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 ink-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
If you've been on the internet within the last 24 hours, you probably know what a gif is. If you don't and even if you do take a look at this awesome video below to educate yourself!
At our teen program called "Cinemagraphtastical!" (I know, it's a seriously long name for a program) we created gifs that only had one element of the image moving. The outcome is sometimes creepy, always cool.
Here are a few made during the program...
The program also counted toward the AMYGDALA and RIGHT BRAIN challenges for our Teen Summer Reading Program: Summer Reading, Summer Doing! Want to join? Sign up here!
Do you have a photographer's eye? You may be interested in coming to the Thinking Visually program this Thursday, 6/26. Register here!
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!
Q: What is the make, model, and year of Dean Winchester's beloved car?
A: Highlight the text between the brackets for the answer... [1967 Chevy Impala]
Q: What does Dumbledore leave in his will for Ron?
A: Highlight the text between the brackets for the answer... [The Deluminator]
These are just a couple of questions that were asked during our Fandom Trivia Night last Friday!
Fangirls and Fanboys grouped into teams to prove that they were the most knowledgeable in all things fandoms. The fandoms included for our trivia night included SuperWhoLock, Hunger Games, Disney/Pixar, Marvel, Harry Potter, Twilight, Lord of the Rings, and Star Wars! Whew...that's a lot of fandoms.
Here's our night in pictures...
Prizes! Prizes! Prizes! Including sweet, colorful headphones for our big winners!
Contestants gearing up for the next trivia question. There were 100 questions asked that night!
This is Rosa as Bellatrix Lestrange! We had a Cosplay contest and she was our winner! She walked away with a Time Turner from Harry Potter.
It was truly a nerdy, fandom-filled weekend because C2E2 was in town! That's how I got to go in the TARDIS! I am now traveling through time and space with the Doctor. Jealous?
WANT MORE TRIVIA? Join us for Smart Cookie: Lit Trivia and test your knowledge on all things books! Register
WANT MORE FANDOMS? Follow us on Tumblr and enjoy Sonya's liveblogging as she journeys through ACEN 5/16-5/18!
WANT MORE FANDOM TRIVIA? What other fandoms would you like to see the next time we have Fandom Trivia Night? Tell us in the comments.
2048. Not 16. Not 128. Not even 1024. But 2048. That's the number you've got to hit. That's the number you've got to work up to. That's the number that escapes my grasp! That's the number I dream about at night!
So...rewind...I've been playing this game called 2048. It's available in the App Store and you can even play an online clone of it here. You swipe left, right, up, and down to add the number tiles currently on your board. Only like numbers can be combined, so you've got to really work up to get the big numbers. Especially since each swipe adds a 2 or a 4 tile on the board. Also, once all the tile slots are filled, the game's over...so you've got to be really careful about where you place your tiles. It's easier to understand if you see it, so I completely recommend giving it a shot. Just be warned that this game is highly addictive!
I hope that one day I'll be able to get that 2048 number. *crosses fingers*
If you do play, what's your high score? Leave it in the comments and we'll compare!
Last Friday we had our first-ever Mini Teen Film Fest!
We had a blast gathering in the Hub to watch all the submissions of movies that were 1 minute or less. TAB, our Teen Advisory Board, was also there to judge the films and decide who would be awarded iTunes gift cards and the bragging rights that go with each winner's title.
Here is the list of the prize-winning categories and the films that went with them! Congrats to all the filmmakers for making this such a fun, film-filled night!
Emmy P. for Modern Pan
Here's a picture of Emmy with her iTunes gift cards. She took a photo in our Photo Booth for <3 Your Library Month!
Best Overall Film
Emmy P. for Modern Pan
Best Mini-Themed Film
Peyton M. for Unknown Army
Best Animated or Stop-Motion Film
Melanie T. for A Lady
Best Use of Special Effects
Connor D. for Sea Battle
Most Replay-Button Worthy
David R. for Lego Gentlemen
Best Live Action Video
Will G. and Kevin J. for Epic
Watch all the films we watched that night in the playlist below.
Yesterday, a group of teens joined us for a whirlwind afternoon of filmmaking. We learned about a few ways to create interesting special effects like magically disappearing and floating objects in our hands with the help of iMovie. We even created some Instagram videos and watched some cool ones online. The last part of the program was spent creating stop motion videos using Stop Motion Studio Pro with Wikki Stix (our DIY Kit for the month) and Legos serving as our props.
This program, as well as our Pop-Up Video program next week are filmmaking programs to help you prepare for our Mini Teen Film Fest next month! Learn about how to submit an entry, film categories, prizes and more about the Mini Teen Film Fest here.
Want to see what we made? Check out the video of the films teens made at Mini Movie Madness below. They're all good candidates for the Mini Teen Film Fest!
Have you ever played Mad Libs? It's a word game that you've probably played on car trips before. There's even an app for it that you can download here.
Here's the rundown of how it works...
One player prompts another player to give them particular words, specifically words that fall into a part of speech. Then you fill in these words into a story that has these specific words missing. You don't know what the story is beforehand, and you definitely have no clue what the story will end up being until you fill in the blanks with the words you provide.
It's a fun game that usually has a hilarious outcome!
So... let's go ahead and play it!
Teen Mad Libs
Wait.. so what's happening?
Throughout the rest of December, we'll be asking you for different words to fill out a story on our Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. You can answer us/provide your words in the comments on Facebook and Instagram or reply if you're using Twitter.
Why is it called "Teen Mad Libs"?
We'll be filling in blanks from popular Teen/YA novels! Maybe the fate of your favorite character will take a drastic turn, all because of a crazy word you submitted!
When will I be able to see the story?
On Friday of each week, we'll fill in the blanks and post the stories with some of the most hilarious outcomes.
Are there any rules?
There's only one rule... Watch your language: That means no swear words or words that may be offensive. Keep it library appropriate!
Ummmm "Parts of Speech"? Doesn't that mean grammar and stuff?
Why yes, yes it does mean grammar and stuff. If you need a refresher course on your parts of speech, look below for a really crude description of the parts of speech and tenses. If you want a more descriptive explanation, click here.
Noun: Person, place, or thing
Verb: An action word
Adjective: A word to describe something; modifies a noun
Adverb: Usually ends in -ly; modifies a verb and sometimes adjectives
Past Tense: "Walked"
Present Tense: "Walk"
Present Progressive: "Walking"
OK, now what? How do I get started?
Check out our Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram for the different words we're looking for. Then leave your submissions in the comments or reply with them.
The 50th Anniversary of Doctor Who was this past Saturday. Ladies and gents, we at The Hub had been anticipating this day for so long. We even celebrated Doctor Who in The Hub for the entire month of November.
Throughout the month, we offered different programs and DIY Kits that were Doctor Who-themed -- thus, leading us to affectionately call this entire month WHOvember. We screen printed Tardises on shirts, totes, and swatches at the Print Your Own Tardis T-Shirt program. We created a light-up, awesome Sonic Screwdriver at the LED Sonic Screwdriver program. And we went into the library's Studio, recorded our voices, and used some Garageband magic to make our voices sound like Daleks at the Dalek Takeover program.
Two teens recording their voices in the Production Studio during the Dalek Takeover program.
In case you're curious about what our Dalek recordings sounded like, may your curiosity be quenched with this audio clip!
What's fun about recording your own Dalek sayings is that you can make them into ringtones, phone alerts, and you can even make your Dalek say something they would likely never say. For example, "I love the Doctor!" If you can't tell from the audio clip, it was a lot of fun. Our library is full of funny teens.
Of course, November 23rd was the day we'd all been waiting for. It was the 50th Anniversary of Doctor Who and the BBC aired The Day of the Doctor special across the globe at the very same time. Now you may ask, why would they do such a thing?
No spoilers for us! We made a day of it in The Hub and had a costume contest, ate some Doctor Who-themed treats, and played a couple of rounds of Doctor Who trivia! Then we gathered round, screamed a little (especially when we saw 10 and 11 in the same shot), and went on a 75 minute adventure with the Doctor(s).
Alas, The Day of the Doctor has come and gone, and boy, was it EPIC!