Posted by red_sonya on 06/17/14

 
If you haven't already signed up for our summer reading program, register online now! Once you're signed up, you can help us light up the Hub's brain by putting a light bulb into a synapse of our awesome brain sculpture.
 
We have four types of challenges that will work different parts of your brain.
 
  • The LEFT BRAIN relates to  logical thinking. To complete this challenege, send us a book, movie, or music review. You can post it on one of our social media sites or email it to teens@ahml.info. Reviewing not your thing? Participate in the Teen Book Club - join the discussion to complete a LEFT BRAIN challenge.
  • The RIGHT BRAIN is associated with creativity. For this challenge, come in this month to make your very own terrarium! Next month, we'll be making some awesome coasters in our makerspace. You can also draw a picture on one of our drawing pad tables, submit a film to the 8th Annual Film Fest, or participate in one of the 55-Gallon ARTify programs on July 19th or July 26th.
  • The AMYGDALA is the part of the brain that benefits and regulates social interactions. In this month's social media contest, we're writing short stories that are 55 words or less! Submit a story, complete the challenge, and have a chance at winning a prize (and eternal glory). We have a social media contests every month so you will achieve that goal in no time! Another way you can get the AMYGDALA challenge completed is by attending any teen program or TAB (Teen Advisory Board) meeting, learn more about that here
  • The HIPPOCAMPUS challenge is possibly the easiest one to complete. Post a picture or description of you being active: doing a cartwheel, biking, anything that has you moving! Then post it to any of our social media sites with the hashtag #hub500fitness. Not on social media? No worries - just let us know next time you're in the Hub. That's it, then you're done with the HIPPOCAMPUS challenge!
 
Once you finish three of the four challenges, you get another light bulb for the brain. You'll also be entered to win one of six $50 gift cards to Dick's Sporting Goods, Etsy, or Barnes and Noble.
 
So, go get started with those challenges!
 
 
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Posted by emather on 07/12/14

Teen filmmakers put their skills to the test on Friday at Let's Make a Movie. This past Tuesday, members of the Inklings creative writing summer volunteer squad wrote some short film scripts. (You can read their awesome work here.) Teens split into groups, and each one got one of those screenplays and had only three hours to plan, film, and edit the whole thing. On top of that, each group had a different FILMMAKER CHALLENGE, like every shot had to be from a character's point of view, or the whole movie had to be in black and white and silent. Everyone got down to work, using the whole library as their movie studio. We ended up with a bunch of potential submissions to the 8th Annual Teen Film Fest (I'm certain we'll be seeing a few of them there)! Below, you can see behind-the-scenes photos from filmming and editing, as well as some tantalizing stills from some of the movies.
 
 




Posted by tspicer on 07/10/14

What if the people who raised you had been lying to you for your entire life?  What if everything you believed, everything you were, was nothing more than someone trying to manipulate you for their own ends?  In Bloodwitch by Amelia Atwater-Rhodes, that’s the question that Vance Ehecatl has to face.
 
Vance is a quetzal, a shapeshifter who can take the form of a bird.  Abandoned by his own people, Vance has been raised by the vampire rulers of the powerful Midnight Empire.  His sheltered life is interrupted by Malachi Obsidian, who tells Vance he’s a bloodwitch, a powerful magic user, and that the vampires have been lying to him all his life to make him their tool.
 
Vance struggles to discover his identity and figure out who he can trust in this compelling fantasy tale.  It’s the first of a new trilogy, but if you enjoy it you can follow the ongoing “Lilith’s Explorations of Midnight” tale that the author posts on her Facebook page.