Posted by mkrueger on 02.08.13

I've always loved these "how it's made" kind of videos. To celebrate their 80th anniversery, Nikon released a short video showing the production of the lenses that their cameras are fit with. This video should surprise and make you really appreciate the work that goes into producing a camera.

Posted by amypelman.res on 02.06.13

Need a break from textbooks and essays?  Craving a treat for your brain?  You might not think reading would be the way to go, but I beg to differ.  Especially when it comes to graphic novels!  The combination of expressive pictures, short bursts of text, and fast-moving storylines is a perfect recipe for great entertainment that won't insult your intelligence.  There are so many different types of graphic novels and comics out now, that there is sure to be one to fit your mood.  Creepy, hilarious, thought-provoking, suspenseful, dramatic, romantic...  they've got it all!  We recently updated our Recommended page with a list of Great Graphic Novels for Teens!
Here are few that I personally enjoyed:
In the mood for something funny and light? 
While working on the sets and stage crew for her school play artistic, enthusiastic, (and just a little bit clueless) Callie stumbles into some rocky relationship territory.  Pick up this cute story and prepare to forget your own troubles!  
Want something more serious and thought-provoking? 
This interesting book details the race to develop, build, and deploy the first atomic bomb.  Chronicling everything from the initial intellectual pursuit to the ultimate and incredible devastation caused by dropping the bomb, it's anything but forgettable.    
2012 was a great year for graphic novels. What are some of your favorites?  Let us know in the comments!

Posted by tspicer on 02.04.13

Check out these TEEN MADE GIFs from our GIF Kung Fu program!
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Posted by mkrueger on 02.01.13

The band Shouting Out Louds promoted their new album by sending out a kit to a small number of fans and critics. The kit contained the materials to create a record of their single Blue Ice . . . from ice. The video below shows the creation of the record and it playing. This left me speechless.

Posted by mkrueger on 01.30.13

Friday, February 15, 4–5:30 p.m. / Lindsey Room
Adam Gidwitz, author of A Tale Dark and Grimm and In a Glass Grimmly, is, like his books, entertaining, original and very odd.  We won’t call him creepy.  Not yet. During his visit, Adam will entertain us with some strange stories from his books, talk about his life, sign books and more. Come prepared to ask questions, enjoy revolting refreshments (blood pie). Call (847)392-0100 to register!

Posted by mkrueger on 01.28.13

Wow did we start out with a great DIY for 2013! Below are photos of our DIY: Crayon Art program held January 26th. This project is fun, and cheap! All you need is some poster board, crayons, and a hair dryer.
If you missed out on the program don't worry! Posted below is a video on how to create your own Melted Crayon Art!

Posted by mkrueger on 01.25.13

This is one of the most impressive fan films I've ever seen. Jonason Pauley and Jesse Perrotta recreated the entire first Toy Story movie. Let me say that again; this is the ENTIRE movie!
The project began in June of 2010 when Pauley and Perrotta were just 17 and 18 years old. They posted small clips of scenes recreated from Toy Story that were similar to the full video posted below. Those clips became quite popular, and they eventually led to the duo taking on the challenge of creating the whole deal.
Watch the movie below and be amazed!

Posted by mkrueger on 01.11.13

The drawings below were created by artist Christophe Louis. Each drawing consists of a single line that captures familiar pop culture icons wonderfully. Some of Louis' work covers Darth Vader, Batman, Doctor Who, and a number of others. I've made a game of it by showing people the drawing and having them guess which characters belong to which movie!
You can view more of Christophe Louis' work by clicking HERE.

Posted by mkrueger on 01.04.13

You've all seen this joke in cartoons, Bugs Bunny or Donald Duck captures a voice or sound in a bottle, reopen the bottle later, and hear the sound play back. Well Jun Fujiwara took this idea and created the Re: Sound Bottle. The bottle begins recording once the cork stopper is removed and finishes once the cork is placed back in. What makes the Sound Bottle even more interesting is that multiple sounds can be recorded and are automatically arranged into a musical piece. The only downside I could see would be the strange looks you would receive while whistling, stomping, or clapping in front of an "empty" bottle.

Posted by mkrueger on 12.28.12

This is a really interesting video, courtesy of TEDEd, it discusses common themes found in some of your favorite books like The Hobbit, The Hunger Games, and Harry Potter. The video also asks, and answers, the question "What do ordinary people have in common with these literary heroes?" This is a must watch if you're a fan of the books above or any epic in general!