Posts tagged with "techy"
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!
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!
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!
THE CONTEST STARTS NOW WITH THIS PHOTO...
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!
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!
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?
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!
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!
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!
A chill just ran down my spine and it's 73º out in Arlington Heights. This can only mean one thing... it's time for finals.
Finals week was something I dreaded every semester. A week of tests is not something I look forward to, personally. But I know from speaking to the high schoolers who come into The Hub, that it's a time that some of you actually don't mind. One last push of pure effort and then you're rewarded with summer vacation, after all!
Well if you're studying for finals in these next couple of weeks, I wanted to share some awesome study tools with you to (possibly) help you study!
Noises to Help You Study
Apps to Help You Study
A Place to Help You Study
We're transforming The Hub into a Finals Study Lounge! So come by The Hub and get your study on! We'll also have snacks from Whole Foods and special relaxation sessions!
Saturday, June 1 from 12:00 PM to 5:30 PM
Sunday, June 2 from 12:00 PM to 5:30 PM [Therapy Dogs from 3:00 PM to 4:30 PM]
Monday, June 3 from 12:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Tuesday, June 4 from 12:00 PM to 9:00 PM [Yoga Session from 4:00 PM to 4:30 PM]
Wednesday, June 5 from 12:00 PM to 9:00 PM [Yoga Session from 4:00 PM to 4:30 PM]
Thursday, June 6 from 12:00 PM to 9:00 PM
You know how Tony Stark uses a cool, holographic computer to manipulate 3D models in the Iron Man trilogy and The Avengers? Well, the real-life "Tony Stark" was inspired by the movie and actually invented modeling software and an interface that allows a user to do that and more!
Billionaire Elon Musk, the inspiration for Iron Man's alter ego Tony Stark and SpaceX CEO, unveiled video of this technology, what Musk calls immersive virtual reality, a couple of days ago. Watch the video below to see a rocket part 3D modeled using a holograph and hand gestures. Then see it 3D printed in titanium! Pretty cool, huh? Now, someone just needs to invent a Garbo Mansion à la Scott Westerfeld's Uglies series complete with talking and clothes producing walls...sans The Surge and Specials of course!
(Source: Venture Beat)