Posted by alice on 05.21.13

Teen Film Fest
 
So it's not exactly summer yet, but you can feel it in the air, right?  We're finally putting away our coats and boots and bringing out the shorts and sandals!  But, you ladies and gents probably know better than most that summer isn't just about the nice weather.  It's also about all the extra free time you get to do things!  This might mean finally reading that book, trying out that recipe, visiting a friend who lives far away, or writing the first pages of the next great American novel.  
 
Well, I come bearing good news!  Add making a film to that list of things you can finally do!  Whether you're a full-on aspiring filmmaker or are curious but a little hesitant about filmmaking, you should take a chance, create a film, and submit it for the Arlington Heights Teen Film Fest!  We are seriously excited to see what you can create — especially after seeing all the great short films in the festival last year.  
 
So summer is on its way, and hopefully it'll inspire you to create something great!
 
Check out some of the highlights from last year's Teen Film Fest in the video below!
 
 
 




Posted by amypelman on 05.20.13

 
 
 
Today's ITBA review comes from Mark M.  Read on as he describes a powerful and captivating book:
 
 
Carey and Jenessa don’t live like normal girls. Their mother keeps them hidden; hidden so well that they live in an old camper deep in the Obed Wild and Scenic River National Park. Carey’s mother insists they escaped from an abusive father and if they are ever seen, he may come take them away. But Carey is also hiding something. She is hiding a secret so powerful that it has kept Jenessa from speaking to anyone but Carey---a doctor called it “selective mutism.”  Carey, only fifteen, has spent most of her life caring for her younger sister because their mother is often absent due to struggles with mental disabilities and addiction. It is during one of their mother’s extended absences that life as they know it would change. Carey’s father shows up with a social worker to take the girls home to his family. We spend the rest of the story hearing Carey describe her struggle to fit into a new family, attempt to assimilate into public school, and learn the truth about her past.
 
I was captivated by the characters in this story. The things they had to do to survive are truly tragic and amazing. It is also quite interesting to see Carey experience modern teenage life for the first time. Her “back woods” way of viewing things and unique narration add humor to an often sad story. The author also does a great job of entwining themes of hope and love into the dark narrative. I highly recommend this coming of age story to readers that enjoy books about teens forced to overcome extraordinary life situations.
 
Name: Mark M.
Department: Info Services
Years at AHML: Almost 2 years
Favorite thing I do at work: Helping people! I love connecting people to the information they need. I learn something new every day!
Best place to read my book: On the patio with my iPod.
Why I like reading YA: The books are so unique. YA authors are not afraid to experiment and this makes it a very exciting genre.
 
 
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Posted by mkrueger on 05.17.13

Ready to test your Geography skills? Geoguessr is an extremelly fun, and addictive, game that makes use of Google Maps. You are placed in a random location and have to guide yourself around to find clues of your location. You make a guess using the world map and gain points based on how close you were to the exact location. My top score was 9643, give it a try!
 




Posted by alice on 05.14.13

You probably read the title of this post and thought, "What?!" and "Typo?"  Nope, that's not a typo.  Believe it or not, that craziness you see in the title is actually a sentence... and it's grammatically correct!  Crazy right?
 
So what does it all mean?
 
Well the sentence utilizes 3 different uses of the word buffalo.
 
1) This little guy...
 
 
2) This place in New York...
 
 
 
 
3) A verb meaning to bully...
 
So what does it all mean put together?  Honestly, it's pretty difficult to describe.  Something about buffalos in Buffalo being bullied by other buffalos?
 
Check out this link.  They actually explain it a lot better than I do.
 
So yeah, the English language is crazy!  Just wanted to let you all know.




Posted by amypelman on 05.13.13

 
We had a great program last Saturday.  Here are some photos of the awesome tattoos we made:
If you want to make your own, it's pretty easy.  Here's how:
 
Supplies:
1. Stencils.  We used adhesive contact paper to cut out shapes and stick on the skin to be painted in.  The best stencils are made using an exact-o knife, so if you go that route - be very, very careful!  Try to get a cutting mat surface to use because that makes it a lot easier.  You could also tape pre-made paper stencils to your skin, but they are a little tougher to work with than the contact paper.
2. Eye shadow.
3. Liner Sealer (this one is about $10.00 on amazon, not including shipping).  Sephora sells one by "Make up Forever" that is $22.00. 
 
How you do it:
Scrape some eye shadow into a small container (even a soda bottle cap will work).  Add 3 or 4 drops of liner sealer and mix with a paintbrush.  Fill in your stencil using the paintbrush, or the little applicators that come with the eye shadow.  Peel off your stencil.  Voila!  It's now a waterproof tattoo that should last a few days!  Want a little more detail or a different explanation?  Here's where I got the idea.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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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