Posts tagged with "techy"

Posted by alice on 12/10/13
Have you ever played Mad Libs?  It's a word game that you've probably played on car trips before.  There's even an app for it that you can download here.  
 
Here's the rundown of how it works...
 
One player prompts another player to give them particular words, specifically words that fall into a part of speech.  Then you fill in these words into a story that has these specific words missing.  You don't know what the story is beforehand, and you definitely have no clue what the story will end up being until you fill in the blanks with the words you provide.
 
Still confused?  Try it out here.
 
It's a fun game that usually has a hilarious outcome!
 
So... let's go ahead and play it!
 

Teen Mad Libs

Wait.. so what's happening?
Throughout the rest of December, we'll be asking you for different words to fill out a story on our Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.  You can answer us/provide your words in the comments on Facebook and Instagram or reply if you're using Twitter.  
 
Why is it called "Teen Mad Libs"?
We'll be filling in blanks from popular Teen/YA novels!  Maybe the fate of your favorite character will take a drastic turn, all because of a crazy word you submitted!
 
When will I be able to see the story?
On Friday of each week, we'll fill in the blanks and post the stories with some of the most hilarious outcomes.
 
Are there any rules?
There's only one rule... Watch your language: That means no swear words or words that may be offensive.  Keep it library appropriate!
 
Ummmm "Parts of Speech"?  Doesn't that mean grammar and stuff?
Why yes, yes it does mean grammar and stuff.  If you need a refresher course on your parts of speech, look below for a really crude description of the parts of speech and tenses.  If you want a more descriptive explanation, click here.
 
Noun: Person, place, or thing
Verb: An action word
Adjective: A word to describe something; modifies a noun
Adverb: Usually ends in -ly; modifies a verb and sometimes adjectives
 
Past Tense: "Walked"
Present Tense: "Walk"
Present Progressive: "Walking"
 
OK, now what?  How do I get started?
Check out our Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram for the different words we're looking for.  Then leave your submissions in the comments or reply with them.
 
May the madness begin!
 
 
 

Posted by alice on 03/27/14
 
2048. Not 16. Not 128. Not even 1024. But 2048. That's the number you've got to hit. That's the number you've got to work up to. That's the number that escapes my grasp! That's the number I dream about at night!
 
So...rewind...I've been playing this game called 2048. It's available in the App Store and you can even play an online clone of it here. You swipe left, right, up, and down to add the number tiles currently on your board. Only like numbers can be combined, so you've got to really work up to get the big numbers. Especially since each swipe adds a 2 or a 4 tile on the board. Also, once all the tile slots are filled, the game's over...so you've got to be really careful about where you place your tiles. It's easier to understand if you see it, so I completely recommend giving it a shot. Just be warned that this game is highly addictive!
 
I hope that one day I'll be able to get that 2048 number. *crosses fingers*
 
If you do play, what's your high score? Leave it in the comments and we'll compare!

Posted by alice on 04/30/13
 
First there was Angry Birds way back in 2010 (or a million years ago in app times), then there was Cut the Rope, Draw Something, and now comes Candy Crush Saga to ruin my life.  
 
This has always been the case with me.  A little puzzle or word game takes over my life and I find that I haven't seen or spoken to anyone for hours or days.  When games started showing up on phones, starting with my super old Nokia that featured The Snake Game, this problem only became worse.  Do I regret it?  Was my time spent poorly?  Maybe...I guess...probably.
 
But that doesn't mean that game apps on phones are completely a bad thing!  I say...if you need a little break from your homework or are just bored out of your mind, go ahead and download the Candy Crush Saga app.  It's a puzzle game that's similar to Bejeweled, but with candy and fun characters.  To sum it up, this app is cute to look at, has a hilarious voiceover man, and is highly addictive.  So as long as you don't fall into the same trap as I do for games like this, you'll be fine. 
 
But yeah, play at your own risk!
 

Posted by alice on 06/24/14
If you've been on the internet within the last 24 hours, you probably know what a gif is. If you don't and even if you do take a look at this awesome video below to educate yourself!
 
 
At our teen program called "Cinemagraphtastical!" (I know, it's a seriously long name for a program) we created gifs that only had one element of the image moving. The outcome is sometimes creepy, always cool.
 
Here are a few made during the program...
 
 
 
 
The program also counted toward the AMYGDALA and RIGHT BRAIN challenges for our Teen Summer Reading Program: Summer Reading, Summer Doing! Want to join? Sign up here!
 
Do you have a photographer's eye? You may be interested in coming to the Thinking Visually program this Thursday, 6/26. Register here!
 

Posted by alice on 10/09/13
 
Want to win a much coveted rubber duckie?  How about an even more coveted ARC (Advanced Reader Copy)?  Well, you can if you're a winner of our contest this month!
 
For the month of October, we're looking at things up-close.  Real close.  Nose-pressed-up-to-the-glass close.
 
Every week we'll post a close-up photo of an object in our library on all of our social media sites. That means @HUB500 on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram!  
 
In the middle of the week, we'll post a picture of the same object but with the camera pulled back just a little bit more.
 
Finally, on Friday, we'll post the picture revealing the object.  Your mission, if you choose to accept, is to guess what that object is as quickly as possible in the comments of the photo on our Instagram page!
 
The first person to correctly guess each week's photo is a winner of the contest!  We'll let you know if you're the winner for the week!
 
A duckie and ARC are at stake here, folks!  Let's do this!  Happy guessing!  wink
 
THE CONTEST STARTS NOW WITH THIS PHOTO...
 
 
Hmmmm...

Posted by alice on 07/16/13
First things first, watch the video below!
 
 
Did you ever think you'd be scared of Mary Poppins?  I mean, I guess she does make the Banks children eat gross tasting medicine (which is a scary prospect for anyone), but she usually follows that with a spoon full of sugar.  The Mary Poppins in the video above doesn't seem like the type to be sweet nor sweeten.
 
At Cut and Re-Cut, a program we had in the Training Center last Thursday, teens came in and created their own re-cut trailers for popular movies.  They had the choice between making Monsters Inc. into a horror movie or The Hunger Games into a rom-com.  Using some iMovie know-how, appropriate clips/music for our purposes, and SERIOUS creativity, the teens delivered great trailers!
 
You can view them in the playlist below!
 

 
Also, remember to check out our programs calendar for more awesome programs in the future!
 

Posted by alice on 08/13/13
 
Any avid gamers out there?  Well you may like to play video games and you may even boast a high score or two, but have you ever thought about how video games are made?  Better yet, have you ever considered making one of your own?
 
At Saturday's DIY program, a group of teens had a chance to make their own video games using a software called Construct 2.  We met up in the library's Training Center and created a simple game using the software together.  Afterwards, the teens had time to make whatever modifications and additions they wanted — effectively creating some seriously bizarre and fun games that other attendees got to try out.
 
Want a shot at making your own video game?  Download the software we used onto your Windows PC and take a look at this tutorial that'll go through the steps to get you started!
 
Below is a short clip of a teen playing the game he created.  And yes, that's a unicorn shooting a laser out of its horn.
 
 
If you're really interested in making video games in the future (maybe even as a CAREER!), you might be interested in checking out this book from our collection!
 

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 emather on 01/02/14
 
In the age of texting, emoji have become a sort of second language to many.  Japanese for "picture" (e-) and "word" (-moji), they are a uniform set of smiley-faces and pictures that are available on text message and other web services like Twitter.  They have become incredibly popular. They have been used to recreate great pieces of art, like the Mona Lisa emoji-mosaic above or an all-emoji-translation of the classic American novel Moby Dick (renamed Emoji Dick.)
 
For the month of January, we are going to be having our own fun with emoji.  Every Monday, we will post an emoji summary of a classic or current teen book on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.  Be the first to guess what book we've emoji-fied, and you'll win a prize!
 
But we want YOU to write your own emoji book summaries, too!  Tag them with #HUBemojibooks, and we'll not only share our favorites, but the best ones will ALSO win a prize, not to mention Internet infamy. (Would that be Internetfamy?  Probably not...)
 
So keep an eye out every Monday for a new book for you to translate.  The first will come on January 6th.  And don't forget to keep your own coming in. Until then, we wish you all a smiley-cat, purple heart, hatching chick, and bowl of ramen!

Posted by alice on 09/03/13
There's not much I can say about this except... AWESOME!
 
 
So if you're ever missing The Hub or the library in general, you can walk the stacks from wherever you have the internet thanks to Google Maps!
 
Okay, now something equally as cool... go ahead and press the double arrows that are pointing toward the telephone box.
 
I want to go to that telephone box!  
 
Anyone know of any other Google Maps Easter Eggs?  Share them with us in the comments!