Posted by amypelman on 04.22.13

 
 
Those of you who follow us in Instagram and Twitter (*hint hint* for those who don't we're: Hub500) might have seen the photo above already.  Last night I was just on the couch in my pjs and I decided to do something I'd been thinking about for a while: wrapping my earbuds. I hate the way they get tangled in my bag, and I heard this might help.  Plus it makes them look better!  It works on all sorts of cables, not just earbuds.  Want to do it?  All you need is some scissors and embroidery floss.  You can get embroidery floss at needlepoint stores and craft stores like Michael's.  I experimented with thin yarn last night too, but I liked the way the embroidery floss looked better.  Anywho, if you already know how to make friendship bracelets, you're pretty much set.  If not, just watch this quick video to see how to do it:   
Tweet or tag us if you do it! 
 
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Posted by Trixie on 04.20.13

Design: Jessica Helfand
 
April is National Poetry Month! Since 1996, schools, libraries, booksellers, publishers, and individuals have united to bring attention to the art of poetry during this national celebration. This initiative was started and is led by by the Academy of American Poets. The main goal of National Poetry Month is to increase awareness and availability of verse in mainstream culture. Learn more at poets.org. Wondering how you can celebrate? Here's a list of resources to help you get started!
 




Posted by mkrueger on 04.19.13

April saw an interesting DIY! We learned how to solder electronics together to create personalized flashlights from mint tins! You can view a gallery below of the event.
 
 
Couldn't make the program? Don't Fret! You can read the instructions to create your own mint tin flashlight, courtesy of the ever amazing Instructables.com.
 
 
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Posted by alice on 04.16.13

Raven Boys Book Cover
Have you ever been to a psychic?  Well, I've only been once, and it was a very surreal experience.  You go in, and if you're a skeptic like me, you try and not believe anything the psychic tells you.  I mean, are they really for real?  Really?  Really?  With the internet and Google Glass becoming a reality, what if the psychic is just doing some crazy web researching while you're sitting there?  Skeptic or not, it really is a thrilling experience and you get chills if anything the psychic says rings even close to home.  (You're right, I do know a person named John Smith!)
 
Well, in the world of The Raven Boys, psychics are real.  Like real.  Real.
 
No one knows this better than Blue Sargent, a high schooler who comes from a family of psychics.  Her mother is a psychic, her aunt is a psychic, but Blue doesn't seem to have the same third sight as the rest of her family.  That doesn't mean she doesn't know what's coming for her though.  She's told some pretty bad news: "If Blue was to kiss her true love, he would die."  Serious bummer.
 
When her mysterious aunt comes to town, she tells Blue some even more troubling news: "This is the year you'll fall in love."  Double bummer.
 
Blue initially isn't so worried by these dark omens.  I mean, obviously she wishes it wasn't the case, but she basically resigns herself to live a life without falling for anyone, and definitely not to kiss anyone she thinks she's falling for.  But things get difficult when she befriends a group of wealthy boys, known as the Raven Boys, from the local swanky, private school called Aglionby.  She quickly comes to realize that it's definitely fate that brings her and these boys together, which may mean the end of one of their lives.
 
The Raven Boys is an eerie story full of mystery, unsettling coincidences, and magic.  It isn't just a story about Blue and the love she may or may not kill either!  Each of the Raven Boys has an interesting backstory that makes you realize that money is something, but it isn't everything.  Some of these Raven Boys are born with privilege, some make themselves privileged, and some will do anything for privilege.
 
This book is the first in a series and the twist ending will leave you antsy for the second one!




Posted by Trixie on 04.10.13

Permanent Record (2013) by Leslie Stella
“I get this feeling that something bad is happening, like I’m going to come home and find our building burned to the ground or white supremacists chasing my family around with baseball bats, or that this bus is going to crash into the bodega on Clark Street. My head won’t stop with this shit. I know it’s all anxiety. It pummels my brain with thoughts and images of horrible things going down. What is the matter with me? I’m sick of talking about myself. I’m sick of thinking about myself. I’m sick of myself.”
 
 
 
Leslie Stella’s Permanent Record tells the story of Badi Hessamizadeh, an Iranian-American teenager exploring his identity and trying to fit in. The story begins with Badi finding out that he will be transferring to Magnificat Academy from Leighton a Chicago public school due to some destructive behavior, a response to constant, post-9/11 bullying he experiences. To make matters worse, his father also legally changes his name to Bud, something “more American,” hoping that this will help him fit in with his new classmates. Bud struggles with being a normal teenager; he feels like an outcast and at times like he is invisible, a nobody. Unable to assimilate and overlook injustices like the archery club being disbanded to make more room for the football team, he takes a stand and openly expresses his opinion. For that, he is plagued with beatings and bullying. He also becomes the prime suspect for mysterious occurrences that begin happening at the school. It is up to him and his new outcast friends to clear his name and get to the bottom of the mystery.
 

Filled with dark and sardonic humor, Permanent Record will have you laughing out loud. Badi/Bud’s first person narration clearly depicts the depression and anxiety experienced by teens trying to find their place in the world. His keen and witty observations of other characters and situations provide a realistic backdrop for the story and mystery that unfolds. For those that loved The Perks of Being a Wallflower, this is a great read for you. You’ll love outcast Badi/Bud and his determination to battling injustice.

 




Posted by alice on 04.09.13

 
Chicago has a lot of names: The Windy City, The Second City, Chi-Town... but I like to call it home.  
 
Now even though you may not live in the city limits, you know as well as any person who lives in the suburbs that when you go on vacation you always tell people you're from Chicago.  It's just easier, right?
 
Well this slightly warmer weather of late got me driving down Lake Shore Drive, and it was glorious!  The weather was beautiful (what I like to call sweatshirt weather) and it was approaching dusk so all the city lights were beginning to turn on.  It just made me appreciate living in this beautiful city.
 
If you're feeling love for Chicago, I would check out these links.
 
A photographer who takes some really wonderful shots of Chicago.
 

A documentary where quintessential Brit, Stephen Fry, goes on a cross country road trip throughout the states.  The video above shows the portion where he visits Chicago, but the whole series is really worth the watch.  You can find it here at the library!
 
Rocco Buttliere, a teenager from Buffalo Grove, builds amazing replicas of the city's most recognizable buildings!
 
Image Credit: Nick Gerber




Posted by amypelman on 04.09.13

Breaking News: The Hub is going to open its doors on Monday, April 15th.

***Area teenagers elated that they are finally going to have a great space at the library - created just for them - where they can hang out, do homework, make stuff, play video games, talk, laugh, and generally enjoy life.***

Once an area of the library that housed mere bookshelves, The Hub has been wildly transformed into a flexible, fun, comfortable space for everyone in 7th - 12th grade.  
 
It was quite an operation getting The Hub ready for Opening Day:
 
Now it's a room that has chairs like this (art made by students):
 
And a big light that changes colors like this:
 
And comfortable couches like these:
 
And much more!  So stop by and say hi!  Make yourself at home.  Check out a Macbook, or kick-back on the comfy couch and read, work with your friends on your homework, use the DIY area to create something, hang out and play PS3, Xbox or Wii... the possibilities are great.  Can't wait to see you here!




Posted by mkrueger on 04.05.13

One of the more interesting video series on Youtube right now is Minute Physics. This web series, created by Henry Reich, explains Physics related topics often in minute long videos. Reich creates time-lapsed drawings to give viewers a visual representation of the subject he discusses. This particular post contains Minute Physics' video on parallel universes. The videos can be very addictive, and are well worth checking out!
 
 
Want more Minute Physics? Click HERE
 
 




Posted by Trixie on 04.04.13

Today, at the age of 70, Roger Ebert passed away after a long battle with cancer. Ebert reviewed movies for the Chicago Sun-Times for 46 years and on TV for 31 years. Not only revered and respected in his hometown of Chicago, he was the first critic to win a Pulitzer Prize and be awarded a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. He even received a special achievement "Person of the Year" Webby Award in 2010 . Many know him from his and Gene Siskel's show At the Movies. Ebert wrote 17 books in total - not just collections of reviews, but also, a novel and a cookbook! He even wrote a few screenplays.
 
His keen eye, knowledge and wit will certainly be missed by moviegoers. Honor this Illinois native, influential film critic by checking out one of the books he wrote.
 
 
 
Ebert reflects on his life and career in this memoir.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
A collection of Ebert's reviews originally published in the Chicago Sun-Times for the past 30 months.
 
 
 
 
 
 
A chronicle of Scorsese's feature films, this book collects eleven interviews of an acclaimed director by a prominent film critic.
 
 
 
 
For more information about Roger Ebert, check out his website.
 




Posted by alice on 04.02.13

 
Ho hey! (Good song!  But I definitely prefer the Chickeneers version!)

Have you watched the new The Perks of Being a Wallflower movie? It’s the one starring Logan Lerman, Ezra Miller, Nina Dobrev, and Emma Watson.  It came out on DVD and Blu-Ray recently, and I just had the opportunity to watch it over the weekend.  This may not sound like a big deal, but it was a big deal.

Like many movies that come out lately, this one is based on a book.  The book is called (whaddyaknow) The Perks of Being a Wallflower written by Stephen Chbosky.  Now why was it such a big deal to watch this movie based on this book?  Well… it’s because I love this book.  You know the feeling, right?  If not, see below.

You love a book when:
1. You instantly click with the main character in the first few chapters.
2. You feel like you really know the people in the story by the middle.
3. You wonder what happens to them after you read the last page.

I love this book like that.  And, I didn’t want questionable acting or crazy amounts of added action to ruin the story as it was.  But since the film was written and directed by the author of the novel, I knew that there was a possibility that it would be ok.  Just… maybe.

Verdict?  The film did the book justice.  Some scenes were changed, some scenes were taken out, and some scenes were exactly as I imagined them.  If you go to high school in the suburbs, I think you’ll find certain sets like the football game and the cafeteria eerily accurate.  And if your high school experience is like mine was, you'll definitely feel for Charlie as he tries to dance awkwardly at homecoming.  All in all, the spirit of the film was spot-on with the spirit of the book.  More than that, you could tell that making the film was a labor of love.  And, as one would say here on the internet, “It gave me all the feels!”
 
So yeah, it's kind of a relief.  I can live happily knowing that one of my favorite books has a great movie counterpart.  Now I'll just have to worry about the The Fault in Our Stars movie!