All Things Board Games!

Do you like to play board games? Are you looking for some new titles? I personally really love all things gaming. A few good games that I’ve played and/or learned about recently that are a lot of fun…

Zombie Dice:

zombie-diceIt’s quick, fun, and easy to play. Basically, you play as a zombie, and you have dice that have a brain, an explosion that’s supposed to represent a shotgun, and a set of footprints on each die. Depending on what you roll shows whether or not you a) ate the person’s brain, b) they shot you, or c) they got away. You pick three dice out of a cup, roll them, and then based on what you roll you can either keep going or tally up your score–you get points for how many brains you eat. The person with the most points at the end of the game wins!

If you’re looking for a game with a little more intrigue, perhaps you could try…

Coup:coup

Coup is also very fast paced, and a lot of fun to play. You are the head of an Italian family, and in an intense power struggle with, well, all of the other people you are playing with, who are also heads different Italian families. This game uses cards with different characters on them, and each of the characters have different moves that they can do, all of them pretty much involving whether or not they are going to steal your or another person’s money, which is given to you each round with cardboard coins that come with the game. Each player is given two cards, one face up, and one face down. The fun part is tricking other players into thinking that your face down character is different from the character you may actually have.

You can chose to fake out the other players by using moves that other characters have, even if they aren’t a character you actually possess. But, other players can call you out, and if they are correct, you will lose the character that they call out. If your accuser is incorrect, then they lose a character instead. The last person standing is, of course, the winner.

And, if you’re into really complex games…

Betrayal at the House on the Hill:

betrayal-at-the-house-on-the-hillThis game is pretty complex and involved… It’s almost RPG level as far as board games are concerned. You’re part of a group that is investigating a haunted house. (Think Scooby Doo or even Supernatural.) Each member of your party has different skills and you move around using cards with different scenarios. As you move through the house, you draw board pieces that actually determine the way that the house is put together. At some point there is a betrayal in your party… each time you play, the game goes a different way, and there are a number of scenarios that you can play through. When I played with my family around Christmas, my dad ended up turning evil, and invisible. He stalked through the house and ended up killing off our entire party! It is a really fun game, but I wouldn’t recommend it for beginners. There are a lot of things you have to keep track of, and the game can run really long, depending on the scenario that gets picked.

Do you have any board games you played recently that you really liked? Any you would recommend playing? Let us know in the comments, we at the library would love to hear from you!

– Shannon, Highlands-Shelby Park

Bored? Help People Right NOW

You just don’t know what to do right now, and you have a few minutes to kill? Help somebody out! Here’s some great citizen-science and crowdsourcing projects that you don’t want to miss.

Louisville Leader Transcription Project

Can you read? Can you type what you read? Help the University of Louisville digitize and make machine-readable and searchable its Louisville Leader articles. Read the instructions, and transcribe articles for U of L so that people can use a database to search the contents. You can help make this historic community newspaper accessible to historians and everyone! This project includes everything from wedding announcements to sports reporting. I saw an article just the other day about a Central High School basketball game.

zooniverse.org

This is a platform for helping scientists crowdsource citizen participation in research. Everything from counting birds to sorting drawings to looking for space dust. One-stop shopping for a huge array of citizen-science initiatives.

Building Inspector for NYPL

The New York Public Library wants to make a digital time machine out of their maps. You can help them by playing a series of games that input data while exploring old maps of New York City. Protip: there were drug stores across from drug stores, in the 1850s. I can only conclude everybody was sick literally all the time.

These projects are more than just fun–they make resources available to researchers and the public and help advance our knowledge in history and science!

– Katherine, Young Adult Services, Highlands-Shelby Park Branch

Movie trailers of books?? What? How? Where?

Many publishers of modern young adult fiction understand that kids are very visually driven. So to market their books to the “teen” population, some have begun creating “Movie trailers” of their books. You get to jump into the story visually and decide if you want to give the book a try. Here are some of my favorites:

The Forest of Hands and Teeth by Carrie Ryan

Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs

Dorothy Must Die by Danielle Paige

Under the Never Sky by Veronica Rossi

Girl Power Graphic Novels

If you like comics and love a great story full of action and girl power, you can’t go wrong with these three new graphic novels.

Princess with a crown

Princeless: Save Yourself by Jeremy Whitley

Princess Adrienne gets tired of waiting for a prince to rescue her and takes matters into her own hands. She escapes from her tower with the help of Sparky the dragon, and she sets off on an adventure to rescue her sisters.

Girl in rollerskates on book cover

Roller Girl by Victoria Jamieson

Astrid signs up for roller derby camp even though her best friend wants to go to dance camp. She works hard to master her skates while she makes new friends and finds a place on the roller derby team.

Ms Marvel book cover

Ms Marvel: No Normal by G. Willow Wilson

Start here to watch Kamala Khan morph from ordinary Muslim girl to extraordinary superhero while remaining true to herself. Two more issues are coming soon!

What are you reading this summer? We love to see your recommendations!

-Susan, Teen Services, Iroquois Branch

Hit the Road This Summer With Paper Towns

The next John Green phenomenon is here!  If you loved The Fault in Our Stars, check out Paper Towns.

Imagine the guy or girl you’ve been in love with since childhood shows up a month before your high school graduation in your bedroom window with black face paint in the middle of the night. They want you to go on a revenge drive with them.  Would you do it?

Quentin “Q” Jacobsen finds himself in this exact position when Margo Roth Spiegelman recruits him to be her accomplice on an epic night of pranking. Margo has devised a revenge mission on all of the people she feels have hurt her throughout high school.  There are eleven parts to the plot, and Margo needs someone (and more importantly, a car) to help her complete her plan.  However, the next day Margo disappears.  She leaves a trail of mysterious clues for Q and he sets out on hilarious and exhilarating road trip with his friends to find her.

The movie is coming to theaters on July 24th.  Be sure to read the book before you see the movie, so you can see what changes from the book to the movie.  Stop by any library location afterward and let one of our teen or children’s librarians know what YOU think of the changes. We love talking about books!

-Heather, Children and Teen Services, St. Matthews Branch

Summer Blockbusters @ Your Library

Did you know that many of this summer’s blockbuster movies are based on books and comics? The theater isn’t the only place to go to find an epic adventure over the summer.  The Louisville Free Public Library has comic books about The Avengers and the characters’ individual stories. We also have copies of Pitch Perfect, Jurassic Park, Terminator series books, John Green’s Paper Towns, and Fantastic Four comics.

Avengers Cover: Iron Man, Thor, etc.

Remember that in order to make a book into a movie the story and the characters are often changed so that it fits into a small time frame. This means that you are missing part of the story or a great character that you didn’t even know existed. Don’t miss out by only going to see the movie! Take the time to explore the book either before or after and see all the differences. For example, there are hundreds of Avengers comics with dozens of storylines that make it impossible to capture everything that happens to the characters on film.

While you’re checking out our selection of summer blockbuster books, don’t forget to join our Teen Summer Reading program. Starting on June 1st, go to any of our eighteen branch locations and pick up your folder to win great prizes. Just for reading six books and completing one activity, you will receive a backpack, coupon sheet to lots of local attractions, and U of L tickets. You will even be entered for a chance to win a tablet!

Visit your local branch of the Louisville Free Public Library this summer for awesome books and prizes.

-Lynn, Youth Services, Westport/St. Matthews Branches

The Glimmer of a Good Book

So, I was chilling at the Newburg Library one bright and sunny day, and something shiny caught my eye. I was looking at all the new books flooding the library after generous donations were made for us to receive tons of replacement books like The Giver, Holes, Mockingjay and Begging for Change. I couldn’t help but to look toward the glimmer again.

Silver book cover

Before I knew it, I was gazing at a popular Carolyn Mackler book that was covered in metallic silver, and the title read…The Earth, My Butt, and Other Big Round Things. Some of you who have read this book may recognize the older cover(s), but I came across this reflective beauty and loved the inside of it even more!

The story is centered on Virginia Shreves, and she is someone I can most definitely relate to growing up in the family that I did. Sometimes being the biggest one in the family photos can mess with a girl’s self-image, but Ginny doesn’t allow any of that to interfere with her getting what she wants–even after the unthinkable happens.

To read this and many more returning faves; or to fall in love with other classics altogether?  Check out your local branch now!

-Renesha, Youth Services, Newburg Branch 

Overcoming Test Anxiety

Are you stressed about the ACT? Upcoming finals in a little over a month? When I was a teen, I had mini-panic moments where I thought that if I did poorly on a test, I would fail school, not get into college, never get a job, etc….

You will be fine! Tests are important and can be stressful, but your life will not be ruined if you have a bad test day. Just take a deep breath, and read the following book! It will make you feel better about your school experience.

The Testing Cover Image
The Testing by Joelle Charbonneau

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Shake Up Your Reading with Fun Nonfiction

Need something new to read? Tired of all the fiction dystopias, teen romance and teen fiction that involves a beloved character dying and you end up a blubbering, hysterical mess at the end of the book? How about trying some fun nonfiction?

Underwater Dogs by Seth Casteel – need a book to cheer you up?  This is the one.  Nothing but awesome, adorable pictures of dogs underwater.  Really, it’s fantastic. Pure joy in a book.

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