Minecraft @ CHPL

Minecraft @ CHPL is back! Experienced 'Crafters are invited to bring their laptops or tablets and take on our latest build challenge. Players will need a Minecraft account to compete.

Wednesday, December 3, 6 - 8 p.m.
Half Conference Center, Lower Level
Open to grades 6 - 12. 


Maker Monday

"3doodler" by Rene Walter, licensed under CC BY-NC-SA 2.0.

Join us for the last Maker Monday before Thanksgiving! Try out our 3Doodler for an upgraded version of those hand-traced turkeys you made back in elementary school. Spend time with our button maker and sport some custom badges on Turkey Day to make all your cousins jealous. Stop by after school and make something fun with us!

Monday, November 24 from 3 - 4 p.m.
Children's Story & Craft Room
Open to grades 6 - 12. 

No registration required!


Mockingjay Release Party

Celebrate the release of Mockingjay: Part 1 with a series of games and challenges based on the hit Hunger Games series, like “Dress the Tributes,” “Interviews with Caesar,” “Find the Mockingjay,” and more. We’ll also have crafts, snacks, and a raffle.

Thursday, November 20 from 6 - 8 p.m.
Multicultural Room, Lower Level
Open to grades 6 - 12.


International Games Day!

"Games Controller" by Axel Pfaender, licensed under CC BY-NC-ND 2.0.

November 15 is International Games Day - come get your game on!

Compete in a Just Dance battle, MarioKart tournament, or a worldwide Minecraft Hunger Games challenge! Plus: sample new board games and try hilarious challenges that you’ve seen on YouTube. 

Saturday, November 15 from 3 - 4:30 p.m.
Conference Center, Lower Level
Open to grades 6 - 12

No registration required!


Staff Pick: Grasshopper Jungle by Andrew Smith

Grasshopper Jungle by Andrew Smith
Grasshopper Jungle by Andrew Smith
From goodreads.com:

Sixteen-year-old Austin Szerba interweaves the story of his Polish legacy with the story of how he and his best friend , Robby, brought about the end of humanity and the rise of an army of unstoppable, six-foot tall praying mantises in small-town Iowa.

To make matters worse, Austin's hormones are totally oblivious; they don't care that the world is in utter chaos: Austin is in love with his girlfriend, Shann, but remains confused about his sexual orientation. He's stewing in a self-professed constant state of maximum horniness, directed at both Robby and Shann. Ultimately, it's up to Austin to save the world and propagate the species in this sci-fright journey of survival, sex, and the complex realities of the human condition.

Pick it: if you are looking for a totally different spin on end-of-the-world novels. This reminded me of a YA Kurt Vonnegut book - I'm a big fan. Highly recommended for older teen boys, but I think this book has appeal for anyone looking for a unique sci-fi read.

Pair with: The Chocolate War by Robert Cormier - it's a minor plot point in the book, so you might wonder what all the fuss was about. You could also head downstairs to the adult section and check out Cat's Cradle by Kurt Vonnegut for another apocalyptic read.

Reviewed by: Deena