Posted by mkrueger on 10.17.12

People never cease to amaze me with their creativity, take this guy here. A man going by the user name Freshpancakes uploaded photos of his fully functional Nintendo controller. You can view a full gallery of the development process below.

Posted by mkrueger on 09.28.12

Steel frames, titanium frames, cardboard frames? That's right, what you are looking at right now is a picture of a bicycle made primarily from recycled cardboard. The name of the bike is the Alfa. Alfa was invented by Izhar Gafni after he heard of someone building a functional cardboard canoe. The bicycle weighs 20 pounds and costs $9 to $12 to produce! Below is a video of the project idea and the bicycle in motion.

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!

Posted by mkrueger on 09.21.12

Artist Miguel Endara created this incredible portrait of his Father, what's so special about it? The portrait is made entirely out of ink dots, 3.2 million ink dots to be exact, using a single pen. The portrait took a total of 210 hours to complete! To our benefit, Endara created a time-lapse video of the creation process. You can watch the video below.

Posted by mkrueger on 09.04.12

Check out this video of our DIY held in August!
If you missed the program, no need to fret! Click the link below for instructions on how to build your own PVC Bolo Ball set

Posted by mkrueger on 08.31.12

Eric Steenstra has lived out my childhood dream, and made me incredibly jealous, by making a driveable Lego car. While not the fastest mode of transportation, the car is strong enough to support a child or even an adult! Eric documented the development process in a gallery here.
If you like this post, you may be interested in the Lego themed programming we will be doing this month check out the program description here.

Posted by mkrueger on 08.21.12

Marie Lu, author of Legend, wrote the beginning of a short story and left it unfinished. Now this is where you come in, this is your opportunity to finish the story. Simply comment on this post with your idea!
(Writing exercise)
By Marie Lu
"A little girl once lived in a tower at the End of the World. She lived at the very top, in a tiny room, and it was her world for as long as she could remember.
Her room had crooked floorboards and gray, stony walls. She slept in a pile of hay and used a three-legged stool as her table. From her lone window she would look down at the clouds, and at night she would try to count the stars until they blended together into one glittering sheet. The tower rose so high in the sky that she couldn’t see anything else—she had no idea if anything existed underneath the clouds, or beyond the blue, blue sky. It never rained, snowed, or hailed. Sometimes, on nights when the wind died down, she could hear faint rumbling from below or see light streak through the clouds.

She did not find any of this strange, at least in the very beginning. In the very beginning she was an even smaller girl than she was now, four or five or six years old, hardly able to see over the window’s ledge. People in dark robes came to visit her three times a day. In the morning they would come to give her a bowl of milk and a slice of warm bread. At midday they would give her bread and cheese and a little meat, and at night they would give her the same. Twice a week, an old woman would bathe her and help her into clean clothes—always a white linen shirt and a pair of linen pants. Then she would brush the knots out of the girl’s dark hair and leave her to her thoughts.

No, the girl did not wonder often about what might exist underneath the clouds. But she did wonder, now and then, why the people who served her always gave her looks of terror.
Why should they be so afraid of a little girl?"
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Continue this story!

Posted by mkrueger on 08.17.12

Well last month was a blast for DIY, we created raw ice cream and edible chocolate bowls! If you were unable to attend the program, don't worry! Attached to this post are the instructions for you to create your own ice cream sundaes! Simply click the title of this post and the file will be at the bottom.

Posted by mkrueger on 08.14.12

Well today's the day we announce the winners of this year's Phone Pics Photo Contest. We would like to thank everyone for your amazing entries, we had 150 photos submitted and 22 contributors to this year's contest! But enough talk let's announce the winners already!
The winner of the Landscape category is Matthias H.
The winner of the Humor category is David R.
The winner of the Food category is Jamie P.
The winner of the Portrait category is Joanna S.
and our pick for winner of the Best Overall Photo is Sydney L.
Once again we would like to thank everyone that submitted photos to the this year's contest we've really enjoyed receiving all your photos and getting to see how creative you all can be! You can view all of the entries on our Flickr here

Posted by mkrueger on 08.10.12

​The Hunger Games​ - By Suzanne Collins
I read the hunger games in less than a week. I found it so motivating and captivating. One of my favorite things about the book is how strong katniss is. To stand up and offer her life to save her sister's. The things that katniss overcame including the death of her good friend Rue, show she has true inner strength. Peeta is another character that interested  me. when I read about how  he joined the careers I could not stop the rush of emotion!! His true love for Katniss, he almost lost his life for her.
    After I read the book I sat thinking about it for many nights. There are so many details about the book that trigger so many feelings. The Hunger Games, is truly one of the best books I have read In a long time. It is easily my favorite book of all time, I can't wait to read catching fire, I'm sure it will be just as good or even better then hunger games.
Catching Fire​ - By Suzanne Collins
I admired the the first book hunger games so I had to read the second, Catching Fire. I never expected the turn of events that happened. It explains so much about President Snow and how evil he really is. It also really shows how much Peeta loves Katniss  to volunteer to go in the hunger games with her. Catching fire not only makes Katniss look brave, but also independent. All the new characters makes the book more interesting because you don't know what they are like or will do. I especially like Finnick. He seamed very strong and had a great sense of humor. I never expected him to be such a big help in the arena. A lightbulb lit in my head after wiress kept saying "tick tock". I thought that was really clever. Suzanne Collins is definitely one of my favorite authors. Over all, catching fire carried the greatness of Hunger Games to a new level. I can't wait to read more of her books.
​Mocking Jay​ - By Suzanne Collins
Mocking jay is the last book of the hunger games trilioligy and ended it with a bang. Suzanne Collins rapped the whole serous up in one book. After reading mocking jay I could not believe how much has changed in the life of katniss and Peeta. To be honest I liked mocking jay the leased of the series. It was so sad, there was to much death in my opinion. Then again they were in war witch causes a lot of death. I thought it was very smart how they planed to concur each district so that it would cut the capital off. I cried almost every time I started to read the book, expeshaly  how the capital took Peeta away from katniss. I got very confused at the end of the book when there running throw the streets.  I did not under stand why the capital would kill there people just to try to get katniss. The worst part of the book is how prim dies at the end. The whole reason there is the hunger games was to protect prim. Katniss gave her life for her and snow didn't even kill her coin did! I could not believe katniss would vote for another hunger games, that's so not like her.even if mocking jay was sad and not my favorite of the series it has a amazing end to the book. Even out of every thing katniss and peeta went  throw they still end up with a great life together. Mocking jay might not be my favorite of the series but it is still one of my favorite books.