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Tabletop Day at CPL

by Carrie - 0 Comment(s)

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You may not know this, but I have a deep and abiding love for tabletop strategy games. The addiction started years ago with Settlers of Catan, but has grown (and grown) to include so many other great games - immersive, hours-long games like Dominion, Talisman, and Hacienda; quick, humourous games like Poo, Zombie Dice, and Get Bit; beautiful meditative games like Tsuro - honestly, there's almost nothing I won't play.

Which is why I'm so happy to announce that we will once again be celebrating International Tabletop Day at Calgary Public Library! All ages are welcome and you don't need to register - just drop in and play something awesome.

You can join us at four locations on April 5th, from 12-4 pm:

  • Central Library (on the 2nd floor - that's where I'll be!) - 616 Macleod Trail SE
  • Forest Lawn Library - 4807 8th Avenue SE
  • Shawnessy Library - 333 Shawville Blvd. SE (South Fish Creek Complex)
  • Village Square Library - 2623 56th Street NE

And if you just can't wait that long, come to the Nose Hill Library (1530 Northmount Drive NW) for an early celebration on March 30th from 1-4 pm.

International Tabletop Day at CPL!

by Carrie - 0 Comment(s)

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If you're a geek or a gamer you've probably already heard that March 30th is International Tabletop Day, created by geek legends Felicia Day and Wil Wheaton to encourage us all to play more games (and to celebrate the anniversary of their online show TableTop). It's a day to unplug from your console and explore the wide world of tabletop games. Today's fantastic strategy games really make you use your brain, and what better place to do that than your local library? Calgary Public Library will be hosting three events this Saturday to celebrate:

Central Library, 2nd floor, 10:30 am to 4 pm

Forest Lawn Library, 12 pm to 4 pm

Glenmore Square Library, 10:30 am to 4 pm

These are all-ages events and everyone is welcome! Bring your own favourite game or play one of our selections, ranging from Settlers of Catan to Carcassonne to Poo (yes, we have a game called Poo - try it out at Glenmore Square). You don't need to register, just stop by one of these three locations, join a game, and have fun!

Teen Afterschool @ Forest Lawn Library

by Alexandra May - 1 Comment(s)

Forest Lawn Library is the place to be after school this fall!

Every Monday through Thursday, starting September 19th, Forest Lawn Library is having afterschool programming for teens in grades 7 -12. There is something for everyone --here is a brief look at some of the exciting programs that are happening:

On September 21st and 28th the branch is hosting a drawing workshop with a focus on comics (anime and western-style), video games, and animated film. On the first day teens will be introduced to the basics, while day two will build on the techniques and tricks learned and focus on more advanced character design and techniques.

Did you know that you can build a robot that can solve a rubics cube? Play a perfect game of Wii bowling? Well... during the Robotics program on November 9th and 16th you can come try your hand at the LEGO Mindstorm Robot and see what you make a robot do. We also have some battling robots amongst others.

If you want to try your hand at Cake Decorating, there will be Cupcake Decorating on September 28th. Our Fashion Design program might start you on the path to Project Runway Canada. You can bring 3 clothing items and learn how to do everything from hemming, sewing on buttons, mending, and simple alterations. That’s just the first week. In the second week you’ll get the chance to remodel your clothes: make regular jeans "skinny", update last year’s wardrobe to current style, or just create your own unique styles.

If you’re into Anime and Manga, join the Anime Club! Come watch Anime movies, receive prizes and vote on which movies the club watches.

All of these programs are just the tip of the iceberg; in addition, Forest Lawn is also hosting Yoga, the City of Calgary L.E.A.D. program, Scrapbooking, Blogging, Basic Budgeting hosted by Momentum, Filpbook Animation, Gaming and Karaoke, Volunteer Opportunities, Red Cross Certified Babysitting Course, Nutrition and Cooking, Knitting and Crocheting and more.

Check out all the programs this fall at Forest Lawn!

Thanks to our guest blogger, Jan, for updating us on all these sweet programs!

So you didn't make it to Palm Springs ...

by Jilliane Yawney - 1 Comment(s)

Looking for something to do over Spring Break?

Come to Nose Hill library.

Drop-in gaming from 2 – 4 pm every day Mon – Fri (Mar 28 – Apr 1)

The Wii will be out as well as board games, card games, and life sized checkers.

Oh, and we’ll have some books too.

Still Gaming On!

by Alexandra May - 0 Comment(s)

If you have never been to one of our Game On programs then what are you waiting for? If you're waiting for me to tell you what Game on is... then your wait is over!

Game On!

Game On is your chance to come to the library and compete with other teens at games like Guitar Hero, Rock Band, Super Smash brothers and more! The events run at Calgary Public Library branches all over the city, so be sure to check out the dates and times here.


by Alexandra May - 0 Comment(s)

When you see an acronym do you spell it out, or do you try to pronounce it the way it's written? Personally I like to try to pronounce it, so when I talk about M.M.O.R.P.G's I'm talking about mmmorpgeh's... mmorpjeh's... mmmorpguh's?

Well what I'm really talking about are Massively Multiplayer Online Role-Playing Gamescontrol. Of course you knew that already though right? If you didn't, you might not know what a Massively Multiplayer Online Role-Playing Game is, so let's start there. A MMORPG is a video game which is played online massively... role-playing multi... it's an online game where you can play with others in a virtual (usually fantasy) environment. Many such games like Blizzard Entertainment's World of Warcraft require you to create a character which you then improve upon by gaining experience, earning money and acquiring items within the virtual world. This is done by completing quests and killing things and killing things some more.

MMORPG's have become a social and anti-social (yep apparently that makes sense) phenomenon over the past decade. Game addiction has been compared to an addiction to gambling or even alcohol, as cases of divorce, job dismissal and even death have been tied Epic Coverto an excess of online gaming. In Shanghai a player was convicted of murdering another in real life over a disputed piece of virtual property after an attempt to involve the police failed. (They don't have laws which cover virtual property) The question of virtual property itself is creating economic interest, as these virtual items can sometimes be sold for real money on auction sites such as eBay.

With millions of players online worldwide (an estimated 30% of the population of South Korea is registered), MMORPG's are becoming more and more relevant each year. So what do you think? Do you play? If so, then which game? Will virtual life replace real life in a dystopian future ruled by robots?

Or, as in Conor Kostick's Epic, maybe a MMORPG will control every facet of real life: your school, your job, how much money you make... until a rebel teenager upsets the balance, of course.

Also, don't forget to check out some of our real life resources on virtual reality. Mmorpgeuh!

Game On!

by Alexandra May - 0 Comment(s)

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Gaming at the Library???

If you enjoy games like Rock Band, Guitar Hero or Wii sports, you're welcome to drop by the library to test your skills and challenge other teens at these and other great games. This free program is open to ages 13 - 17 this summer at Calgary Public Library branches all over the the city. If this sounds like your kind of library program than be sure to drop by The Central Library on Saturday, May 2nd from 2:00 - 3:30 pm for an early preview as the Library celebrates Youth Week.

Check CPL program guides or for Game On dates and times at your nearest branch.

No registration required.