Have you ever gotten your earbuds tangled in your bag or pocket? It's literally the worst thing ever. Well, we've got you covered! During the month of June, we made DIY No-Tangle Earbuds in the HUB. All you need is some thin thread called embroidery floss, a pair of scissors, a piece or two of tape, and some earbuds that always get tangled. (We provided some earbuds to everyone who made the kit in June, but feel free to bring in your own and use our embroidery floss to make them No-Tangle. We have almost every color ever.)
Completing a DIY craft is also one of the four challenges for our Read to the Rhythm teen summer challenge, where you can win awesome prizes like iTunes gift cards, instruments from GuitarCenter, and even a pair of wireless Beats headphones! (If those get tangled on you, then I don't know what to tell you. You're on your own there.)
In addition to not tangling and driving you totally, personalizing your earbuds makes sure you never mix them up with someone else's and get their earwax in your ears, which may be the only thing worse than tangled earbuds. After following the really simple instructions below, you'll end up with something looking a bit like this:
Here are the basic steps you'll need to follow:
Secure one end of your earbuds down with a piece of tape. Take a long piece of embroidery floss and tie it to one end of your earbuds with a double or triple knot.
Wind the other end of the floss up loosely. (This way, you won't need to pull the entire length through for every loop you make.)
Loop the floss over and around the earbud cable, and pull it up through the loop you just made. (Look at it like a single knot.)
Pull the loop tight around the cable and push it up against the rest of the thread.
Repeat steps 3 & 4 until you've covered your earbuds. If you want to move on to a different colored floss, just tie the new color on to the end of the old and keep it going.
Check out the video below to see how it works in action.
Depending on the length of your earbuds, it can take a while, so you may need to finish it up at home after leaving the HUB. If you want to give it a try, swing by the HUB desk with your tangled earbuds and we'll get you the supplies!
Did you hear that? Be alarmed. That's the sound of zombies eating flesh in the Hub! Well, not really but we've already had a bunch of teens come in and make hilarious and creepy stopmotion movies with little zombies as the undead stars of the film! You can do it too. Just bring a partner and get moviemaking. If you want to try this at home, we won't be responsible for any lives claimed by Zombies.
A whole bunch of mini figurines (These will be your 'actors'. We got our Zombies at the one of a kind extremely odd store American Science and Surplus, which isn't too far away.) Or just raid your old toy chest.
Little ornaments, dollhouse furniture or other toys. This is how you build your set for the movie.
A camera (or an ipad or iphone! We're using the super simple Stop Motion Studio app, which automatically creates super-fast transitions between photos, which is what you need to create the effect of stop motion)
A tri-pod! This is important as one key element to stop motion is that you want your characters to move just a little bit between the taking of photos. A tri-pod will keep your viewer oriented to the action. TIP: You need to be judicious when you move the camera!
Background for your set. We used a cheap tri-fold posterboard. Feel free to add art and create a vivid scene!
A partner. You need a partner for stop motion. One person to take pics, the other to move the figurines just a little bit closer ... to the rotting flesh!
If you haven't heard, we have a 3D printer and scanner in the Hub! So far, we've had a couple of programs teaching teens how to 3D model their own designs and use this technology.
Besides printing out cool trinkets and rapid prototyping, 3D printing has many practical uses too. Imagine printing out a missing piece to your favorite board game or replicating a lost button on a well-worn sweater. You can even use a 3D printer for household repairs! Recently, a pair of brackets for blinds in my apartment broke. Instead of going out and buying new brackets, I decided to model a pair using TinkerCAD. See the different design iterations below.
If you are interested in learning more about the library's 3D printers, join us at one of these upcoming programs or stop by the Hub to chat.
Last Tuesday we had a delicious, colorful, and (at times) messy night at the Nuke Your Food! program. High schoolers met up in the Cardinal Room to create some nommy noms, such as a mug cake! The twist on this cooking class was that we made everything in a mug and just using a microwave.
What was doubly awesome about the night was that we also got to decorate and keep our food receptacles (mugs) using ink-based Sharpies!
All you need to do is buy special oil-based/paint markers, decorate a ceramic mug, and bake it in the oven for 20 minutes at 350 degrees!
Want to eat some delicious noms using just a mug and a microwave? Try out this recipe for the Easy Peasy Mac & Cheesy below! Enjoy!
EASY PEASY MAC & CHEESEY
1/3 cup pasta
1/2 cup water
1/8 cup milk
1/2 cup shredded cheese (cheddar, mozzarella, parmesan, whatever you’ve got!)
Optional: 1/2 tablespoon butter or margarine
1. Put the pasta and water into your mug and microwave for 2 minutes
2. Stir and put it in the microwave again for 2 minutes (continue to do this until pasta is fully cooked)
3. Add milk and cheese to your mug and microwave for 1 minute
Last month the library launched a community-wide reading program: One Book, One Village! This fall we'll rally around the book Ordinary Grace written by William Kent Krueger. Besides reading and discussing, teens can participate in other ways. There are programs you can attend over the next couple of months including an author visit. In the Hub, we'll have One Book, One Village related drop-in activities and contests.
Stop by and join the conversation!
Stop by the Hub and help us recreate New Bremen using LEGOs. Drop in.
youD 3D Contest
What object or symbol from Ordinary Grace do you think best represents the book? Post to any of our social media pages with the tag #youD3D or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Make suggestions for participants to 3D model at the youD 3D program on Monday, October 27th. If your object is selected, get a 3D print of your suggestion!
Yesterday, we learned some basic movie-making principles and explored the equipment and resources the library has to offer. Then, each team was given a filming assignment with specific instructions to hone their visual thinking skills. Here's one of the videos that resulted: the challenge was to film a subject ascending and descending stairs. Heather H., Lynette H., and Emma K., great job!
Want to learn more about film-making? Come into the Hub for help with your film, to use video editing software, or to check out cameras, tripods, and more!
We're accepting submissions for the 8th Annual Film Fest! Get the specs and register for upcoming film-making class here.
This past Saturday, teens met in the Training Center at the library to use video editing and effects tools to add Star Wars special effects to some videos. We started with footage of some Star Wars finger puppets (made as part of the DIY craft in the HUB this month) in front of a green screen, like this:
Then we used a new tool on library computers called SaberFX that let us draw different visual effects over the footage, like light sabers, blasters, explosions, and lightning. Then we rendered those videos and used iMovie to edit them, add backgrounds over the green screen, and add music and sound effects. We ended up with some pretty great quick videos with really creative ideas. (I don't know if Jabba the Hutt will be able to shoot lightning out of his eyeballs in the new movies, but he really should.) Check some out below, and be sure to come by and try out the software yourself. Maybe for your submission to the 8th Annual Teen Film Fest?
Think back on the year. In 2013/2014 what video game has made the biggest impact?
The arguable answer: Flappy Bird.
Sadly, it's no longer available in the App Store because the developer decided it was too addicting. But if you've never played before, you may be in luck. It looks like Flappy Bird may be coming back in an official way. Multiplayer Flappy Bird? WHAT?!
When Flappy Bird went away in February, there were a zillion (may be an overestimation) Flappy Bird clones made to fill the void. At the Use the Force: Code Your Own Video Game program, we created one of these clones and STAR WARS-ed it!
We created the game using a program called Construct 2 which you can download for free! The tutorial for making a Flappy Bird clone for Construct 2 can be found here.
We started out using an X-Wing in place of a bird, and Death Star pipes in place of Flappy Bird pipes.
And then we went Star Wars happy on all the different sprites....
Be careful, Boba Fett! Beware of the giant Chewies!
Want more Star Wars?
Come make a Chewbacca, Yoda, Darth Vader, C3PO and Jabba the Hutt finger puppet in The Hub's DIY area!