Posted tagged ‘Rock Band’

In the News

December 29, 2008

The Berkshire Eagle had a nice little article on us today, with a focus on ways to attract teens to libraries.  I particularly like that they used a photo that includes one of our Rock Band regulars.  Give it a look.


Rock Band Round 2

October 23, 2008

Last night was our second Rock Band night, and it was another success.  There was a smaller crowd than last time, but to be honest the turnout from the first night was a little unmanagable with only the one console.  But the response we’re getting from our attendees is amazing.  

We’re starting to establish some real relationships with these teens, after only 2 nights.  A number of these teens have already struck up conversations with me between the two events when they were passing through the library.  And keep in mind I’m someone who spends most of the time hiding in a back room, the fact that there are any regulars who recognize me is something astounding.  In two and a half years I think there have only been 3 adults who have gotten to know me at all, and I’m pretty sure only 2 of those know my name.

Now that there are teens coming up to tell me they can’t wait for the next library event I know we must be doing something right.

Interesting Times

October 21, 2008

I’ve been in my position about 2 and a half years now, and in that time I’ve joined 2 committees, been elected an officer for 2 organizations and helped to organize a series of regular meetings.  And just now I finally get to be on a committee that is actually fits into my job description.

That’s right it’s long range planing time.  The first meeting was today to lay the ground work for the next 7 months.  And if that wasn’t enough to keep me on my toes tomorrow will be our second Rock Band night.  This time it’s a Battle of the Bands, and after a lot of coaxing on my part I’ve finally been able to put together a full team to represent the staff.

Expect more to come.

Rock Band: the Aftermath

September 24, 2008

Our first video game night was a huge success.  We drew a crowd of 86, which was incredible compared to the rest of our teen programing events.  But man am I exhausted .  We went all out for this event.  Four of us kept things running, with some extra help from the youth commission.  Our director and a rep from the friends were also in the audience to keep an eye on things (and in the case of the friends to see how their investment panned out, they were happy).

We drew a great crowd too.  I’ll admit to having been a bit worried, partly because we had no idea how many people to expect, and partly because of worries over the vastly different skill levels of those who came.  The later actually did pose some problems as the less skilled players tended to fail out of their turns quickly.  But the kids we got were great, with many of the better players chipping in to help the others.  I began the night by playing a tech support role, which was quickly rendered unnecessary.

Which was great for the second half of the night when (after a little coaxing from our childrens librarian) I challenged anyone who was willing to a guitar dual.  I was really surprised by how much the audience actually got into this.  The biggest cheers of the night came from this portion actually.  For quite a few the people there this seemed to be the highlight.  But despite the fact that I’ve already been issued challenges for the next time, we may change how we run it again.  Too few people get to play, and after playing 12 of the hardest songs on expert in a row I can barely feel my arm.  The current thinking is that we’ll just do it as a winner stays on sort of thing.  But then maybe I’ll be recovered in time for next month.


We’ve got a few other glitches to work out as well.  We could probably use to do a better job of organizing the order of play.  We also really need to improve the sound.  We tried to tap into the speakers in our auditorium and we failed compleatly.  We wound up having to use the ones embedded in our projector, which worked okay for the people playing, but was nearly impossible for the audience to hear.  Although it may have worked out okay for the radio broadcast in the back of the room (getting interviewed live with a time limit was a bit weird).

But we’ve got a month to improve on that and we’ve got an incredible base to build on right now.  Despite my current exhaustion, I can’t wait for next month to come.


September 23, 2008

My career seems to be taking another surprising turn this week.  Tomorrow is our first Rock Band night.  It is also now our first live radio broadcast.  I’m about equal parts thrilled and terrified by this turn of events.  We’re getting radio ads, raffle prizes, and support from the Massachusetts board of library commissioners out of this.  

So our little teen night is now huge news, and has gained us some attention from across the state.  Pressure’s on now, and for the life of me I still don’t get why video games are this news worthy.

One Liners

September 22, 2008

For your reading enjoyment, some random lines taken out of context from a surreal day:

Are patrons allowed to challenge the bulletin board?

All the public computers have stopped working except [the four that haven’t been working].

I think we’re stretching the rubber band jokes a little too far.

One time I glued plastic eyes to a raccoon skull.

Why does the record for Oprah Book #62 say it’s written by not available?

The radio station will be doing a 2 hour live feed during the Rock Band Night.

Rocking Out

July 23, 2008

Tonight we finally unpacked the Wii and Rock Band at the library and 5 of us tried out our setup in preparation for a teen night.  I’m glad to report that everything worked perfectly (except for remembering to take pictures of our local history staff rocking out).  Anyway, we tried to hook up the wii to a projector and the sound system in our auditorium and the only problem was having to adjust to some feedback from the mic.

So we’re ready to make a presentation for our friends and to start advertising for our first teen gaming night.  I can’t wait.