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 alice on 05/27/15

Summer is upon us, people!
 
That means that your schools have unleashed their lists of books they'd like you to read over the summer. We've got some good news for you...the books you seek are available here at the library in The Hub!
 
 
We've compiled all the books you may need to read in these handy dandy links. Click on them to see which books are available to check out right now, and put a hold on books that you'd like to read soon! On top of that, you'll find on the lists that you can even get some of these reads as an eBook!
 
Here they are:
 
 
 
 
Happy reading! Happy summer!
 




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!
 
 
 
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