaming company

Posted on September 24th, 2007 by Becky.
Categories: All posts, Gaming, Technology.

All you money-minded folks out there, check out this post from Slashdot. A company co-founded by a 12-year-old has just raised a LOT of money.

Arjun Mehta, a 6th grader, says on his Web site that he is passionate about software that can make the game experience more “rewarding,” and that he started the company last year in his garage.

This really inspires me to say something cheesy like “follow your dreams and you never know what may happen” — but really, the proof is there, right? If you just made six million bucks, you probably don’t care about cheesy!

Thanks to Victor for the link! :)

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2nd Guitar Hero Tournament rocked!!

Posted on September 5th, 2007 by Becky.
Categories: All posts, Events, Gaming, Music.

Just a belated picture posting from our 2nd Guitar Hero tournament on August 10. I don’t know which was more popular, Guns ‘n Roses or Nirvana — but the guitar skills were flying and the Mama Mimi’s pizza was inhaled!

Stay tuned for word of future gaming tournaments, and thanks to all the gaming gurus who lent their advice!

Guitar Hero at WPL


Microsoft Surface

Posted on June 13th, 2007 by Becky.
Categories: All posts, Gaming, Movies, Music, Technology.

What do you guys think of this…a computer where you can manipulate all sorts of things through a tabletop surface?

I think it would be great in restaurants and lobbies…but I still like the iPhone ’cause you can carry it around.




The Library’s got more than books

Posted on May 3rd, 2007 by Becky.
Categories: All posts, Events, Gaming.

Did you see this article in the NOW section of the Columbus Dispatch yesterday? It’s all about how libraries are offering new things such as videogames, snacks, activities, and homework help:

Wait a minute: Video games? Food? Fun?

At the library?

The place where, supposedly, bespectacled grannies shush talkers; the books are buried in dark, dusty aisles; and the general atmosphere is assumed to be, well, dull?

“People think libraries are boring,” said Andrew, of Hilliard. “But there’s a lot of variety here. I think it’s pretty awesome.”

Here at the Westerville Public Library, be sure to check out our calendar of events for upcoming videogame tournaments, book clubs, crafts, and more! (Hint: We’ve got our first Guitar Hero tournament tomorrow!)

And if there’s anything else you’d like to see, leave a comment and let me know! :)


Super Smash Bros. Melee tournament

Posted on April 5th, 2007 by Becky.
Categories: All posts, Events, Gaming.


Super Smash Bros. Melee


Come to our Super Smash Bros. Melee tournament tomorrow at the Library! It’s for ages 12-18. Register online with your library card, or by signing in by 3:30 on the day of the tournament.

Here’s the scoop:

3:00-3:30 p.m.

Check in/Register for tournament

Build playing brackets

Open play

3:30 p.m.

Elimination rounds begin

5:30 p.m.

Finals & awarding of prizes

6:00 p.m.

Library closes – Happy weekend!


Built-in Tournament Mode will be used (Computer characters if necessary).

Single elimination.

3 stock, 3 min. limit. If more than 48 players, then 3 stock, 2 min. limit.

No banned stages. Stage selection = random.

All banned items.

No sudden death.

Choose one character – no switching during the tournament.

You will receive a number when you register.

Controllers may be brought, as long as no special features, such as autofire, are used. No turbo controllers.