Posted by Trixie on 05.09.13

 
Last Saturday, May the 4th (be with you), was National Star Wars Day. In celebration, the HUB had a program where we learned about basic circuitry and made jawa figurines with light-up eyes. I promised to post instructions for those that weren't able to finish during the allotted time - threading conductive thread into the eye of a needle is difficult! If you didn't attend and want to make your own jawa with light-up eyes, I modified this build to accommodate budget and length of the program. Please feel free to stop by the HUB if you have any questions or need help with your jawa!
 
  1. Using conductive thread, sew the positive wire. Make sure you are sewing the LEDs on the inside of the figurine.  In the diagram below, it's shown as "+" signs. 
  2. Once your wire is below the battery access slit, attach the battery holder by sewing through the copper positive terminal.
  3. Next, sew the short negative wire, shown as "-" signs and highlighted in the diagram. Begin at the copper negative terminal on the battery holder. The end of the wire should be on the front side of the figurine (opposite the battery holder).
  4. Now, sew one part of the metal snap using the conductive thread. This will serve as the switch for the jawa's eyes.
  5. You will now sew the other negative wire, also shown as "-" signs and highlighted. Begin by sewing the other part of the metal snap switch to the flap on the front of the figurine.
  6. Insert the battery into the holder and test the LEDs to make sure that your circuit is complete and not shorting out.
  7. If the eyes light up, sew most of the jawa body closed around the outer edges of the figurine. Leave a small opening so that you can stuff the figurine with polyfill.
  8. Stuff the jawa and sew the small opening closed.
  9. Put the robe on your jawa. Tape the black construction paper around it's body to hold the robe closed and serve as his equipment belt.
 
 
 
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Posted by Trixie on 05.02.13

Every May, music enthusiasts gather in Memphis for the Beale Street Music Festival part of Memphis in May International Festival, a month-long celebration. This year marks the 37th anniversary of the festival. Residents from all 50 states and visitors from abroad travel to the storied city where rock-n-roll and blues began to celebrate music, both local and international, as well BBQed cuisine. The three day festival is held at Tom Lee Park at the end of Beale Street overlooking the Mississippi River. In addition, events are held throughout the city including the World Championship Barbecue Contest.
 
 
The book display in The Hub this month is a play on the annual celebration. Assuming you can't make it to Memphis, check out a book or DVD with a music theme. Selections include some our recommended list and more.




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 amypelman on 04.29.13

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Graceling by Kristin Cashore (Graceling Realm #1)
 
Katsa has been born in a world where some people have an extreme skill, a Grace.  Some are really great at swimming, or dancing, however Katsa learned at a young age that her Grace is killing people.  Living under the rule of her uncle, King Randa of the Middluns, she is forced to do his dirty work of killing and torturing anyone who might displease him.  One day while on a mission, Katsa's world is rocked when she meets Prince Po, who also happens to have a Grace.  She never expected to become his friend or to go with him on a rescue mission for all of the seven kingdoms.   Most of all, Katsa never expected to learn about herself and learn how she might change the ways of her future.  Any reader who is trying to find their way in this world will connect with this action-packed fantasy adventure and will have you begging for the sequel, Fire.
 
Review submitted by ITBA member: Lindsay M. 
 
Name:  Lindsay McRae
Department:  Circulation
Years at AHML:  2
Favorite thing I do at work:  Registering new customers for a library card, I get to meet new people & get to know them a little better!
Best place to read my book:  On my couch!
Why I like reading YA:  I like reading young adult because it sucks me in right away, unlike some adult fiction that may take 100 pages to get the plot and characters set.
 
 
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Posted by mkrueger on 04.26.13

Here at the library we're surrounded by tons of books, obviously. We all read for various reasons, fun, to answer a question, learn a new skill, or a number of other reasons. Whatever the reason for reading, we study the characters on the pages that convey thought, but have you ever wondered how we came to use the words or letters we print? The video below, courtesy of the always amazing TED-Ed, gives a detailed answer to the question "Who invented writing?"
 
 
View more TED-Ed videos HERE




Posted by Trixie on 04.25.13

 
Today is Ella Fitzgerald's 96th birthday! You may have noticed the tribute on today's Google Doodle (pictured above - click on the picture for a look at how the Doodle was created). For those that don't know, Ella Fitzgerald was an American jazz vocalist. She sold over 40 million albums and won 13 Grammy awards during her lifetime (April 25, 1917 – June 15, 1996).  Also known as "The First Lady of Song", she's an iconic singer known for her flexible, wide-ranging voice. She sang duets with jazz greats like Duke Ellington, Nat King Cole, and Frank Sinatra to name a few. The year 1934 marked Ella's first on-stage performance at the Apollo's Amateur Night. Over 50 years later, she performed for the last time at Carnegie Hall, her 26th time performing there. If you'd like to learn more about Ella, check out her website. You can also borrow a book, CD, or DVD from our collection
 
Here's one of my favorites performed by Ella.
 
 




Posted by amypelman on 04.24.13

 
 

THE RAVEN BOYS by Maggie Stiefvater

If Blue kisses her true love, he’ll die. Bummer, right?

Blue comes from a family of psychics and for as long as she can remember that’s what she’s been told. She crosses paths with a boy named Gansey and his three friends, all from the local private school, known as Raven boys. She knows they’re trouble but can’t help but be intrigued by them.

What follows in the first book of Maggie Stiefvater’s newest series is further than anything you’d expect from a “love” story. Instead, it’s a story full of magic, mystery and adventure as Blue joins Gansey and his friends on a quest to try and uncover the resting place of an ancient Welsh king; if awoken, he’ll grant the person that finds him one wish.

This fast-paced book is full of twists and turns, and I promise, you will not see them coming. It’s a perfect choice for someone who likes a bit of a supernatural element thrown in, but done in a way that’s entirely believable. By the end of this book you’ll be so completely captivated with these characters and the story that you’ll wish it was September so you can find out what happens next!

--Submitted by ITBA Member: Susan B.

Name: Susan
Department: Circulation
Years at AHML: 10
Favorite thing you do at work: Checking in books! I love getting to see what’s new and popular.
Best place to read your book: Curled up in bed.
Why you like reading YA: I like reading about characters my age – it makes them easier to relate to.
 

 

 

 
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Posted by alice on 04.23.13

Most of us have probably only experienced outer space through books, movies, and Angry Birds Space, but that doesn't make the real thing any less awesome!  Sure it's super cool to imagine what's out there, but the reality of outer space is even more mind-bending sometimes, in my opinion.
 
Check out this video of what it's like to wring out water from a washcloth in space.
 
Spoiler alert: It's nothing like it is here on our home planet.
 
 
I want to go!  Anyone want to lend me $200,000 so that I can?
 
cool, space




Posted by amypelman on 04.22.13

 
 
Those of you who follow us in Instagram and Twitter (*hint hint* for those who don't we're: Hub500) might have seen the photo above already.  Last night I was just on the couch in my pjs and I decided to do something I'd been thinking about for a while: wrapping my earbuds. I hate the way they get tangled in my bag, and I heard this might help.  Plus it makes them look better!  It works on all sorts of cables, not just earbuds.  Want to do it?  All you need is some scissors and embroidery floss.  You can get embroidery floss at needlepoint stores and craft stores like Michael's.  I experimented with thin yarn last night too, but I liked the way the embroidery floss looked better.  Anywho, if you already know how to make friendship bracelets, you're pretty much set.  If not, just watch this quick video to see how to do it:   
Tweet or tag us if you do it! 
 
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Posted by Trixie on 04.20.13

Design: Jessica Helfand
 
April is National Poetry Month! Since 1996, schools, libraries, booksellers, publishers, and individuals have united to bring attention to the art of poetry during this national celebration. This initiative was started and is led by by the Academy of American Poets. The main goal of National Poetry Month is to increase awareness and availability of verse in mainstream culture. Learn more at poets.org. Wondering how you can celebrate? Here's a list of resources to help you get started!