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Banned Books Week September 27th – October 3rd, 2015

Posted on September 25th, 2015 by rschmelzer@private.bpl.org in Teen Services

Banned Books Week is an annual event celebrating the freedom to read. It highlights the value of free and open access to information. Banned Books Week supports the freedom to seek and to express ideas, even those some consider unorthodox or unpopular.

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Find out more here: http://www.bannedbooksweek.org/

Girls Who Code

Posted on September 10th, 2015 by rschmelzer@private.bpl.org in Teen Services

 

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Check out this awesome article about two high school students who created their own video game called Bias Breaker, “a game that addresses the lack of representation in media and attempts to break down sexist, racist, and anti-gay stereotypes.”

They learned how to code through the organization Girls Who Code, an organization that works to provide young women with the skills to pursue opportunities in the STEM fields.  We’re excited to announce that a new Girls Who Code club will be starting this fall at the East Boston Branch every Saturday morning from 10:00-12:00 starting on Saturday, October 17th.  For more details contact Jay, the East Boston Teen Librarian.

If you’re interested in coding, you can get started online for free.  Here are some great sites to get you started:

Scratch

Code.org

Stencyl

Code Academy

Back to School, Finding You

Posted on September 4th, 2015 by rschmelzer@private.bpl.org in Teen Services

Nervous about starting a new school year? Looking for some advice and answers? Your local library has books just for you. You can reserve your copy online at https://bpl.bibliocommons.com

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Video Game Review: Part 4 of 4

Posted on August 26th, 2015 by jsnow@private.bpl.org in Teen Services

My name is Angie, your local, fresh outta high school, video game and comic book nerd. For a total of four weeks, I will be reviewing four games that the Teen Central is thinking of including into the video game library. These games are highly colorful and vivid, with great story lines and fantastic storytelling. If you like the game, or have any questions, feel free to comment. We want to know if you think these games are good additions for Teen Central.

Title: Assassin’s Creed Chronicles: China

Rating: Teen

Platform: PS4/Xbox

Graphics: 9/10

Storyline: 6/10

Overall: 7/10

Overview:

A sub-plot of the Assassin’s Creed games in the form or a colorful side-scroller, taking place in China with a previously introduced character, Shao Jun, who fled to the West to complete her training under the legendary Assassin Ezio Auditore in the animated short Assassin’s Creed Embers and has returned, determined to restore the Chinese Brotherhood of Assassins.

Plot:

16th-century China: The newly appointed Jiajing Emperor instigates a sudden and ruthless purge of all he felt were a threat to his recently-acquired throne, including the Chinese Brotherhood of Assassins. In Assassin’s Creed Chronicles: China, players come back to Shao Jun’s story as she returns to China hell-bent on retribution. Her story takes players to famous locales including the Maijishan Grottoes, Port of Macau, the Forbidden City and the Great Wall of China. Armed with stealth, agility and a combination of deadly weapons and equipment including a sharp and swift jian, a secret shoe blade, lethal rope darts and daggers, players deliver payback to those who decimated the Chinese Brotherhood of Assassins.

Review:

Though the game is lacking the right story, the art style and gameplay are new and refreshing. A strong female lead and wonderful colors make this game fun for a playthrough. The game is heavily based on stealth, giving the player more points for avoiding combat and confrontations. The smart use of layering background images to make it look more three dimension is fun and interesting. The developers were very innovative with connecting pathways for the player to explore, making it one of the best parts of the game.

 

Teen central has elected to buy these 7 games for the Media Lounge.

  • Infamous: Second Son (PS4)
  • Never Alone (PS4)
  • Assassin’s Creed Chronicles: China (PS4)
  • Guacamelee (PS4)  
  • Slender: The Arrival (Xbox)
  • Splatoon (Wii U)
  • Batman Arkham City (Wii U)

Video Game Review Part 3 of 4

Posted on August 18th, 2015 by jsnow@private.bpl.org in Teen Services

My name is Angie, your local, fresh outta high school, video game and comic book nerd. For a total of four weeks, I will be reviewing four games that the Teen Central is thinking of including into the video game library. These games are highly colorful and vivid, with great story lines and fantastic storytelling. If you like the game, or have any questions, feel free to comment. We want to know if you think these games are good additions for Teen Central.

Title: Guacamelee

Rating: Everyone

Platform: PS4

Graphics: 9/10

Storyline: 8/10

Overall: 9/10

Overview:

Inspired by Mexican culture and lore, this side scroller, multiplayer, is action-packed and full of fun. Through use of colorful graphics and fun humor, follow the story of Juan, the luchador.

Plot:

Juan, a former agave plant farmer, was killed by an evil skeleton named Carlos Calaca, only to be saved by a luchador mask with incredible powers. He must go on to face Calaca, allthewhile trying to understand his new powers that have been bestowed upon him. Travelling through his town and new worlds, he collects new abilities allowing him to explore more of his world he did not know of before.

Review:

This game is wonderfully colorful and hilarious. From turning into a chicken to talking to a giant chicken, this game’s fun never ends. It brings a new spin on the side scroller genre as it allows you to go up, down, backwards, and of course, forwards. You can change Juan, the protagonist, into a female heroine, and play with up to 3 friends. Trying to navigate the world is difficult and full of fun challenges. The characters are humorous and none of them bland. Truly, this is an action-packed game with the addition of hilarity.