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.

Posted by tspicer on 08.08.12

Congratulations to Anders for his hilarious and highly entertaining film, Titanic 2 Trailer'!  Good luck not laughing.



Posted by tspicer on 08.07.12

The 6th A.H. Teen Film Fest is in the books!  So many great films (27 total submitted!) and a great showing of 22 of the films at the screening at the Metropolis Theatre (thanks again, Metropolis!). Check out three of our winners for Best Cinematography, Best Music Video and Best Acting in a Film below!  The Best Overall film, Best Horror Film and Best Use of an Arlington Heights Landmark winners can be found by 'Like'-ing us on Facebook. Be sure and watch those films there!

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY: Ian's 'Time Lapse Suburbia'

BEST MUSIC VIDEO: Rosa's 'Original Song - Just Another Face'

BEST ACTING IN A FILM: Daniel's 'Imaginary Warfare'


Posted by mkrueger on 08.06.12

​The House on the Gulf​ - by Margaret Peterson Haddix

Margaret Peterson Haddix's The House on the Gulf presents an interesting mystery from the point of view of a girl who thinks her brother has something to hide. Britt is an average thirteen year old girl living with her older brother and her mother, who attends college. Britt's brother, Bran, gets a job house sitting for a family thats out of town. It sounds like a good deal, and almost too good to be true for the family who isn't used to having such accommodations. But as Bran's behavior becomes more strange, Britt's convinced that not everything is normal. As she starts coming across curious pieces of evidence and discussions within the neighborhood, her doubts about her brother take full shape, and ultimately turn into a scheme that she couldn't see coming. The twist near the end of the book make it a confusion for the average teen reader as it makes you rethink and reread parts of the book for it to make sense. I would give this book a 3 star rating as it starts of well and gets u suspended on it and then drops your interest in reading it once you hit the sudden twist as the rest of the book is pretty much predictable.


Closed for the Season​ - by Mary Downing Hahn

Closed for the season is a very interresting book is a very fast read and you just get hooked on it its a mystery book about a kid named Logan and his family who just move to this old house where an old lady had been murdered. Logen then met another kid named Arthur who apparently witnessed the murder and lived right next door to him. At first Logan thought that Arthur was this lame kid who is crazy and he used to by a nerd boy in his old school so Logan wanted to started a new life and get friend but the they started to look into the story of how the old lady died because a reporter came to town to write the story in how that crime was never solved and the boys found a note of Mrs. Donaldson in the attic that said that someone rob for many years magic forest and she know who it was at she took the case full of money and hid some where and it was were she used to play with her daughter violent in the magic forest and before she said of the name it stop writing like someone stop her and that how the mystery started and the main suspected was Silas, violet's boyfreind and father of Danny this bully in school at they end the mystery is solve the people who stold the money and who killed the old lady, and the accused went to jail and Arthur and Logan were heroes just before school started


Thanks for the reviews Dennis!