Posted by alice on 11.26.13

The 50th Anniversary of Doctor Who was this past Saturday.  Ladies and gents, we at The Hub had been anticipating this day for so long.  We even celebrated Doctor Who in The Hub for the entire month of November.  
 
Throughout the month, we offered different programs and DIY Kits that were Doctor Who-themed -- thus, leading us to affectionately call this entire month WHOvember.  We screen printed Tardises on shirts, totes, and swatches at the Print Your Own Tardis T-Shirt program.  We created a light-up, awesome Sonic Screwdriver at the LED Sonic Screwdriver program.  And we went into the library's Studio, recorded our voices, and used some Garageband magic to make our voices sound like Daleks at the Dalek Takeover program.
 

Two teens recording their voices in the Production Studio during the Dalek Takeover program.
 
In case you're curious about what our Dalek recordings sounded like, may your curiosity be quenched with this audio clip!
 

 
What's fun about recording your own Dalek sayings is that you can make them into ringtones, phone alerts, and you can even make your Dalek say something they would likely never say.  For example, "I love the Doctor!"  If you can't tell from the audio clip, it was a lot of fun.  Our library is full of funny teens.
 
Of course, November 23rd was the day we'd all been waiting for.  It was the 50th Anniversary of Doctor Who and the BBC aired The Day of the Doctor special across the globe at the very same time.  Now you may ask, why would they do such a thing?
 
The answer:
 
No spoilers for us!  We made a day of it in The Hub and had a costume contest, ate some Doctor Who-themed treats, and played a couple of rounds of Doctor Who trivia!  Then we gathered round, screamed a little (especially when we saw 10 and 11 in the same shot), and went on a 75 minute adventure with the Doctor(s).
 
 
Alas, The Day of the Doctor has come and gone, and boy, was it EPIC!
 




Posted by emather on 11.18.13

This past Saturday, people all over the world celebrated International Gaming Day, and we had our own fun in the HUB.  We had a mini-Mario Kart tournament and a passport guide that steered us through an insane amount of classic and modern board games.  A big congratulations to Mason M., who won the Mario Kart tournament, and Rosy W., who won our prize drawing of completed passports.  Check out all the fun bellow!
gaming, programs




Posted by Trixie on 11.15.13

We’re celebrating WHOvember all month long in the Hub!
 

If you missed last week’s Sonic Screwdriver program, here are the instructions so you can DIY!
 
What you need:
From the dollar store, a package of 3 highlighters, an LED clip-on reading light, and black electrical tape. You’ll also need paint, markers, or colored tape to color your finished Sonic Screwdriver.
Tools: utility knife or something to cut plastic with and pliers.
 
 
 
 
1. Choose which highlighter you would like as the main portion of your Sonic Screwdriver. Remove inky bits from this highlighter.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
2. Next, you’ll prepare the three highlighter caps for the project. Choose which cap you would like for the light-up end of your Sonic Screwdriver and set it aside. Cut off the tips of the other two caps.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
3. Use tape to connect the cap you set aside and one of the other caps.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
4. Inventory your parts: you should have the pieces pictured on the left. Now, you’re ready to add the LED to your Sonic Screwdriver.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
5. Carefully, insert LED through the marker top. You will need to use pliers to widen the opening. Connect the piece with the taped together marker caps and continue to feed the LED through.
 
6. Add the remaining cap to the end of the marker.
 
 
 
7. Finally, use paint, Sharpies, and/or duct and electrical tape to put the finishing touches on your Sonic Screwdriver.
 
8. Now, get out there and foil some sinister plots!
 
Project adapted from sparknotes.
 
 
DIY, fandom, program




Posted by alice on 11.12.13

 
I love music.  Like, I can't function correctly throughout the day if I don't listen to music.  I need it to study, I need it to write, I need it to [insert daily task here].  It's kind of important to my well-being.
 
Since the invention of apps for smart phones, I've piled loads of different music-related apps onto my phone.  Here are my top 5 right now!
 
  1. Spotify
    Play basically any song you can think of on demand! It does cost a monthly fee to use on your phone, but I like the ability of playing music wherever I am.  The good news is if you download it on your computer, you can use it for free and that's kind of awesome!
     
  2. Shazam
    Ever hear a song and just can't quite remember who sings it?  That is absolutely the worst feeling ever!  Or maybe you really like a song and want to remember to get it later.  With this app, all you have to do is press a button and your phone will listen to the song through the microphone and tell you what it is!
     
  3. Soundhound
    This app does the same thing as Shazam for the most part, except you can hum a tune into your phone's microphone and it'll try and tell you what it is.  This fixes all those instances when you have a song stuck in your head but you don't remember where you heard it from.  Hopefully you're a decent enough singer to get it to work.  Fingers crossed.
     
  4. Band of the Day
    Craving something new?  This app highlights a band a day.  It plays songs by that artist with no commercials all day long.  Yum, mmmmmusic.
     
  5. Songza
    Music can sometimes intensify the way you feel.  And sometimes you want to just feel a certain way.  Songza helps with that.  You can choose a radio station to relax, for super mega dance parties, and even for singing in the shower!
 
So there you have it.  My list.  If you know any apps that aren't on this list, please feel free to let us know!  We're @HUB500 on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.  You can, of course, always come into the Hub and tell us about them in person too!
 
ALSO... all you music fans may be interested in winning 2 tickets to LOLLAPALOOZA 2014!  Check out the details here http://www.ahml.info/teens/billboard/win-tickets-lollapalooza
 
Hooray for music!
 




Posted by amypelman on 11.08.13

 
Wondering what great new books to read? 
(hmmmmm, how do I figure out what to read next?)

Subscribe to our Monthly e-Newsletter!  It's got a list of great new books, plus info and events happening at the library!! 

It's simple.  Go to this website: http://www.ahml.info/webform/enewsletter-signup
 
Enter your name and email address.  Scroll all the way down to the bottom of the page. Click on Teen Scene. Voila!
 




Posted by Trixie on 10.30.13

Last Friday we gathered in the Hub to construct freaky, mutant toys. Using old toys, needle & thread, LEDs, duct tape, and anything else we could find, we took apart and fashioned toys Dr. Frankenstein would be proud of! A few of the teens brought their critters to life as marionettes.
 
Browse the pictures to see some of the creepy creations the teens came up with!
 
DIY, program, sciencey




Posted by alice on 10.29.13

Cookie Cupcake Cannibals was held this past Sunday in The HUB!  Initially we were going to decorate cookies, but it turns out, you can make grosser, grimmer looking desserts using cupcakes.  Boy, was that a deliciously gruesome choice.  With the help of Justine Chavez, a Chicago-area baker and professional cake decorator, teens were able to create some zombielicious treats.  (Yes, I'm definitely taking liberties with the English language in this blog post.)
 
There were brains, eyeballs, gravestones, and blood... oh so much blood!  Don't worry the blood was actually caramel.  Mmmm blood.
 
It wasn't all just cupcakes and frosting though (although that is delicious enough).  We used Oreo crumbs for graveyard dirt, Twizzlers Pull n' Peel for eye veins, and fondant for a blade to the heart!
 
Check out the photos from the program below.  Nice and creepy treats any zombie would enjoy.  Bon apetit!
 
 




Posted by amypelman on 10.23.13

 
As always, the intrepid group of library employees who read YA have a few good books you might want to check out.  See two reviews below!  
 
 
Have you ever wondered what life would be like if you could instantly be the most beautiful person in the world?  When 18-year-old Becky’s mother passes away, she receives a message to look up a New York Fashion magnate, who promises to make her the most beautiful girl in the world if she wears three dresses that he designs for her.  She reluctantly agrees because her mother’s last words were for her to not be afraid to take chances and to be all that she can be.  Becky is then transformed into Rebecca, and gets to star in a movie alongside her crush, be on the cover of Vogue, and she meets and falls in love with a British prince.   Becky has only one year as Rebecca unless she falls in love (and the guy has to love her back).  What I love about this book is that even though it seems to be about outer beauty, the message of the book is that it is what is inside that matters.  There are a few twists in the plot that kept me engaged and I loved the sense of mystery of how the fashion magnate can transform Becky into Rebecca with the outfits he designs for her.  This is a great read for anyone who loves a good romance story with a twist.
 
Review by: Amy H.
Department: Circulation
Years at AHML: 4
Favorite thing I do at work: Talk to people about books 
Best Place to read my book: Outside in the sun
Why I like reading YA: The stories are fun to read and are thought provoking.  Even though I am not a teen anymore, I still relate to what many of the characters go through and I love getting caught up in different worlds.
 
Good Kings Bad Kings By Susan Nussbaum
 
Good things, bad things about “Good Kings Bad Kings” - -
Good things:  This is a story that makes you care about the issues and characters.  It will make you question who you think “disabled” people really are.  It will force you to reconsider the ways that economics and society impact people in challenging circumstances. The best “good thing” is that the characters are so funny and real, and the writing style is so great, that you could totally miss all of the above and still really enjoy the story.
Bad thing:  You will be so sad when the story ends, wondering what’s next for each of the characters that you’ve grown to love.  Hopefully, there will be a sequel!
 
Review by: Carol E. 
Department: Circulation
Years at AHML:  8 years, with a short break in between
Favorite thing I do at work:  Talk with all of the nice people who visit the library
Best place to read my book:  Where ever I can. ;)
Why I like reading:  It helps me to understand people who think and feel differently than I do.
 

 
 
ITBA




Posted by emather on 10.21.13

"I love you," he said.
She looked up at him, her eyes shiny and black, then looked away. "I know," she said.
He pulled one of his arms out from under her and traced her outline against the couch. he could spend all day like this, running his hand down her ribs, into her waist, out to her hips and back again...If he had all day, he would. If she weren't made of so many other miracles.
"You know?" he repeated. She smiled, so he kissed her. "You're not the Han Solo in this relationship, you know."
"I'm totally the Han Solo," she whispered. It was good to hear her. It was good to remember it was Eleanor under all this new flesh.
"Well, I"m not the Princess Leia," he said.
"Don't get so hung up on gender roles," Eleanor said.
 
Eleanor is a smart but shy outcast, struggling with enough personal and family problems to fill three after-school specials, the least of which is starting a new school. Park’s issues are less dramatic, but he still struggles with fitting in and getting along with his parents.  The two are forced to sit together on the bus, and end up bonding over comics, music, and a dislike for the idiots who also ride their bus.  Soon they form an unlikely friendship, and eventually a romantic relationship blossoms, though not without ever-growing complications.

Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell is a romance for people who don’t like romances.  (It’s still really good if you like romances, too.)  The novel boasts funny-but-realistic dialog and incredibly likeable characters.  The two narrators are so three-dimensional that you feel you’ve known them for years; it’s less like reading a romance and closer to simply watching two good friends discover how cool and amazing you already know they each are. On top of that, it features some of the steamiest hand-holding scenes put to paper. Seriously, it’s like the Fifty Shades of Grey of holding hands. (If you really think about it, though, holding hands is pretty steamy if you really like the hand you’re holding.)
 
The novel deals with issues of bullying and difficult family circumstances in very honest and direct ways, with all of the tough language and mature situations that those entail.  Because of this frankness, the book and its author garnered some extra attention last month, facing challenges in a Minnesota school district which ironically enough became news during Banned Books Week. It’s this honesty that makes the book so refreshing, though.  It’s the ability of Eleanor & Park (both the book and characters) to find happiness and connection in the midst of all the ugliness that life can throw at us that lifts the book above standard romantic cliché and become something simultaneously funny, honest, and beautifully life-affirming.
 




Posted by Trixie on 10.17.13

This week I did a database presentation for District 25's Young Entrepreneurs Academy. I showed them how to access library databases, gave them some  tips on searching databases and the web, and went over evaluating online sources.
 
Well, I'm sure that EVERYONE can use some research help. Here are some of the tips I gave in the presentation and the handout.
 
Of course, you can always come into the Hub for help, email, Tweet, or Facebook message us too!
 
 
Search Strategies:
• Boolean Searching: Use operators to narrow or broaden your search. AND and NOT will narrow your search. OR will broaden your search. Quotation marks will search for a specific string of words (e.g. “moving truck”)
• Use the database's built-in filters to drill down to the most relevant search results.
• Read summary or abstract to determine whether an article will be useful. It will save you time!
• Want to cite an article? Check to see if there is a built-in citation generator on the webpage. If not, Purdue's Online Writing Lab has APA, MLA, and Turabian style guides.
• Searching the web? Evaluate your sources! Use the CRAAP or SMELL test.
 
 
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