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Tabletop gamers, rejoice!  The granddaddy of roleplaying games is here and soon to be available for checkout!

We are honored to have the Illinois Poet Laureate, Kevin Stein, visiting the library this Thursday, November 5 at 6:30 PM!  If you enjoy reading or writing poetry, or if you enjoy creative writing, this is a must-see event!  Kevin will share several poems and wrap up with a question-and-answer session.

This event is free and advance registration is requested (but not required).  Please sign up by registering online, calling the library at 618-344-1112, or visiting the main desk.

As an ambassador for poetry, Kevin promotes awareness of poetry as well as heightens appreciation of the art form.  He is the Caterpillar Professor of English at Bradley University in Peoria, where he has served since 1984. He is also the director of Bradley's Creative Writing Program. Kevin has been the Illinois Poet Laureate since 2003, filling the position previously held by Gwendolyn Brooks, Carl Sandburg, and Howard Austin. He continues to write, with his newest collection, Wrestling Li Po for the Remote, appearing in spring 2013 from Chicago’s Fifth Star Press.

Illinois Poet Laureate Kevin Stein with students

Teens around the world voted, and the results are in!  Here are this year's Top Ten books as submitted to the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA).  Click on the titles to request your copies or learn more about them!

  1. The Shadow Throne by Jennifer A. Nielsen
  2. I Become Shadow by Joe Shine
  3. To All the Boys I've Loved Before by Jenny Han
  4. My Life with the Walter Boys by Ali Novak
  5. Heir of Fire by Sara J. Maas
  6. The Bane Chronicles by Cassandra Clare
  7. The Young Elites by Marie Lu
  8. The Kiss of Deception by Mary E. Pearson
  9. Since You've Been Gone by Morgan Matson
  10. The Geography of You and Me by Jennifer E. Smith


Video games have great stories to tell.  We've come a long way from "Our princess is in another castle" as better graphics and system specs have allowed games to take on new dimensions, including fuller character development and world building.  Writing for video games is an actual job that people have and they’re doing an increasingly good job as the years go on.

If you enjoy exceptional storytelling as part of your gaming experience, try these (and more) from the library's video game collection.  Happy gaming!

Bioshock Infinite cover

Bioshock: Infinite is the most recent title in the series and it’s in much the same vein as Bioshock (first-person shooter; you don't know anything about the character you embody at first) although this time the world is set in a dystopian city in the clouds. The story is unraveled in much the same way as the first. You learn tidbits as you go that reveal information about characters and your mission. The twist at the end may not be as wrenching if you've played the first game, but it's still fulfilling.

Skyrim cover

The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim (multiple console options available from the library): Skyrim is a fantasy first-person game where you can fight bandits and dark wizards and, in the most recent game, dragons. The game has many role-playing elements and typically has a main quest with countless hours of side quests.

Fallout 3 coverFallout New Vegas cover

Fallout 3 and Fallout: New Vegas: Fallout’s gameplay is in the same vein as Skyrim but the story is set in a post-apocalyptic future after nuclear war.

The Walking Dead cover

The Walking Dead (which will be hitting our shelves soon) is unlike the other games mentioned so far in that it can be played on mobile devices as well as traditional consoles. It requires players to invest in certain characters and make decisions that can affect character development as well as the outcome of the story itself.

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