Monday, October 08, 2012

Angry Birds Live!

My first thought when I heard "Angry Birds Live"
"The video game you know and love is coming to your library. Birds, pigs-- larger than Life! Build a level, knock down a level, and earn achievements!  Spend your Friday out of school with this fun free program."

Does that sound like I've ever played Angry Birds before? I don't even know. But I haven't anyway. No smartphone+a particular aversion to the laws of physics=not interested.

BUT, That didn't stop me from putting on a quality program, loosely based on this post by Future Librarian Superhero, who I refer to by her Twitter name in everyday conversation.

Here was the deal:
1. The kids had to build and knock down(with ping pong balls) cardboard scenes, alone or in groups.
2. The first scene was one level tall, the next was 2 levels tall, etc until they got to five.
3. Every time they successfully built and knocked down a scene, they got a new sticker for their scorecard, which was called "unlocking an achievement".
4. When they collected all five stickers, they could continue to face any challenges they wanted.

The stickers were pictures of various types of Angry Birds from the Internet, printed on mailing labels (2 per label). The scorecard was a piece of paper with a picture of an Angy Bird on it.
A younger player tries to steady his 4-level scene.

 In the above picture you can kind of see the scorecard next to this avid Angry Birds fan. He didn't come up and collect his stickers every time, which was fine; I just made sure he left with a full card because it didn't detract from his or anyone else's enjoyment or safety. No School Day: Instructions are good. Rules? Bad.

Members of the local Boys and Girls club make the tallest levels they can.

A happy fan with a scorecard on his head.
A brother-sister team use extra ping-pong balls as pigs
An awesome teen volunteer hands out achievements

 I ended up with 40 kids throughout the day, ages 4-13. I ran one 45-minute program at our south branch, and another at the main library. I played a CD by Dino 5, a group of hip-hop artists who collaborated to make an album for kids. I found out about them from this post by Magpie Librarian, another tweep whose name I also know but who I instead refer to by her Twitter handle in every day conversation.

Since I had no idea what I was talking about, I was afraid the kids wouldn't like it-- but they loved it! A kid from the Boys and Girls club even remarked, "This was the best field trip ever!"

EVER, folks.
So there.