Teen Advisory Board

March Newsletter

The Teen Advisory Board

The Teen Advisory Board (TAB) of the Montclair Public Library is a group of teens who participate in and influence the functioning of the library, especially for teen programming and library materials. Most importantly, TAB is a forum to have your opinions and suggestions heard.

We meet the first Wednesday of each month, September - May and members receive community service hours for participating.

For more information email:

Lisa Sedita at lisa.sedita@montclair.bccls.org

How the Government of Minecraft Villagers is Headed Towards a Political Revolution -- Joshua Shapiro

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Minecraft is a game where you can do anything. If you get bored of that thing, you can do something else. You can build giant castles or fight waves of zombies. However, one thing about Minecraft has always intrigued me. This is, the villagers. I haven’t been interested in pillaging their homes or going mad over the annoying noises that they make. I’ve been more interested in how their society runs.

The first thing that we’ll have to do is find out just exactly how much their currency is worth in our terms. The easiest way to do this is to compare the price of gold. The Cleric villagers sell gold ingots for 8-10 emeralds. But just exactly how much gold are we talking about here?

Well, in the game you can craft a cubic-meter block of gold using nine golden ingots, so all we have to do is find the weight of a cubic meter of gold, and divide it by nine. One cubic-meter of gold equates to about 619,930 troy ounces, so the weight of one ingot is 68,881 troy ounces. The price of gold is forever changing, but at the time of writing this it’s $1,276 per troy ounce, so the price of one gold ingot is $87,892,156. Since the cleric villager buys gold for ten emeralds at most, we can conclude that an emerald is worth $8,789,215.

The next thing we should do is calculate whether or not Villagers would be able to maintain a healthy lifestyle based upon their income. The USDA says that a person’s diet should consist of 30% grains, 40% vegetables, 10% fruits, and 20% protein. Upon closer inspection of Villager trades, you can see that none of them actually sell any vegetables, so we’ll have to adjust our percentages to 50% grains, 33% protein, and 17% fruits. Let’s assume that each Villager needs about 2000 calories per day. In this case each villager needs 1000 calories of grain, 660 calories of protein, and 340 calories of fruits.

The least expensive protein sold by villagers is chicken for a maximum of eight breasts per emerald. The least expensive grain is a maximum of four loaves of bread for one emerald. Finally, the least expensive fruit sold is apples at five apples for one emerald.

To make grain goals each villager would need to eat 0.7 loaves of bread each day, equating to only emerald for the grain requirements each week. For protein a Villager would need to eat 2.3 chicken breasts per day, so that equates to about two emeralds per week on protein. The biggest goal is fruit, a Villager would need to eat 3.5 apples per day to meet their goal, and that equates to sever emeralds per day. This means that each Villager needs to spend 10 emeralds per week on food, or about 2 emeralds per day, since you can’t split an emerald.

The question then stands, do Villagers make 2 emeralds per day? Let’s assume that Villagers make one sale on each of their products every day, and buys one order of each of their supplies per day. Here is a table representing this

1. The Villager currency is emeralds

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This tells us a few interesting things. For one, Farmers and Butchers would not be able to sustain a healthy lifestyle. Next, a lower middle class forms among fletchers, shepherds, and fisherman. Then an upper middle class forms among metalsmiths, leather smiths, and religious leaders. This may show that the Villagers deem religion and technological advancement of equal importance. Finally, Librarians dominate the wealth. This almost definitely shows that Villagers value education more than anything.

This makes sense seeing as jobs which, stereotypically, don’t have very intelligent people working at them make very little money, and some roles have been oppressed to the point of not being able to feed themselves.

Another thing we see is an insane amount of inflation, with the weekly cost of feeding yourself topping the equivalent of $87,892,150. This could mean that a revolution is evident in the near future. Seeing as how a highly inflated currency and oppressed poor have led to plenty of revolts in our history!

Review: The Great Gatsby -- Rohan Israni

In F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby, the disease of illusion is one that plagues practically every character. From dysfunctional relationships to unrealistic expectations, The Great Gatsby is less a story of love and dreams than it is a tale of fiction masking reality. Much of the friction in the character’s lives stems from desires that combat the unfortunate circumstances of the characters. They are deceiving themselves because they each have their own utopia: Tom wishes to hide from his infidelity, Daisy wants a life of luxury more than anything, and Gatsby holds onto the American dream. The violent incident between Tom and Myrtle is an extremely acute representation of the paranoia that Tom, Daisy, and Gatsby feel when reality encroaches on their illusions and threatens their futures. The novel depicts the hollowness of the upper class and a decline of the American Dream .Out of fear of losing all they have gained, especially in the monetary sense, characters in The Great Gatsby often paint a prettier picture of their lives. Although some may say that greatness can only be achieved through positive thinking, Tom, Daisy, and Gatsby take this notion a little too far. They each love their illusions so much that they turn to lying, and worse, violence. All three hide the reality of their motives and aspirations, which results in a deathly fate. Money becomes a very superficial façade for the lives Tom, Daisy, and Gatsby, and eventually their mirages crumble. Fitzgerald provides a larger commentary on how the core of a person remains unchangeable and unavoidable. The novel is definitely a brilliant piece of work and focuses on a variety of themes namely power, greed, justice and betrayal, which makes it worth reading.
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Joke Corner -- Nathaniel Wodnick

A Mexican magician is performing at a magic show. He says to his audience, "I will disappear on the count of three," he waves his hands, "uno, dos-" and poof, he disappears without a tres.