On Saturdays throughout March, the Richmond Public Library has some exciting new programs running in the Launchpad (Brighouse/Main Branch).
Do you love to play video games? Ever wanted to make an app? Ever wondered how much weight a popsicle stick bridge can hold? Come by the library this March!
The Game of Apps is a 16-week extra-curricular program where students from various Richmond secondary schools formed teams to compete in developing an iPhone or iPad app. The teams have been working with industry mentors (professional designers and developers) who have been coaching and exposing the students to the same tools and processes used in the tech industry. Come and see the final results of the teams’ projects, including their final pitch presentations and app demos, early prototypes and sketches, user testing results, source code, and much more!
Come join us for the annual Science & Engineering Fair and Popsicle Bridge Competition done in partnership with the Richmond/Delta Branch of the Engineers and Geoscientists of BC (EGBC).
This event is part of the National Engineering and Geoscience Month (NEGM). Enjoy displays and activities provided by engineering organizations, educational institutions, and engineering students. This is a free, drop-in event, open to everyone.
Join the Popsicle Stick Bridge Building Competition!
Build the strongest bridge you can with 100 popsicle sticks and white glue. Popsicle Stick Bridges will be tested on the day of the fair (March 10), using the famous EGBC bridge tester.
The three categories for the competition are:
1) Grade 10 and under,
2) Grade 11 and 12, and
3) Post-secondary students and professionals
The winners of each category will be awarded with a trophy.
To register, download the registration form from www.egbc.ca… or visit the Richmond Public Library Brighouse Branch to pick up a registration form.
Registration forms can be handed in at the library or emailed to email@example.com.
Purchase your own popsicle sticks and glue, or pick up a popsicle and glue kit package from the Brighouse Branch during month of February.
Most people have played video games in the past, but have you played the games from the past? On March 17th come and experience the video games new and old on freeplay, and participate in our Donkey Kong, and Super Smash Bros. Tournaments! Hope to see you there!
Register for the tournament by speaking with a Library Staff member. You will be asked for your name, email or phone number, age and skill level: new player, beginner, intermediate or expert.
Please bring your Wii remote, nunchuck, Gamecube controller, Wii U Pro controller, or 3DS if you have any on hand.
Under the GUI and the Richmond Public Library present
RICHMOND YOUTH APP HACKATHON
Join us on March 24th for an all-day event where you will work with a team to build your own video game. Take on the role of a programmer, animator, or sound designer! You will receive training from specialists, then join your team to create a game that will be showcased later in the day.
Register for this exciting event by speaking with a Library staff member. You will be asked for your name, email or phone number, age and preferred role (sound and music, programming, or animation).
Participants are encouraged to bring their own laptops. Lunch is not provided.
On Tuesdays from 7-9pm there is a 5th edition Dungeons and Dragons game for teens that takes place in the Brighouse branch Launchpad. Each game is run by Digital Services Tech (and author) James McCann.
Interested in joining? Click here to sign up!
The story so far…
The world of Aloric had always been plentiful and peaceful, and stories of old wars and rivalries were just legend. Those who trained as soldiers did so to protect the lands from raiders and highwaymen, but wars between nations had not existed for more than a century.
Over the past few months, water in Aloric had been getting scarcer. Wells were running dry, and the water witches had not found new sources. The roads were becoming rife with bandits stealing not gold—but water from those who travelled.
Ragnar, a dragonborn fighter, and Ratath, an elfin warrior, had answered an ad posted all over town for adventurers willing to seek out water. As they sat in the inn they noted the tables full of wannabe adventurers.
“Welcome!” the mayor said. “Thank you for coming. This quest is of utmost importance…for we will be out of water within the year.”
“And what is this quest?” a halfling shouted from the back of the room.
The mayor cleared his throat uneasily and said, “To journey to the Citadel of the Vampires. To bargain a treaty with them, as they are responsible for the last of Aloric’s water.”
Even before the mayor had finished his words beyond “vampire,” the inn had cleared out. Except for Ragnar, Ratath, a dwarven mage, and a goblin rogue.
“They call me Brikt,” the goblin said to those who were left. “My king has sent me here to also bargain. But we believe that war is imminent with the vampires, and only those wielding the Five Magical Weapons of Lore have a chance at defeating the creatures of dark.”
The mayor sighed and started to speak. His words mumbled until he gave up altogether. He sat, slumping in a chair and looking tired.
“This is a chance for me to redeem what I have done wrong,” Ragnar whispers. Then out loud: “I will do it!”
“As will I,” said Ratath. The dwarf, Baulder, added something about going where he might learn better magic.
The mayor looked at the troupe and nodded. “Where you go will be dangerous. But we are thankful for your willingness.”
And so their story began!
To be continued…
It’s been a while since a good book has caught my eye enough to tear myself away from all the homework and all the rush of life, but this book is definitely amazing! Even though this wasn’t the paranormal novel I would prefer to read, I didn’t even miss the genre because there was enough of everything else to satisfy me. The novel was that well wrote!
Charlotte Reynolds, is known as Charlie, a sixteen-year old surrounded by a family of boys. Her challenges are seen when she struggles to just be feminine, when she begins working at a cute little boutique to be more responsible and pay for that speeding ticket she got! With something similar to a double life, she deals with it by having chats ON THE FENCE, with her neighbour and someone who is so close to their family that he practically lives at her house – Braden. This just leads to a lot of interesting events, which cannot be spoiled, but all I can do is urge you to give this book a chance!
On the Fence is a nice short read, that you will not be able to put down. Although it might seem a little stereotypical, the viewpoint and perspective of Charlie is so intriguing that it just keeps everything going. All the humor, the world of a girl struggling to be a girl, and all the drama that comes with three overprotective brothers is captivating. The storytelling sucks you in and has you cheering even harder for Charlie. It talks about regular themes in life that happen often that people can relate to, but makes it fun, romantic, and humorous! People who just want a short break and a beautiful story and plot with no sad ending will love this! It helps you keep up the optimism! Kasie West definitely deserves a huge round of applause for this book, and as a romantic who only wishes for happy endings, I enjoyed every second!
Calling all aspiring creative writers!
Have you ever wanted to write your own book? Or make a text-based choose your own adventure game? The Digital Services Team at the Richmond Public Library will be offering a three-part digital storytelling series this February to help you explore new ways of planning and creating stories online.
We’ve developed these programs to appeal to talented young artists-in-the-making like yourselves (ages 10-14).
Sign up for individual workshops. We hope to see you there!
SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 18th, 2018
Want to write your own adventure story where the reader gets to choose the ending? Want to write that story as a simple, text-based video game? Inkle provides the tools, you provide the inspiration! Our digital services team will help you craft your story and learn how to turn it into a video game!
SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 24th, 2018
Create a map that tells a story with StoryMap JS. StoryMap can help you visualize the geographical context of your story, or help you map out your family’s last road trip. Add images, tweets and videos to bring your story to life!
SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 25th, 2018
Do you have a story in you wanting to get out? Do you have trouble organizing your research, keeping track of characters, creating places? True Novelist is free online software that is designed to help you achieve your word goals and do all the heavy lifting, leaving you free to write!
Read the following books and vote on your favourite on our poll!
In partnership with Richmond High Schools.
Are you between the ages of 12-18 years and are looking for something to do after school? Why not earn service hours while helping your community? The following library programs are in need of volunteers:
READING BUDDIES (Meet other teens & help kids with their reading!)
Tue 4:00-5:00pm Jan. 26-feb. 21 Ironwood Branch
Thurs 4:00-5:00pm Jan. 23-Mar. 8 Brighouse Branch
Wed 4:00-5:00pm Jan. 31-Feb. 21 Steveston Branch
LE CLUB FRANCAIS (Meet other teens & help kids with their reading in French! (Must be fluent in French)
Tue 4:00-5:00pm Jan. 23-Mar. 6 Brighouse Branch
READ TO A DOG (Help kids with their reading as they read to a service dog!)
Tue 7:00-8:00pm Jan. 23-Feb. 27 Brighouse Branch
Wed 4:00-5:00pm Jan. 31-Feb. 21 Steveston Branch
CHESS CLUB (Set-up chess boards, teach children chess & play a game or two!)
Wed 3:30-5:00pm Jan. 13-Mar. 28 Brighouse Branch
Please email: firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested in volunteering for one of the programs.
Dungeons and Dragons takes place in fantasy worlds like Lord of the Rings, Elves of Shannara, or King Arthur. These worlds are made up by the Dungeon Masters–sometimes from scratch or perhaps with a little help from other Dungeon Masters.
Where will the Dungeons and Dragons game that will begin January 9, 2018 take place? The World of Aloric! An original fantasy-scape created by digital services tech, James. He created the map using an online world generator called donjon, and the rest was generated from his own imagination.
The Ruins of Minas Govi is where the characters start. This city has existed on the brink of desolation for several generations, but now faces its most serious threat: the desert is running dry of water wells.
This is going to send the would-be heroes (played by YOU) on a quest to those who control the waters in the west, the Vampire Lords. However, along for the journey is a goblin raider who tells the tale of five mystical weapons that just might mean the difference between life and death — if the vampires choose to be less than helpful. But can this goblin be trusted?
Join our Dungeons and Dragons game and find out!
If you’re a fan of Stranger Things, you have seen them play and talk about the game Dungeons and Dragons (also known as D&D). By the time the kids in the TV series started playing it, since the show takes place in the 80s, Dungeons and Dragons would have already been around for more than a decade.
Did you know that Dungeons and Dragons, created by Gary Gygax and David Arneson, started in 1974? Or that it was inspired by war combat reenactments with plastic toy soldiers and by Lord of the Rings? Maybe you’re not sure what Dungeons and Dragons even is…
Whether you realize it or not, your gaming and literary world was heavily inspired by D&D. World of Warcraft, Diablo, Skyrim, and many other video games are descendants of the game you see the characters playing in Stranger Things. The difference is that the action in D&D takes place in your imagination and not on a computer screen.
How does that work? Think of it like reading a book. The author, known as the “Dungeon Master,” or “DM,” tells you the story by describing what you see, except with D&D you get to play the character and choose where the plot goes. Kind of like this:
DM: You walk into a cave. It’s dark, but you smell the putrid stench of someone who has not showered in weeks.
Player: I light a torch!
DM: The room ignites in a soft amber glow, and hiding in the shadows you see a goblin with a treasure chest in his hand.
And so the story continues, with you as the hero!
Starting in January, Richmond Public Library will be putting together a Dungeons and Dragons game just for teens! Dungeon Mastered by James, Digital Services Tech (and author), we’ll be using much of our in-house tech to enhance the game. 3D printed figures, maps displayed on our media wall with six screens, characters generated on iPads, and much more!
Watch this blog for more information and our website for registration in this program! (Registration opens December 18th!)