Posted by MeYoung on 10.22.18

You hit your 18th birthday and are excited about voting on November 6th... now what??
If you missed our First Time Voter program, don't fear!
Here's a list of recources to help you be a more informed voter:
Dates to know:
- November 6, 2018:  Election Day; registration available at your voting location
- October 22 to November 5, 2018:  early voting period
- October 21, 2018:  deadline to register to vote online
- October 10 to November 5, 2018: grace period registration and voting
- October 9, 2018:  deadline to register to vote in person or by mail
Voting Information:
Find Your Voter Information, including your polling location, ballots for upcoming elections and your elected officials.
Learn about the Candidates:
Chicago Tribune articles, endorsements and candidate surveys
Daily Herald news, endorsements, profiles

These tools offer information on judicial candidates:
Illinois State Bar Association Judicial Evaluations
Chicago Bar Association Judicial Evaluations

For additional information on candidates and races, some organizations also perform fact checking and publish articles:
Ballotpedia Illinois:  A nonpartisan and nonprofit online encyclopedia of American politics and elections.
Politifact Illinois:  A Pulitzer Prize-winning fact-checking website.

Follow the Legal Process:
Follow state law at the Illinois General Assembly and track bills with their Legislative Reports.
Track federal legislation in both the House of Representatives and Senate at
Congressional Research Service Reports from the Library of Congress are now available to the public.  These reports examine issues from all perspectives to inform lawmakers throughout the process of drafting, debating, passing, and enacting legislation.

Posted by MeYoung on 05.06.18

This month, stop by the DIY area to make popsockets! Super easy and fun to make, these are perfect to upgrade your phone for free.
You will need:
2 Suction cups
Hot glue
Decorative paper
1. Remove metal hooks from suction cups
2. Hot glue the two suction cups together (little end to little end).
3. Use the suction cup wide end as a stencil for the decorative paper. Cut out.
4. Glue paper to the wide end of one of the suction cups.
Rock it.
DIY, DIY, popsocket

Posted by MeYoung on 01.26.18

Looking for a state-of-the-art gaming experience? 
The HTC Vive program is open to all teens. The HTC Vive is a fully immersive, virtual reality headset.  And on the following days from 3-4:20 p.m., you can play the HTC Vive in the Hub!
  • Thursday, March 8
  • Friday, March 16
  • Tuesday, March 20
  • Thursday, April 5
  • Monday, April 9
  • Wednesday, April 18
  • Friday, April 27
  • Tuesday, May 1
  • Monday, May 7
  • Thursday, May 17

Here are some games that you can play!

  • The LabVR
  • Lightblade VR
  • Tilt Brush
  • Google Earth
  • And more!

(Five-minute turns are on a first come, first serve basis.)
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 MeYoung on 08.14.17

On Friday, August 11th, we celebrated teen filmmakers at the 11th annual Teen Film Fest. We had an insane amount of entries this year and it's all thanks to you! Lookit our millions (exaggeration) of photos! Didn't make it to the red carpet showing, but still interested in seeing what teens brought to the table? Watch all the films here and watch the winning films below.
Best Animation:
Lightlife in the Woods by Valerie Depa
Best Comedy:
5 Steps to Getting Your Teacher to Like You by Allison Flondro
Best Drama / Documentary: 
Soldier's Journey Home by Andrew Wisniewski
Best Experimental / Music Video:
wanderlust by Kathleen Oku
Best Horror: 
E.D. by David Petratos
Best Overall: 
Epic Rap Battles of History: Woodrow Wilson vs. Theodore Roosevelt by Jeevan Archarya
Again, a thank you to everyone who participated. We wouldn't have a festival without all of you. This was a great year for film and we can't wait to see what filmmakers create for next year!

Posted by MeYoung on 07.31.17

We've been whipping through cat toys, so here's a cat teaser. Remember: by completing this volunteer project, it gets you one step closer to finishing the Summer Reading Program.
Step 1: Take two non-bendy straws or a wooden dowel
Step 2: Grab a t-shirt scrap (approximately 4” by 6”) and cut it into ¼“ wide and 4” long strips
Step 3: Lay out a piece of tape about 7 inches long
Step 4: With the sticky side up, lay out the strips on the top (leave some space at the top of the tape)
Step 5: Place the straw onto the end of the tape covered with fabric strips
Step 6: Roll the tape until the tape is wrapped around the end of the straw.
Follow these steps and you'll have the .... wait for it... purrrrrfect... cat toy.

Posted by MeYoung on 07.03.17

Volunteer up in here! Create cat toys and we’ll donate them to animal shelter. By doing this, you’ll get one step closer to finishing our Summer Reading Program. We have two different designs for you to create. Make a puff ball; make a braided toy; make both. Stop by right meow!
- One old shirt (we have scraps at the desk)
- Scissors
1. Cut the shirt into skinny strips. There will be a lot; we know
2. Separate out one strip – this will be what you use to tie it all together
3. Bundle the rest of the strips all together. (Some of the strips might have folds on one end. That’s ok.)
4. Tie them all together with the strip you separated out.
5. Cut the folded strips to make more fringe ends
6. Give your completed toy back to the HUB desk
- Old old shirt (yep, we still have scraps at the desk)
- Scissors
1. Cut the shirt into skinny strips
2. Take four of the strips (or more)
3. Gather up the ends of the strips you’re going to use and tie a knot
4. Braid, knot, wind, weave, the strips together
5. Knot the end, but make sure there’s a lot of fun fringe for the kitty to play with
6. Give your completed toys to the HUB desk

Posted by MeYoung on 06.19.17

Here's another opportunity for you to fulfill your volunteer step in the Summer Reading Program. We're making sleeping mats out of plastic bags, and then donating them to homeless shelters. Come on over to the HUB and we'll get you started!
Materials Needed: 
 - Plastic Bags (Lots and lots of plastic bags)
 - Scissors
How to make Plarn (Plastic Bag Yarn)
1. Lay bag flat
2. Cut off the bag
3. Cut off the handles. (Cut all the way across)
4. Squish together to make a loop

**Pro tip: You can cut more than one bag at a time**

How to Continue a Started Mat (Start at 10:27)
1.  Curve braided end so that you’ll be working side-by-side with the already completed row
2. Take your weaver (this is the plarn that was not included in the braid) and weave over the plarn that it’s closest to, under the next, and then over and around the last one.
3. Keep your weaver moving by going back toward the completed row (over the first and under the last one)
4. Find an opening in the completed row and pull your weaver through
5. Repeat steps 2-4 until you reach the same length as the completed rows.
6. When you get the length you want, weave your weaver away from the completed rows (do not weave back in)
7. With the weaver separated, braid the remaining three plarn 6 times. You just finished a row!

**If your plarn is getting short, attach a new plarn by tying a knot (start at 4:07)**
Of course, if you need help, stop by the desk!

Posted by MeYoung on 06.12.17

Part of our Summer Reading Program includes volunteer projects! Come to the HUB to get volunteer credit, and make a toy for a doggo or pupper at a shelter.
Materials:  One Old T-Shirt
1. Cut the shirt underneath the arms (about 18 inches from the bottom hem), all the way across length-wise
2. Discard the top part of the shirt in the Discard Bin at the HUB desk
3. Cut your block of fabric into four equal strips
4. Cut your strips, so they are no longer loops. You should now have four longer strips of shirt
5. Gather your strips together and tie a knot at one end
That was all prep work. Now the weaving begins!

1. Hold your chew toy so the knot is at the bottom and the strips are dangling over it.
2. Take two strips that are opposite sides and make a bridge over the knot. (Pro tip: It helps if you make the bridge semi-small and hold on to these strips.) You should have two strips that are dangling on the side that you have not touched yet.
3. Take one of the dangling strips and we are going to weave through the bridge. Go over the first, and under the second. Pull through.
4. Take your last remaining strip and do the same thing. We are going to weave through the bridge. Go over the first, and under the second. Pull through.
5. Pull all strips to tighten. It should look like a box when you look at it from the top.
6. Repeat steps 2-5 until strips become short.
7. Tie a knot to finish your toy

Posted by MeYoung on 04.27.16

Hi, hi! I’m Megan, one of the new Teen Services Advisors. I’ve been working at the Arlington Heights Memorial Library for about a year in Info Services, and I’m super psyched to be working in the Hub now.

Word vomit about me:

I read. A lot. Last year I read 63 books, for funsies, including everything from graphic novels to creative non-fiction. All book recommendations are highly appreciated, especially if we talk about it afterwards. I read ALL THE THINGS. The first series that got me into reading was, none other than, Harry Potter. When I’m not powering through books or being a lump on the couch, watching Netflix, I’m outside as much as possible. It doesn’t matter what I’m doing outside; I just love being outdoors. I enjoy being active, but hate running. I dabble in staying up as late as possible and gaming, as well as imagining my life with a French bulldog (whose name will be Watson).

Stop by and we’ll chat about 90s grunge, our shared love of accents, and spit movie quotes.