July 1: So You Want to be a Game Master

Attention all Dungeons and Dragons players! Do you love playing the game but wondered what it would be like to be on the other side? To be the one organizing the story and tormenting the players with vast trials and tribulations?

Do you have ideas but no idea how to implement them or not sure if they’re feasible? Bring all these questions and more on July 1!

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Jason, one of our regular DMs for our monthly D&D program will be teaching YOU how to be a Game Master on Saturday, July 1 from 3–4:30 p.m. in the Vortex!

Sign up today! Grades 6-12 only.

Book Review – Radio Silence

Radio SilenceRadio Silence
By Alice Oseman
Place a Hold.

Frances is at the top of her class. She is headed to a super prestigious university and everyone knows it. What they don’t know about is the quirky fangirl heart that beats beneath her study-buddy persona. No one – not even her school friends – know the real Frances.

But, then she receives an invitation to do art for her favorite podcast – an invitation from the mysterious creator himself! And she meets him.  And he gets her, like, really gets her. For the first time in her life, she discovers real friendship.

But, when the podcast gains thousands of followers overnight, tension rises and the friendship becomes strained. And Frances has to decide, once and for all, who she really is and what she’s willing to risk for a friend.

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I love this book because, at its heart, it’s about people trying to live up to others’ expectations. It’s about the course plotted for you by parents, teachers, friends, society. It’s about all the things you’re supposed to do and want and feel and think. And it’s about people finally saying “Nah, man, that’s not me.” and discovering the things that they actually *do* want and think and feel.

This is a universal struggle for teens. But, honestly,  the search for self doesn’t end when you hit 20. Or 30. Or 90. The world is always changing around us, so we must constantly re-examine our place within it.

And I love the way the author depicted this search – with angst and tears and anger and ugliness and with forgiveness, compassion, and beauty.

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Tara

My Newest Gaming Addiction: Magikarp Jump

Hello everyone,

My name is Ashe and I’m addicted to Magikarp Jump! (Yes, yes I know it came out in May and I’m late to the party). I was up until 3:30 a.m. playing…I have no regrets (ask me again in a few hours).

It’s the newest mobile game out by the Pokemon Company available on Android and iOS. It also seems to not be too battery intensive which is great for addicted players like me!

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The point of the game is to train your Magikarp to have the highest jumping power it possibly can. Why? To win in Magikarp jumping leagues!

It sounds super silly, but it’s super fun and lighthearted to take away stress from the day. Play it while waiting in line at the store or in between homework assignments when you need a breather.

These Magikarp are so eager and adorable I can’t resist them!

Visit IGN if you need tips!

Go download it and join me!

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Ashe

 

Connect!

My last two blog posts have focused on the first two words of Fountaindale’s Summer Adventure theme, Create, Explore, Connect! And I hope you found a boatload of programs and services that called out to you. This week’s post is, of course, all about connection.

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We all know that the library is a great place to learn new things and develop yourself as an individual, but it is also an amazing place to connect with friends, your community and the rest of the world.

Dungeons & Dragons at Fountaindale!

Want to play a game of Yu-gi-oh with your friends? Want to soak your friends in an epic water war? Want to just relax with a movie and snacks? Want to meet other people who like anime, manga and fandom? Want to volunteer and give back to your community? Want to learn about another culture? The Vortex offers all this and more!

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Wild Cards Club Yu-go-oh! game at Fountaindale!

Just look at all the great stuff we have on our calendar! You can limit the age group to show you only programs open to teens. You can also browse events by category. Clicking on one calendar day will show you everything happening that day and clicking on the event name will bring up a page with more details and registration information.  

Go check it out and sign up for some great programs today!

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Tara

 

 

 

 

 

Anime Recommendation: Polar Bear Cafe

polar bear cafeAge Recommendation: 12+

Genre: Comedy

# of Episodes: 50

Synopsis:

“Polar Bear’s café revolves around a Canadian white bear that quits his boring job and starts a cafeteria near a zoo.” -Crunchyroll

Commentary:

At our last anime club (June), we viewed Polar Bear Cafe. It’s a show I’ve seen a long time ago that I wanted to introduce to everyone! It’s very lighthearted and pretty episodic so it’s easy to pop in and out on watching it. Panda is definitely my favorite character because he’s so sweet but not very bright (but always well-meaning!).

Some fun information too, a lot of the voice actors for the animals are famous Japanese voice actors that have done some popular characters! For example, Llama is Sebastian from Black Butler! Watch and see if you can tell!

Watch for free at Crunchyroll.com! Also don’t forget about our monthly anime nights! The next one is July 10! Come for anime, stay for the pocky!

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Ashe

Explore!

Summer is a perfect time for science! There’s so much to explore! The flora and fauna, the weather, the earth itself! Everything is so alive and vibrant and ready for discovery!

While the outdoors are a great place to discover and explore, there’s a ton of science-y fun to be had inside too! Check out the Vortex for bi-weekly Maker Challenges such as marble roller coasters, snap circuits, popsicle stick chain reactions, and constructing a paint pendulum. Witness chemical reactions with Sharpie Tie-Dye and Science Fun! Learn some computer science in the Studio with Robots. Get up close and personal with some H20 during Outside Water Games!

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Want to try some science at home? Be on the lookout for Fountaindale’s upcoming STEAM Box Kits and explore from the comfort of your own home!

 

Top Five To-Read LGBT+ Books

IT’S JUNE GUYS. Know what that means? Yeah, yeah it’s summer you can sleep in and all that. BUT IT’S ALSO PRIDE MONTH. Let your fabulous flags fly!

In celebration, I’m going to share with you the top 5 LGBT books on my to-read list. Maybe I’ll even finish all 5 this month! If you have any suggestions for me as well, leave a comment!

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“High school senior Jamie has a crush on his best friend and finds ways to share that news with the help of several friends”

cover_otherbound_mediumOtherbound by Corinne Duyvis

“A seventeen-year-old boy finds that every time he closes his eyes, he is drawn into the body of a mute servant girl from another world–a world that is growing increasingly more dangerous, and where many things are not as they seem.”

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“In this variation on the Cinderella story, Ash grows up believing in the fairy realm that the king and his philosophers have sought to suppress, until one day she must choose between a handsome fairy cursed to love her and the King’s Huntress whom she loves.”

512b5ck8mcxlThe Art of Being Normal by Lisa Williamson

David Piper, always an outsider, forms an unlikely friendship with Leo Denton who, from the first day at his new school wants only to be invisible, but when David’s deepest secret gets out, that he wants to be a girl, things get very messy for both of them.

noneoftheabove_coverNone of the Above by I.W. Gregorio

When Kristin Lattimer is voted homecoming queen, it seems like another piece of her ideal life has fallen into place. She’s a champion hurdler with a full scholarship to college and she’s madly in love with her boyfriend. In fact, she’s decided that she’s ready to take it to the next level with him.

Now if you’ll excuse me. I’ll be reading.
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Ashe