Posted by meyoung on 06/19/17

Here's another opportunity for you to fulfill your volunteer step in the Summer Reading Program. We're making sleeping mats out of plastic bags, and then donating them to homeless shelters. Come on over to the HUB and we'll get you started!
 
 
 
Materials Needed: 
 - Plastic Bags (Lots and lots of plastic bags)
 - Scissors
 
How to make Plarn (Plastic Bag Yarn)
1. Lay bag flat
2. Cut off the bag
3. Cut off the handles. (Cut all the way across)
4. Squish together to make a loop

**Pro tip: You can cut more than one bag at a time**

How to Continue a Started Mat (Start at 10:27)
1.  Curve braided end so that you’ll be working side-by-side with the already completed row
2. Take your weaver (this is the plarn that was not included in the braid) and weave over the plarn that it’s closest to, under the next, and then over and around the last one.
3. Keep your weaver moving by going back toward the completed row (over the first and under the last one)
4. Find an opening in the completed row and pull your weaver through
5. Repeat steps 2-4 until you reach the same length as the completed rows.
6. When you get the length you want, weave your weaver away from the completed rows (do not weave back in)
7. With the weaver separated, braid the remaining three plarn 6 times. You just finished a row!

**If your plarn is getting short, attach a new plarn by tying a knot (start at 4:07)**
 
Of course, if you need help, stop by the desk!
 




Posted by meyoung on 06/12/17

Part of our Summer Reading Program includes volunteer projects! Come to the HUB to get volunteer credit, and make a toy for a doggo or pupper at a shelter.
 
 
Materials:  One Old T-Shirt
                   Scissors
 
Directions
 
1. Cut the shirt underneath the arms (about 18 inches from the bottom hem), all the way across length-wise
2. Discard the top part of the shirt in the Discard Bin at the HUB desk
3. Cut your block of fabric into four equal strips
4. Cut your strips, so they are no longer loops. You should now have four longer strips of shirt
5. Gather your strips together and tie a knot at one end
 
That was all prep work. Now the weaving begins!

1. Hold your chew toy so the knot is at the bottom and the strips are dangling over it.
2. Take two strips that are opposite sides and make a bridge over the knot. (Pro tip: It helps if you make the bridge semi-small and hold on to these strips.) You should have two strips that are dangling on the side that you have not touched yet.
3. Take one of the dangling strips and we are going to weave through the bridge. Go over the first, and under the second. Pull through.
4. Take your last remaining strip and do the same thing. We are going to weave through the bridge. Go over the first, and under the second. Pull through.
5. Pull all strips to tighten. It should look like a box when you look at it from the top.
6. Repeat steps 2-5 until strips become short.
7. Tie a knot to finish your toy




Posted by bbednarek on 07/07/16

Come to the Hub this month to make a crafty phone accessory. Don't forget, making one gets you one step closer to completing the Summer Reading Program!
 
 
What you need:
  • Hot Glue
  • Toy Dinosaur
  • Suction Cup

What you do:
  1. Select your favorite dinosaur
  2. Stand it up and determine a good angle to cut
  3. Carefully slice that dinosaur in half
  4. Glue a suction cup to it and let it dry
  5. Stick it on the back of your phone, a window, a mirror... really any hard, non-porous surface




Posted by bbednarek on 07/07/16

Come to the Hub this month to make a crafty phone accessory. Don't forget, making one gets you one step closer to completing the Summer Reading Program!
 
 
What you need:
  • Hot Glue
  • Toy Dinosaur
  • Suction Cup

What you do:
  1. Select your favorite dinosaur
  2. Stand it up and determine a good angle to cut
  3. Carefully slice that dinosaur in half
  4. Glue a suction cup to it and let it dry
  5. Stick it on the back of your phone, a window, a mirror... really any hard, non-porous surface




Posted by tspicer on 12/23/15

Looking for something to do this Winter Break? Why not mess around with new Hub STEM Kits. Ask at the Hub desk for details! This Kit is called 'Electric Message'. While working with this kit, you will learn about circuitry, electroluminescent wire, and more. You'll shoot video of your message and send out to a friend on Social Media!
 
DIY, STEM




Posted by tspicer on 12/23/15

Looking for something to do this Winter Break? Why not mess around with new Hub STEM Kits. Ask at the Hub desk for details! This Kit is called 'Electric Message'. While working with this kit, you will learn about circuitry, electroluminescent wire, and more. You'll shoot video of your message and send out to a friend on Social Media!
 
DIY, STEM




Posted by Trixie on 08/18/15

Come in to the HUB and make a disco ball to hang in your locker this upcoming year!
 
Image credit: WikiHow, how to make a disco ball with cd’s
 
It’s a super easy project, all you need is:
1 Styrofoam ball (2.5 inches)
1 CD
String
A hot glue gun
A small wooden rod
 
Here is how it works:
  1. Use a wooden rod to poke a hole sideways throw the top of the ball.
  2. Cut a piece of string to be 9 inches and thread it through the hole you just made (taping the ends of the string may help it go through)
  3. Using scissors, cut the CD into small pieces of varying sizes (WEAR SAFETY GOGGLES, they sometimes fly all over)
  4. Use a glue gun to glue the pieces onto the ball
  5. Hang in your locker and party the year away!
 




Posted by Trixie on 07/06/15

 
This month in the HUB we’re repurposing vinyl records into small notebooks. Stop by, make your notebook and complete a challenge for the teen summer Read to the Rhythm program!
 
Too busy? Don’t fret – here are the instructions for you to tackle this project at home!
 
 
SAFETY FIRST – use protective eyewear while scoring and breaking your record to the perfect size!
 
1.       Cut record to the size for notebook cover.
· Use ruler and utility knife to score* vinyl.
*Run blade along ruler to cut shallow channel on surface of record.
· Use the edge of a table to break record along scored line.
2.       Prepare pages of your notebook.
· Cut pages to size – about the length of the cover laid flat.
· Fold in half to form a book.
· Use stapler or thread to bind pages.
3.       Construct your notebook.
·  Align cover and pages of notebook.
· Use duct tape to form cover. Tape along flat edges leaving room for the thickness of your notebook pages.
· Attach first and last page to the front and back cover to form the notebook.
 
 
Adapted from Gem & Em.
 




Posted by emather. on 07/01/15

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:
 
  1. 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.
  2. 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.)
  3. 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.)
  4. Pull the loop tight around the cable and push it up against the rest of the thread.
  5. 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!
 
 




Posted by tspicer on 05/12/15

Gush.
Gurgle.
Glop.
Crunch.
 
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.
 
Supplies:
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!
 
 
 
http://hub500.tumblr.com/post/118820635753/check-out-how-to-make-a-zomcom-zombie-comedy