Posted by Trixie on 03.28.13

If you're anything like me, you can't get enough of Reese's Peanut Butter Eggs. Instead of dyeing hard boiled eggs for Easter, try making this easy recipe (via chicagoist) for yummy, homemade peanut butter eggs. Everyone will love a delectable, handmade treat in their Easter basket!
4 cups powdered sugar
1 1/2 cups natural peanut butter
1/4 cup butter, melted
3 Tbs 2% milk
3 cups semisweet chocolate chips
2 Tbs butter
First, combine the powdered sugar, peanut butter, and butter using an electric mixer. Next, slowly add the milk until it becomes a formable dough. Now, you're ready to form the eggs (or any shape - consider using cookie cutters if you want different shapes).
Place the formed dough on a wax paper-lined baking sheet and place in the freezer to harden for about a half hour.
Once you are ready to dip your dough in chocolate, melt the chocolate chips and 2 tablespoons butter in the microwave, warming and stirring in 30 second increments. 
Next, coat each egg with chocolate and place back on the wax lined-baking sheet. Let the eggs set in the freezer or fridge and store in the fridge until you are ready to eat them.
Finally, enjoy the fruits of your labor! 

Posted by alice on 03.26.13

Hi there!  How is everyone’s spring break so far?  This winter weather is seriously not conducive to spring breaking.  I’m just going to go ahead and say it— Punxatawney Phil is a liar!

If you’re looking for a way to keep in touch with your friends during your week off, try out this new app called Voxer (  It basically turns your phone into a walkie talkie by recording a snippet of audio and sending it to your contact in real time.  Not only can you talk to your friends in walkie talkie fashion, but you can also send pictures and text through the app too.

The best news about the app is that you can use walkie talkie lingo and pretend to be a pilot!  Below are just a couple of walkie talkie codes you may want to use.

Breaker 1-9  I want to start a transmission
10-4  Okay
Big 10-4  Yes
Roger That  Understood
Over and Out  I’m done talking
Negatory  No
Affirmative  Yes
Do you copy?  Can you hear me?
Copy that  I heard you
What’s your handle?  What’s your nickname?
Got your ears on?  Are you on air and listening?
What’s your 20? Where are you?

The second best news about the app is that it’s free for both Apple and Android.

Also, while you’re here, make sure to vote on what you think is the best app!  The poll can be found to the right of this post. 
Over and out!

Posted by amypelman.res on 03.25.13

I've got a beautiful stack of brand new books right next to me (some haven't even been published yet!) and I'd love to find a good home for them.  Want to win one?  Here's all you have to do.  If you don't already follow us on Twitter: ( do that.  Then tweet us the book you're currently reading.  For instance, your tweet could look something like this: @hub500 I'm reading Legend by Marie Lu!  Do I win a book?  And I'll direct message you with how to pick up your prize!!  Cool?  Cool. 

Posted by mkrueger on 03.25.13

Teen Tech Week is every March and it gives libraries the opportunity to show Teens all new types of technology. With this week in mind, we ran a program that would be considered a little different from our "traditional" DIYs.
Behold the MaKey MaKey! An awesome little circuit board created by two MIT students that allows you to use almost any object as a key on the keyboard.
To use the MaKey MaKey you plug it into your computer and simply attach an alligator clip to one of the designated spots on the board, then attach the opposite end of the alligator clip onto anything that carries an electrical charge. Objects include keys, coins, aluminum foil, even bananas! Watch the video below for a demonstration.
Still interested? If you click the link below you will be directed to the MaKey MaKey's homepage where you can order your own MaKey MaKey.

MaKey MaKey Homepage


Posted by Trixie on 03.21.13

In the late 70s, NASA launched two Voyager probes to explore the outer planets in our solar system.  The spacecraft have been traveling on different paths and at different speeds for over 35 years. The Voyagers have explored the outer giant planets in our solar system: Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus and Neptune. They have also examined 49 moons, and the systems of rings and magnetic fields the aforementioned planets possess. Both spacecraft continue to send information relating to their surroundings through NASA's Deep Space Network. They both also contain recorded messages on a gold phonographic record that contain images and sounds of Earth - complete with a diagram to show aliens how to play the record. Nearly 11 billion miles away from the sun, Voyager 1 is the farthest human-made thing from Earth. Scientists are speculating that Voyager 1 left our solar system yesterday. The probes will continue exploring interstellar space carrying our message to any extraterrestrials that might cross their paths!
Here's a NASA infographic that provides a timeline and describes how the Voyagers work. Want to learn more about the Voyager probes? Check out the NASA website or this article.

Posted by amypelman.res on 03.21.13


Did you see Skyfall yet?  It's pretty entertaining if you ask me.  Did it make you want to see more James Bond flicks?  How about reading a spy story or two?  I've read one recently that I enjoyed.  It's called Also Known As by Robin Benway.  It's about a girl named Maggie who is a professional safecracker.  She can break into any vault, door, safe, you name it.  She's actually like one of the best in the world.  When her family gets sent to New York City for Maggie's very first solo assignment, she is pretty excited about it.  Too bad this assignment involves attending a high school and pretending to be a normal teenager.  So far Maggie has been fine avoiding that kind of drama and isn't really looking to try her hand at the regular high school lifestyle.  But in order to complete this very important assignment, she has to get close enough to Jesse Oliver to crack the case of his possibly corrupt father.  Jesse Oliver is cute and probably annoying, but a job's a job and this may be the most important job ever!

Intrigued?  I give more suggestions for fun spy books at YALSA's Hub.  Take a look at it here: Not Undercover: Superb Spy Fiction.

Posted by amypelman.res on 03.20.13

Hey There! 

How's it going?  We are busy here behind the scenes planning stuff that is just for teens.  Stuff like fun programs, contests and other amazing ways to stave off boredom and malaise.  AND we're anxiously awaiting the completion of the new Hub space - which is going to be glorious.  Right now, in case you don't know who "we" are (or even if you do), let us introduce ourselves!

Tom S. - Teen Services Supervisor
Likes: Making movies and learning how to make new salsas
Dislikes: When there is a rock or a pebble in my shoe
Loves: ipads, graphic novels and laughing very hard
Superpower: can smell bad breath from over a mile away
Trixie D. - Teen Advisor
Likes: DIYing and running
Dislikes: Spam (unsolicited messages not the canned meat product)
Loves: Reading, listening to music, and yoga
Superpower: bionic foot
Max K. - Teen Services Assistant
Likes: Video games, exercise
Dislikes: Nothing, I'm a ray of sunshine
Loves: Art, science, and Fruity Cheerios
Superpower: Flying (duh)
Amy P. - Teen Librarian
Likes: Trying new crafts
Dislikes: Any housewives show
Loves: Teen books, cats, taking naps
Superpower: Never falls
Alice S.
Alice S. - Teen Advisor
Likes: Finding new things to like
Dislikes: When the battery on my phone or laptop is at 1%
Loves: Music, books, and the rule of three
SuperpowerGoogle search extraordinaire
Want to cartoonify your face? Grab your iPhone or iPad and download the iMadeFace app to create your own! Share them with us on our Facebook page.
Come say hello and tell us your superpower!

Posted by Trixie on 03.15.13

In 1987, the month of March was officially designated Women's History Month by Congress. This provides a nation-wide opportunity for us to reflect and celebrate women's contributions. Not that we shouldn't reflect and celebrate the important women in our lives outside of the month of March! Here are a few resources that highlight contributions to society made by women.
The Year of the Flood by Margaret Atwood
Margaret Atwood is one of my all-time favorite authors. She is known mostly for her novels, but she has also made contributions as a poet, literary critic, essayist, environmental activist, and feminist. I'm a big fan of most of her novels, but The Year of the Flood is one of my favorites.
As a teen, I remember reading The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath. I loved her use of flashbacks in the narrative and related to Esther's struggles. This book led me to Plath's poetry and other work. This biography in verse tells the story of poet Sylvia Plath from the perspective of others.
This film tells the story of Temple Grandin, an amazing woman that has made an impact in the areas of animal welfare and autism advocacy. She overcame autism to become a bestselling author and scholar.
Karen O is the frontwoman for the New York rock band Yeah Yeah Yeahs. I love her vocal stylings as well as her interesting fashion choices. I can't get enough of this soundtrack! Karen O composed nearly all of the songs.
Want to learn more about Women's History Month? The Library of Congress in collaboration with National Archives and Records Administration, National Endowment for the Humanities, National Gallery of Art, National Park Service, Smithsonian Institution and United States Holocaust Memorial Museum has created a great website that includes images of relevant exhibits and collections as well as audio and video clips.

Posted by Trixie on 03.07.13

I love a great story. I'm usually drawn to fiction titles - for me, the more fantastical, the better. I rarely read nonfiction other than when I'm trying to learn how to do something: knit, sew, solder, develop and design webpages. That's not to say there aren't great stories in nonfiction books. There's something special about someone telling their own story. The impact of a personal experience can be more convincing than a list of facts; the trials and tribulations of Harriet Jacobs in Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl: Written by Herself portray the evils of slavery more effectively than an encyclopedia article. In fact, if you haven't read this memoir, I strongly suggest you check it out. Here are a handful of other great nonfiction reads that I recommend.
Hole in My Life by Jack Gantos
This book tells the story of an aspiring author confronting the struggles of growing up. The narrative follows Gantos through his final year of high school, his creative plan to get money for college, and the adventures that followed.
Into the Wild by Jon Krakauer
Krakauer tells the story of Christopher Johnson McCandless, a 22-year-old adventure seeker looking to change his life. McCandless' decomposed body was found in the Alaskan wilderness by a moose hunter.
Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi
In black & white illustration, Satrapi recounts her experiences growing up in Iran during the Islamic Revolution. The memoir juxtaposes Satrapi's unique home life with the trials of public life during a time of war.
Stitches: A Memoir by David Small
A coming-of-age story, Small tells his story of a fourteen-year-old boy that wakes from a supposedly minor surgery to find himself a virtual mute. Small graphically depicts the struggles of himself and his parents as well as his ability to overcome.
Just Kids by Patti Smith
Singer-songwriter Smith shares the adventures experienced in New York city during the late sixties and seventies. It follows her and Robert Mapplethorpe's journey to fame as artists.

Posted by amypelman.res on 03.07.13

I’m in love with this giant book called The Elements: A visual exploration of every known atom in the universe, by Theodore Gray.

Full disclosure: I never took chemistry so it’s kind of like a crash course, but even if I had taken chemistry, I think I’d find this book fun to pore over. The author is really funny, the pictures are beautiful and it’s chock full of crazy facts! Bonus feature: no need to read it chronologically: for a good time, just flip open to any page and start reading!


Chemistry Experiment: Glowing Pennies

Note, you'll need pennies from before 1982 to try it. You can find actual instructions how to do this here.
I haven't actually tried this, but it seems pretty cool!  Kinda crazy though.  So if you try it, for goodness sake, BE CAREFUL!  Better yet, ask your science teacher if he or she will perform the experiment in class!