Posted by emather on 11.19.15

Have you ever rushed to the library first thing after school to grab up a copy of the latest teen book release, hot off the presses, only to find all the copies have been checked out and you need to go onto the waitlist? It is seriously the worst.
Well, have we got news for you! We've installed a new Teen Marketplace, chock full of the newest and hottest teen fiction, nonfiction, and audiobooks. We have tons of copies in easy to browse shelves, so you can easily find the latest best seller or discover the next sleeper hit.
(Don't worry: we still have our awesome and extensive Teen Fiction and Nonfiction collections, now located by our main fiction collection. With even more room, too!)
So come by and check out the new Teen Marketplace. It's chock full of all the newest teen books just for you. We can't wait to hear what you think!

Posted by alice on 11.07.15

Calling all writers! NaNoWriMo is in full swing here at The Hub! If you don't know what NaNoWriMo is, it stands for National Novel Writing Month. That's write right, we're taking up the challenge of writing an entire novel in one month. That's 1 novel in 30 days! That's 50,000 words in 1 month! Whew...
Our teen writing club members, Inklings, have officially started their novels at our November meeting on 11/4. But if you're a teen writer and you want to join us in this literary endeavor, sign up here for NaNoWriMo and email us your username at and we'll add you to our classroom!
The winner of our NaNoWriMo classroom will get a very special prize... a signed copy of Rainbow Rowell's Fangirl which was originally a NaNoWriMo novel! Read a pep talk from Rainbow Rowell here where she talks about her experience participating!
If you need inspiration, want to talk through your novel, or have questions about NaNoWriMo, feel free to email us at or come by The Hub!
We'll also have write-in sessions on Mondays and Thursdays in November from 7-9 p.m. at The Hub if you need a place to write!
Best of luck, writers!

Posted by red_sonya on 09.03.15

Best Overall
Checkmate by Brandon M.
Best Comedy
The Prop Hunt by Jared C.
Best Documentary 
The Same Molecules by Rhegan G.

Best Experimental
Trigger Warning by Kathleen O.

Best Animation
Over the Phone by August G.and Ben K.

Best Music Video
Geronimo by Tess T.

Congrats to all our winners and a big thanks to everyone who submitted a film! You can watch the 21 films submitted for the 9th Annual Teen Film Fest here!

Remember to keep those cameras rolling. Next year's Teen Film Fest will be here before you know it, and we'd love to see what you can create!


Posted by Trixie on 08.18.15

Come in to the HUB and make a disco ball to hang in your locker this upcoming year!
Image credit: WikiHow, how to make a disco ball with cd’s
It’s a super easy project, all you need is:
1 Styrofoam ball (2.5 inches)
1 CD
A hot glue gun
A small wooden rod
Here is how it works:
  1. Use a wooden rod to poke a hole sideways throw the top of the ball.
  2. Cut a piece of string to be 9 inches and thread it through the hole you just made (taping the ends of the string may help it go through)
  3. Using scissors, cut the CD into small pieces of varying sizes (WEAR SAFETY GOGGLES, they sometimes fly all over)
  4. Use a glue gun to glue the pieces onto the ball
  5. Hang in your locker and party the year away!

Posted by Trixie on 08.13.15

Over the weekend, we welcomed professional photographer Rebecca Reuland to the HUB. She presented a photography and Photoshop program resulting in teen-made movie posters.

First, we examined popular movie posters, how they use film stills and text to grab your attention and convey what the movie is about.

Next, we broke into groups to brainstorm supposed films and possible shots we could set up in and around the library.
Then, the fun part, we set up shots based on the genre and setting of the films. Using existing lighting, reflectors, aperture speed, and other effects, each team took multiple shots to manipulate for their movie’s posters.

After a brief tutorial on Photoshop, teens made posters for films that featured Freddy Fazbear's Pizza, killer books that come to life at the library, a ukulele wielding killer, a documentary about books, and more!
Image Credit: Anubhav A. & Ryan D.
Image credit: Clarissa G. & Emma K.

Interested in photography or Photoshop? Check out the library’s program calendar for upcoming classes or stop by the HUB!

Posted by Trixie on 07.07.15

Join our summer selfie scavenger hunt!
Selfie instructions will be posted to our Instagram every Tuesday in July. Post your selfies to Instagram using #hubselfiehunt. Participate and get a chance to win a pool prize pack (which includes two pool passes & more!). We’ll post the winner the first week of August! Good luck!

Posted by Trixie on 07.06.15

This month in the HUB we’re repurposing vinyl records into small notebooks. Stop by, make your notebook and complete a challenge for the teen summer Read to the Rhythm program!
Too busy? Don’t fret – here are the instructions for you to tackle this project at home!
SAFETY FIRST – use protective eyewear while scoring and breaking your record to the perfect size!
1.       Cut record to the size for notebook cover.
· Use ruler and utility knife to score* vinyl.
*Run blade along ruler to cut shallow channel on surface of record.
· Use the edge of a table to break record along scored line.
2.       Prepare pages of your notebook.
· Cut pages to size – about the length of the cover laid flat.
· Fold in half to form a book.
· Use stapler or thread to bind pages.
3.       Construct your notebook.
·  Align cover and pages of notebook.
· Use duct tape to form cover. Tape along flat edges leaving room for the thickness of your notebook pages.
· Attach first and last page to the front and back cover to form the notebook.
Adapted from Gem & Em.

Posted by kdevitt on 07.02.15


Hi, I’m Kerry, the new Tween Librarian!  A few summers ago, you may have seen me around Kid’s World helping out with Summer Reading. Now, I’m lucky enough to get to hang out in Kid’s World AND the Hub. Best. job. ever. You might even see me visiting your school this fall.

A few random facts about me:

I am a wannabe foodie and love trying (and usually messing up) new recipes.

I have been a runner since jr. high, and I can’t go more than a few days without going for a run.

I have a cat named Izzy who is currently rocking a sweet lion haircut.

I love to travel, but when I can’t, I read about it instead. I am a sucker for a good love story, but I equally love action-packed dystopian novels. I’m always looking for my next favorite book, so let me know what you’re reading!

Stop by the Hub and say hi!


Posted by emather on 07.01.15

Have you ever gotten your earbuds tangled in your bag or pocket? It's literally the worst thing ever. Well, we've got you covered! During the month of June, we made DIY No-Tangle Earbuds in the HUB. All you need is some thin thread called embroidery floss, a pair of scissors, a piece or two of tape, and some earbuds that always get tangled. (We provided some earbuds to everyone who made the kit in June, but feel free to bring in your own and use our embroidery floss to make them No-Tangle. We have almost every color ever.)
Completing a DIY craft is also one of the four challenges for our Read to the Rhythm teen summer challenge, where you can win awesome prizes like iTunes gift cards, instruments from GuitarCenter, and even a pair of wireless Beats headphones! (If those get tangled on you, then I don't know what to tell you. You're on your own there.)
In addition to not tangling and driving you totally, personalizing your earbuds makes sure you never mix them up with someone else's and get their earwax in your ears, which may be the only thing worse than tangled earbuds. After following the really simple instructions below, you'll end up with something looking a bit like this:
Here are the basic steps you'll need to follow:
  1. Secure one end of your earbuds down with a piece of tape. Take a long piece of embroidery floss and tie it to one end of your earbuds with a double or triple knot.
  2. Wind the other end of the floss up loosely. (This way, you won't need to pull the entire length through for every loop you make.)
  3. Loop the floss over and around the earbud cable, and pull it up through the loop you just made. (Look at it like a single knot.)
  4. Pull the loop tight around the cable and push it up against the rest of the thread.
  5. Repeat steps 3 & 4 until you've covered your earbuds. If you want to move on to a different colored floss, just tie the new color on to the end of the old and keep it going.
Check out the video below to see how it works in action.
Depending on the length of your earbuds, it can take a while, so you may need to finish it up at home after leaving the HUB. If you want to give it a try, swing by the HUB desk with your tangled earbuds and we'll get you the supplies!

Posted by alice on 05.27.15

Summer is upon us, people!
That means that your schools have unleashed their lists of books they'd like you to read over the summer. We've got some good news for you...the books you seek are available here at the library in The Hub!
We've compiled all the books you may need to read in these handy dandy links. Click on them to see which books are available to check out right now, and put a hold on books that you'd like to read soon! On top of that, you'll find on the lists that you can even get some of these reads as an eBook!
Here they are:
Happy reading! Happy summer!