Batman In My Lifetime

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Here's another entry by Student Leader member Jonathan, who shares his take on the 75th anniversary of Batman:

I was born in 1997, the year that Joel Schumacher's Batman & Robin was released. Ah yes, it was the heyday of Batman mediocrity. I suppose I was lucky that my first memory of Batman is Christopher Nolan's Batman Begins.

At 8 years old, I was amazed by Bruce Wayne and the Caped Crusader, his dark persona. I continued on to watch the rest of Nolan's trilogy. The Dark Knight Rises cemented my eternal interest in the character Batman and his universe. I have now watched every Batman movie (yes, even the bad ones), watched episodes of the TV show with Adam West (the one my Mom adores), played the Arkham videogame series, and read a good deal of recent Batman comics and graphic novels.

I know that you might think, You don't know the real Batman if you haven't read Bob Kane's Batman comics. Perhaps that's true to the certain extent. I don't know the Batman of past generations as well as the one I have grown up with.

That's the beautiful aspect of Batman. He's an immortal character that has grabbed the interest of people for 75 years now.

Thanks Jonathan!

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75YearsBatman.pngOn Saturday July 26th, Greenwich Library and other libraries across the country will be celebrating 75 years of Batman!  Batman Day (click here for more details) will be held in the library's second floor meeting room beginning at 1:00 pm.  The program will be part of our 2014 Teen Summer Reading series.

We'll be showing video games, classic television episodes and films, and (while quantities last) give away some free comics, posters and masks.  For Batfans of all ages!

Hard to believe  but it's been seventy-five years since Bruce Wayne had his first published adventure as the Batman in "The Case of The Chemical Syndicate" back in Detective Comics #27, cover dated May, 1939.

That six page story by writer/co-creator Bill Finger and artist/co-creator Bob Kane began the character's long running existence which has manifested over the decades in comics, movie serials, films, television, newspaper comic strips and video games, among other media.  And don't forget all  the characters who were subsequently introduced in the comics that have become popular as well:  Robin, the Joker,  Catwoman, the Penguin, Batgirl, Batwoman, the Riddler, Bane, Nightwing, Red Robin, Batwing, Ace the Bat Hound (yes!), and even the goofy Bat-Mite.

2012's The Dark Knight Rises was one of the biggest box office hits at the movie theatres.  And Warners has announced they'll be releasing the Batman v Superman film (with Ben Affleck as Batman!) in 2016.  So the Caped Crusader will be around for a long time! 

For more info, contact Ed Morrissey at (203) 622-7918 or Everett Perdue at (203) 625-6507. 

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MattMakerBot#2.pngThanks to everybody who came to Saturday's MakerBot program. Thirty six people attended! Special thanks to Student Leader member Olivia, who got the whole thing in motion.

MakerBot presenters Jon (below) and Matt (above) gave an excellent presentation. They showed how you can build all kinds of devices with their 3-D  printers.  And they indicated they'd return to do another program.

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MAKERBOT BLOG.pngIn keeping with our "Spark A Reaction" summer reading theme, Jon Lavallee, manager of the MakerBot store on Greenwich Avenue, will demonstrate their company's 3D printer, share some stories and answer questions on Saturday, July 19th beginning at 2:00 pm in the second floor meeting room. This program is presented by our own Student Leadership Council group, which you can find out more about by clicking here

For more information about the MakerBot event, contact Ed Morrissey at (203) 622-7918.

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DEBATEJULY!2.pngThis Saturday, July 12th, and running every Saturday until August 9th between 11 am-1pm, Greenwich Library's Student Leadership Council  will work with middle school students and underclassmen in  high school the opportunity to learn about debate.  

The Student Leaders will provide a lesson for the first half hour on a skill used in one or both of the two kinds of debate that high school Connecticut debaters participate in. For the rest of the time, they'll either break off into teams or will stage a debate with the students, depending on the size of the group.

This opportunity will give future varsity-level debaters the skill-set, confidence, and understanding necessary for success. If you're a student from around Greenwich who's in grades 8-12, and you're interested in debating, stop by the Jewel Room on the first floor of Greenwich Library at 11:00 am this Saturday!

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Thumbnail image for studentleaders.pngOur volunteer advisory group, the Student Leadership Council (AKA Student Leaders),consisting of students from grades 7-12, will get together at Teen Central on the second floor  Thursday night, July 10th, beginning at 7:00 pm. They'll discuss using library resources to initiate, develop & realize projects relevant to their peer group in exchange for community service hours. For more details, click here.  

Students Leadership Council members assist the library to provide essential programs to their particular age group as well as contributing to the library community. So come prepared!

Snacks & refreshments will be served.  Email us here, or call Ed and/or Everett at (203) 622-7918 or 625-6507 for more info. Hope to see you there!

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BETTERDEBATE.pngBeginning this Saturday, July 5th, and running every Saturday until August 9th between 11 am-1pm, Greenwich Library's Student Leadership Council will work with middle school students and underclassmen in  high school the opportunity to learn about debate.  

The Student Leaders will provide a lesson for the first half hour on a skill used in one or both of the two kinds of debate that high school Connecticut debaters participate in. For the rest of the time, they'll either break off into teams or will stage a debate with the students, depending on the size of the group.

This opportunity will give future varsity-level debaters the skill-set, confidence, and understanding necessary for success. If you're a student from around Greenwich who's in grades 8-12, and you're interested in debating, stop by the Jewel Room on the first floor of Greenwich Library at 11:00 am this Saturday!

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Summer Reading Program Starts Today!

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Are you ready for summer...reading? Join us as we kick off the teen program and "Spark a Reaction!"

If you are a student entering grades 6-12, come find out how you can win prizes simply by reading over the summer. Someone is going to win a really cool prize!

We'll have some pizza and watch "Now You See Me," an exciting heist movie described as Robin Hood meets David Copperfield starring Jesse Eisenberg and Dave Franco.

Contact Teen Services Librarian Margaret Walsh at (203) 622-7915 for more information.

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Author's note: This Saturday is Gaming Day at Greenwich Library. In celebration, I thought it would interesting to give you the inside scoop on the rise of eSports.

 

$9,407,519 (and rising every day!). No, I didn't just throw out some random number. In fact, that number is the prize pool for the 2014 DOTA 2 International.1 This is fascinating for two reasons:

1. The DOTA 2 International is an eSport

2. The prize pool is crowd-funded (upwards of 3 million people have contributed to the prize pool, by my own calculations).

 

Now, look at another popular eSport called League of Legends. The live stream video of the last League of Legends World Championship garnered 32 million viewers.2

 

Competitive video games, commonly referred to as eSports, may have once been a fringe hobby, but now they grow more legitimate every day. The eSports craze has kicked into overdrive as more millennials are watching television shows and sports on computers and smartphones rather than on television sets. Logan, an avid eSports fan highlighted the draw of the eSports, by stating:

I really like the direction that eSports is heading. I feel like over the last few years it's really evolved. It has really grown into a full blown sport...What makes them different from other sports, however, is how interactive they are...The way the games work, it's even possible to exactly replicate [within the normal version of the video game] what the professionals do...They kind of set the standard and everybody has a blast either trying to copy them or create their own strategies. I think that eSports is becoming more mainstream because gaming in general is becoming more popular. In the past gamers and geeks were essentially synonymous, but nowadays gamers are everywhere...Many people played sports, but not everybody [is] naturally gifted in these fields...These people...now finally have a sport to play, and we are enjoying every moment of it!

 

Sure, eSports are not on par with sports in terms of payment of competitors or raw numbers of viewers. However, the United States Census Bureau has reported that 74.8% of U.S. households have Internet connection.3 Thus, there are plenty of new potential fans to gain. Who knows, the next eSports fan-- or even all-star competitor-- could be you! Why wait any longer? Join in the fun!

 

1.     http://www.dota2.com/international/compendium/

2.     http://www.gamespot.com/articles/32-million-people-watched-league-of-legends-season-3-world-championships/1100-6416259/

3.     https://www.census.gov/hhes/computer/files/2012/Computer_Use_Infographic_FINAL.pdf

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GOODStudentLeaders.pngOur volunteer advisory group, the Student Leadership Council (AKA Student Leaders),consisting of students from grades 7-12, will get together at Teen Central on the second floor Thursday night, June 5th, beginning at 7:00 pm. They'll discuss using library resources to initiate, develop & realize projects relevant to their peer group in exchange for community service hours. For more details, click here.

Students Leadership Council members assist the library to provide essential programs to their particular age group as well as contributing to the library community. So come prepared!

Snacks & refreshments will be served.  Email us here, or call Ed and/or Everett at (203) 622-7918 or 625-6507 for more info. Hope to see you there!

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