National STEM Video Game Challenge

video game challenge logo

The National STEM Video Game Challenge is accepting entries from U.S. students in grades five through twelve, through February 25, 2015. Students can enter as individuals or in teams of up to four students. Entries can be created using any game-making platform such as Gamestar Mechanic, ScratchGameMaker, Unity, or a written game design concept document. Entries will be judged on engaging gameplay, innovative/creative vision, and well-balanced game play.

Judges will select winners for each game creation platform in the Middle School and High School categories. Each winner will receive a cash prize of $1,000, as well as game design and educational software. Each winner’s sponsoring organization will receive a cash prize of $2,000.

Nearly 4,000 middle and high school youth participated in the 2013 STEM Challenge. Fifty-four percent of participants received support and mentorship from their teachers and one third of the entries received were created by girls. Previous winners have showcased their games at the White House Science Fair.

Summer Reading Begins June 2

General SRP

Teen Poetry Contest ends soon.

Entries for the 2014 Teen Poetry Contest are due on Saturday, April 19. You can turn them in at the Moline Public Library or through email at If you don’t use the entry form, please make sure you include all the information from the form and do not put your name on the poem itself.

The Teen Poetry Café will be on Saturday, May 3 at 10:00 in the Library’s Community Rooms for anyone who turned in a poem. Prizes will be awarded and light refreshments will be served.

Entry forms are available in the library or here:

2014 Poetry Entry Form

Good luck!

Teen YouTube Contest Winners

Check out all the entries here!

“Greek Mythology” – Best Documentary

“Harry Potter’s Turf” – Best Costuming

“Legend” – Best Book Trailer and LIBRARIAN’S CHOICE

“Monthly Music: Eyes Open” – Best Acting

“Minecraft” series – Best Animated Series and VIEWER’S CHOICE for “Death Fall”

Sample Video

Check out this video from Ocoee Middle School for an example of the kind of movie you could submit to the YouTube Contest:


Last Day for Challenge and Treasure Hunt

Today is the last day to record your minutes for the Teen Reading Challenge. Total up all the minutes you’ve read between September 30 and today. Make sure you turn in your Challenge Log to the library by October 23. If you can’t make it in, you can email your name, phone number and/or email address, and total minutes read to jlaroche (at) molinelibrary (dot) org.

The Treasure Hunt ends today too. If you haven’t had a chance to do it yet, make sure to visit the library and follow the clues to win a prize.

Treasure Hunt – Clue #7

Visit the library between September 30 and October 19 to pick up your clue booklet. Find the treasures, stamp your booklet, and return it to the reference desk to get a prize. All entries will also go into a drawing for a grand prize of a $10 gift card for FYE.

Click below for a sneak peak of Clue #7.

Clue 7