Anime Recommendation: Un-Go

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Age Recommendation: 15+

Genre: Mystery / Supernatural

# of Episodes:  11

Synopsis:

“In a dystopian future, detective Shinjuurou Yuuki—known by some as the “Defeated Detective”—solves mysteries throughout Tokyo. Aided by his odd associate Inga, Shinjuurou’s insight and ingenuity in cracking cases, particularly homicides, lead to numerous mysteries solved and culprits caught. However, his partner seems to have some other, more sinister intentions for the people they catch, and the truth of the assistant’s identity and motivation is shrouded in secrecy.” (myanimelist)

Commentary:

Un-Go is a short but really great mystery anime. If you lived with me, you would know that I have a weird fixation on mysteries. If it’s a murder mystery, I’ll always give it a chance (Bones, NCIS, Lucifer, etc). But there’s a caveat for me, it has to be good! I won’t watch just anything; The characters must be interesting! Un-Go definitely doesn’t disappoint in this aspect. Inga is especially my favorite character. Let’s just say there’s a little surprise lying in wait for the audience about Inga.

Its length is also a perk for me because I’m not stuck watching arc after arc wondering when the villain is going to be caught. After 11 episodes, it’s over; short but satisfying.

Visit crunchyroll.com to see what I mean!

Also don’t forgot the Vortex does still host monthly anime nights the first Monday of every month. The next one is Monday, December 4 at 5 p.m! Be there, and there may be some pocky in it for you.

#CaptureKindness

Last year, the Vortex took some inspiration from Random Acts of Kindness and built a kindness tree.  This year the organization is back with a 14-week challenge called #CaptureKindness.

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Each week between World Kindness Day on November 13 through Random Acts of Kindness Day on February 17, participants are challenged to do something nice for someone else (or even themselves), take a photo of the kind act, and post it to social media with the hashtag, #CaptureKindness. Each week has a different theme so you don’t even have to rack your brain coming up with ideas.

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And, if kindness itself isn’t its own reward, you can also win prizes for posting your pics! Visit Random Acts of Kindness Foundation for more information and to sign up. You can sign up starting on November 13.

And check in here each week to see my photos as I challenge myself to bring more kindness and smiles into the world!

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Tara

Books That Go Bump in the Night

Need a spooky read to get you in the mood for All Hallows Eve? Here are a few of my favorite books about vampires, monsters, witches, serial killers, ghosts and other beasties!

Tara’s Top Ten Terrifying Tales

 

Slasher Girls & Monster BoysSlasher Girls & Monster Boys

Edited by April Genevienve Tucholke

YA F SLASHER

Place a hold.

 

Through the WoodsThrough the Woods

by Emily Carroll

YA GRAPHIC CARROLL

Place a hold.

 

CoralineCoraline

by Neil Gaiman

YA F GAIMAN

Place a hold.

 

Anna Dressed in Blood (Anna, #1)Anna Dressed in Blood

by Kendare Blake

YA F BLAKE

Place a hold.

 

The Dead HouseThe Dead House

by Dawn Kurtagich

YA F KURTAGICH

Place a hold.

A Taste for MonstersA Taste for Monsters

by Matthew J. Kirby

YA F KIRBY

Place a hold.

The Diviners (The Diviners, #1)The Diviners

by Libba Bray

YA F BRAY

Place a hold.

The Coldest Girl in ColdtownThe Coldest Girl in Coldtown

by Holly Black

YA F BLACK

Place a hold.

 

Spellcaster (Spellcaster, #1)Spellcaster

by Claudia Gray

YA F GRAY

Place a hold.

 

NightfallNightfall

by Jake Halpern

YA F HALPERN

Place a hold.

 

 

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Tara

Nintendo Switch Now at the Vortex!

The moment you’ve all been waiting for! The Vortex is now the proud owner of a Nintendo Switch!

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Just a few of the games we have available are:

  • Mario Kart 8 Deluxe
  • Cave Story+
  • Super Bomber Man R

Soon more games will await you! Teens in grades 6-12 can try it out during our Vortex Open Game Play days! Just make sure you have either your school ID or library card handy to be able to play.

The remaining October dates for Open Game Play are:

Sunday, October 22, 3–5 p.m.
Monday, October 23, 3–5 p.m.
Sunday, October 29, 3–5 p.m.
Tuesday, October 31, 6–8 p.m.

Come join us to try the new Nintendo Switch!

International Games WEEK!

So, everybody knows that Halloween is drawing nigh, but what you might not know is that International Games Week is nearly here also!

International games week

In past years you might have participated in International Games Day. Well, a day of games was so much fun that we’ll be playing games all week this year! It starts on Sunday, October 29 and ends on Saturday, November 4. There will be video games, Yu-gi-oh!, an Escape Room, Uno, board games and even an after-hours session of Dungeons & Dragons on Friday, November 3 featuring gaming, snacks, and a live performance by Dan the Bard! Parental permission slips are required for the after-hours program so make sure to register soon and get your paperwork in.

You may notice that there is nothing planned for Tuesday.  That’s because Tuesday is Halloween and we wanted to give y’all a day off to enjoy the holiday. However, if you don’t have Halloween plans and trick-or-treating isn’t your scene, you are more than welcome to hang out in the Vortex to play a board game, create a game-related craft-on-the-go, or check out one of the games in our card game Maker Kit! We have three Yu-gi-oh! Decks, three Magic: the Gathering decks, standard playing cards, and Uno. Just present a library card or school I.D. at the Vortex desk to check out any of our new Maker Kits.

Game on!

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Tara

Books for Healing

Last week, I lost a dear friend to cancer. Since then, it seems like everything I read is somehow related to death and grieving. Books do that sometimes.They know what’s on your mind. They’re clever like that. There’s something deeply cathartic and healing in reading about other people’s pain and loss. It reminds us that we’re not alone and that things will get better.

Perhaps, you have also experienced loss; maybe a grandparent has died or a friend has moved away or your parents have divorced or maybe you’ve lost your home or other material things. Loss isn’t always about death. Grief hits us at different times in different ways for different reasons.

Books can help. Here is a short list of books dealing with grief and loss.

The Boy in the Black SuitThe Boy in the Black Suit
By Jason Reynolds
Place a Hold.

 

Words in Deep Blue

Words in Deep Blue
By Cath Crowley
Place a Hold.

 

Things I’m Seeing Without YouThings I'm Seeing Without You
By Peter Bognanni
Place a Hold.

 

If I Stay (If I Stay, #1)If I Stay
By Gayle Forman
Place a Hold.

 

Goodbye DaysGoodbye Days
By Jeff Zentner
Place a Hold.

 

12700353Me, Earl, and the Dying Girl
By Jesse Andrews
Place a Hold.

 

The Way I Used to BeThe Way I Used to Be
By Amber Smith
Place a Hold.

 

The CrossoverThe Crossover
By Kwame Alexander
Place a Hold.

 

As wonderful as books are, don’t fall into the trap of wholly escaping into fiction while ignoring the reality of your feelings and experiences. Find a friend or family member you can talk to. Talk to a teacher or counselor. If you don’t feel that you have anyone you can talk to, try a hotline: they’re not just for suicide prevention. You are not alone.

National Hotlines and Helpful Links

VictimConnect
National Hotline for Crime Victims
1-855-4-VICTIM (1-855-484-2846) 

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline

1-800-273-TALK (8255)  [24/7 hotline]
1-888-628-9454 (Spanish)
1-800-799-4889 (TTY)

Jennifer Ann’s Group
Free resources on teen dating violence 

National Alliance on Mental Illness
1-800-950-6264

National Child Abuse Hotline
1-800-422-4453

National Coalition of Anti-Violence Programs,
National Advocacy for Local LGBT Communities

1-212-714-1141

National Runaway Switchboard
1-800-786-2929

National Sexual Assault Hotline
1-800-656-4673 [24/7 hotline]
[hosts an online hotline]

National Teen Dating Abuse Helpline
1-866-331-9474 or 1-866-331-8453 (TTY)

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Tara