Posted by tspicer on 07.10.14

What if the people who raised you had been lying to you for your entire life?  What if everything you believed, everything you were, was nothing more than someone trying to manipulate you for their own ends?  In Bloodwitch by Amelia Atwater-Rhodes, that’s the question that Vance Ehecatl has to face.
Vance is a quetzal, a shapeshifter who can take the form of a bird.  Abandoned by his own people, Vance has been raised by the vampire rulers of the powerful Midnight Empire.  His sheltered life is interrupted by Malachi Obsidian, who tells Vance he’s a bloodwitch, a powerful magic user, and that the vampires have been lying to him all his life to make him their tool.
Vance struggles to discover his identity and figure out who he can trust in this compelling fantasy tale.  It’s the first of a new trilogy, but if you enjoy it you can follow the ongoing “Lilith’s Explorations of Midnight” tale that the author posts on her Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/notes/amelia-atwater-rhodes/about-liliths-exploration-of-midnight/558066950922556.
 




Posted by Trixie on 06.27.14

 
Yesterday, we learned some basic movie-making principles and explored the equipment and resources the library has to offer. Then, each team was given a filming assignment with specific instructions to hone their visual thinking skills. Here's one of the videos that resulted: the challenge was to film a subject ascending and descending stairs. Heather H., Lynette H., and Emma K., great job!
 
 
Want to learn more about film-making? Come into the Hub for help with your film, to use video editing software, or to check out cameras, tripods, and more!
 
We're accepting submissions for the 8th Annual Film Fest! Get the specs and register for upcoming film-making class here.




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 tspicer on 06.19.14

 
What happens when you mix science fiction, fairy tales, romance, and a compelling, fast-paced plot all in one book?  You get Cress, which is all of that and so much more.  Cress continues the stories of Cinder and Scarlet, the first two books in The Lunar Chronicles.
 
Cinder and Scarlet and their ragtag band of fugitives take their stolen spaceship to rescue Cress (think Rapunzel if she was locked up in an orbital satellite instead of a tower). Cress has the secrets they need to stop the Lunar Queen Levana, who plans to marry the young Emperor Kai (who Cinder might just still have a crush on, although she’d probably never admit it), then kill him and invade the rest of the Earth.
 
With a fast pace, plenty of action and a bit of romance, Cress will appeal to a lot more than just sci fi fans, although there’s plenty here for them as well: cyborgs, spaceships, and moon people with psychic powers, for example.  There’s only one downside – once you finish you’ll have to wait until next year to find out what happens in the next book.
 
 




Posted by Trixie on 06.18.14

 
Yesterday we welcomed Kathleen an instructor from Pulsation Yoga for an invigorating yoga practice. We learned about the benefits of incorporating a regular yoga practice into our lives. Besides improving flexiblity and building strength, yoga can give us an energy boost, provide balance in our busy lives, and help us relax.
 
Photo from the yoga practice: a circle of trees opening their hearts to the sky
 
For the second part of the program, Paulina & Erica from Pure Juice talked about making healthy, delicious smoothies. They demonstrated how to make three of their most popular smoothies, complete with samples for all participants! Green Goddess was my favorite - stop by there and let me know which ones you like the best!
 




Posted by red_sonya on 06.17.14

 
If you haven't already signed up for our summer reading program, register online now! Once you're signed up, you can help us light up the Hub's brain by putting a light bulb into a synapse of our awesome brain sculpture.
 
We have four types of challenges that will work different parts of your brain.
 
  • The LEFT BRAIN relates to  logical thinking. To complete this challenege, send us a book, movie, or music review. You can post it on one of our social media sites or email it to teens@ahml.info. Reviewing not your thing? Participate in the Teen Book Club - join the discussion to complete a LEFT BRAIN challenge.
  • The RIGHT BRAIN is associated with creativity. For this challenge, come in this month to make your very own terrarium! Next month, we'll be making some awesome coasters in our makerspace. You can also draw a picture on one of our drawing pad tables, submit a film to the 8th Annual Film Fest, or participate in one of the 55-Gallon ARTify programs on July 19th or July 26th.
  • The AMYGDALA is the part of the brain that benefits and regulates social interactions. In this month's social media contest, we're writing short stories that are 55 words or less! Submit a story, complete the challenge, and have a chance at winning a prize (and eternal glory). We have a social media contests every month so you will achieve that goal in no time! Another way you can get the AMYGDALA challenge completed is by attending any teen program or TAB (Teen Advisory Board) meeting, learn more about that here
  • The HIPPOCAMPUS challenge is possibly the easiest one to complete. Post a picture or description of you being active: doing a cartwheel, biking, anything that has you moving! Then post it to any of our social media sites with the hashtag #hub500fitness. Not on social media? No worries - just let us know next time you're in the Hub. That's it, then you're done with the HIPPOCAMPUS challenge!
 
Once you finish three of the four challenges, you get another light bulb for the brain. You'll also be entered to win one of six $50 gift cards to Dick's Sporting Goods, Etsy, or Barnes and Noble.
 
So, go get started with those challenges!
 
 
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Posted by red_sonya on 06.17.14

Last Saturday we had a "Making Ramen Healthy" program.
We learned how to take regular ramen like this, 


 
and turn it into this. 

 
How did we do such a thing?                                                                                                                                                               
We started with a single serving of noodles (those bags contain two!)
 
 
Then we made our way to the awesome veggie table where we had items for the broth like, low sodium soy sauce, milk, low sodium miso paste, and dried seaweed. We also had some very yummy add-in's like, mushrooms, bean sprouts, pepper strips, bamboo shoots, green onion, watercress, fish cakes, and pork. 
 
 
Then we got to work on cutting up our vegtables! 
 
 
Then we added some very hot water, added in what we wanted for our broth and then covered it. 
 
 
After about two minutes, we added in the vegetables and covered it back up for one more minute. Then we removed the tinfoil and Voilà!!   

 
Yummy healthy ramen! 
 
 
We also learned about the history of Ramen, how it actually originated in China, before coming to Japan and being changed to the ramen we know today. We watched a short video that showed what it is like in an actual Japanese ramen shop.   
 
 
 
We had a fun and crazy time making our ramen healthy! 
 
 
Share in the comments what some of your favorite things to add into ramen are!
 
 




Posted by emather on 05.29.14

This past Saturday, teens met in the Training Center at the library to use video editing and effects tools to add Star Wars special effects to some videos. We started with footage of some Star Wars finger puppets (made as part of the DIY craft in the HUB this month) in front of a green screen, like this:
 
 
 
 
Then we used a new tool on library computers called SaberFX that let us draw different visual effects over the footage, like light sabers, blasters, explosions, and lightning. Then we rendered those videos and used iMovie to edit them, add backgrounds over the green screen, and add music and sound effects. We ended up with some pretty great quick videos with really creative ideas. (I don't know if Jabba the Hutt will be able to shoot lightning out of his eyeballs in the new movies, but he really should.) Check some out below, and be sure to come by and try out the software yourself. Maybe for your submission to the 8th Annual Teen Film Fest?
 
 

 
 
 
 

 
 

 




Posted by tspicer on 05.28.14

John the teen library intern
Hi, I'm John, the new intern in teen services!  For the next few months, I'll be in The Hub learning from the librarians, library assistants, and teens as I work my way through library school.
 
I read a lot of fantasy and sci-fi, but I'm also into historical fiction, mysteries, and a whole lot of other genres.  Lately I've been reading a lot of graphic novels and comics too.  My current addiction is Fables and all of its various spin-offs.  I wasn't a big Disney fan growing up but it's really cool to see all those fairy tale characters as immigrants to the real world.
 
As you can probably tell from the title of this post, I can't resist a good pun - or in this case an awful one.
 
I'm a pretty big gamer, though I'm falling a bit behind the times thanks to grad school.  Games With Gold on the Xbox 360 is pretty much my favorite thing because I get to try games like Sleeping Dogs, Assassin's Creed, Dungeon Defenders, and Saints Row the Third that I missed the first time around.
 
I'm also into anime, board games, and I know way more about Star Wars than any human being should (if they don't work for LucasFilm or Disney anyway).  In my (pretty rare) spare time I also study American Kenpo Karate.
 
I'll be around The Hub this summer, so feel free to stop and talk to me about whatever you're reading, watching, or playing lately, or just to chat in general.  I always like to learn about more cool things, and share the ones I know about.  Come say hi!
 




Posted by alice on 05.19.14

Think back on the year. In 2013/2014 what video game has made the biggest impact?
 
The arguable answer: Flappy Bird.
 
Sadly, it's no longer available in the App Store because the developer decided it was too addicting. But if you've never played before, you may be in luck. It looks like Flappy Bird may be coming back in an official way. Multiplayer Flappy Bird? WHAT?!
 
When Flappy Bird went away in February, there were a zillion (may be an overestimation) Flappy Bird clones made to fill the void. At the Use the Force: Code Your Own Video Game program, we created one of these clones and STAR WARS-ed it!
 
We created the game using a program called Construct 2 which you can download for free! The tutorial for making a Flappy Bird clone for Construct 2 can be found here.
 
 
We started out using an X-Wing in place of a bird, and Death Star pipes in place of Flappy Bird pipes.
 
And then we went Star Wars happy on all the different sprites....
 
 
 
 
Be careful, Boba Fett! Beware of the giant Chewies!
 
Want more Star Wars?
Come make a Chewbacca, Yoda, Darth Vader, C3PO and Jabba the Hutt finger puppet in The Hub's DIY area!