Are you a gamer and want to design your own video game?
Do you have a teen (ages 16 or 17) looking for summer work?
The library might be able to help, thanks to two recently awarded grants from ALA’s Young Adult Library Services Association, or YALSA.
The Lockport and South Lafourche branches were each awarded $1,000 Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) grants. The library branches received word of the grant funding earlier this month.
The Lockport Branch’s $1,000 YALSA / Best Buy Teen Tech Week Mini Grant will help the branch implement a video game design camp where area teens will learn the technical and creative skills used by today’s game designers.
The library’s Game Design Camp will allow teens to join a Development Team to create their own role-playing game (RPG) video game throughout March to celebrate Teen Tech Week. The program will allow 20 to 40 tweens and teens ages 12 to 18 to join a team and design a first-person role-playing game. Tweens and Teens will learn some of the skills necessary to become animators, level designers, audio artists, story writers, programmers and game testers. They’ll create characters, images, and backgrounds; learn design and function; construct menus; select music and sound effects; learn basic programming and design; and more.
Kristen Angelette, branch assistant at the Lockport Branch, says the program is designed to help teens gain both confidence and marketable skills. “We believe this workshop will assist teens in developing their digital literacy skills and discover opportunities in the fields of computer animation and game design,” she said.
The Game Design Camp will involve five workshop days, each consisting of 30 minutes of general instruction and one to two hours of assisted design work.
Tweens and teens must register to attend, so sign up at the Lockport Branch.
Game Design Camp dates and times are:
Wednesday, March 11, 4 p.m.
Saturday, March 14, 2 p.m.
Wednesday, March 18, 4 p.m.
Wednesday, March 25, 4 p.m.
Saturday, March 28, 2:00 p.m.
SUMMER HELP WANTED!
Is your sixteen- or seventeen-year old looking for summer work?
Thanks to YALSA and the Dollar General Literacy Foundation, the South Lafourche Branch is seeking two teen interns to help with the 2015 Summer Reading Program.
Teens will work 50 hours during June and July to assist with various aspects of the library’s Summer Reading Program and will earn $10 per hour, for a total of $500 each during the summer.
To be eligible for an internship, teens must be either 16 or 17 years old; be enrolled in local public or parochial schools or be homeschooled; and live in the South Lafourche communities of Larose, Cut Off, Galliano, Golden Meadow, Leeville or Fourchon.
Teen interns will assist in Summer Reading programs ranging from Story hour and crafts to theatrical performances and guest storytellers. Primarily, they’ll help staff members plan for and implement Summer Reading programs, but they’ll also have an opportunity to greatly assist in programs such as LEGO Robotics, K’nex Kids, and more.
The South Lafourche Branch will be accepting applications for the two available internships in the coming weeks. Check this space for more information.