November 9th, 2011

Game On!

42-17371538When you say the word “gamer,” a lot of people picture a young man in a dark basement, his pale skin lit by the unearthly blue glow of his computer screen, immersed in a virtual world of dragons or elves and very much alone. This stereotype is unfair not just to online gamers, but to gamers of all kinds. And I bet you’re one of them. No really, I think you are, you just don’t know it yet. Good old Merriam-Webster defines a gamer as: “a person who plays games.” That makes sense. So what’s a game? Back to Merriam-Webster:  an “activity engaged in for diversion or amusement.”  That covers just about anything and everything! Farmville, Spider Solitaire, Angry Birds, Monopoly, Pokémon, Checkers, Poker, Tic Tic Toe…surely you’ve played one of these games. How about football, basketball, hockey, golf, soccer, softball, volleyball…you don’t play those in a dark basement. What about crossword puzzles or Sudoku? Yep, whether we like to admit it or not, we’re all gamers.

We here at the library support gaming in all its forms, whether it’s playing Peek-a Boo with the babies, hosting Wii gaming for the teens or providing DVDs, books and magazines for just about every “diversion and amusement” there is. So, why a blog post about gaming? Two reasons: Saturday November 12 is National Gaming Day. The Rising Sun Branch is celebrating with one the most popular games around–Angry Birds.  Teens in grades 6-12 can join us for Angry Birds Live! to play Angry Birds on the big screen, then make birds and pigs to play with at home. If you can’t make it to Rising Sun that day don’t worry, all of our other branches will be hosting this fun program over the next few months. The other exciting reason for this post–soon you will be able to borrow X-box and Wii games from the library! More details about that coming soon.

So all you gamers out there–what’s your favorite “diversion or amusement”?

Upcoming gaming programs:

Angry Birds Live!
Rising Sun 11/12

Chesapeake City  11/29
North East 12/1
Perryville 12/15
Cecilton and Elkton – coming in January 2012

North East  11/17 Wii Gaming

Perryville  12/8  Karaoke

The gaming fun will continue into the new year with more great programs in January and February. Sign up for our newsletter to get the latest updates on upcoming programs and events.

October 19th, 2011

Let Us Find Your Next Favorite Book

Pile of BooksThe hallmark of today’s nerd tends to be obsession. These obsessions are wide ranging, from Star Wars to Jane Austen, manga to Mythbusters, Legos to zombies, Harry Potter to Angry Bir….well, you get it. I like to consider myself a well-rounded nerd, but my biggest obsession is definitely books. I get ridiculously happy when the new books come in at the library because a new book holds such promise, such potential. It might be the book that you tell all your friends about. The one that you reread every year. The one that makes you snort loudly with laughter while waiting for an oil change. (Yes, I’ve done that.)

But even better than a new book is an old book that somehow slipped past your radar – an author you’ve never read before, a book you never got around too, or a title that was wildly popular a few years ago.

For a book nerd like me, one of the best jobs at the library is doing a Book Mate. Book Mate is a matchmaking service for readers (between readers and books, not readers and other readers—we leave that up to you!).  Answer a few questions about what you like to read and what you don’t and we’ll give you a list of books we think you might enjoy. We’ll wander the stacks looking for that book that just might be your new favorite, the one you tell all your friends about. Need CD books or eBooks?  Not a problem.  Large Print or Teen books? We can do that too. Heck, we’ll even throw in a DVD if you want. No matter what you read or why you read it, we’ll find something for you.  During the month of October, a few lucky readers who fill out a Book Mate will win free copies of local author Ed Okonowicz’s spookiest books. Fill out a Book Mate form, online here or pick up a paper copy at your local library. We’re book nerds here at the library, so let us put our obsession to work for you.

What’s your nerd obsession?

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