Fuerst creates a credible and witty character in Huge. He taps into the volatile and impulsive psyche of a lonely, middle school outcast. Huge’s character has a distinct hard-boiled detective feel as does the tone of the novel. A black comedy and mystery with a twist, Huge explores friendship, love, family ties, and interdependence. Laugh out loud humor, a memorable protagonist, and the evocative imagery in this whodunit will engage most readers. Not one of the best books I’ve ever read, but would definitely suggest it and it’s a great summer read!
**Warning: This book contains mature themes and profanity. Suggested for readers in high school and up.**
The Make It summer program is in full swing - we’ve signed up over 170 teens and some participants have already earned 2 of the 3 required stamps to be a finisher. Here’s another activity that can earn you a MAKER stamp.
An important step in making something is understanding how it works: the mechanics, the components used, design based on function, etc. A great way to learn about how something works is to thoughtfully take it apart or unmake it. Without further ado, we’d like to introduce the Hub’s Take Apart Cart: a library cart overflowing with old tech and other stuff for you to take apart and learn from! Join us in the DIY area, Monday-Friday between 2-4 p.m. The Cart, tools, and staff will be available for your unmaking needs. Learn about how a clock works or what components go into making a laptop.
What will we do with the pieces you've taken apart? You can either try to remake it or repurpose the parts to make something new. Hopefully, this has piqued your interest enough to come check out what we have for you to unmake beginning on Monday, June 17th.
Likes: words, winks, accents, espionage, cool breezes, pretzels
Dislikes: gas prices, illegible handwriting, being photographed, my laugh
Superpower: teen lie detector
• MAKER: Register and attend one of our film making, DIY or maker programs.
• DIY-ER: Drop in to the Hub and complete one of our Do It Yourself Kits. June’s DIY Kit begins on the 10th. We’ll have 3 different projects throughout the month: Collage Your Favorite Maker, Quick & Easy iPhone/Pod Speaker, and DIY Wax Stamper. We’ll also have designated times (stay tuned for details) where you can take apart an object on our Take Apart Cart.
• BOOK REVIEWER: Submit at least three book reviews to firstname.lastname@example.org.
• ONLINE CONNECTOR: Follow us and post something to at least one of our social media accounts – Instagram, Facebook, Twitter or comment on our website. A submission to the Tweet a Tale contest counts for a stamp!
• FILMMAKER: Make and submit a film to the 7th Annual Teen Film Fest.
Once you earn 3 stamps, you’ll receive a totally rad finisher stamp on your MakerPad, an extremely odd prize, and be eligible for a $50 gift card to Etsy or Maker Shed. Sounds fun, right? Hope to see you in the Hub this summer!
Attention all you writers out there! Ready to get your creative juices flowing? The Hub wants to challenge you to write an awesome, epic story! The catch? It has to be exactly 120 characters: no more, no less.
The Challenge: Write a comedy or horror story that consists of exactly 120 characters.
Requirements: Follow us @HUB500 and tweet it to us with the hashtag #ahmlwriter. That should leave you 120 characters to write your story!
The Prize: A $20 gift card for AMC Theaters will be awarded to two winners.
- 1 winner for Best Comedy Story
- 1 winner for Best Horror Story
Challenge accepted? Challenge accepted!
Department: Collection Services
Years at AHML: 14
Favorite thing you do at work: Buying Books!!!!
Best place to read your book: Either at Starbucks with a Venti Iced Americano or at home in my Big Comfy Leather Chair and Ottoman with a Venti Iced Americano. Either place, the Venti Iced Americano is must.
Why you like reading YA: Great characters and realistic story-lines.
A well-written debut novel, this book has it all: action and adventure, mystery, a doomed love story, impeccable fantasy world building, a fearless heroine, and DRAGONS! Hartman weaves a believable, rich page turner. It starts out kind of slow, but persevere. It’s well worth it!