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
cool, recommended




Posted by Trixie on 07.23.13

On Friday, we 3D scanned, modeled, and printed portraits for 16 teens in the library's Marketplace. Don't know much about 3D printing? Basically, a digital model can be "printed" into a three-dimensional, solid object using this technology. Here's an infographic and a video that explains the process.
 
Jesse DePinto from Voxel Metric, Inc. was here to scan and 3D model the participants' heads. Check out the gallery of 3D models - you can get a 360° view of the busts that were printed!
 
 
Andrew Morrison from Workshop 88 joined us to demo his Makerbot Replicator 2 and 3D print the portraits.
 
AHML's own resident maker Chris Krueger (aka The New Hobbyist) showed off some of his prints and answered audience questions too!
 
Below is a video recap of the program. You can check out more video and photos from the program on the Digifii website.
 
DIY




Posted by amypelman on 07.21.13

 
 
Bookapalooza last Friday was really fun!  It was a 2-part program.  "Book Speed Dating" and a book discussion of The Fifth Wave by Rick Yancey.   
 
What is Book Speed Dating you ask?  Well, let me explain!  14 books were completely covered and taped shut, and a photocopy of the first chapter was stapled to the front.  After reading each one, teens rated the book on their score sheets that looked like this: 
 
 
At the end, everyone chose their highest rated books and got to unwrap them!  First, though, we needed sustenance (in the form of pizza and cookies): 
 
 
Their "dates" waited patiently on the table! 
 
 
Speed-dating books is serious business:
 
 
But the reveal is very exciting! 
 
 
And, of course, we had a lot of fun discussing The Fifth Wave.  Most everyone in attendance was pretty passionate about the book, and we are all anxiously awaiting the next book in the series.  To kick off our discussion, we watched the trailer for the book: 
 
Bookapalooza was so much fun, we had requests to do it again!  I think that can be arranged.  Stay tuned!  
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Posted by Trixie on 07.18.13

If you haven't noticed, we make a lot of things in the Hub. From Shrinky Dinks to LED flashlights, you can always find a fun project to work on while you're visiting. There is even some making that you may overlook while you're here. Silvio, a regular Hub visitor, is an avid writer. Often, you can find him hanging out in the Hub typing away on a computer or writing poetry on a campfire drawing table. He uses the Hub as a place to express his creativity through writing short stories or poetry. For those that haven't read his short story "Brother and Sister" (excerpt below), come by and check it out. It is featured on the Hub cork board.
His blue eyes penetrated her with a glee of anger, frustration and remorse. As the wind uncombed his dark red hair, now turning pitch black, Roger sat loosely, positioned on the back of his chair, focusing his gaze upon her. She was a charming young woman, with a sheepish smile, long flowing black hair, smooth thin rose lips, and sea blue eyes.

Yet now she was different, her posture erect, her hands firm around the chair's back. She was returning to the formal posture of the soldier, yet even that could not appease her brother's mood.
He just kept staring at her with hawk eyes, first at her soul and then at her body. He was judge, prosecutor, and witness at the same time, but he still had wanted to meet her alone, only as her brother, not as her military and social superior.

Yet just because he had relieved the guards of their duty, the tensions were still high, and not in any sense calming down.

'You know that I know.' His eyes would say, yet he also told 'I still plan to keep this a secret.'
 
Eventually she could not stand the pressure any longer, so she sat down and awaited her brother's typhoon of anger to strike, but he was patient.

Roger would vent his anger slowly, like a poisonous snake. He would be cold, and precise and powerful. His face was already pale, his hands were fists, and he wore panoply except for his helmet.
Piqued your interest? Read more online or in the Hub.
 




Posted by alice on 07.16.13

First things first, watch the video below!
 
 
Did you ever think you'd be scared of Mary Poppins?  I mean, I guess she does make the Banks children eat gross tasting medicine (which is a scary prospect for anyone), but she usually follows that with a spoon full of sugar.  The Mary Poppins in the video above doesn't seem like the type to be sweet nor sweeten.
 
At Cut and Re-Cut, a program we had in the Training Center last Thursday, teens came in and created their own re-cut trailers for popular movies.  They had the choice between making Monsters Inc. into a horror movie or The Hunger Games into a rom-com.  Using some iMovie know-how, appropriate clips/music for our purposes, and SERIOUS creativity, the teens delivered great trailers!
 
You can view them in the playlist below!
 

 
Also, remember to check out our programs calendar for more awesome programs in the future!