Posted by tspicer on 04.03.14

The time has come to vote for your favorite song submitted to our Battle of the Recorded Bands contest!!!! Each of these songs (by 4 different bands!) were either recorded or edited in the library's digital studios! The band whose song wins it all will play a live set at the library!!  It's gonna be a tight race ... all the songs are so goooooood!
 
Listen and vote, through April 31st,  here:
 




Posted by tspicer on 02.27.14

 
If you still haven't placed a hold on Boxers or Saints yet after watching the above clip, I'll try and convince you now. I've only read Saints, but it was so uniquely told, informative, funny and horrifying, that I am eagerly waiting to read Boxers. The Boxer Rebellion occurred in China over 100 years ago and this 2-volume set of graphic novels by Printz award winning author and illustrator Gene Luen Yang, sheds light on the complicated events of this bloody period of the world's past. Yet the genius of this book is that it makes these events that happened such a long time ago seem vivid, understandable and totally engrossing as the author crafts genuinely believable characters, whom the reader ends up caring greatly about their plights.
 
China at this time was weakened and the government in shambles. European missionaries began to emerge and flex their influence throughout the country and the result was a nationalism-inspired backlash by the 'Boxers' against these 'Saints'.

Bloodshed and chaos ensued.

It all sounds so violent and terrible and certainly at times it is. But the story is filled with humor, as the character's facial expressions are so expressive, including the young teenage protagonist, an unwanted fourth-born daughter named ... (ahem) 'Four Girl'. Four Girl is a Chinese Christian teenager who struggles with her faith. She hatches all types of odd plans to cope with the confusion and turmoil surrounding her, including my favorite plan of hers: in order to be feared and respected, she walks around endlessly with her "devil face" on. This face needs to be seen to be believed and is laugh out loud funny. Four Girl's struggles with her faith and whose side to fight for, come across as gut-wrenching, endearing and are acutely conveyed. Teens, adults should all dive into this amazing work of art.

 




Posted by tspicer on 02.01.14

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Posted by tspicer on 08.17.13

What a night last night at our 7th Annual Teen Film Fest!!  Such great films and shown to a PACKED HOUSE!  Oh yes, indeed!  Without further ado, here are the winners!
 
BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY: Robert Kraybill for his film 'Ouija'
 
BEST MUSIC VIDEO: Lynnette Hartwell for her film 'One Way Ticket'
 
BEST ACTION VIDEO: Luke Mayo for his film 'Artifact'
 
BEST COMEDY: Abby Anderson for her film 'Alice the Fairy'
 
AUDIENCE FAVORITE: Robert Kraybill for his film 'Ouija'
 
and the best OVERALL FILM was awarded to Riley Langefeld for his masterpiece 'Symphony'!!!
 
 
 
Congratulations to all!  Here is a link to all the films submitted and don't forget ...the library's  OPEN HOUSE event tomorrow, Sunday the 18th, from 1-3 pm, will have all of the films played in the HUB on a flat screen!
 
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Posted by tspicer on 02.04.13

Check out these TEEN MADE GIFs from our GIF Kung Fu program!
 
R-A-Y ...GIF!
 
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Sharpie - - GIF
 
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Sealife: The Evolution of a Narwhal
 
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Heart Smash
 
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Dunking
 
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Posted by tspicer on 12.13.12

Check out this awesome Prezi our MANGA expert Sonya Hill put together. In the words of Ace Ventura, Pet Detective: "Go ahead, snoop around"!
 
 




Posted by tspicer on 09.25.12

Check out what our TEEN ADVISORY BOARD members were up to at a recent meeting!  This is called a '2nd Line March' Jazz Funeral.  We didn't want it to end!
 
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Posted by tspicer on 08.08.12

Congratulations to Anders for his hilarious and highly entertaining film, Titanic 2 Trailer'!  Good luck not laughing.

 

 




Posted by tspicer on 08.07.12

The 6th A.H. Teen Film Fest is in the books!  So many great films (27 total submitted!) and a great showing of 22 of the films at the screening at the Metropolis Theatre (thanks again, Metropolis!). Check out three of our winners for Best Cinematography, Best Music Video and Best Acting in a Film below!  The Best Overall film, Best Horror Film and Best Use of an Arlington Heights Landmark winners can be found by 'Like'-ing us on Facebook. Be sure and watch those films there!

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY: Ian's 'Time Lapse Suburbia'

BEST MUSIC VIDEO: Rosa's 'Original Song - Just Another Face'

BEST ACTING IN A FILM: Daniel's 'Imaginary Warfare'

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Posted by tspicer on 07.09.12

cover"Clean by Amy Reed has everything I like to read about. It has relationship struggles, anorexia, drugs, abuse, etc. It is about a group of teens trying to get through rehab. I liked it because it was sort of like Ellen Hopkins writing, where there are many perspectives and you get to read about each teens experience in rehab. I would highly recommend this book because I couldn't put it down!

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Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson is a very good book. I checked this book out because I had just finished Wintergirls by the same author. I liked the way it was written, in very short chapters. This story is about a girl overcoming raoe and trying to fit in her freshman year of high school. This book was very suspenseful because it hinted throughout the entire book what happened to her, but never told you until the end of the book. The ending was very surprising, and she has to face her biggest fear. Overall, I would give this book a very good rating." Book reviews by Olivia

 
Nice reading and reviewing!