Posted by alice on 12.10.13

Have you ever played Mad Libs?  It's a word game that you've probably played on car trips before.  There's even an app for it that you can download here.  
 
Here's the rundown of how it works...
 
One player prompts another player to give them particular words, specifically words that fall into a part of speech.  Then you fill in these words into a story that has these specific words missing.  You don't know what the story is beforehand, and you definitely have no clue what the story will end up being until you fill in the blanks with the words you provide.
 
Still confused?  Try it out here.
 
It's a fun game that usually has a hilarious outcome!
 
So... let's go ahead and play it!
 

Teen Mad Libs

Wait.. so what's happening?
Throughout the rest of December, we'll be asking you for different words to fill out a story on our Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.  You can answer us/provide your words in the comments on Facebook and Instagram or reply if you're using Twitter.  
 
Why is it called "Teen Mad Libs"?
We'll be filling in blanks from popular Teen/YA novels!  Maybe the fate of your favorite character will take a drastic turn, all because of a crazy word you submitted!
 
When will I be able to see the story?
On Friday of each week, we'll fill in the blanks and post the stories with some of the most hilarious outcomes.
 
Are there any rules?
There's only one rule... Watch your language: That means no swear words or words that may be offensive.  Keep it library appropriate!
 
Ummmm "Parts of Speech"?  Doesn't that mean grammar and stuff?
Why yes, yes it does mean grammar and stuff.  If you need a refresher course on your parts of speech, look below for a really crude description of the parts of speech and tenses.  If you want a more descriptive explanation, click here.
 
Noun: Person, place, or thing
Verb: An action word
Adjective: A word to describe something; modifies a noun
Adverb: Usually ends in -ly; modifies a verb and sometimes adjectives
 
Past Tense: "Walked"
Present Tense: "Walk"
Present Progressive: "Walking"
 
OK, now what?  How do I get started?
Check out our Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram for the different words we're looking for.  Then leave your submissions in the comments or reply with them.
 
May the madness begin!
 
 
 




Posted by emather on 12.09.13

 
 
Now that it's all snowy and wintery outside, my very favorite thing to do is to light a fire (preferably in a fireplace) and cuddle up under a blanket with a warm drink and (most important ingredient) a good book.  My favorite books to do this with are often fantasies or science fiction (The Dark is Rising, The Magicians, and A Wrinkle in Time are perfect examples.) I really enjoy anything long and involved with a completely unique world that I can get completely lost in.  (Even better if the unique world exists just beneath our own reality.)  It's super-extra fun if the book takes place in winter. (Think along the lines of City of Thieves, Blankets, and The Golden Compass.) That way, I can feel all lucky and superior to the characters freezing their tails off.
 
In addition to the books posted here, we’ve got a display in the HUB of more “Books to Keep You Warm.” Come in and grab some great titles to take home and make your own magical toasty story cocoon.  You’ll just need to provide your own fire, blanket, and cocoa/cider/coffee.
 
How about all of you?  What books keep you warm when the snow is falling all around? Keep the convo going on our Facebook page, send us a Tweet, or just stop by the HUB to chat books.




Posted by amypelman on 12.08.13

 
Last week 13 teens got together to create culinary candy masterpieces!  How did they do it? 
 
They were given a very quick tutorial on how to make a sushi roll (check out this tutorial for an example), supplied with a lot of rice crispy treats and candy ingredients, and set loose to create!  
 
Here is what they had to work with:
 
Instead of this regular sushi ingredient   /   they had this candy sushi ingredient:
 
Rice   /  Rice Crispy Treats - instead of a dish, I molded them into thin sheets using a jelly roll pan.
Seaweed /  Fruit Roll-Ups, Fruit-by-the-Foot, sour strips
Fish / Swedish Fish, gummy worms, gummy bears
Fish eggs (Roe) / Nerds, Red Hots
 
I also supplied pretty little clear plastic plates, cellophane, ribbon and origami paper to wrap up the sushi rolls into beautiful packages. This way, teens could give them away as nice gifts... that is, if they didn't eat them all first! 
 
 
DIY, programs




Posted by amypelman on 12.02.13

 
They're back!  Below are a few good book recommendations from the library staff (outside of teen services).   Jon and Amy give us their reviews of two very different types of books.  See if either of them appeal to you!   As always, you can find many more here.
 
 
This book is about Tana, a girl who wakes up after a party to find everyone has been murdered by vampires except for her ex Aiden, another boy, and herself.  Tana rescues Aiden and the other boy, who is a vampire on the run, and they head to Coldtown, where anyone infected by vampires are sent.  Once someone enters a Coldtown, it is rare that they ever escape.  I was drawn to the story as Tana wonders if she is infected by a vampire bite (it was only a scrape after all) and then if she is infected, how will she survive?  Even as she struggles with her own health and safety, she still shows concern for her ex Aiden and the vampire on the run.  She helps them get to Coldtown and then helps Aiden once again.  Overall, this is a great read for those who love vampires and all things supernatural.   
 
Review by: Amy H.
Dept: Circulation
Most interesting or coolest thing about AHML: The Bookmobile is a unique way that we connect with our community because we go out to where the people live and deliver library services to them, which I think is pretty cool.
Your favorite candy: M&Ms, Twix and Rainbow Twizzlers (why pick one favorite when you can have 3)?
What book changed your life? The Notebook by Nicholas Sparks
 
 
Everything always seems to crash and burn at exactly the same time, doesn’t it feel that way sometimes? Well, it sure does to Mike.  First his family is messed up: his Mom is depressed and sleeps all the time; his Dad has become obsessed with the gym and is never home; but what’s worse is his best friend Tamio and Valerie, the new girl in school and Mike’s newest crush, seem to be conspiring to make a fool of him.  However, something inside of him tells him he needs to make some changes.  It’s like a voice in his head, but not like those “I’m crazy and hearing voices” type of voice, more like his soul speaking.  One day at a Flea Market, he buys a mirror, slightly warped, but it will work.  He notices how fat and out of shape he is. Luckily, he runs into Amber, a slightly odd loner at his high school.  She always wear big baggy clothes and is incredibly thin.  But Amber seems to know about food and nutrition.  So with Amber’s guidance, and the support from his “voice,” Mike learns how to control his food and exercise and soon feels leaner, stronger and more in control.  But Mike is actually far from being in control.  After he is hospitalized for Anorexia, he realizes that his “voice” is more of a harm than a help.
 
Review by:  Jon K.
Department: Collection Services
Cool about AHML: It’s like the proverbial “kid in the candy store” – every time I look around there’s more that I want to read, see and listen to
Favorite Candy: Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups
What book changed my life:  “To Kill a Mockingbird” by Harper Lee.
 
 
 
ITBA




Posted by Trixie on 11.29.13

Recently GoldieBlox, a California toy company, parodied “Girls” a Beastie Boys song. If you’ve never heard the song, it’s had its share of criticism for being sexist. Its lyrics joke that girls are only good for cleaning, doing the dishes, and laundry. GoldieBlox re-worded the song to encourage girls to explore the fields of science, technology, and engineering. Their use of the song without permission recently initiated discussion of copyright infringement versus fair use.
 
Copyright falls under the legal regulations, known as intellectual-property law, that govern an individual's or organization's right to use or disseminate ideas or information. Copyright deals specifically with the rights granted to a creator, publisher, or other owner of original content to reproduce, adapt, or distribute said content. You might think that intellectual-property law has nothing to do with you, but if you’ve ever created a slideshow and used your favorite songs as the soundtrack, mashed up content to make a funny video, or made a copy of a CD/DVD for a friend, it does apply. Here’s a video that’ll give you a review of copyright principles.
 
 
Some copyright-related terms defined:
copyleft agreements: an alternative to placing works in the public domain or under traditional copyright laws; works can be modified as long as derivative works retain the same restrictions stipulated by the author of the original work. digital rights management (DRM): technological mechanisms to prevent content from being copied or shared over networks.
fair use doctrine: permits moderate use of copyrighted materials for education, news reporting, parody, criticism, and even home consumption in some cases as long as the use does not detract from the market value of the work.
intellectual-property law: legal regulations that govern an individual's or organization's right to use or disseminate ideas or information; encompasses copyright, patent, and trademark laws.
orphan works: copyrighted works whose owners are difficult or impossible to find.
public domain: legal status of a work that is not copyrighted by choice of owner or expiration of copyright term; anyone can use the work in any way they choose without cost.
 
If you want the details on copyright law and fair use, check out the US Copyright Office website.
 




Posted by Trixie on 11.27.13

Okay, we have less than two weeks to turn a robot that picks things up into a robot that kills other robots.
 
Chainsaws, people, we need chainsaws!


The graphic novel Nothing Can Possibly Go Wrong follows a ragtag group of high schoolers on their journey to a robot rumble. Charlie is the captain of the basketball team. Nate is his best friend and the president of the school’s robotics team. Holly is head cheerleader and Charlie’s ex-girlfriend. When school funding comes up short, student council must choose whether the robotics team will attend the national robotics competition or if the cheerleaders will get new uniforms for the national cheerleading championship. Naturally, Charlie is pulled into the drama in the midst of dealing with his own problems. Eventually, the characters must set aside their differences and work together to battle in a Thanksgiving robotics competition that will get both the robotics team and cheerleading squad to nationals.

Prudence Shen and Faith Erin Hicks present a funny, heartwarming, and realistic story about dealing with high school cliques, camaraderie, competition, and friendship. Shen’s writing is an authentic portrayal of interactions between the teenage characters. The story is quick-paced and engaging. Hicks’ illustrations capture the characters’ personalities and sense of movement throughout the book. The humor of the novel comes from characters expressions and robot demolition conveyed by the artwork.

This is a great read for anyone – it’s a perfect Thanksgiving story to pass the time while you digest your turkey dinner!




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!