Posted by tspicer on 06.25.12

"I Know This Much Is True by Wally Lamb is a book I read on vacation in the carribean. I couldn't 
put it down I read it in two days! This book revolves around schizophrenia and the bond between two brothers. If you like books about mental disorders, I would recommend this book. It is a bit lengthy, around 900 pages, but it's worth it! One of the best books I've ever read!
Identical by Ellen Hopkins is a book written in poem form. They don't rhyme, but it is an easy read for the amount of pages. This book is deals with rape, and drugs. The end has a very surprising twist that confused me at first, but after finishing Identical, I thought it was the best book written by Ellen Hopkins."  
Book reviews by: Olivia 

Posted by mkrueger on 06.22.12

Nick Berke, also known as Pogo, creates incredible mashups and remixes using clips from movies. I've been a long time fan of Pogo's work, for anyone that's never heard of him or his remixes you're in for a treat. He has created a number of pieces using Disney, Pixar, and a number of other movies. Recently he posted a video that shows you how to create your own remixes! This is an amazing video, to not only get to see his workflow but to have him teach his techniques is pretty spectacular. You can view a few of my favorite mixes by him below and his how to video at the very bottom of the post.

Posted by tspicer on 06.21.12

coverThe book Cinder, by Marissa Meyer, was a story based off of Cinderella, but with a very different twist.  Cinder is a cyborg living in 150 T.E., a distant future after W.W. 4.  She lives with her stepmother and two step sisters in New Beijing, in the Common Wealth.  Her parents died when she was young in a serious accident, she survived by being turned into a cyborg.  She works a a mechanic to support her family.  One day while at work Prince Kai comes to her with an andriod from the palace that needs to be fixed.  From this moment her life spins out of control.  The king dies of leutmosis, a deadly dease with no cure, her sister catches leutmosis, she is drafted to be a test subject to find the cure, but finds out she's immune, the lunars, a country on the moon, are planning to attack the Earth, and much more.  Cinders once normal life is turned completely upside down.
The book Cinder is a very good book.  It is fast paced and full of action from the first page to the very end.  The author includes many mysteries in the book; it seems that finding that answer to one mystery leads to an even more shocking mystery.  It also includes a possible romance between Cinder and the prince making the book even more interesting.  My only problem with the book is the ending.  The book ends in a very exciting point with a lot of open ends.  It seems like there should be a second book to tie everything together.  Other than that this book was one of the best books I have read."  Review by Emily

Posted by tspicer on 06.21.12

Love this review as there is an interesting back story about the author . . . great job!cover

"I read the book "In a Heartbeat" by Loretta Ellsworth. The story begins when, Eagan, an amazing figure skater, dies after attempting a triple-lutz in a competition. The story then is handed over to Amelia, a girl with CHF, or Congestive Heart Failure. She has waited months for  transplant, but is troubled when she is able to receive one. She knows that it means someone else must die for her to be happy. Slowly, things are revealed about Eagan's troubled relationship with her mom and Amelia's new attitude and cravings. Is her donor trying to tell her something, or is it just side effects from the drugs?

I highly recommend this book, as I couldn't put it down and finished it in less than 2 days. (around 2 hours). The coolest thing is that the book is dedicated to her mother and nephew. She began the story as therapy at the loss of both. Her mother had passed away from Congestive Heart Failure and her nephew, Jason, had a fatal motorcycle accident. Jason was an organ donor, as shown on his driver's license, like Eagan. She felt happy that part of him lived on, like Eagan's parents. This book was written in the memories of both and helped her keep writing through her grief.

This is a great book to read so don't hesitate to pick it up. The book is amazing and worth a try. It also teaches great lessons such as to enjoy life while you have it, because some are not as fortunate. The author did a great job with the tricky subject of death and turned the book into something you want to read."


Posted by tspicer on 06.20.12

cover"I read "To Kill a Mockingbird" by Harper Lee. The book is about two children, Scout and Jem, learning the rights and wrongs of life. The book was hard to read at some points because characters were prejudice to others without even getting to know the person. The book painted pictures in my head most of the time, making it easy to understand. The book really opened my eyes to how life was in the 1930s. All in all, the book was easy to understand and hard to put down."

Posted by tspicer on 06.16.12

coverThanks to our first two teen reviewers!!  Awesome job guys and you now have entries into Giveaways for $25 to Chipotle, Mariano's and more for Read. Eat. Repeat!
"I read the "The Hunger Games" by Suzanne Collins. This book is in the top 10 list of my favorite books. I believed that the couple of chapters before the Hunger Games actually started were quite boring. But when the Hunger Games began, I could not put the book down. Overall, the book is filled with much anticipating action and adventure." -Sean
"Kira has been friends with Lydia for a really long time and they're so close that they're nearly sisters! However, while Lydia is out taking pictures for her photography class, Kira and Lydia are coverattacked. The attack leaves Lydia injured badly and when Octavion, Lydia's brother comes into the scene, Kira finds only a commoner could risk their lives and suffer to save Lydia. She does, and lives to pry why Lydia kept her secrets and why they have to hide from Shandira, Lydia and Octavion's sister, and most of all, why Kira can't leave. But Kira can't leave. Her Mom and Boyfriend left her all alone, and so she has nowhere to go. But when Octavion and Lydia finish all of this... Does Kira seriously think they will take her to their planet? To make everything worse, Kira thinks she is falling in love... With Octavion! 
Read Bound by C.K. Bryant!"  - Rebecca 

Posted by mkrueger on 06.15.12

"No skateboarding in the house!" A phrase I'm sure any skateboarder has been told before, well this guy here chose to ignore it. Pro skater Phillip Schuster tore up an old Austrian hunting lodge and converted it into his own indoor skatepark for this Redbull commercial. Watch him bank over the fireplace and transfer from room to room through a cringe worthy narrow doorway. Pretty impressive stuff.

Posted by mkrueger on 06.11.12

Back in May we hosted the 3D Modeling program, if you missed the signup date, don't fret! Posted below are the materials we used!
First up we have links to download the applications we used. - Your one stop to get Blender a completely free 3D modeling application. - A free digital image editing application that is similar to Photoshop.
Next are some links to video tutorial sites to help you begin modeling. - A fantastic site with tons of free videos on modeling in Blender. You can view even more videos if you buy a membership. - This site requires a log in through A really great site with training videos on a variety of subjects, 3D modeling being one of them.
Here are some additional links to material that is worth looking over. - A great resource for character blueprints to help with your modeling. - This wiki contains all the information you need to model video game characters. - Seems kind of obvious right? Youtube can be one of your greatest resources for all things related to 3D modeling. Try keyword searches like 3D modeling, modeling in blender, modeling the head, modeling the torso, etc.
Also attached to this post is the packet with notes on the interface, camera movement, and modeling in Blender.

Posted by mkrueger on 06.08.12

That title is a bit of a tongue twister don't you think? This is Hong Yi, also known as Red, a Malaysian artist-architect whose previous projects have included painting using coffee stains, and painting a portrait of retired NBA star Yao Ming using nothing but a basketball. However in this video she sculpts a portrait of Facebook founder Mark Zuckerburg using books.

Posted by tspicer on 06.06.12

What's free, downloadable, awesome and helps you find award-winning books for teens?!  Give up?  It's the Teen Book Finder App by YALSA (Young Adult Librarians Services Association)! 
Two reasons to LOVE the app:
1) You can create a 'Favorite's list' of books that you are a fan of or want to read.  This reminded me of the also awesome Entertainment Weekly App, which has the same feature.  Surprisingly, in its 'Top 10 Things We Love This Week' listing on EW's app, there are a high percentage of books for teens!
2) I loved the different awards lists you can browse in the app . . . check out the Alex Awards (best books written for adults but with Teen appeal!  So. Cool.
Since we are feeling all App-ey today, you have to download the library's app.  Best feature: You can scan books in Barnes and Noble or any other place, see if our library owns it and put a hold on it!