Posted by alice on 08.20.13

Make It Summer 2013
 
*Cue Epic Music*
 
It's time, ladies and gents.  It's time to announce... THE RAFFLE WINNERS FOR MAKE IT: SUMMER 2013!
 
Many of you took on the Make It challenge, many of you even completed your MakerPads and received a coveted rubber duckie, but only four of you lucky Finishers were destined to have your raffle ticket pulled from the pile.
 
Before you scroll down to see if you've won (although I'm almost certain you already did... tsk-tsk), know that everyone did a great job this summer and we hope you had a blast completing your MakerPads!
 
OK.  Onto the good stuff...
 

And the WINNERS are...

Miranda Luebke

Emma Mrozinski

Jack Schafer

James Schmidt

 
CONGRATS! Come on by The Hub and pick up a $50 Gift Certificate for either Maker SHED or ETSY. We have 2 Maker SHED and 2 ETSY Gift Certificates, so whoever comes in first gets their pick!
 
Hope to see you all in The Hub during this school year! Have a great first day of classes!  May you be as happy as Loki riding in the back of a car!
 
 
 
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Posted by tspicer on 08.17.13

What a night last night at our 7th Annual Teen Film Fest!!  Such great films and shown to a PACKED HOUSE!  Oh yes, indeed!  Without further ado, here are the winners!
 
BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY: Robert Kraybill for his film 'Ouija'
 
BEST MUSIC VIDEO: Lynnette Hartwell for her film 'One Way Ticket'
 
BEST ACTION VIDEO: Luke Mayo for his film 'Artifact'
 
BEST COMEDY: Abby Anderson for her film 'Alice the Fairy'
 
AUDIENCE FAVORITE: Robert Kraybill for his film 'Ouija'
 
and the best OVERALL FILM was awarded to Riley Langefeld for his masterpiece 'Symphony'!!!
 
 
 
Congratulations to all!  Here is a link to all the films submitted and don't forget ...the library's  OPEN HOUSE event tomorrow, Sunday the 18th, from 1-3 pm, will have all of the films played in the HUB on a flat screen!
 
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Posted by alice on 08.13.13

 
Any avid gamers out there?  Well you may like to play video games and you may even boast a high score or two, but have you ever thought about how video games are made?  Better yet, have you ever considered making one of your own?
 
At Saturday's DIY program, a group of teens had a chance to make their own video games using a software called Construct 2.  We met up in the library's Training Center and created a simple game using the software together.  Afterwards, the teens had time to make whatever modifications and additions they wanted — effectively creating some seriously bizarre and fun games that other attendees got to try out.
 
Want a shot at making your own video game?  Download the software we used onto your Windows PC and take a look at this tutorial that'll go through the steps to get you started!
 
Below is a short clip of a teen playing the game he created.  And yes, that's a unicorn shooting a laser out of its horn.
 
 
If you're really interested in making video games in the future (maybe even as a CAREER!), you might be interested in checking out this book from our collection!
 




Posted by amypelman on 08.12.13

 
Colin and Robert, two AHML Film Fest entrants were on the ABC 7 News this morning! Did you see it? Never fear, you can watch the segment right here:
 
It was really fun to visit the ABC 7 studios in downtown Chicago. I watched Weather Woman Tracy Butler get her make-up on for the morning news. We hung out in the Green Room, where everyone signs the walls that they've been there and been on the news. I chatted briefly with Judy Hsu and Hosea Sanders, who are both really nice!
 
We decided to take some pics while we hung out in the Green Room, waiting, waiting. No biggie!  
 
I wanted to capture what it was like behind the scenes so I took this quick pan of the studio.  Not the greatest footage in the world, but hopefully it gives you an idea of what it's like to be there while they are filming the news! 
 
Make sure to attend the Teen Film Festival at the library THIS FRIDAY NIGHT! @ 7PM.  All ages welcome.  Also, don't miss the awesome After-Party we're having in The Hub (just for Teens). Free Yogurtland, games, and photobooth will be in full effect!  
 
 
 
 
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Posted by Trixie on 08.08.13

Yesterday, the Hub welcomed local author Leslie Stella for a discussion on writing and her new young adult (YA) book Permanent Record. Leslie, an Ohio native that currently lives in the Chicago-area, has written three adult novels and recently published her first YA novel. Permanent Record, set in Chicago, follows teenage, Iranian-American Badi/Bud through his transition to a new high school. Want to learn more about the book? We have copies that you can check out or read a couple of staff reviews: Trixie’s & Joe's.
 
Leslie read from the novel (“A live eBook!” one of the teens exclaimed) and answered attendees’ specific questions about it. We had a lively discussion related to the some of the major themes of the novel: racism, coping with anxiety, and friendship. We also got to pick Leslie’s brain about inspiration for her novels and writing process. Keep an eye on her Twitter feed for her Permanent Record “soundtrack.”
 
Her best piece of advice for an aspiring writer (paraphrased): Write the story that you want to read, not what you think others want to read. Chances are that if you love it, there are other people out there that will love it too.
 
Tessa & Leslie and Tessa's autograph from Leslie
 
Leslie was also a founding editor of Lumpen a counterculture magazine that is based in Chicago. After the discussion, Leslie talked to us about zines as well as zine-making and distributing. We spent the rest of the program making our own zines!
 
My zine, Sights & Sounds for a Golden Glow, a work in progress!
 
Want to learn more about zines or make your own? Come to the Hub! We have all of the supplies and even have some of the goodies left over from the program so you can take home a zine from Quimby’s!
 
Goodies Leslie brought for the program!
 
If you can’t get enough of Leslie’s writing, check out The Easy Hour. She suggested this title for teens interested in reading more of her work.




Posted by alice on 08.07.13

This past Saturday, a group of brave teens joined us for Super Awesome Action Hero, a teen program where we highlighted some of the different ways to create special effects for movies.  At the program, they made their debut in front of The Studio's green screen, used an app called Action Movie FX (if you have a mobile iOS device, GET THIS APP!), and used iMovie to edit the whole thing!
 
What's great about special effects (especially green screening) is that you can create some seriously awesome, wacky shots — you can potentially be anywhere and do anything that your budget of $0 may not allow you to do otherwise. Behold...the inspired, action-packed, hilarious, and strange videos from our program!
 
 
If you're a teen filmmaker or are interested in teen films, you should totally come to the A.H. Teen Film Fest on August 16th.  Submissions for the film fest (including emailing us the link to your film and sending in your form entry) are due this Friday the 9th!  There'll be an after party just for teens from 7-9 p.m. and it'll be a blast!  To find out more, click here!
 




Posted by amypelman on 08.05.13

 
ATTENTION: Strange Rubber Duckies in Need of Adoption!! 
Take one home today!!
 
 
 
Have you earned your crazy rubber ducky and a chance to win a $50 gift card to either Etsy or Maker Shed?  Well, you better hurry! 
 
There are still plenty of opportunities to earn your stamps and finish the program!  
 
For instance:   
  1. There is still room in the the DIY Movie Props program tomorrow (Tuesday 8/7) at 1:00.  BAM - Filmmaker Stamp!
  2. Come to hear Leslie Stella and make a cool 'zine on Wednesday (8/8) at 1:00PM.  BOOM - Book Reviewer  Stamp!
  1. Taken a cool photo lately?  Got something to say in 140 characters or less?  Tag #hub500 on Instagram, Twitter or Facebook.  SNAP - Online Connector Stamp!
 
See, easy peasy.  Now hurry before it's too late!! 
 
 
 
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Posted by Trixie on 08.01.13

 
During the month of July, we held a photo scavenger hunt so we could see how you've been spending the summer. In a nutshell, we provided ten prompts for you to creatively interpret and share with us! Without further ado, here are the winners. All of them posted to Instagram so you can check out their photography and follow them if you like what you see!
 
Congratulations to all of our winners and thank you for sharing your photos! Come into the Hub to claim your prize.
 
diana7198 - Something that reflects
 
 
jessica61098 - Hanging upside down
 
 
graceful_photography - A race or racetrack
 
 
carols_photos - A race or racetrack (video interpretation)
 




Posted by alice on 07.30.13

Are you submitting a film to the A.H. Teen Film Fest?  If not, you totally should!  It's going to be a fun night where we'll screen the films entered, hand out prizes, and have an awesome after party!  Click here if you want more details.
 
While you're shooting your film, you should consider the importance of lighting your actors and sets.  Depending on where the light source is coming from, you can really set a different mood for your scene.
 
Filmmaker Nacho Guzman created this video to illustrate how integral lighting is in making a film.  It provides a really interesting insight in the role light plays in film, and also is just super cool to watch.
 
 
 
 




Posted by alice on 07.25.13

Fork in the road
Oh yes, you read that right!  The Brooklyn-based band Chairlift released a choose your own adventure music video.  Just like the books you may have read when you were younger that allowed you to Choose Your Own Adventure, you click on the arrows when they appear on screen to choose which path the protagonist of the music video takes.  It's a fun idea for a music video and I'm digging the tune too, which is a total plus because I'm always looking for new music!
 
Take a look at the video here and maybe take a look at it again and again and again.  Who knows what the outcome will be for our lead singer/protagonist depending on which adventure you choose for her.
 
Also, for those of you who are Jane Austen lovers... you may be interested in a book called Lost in Austen.  It's a choose your own adventure-type book taking you through some of Austen's most notable works (e.g. Pride and Prejudice, Sense and Sensibility, Emma).  Tea time in the drawing room?  No thanks.  Party at Netherfield?  Yes, please!
 
Photo Credit: creativelenna
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