Saturday, October 30, 2010

don't blame us if you lose a finger...

The sounds and smells of a fine Fall day. Calm. Cool. And oh, look! Pumpkins! And powertools! Get to it, ladies and gentlemen! Bring a pumpkin and a signed permission slip and head over to the Robbins to do a little crazy carving. 2PM today.

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Teen Advisory Group (a.k.a. TAG...surely we can come up with better acronyms?)

Here 'tis, all. The first meeting of the soon-to-be-renamed-with-a-cooler-handle Teen Advisory Group. The details: November 18th, 5:30 in the staff lounge (In the Lower Level, to the left of the Children's Room). Just follow your noses. I give you pizza and soda. You give me ideas on how to spend the money. Your fine ideas and pizza consumption = community service hours. And just so I know how much food to, email (, facebook, or send a smoke signal to let me know if you're stopping by.

Monday, October 18, 2010

This just in...

We're now inviting students 6th grade though 12th grade to our First! Ever! After! Hours! Video! Game! Night!*

                                                                                                            *No exclamation marks were harmed during the posting of this message.  But while we're talking punctuation, did you know that there's a mark called the "interrobang"?  Seriously.  It's what you get when you mix a question with outrage or disbelief.  Looks like a "?" with a "!" through it.  But since we don't have buttons for that, we usually just do one of these: "!?"  Let's use it in a sentence to cement the idea.  Example:  "What do you mean you're letting us hang out in the library after it closes?!  That's amazing!"    End of lesson. 

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Sorry, steampunk. You made the mainstream.

Steampunkers, the inevitable has happened. The fabulous sub genre (think the new version of Sherlock Holmes with Robert Downy Jr.) of sci-fi, the weird baby brother, is now mainstream. Woe unto us.

On this past Monday's Castle:

I admit it, I watched the episode and geeked out a bit, and went rummaging for some brass pistons and some spare cogs and wheels.... Which made me think about some excellent YA and adult steampunk to feed the beast or get to you started: Leviathan, by Scott Westerfeld - Mortal Engines, by Philip Reeve - Boneshaker, by Cheri Priest - Extraordinary Engines: The Definitive Steampunk Anthology, edited by Nick Gevers.