Project Teen: “Ready Player One” Retro Party

Posted on Friday, March 23, 2018 by Dana

Things are about to get totally outrageous at your local library!  To celebrate the movie release of “Ready Player One” we’re throwing some bodacious retro parties for youth ages 12 and up.  We’ll revel in throwback crafts like friendships bracelets, Perler beads, and Shrinky Dinks!  Total immersion in 80s nostalgia is the quickest way to win!

The library will be hosting a  Project Teen: ‘Ready Player One’ Retro Party at each of our branches:

Friday, March 30, 2-3:30 p.m. at the Columbia Public Library. To register, please call (573) 443-3161.

Thursday, April 5, 5:30-6:30 p.m. at the Callaway County Public Library. No registration required.

Friday, April 13, 5:30-7 p.m. at the Southern Boone County Public Library. No registration required.

Get yourself into the virtual gaming mind frame with one of these tubular read-alikes!


Arena” by Holly Jennings
Every week, Kali Ling fights to the death on national TV. She’s died hundreds of times. And it never gets easier.  In the RAGE tournaments, the Virtual Gaming League’s elite competition where the best gamers in the world compete in a no-holds-barred fight to the digital death, every bloody kill is broadcast to millions. Every player is a modern gladiator–leading a life of ultimate fame, responsible only for entertaining the masses. And though their weapons and armor are digital, the pain is real.

Warcross” by Marie Lu
For the millions who log in every day, Warcross isn’t just a game—it’s a way of life. The obsession started ten years ago and its fan base now spans the globe, some eager to escape from reality and others hoping to make a profit. Teenage hacker Emika Chen works as a bounty hunter, tracking down players who bet on the game illegally. Needing to make some quick cash, Emika takes a risk and hacks into the opening game of the international Warcross Championships—only to accidentally glitch herself into the action and become an overnight sensation.

Convinced she’s going to be arrested, Emika is shocked when instead she gets a call from the game’s creator, the elusive young billionaire Hideo Tanaka, with an irresistible offer. He needs a spy on the inside of this year’s tournament in order to uncover a security problem . . . and he wants Emika for the job.

Eye of the Minds” by James Dashner
Michael is a gamer. And like most gamers, he almost spends more time on the VirtNet than in the actual world. The VirtNet offers total mind and body immersion, and the more hacking skills you have, the more fun. Why bother following the rules when most of them are dumb, anyway?

But some rules were made for a reason. Some technology is too dangerous to fool with. And one gamer has been doing exactly that, with murderous results.

Proxy” by Alex London
Knox was born into one of the City’s wealthiest families. A Patron, he has everything a boy could possibly want–the latest tech, the coolest clothes, and a Proxy to take all his punishments. When Knox breaks a vase, Syd is beaten. And when Knox crashes a car, killing one of his friends, Syd is branded and sentenced to death.

So when Knox and Syd realize that the only way to beat the system is to save each other, they flee. The ensuing cross-country chase will uncover a secret society of rebels, test both boys’ resolve, and shine a blinding light onto a world of those who owe and those who pay. Some debts, it turns out, cannot be repaid.