Posted by alice on 11.12.13

 
I love music.  Like, I can't function correctly throughout the day if I don't listen to music.  I need it to study, I need it to write, I need it to [insert daily task here].  It's kind of important to my well-being.
 
Since the invention of apps for smart phones, I've piled loads of different music-related apps onto my phone.  Here are my top 5 right now!
 
  1. Spotify
    Play basically any song you can think of on demand! It does cost a monthly fee to use on your phone, but I like the ability of playing music wherever I am.  The good news is if you download it on your computer, you can use it for free and that's kind of awesome!
     
  2. Shazam
    Ever hear a song and just can't quite remember who sings it?  That is absolutely the worst feeling ever!  Or maybe you really like a song and want to remember to get it later.  With this app, all you have to do is press a button and your phone will listen to the song through the microphone and tell you what it is!
     
  3. Soundhound
    This app does the same thing as Shazam for the most part, except you can hum a tune into your phone's microphone and it'll try and tell you what it is.  This fixes all those instances when you have a song stuck in your head but you don't remember where you heard it from.  Hopefully you're a decent enough singer to get it to work.  Fingers crossed.
     
  4. Band of the Day
    Craving something new?  This app highlights a band a day.  It plays songs by that artist with no commercials all day long.  Yum, mmmmmusic.
     
  5. Songza
    Music can sometimes intensify the way you feel.  And sometimes you want to just feel a certain way.  Songza helps with that.  You can choose a radio station to relax, for super mega dance parties, and even for singing in the shower!
 
So there you have it.  My list.  If you know any apps that aren't on this list, please feel free to let us know!  We're @HUB500 on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.  You can, of course, always come into the Hub and tell us about them in person too!
 
ALSO... all you music fans may be interested in winning 2 tickets to LOLLAPALOOZA 2014!  Check out the details here http://www.ahml.info/teens/billboard/win-tickets-lollapalooza
 
Hooray for music!
 




Posted by alice on 10.29.13

Cookie Cupcake Cannibals was held this past Sunday in The HUB!  Initially we were going to decorate cookies, but it turns out, you can make grosser, grimmer looking desserts using cupcakes.  Boy, was that a deliciously gruesome choice.  With the help of Justine Chavez, a Chicago-area baker and professional cake decorator, teens were able to create some zombielicious treats.  (Yes, I'm definitely taking liberties with the English language in this blog post.)
 
There were brains, eyeballs, gravestones, and blood... oh so much blood!  Don't worry the blood was actually caramel.  Mmmm blood.
 
It wasn't all just cupcakes and frosting though (although that is delicious enough).  We used Oreo crumbs for graveyard dirt, Twizzlers Pull n' Peel for eye veins, and fondant for a blade to the heart!
 
Check out the photos from the program below.  Nice and creepy treats any zombie would enjoy.  Bon apetit!
 
 




Posted by alice on 10.09.13

 
Want to win a much coveted rubber duckie?  How about an even more coveted ARC (Advanced Reader Copy)?  Well, you can if you're a winner of our contest this month!
 
For the month of October, we're looking at things up-close.  Real close.  Nose-pressed-up-to-the-glass close.
 
Every week we'll post a close-up photo of an object in our library on all of our social media sites. That means @HUB500 on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram!  
 
In the middle of the week, we'll post a picture of the same object but with the camera pulled back just a little bit more.
 
Finally, on Friday, we'll post the picture revealing the object.  Your mission, if you choose to accept, is to guess what that object is as quickly as possible in the comments of the photo on our Instagram page!
 
The first person to correctly guess each week's photo is a winner of the contest!  We'll let you know if you're the winner for the week!
 
A duckie and ARC are at stake here, folks!  Let's do this!  Happy guessing!  wink
 
THE CONTEST STARTS NOW WITH THIS PHOTO...
 
 
Hmmmm...




Posted by alice on 09.25.13

The HUB was hopping last Friday night for the Mario Kart Wii Tournament!  We had several Wiis, TVs, and a lot of excited teens revved up and ready to show off their Mario Kart skills.  They bounced their karts on the mushrooms of Mushroom Gorge, dodged as many blue shells as possible (a difficult task), and attempted to not fall off of the Rainbow Road.
 
 
Alas, there can only be one winner in a tournament and he was lucky enough to walk away with a sweet NES controller messenger bag AND bragging rights!
 
 
Our second place winner won a Mario costume - giant mustache and all!
 
 
Mario Karting isn't all we did at the program either.  While many were competing to stay in the tournament, others were creating Mario-inspired sweets out of Airheads.  They were colorful, very sticky, and delicious!
 
 
All in all, it was a great Friday night!  I mean there was pizza, candy, games, and friends!  What more can you ask for?
 




Posted by alice on 09.12.13

There's something many of you may not know about me.  I'm kind of a huge Harry Potter nerd.  After reading the books, watching all the movies, going to midnight release parties, re-reading the books, dressing up as a Hogwarts student for Halloween, re-reading the books, visiting the theme park, and re-reading the books...you can probably call me an obsessed crazy fanatic über-nerd.  So imagine my surprise and joy when it was announced today that the author of the Harry Potter series, J.K. Rowling, will be writing the screenplay for her Harry Potter supplement Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.
 
This was me this morning.
 
 
Find out more about this awesome news here!
 
So rejoice my fellow Harry Potter nerds!  The magic never ends!
 
And if you haven't yet, check out Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them!  It's a fun read and it's especially cool to see Harry, Ron, and Hermione's notes and comments in the margins!
 
Nerd away, everyone!
 




Posted by alice on 09.03.13

There's not much I can say about this except... AWESOME!
 
 
So if you're ever missing The Hub or the library in general, you can walk the stacks from wherever you have the internet thanks to Google Maps!
 
Okay, now something equally as cool... go ahead and press the double arrows that are pointing toward the telephone box.
 
I want to go to that telephone box!  
 
Anyone know of any other Google Maps Easter Eggs?  Share them with us in the comments!
 
fandom, techy




Posted by alice on 08.29.13

First things first, if you haven't read Divergent you best get on it!  If you liked the Hunger Games and/or can't get enough of dystopian novels, this series is definitely worth a shot.  
 
The story is set in Chicago (represent!) except it's not the Chicago we know and love.  Everyone is split into different factions or groups that each serve a particular duty and uphold a different virtue to keep the society balanced.  The different factions are Candor (the honest), Abnegation (the selfless), Dauntless (the brave), Amity (the peaceful), and Erudite (the intelligent).  The novel follows the story of Beatrice, a girl who grew up in the Abnegation faction with the rest of her family.  Beatrice, now 16, must choose a faction to belong to for the rest of her life at a ceremony held every year for 16-year-olds in the society.  It's a pretty difficult choice (it may mean leaving her family forever) and the adventure that follows is intense, action-packed, and full of intrigue.  Yes, intrigue...I mean, in a society like this there's bound to be some mysteries that need to be solved!
 
Interested?  Check it out!
 
More Divergent Stuff!
  1. Curious about which faction you'd belong to?  Take this quiz!  It looks like I'm an even split between Amity and Erudite.  What about you?
     
  2. Divergent is just the first in a series!  Insurgent is already out and the third book, Allegiant, is coming out October 22nd!
     
  3. Veronica Roth is coming to Downers Grove!  To celebrate the release of the third book, she'll be coming to the Tivoli Theater in Downers Grove for a book signing.  Get more info here.
     
  4. They made a Divergent movie and it's coming out in early 2014.  Here's the trailer...
     
 
 




Posted by alice on 08.20.13

Make It Summer 2013
 
*Cue Epic Music*
 
It's time, ladies and gents.  It's time to announce... THE RAFFLE WINNERS FOR MAKE IT: SUMMER 2013!
 
Many of you took on the Make It challenge, many of you even completed your MakerPads and received a coveted rubber duckie, but only four of you lucky Finishers were destined to have your raffle ticket pulled from the pile.
 
Before you scroll down to see if you've won (although I'm almost certain you already did... tsk-tsk), know that everyone did a great job this summer and we hope you had a blast completing your MakerPads!
 
OK.  Onto the good stuff...
 

And the WINNERS are...

Miranda Luebke

Emma Mrozinski

Jack Schafer

James Schmidt

 
CONGRATS! Come on by The Hub and pick up a $50 Gift Certificate for either Maker SHED or ETSY. We have 2 Maker SHED and 2 ETSY Gift Certificates, so whoever comes in first gets their pick!
 
Hope to see you all in The Hub during this school year! Have a great first day of classes!  May you be as happy as Loki riding in the back of a car!
 
 
 
programs, srp




Posted by alice on 08.13.13

 
Any avid gamers out there?  Well you may like to play video games and you may even boast a high score or two, but have you ever thought about how video games are made?  Better yet, have you ever considered making one of your own?
 
At Saturday's DIY program, a group of teens had a chance to make their own video games using a software called Construct 2.  We met up in the library's Training Center and created a simple game using the software together.  Afterwards, the teens had time to make whatever modifications and additions they wanted — effectively creating some seriously bizarre and fun games that other attendees got to try out.
 
Want a shot at making your own video game?  Download the software we used onto your Windows PC and take a look at this tutorial that'll go through the steps to get you started!
 
Below is a short clip of a teen playing the game he created.  And yes, that's a unicorn shooting a laser out of its horn.
 
 
If you're really interested in making video games in the future (maybe even as a CAREER!), you might be interested in checking out this book from our collection!
 




Posted by alice on 08.07.13

This past Saturday, a group of brave teens joined us for Super Awesome Action Hero, a teen program where we highlighted some of the different ways to create special effects for movies.  At the program, they made their debut in front of The Studio's green screen, used an app called Action Movie FX (if you have a mobile iOS device, GET THIS APP!), and used iMovie to edit the whole thing!
 
What's great about special effects (especially green screening) is that you can create some seriously awesome, wacky shots — you can potentially be anywhere and do anything that your budget of $0 may not allow you to do otherwise. Behold...the inspired, action-packed, hilarious, and strange videos from our program!
 
 
If you're a teen filmmaker or are interested in teen films, you should totally come to the A.H. Teen Film Fest on August 16th.  Submissions for the film fest (including emailing us the link to your film and sending in your form entry) are due this Friday the 9th!  There'll be an after party just for teens from 7-9 p.m. and it'll be a blast!  To find out more, click here!