LibCon 2014 in Chandler, Arizona

LibCon 2014 is a comic book and sci-fi convention for valley teenagers at the Boys & Girls Club Compadre Branch located at 300 East Chandler Boulevard in Downtown Chandler.

Now in its fourth year, LibCon brings teens ages 12-18 together fans of comic books, Japanese manga and anime, role-playing, costume play, video games, and other fantasy and science-fiction entertainment. More than 400 teens are expected to attend this free event and registration is now open. A free continental breakfast and lunch are included, courtesy of the Friends of the Chandler Public Library and Chandler Unified School District.

Participants can choose to attend a variety of sessions, including everything from making Candy Sushi, to creating your own blog and comic book, to watching award-winning actor Mike Traylor bring Edgar Allen Poe’s tales of horror alive. There will be all-day gaming, with tournaments, as well as a workshop on creating your own role-playing games.

Three authors will also be at LibCon 2014. Aprilynne Pike, author of the best-selling novel, “Wings”, will be debuting her new novel, “Life After Theft.” Brand new author, Amy K. Nichols, will be talking about her upcoming debut novel, “Now That You’re Here.” And OneBookAZ teen novel winner, Garry Rogers, will be discussing his ebook, “Corr Syl the Warrior.”

Organizers hope that LibCon inspires teens to tap into their creativity, to take advantage of resources available in their community to express themselves. Cecelia L., age 18, attended last year’s event and likes the event for its non-intimidating size. “It’s a wonderful way to enter the world of conventions. The panels are always fun, and meeting other amazing people is a highlight,” Cecelia said.

Each year, the Library conducts a contest to select the annual LibCon logo. The high level of quality for this year’s contest resulted two winning logos being chosen. Yujin J., age 17 and Lauren D., 15, were the winning artists and each received a $50 Visa gift card. Their creations can be seen on the LibCon Facebook page.

Chandler Fire Department Open House

The Chandler Fire Department is holding a free open house for the public from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 23, 2013, at Fire Station No. 8 at 711 West Frye Road. The event is part of the Department’s ongoing efforts to educate residents about the services provided by Chandler Fire, and to share safety, fire prevention and emergency preparedness information with the public.

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In addition to tours of the station, there will also be fire truck & apparatus displays and demonstrations, drowning prevention information, and children will get hands on instruction on how to get out of a smoke filled environment at the Fire Safety House display. Department mascots will also be on hand, and free balloons and fire helmets will be available for children. 

Throughout the event, Fire Department staff will be available to talk about the Crisis Response volunteer program, smoke alarm program, Fire Cadet program, and Community Emergency Response Team (CERT).

This open house will also feature instruction on Hands-OnlyTM CPR, which when performed by a bystander has been shown to be as effective as “conventional” CPR in emergencies that occur at home, work or in public. There are only two steps to remember: Call 911 and push hard and fast in the center of the chest.

Fire Station No. 8 is located on the south side of west Frye Road between Alma School Road and Arizona Avenue. For more information about the open house, please call 480-782-2120.

Chandler Named “Playful City USA” Community For 7th Straight Year

We are proud to acknowledge that KaBOOM! has named the City of Chandler a Playful City USA community for the 7th straight year. Recognizing the effort to provide children ample opportunities for play.

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Play is essential to the social, emotional, cognitive and physical well-being of children. We are proud to have our Health, Local and Junior initiatives working with the city to provide opportunities and guide policy that encourages play. It is fantastic to see the lack of play in this generation of children being addressed the mayor, council, staff, school district and community.

“Quality parks, playgrounds, and aquatic centers have been a Chandler priority for decades, because we value families and we want our children to have opportunities for fun and fitness,” said Chandler Mayor Jay Tibshraeny. “We are committed to developing healthy, fulfilled children and families, and that’s why we are honored to be recognized as a Playful City USA for the seventh straight time.”

Sometimes it is easy to forget that children spend nearly eight hours a day in front a screen, many have no or little recess time and one in five children don’t live within walking distance of a park. Chandler has been actively creating innovative programs and initiatives to combat these problems by developing unique local action plans to increase the quantity and quality of play in their community.

Chandler is now eligible for grants via Let’s Play, a community partnership led by Dr Pepper Snapple Group to get kids and families active nationwide.

Creating the Next Generation of Web Developers

Local web developer, Dharma Kelleher will be teaching a series of courses designed for young adults and teens to learn the basics of web development. These courses will be held on 3 separate weeks during Gangplank Avondale’s After Hours. After Hours is open to the community. This is a great time to drop in and work on a side project or learn something new. As a collaborative workspace those in the space are encouraged to share ideas and work together toward solving problems. We hope to give students the basics they need to get started in web development and introduce them to the space. Students are encouraged to continue to join us for After Hours once the series is over.

 Creating the Next Generation of Web Developers

Gangplank Jr: Intro to HTML for ages 16-20

Learn to create a web page in HTML. This class is designed to help encourage the next generation of web developers. Intended for students ages 16- 20, but older students are welcome are as well. Students must provide their own computer.

When: February 7, 2013 6pm-8pm

Where: Gangplank Avondale

 Creating the Next Generation of Web Developers

Gangplank Jr: Intro to CSS for ages 16-20

Learn  how to add styling to an HTML web page with CSS. Students should have a basic understanding of HTML. This class is intended to for the next generation of  web developers. Designed for 16-20 year old students, but older students are welcome as well. Students must provide their own computer.

When: February 21, 2013 6pm-8pm

Where: Gangplank Avondale

 Creating the Next Generation of Web Developers

Gangplank Jr: Intro to Debugging Your Website for ages 16-20

Learn how to find and correct errors in your HTML and CSS code. Students should have a basic understanding of HTML and CSS. This class is intended for the next generation of web developers. It is designed for ages 16-20, but older students are welcome as well.

When: February 28, 2013 6pm-8pm

Where: Gangplank Avondale

Gangplank Junior is Launching in Avondale

 

You don’t have to be an adult to be a Gangplanker. Gangplank Junior exists to allow students to learn and explore with the freedom to fail. The program  includes activities for  preschool through 20 year olds. We take education back to its roots, encouraging real world, hands on learning with experienced professionals. Gangplank Jr encourages children to use their imaginations to problem solve, create solutions and implement them, without the pressure of performance.
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Parents- Gangplank Junior is a “stay and learn with your kids” event. Plan on being with us for the whole session.

Upcoming events:

Exploring Gravity with LEGO Cars

Cars are built and designed to serve the needs of our society, the move our world.  They might move people like busses, move our things like trucks, help firemen fight fires or help doctors save people. Some are designed to go fast, others drive far and some need to do a little of everything. In this exciting course, we’ll become car designers ourselves, building LEGO®   cars for weekly challenges and go head-to-head in competitive events. How many ways can you use LEGO® wheels and tires?  We’ll find out when we “Observe How We Move”. This free event is open to the community.This free event is open to the community. Activities are appropriate for grades K-6.

Where: Gangplank Avondale

When: 1/26/13

Time: 12:30 – 2:30 pm

 

Build My City with LEGO

This class is for the super LEGO builder in your household.  This class is for children with previous experience with LEGO who want to learn how to use LEGO to make awesome buildings and structures like they see in the real world.  Children will be introduced to architectural design ideas and presented with challenges to mimic great architecture with LEGO.  They will be taught new ways to use the LEGO brick, and will be challenged to work in teams in many class projects. This free event is open to the community. Activities are appropriate for grades K-6.

Where: Gangplank Avondale

Date: 1/26/13

Time: 3-5 pm

 

Building Robots with LEGO Part 1

The LEGO Mindstorms system gives children the tools and software to build, from scratch, their very own robots. Under the instruction of our trained instructors children will be introduced to problem solving with robots, including building and programming their own LEGO robots. This class will open your children’s eyes to the possibilities technology has to continue to improve our world, and they will be challenged to explore these possibilities as they are presented with team challenges to solve with robotics. This free event is open to the community. Activities are appropriate for grades 3-8th.

Where: Gangplank Avondale

When: 2/2/13

Time: 11am – 1pm

 

Intro to Movie Making Part 1

Reel Stars: A film based class, for students age eight through thirteen, where students will learn basic film principals both behind and in-front of the camera. Students learn creativity, teamwork, communication and develop new critical ways of thinking. Students learn basic script writing, cinematography, acting and the art and history of story telling. This free event is open to the community. Activities are appropriate for grades 3-8th.

Where: Gangplank Avondale

When: 2/2/13

Time: 2-4pm

 

Building Robots with LEGO Part 2

The LEGO Mindstorms system gives children the tools and software to build, from scratch, their very own robots. Under the instruction of our trained instructors children will be introduced to problem solving with robots, including building and programming their own LEGO robots. This is the second part of a 2 part series. This class will open your children’s eyes to the possibilities technology has to continue to improve our world, and they will be challenged to explore these possibilities as they are presented with team challenges to solve with robotics. This free event is open to the community. Activities are appropriate for grades 3-8th.

Where: Gangplank Avondale

When: 2/16/13

Time: 11am – 1pm

 

Intro to Movie Making Part 2

Intro to Movie Making Part 2 is the second part of a two part series of videography classes for kids. This film based class is for students age eight through thirteen, where students will learn basic film principals both behind and in-front of the camera. Students learn creativity, teamwork, communication and develop new critical ways of thinking. Students learn basic script writing, cinematography, acting and the art and history of story telling. This free event is open to the community. Activities are appropriate for grades 3-8th.

Where: Gangplank Avondale

When: 2/16/13

Time: 2-4pm

Hamilton High Robotics Club rocked Gangplank Jr

robotics Hamilton High Robotics Club rocked Gangplank JrThe Hamilton High School Robotics Club came to hang out with us October’s Gangplank Jr event and worked with the kids to build some sweet robots as well as showcase their own projects.

They brought in a robot created at last year’s First Robotics Competition (FRC) that could shoot a basketball across the street. Almost 30 kids hung out with us on Saturday and (if the smiles were any indication) had a blast!

Our next event will be on Nov. 17 from 1p.m. – 2:30p.m. doing a videography lesson. Come join us and have some fun!