Attachments, by Rainbow Rowell

After reading Rainbow Rowell’s Printz Honor winning teen novel Eleanor & Park and falling in love with it, I was very excited about what was next from her. I then ate up the next teen novel Fangirl, even though it didn’t taste quite the same as Eleanor & Park. While waiting for another teen book by her I went back and grabbed her adult novel, Attachments – and it was a delightful read.

In Attachments it’s 1999 and Lincoln’s job as “internet security officer” is to monitor company email, reading and flagging any inappropriate work emails being sent. He gets caught up in reading email conversations between Beth and Jennifer. They talk about life as best girlfriends should, sharing many intimate details. He knows he should flag the emails and turn them in, but he can’t – he has to continue reading their saga. Lincoln falls for Beth through reading these emails, which are just hilarious. (I want to hang out with Beth and Jennifer and laugh at their quips.) But how will Lincoln ever be able to meet Beth in person and not mention that he’s been reading about her life and that he feels like he knows her?

Oh, does Rowell write some funny dialog! I really enjoyed the alternating format of reading Beth and Jennifer’s email exchanges laced with chapters about Lincoln’s life – living with his mother, playing Dungeons & Dragons, joining a gym, and reconnecting with a college buddy in order to force social interactions on his awkward self. It's a great summer read, even for those not into love stories.

Next up from Rowell is Landline, and she’s also collaborating on writing two graphic novels, according to her wonderfully designed website.

Workshop: AI in Unreal 4

Monday October 27, 2014: 6:00 pm to 7:30 pm -- Downtown Library: Training Center

This event is intended for Grades 3-8

Use the cutting-edge Unreal Engine 4 to learn the basics of artificial intelligence for games. Learn about the different goals of game AIs and how they accomplish those goals, while getting familiar with Unreal's innovative visual scripting system. Then you'll get to work on enemy AI for your own game! No prior experience is necessary. This hands-on workshop is presented by the staff of GameStart.

Workshop: PyGame

Friday October 24, 2014: 6:00 pm to 7:30 pm -- Downtown Library: Training Center

This event is intended for grades 3-8

Dig into the Python programming language by creating arcade style video games! Start by modifying an existing PyGame project, then create your very own game from scratch. This hands-on workshop is presented by the staff of GameStart.

Workshop: AI in Unreal 4

Monday October 20, 2014: 6:00 pm to 7:30 pm -- Downtown Library: Training Center

This event is intended for grades 3-8

Use the cutting-edge Unreal Engine 4 to learn the basics of artificial intelligence for games. Learn about the different goals of game AIs and how they accomplish those goals, while getting familiar with Unreal's innovative visual scripting system. Then you'll get to work on enemy AI for your own game! No prior experience is necessary. This hands-on workshop is presented by the staff of GameStart.

Workshop: PyGame

Friday October 17, 2014: 6:00 pm to 7:30 pm -- Downtown Library: Training Center

This event is intended for grades 3-8

Dig into the Python programming language by creating arcade-style video games with GameStart staff! First, modify an existing PyGame project, then create a game from scratch.

Workshop: Starcraft 2

Friday October 10, 2014: 6:00 pm to 7:30 pm -- Downtown Library: Training Center

This event is intended for grades 3-8

Get an intro to the Galaxy Map Editor and learn to program one of the most sophisticated video games ever created! GameStart staff will teach you the same tools/techniques used in creating Starcraft II.

Workshop: Roblox Studio

Friday October 3, 2014: 6:00 pm to 7:30 pm -- Downtown Library: Training Center

This event is intended for Grades 3-8

The staff of GameStart will show you how to combine elements of art, design, math, and physics as you learn to make your own video game! You will start by creating your own hero, villain, and in-game props, then you will craft the landscape of your game world with challenging puzzles and thrilling obstacles.

Workshop: Civilization V

Monday October 6, 2014: 6:00 pm to 7:30 pm -- Downtown Library: Training Center

This event is intended for grades 3-8

In Civ V, players take turns to re-imagine human history as world leaders past and present, from Harun al-Rashid of the Arabians to Shaka of the Zulus. GameStart staff will show you how to make your own custom civilizations by creating the Civ's: name, leader, special units, buildings, and diplomatic text. The day will finish with free play time, including a massive multi-player scenario!

Workshop: Minecraft Modding

Monday September 29, 2014: 6:00 pm to 7:30 pm -- Downtown Library: Training Center

This event is intended for grades 3-8.

The staff from GameStart will show you how to build Minecraft mods in the Java programming language! Add your own material to Minecraft that occurs naturally, can be crafted into tools, and has its own unique appearance and behavior. When you’re done, you’ll have your own mod for the full, retail version of Minecraft.

Workshop: Web Design

Friday September 26, 2014: 6:00 pm to 7:30 pm -- Downtown Library: Training Center

This event is intended for grades 3-8.

Build your own web page! GameStart staff will introduce design fundamentals as you explore a number of modern multimedia technologies. Learn to consider the user experience for navigation, readability, and more.

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