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!

Posted by tspicer on 05.25.12

I found this video a little while back and it still amazes me. This artist creates paintings by dropping globs of paint into a bed of water and manipulates the paint into interesting shapes. The video is a little long, but stick around if you don't have anywhere to go because the end result is really amazing!

Posted by tspicer on 05.08.12

WOW! Check out this super fun video created at last Saturday's Start-Animation Project!

More videos from the program can be seen on our YouTube channel.


Posted by mkrueger on 05.04.12

The Nature Research Center in Raleigh, North Carolina is home to the extremelly impressive Patterned by Nature installation. The piece is 10 feet wide and 90 feet in length, it's also made up of 3,600 transparent glass "pixels" that change their opacity to simulate events in nature. There are twenty programs the ribbon cycles through, ranging from clouds, raindrops, birds flying, and more. The piece even plays an eight channel soundtrack to go along with the content being shown.


Posted by mkrueger on 05.01.12

Check out some of the DIY Duct Tape Wallets made at our last project!
Learn how to make your own here:


Posted by skosuge on 04.03.12

Have you heard about this movie?

It's an award winning documentary about the world’s largest teen slam poetry competition known as "Louder Than a Bomb."  Every year, more than 600 teenagers from over 60 Chicago-area schools take part in the slam.  This movie follows four of the slam teams - Whitney Young, Oak Park/River Forest, Northside College Prep, and Steinmetz as they prepare for the 2008 event.

We are screening the film on Friday, April 13 at 7pm in the Hendrickson Room for middle and high school students.  Afterwards, you can perform your own poetry or listen to others share theirs.

Watch the trailer, register for the event, and we'll see you on the 13th!