Posted by Trixie on 12.13.17

 
My name is Ryan. For the past four months, I have been an intern for the Hub. Today, I will talk (actually type) about my experiences in District 214's internship program.
 
Before I prattle on, I would like to say that this internship is truly the best first job I could ever have hoped for. In addition, I would without hesitation recommend it any teenager, even if they only go to the library while cramming for finals.

No, I am not paid. Yes, I am okay with it. If I had income, the job would lose part of the reason I like it. Since nothing I do at the Hub costs them money, it is less detrimental if I am running late due to traffic. This makes my job less stressful, and it makes a difference in my hefty senior year.
 
A day in the life of a teenage intern is normal until I leave school early to go to work. Then, after signing in, I open the glass door into the Hub. Sometimes I go to tech services as an extra pair of hands. Other times I help set up the HTC Vive in the Hub.
 
The 'cab company' (which shall remain nameless) was the only inconvenience in this rather harmonious situation. They were often late, sometimes on time, and rarely early. This, in turn, caused me to receive less hours than I could have. Despite this, the library was incredibly understanding of the cab issues, and I will return to them in January.
 
In conclusion, the District 214 Internship Program has been a great experience for me. I have enjoyed working at the library because it helped me get a glimpse of working life.
 
I have enjoyed working at the library.
 
Ryan T. is an intern for the Hub. He is a Senior from Rolling Meadows High School, as part of the District 214 Internship Program.




Posted by Trixie on 11.08.17

Stop by the Hub to craft this month's DIY Kit Emoji Pouch! Too busy to drop in? Here are the instructions so you can make it at home.
 
 
Supplies:
  • Two yellow felt circles
  • Two red felt hearts
  • One black felt mouth
  • Scissors
  • Yellow thread
  • Sewing Needle
  • Zipper
  • Glue gun
 
Instructions:
1. Lay zipper flat, right side up.Line up one yellow circle and sew small stitches, affixing the zipper to the circle.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

2. Sew the other circle onto the other side of the zipper.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

3. With the pouch inside out, sew the circles together along the outer edge.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

*Leave the zipper partially unzipped so you can flip the right side out once done sewing.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

4. On the outside of the pouch, use hot glue to attach the heart, eyes, and mouth.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Use your pouch to stash earbuds, charger cable, or loose change!
 
 
Ryan T. is an intern for the Hub. He is a Senior from Rolling Meadows High School, as part of the District 214 Internship Program.
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Posted by Trixie on 10.25.17

image credit: VR Source
The HTC Vive is a fully immersive, virtual reality headset.
 
And on the following days from 3-4:20 p.m., you can use the HTC Vive in the Hub!
 
  • Friday, October 27
  • Thursday, November 2
  • Friday, November 10
  • Thursday November 16
  • Friday December 1
  • Thursday December 7
  • Friday December 15
 
Here are some games that you can play!
(Five minute time slots are made the day of, on a first come first serve basis.)
  • Lightblade VR
  • Tilt Brush
  • Google Earth
  • And more!
 
Ryan T. is an intern for the Hub. He is a Senior from Rolling Meadows High School, as part of the District 214 Internship Program.




Posted by Trixie on 08.10.17

Every summer the annual Teen Film Fest marks the end of summer vacation and the start of the school year. This year, we received 25 entries for the festival!
 
Join us tomorrow to celebrate these awesome teen-made films and filmmakers!
 
Friday, August 11 / Hendrickson Room
Red Carpet Reception and Screening from 6–7 p.m.
Teen Film Fest from 7–9 p.m.
Glow Party from 9–10 p.m. in the Hub
 
 
 
 




Posted by Trixie on 08.23.16

Last Friday, we celebrated a decade of teen films and the creative minds behind them!
 
 
This year we had 24 films submitted by 16 teen directors! Here are the winners from the 10th Annual Teen Film Fest:
 
Best Animation - Living Colors by Valerie Depa
 
Best Comedy - Pranks [A Short Documentary] by August Graham 
 
Best Drama - Inside Guy by Rhegan Graham
 
Best Music Video - Vast Transit by Garrett Strother
 
Best Overall - The Dark Theorem by Daniel Carpenter
 
Want to watch all of the films submitted? You can find them in this playlist!
 
 
 




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 08.13.15

Over the weekend, we welcomed professional photographer Rebecca Reuland to the HUB. She presented a photography and Photoshop program resulting in teen-made movie posters.

First, we examined popular movie posters, how they use film stills and text to grab your attention and convey what the movie is about.

Next, we broke into groups to brainstorm supposed films and possible shots we could set up in and around the library.
 
Then, the fun part, we set up shots based on the genre and setting of the films. Using existing lighting, reflectors, aperture speed, and other effects, each team took multiple shots to manipulate for their movie’s posters.
 

After a brief tutorial on Photoshop, teens made posters for films that featured Freddy Fazbear's Pizza, killer books that come to life at the library, a ukulele wielding killer, a documentary about books, and more!
 
Image Credit: Anubhav A. & Ryan D.
 
Image credit: Clarissa G. & Emma K.

Interested in photography or Photoshop? Check out the library’s program calendar for upcoming classes or stop by the HUB!
 




Posted by Trixie on 07.07.15

Join our summer selfie scavenger hunt!
 
 
Selfie instructions will be posted to our Instagram every Tuesday in July. Post your selfies to Instagram using #hubselfiehunt. Participate and get a chance to win a pool prize pack (which includes two pool passes & more!). We’ll post the winner the first week of August! Good luck!
 




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 Trixie on 04.26.15

Friday, April 24th, marked the 100 year anniversary of the Armenian Genocide. Not as well-known as the genocide that spurred World War II, more than 1 million Armenians were slaughtered or deported by the Ottoman Turks beginning in 1915. Some historians consider this to the primer used by Nazi Germany for the Holocaust.

 

Globally, from Los Angeles to Yerevan, crowds gathered to pay tribute to those lost and bring awareness to this catastrophe that continues to affect Armenians worldwide. American rock band System of a Down performed in Yerevan's Republic Square to honor their Armenian heritage.

 

 

Want to learn more? Explore more with these resources!