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2020 Battle of the Books has been postponed till 2021 due to COVID-19 restrictions
    BUT
Middle School and High School students who enjoy reading and some
good competition are invited to join us for
The First Ever Gardiner Library In-House Competition
This year, the "Jeopardy of Libraries" comes to Gardiner!
Battle against your friends for Fun, Prizes and Community Service Hours.
2020 Books and temporary Zoom meeting times TBA.
 
BOB Books will remain as follows for the September 2021 Competition:
The Golden Compass by Phillip Pullman (Classic)
Out of My Mind by Sharon Draper (Contemporary)
Scythe by Neal Shusterman (Fantasy)
The Prince and the Dressmaker by Jen Wang (graphic Novel)
Dreamland Burning by Jennifer Latham (Historical Fiction)
Carry On by Rainbow Rowell (Humor)
One of Us is Lying by Karen McManus (Mystery)
Just Mercy (Young Reader Edition) by Bryan Stevenson (Non-fiction)
 
BOB is a competition against other public libraries in this Jeopardy-style match.
2021 Battle scheduled for September! Buzz in. Answer. Victory!
Community Service hours for team members. T-Shirts, prizes and more.
 
Contact Carolyn at cthorenz@rcls.org for more information.
 
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Teen Online Literary Magazine

Middle school and high school students who enjoy writing poetry, short stories and graphic novels, join us as we launch our first online literary magazine.

Submit work through email and fellow authors will share critics, suggestions and compliments, as needed. Meetings will begin in July. Once there's enough material and we feel as a group it's ready to go, the magazine will be formatted and published from the library website. Contact 
cthorenz@rcls.org for more information.

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Historical Miniature Gaming Club

Even though the library's temporarily on hiatus, the games must go on! While we wait to battle Wings of Glory in person, here are some websites you may want to check out to keep that gaming spirit alive:

 
www.vassalengine.org - A gaming engine run by volunteers for building and playing online adaptions of board and card games. Players can game in real time using the internet or by email. Vassal runs on all platforms, is free and open-source software.
 
www.juniorgeneral.org - has a templates to print out soldiers from a variety of eras along with accessories. It also includes rules for different battles. Whether you're into the American Revolution or WWII, there are soldiers waiting to form a brigade. All you need is cardboard, glue and mini-washers to mount them. This is a great site to familiarize yourself with basic building and game strategy.

http://peterspaperboys.com- a nice selection of of hand-drawn soldiers to cut out and battle with. There's a free download of a jousting match if you feel like trying something different.

Here is a tutorial to watch for some tips:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0RzBSVucFfY

 
There you'll find tabs to basic painting and gaming tutorials.
 https://thewargamingcompany.com/ 
 
The New York Sate Museum in Albany is currently closed, but don't let that stop you. Visit http://www.nysm.nysed.gov/exhibitions/spirit-sacrifice-new-york-state-first-world-war for a virtual tour of the Spirit of Sacrifice : New York State in the
First World War.
 
Find out more about World War II and NYC by connecting to this New York Historical Society link: https://www.nyhistory.org/exhibitions/wwii-and-nyc.

Contact cthorenz@rcls.org for tips on decorating basis and weekly emails
on what the club has coming up.

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Dungeon and Dragons Resources

This isn't historical gaming but historical gamers play this too!
 
Basic rules
 
Character sheets