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Sep 21

Teen Tuesdays: Adventure with us during our D&D event

Posted on September 21, 2021 at 12:00 AM by Elizabeth Land

Library hosts Dungeons & Dragons Campaign for middle and high schoolers on Sept. 25.

There is a Living Library. Through some mysterious force, knowledge that exists in every realm becomes a real book on the shelves of this library. No one knows who created it, but as time passes, it has continued to expand to house its knowledge. Many have sought to harness the knowledge – and power – of the Living Library. To avoid a dark fate, the Living Library did something no one expected: It recruited guardians to protect itself. For many years, the Guardians of the Living Library kept it safe for all to benefit from. But even they couldn’t stop the wizard Obsidian when he decided to invade the Living Library. Accessing dark magic, Obsidian took over the heart of the Living Library, forcing it to expand into new realms, cracking the barriers between worlds. These rifts gave Obsidian access to countless worlds and knowledge, growing his power. Working in secret, the few remaining guardians have kept Obsidian from reaching into our reality. Until today. Now one rogue guardian must recruit our realm’s bravest heroes to help her rescue the Living Library from Obsidian’s shadowy control, or all will be lost.

Will you be one of the brave heroes summoned to save the Living Library and rescue all the knowledge of the realms? Join us from 12- 4 p.m. on Saturday, January 25, to test your wits against the dark wizard and help defeat Obsidian. Experienced and inexperienced adventurers ages 11-17 are encouraged to join. We will provide dice and characters for you to play with. Space is limited to only the bravest of heroes and registration is required. To register for this event, click on the image above or visit our Online Event Calendar listing. See you at the library!

Sep 07

Teen Tuesday: Anime Club

Posted on September 7, 2021 at 12:00 AM by Elizabeth Land

Anime Club meets at the Tabb Library at 6 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 13, 2021.Starting Monday September 13, York County Public Library will have a new monthly teen Anime Club! This will be a fun and relaxed time to get together with fellow anime lovers in middle and high school. We'll have snacks, discussions, and of course, watch anime! For the first Anime Club, we'll be watching My Hero Academia and making candy sushi. Bring your ideas for (age appropriate!) anime we can watch together in the coming months.

There's no registration - just show up at the Tabb Library meeting room at 6 p.m. on Monday September 13 (with your mask on). And if you're looking for some new manga to try out, check out these great choices in the Tabb Library Comics Cave:

  • Kingyo Used Books by Seimu Yoshizaki
    Summary: Recounts experiences in a fictional used book store, where patrons find books and manga that help them achieve their dreams. 
  • Anima by Natsumi Mukai
    Summary: The Anima are beings who possess animal-like powers. In this alternate universe, they walk among us-shunned by society-as they search for others who have similar traits. Cooro is a crow-like boy who is on a quest to find other Anima. When he meets Husky, a disrespectful boy with a past shrouded in mystery, he finds a kindred spirit who also possesses animal-like powers. Together, they try to gain acceptance in a world cruel to anyone or anything that is different. 
  • Naruto by Masashi Kishimoto
    Summary: In another world, ninja are the ultimate power--and in the village of Konohagakure live the stealthiest ninja in the world. But twelve years ago Konohagakure was attached by a fearsome threat-a nine-tailed fox demon which claimed the life of the Hokage, the village champion. Today, peace has returned, and a troublemaking orphan named Uzumaki Naruto is struggling to graduate from the ninja Academy. His goal: to become the next Hokage. But unknown to Naruto and his classmates, within him is a terrifying force.

For more suggestions, check out our Manga Book List

Aug 31

Teen Tuesdays: Spice Kit

Posted on August 31, 2021 at 12:00 AM by Elizabeth Land

Starting Sept. 1, teens can pick up free cooking kits that include a monthly spice and three recipes

YCPL Teen Cooking Kits will be available beginning September 1.Calling all teen chefs! Have you been wanting to try new spices and recipes but aren't sure where to start? YCPL can help! Starting September 1, we will be offering monthly cooking kits. Each kit will come with a featured spice and 3 recipes that use that spice. First up is dill. The recipes in the September kit are roasted dill potatoes, cucumber dill sauce, and dill crackers. After you make your amazing dishes, show them off! Tag us on social media with #ycplteenscook so we can all see what delicious things you're creating each month.

We'll have a new kit available on the first Monday of each month at both the Tabb Library and the Grafton Annex. If you have any questions, contact the Tabb Library Youth Services desk at 757-890-5110.