Posts tagged with "geekout"

Posted by alice on 11/26/13
The 50th Anniversary of Doctor Who was this past Saturday.  Ladies and gents, we at The Hub had been anticipating this day for so long.  We even celebrated Doctor Who in The Hub for the entire month of November.  
 
Throughout the month, we offered different programs and DIY Kits that were Doctor Who-themed -- thus, leading us to affectionately call this entire month WHOvember.  We screen printed Tardises on shirts, totes, and swatches at the Print Your Own Tardis T-Shirt program.  We created a light-up, awesome Sonic Screwdriver at the LED Sonic Screwdriver program.  And we went into the library's Studio, recorded our voices, and used some Garageband magic to make our voices sound like Daleks at the Dalek Takeover program.
 

Two teens recording their voices in the Production Studio during the Dalek Takeover program.
 
In case you're curious about what our Dalek recordings sounded like, may your curiosity be quenched with this audio clip!
 

 
What's fun about recording your own Dalek sayings is that you can make them into ringtones, phone alerts, and you can even make your Dalek say something they would likely never say.  For example, "I love the Doctor!"  If you can't tell from the audio clip, it was a lot of fun.  Our library is full of funny teens.
 
Of course, November 23rd was the day we'd all been waiting for.  It was the 50th Anniversary of Doctor Who and the BBC aired The Day of the Doctor special across the globe at the very same time.  Now you may ask, why would they do such a thing?
 
The answer:
 
No spoilers for us!  We made a day of it in The Hub and had a costume contest, ate some Doctor Who-themed treats, and played a couple of rounds of Doctor Who trivia!  Then we gathered round, screamed a little (especially when we saw 10 and 11 in the same shot), and went on a 75 minute adventure with the Doctor(s).
 
 
Alas, The Day of the Doctor has come and gone, and boy, was it EPIC!
 

Posted by alice on 07/12/13
I had to hijack Alice's account to share the following with all you teen readers out there:
 
Have you ever found yourself searching for the perfect word...and the word just doesn't exist? Especially when talking about books and your reading experiences? Kudos to YALSA Hub blogger Joel Bruns, whose list of YA lit vocab made me laugh but also nod my head and say "yep." Check these out (and start dropping them into your conversations with us in the AHML Hub):
 
Catastrafatigue: the feeling that one more catastrophe-riddled future world is more than you can stand
 
Seqhole: the empty feeling you get when you are waiting for the next book in a series to be released
 
Skimulate: pretending you’ve read a book when, in fact, you skimmed the back cover and maybe a few pages from each chapter. Also: bibliofake.
 
Errorist: person incapable of seeing anything but the weaknesses of every book they read
 
Lust Jacket: cover design that is so awesome you just can’t help but pick up the book. Antonym: bust jacket: a cover that makes you go “ewwww.”
 
Melodramamine: the feeling you get after gorging on drama-filled books
 
Supernaturillogical: when a writer endows a character in a book with special powers that are just ridiculous and/or unbelievable and/or just plain stupid
 
Dittopia: oh boy, another book set in a crumbling future America
 
Zombifad: right now
 
Afictionado: no, I don’t want to read your fan fiction of The Hunger Games from the point of view of Prim’s goat
 
Shock and Awwww: when you are dreading a book, read it anyway, and end up loving it
 
Check out Joel Brun's blog post here!
 
-Mary Ellen