Blizzard’s Overwatch is a special type of FPS (First Person Shooter) game for multiple reasons! But the one I’m going to mention probably isn’t the first thing that comes to mind. What I love about it is that you don’t need to actually play it to be a fan of it (like me! I don’t play it or own it but I still think it’s super nifty and cool!)!


Now, how are you able to enjoy it without playing it? That doesn’t make sense, Ms. Ashe!

First, there’s a small 6 minute cinematic trailer Blizzard put out when advertising the game.

Then there’s animated shorts where you can learn about the characters on YouTube! Oddly, there’s no actual canon story within the game itself. Blizzard instead chose to tell the game’s story through animated shorts they released over time instead!

All the shorts can be found at the official Overwatch Channel. So far there have been five released:

I believe my favorites so far are “Recall” and “The Last Bastion.” Be prepared, they will make you feel things. Many, many feels. Watch with care!

Like what you see? We also have copies of Overwatch for the Playstation 4 and Xbox One available at the library!


Book Review – American Born Chinese

American Born Chinese by Gene Luen Yang
Place a hold here!

American Born ChineseAmerican Born Chinese is a graphic novel that tells three seemingly disconnected tales.

Monkey is not satisfied with being a mere simian. He is the king of his mountain, darn it! He conquers all the various forms of kung fu but, in the end, learns that being a monkey might not be so bad.

Chin-Kee is the oh-so-racist stereotype of Chinese culture often seen in the media. (He reminds me a lot of Long Duck Dong from the 1980s movie, 16 Candles.) He gets into one awkward social situation after another – much to the embarrassment of his blond, Caucasian cousin, Danny.

Jin is a Chinese-American boy who yearns to fit in at his nearly all-white school. With a lack of friends and an over-abundance of bullies, he struggles to find a balance between the many aspects of who he is.

I love this book. It does a phenomenal job of making the reader laugh while forcing them to question what they think they know about culture and the experiences of first-generation immigrants. The book weaves together mythology, satire, and realistic fiction to create a powerful story about self-acceptance and strength.

Also by Gene Luen Yang:

Animal Crackers | The Eternal Smile: Three Stories | The Shadow Hero | Boxers | Saints

Book Recommendation: Cinder

CinderGenre: Fantasy / Action

First Released: 2012

Part of a Series?: Yes
Book 1: Cinder
Book 2: Scarlet
Book 3: Cress
Book 3.5: Fairest
Book 4: Winter
Book 4.5: Stars Above


“As plague ravages the overcrowded Earth, observed by a ruthless lunar people, Cinder, a gifted mechanic and cyborg, becomes involved with handsome Prince Kai and must uncover secrets about her past in order to protect the world in this futuristic take on the Cinderella story.”

Where can I find it in the library?

This will be on the second floor of the library in the Vortex. Additional copies can also be found in the Children’s Department.

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I loved, loved, *loved* Cinder and all of the other books in the series (The Lunar Chronicles). It was such a fun twist on an old beloved story that we all know (Cinderella)! I love the concept of it being in the future, even more so the concept that our “Cinderella” was a cyborg. The characters were interesting and likeable (Iko was the best, hands down) and kept me wanting more. You’ll laugh, you’ll cry, you may even throw the book at the wall, but you’ll love it anyway.

Check it out today!

Vortex Open House

Aigh!  School starts back up in two days!  Are you ready?  Did you finish your summer reading packet?  Do you know where your classes will be?  Do you have all your pens and protractors in the backpack and ready to go?  Did you go on all the amazing summer adventures and road trips that you’d planned on?

Most importantly, do you know where the Vortex is?

Whether you’re a brand-new sixth grader or a high-schooler that’s been hanging out in the Vortex for years, you might not be aware of all the phenomenal services and programs the Vortex has to offer.

So…. we’re offering a series of Open Houses.  Come in to the Vortex on Monday, August 22; Thursday, August 25; Monday, August 29; OR Thursday, September 1 to get an idea of what the Vortex is all about!  Each Open House runs from 2:00-8:00 p.m.  You may bring your parents/guardians along if you wish.

2016 JUNE_AUG Vortex Open Houses


Anime Recommendation: Bananya!

In case you missed Anime Night on Monday Aug. 8th, for part of it, we showed the anime Bananya. It is the cutest thing ever! There are 6 episodes so far and they are three minute little shorts about cats that live inside bananas. Yes, it is exactly as saccharine and adorable as it sounds. Go watch right meow!


If you’re having a bad day (or even if you’re not), it’ll perk you right up! It’s available to watch for free on Crunchyroll!

And remember, Anime Night does still meet once a month! Come to see more stuff you haven’t seen before! The next meeting is Sept 12th at 5 P.M.!

Pokemon Book Recs

Hey, Pokemon Go-ers!

The game has been live for about a month now and most of you are still going strong! Whether you’ve caught ten Pokemon or hundreds, chances are you’ve been doing a lot of traveling and walking to find them all.

So, what do you do when you need to take a break from all that walking around? Well, I have a few book recommendations for you, based on your Pokemon Go team!

For Team Valor:

Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard
In a world divided by blood–those with common, Red blood serve the Silver-blooded elite, who are gifted with superhuman abilities–seventeen-year-old Mare, a Red, discovers she has an ability of her own. Place a hold here.

Atlantia by Ally Condie
Rio has always dreamed of leaving the underwater city of Atlantia for life in the Above; however, when her twin sister, Bay, makes an unexpected decision, Rio is left stranded below where she must find a way to unlock the secrets of the siren voice she has long hidden and save Atlantia from destruction. Place a hold here.

Sisters Red by Jackson Pearce
After a Fenris, or werewolf, killed their grandmother and almost killed them, sisters Scarlett and Rosie March devote themselves to hunting and killing the beasts that prey on teenaged girls. Place a hold here.

The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey
Cassie Sullivan, the survivor of an alien invasion, must rescue her young brother from the enemy with help from a boy who may be one of them. Place a hold here.

For Team Mystic:

The Hunchback Assignments by Arthur Slade
In Victorian London, fourteen-year-old Modo, a shape-changing hunchback, becomes a secret agent for the Permanent Association, which strives to protect the world from the evil machinations of the Clockwork Guild. Place a hold here.

The Crown’s Game by Evelyn Skye
Vika Andreyeva can summon the snow and turn ash into gold. Nikolai Karimov can see through walls and conjure bridges out of thin air. The pair become embroiled in a duel of magical skill, and the winner will become the Imperial Enchanter; the loser will die. Place a hold here.

A Study in Charlotte by Brittany Cavallaro
Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson descendants, Charlotte and Jamie, students at a Connecticut boarding school, team up to solve a murder mystery. Place a hold here.

InterWorld by Neil Gaiman and Michael Reaves
Joey Harker learns that he is a Walker, able to travel between dimensions, and soon joins a team of different versions of himself, each from another dimension, to fight the evil forces striving to conquer all the worlds. Place a hold here.

For Team Instinct:

Tiny, Pretty Things by Sona Charaipotra
Three top students at an exclusive Manhattan ballet academy compete for the status of prima ballerina, with each willing to sacrifice, manipulate, and backstab to be the best of the best. Place a hold here.

A Thousand Pieces of You by Claudia Gray
When young artist Marguerite Caine’s father is killed, she must leap into different dimensions and versions of herself to catch her father’s killer and avenge his murder. Place a hold here.

I’ll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson
A story of first love, family, loss, and betrayal told from different points in time, and in separate voices, by artists Jude and her twin brother Noah. Place a hold here.

Afterworlds by Scott Westerfeld
In alternating chapters, eighteen-year-old Darcy Patel navigates her new home in the city while Lizzie, the heroine of Darcy’s novel, slips into the “Afterworld” and becomes a spirit guide, as both face many challenges and fall in love. Place a hold here.




I Finally Experienced Gravity Falls

gravity-falls-160239Rating: PG

# of Episodes: 40 (two seasons)


“Twin brother and sister Dipper and Mabel Pines are in for an unexpected adventure when they spend the summer with their great uncle in the mysterious town of Gravity Falls, Oregon. Upon their arrival, Dipper and Mabel’s huckster great uncle, also known as Grunkle Stan, enlists the siblings’ help in running The Mystery Shack, a fun tourist trap he owns that overcharges unsuspecting customers. Although Dipper and Mabel quickly discover The Mystery Shack itself is a hoax, they sense there is something strange about their new town and together they begin to unlock the secrets of Gravity Falls.”


So the other night I finally had a chance to watch the first episode of Gravity Falls. I had heard a lot about it through friends and the internet, but had never seen it. The most I knew was that it was a thing that exists and that’s it!

I discovered it browsing on Hulu. Unfortunately you can only watch it there with an account, but if you do have one….go binge. Go ahead. I’ll wait.

Welcome back!

Wasn’t it awesome? It was awesome. It had the right mix of insanity, humor, and mysteriousness. I know now why people raved about it and I can’t wait to have a chance to experience more! It kinda makes me think of Supernatural? I know it’s way too soon for me to make assumptions since I’ve only seen the first episode. But like Supernatural without all the crying and dying and depressingness. So maybe not like Supernatural. I’m not sure. But it was fun!

Go try it out! We have some DVDs and books available at the library for those without a Hulu subscription! Go grab them today!