Peggle Blast

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Yup. It’s true. I’m addicted to another mobile game app! (Sorry Magikarp Jump, I’ll come back to you one day.) This time around, it’s Peggle Blast!

I didn’t plan on this happening (do we ever?) but when, at a wedding reception we were all playing a board game called Metagamer and we had to determine the merits of Peggle versus Angry Birds, I had to step in (Peggle won, btw. Woo!).

Back in the day, when Peggle was a thing before Popcap Games was owned by EA (those were the days), it was solely a computer game and really fun! You knock orange pegs down to earn points, get all the orange pegs and you move on! It’s a lot more fun and addicting than it sounds, I promise. Did I mention there’s a unicorn? There’s a unicorn!

PEGGLE KABLOOEYPeggle is now available as a mobile game for iOS and Android! Yay! It lets me relive my nostalgia at the convenience of whenever I want and what my phone battery will allow. Luckily it’s not too intensive though!

Go try it out! It’s super fun and doesn’t take much of a commitment at all. It’s easy to stop and start and reeeeally satisfying when you defeat a really hard level.

Brace Yourself. School is Coming.

It’s almost here.

Some of you already have your backpack filled and your first-day-of-school outfit picked out. And some of you are planning to hide under your bed and hope that August 16 just gives up and goes away.

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Either way, it’s coming. You have a little over a week to get your stuff together, find your classrooms, and google your new teachers. (Does anyone else do that? No? Just me? Okay.)

If you’re like me, you have, in past years, spent the month before school in a crowded store hunting through disorganized shelves to find  the perfect prismatic penguin pencil pouch – only to discover they’re sold out. (Actually, it was a green unicorn trapper keeper, but that didn’t fit the alliteration thing I had going there.)


You can easily turn those boring, plain school supplies into unique pieces of usable art!  

Here are a few ideas to help you customize your school supplies!

  • Follow these WikiHow instructions to make a duct tape pencil case!
  • Visit Studio 300 to make some vinyl stickers for laptops, Chromebooks, phone cases, and more!  Bring in a few silhouette .jpg images on a USB drive.  There is a charge of $1 per foot of vinyl, but you can get a LOT of stickers in one foot!

Wednesday, August 9: Fun with Fandoms

Have you been feeling blocked on what to draw or write? Looking for people who have similar tastes in books, movies, and TV shows?

Look no further!

Drop in and join us for Fun with Fandoms on Wednesday, August 9 at 3:30pm in the Vortex! (For grades 6-12 only)

We will have plenty of drawing supplies and notebook supplies to fuel your creative energy! Work on fanart, fanfiction, or your own original stuff!

See you there!

Midnight at the Electric

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By Jodi Lynn Anderson
Published June 2017
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Do you like futuristic fiction?  
How about historical fiction?  
How about contemporary characters?

If you answered “yes” to any of the above, check out Midnight at the Electric by Jodi Lynn Anderson. It’s set in the year 2065 when the Earth’s resources are running out and colonisation has begun on Mars. Adri has been chosen as a Colonist, one of only a handful of the planet’s brightest minds, and will soon be sent to start a new life on Mars. While waiting to embark, she spends time with a long-lost cousin and uncovers a family mystery reaching from 1910s London to 1930s Kansas and New York.

I loved the multi-time period mystery aspect of Midnight at the Electric. Each main character was so acutely shaped by her own time period. Lenore is reeling after the first World War. Catherine is trying to get by and care for her family in the Great Depression. Adri yearns to find a way to save humanity after we’ve destroyed our planet’s resources. Even Adri’s elderly cousin has her own time period. She grew up in the late 1900s (as I did) and she makes references to her past that I found hilarious. This story is an excellent reminder that everything we do has ripples that affect those around us but also generations to come.



Awesome Websites: Captain Awkward, Advice Columnist

We all have those tough questions for tough situations, and sometimes it feels as if you have nowhere to turn. That’s what I absolutely love about advice columns. They’re a place where you can get help from a neutral party who can give you an idea of what to do next.

One of my favorites is Captain Awkward. She gives awesome advice and is super understanding and compassionate to the letter writers that send in their questions. She’s been doing this for quite a long while and is approaching letter 1,000! Whoa!

She handles advice of all kinds for all ages. I will note there is sometimes swearing in her advice, so if you’re uncomfortable with that, I’ll redirect you to another page that Captain Awkward references quite a bit which is called Scarleteen. It’s a website dedicated to informing teens about sex education, gender identity, relationships and so much more! They have a message board, live chat and a number you can text to get advice as well.

And don’t forget, we’re here! Here in the Vortex we care and you can come to us at any time about subjects you need advice on if you’re comfortable. If not, that’s totally okay too!

We also have plenty of books on sensitive subjects that you can check out discreetly using our self checkouts.

Just remember, no matter what you’re going through. You’re never alone. ❤


Feeling Blue?

There are moments in everyone’s day when they just need to hear something positive, something reassuring, something encouraging – just something *nice.*  


Art by Gemma Correll

Hopefully, when you fall into one of these prickly moments, you have someone nearby who can remind you that you are a phenomenal, little nugget of joy and awesomeness who deserves all the best things in the world. However, if you’re alone or just not in a place where anyone can give you that reminder, I suggest checking out some Positive Doodles.

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Emm Roy creates adorable drawings of friendly animals sending you warm-hearted messages of strength and affirmation.  It’s nearly impossible to feel horrible when looking at a chubby, little dragon urging you not to give up!

Here are a few of my favorites!

And, you can always check out Emm’s work and more on her tumblr!




Video Game Recommendation: Final Fantasy XII: Zodiac Age

final fantasy zodiac agePlatform: Playstation 4

Rating: T

Genre: Japanese Role-Playing Game

First Released:

July 11, 2017
Previous release: March 16, 2006

Part of a Series? Nope! Dive in and play away!

Brief Synopsis:

“The game takes place in the fictional land of Ivalice, where the empires of Archadia and Rozarria are waging an endless war. Dalmasca, a small kingdom, is caught between the warring nations. Vaan, a Dalmascan youth, gets caught up in more than he expected when he runs across what he always dreamed of becoming: some sky pirates.”


By now I’m sure you’re realizing most of the games I play are either Zelda or Final Fantasy (this includes Kingdom Hearts) related. If so, well, you’re not wrong…


ABOUT FREAKING TIME, SQUARE, THAT YOU RELEASED THIS. While Final Fantasy XII initially came out to the U.S in 2006, we didn’t get the whole edition. Now, in the remaster, Square made a few changes as well as bringing the additions that Japan had that we never received!


    • Expanded License board. Instead of one license board (the system you use to teach your characters abilities and raise stats), there are TWELVE! Woo! There’s twelve jobs to choose from and each character can have two different jobs! SO MANY COMBINATIONS. It’s kinda almost overwhelming? But super exciting! And there’s plenty of sites to get advice from.
    • Speed Mode! Press L1 on the controller to toggle between normal and speed mode. Speed mode allows your party leader to walk faster, making leveling a breeze!
    • Chest location changes. This may sound like a weird change to be excited over, but what you have to know about the original U.S. release of FFXII, is that there were 4 chests on the map (that without a guide you’d never know about) that if you opened, would eliminate your chance of getting one of the best weapons in the game: The Zodiac Spear. This is no longer a thing!!! Open chests in Zodiac Age anxiety free!
    • Soundtrack changes. You can now in the Config menu change between the orchestrated version of the soundtrack and the original version.
    • Language options. Play the game in English or Japanese! Can be changed at any time on the Config menu.

These changes, especially the first three I mentioned, make the game so much more enjoyable! I love being able to make each character something different with the new license boards, rather them all having the same abilities by the end game (at that point, you decide on which character you prefer to see on the screen!). I can’t wait to beat it!

Go on and check it out and play through the game with me! As of writing this we have the game on order, so hopefully soon it’ll be in stock! Check back periodically!