‘Wildcard’ Category


Wildcard: White Elephant Gift Exchange!


Thursday, December 13, @ 6:30 PM!

Bring a gift! Find it, make it, buy it (but only if you must, and DEFINITELY don’t spend more than $5.00), then wrap it up!

Then watch some unsuspecting person open it and try to trade for something better!

Gag gifts are encouraged!

Happy holidays, and we hope to see you there!


Come One, Come All to the Electric Faire!

Join us on THURSDAY, JUNE 14TH, at 6:30 PM, as we combine Wildcard Night with our Bright Futures program and create a Fantastic, Phantasmagoric Festival and Electrical Extravaganza for the Entire Family!

Electrify YOUR Mind With:
* Energy and Electricity Demonstrations
* Hands-On Activities
* Information on Clean, Green Energy Initiatives
* Electrified Hot Dogs and Pickles
* A Look Inside the Chevy Volt
* The Unveiling of a Work of Electric Art created for the Bright Futures Program by Artists Bart Woodstrup and Michael Taylor!

And More!

Brought to you by: the DeKalb Public Library; NIU STEM Outreach; Lights for Learning; The Time Arts – Design and Media Arts Dept.; The Institute for Energy, Sustainability, and the Environment; and DeKalb/Sycamore Chevrolet. Made possible by a grant from the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) Foundation, the IEEE Life Members Committee, and the IEEE Chicago Section.


Teen Talent on Display in May!

Just a reminder that our Third Annual Talent Show is on May 12 at 6:30 PM!  Every year, teens have featured their talents and every year it’s been a FANTASTIC time for all involved. Several teens have even gotten standing ovations!

Can you paint? Draw? Take photographs? Create dioramas? Sing? Dance? Write a story? Tell a story? Play an instrument? Gargle the “Star Spangled Banner” while juggling lemurs? Whatever your talent, you have two weeks to polish it and get it ready!

If you need the use of a computer, electrical outlets, etc., just let me know and we’ll do what we can!

Remember: May 12! See you then!


Wildcards–Tomorrow Is Game Night!

Just a quick reminder that tomorrow night is Wild Card Game Night! Bring a board or card game and come play!

Game night: teen tested, library approved! (… or should that be the other way around? hmmm …)


Wildcard Book Discussion Tonight: “It’s Kind of a Funny Story”

Wow! I was gone a LONG time, but I’m back now, and just in time, because tonight the teen wildcards visit the psych ward!

Well, after a fashion … since tonight we’ll be discussing It’s Kind of a Funny Story by Ned Vizzini. Hopefully you will join us tonight at 6:30 p.m. to discuss this gem of a novel!

See you tonight!


Fantasy Game a Hit – Run Your Own!

Last week, the Wildcards had a great time playing in an impromptu one-shot fantasy game. For those of  you who are interested, the game engine / system we used is called Risus, and you can downloaded it for free at their website. The base system is six pages long. Seriously–a whole ton of gaming goodness and versatility in just six pages. In fact the entire rules set fits on a coffee mug. How cool is that?! (Not plugging this item, mind you, but I thought it was too cool not to show.)

Try out the game for yourselves–all you need are the rules, some pencils, paper, six-sided dice, and your imagination. And feel free to post here and tell me all about it!