Posts tagged with "Teen"

Posted by aharder on 08/20/15
As part of their back to school preparations, approximately 40 new teachers to Arlington Heights School District 25 visited the Arlington Heights Memorial Library on August 20 to learn about library resources available to teachers, how to request classroom materials, upcoming author visits and fall programs students will be interested in. Teachers toured the library and heard a presentation by School Services Coordinator (K-8) Julie Jurgens.

The library serves all preschools, elementary, middle and high schools located in Arlington Heights or where Arlington Heights students make up at least 45 percent of the student body. For more information, visit

Posted by paichele on 11/13/15
"I think I'm still a short storyteller at heart," author Cristina Henríquez told an audience of 200+ during an appearance at the Metropolis Performing Arts Centre on Thursday evening, November 12. Cristina spoke about her novel, The Book of Unknown Americans, which was chosen as the 2015 One Book, One Village selection by the library. In an interview-style program moderated by Info Services Librarian Mike Monahan, Cristina spoke candidly about her book which she originally wrote as a short story before expanding - a task which took five years to complete and tells the story of two families who have immigrated to the United States from Latin America and their neighbors living in a Delaware apartment complex.
"The second you hear someone's story, or imagine their story, it becomes so much harder to be intolerant," she said. "One of the goals of the book was to keep poking at stereotypes."
Following the 50-minute conversation on-stage, the author fielded questions from the audience which included sharing insights on the editing and publishing process.

Earlier in the program when asked to describe the meaning of home, Henríquez responded, "Home is not a place. To me, home is a feeling. It's that feeling when your soul sighs."

The Metropolis event capped off a day-long exchange between the author and the Arlington Heights community about The Book Unknown Americans. Earlier at the library, she did a short reading from the novel for an audience in the Cardinal Room and met in the Hub with more than 80 students from three District 214 schools.


District 214 students meet One Book, One Village author in the Hub
What better way to learn about a book than to meet its author. That's what happened for more than 80 high school students who had the opportunity to meet Cristina Henríquez, author of The Book of Unknown Americans, during her November 12 visit to Arlington Heights and the library for One Book, One Village. 
The students gathered in the Hub from three schools - John Hersey High School, Rolling Meadows High School and District 214's Newcomer Center - and spent more than an hour with Cristina asking questions about the book, its characters and what it takes to be an author.
"It took me five years to write this book and there were days when it really was a struggle and I wondered if I'd ever finish it," she told the students. Henríquez later added, "The best thing you can do for your writing is to forget that anyone is ever going to read it and just write."

Posted by paichele on 06/04/15
Open mic night is back! Share your poetry, songs or jokes. There are 14 six-minute slots available for teen and adult performers and plenty of space for a captive audience. If you are interested in performing, please arrive at 6:30 p.m. to sign up for a slot. Performance slots will be assigned based on arrival.
Date and time: Friday, June 12, 7–8:30 p.m.
Location: Cardinal Room

Posted by paichele on 01/27/15
How do you take an existing product and make it better? Just ask the 29 eighth graders at Thomas Middle School who recently completed a new, 9-week elective focused on three-dimensional printing, research and design. Titled 3D RD, the first-time course challenged the students to create or redesign every day products using 3D technology resources available both at school and at the library including Tinkercad, an online design application, and the Hub’s MakerBot 3D printer.

The course culminated on January 20 when the students presented their final 3D projects before an audience of some 50 parents and teachers. Thomas Middle School Principal Brian Kaye emceed the program which was held in the Hub. Students presented ideas and 3D models that ranged from a clever set of interchangeable scissors handles, designed by Arlington Heights students Zoe Axelrod and Annie Waz, to an always in demand TV remote holder.

“Give me a show of hands, how many of you guys have lost your remotes,” asked Emil Harb and Michael Macynski, the student engineers of a sleekly-designed TV remote holder. “This is the item that shall fulfill your needs!”

In all 12 groups of students presented and displayed their printed 3D prototypes at the library.

“The kids were really well-prepared,” says Teen Services Supervisor Tom Spicer, who worked with the District 25 students. “It was really great to see that they were able to start using the modeling software to design and print workable prototypes and products.”

“It was really gratifying to see the students present their final products,” added Jim Grant, Thomas Middle School industrial technology teacher and creator of the class. “It was fun trying something new, and it was great working with the Hub staff. The teamwork between the school and library provided enhanced learning for the students and resulted in some really innovative and creative 3D products.”

Thomas Middle School will offer 3D RD in the spring with a new class starting in April.

Posted by paichele on 02/12/15
Are you skilled in the art of rocking out? Can you wail on a plastic guitar? Come by The Hub and play against other gamer musicians for the title of Guitar Hero Rock Legend. There will be food, prizes and healthy competition!
Date and time: Friday, February 20, 6–8 p.m.
Location: The Hub

Posted by paichele on 05/26/15
Come lip sync for your life at the HUB's first ever Lip Sync Off! It's not about your vocal ability but about your stage presence and how well you can "fake" being a rock star. We'll have prizes in various categories like Most Attitude and Best Costume. Do some lip exercises, practice your scissor kicks and get ready for a great night of lip syncing fun. For teens in grades 7–12.
Date and time: Tuesday, June 9, 6:30–8 p.m.
Location: The Hub

Posted by paichele on 01/08/15
You're a knitter, Harry! Learn how to make a Hogwarts house scarf using a variety of stitching methods: needles, looms and even our arms. We'll also be watching Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone to compare our creations with the scarves on screen. Your scarf will keep you warm, look cool and is a great accessory to wear to Harry Potter Book Night on February 5. For teens in grades 7–12.
Date and time: Friday, January 16, 6–9 p.m.
Location: Cardinal Room and the Hub

Posted by paichele on 03/16/15
Share your favorite book and learn about new books from other teens. Come prepared to briefly share one or a few of your must-reads. There will be crafts and other activities related to the shared recommendations. For teens in grades 7–12.
Date and time: Thursday, March 19, 6:30–7:30 p.m.
Location: The Hub

Posted by paichele on 07/23/15
You've read the book and seen the movie. Now, join us for a discussion of John Green's Paper Towns. We'll share what we loved and hated about the book and movie as well as which was better. Need a copy of the book? Stop by the Hub Desk to check one out. For teens in grades 7–12.
Date and time: Thursday, August 20, 6:30–7:30 p.m.
Location: The Hub

Posted by paichele on 01/26/15
Let's light up those winter blues. We will be creating our own paper lanterns and making LED throwies to put inside. Decorate your lantern using watercolor paints, or use some tissue paper to create a fun effect. We will also be watching the anime, Angel Beats!, which is about a boy who quickly learns that the afterlife is nothing like he imagined. Join us for a great evening of crafts and anime. Cosplay is encouraged. For teens in grades 7–12.
Date and time: Friday, January 30, 6–8 p.m.
Location: The Hub

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