Posted by red_sonya on 06.17.14

 
If you haven't already signed up for our summer reading program, register online now! Once you're signed up, you can help us light up the Hub's brain by putting a light bulb into a synapse of our awesome brain sculpture.
 
We have four types of challenges that will work different parts of your brain.
 
  • The LEFT BRAIN relates to  logical thinking. To complete this challenege, send us a book, movie, or music review. You can post it on one of our social media sites or email it to teens@ahml.info. Reviewing not your thing? Participate in the Teen Book Club - join the discussion to complete a LEFT BRAIN challenge.
  • The RIGHT BRAIN is associated with creativity. For this challenge, come in this month to make your very own terrarium! Next month, we'll be making some awesome coasters in our makerspace. You can also draw a picture on one of our drawing pad tables, submit a film to the 8th Annual Film Fest, or participate in one of the 55-Gallon ARTify programs on July 19th or July 26th.
  • The AMYGDALA is the part of the brain that benefits and regulates social interactions. In this month's social media contest, we're writing short stories that are 55 words or less! Submit a story, complete the challenge, and have a chance at winning a prize (and eternal glory). We have a social media contests every month so you will achieve that goal in no time! Another way you can get the AMYGDALA challenge completed is by attending any teen program or TAB (Teen Advisory Board) meeting, learn more about that here
  • The HIPPOCAMPUS challenge is possibly the easiest one to complete. Post a picture or description of you being active: doing a cartwheel, biking, anything that has you moving! Then post it to any of our social media sites with the hashtag #hub500fitness. Not on social media? No worries - just let us know next time you're in the Hub. That's it, then you're done with the HIPPOCAMPUS challenge!
 
Once you finish three of the four challenges, you get another light bulb for the brain. You'll also be entered to win one of six $50 gift cards to Dick's Sporting Goods, Etsy, or Barnes and Noble.
 
So, go get started with those challenges!
 
 
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Posted by red_sonya on 06.17.14

Last Saturday we had a "Making Ramen Healthy" program.
We learned how to take regular ramen like this, 


 
and turn it into this. 

 
How did we do such a thing?                                                                                                                                                               
We started with a single serving of noodles (those bags contain two!)
 
 
Then we made our way to the awesome veggie table where we had items for the broth like, low sodium soy sauce, milk, low sodium miso paste, and dried seaweed. We also had some very yummy add-in's like, mushrooms, bean sprouts, pepper strips, bamboo shoots, green onion, watercress, fish cakes, and pork. 
 
 
Then we got to work on cutting up our vegtables! 
 
 
Then we added some very hot water, added in what we wanted for our broth and then covered it. 
 
 
After about two minutes, we added in the vegetables and covered it back up for one more minute. Then we removed the tinfoil and Voilà!!   

 
Yummy healthy ramen! 
 
 
We also learned about the history of Ramen, how it actually originated in China, before coming to Japan and being changed to the ramen we know today. We watched a short video that showed what it is like in an actual Japanese ramen shop.   
 
 
 
We had a fun and crazy time making our ramen healthy! 
 
 
Share in the comments what some of your favorite things to add into ramen are!
 
 




Posted by red_sonya on 02.24.14

                                                        
 
 
Insanity is a gripping page turner, full of suspense. Taking place in Never, Kentucky and the medical facility/mental institution called Lincoln. Lincoln isn’t your average medical facility, the dead never seem to fully rest here. Lincoln is a gateway to the other-side, and might even be a living being itself. Four kids whose lives intertwine are all pulled into Lincoln’s mysterious, sometimes terrifying ways. Together they go on a journey full of ghosts, shades, and other supernatural beings, and find their lives drastically changed.

I found this book to be a thrilling read. I simply couldn’t put it down. The author does a fantastic job of making you connect to the characters. The book is told in four different parts, each part another kid, and all connected. I enjoyed reading the same progressing story line but told through the different points of views, and their own voices.I did think the book could have ended earlier, but I did like the ending the author chose.
 
For a supernatural read I found this book to be an exciting one. I felt the fear and terror that the characters were feeling. I would highly recommend this book to anyone who is looking for a good ghost story.
 
 




Posted by red_sonya on 02.07.14

                                                                       
 
Drawings don’t normally move but Katie swears the mysterious Tomohiro’s drawings just did. Katie, an American girl, is a world away from home in Japan, still adjusting to the language barrier and culture gap. When Katie gets involved with the intriguing and sometimes dangerous Tomohiro and his moving drawings, her life changes forever. She is left wondering why the ink is seemingly drawn to her all while learning about Kami (Shinto Gods) and dodging the Yakuza (a Japanese gang).
 
 
This is a book full of Japanese mythology, danger, with a dash of romance. As an avid manga reader, I felt like Ink could easily be made into one; as the plot is very similar to many shojo mangas. The book has many images within it that coincides with what you are reading. There are many Japanese words you learn through out Ink (there is a glossary in the back to explain them so don’t worry!). This book is wonderful for those Japanophiles out there. It gives a good look at what life is like living in a foreign country, dealing with the different culture, and their everyday lives.
 
 
Ink was a very quick read; it’s very intriguing, and gripping. I thoroughly enjoyed and it and will be purchasing it for my own collection at home. The book does end on a cliffhanger and sadly the next book, Rain, doesn’t come out till June this year (which I have on preorder already).
 
There is also a prequel to Ink, called Shadow, which is available for free on Amazon!
 




Posted by red_sonya on 01.09.14

Hi, I’m, Sonya the new Teen Services Assistant!
I’ve been working at the Arlington Heights Memorial Library for almost five years now, I’m very happy to now be a part of The Hub!

 
A little about me.

I’m into many different fandoms, like, Supernatural, Doctor Who, and Sherlock (SuperWhoLocked!)

I love working with my hands, I knit, paint, and do many other crafty projects.

I read tons of comic books (any X-men series, and Wonder Woman are my favorites) a lot of manga (Peach Girl was my first series Hot Gimmick was my second which I can reread repeatedly any time) and a lot of anime (Nana is my favorite although I’m watching Rozen Maiden now which is amazing!).
I go to conventions, such as Anime Central and Anime Midwest. I love dressing up as my favorite characters and meeting other people who are into the same things as me.


Please stop by The Hub and talk to me about your favorite comic books, manga, or anime! 
See you around ^-^