Summer Robotics Workshop

The library is hosting a robotics workshop! You’ll get to build, program, and compete with your robot in this introductory program. The dates are: July 11th, 13th, 18th, and 20th from 2 to 4 pm. There’s only 20 spaces available, so
email Sarah
, the new librarian to sign up!

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Don’t Trust Anyone Over 25!

This is the mantra that greeted me as I started reading Cory Doctorow’s commentary in the book, Little Brother. No, there is no subtlety in his perspective and for me that didn’t interfere with my enjoyment of the story. The quote, “Funny, for all surveillance, Osama bin Laden is still free—and we’re not. Guess who’s winning the “war on terror?” is just one of many expressing some obvious truths. I enjoyed this thinly veiled commentary on the political landscape of security and how it invades many aspects of our lives in the name of keeping America safe. So much so that the main character, Marcus, after being falsely accused of being involved in a terrorist attack on San Francisco, decides that he is not going to lay down and take it. Our young computer geek decides that he’s going to fight fire with fire. As Doctorow puts it, “Never underestimate the determination of a kid who is time-rich and cash-poor.”

The concept of the little guy fighting against the establishment, especially one that plays dirty, is exciting and has the reader cheering Marcus and his friends on as they mount their attack. Throughout the book the reader is provided with a list of books and ideas that can be explored further on their own time ranging from the effects of microwaving grapes, exploring humanity with, On the Road by Jack Kerouac, and then to Schneier’s paper dealing with Applied Cryptography. These are just interesting stops along the way as you journey through this thrilling landscape.

Another recent title in a similar vein is Epic by Conor Kostick. This book tells the story of a government created with good intentions and only one rule; no violence, without exception under penalty of being banished. Sounds like a good idea, however, as in all good stories, corruption has slowly crept into the realm of those who make decisions and affect the lives of everyone. The way they wield this control is through a game called Epic. Everyone must spend (waste) much of their waking time eeking out a meager living by collecting wealth within the virtual world of the game, Epic in order to help them subsist in the real world.

So through the main character, Erik, the discovery is made that the very skills society considers advantageous in the game can actually be limiting in their game play. Erik also discovers that despite his new-found strengths, he can not do it alone. So with the help of his friends and those in his colony, they attempt to make things right and that by reaching for the end it might just be the beginning.

Oh, and I know you’re going to look it up so here it is, but be warned, don’t try this at home!

I’ve Seen the Future…

There is an amazing interactive music video that has just been released by Arcadia Fire. It is SO cool! I love the song, I love the visuals, I love the fact that I can personalize it every time I watch. Watch this one and then make your own. You can even watch the one I made for the library…I’ve seen the future of videos.

Be forewarned. When making your own personal video, the computer requirements are Google Chrome and very intensive. Close all other windows and programs. You will see many windows open up – don’t try to close them. Sit back, interact when directed, and enjoy!

Let Us Know What You Think!

Are you taking a foriegn language in school this year? Would you just like to try a new language for fun? Well, we now have a 30-day free trial to PowerSpeak and we’d like to know how you like it. Just click on this icon from our homepage.

This  program allows you to create an account in a matter of seconds and this then gives you access to four different languages that include; Spanish, French, Mandarin, and German. It’s pretty, it’s easy, and now we need to know if it works. Let us know what you think!

Holiday Gaming Day

Okay, kiddos. School is out, it’s raining, and your parents need to buy your gifts. What are you going to do? Well, you could always join us Saturday for our big holiday gaming extravaganza…We’ll have the Wii set up, a PS2, and board games galore. Feel free to bring your favorite game, a sack lunch, and hang out at BPL this Saturday, December 19 from 1-4 PM. See you then!

Got Computers?

Don’t have a computer? No worries! Burlington Public Library has what you need. We have 15 internet ready computers, in addition to three computers set aside strictly for your word processing needs. We do require a parent signature for teens under 18 years of age to access our unfiltered computers.

Check out the video of the kid who made the Apple store his own personal recording studio!

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New Teen Reads @ BPL!

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