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The Library Teen Advisory Board hosts Super Smash Bros tournament for teens grade 6-12

PMG PHOTO: ASIA ALVAREZ ZELLER - Competitors battle it out at the library's Super Smash Bros Tournament. The smell of popcorn wafted up from the ground floor of Lake Oswego Public Library all the way to the top of the staircase. The video game sounds of Nintendo characters brawling could be heard while walking down the stairs. Once on the ground floor — the children's level — it all made sense. Teenage boys were playing Super Smash Bros.

But why were they doing it at the library?

The library hosted a Super Smash Bros Tournament Monday, Dec. 30. It's one of many events and activities put on by the Library Teen Advisory Board.

Super Smash Bros. is a series of crossover fighting video games featuring characters from the Nintendo franchise. It was originally released in 1999 and Nintendo has been making new versions, on different gaming consoles, ever since. ASIA ALVAREZ ZELLER - Participant Joey Swanson draws the tournament bracket on a chalkboard.

Looking over to where the group was setting up, Amy Grimes, youth services librarian, said the teen advisory board facilitates the event and it basically runs itself.

It's a way to get teens — especially teenage boys — involved in library events. Specifically, the board is made up of high schoolers grades 9-12 and provides them an opportunity to have a say in what goes on at the library and develop their leadership skills.

They plan and execute events like the Smash Bros tournament for the library. Grimes said it's a great way for them to get community service hours and be involved in the community.

The board also creates a video every year — with the help of Tualatin Valley Community Television — to promote the Summer Reading Program.

As they got started, participant Joey Swanson drew the bracket on a chalkboard. He said he doesn't play Smash Bros but that doesn't stop him from having a good time.

"It's fun to watch and it's great to see people come together," Swanson said.

Dan Michtom, a member of the Teen Advisory Board said, "it's a good way to be able to play (Super Smash Bros.) with other people and to interact with other people I don't get to meet."

He said people there for the tournament are from different schools so it's a great way to make friends outside your school.

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