A List of 50 Fantastic Video Games According to Justin Hoenke

It is hard to place these in order listing my favorites at the top, so this is instead a list of great video games that are some of the best ever created. Totally pay attention to numbers 1-10 on the list though!


Image by Raina Telgemeier. Used with her permission because she’s really nice like that.

  1. Animal Crossing New Leaf
  2. Zelda: A Link to the Past
  3. Super Mario 64
  4. Castlevania: Symphony of the Night
  5. Super Mario Maker
  6. Shining Force
  7. The Legend of Zelda
  8. Splatoon
  9. EarthBound
  10. Super Mario Bros. 3
  11. Super Mario World
  12. The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time
  13. Shining Force II
  14. Super Mario Galaxy
  15. Super Metroid
  16. Final Fantasy XII
  17. Metal Gear Solid
  18. Shadow of the Colossus
  19. Resident Evil 4
  20. Mario Kart 8
  21. GoldenEye 007
  22. Chrono Trigger
  23. Final Fantasy VI (aka Final Fantasy III)
  24. Mega Man X
  25. Super Mario Bros.
  26. The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess
  27. Resident Evil 2
  28. The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker
  29. Final Fantasy VII
  30. Minecraft
  31. Super Smash Bros. Wii U
  32. Super Mario Galaxy 2
  33. Final Fantasy Tactics
  34. Tetris (NES version)
  35. Asteroids
  36. Galaga
  37. Clash at Demonhead
  38. North VS South
  39. Sim City (Super Nintendo version)
  40. NHL 94-98 (Sega Genesis versions)
  41. Super Mario Bros. 2
  42. Panzeer Dragoon II
  43. Dragon Force
  44. Mortal Kombat (series)
  45. Street Fighter II Turbo
  46. Street Fighter III
  47. Marvel vs Capcom 2
  48. Aerobiz (Super Nintendo version)
  49. Doom
  50. The Simpsons/Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles/X-Men (arcade game)


Travels/Growth/Future Stuff

The past month of my life has been pretty awesome.


I’m back from my travels, most un-jet lagged, and ready to take on the world again.

Long before libraries came into view my wife and I spoke about New Zealand a lot. We wanted to move there so that she could go to midwifery school. To us, it was a magical place full of wonder, beauty, and kind people. Well, I’m happy to report now that I’ve been there that everything we thought was true. The people, the views, and the atmosphere in New Zealand is top notch.

If you were to analyze this blog you’d see that the most frequently used word is community. That’s the word that comes to mind when I think about New Zealand and the LIANZA 2015 conference. Even though there were well over 500 attendees at this conference it still felt like a family of like minded individuals coming together to share and learn from each other. It was a beautiful thing. No other conference that I’ve been to starts with a pōwhiri. Imagine about 500 people gathering outside of the conference venue and then being led into the space by Maori leaders. There was singing! There was storytelling! There was dancing! It was the coming together of amazing people to share an amazing story. I’d post a video but it wouldn’t do it justice. You had to be there.


If you have the chance to visit New Zealand DO NOT TURN DOWN THE OFFER. Go there, soak it in, and grow a little bit. It’s even better if you can go to a LIANZA conference while you’re there. Yes, I did just say that. An actual library conference with true, genuine worth. LIANZA is it my friends.

I just have to put out some love before I move on from NZ: Jerome, Rachael, Ned, Ines, Jess, Sarah, Michael, and all of the other people who I spent a lot of my time with: FAMILY AND FRIENDS! That’s what we are now. Thank you for everything.

Next on the agenda was Australia, where I spent 8 days in Sydney and Brisbane. I was a guest of both the State Library of New South Wales and the State Library of Queensland. I gave a few talks (I’d post my slides here but what good are slides without the stories?), met a load of amazing people, saw some amazing libraries (the State Library of Queensland and the Edge are BEAUTIFUL!), and in general my head and my heart grew. I caught up with my good friend Warren Cheetham in Brisbane. It was so wonderful to see him and walk around the city. That man is my Australian brother and no matter where we are it will always be great to come together. In Sydney, I finally met my longtime Twitter friends Ellen Forsyth, Mylee Joseph, and Katrina McAlpine. In person, they were just as lovely and amazing as they were on Twitter. Authentic, real people. That’s what I am talking about. Isn’t that emerging as a theme in this blog post? That’s what this trip was about. Authenticity. The people of NZ and Australia are about as authentic as you get, and I think all of us can learn from them.

And libraries! Of course I visited libraries. The Katoomba Library was one of my favorites. Why you ask? Well because it showed me physical proof of something that I’ve been thinking about recently…public libraries need to breathe! It was refreshing to see a building that was not super heavy on packing physical items into the library and instead focused on providing PEOPLE with the space they need. Chairs, desks, tables, couches, and more were EVERYWHERE. The collections on the shelf had space…for more materials and for easier browsing. This is the way public libraries are going. They are a place for the people to visit, share, and connect.


Traveling always leads to personal growth. If you’re not getting that out of your travels, you must be doing it wrong. You’ve gotta look around at all the little things: the signs, the trees, and the birds. You see just how small this world that we live in really is. We’re all connected. Some of the details may be a bit different but in the end you start to see that this is all the same. We are one.


I came back to Titusville, PA with nothing but love waiting for me inside of my home. As much as I enjoy traveling, there is no better place to be than in the arms of Haley, Finn, and Aero. Life is awesome. The biggest thing I learned on this trip? These three and our home is all that I need.


ChurchHouse HouseChurch is now Fidelia Hall, which will eventually house the Titusville Creativity Center. Like any good idea these days, we’ve already got the Facebook page all set up and ready to go. Winter is here and it’s time to heat the building. That’s the first step. You’ll be hearing more about this in 2016.

The cold weather and snow also gives everyone a good time to hunker down, put on some pajamas, and prepare for 2016. I hope all of you reading this can do just that. Enjoy Thanksgiving and all of the other upcoming holidays. We all deserve to slow down a bit.




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The answer to the question “Are you excited to be visiting New Zealand and Australia” is yes, I am excite. However, being a human being makes the situation more complex. I have thoughts and feelings about traveling so far away from my family. I am going to miss them a lot. Think about how much growth and fun my family will go through in 2 weeks. I won’t ever get to have a chance to experience that. I am dealing with that mentally right now.

I have also watched the entire series of the TV show LOST and I know that they’re flying into Sydney from the USA on that show. While I am open about possibly landing on a time traveling island, what I really want is to get home to my family.

What does one do on a flight that leaves the USA on Thursday and arrives in New Zealand on a Saturday? I have a list.

  • Play Animal Crossing: New Leaf
  • Possibly communicate with my family (right?)
  • Watch stuff (the list!)
  • Figure out how to sleep on a plane
  • Drink water
  • Use the restroom
  • Eat vegetarian meals
  • Select a book or two to read
  • Finish writing a piece for Information Today

I hate to get morbid and everything but if I don’t make it back to my family and my life, please take care of Haley, Finn, and Aero for me please world please please do that for me. I don’t know how but I know you can pull together and do this. Make sure they are happy and healthy and at the ChurchHouse and everything is good. This is all that I want in the world and I love all of you and I know you can make this happen.

Haley! I love you very much. You are the greatest person that I have ever met.
Finn and Aero! I love you very much. You do know that you two are gonna change the world, right?

These are the songs you can remember me by:

I know! I sound paranoid! I am!

If you are in NZ or Australia and are reading this, I do want to meet you! Let’s share ideas and have great memories and do positive things for the world.

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9657(miles from Titusville, PA to Sydney Australia)
9344(miles from Titusville, PA to Brisbane Australia)



The eye is the lamp of the body; so then if your eye is clear, your whole body will be full of light. But if your eye is bad, your whole body will be full of darkness. (a Bible quote I learned all those years ago in Catholic school that stuck with me)

I am Justin William Hoenke. I do not know who you are. I mean, I know your name and some other things, but for the most part I don’t know you. I will never know you. And this is OK. This does not mean that I do not like you or I am a horrible human being. I think it just sums up a simple fact about human beings who live on planet Earth: we really can only know ourselves in our short time here. We can acknowledge others and understand that they too do exist but we can never really know them. All we can really know is ourselves.

The concept of self is often made even more confusing when you see it through the lenses of modern society. Modern society wants you to think and feel a certain way and to also adopt an “approved” set of words, phrases, and ideas about what it means to be a human being. It gets confusing!

This is a good place to put things that are in my head, so I will make a list right now of the things that I have come to understand that are part of Justin William Hoenke. Maybe it will help you understand me a bit more, but honestly this is really so I can understand myself a little bit better.

  • I am a human being.
  • I am a husband.
  • I am a father.
  • I am a son.
  • I am a nephew.
  • I am a cousin.
  • I am a friend.
  • I work at libraries.
  • I enjoy Nintendo video games.
  • I enjoy listening to music.
  • I enjoy reading non fiction.
  • I enjoy waking up naturally without the aid of an alarm clock.
  • I enjoy pajamas.
  • I like to eat pizza, tater tots, french fries, cucumbers, bananas, rice, and zucchini.
  • I enjoy drinking Guinness as my beer of choice.
  • I like to stay inside of my house/on my property as much as possible.
  • I do not like to schmooze with others.
  • I do not believe that “getting political about things” helps us solve problems.
  • I think we may have done this whole “modern society” thing the wrong way and would like a do-over.
  • I hope more for a shift to an open minded mass consciousness.
  • I like it when people work together.
  • I do not like it when people use each other to achieve their goals.
  • I do not want to be engaged in any “pat my back and I’ll pat your back” kind of situation.
  • I like gritty, dark, and kind of evil movies and TV shows (think Martin Scorsese)
  • I think that “have fun” is a good way to approach every day.
  • I struggle with depression.
  • I go from high highs to low lows.
  • I have not been diagnosed as bi-polar but I think there may be something in there.
  • Most times I just kind of want to be left alone.
  • I could play Animal Crossing all day every day.
  • I am beginning to enjoy physical work over mental work.
  • I wanted to create video games as my profession when I was growing up.
  • I originally went to college to learn animation.
  • I was once in a band that released two albums of music that can be streamed/purchased on pretty much every single music platform out there.
  • I chose librarianship as my profession because I wanted my career to be something that gave back to my community.
  • I am afraid of the idea of starting up a business (see this) but at the same time very excited about it and aware that this is indeed the path I must take in life.
  • I enjoy eating at the Imperial China Buffet in Erie, PA.
  • If I had to pick a favorite fast food, it would be a toss up between Taco Bell and White Castle.

The Next Few Months

Over the next month of my life, I will be visiting some amazing places to talk about libraries. Next week, I’ll be in Lake Placid, NY for a few days to present at the New York Library Association Conference. After that, I’m home for a week and a half or so and then I’m off again. I’ll be speaking in Wellington, NZ at the 2015 LIANZA Conference and then after that at the State Library of New South Wales in Sydney Australia and then at the State Library of Queensland in Brisbane Australia. I’ll return home right before Thanksgiving, eat a great meal with my family, and that’ll be that.


I’m posting this picture because I think it is a good example of how my brain feels right now. I am here but I am not here. I am staring into space but at the same time very grounded by the things, people, and places around me. I am very happy but at the same time not happy at all. What is going on?


I think this is it for me…”it” being a librarian who travels, speaks, goes to conferences, and does all things library outside of their own library. I do like Twitter and this website, so I ain’t giving that up. I like to share ideas and have conversations. But it just feels like the library speaker/conference attendee jig is up. I’ve done it, I’ve enjoyed it, and it is time to move on. I’m at this place mentally where I feel happy about this decision. I’ve been some awesome places, made some awesome friends, and I’ve said what I can say about libraries (tldr: they are awesome, we should focus on our community, and we should continue to try new things that best suit our community).

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I want to be at home more so I don’t miss moments like these: Aero going on a 2 week “I’m going to be a hockey player like my cousin Andrew so I’ll wear hockey outfits everyday” and Finn in his “Five Nights at Freddy’s scares me but all I want to do is play it, watch videos of people playing it, and come up with my own Five Nights at Freddy’s stories while at the same time attempting to play trombone.” These are the days of our lives and I do not want to miss them.


I think libraries have done a great job at reinventing who they are. People still see us as the place to get books but we’ve also managed to expand our palette. We are community centers where people come together to share. We are lifelong learning centers, committed to helping everyone in our communities grow. We still have some work to do, but when I look back on things I see just how far libraries have come. We are doing it! We still have a ways to go on reinventing ourselves in many other areas: funding, how we organize our staff, our governing bodies, and how we just simply do our work. These are great things for libraries to focus on next. Libraries will get there. I just won’t be as a big part of the conversation.

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This website, my Twitter, and these other “outlets” that are in my name have changed over the years anyways. It’s called Justin The Librarian, but read back and you’ll see just how much the main topic has deviated from libraries. These days it is more about looking at life as a whole, understanding myself, being present in the moment, and being the best human being that I can be. If I were to do it all over again it would be Justin The Human Being or something like that.

Stay tuned. This isn’t the end because it never really ends. It just changes a lot.

The ChurchHouse HouseChurch Project


Google Photos applied a filter to this photo which makes it snazzy and artistic and totally share-worthy on a blog and/or other social media websites on the WORLD WIDE WEB.

People have asked me why I left Chattanooga TN and the Chattanooga Public Library. WHY JUSTIN? Were you so very unhappy there? Was it not what it seemed? Why would you leave such a rad place to live in the middle of nowhere Western Pennsylvania? I hate to burst your bubble and dampen all the gossip but here are the four reasons why we left Chattanooga TN and the Chattanooga Public Library.

  1. I got a great job offer at a very cool library in Titusville PA and they wanted me to give this whole being Executive Director thing a shot and I was totally ready to give it a shot after learning from some of the best library leaders in my career. (run on sentence yes)
  2. I was born and raised in Western PA and had the chance to live relatively close to all of my family members for the first time since 2005.
  3. Grandparents/Aunts/Uncles/Cousins are great people to have around, especially when you have two awesome kids yourself. Family is one of the most important things in the world.
  4. Haley and I had the chance to buy an awesome house THAT CAME WITH AN OLD CHURCH.

For the sake of this blog post, we are gonna focus on REASON #4…THE CHURCHHOUSE HOUSECHURCH PROJECT.

I’m not gonna bore you with the history of the building and the property, but you can knock yourself out by clicking any of these images below for bigger versions:


Simply stated, there was a church and a parsonage for sale because it was no longer being used for a church and a parsonage and Haley and I, looking for a place to live in our new community said, “HEY! We should probably just go for it and buy this thing.” So we did, and thus began THE CHURCHHOUSE HOUSECHURCH PROJECT.

Let’s knock out some FAQ’S first:

Yes. When presented with the opportunity to go all out and try something radical, the Hoenke Family goes for it.

Nope. We are two adults between the ages of 29-35 with two kids and massive student loan debt. I am a librarian and Haley is a stay at home homeschooling mom teacher artist wife superlady. Plus, the whole property was only $60,000.

ONLY $60,000?!?!?!
We may not have all the fancy things like a big city like NYC may have, but we have a great cost of living that makes it totally possible to raise a family, enjoy life, and try something neat-o like buying a house and church. I am happy to trade the fancy things for the easier cost of living.

Time to resume the blog post.

We live in the parsonage. It’s a great house that needs some work but you know what? Everything need some work? The house needs some work, so we do that work and we live with it. In the meantime, we have a roof over our heads, running water, heat, and all is well in the world.

The old church came to us in pretty good condition. There was a bit of a soggy basement, some spotty electricity, and a heating system that may or may not work at 100% Slowly but surely things are getting fixed. The electricity is back (thanks to Penelec with the speedy customer service), we know what’s up with the heater (turn it on, let the heat rise, and wish for the best), and the water is mostly gone thanks to some leftover gutters and duct tape.

The plan? It isn’t easy to describe in one or two words, but think of the space as a community center where weddings, birthday parties, meetings, lectures, music, movies, and more can happen. Imagine a yoga instructor or massage therapist looking for some space to rent for a bit while they get their clientele built up. We have that space and if you are a cool human being who is all about making the world a better place, well we would like to chat with you.

I think that’s what it really boils down to: good people coming together with a positive energy to do great things for their community and surrounding areas. It sounds like a library, doesn’t it? There’s a reason for that. Blame it on my career as a librarian and my wife Haley’s mom being a librarian. Having libraries all around you in your life kind of rubs off on you. But it’s a good thing. Libraries are all about helping people with their needs. Want a book? Sure we have that. Need a computer? We have that too? Just want to chat with someone? We are awesome at that.

At the same time, there are some things that nag me about public libraries. We can’t do this. We can’t do that. We’re still not the best at communicating who we are and what we do. The ChurchHouse HouseChurch Project is an attempt to, in my own little world, work around those things that nag me so that I can accomplish (along with my wife) some amazing things for the community. Public Library World, don’t fret…I ain’t going anywhere. These two things (Public Library plus ChurchHouse HouseChurch) go hand in hand. They are both things in a community that are all about giving back and being as awesome as possible in general.

That’s everything. Will this work? I have no idea. In our eyes, the worst thing that can happen is that nothing works out and in the end we move into the church building, live there, and rent out the house. That’s not a bad scenario either. It will look kind of like this.

In the end, I’m pretty sure we all get to live one life. Why not have fun, take some risk, and try something new? ChurchHouse HouseChurch is our attempt at that in a physical form. Here we go.

All Of This Is Fleeting


Over the next few months of my life I will be visiting Lake Placid New York, Wellington New Zealand, Sydney Australia, and Brisbane Australia to talk to other amazing human beings and librarians about how awesome libraries can be and how that all libraries should be focused on their local communities first and foremost. I love chatting about this! I love meeting new people and sharing inspiration and other stories. This is what life is all about.

It also hits me that this is most likely the last year that I’ll be doing these kinds of things in library-land. This is A-OK with me. I have visited many amazing places, met many amazing people, and shared some amazing stories. It is time to past the torch. What am I saying? There is no torch. I just really wanted an excuse to put the Tenacious D song “Dio” in this post. Enjoy below!

Everything in life is fleeting and nothing stays the same forever. This may scare some people. I know it used to scare me! I am not scared by that anymore. It is all just stuff that when lumped together makes up a life. It is cool!


2016 will be the year of the Hoenke Family ChurchHouse Project. That is the next step in my life. There is something great about wandering outside , walking around, and taking care of things. I have enjoyed attempting to get the heating system to work in the church. I have been painting the door even more red than it has ever been. Our basement isn’t as soggy and moldy as it was in June! Woo! The Hoenke Family ChurchHouse Project is kind of like an extension of the public library. It is a place where great and positive things will happen with great and positive people in the community.

All of this is fleeting. I am enjoying it!