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!

Posted by alice on 07.30.13

Are you submitting a film to the A.H. Teen Film Fest?  If not, you totally should!  It's going to be a fun night where we'll screen the films entered, hand out prizes, and have an awesome after party!  Click here if you want more details.
While you're shooting your film, you should consider the importance of lighting your actors and sets.  Depending on where the light source is coming from, you can really set a different mood for your scene.
Filmmaker Nacho Guzman created this video to illustrate how integral lighting is in making a film.  It provides a really interesting insight in the role light plays in film, and also is just super cool to watch.

Posted by alice on 07.25.13

Fork in the road
Oh yes, you read that right!  The Brooklyn-based band Chairlift released a choose your own adventure music video.  Just like the books you may have read when you were younger that allowed you to Choose Your Own Adventure, you click on the arrows when they appear on screen to choose which path the protagonist of the music video takes.  It's a fun idea for a music video and I'm digging the tune too, which is a total plus because I'm always looking for new music!
Take a look at the video here and maybe take a look at it again and again and again.  Who knows what the outcome will be for our lead singer/protagonist depending on which adventure you choose for her.
Also, for those of you who are Jane Austen lovers... you may be interested in a book called Lost in Austen.  It's a choose your own adventure-type book taking you through some of Austen's most notable works (e.g. Pride and Prejudice, Sense and Sensibility, Emma).  Tea time in the drawing room?  No thanks.  Party at Netherfield?  Yes, please!
Photo Credit: creativelenna
cool, recommended

Posted by alice on 07.16.13

First things first, watch the video below!
Did you ever think you'd be scared of Mary Poppins?  I mean, I guess she does make the Banks children eat gross tasting medicine (which is a scary prospect for anyone), but she usually follows that with a spoon full of sugar.  The Mary Poppins in the video above doesn't seem like the type to be sweet nor sweeten.
At Cut and Re-Cut, a program we had in the Training Center last Thursday, teens came in and created their own re-cut trailers for popular movies.  They had the choice between making Monsters Inc. into a horror movie or The Hunger Games into a rom-com.  Using some iMovie know-how, appropriate clips/music for our purposes, and SERIOUS creativity, the teens delivered great trailers!
You can view them in the playlist below!

Also, remember to check out our programs calendar for more awesome programs in the future!

Posted by alice on 07.12.13

I had to hijack Alice's account to share the following with all you teen readers out there:
Have you ever found yourself searching for the perfect word...and the word just doesn't exist? Especially when talking about books and your reading experiences? Kudos to YALSA Hub blogger Joel Bruns, whose list of YA lit vocab made me laugh but also nod my head and say "yep." Check these out (and start dropping them into your conversations with us in the AHML Hub):
Catastrafatigue: the feeling that one more catastrophe-riddled future world is more than you can stand
Seqhole: the empty feeling you get when you are waiting for the next book in a series to be released
Skimulate: pretending you’ve read a book when, in fact, you skimmed the back cover and maybe a few pages from each chapter. Also: bibliofake.
Errorist: person incapable of seeing anything but the weaknesses of every book they read
Lust Jacket: cover design that is so awesome you just can’t help but pick up the book. Antonym: bust jacket: a cover that makes you go “ewwww.”
Melodramamine: the feeling you get after gorging on drama-filled books
Supernaturillogical: when a writer endows a character in a book with special powers that are just ridiculous and/or unbelievable and/or just plain stupid
Dittopia: oh boy, another book set in a crumbling future America
Zombifad: right now
Afictionado: no, I don’t want to read your fan fiction of The Hunger Games from the point of view of Prim’s goat
Shock and Awwww: when you are dreading a book, read it anyway, and end up loving it
Check out Joel Brun's blog post here!
-Mary Ellen
geekout, wordplay

Posted by alice on 07.09.13

Oh my tweet!  We had some great submissions for the Tweet a Tale contest for June.  You ladies and gents did not have much space to write, but you all dared us to read in between the lines and get so much out of just 120 characters!  Kudos to everyone!  BUT... we can only have two winners, folks.
Behold... the winning tweets below!  Congrats!
For Best Comedy Story
For Best Horror Story
Want another shot at one of our contests? You're in luck! Check out this Photo Scavenger Hunt that's happening now and win another spectacular prize!

Posted by alice on 07.02.13

Who doesn't enjoy receiving a greeting card?  Birthday cards, Get Well cards, Just Sayin' Hello cards... they can all put a smile on the recipient's face.  
The greeting cards we created on Saturday at the DIY: LED Greeting Cards program must've put a huge, toothy smile on some special recipient's face then.  We used Bare Paint conductive ink, a battery, LEDs, and some knowledge of circuitry to create greeting cards that light up!
Missed the program or need a re-cap?  You can find the instructions on how to create your own LED Greeting Cards below, or, you can purchase a kit from
1. Use the robot templates that come with the kit or create your own design on a blank paper.
2. Cut off a small strip of paper. This will be used for the “switch” later on.
3. Use the push pin to punch holes for the battery and LED prongs.
4. Trace the black lines on the templates (if using the robot drawings) with the Bare Paint pen.
6. Place the battery into one of the pairs of holes and the LED into the other. Flatten them out at a 90 degree angle.
7. Make sure that the legs match, long LED leg to long battery leg and the same for the short legs.
8. Remember that strip of paper from step 2?  We’re using it now.  Glue it to the spot shown in the picture. This is how the “circuit” will be completed.
9. Add a blob of ink to the switch and wait for it to dry.
10. To turn it on simply press the switch down to complete the circuit!
As always, if you have any questions on this program, feel free to drop by The Hub and ask one of our staff!
DIY, DIY, programs

Posted by alice on 06.13.13

Come on by The HUB and say hello to Mary Ellen!  She'll be around The HUB this summer, keeping cool and being cool like the rest of us.  If you show her an awesome handshake, your best air guitar, or a funny YouTube video, you'll get some candy.  Yup... CANDY!
ME Podmokly - Volunteer
Likes: words, winks, accents, espionage, cool breezes, pretzels
Dislikes: gas prices, illegible handwriting, being photographed, my laugh
Loves: music, reading (dystopian, mystery, historical), sunshine and patios, water, festivals
Superpower: teen lie detector
Superpower wish: invisibility
Want to learn more about our other staff?  Click here, come in, and say hi!
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