Posted by mkrueger on 11.09.12

I came across these images the other day and I knew I had to share. The pictures below show paper art that are all created from the little portions of the paper you see missing in the photos. Take a look at the gallery and be amazed!
The work was created by Peter Callesen, if you would like to view more of his work click here.

Posted by mkrueger on 11.05.12

Last month we had a blast! We had a Halloween themed DIY, posted below is a video of the project we made.
If you'd like to see how and where we got the idea for this project, click here.
Interested in what our next DIY is? Click here!

Posted by mkrueger on 10.19.12

Recently we had comic book author/artist Corinne Mucha come in to discuss her books for Teen Read Week. While she stopped in she also showed everyone how to get started making their own comics with this handy sheet.
To see more of Corinne's work click here.

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!