Posted by amypelman.res on 06.03.13

Today's review comes from Jon K. who selects and purchases books for the library!  See the offbeat and interesting book he reviewed below:
“Yaqui Delgado wants to kick your ass.”  Wow, feels like a kick to the gut doesn’t it?  Sure does to me, and I don’t even KNOW Yaqui Delgado!  The problem is, neither does Piddy Sanchez.  But it’s just one more thing to add to her list of why her life sucks.  First, her best friend Mitzi moves away from their apartment building and neighborhood out to the suburbs where she’s building a new life WITHOUT PIDDY!!!  Two, her overprotective Mami has had it with their apartment building and moves them across Queens to a new apartment which means she has to leave her school and all of her friends.  And then, one day before school, Vanesa walks up to Piddy and tells her “Yaqui Delgado wants to kick your ass.”  Soon the threat escalates to the level where it takes over Piddy’s entire life.  She can’t concentrate on her studies, begins to skip school and starts acting out at home.  She knows the situation can’t continue as is, but isn’t sure what to do.  If she narcs on Yaqui to the school authorities, she’s as good as dead both physically and socially.  As the situation escalates, Piddy finds that she’s a lot stronger than she ever imagined and takes control.  Realistic characters that you can relate to (who is the Darlene or Rob at your school?) and a story that hooks you from the beginning make this a good choice for a great fast read.  
Name:  Jon K.
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.

Posted by mkrueger on 06.03.13

For May we had a DIY project that was a bit of a throwback, string art. String art has been around since the early 19th century but didn't really become popularized until the 1960's. Using cork board, some map pins, and embroidery floss you can create really interesting mathematical and other geometric designs. You can see a gallery below of what our attendees created.
Would you like to create your own string art? Take a look at the video below to find out how!

Posted by Trixie on 05.30.13

Once I had feared that telling the truth would be like falling, that love would be like hitting the ground, but here I was my feet firmly planted, standing on my own.
We were all monsters and bastards, and we were all beautiful.
Rachel Hartman’s Serphina takes place in a world where humans and dragons coexist. Dragons are able to take human form and walk amongst humans. Previously, humans and dragons warred against each other, but they are celebrating 40 years of peace when the novel begins. The nearly four decades of peace has not completely dispelled the uneasiness either species feels regarding the other. Serphina, the main character of the story, finds herself in the middle of a mystery that threatens the very treaty the Royal Court and the leader of dragonkind have gathered to celebrate. Not to mention the danger to her life and exposure of a terrible secret she’s kept her entire life.

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!

Posted by Trixie on 05.30.13

Summer is right around the corner! You know what that means: it's almost time for the library summer reading program. As you can tell from the graphic above, this year's theme is Make It: Read. Discover. Create. This summer we have a ton of fun stuff planned. From opportunities to read and write reviews, to "maker" programs and the Volunteer Summer Squad, the Hub has it all! Check out the Mozilla Popcorn Maker video we made to promote the summer reading program below.

Posted by alice on 05.28.13

A chill just ran down my spine and it's 73º out in Arlington Heights.  This can only mean one thing... it's time for finals.
Finals week was something I dreaded every semester.  A week of tests is not something I look forward to, personally.  But I know from speaking to the high schoolers who come into The Hub, that it's a time that some of you actually don't mind.  One last push of pure effort and then you're rewarded with summer vacation, after all!
Well if you're studying for finals in these next couple of weeks, I wanted to share some awesome study tools with you to (possibly) help you study!
Noises to Help You Study
Apps to Help You Study
A Place to Help You Study
We're transforming The Hub into a Finals Study Lounge!  So come by The Hub and get your study on!  We'll also have snacks from Whole Foods and special relaxation sessions!
Saturday, June 1 from 12:00 PM to 5:30 PM
Sunday, June 2 from 12:00 PM to 5:30 PM  [Therapy Dogs from 3:00 PM to 4:30 PM]
Monday, June 3 from 12:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Tuesday, June 4 from 12:00 PM to 9:00 PM [Yoga Session from 4:00 PM to 4:30 PM]
Wednesday, June 5 from 12:00 PM to 9:00 PM [Yoga Session from 4:00 PM to 4:30 PM]
Thursday, June 6 from 12:00 PM to 9:00 PM

Posted by alice on 05.21.13

Teen Film Fest
So it's not exactly summer yet, but you can feel it in the air, right?  We're finally putting away our coats and boots and bringing out the shorts and sandals!  But, you ladies and gents probably know better than most that summer isn't just about the nice weather.  It's also about all the extra free time you get to do things!  This might mean finally reading that book, trying out that recipe, visiting a friend who lives far away, or writing the first pages of the next great American novel.  
Well, I come bearing good news!  Add making a film to that list of things you can finally do!  Whether you're a full-on aspiring filmmaker or are curious but a little hesitant about filmmaking, you should take a chance, create a film, and submit it for the Arlington Heights Teen Film Fest!  We are seriously excited to see what you can create — especially after seeing all the great short films in the festival last year.  
So summer is on its way, and hopefully it'll inspire you to create something great!
Check out some of the highlights from last year's Teen Film Fest in the video below!

Posted by amypelman.res on 05.20.13

Today's ITBA review comes from Mark M.  Read on as he describes a powerful and captivating book:
Carey and Jenessa don’t live like normal girls. Their mother keeps them hidden; hidden so well that they live in an old camper deep in the Obed Wild and Scenic River National Park. Carey’s mother insists they escaped from an abusive father and if they are ever seen, he may come take them away. But Carey is also hiding something. She is hiding a secret so powerful that it has kept Jenessa from speaking to anyone but Carey---a doctor called it “selective mutism.”  Carey, only fifteen, has spent most of her life caring for her younger sister because their mother is often absent due to struggles with mental disabilities and addiction. It is during one of their mother’s extended absences that life as they know it would change. Carey’s father shows up with a social worker to take the girls home to his family. We spend the rest of the story hearing Carey describe her struggle to fit into a new family, attempt to assimilate into public school, and learn the truth about her past.
I was captivated by the characters in this story. The things they had to do to survive are truly tragic and amazing. It is also quite interesting to see Carey experience modern teenage life for the first time. Her “back woods” way of viewing things and unique narration add humor to an often sad story. The author also does a great job of entwining themes of hope and love into the dark narrative. I highly recommend this coming of age story to readers that enjoy books about teens forced to overcome extraordinary life situations.
Name: Mark M.
Department: Info Services
Years at AHML: Almost 2 years
Favorite thing I do at work: Helping people! I love connecting people to the information they need. I learn something new every day!
Best place to read my book: On the patio with my iPod.
Why I like reading YA: The books are so unique. YA authors are not afraid to experiment and this makes it a very exciting genre.

Posted by mkrueger on 05.17.13

Ready to test your Geography skills? Geoguessr is an extremelly fun, and addictive, game that makes use of Google Maps. You are placed in a random location and have to guide yourself around to find clues of your location. You make a guess using the world map and gain points based on how close you were to the exact location. My top score was 9643, give it a try!

Posted by alice on 05.14.13

You probably read the title of this post and thought, "What?!" and "Typo?"  Nope, that's not a typo.  Believe it or not, that craziness you see in the title is actually a sentence... and it's grammatically correct!  Crazy right?
So what does it all mean?
Well the sentence utilizes 3 different uses of the word buffalo.
1) This little guy...
2) This place in New York...
3) A verb meaning to bully...
So what does it all mean put together?  Honestly, it's pretty difficult to describe.  Something about buffalos in Buffalo being bullied by other buffalos?
Check out this link.  They actually explain it a lot better than I do.
So yeah, the English language is crazy!  Just wanted to let you all know.

Posted by amypelman.res on 05.13.13

We had a great program last Saturday.  Here are some photos of the awesome tattoos we made:
If you want to make your own, it's pretty easy.  Here's how:
1. Stencils.  We used adhesive contact paper to cut out shapes and stick on the skin to be painted in.  The best stencils are made using an exact-o knife, so if you go that route - be very, very careful!  Try to get a cutting mat surface to use because that makes it a lot easier.  You could also tape pre-made paper stencils to your skin, but they are a little tougher to work with than the contact paper.
2. Eye shadow.
3. Liner Sealer (this one is about $10.00 on amazon, not including shipping).  Sephora sells one by "Make up Forever" that is $22.00. 
How you do it:
Scrape some eye shadow into a small container (even a soda bottle cap will work).  Add 3 or 4 drops of liner sealer and mix with a paintbrush.  Fill in your stencil using the paintbrush, or the little applicators that come with the eye shadow.  Peel off your stencil.  Voila!  It's now a waterproof tattoo that should last a few days!  Want a little more detail or a different explanation?  Here's where I got the idea.