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!




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!









International Games Day is back and better than ever! Join us on Saturday, November 19 from noon to 5:00 p.m. for non-stop gaming awesomeness! Make sure to eat lunch before you hit the library because you’ll need to keep your energy up for THREE tournaments and so much more!

We’re going to kick off the day with our annual Connect 4 Tournament at 12:15 p.m. We’ve seen some serious strategists over the years. Will you be a contender this year? Register here to reserve your spot!

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B-9? B-4? A-4? You sunk my LIFE-SIZE BATTLESHIP! Come sail the high seas and knock your opponent clear out of the ocean! Tournament runs from 1:15 p.m. to 2:45 p.m. You can register here.

What day of tournaments would be complete without Mario Kart? Join us for a 2-hour (3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.) Mario Kart extravaganza! This one is sure to fill up fast so don’t forget to register.

Other Fun Stuff
D&D Q&A – Our fabulous Dungeon Master, Jason, will be on hand all day to answer any questions you might have about the fantastic worlds of Dungeons and Dragons.

Trivia Wheel – Spin the wheel to find a category. Ask a question about such topics as Manga, Science, or Gaming and win a piece of candy! Ooo, piece of candy!

Opportunities for Games Galore! – We’ll have our library of board games out and ready play. With so many gamers around, it shouldn’t be hard to find another Yu-gi-oh! Player for a duel or a group for a quick game of Settlers of Catan! Feel free to bring your favorite Collectible Card Game deck!

New Club!

Do you play YuGiOh?  How about Magic: the Gathering?  Pokemon?  Any other Collectible Card Game that I didn’t mention?  

If so, bring your deck to the Vortex after school on the first Thursday of each month.  Challenge old rivals and new allies alike to duels.  

No need to register!  Just drop in and play a round or two of your favorite CCG!
Club meets on the first Thursday of each month from 3:30 to 5:00 p.m.




Game Review – Dragonvale

Dragonvale is a simulation game app for iOS and Android devices.  Annnnd… (imho) it’s pretty rad.  You can download it for free from your App Store of choice.  (There are Special Items for sale through in-app purchase, but they’re totally not necessary to play the game and have fun!)

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Here’s the premise: you have a dragon park.  People come to visit it.  They give you dragon-cash that you can use to improve and decorate your park, thus drawing more visitors and dragon-cash.  Gain levels.  Get bonuses.  Lather, rinse, repeat.

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But, the Dragons though!

You start off with a single dragon.  But you can breed this dragon with others to create literally hundreds of different kinds of dragons.  You may have heard of The Four Elements of Earth, Air, Fire, and Water.  In Dragonvale, there are dragons that correspond to these elements plus Light, Darkness, Lightning, Cold, and Galaxy, among others.  You send two dragons to the Breeding Cave.  They disappear for a period of time (rarer dragon eggs take longer to breed) and, when they are done, you have a dragon egg!  It will go into your hatchery to incubate (again, rare dragons take more time) and they you have BABY DRAGONS!  Feed your dragons to make them bigger and stronger, attract more dragon-cash, and have better odds in the breeding cave.  

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What I Like about Dragonvale

Various aspects of the game remind me of other games that I’ve enjoyed (like Flight Rising, Neko Atsume, Doodle God, and Meow Meow Star Acres) and blends them seamlessly.  I like the “gotta catch ‘em all” part of the game, but I LOVE the puzzle aspect – trying to figure out which dragons to combine to create new dragons.  You can find friends via Facebook or email invites and then share gems with them, borrow their dragons for breeding, and visit their parks!  Also, for a small-screen game, the graphics are pretty good (dragons = adorbs!) and they update with new dragons, new special events, and new decor pretty regularly!  

Check it out!  

And then friend me!

Star Wars Gaming for Teens on September 19th! Don’t forget to sign up!

ImageOn Wednesday, September 13th, from 6:30-8:00pm, we will be having a Stars Wars themed Gaming Event for grades 6-12. Use the force, we will, when we play some of our favorite Star Wars video and board games. This event will take place in The Vortex and registration is required either by going online at, calling us at 630.685.4199 or stopping by The Teen Services Desk in The Vortex.

And for you Star Wars fans out there, here’s a little fun trivia that you might not know…

* “Vader” is Dutch for “Father.”
* It took 3 different actors to portray Darth Vader: one for body, one for face, and one for voice.
* The small actor hiding in R2-D2 is less than 4 feet tall.
* The Milenium Falcon was originally inspired by the shape of a hamburger with an olive on the side.
* During The Empire Strikes Back’s famous asteroid scene, one of the deadly hurling asteroids is actually a …potato!
* In order to achieve the sound of Darth Vader’s very raspy breathing, scuba gear was used.
* Starkiller was originally Luke Skywalker’s last name.
* What do Yoda and Miss Piggy have in common? Frank Oz voiced both characters!

Hope to see you on the 19th!

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