Posted by amypelman on 06.24.13

 
Books open doors, expand your mind, and provide insight into experiences that you might never have otherwise.  It's the original "edutainment!" (that's education and entertainment combined).  We are lucky in this day and age because we have an additional avenue for edutainment, it's the interwebs!  You might already know about John and Hank green's Vlog brothers and Crash Course videos which are informative and very entertaining.  Here are a few more video channels that are fun, funny, interesting, thought-provoking all while being extremely EDUCATIONAL!!  (Yeah I said it. In the summer no less!). 
 
The host poses really crazy cool questions like "Is the Universe a Computer?" and "Is twitter the Newest Form of Literature?" then attempts to answer them in a matter of a few minutes.
 
 
Have a burning science question and don't have time to start from scratch with atoms and neurons?  ASAP Science might have already put together a little video to de-mystify even the most difficult brain chemistry! 
 
Another good video channel where interesting and seemingly unknowable ideas are explored and explained.  The creator Michael Stevens went to the University of Chicago!  
 
Thinker is great because it is a mash up of content and you never know what kinds of strange and interesting videos will pop up! 
 
They say you never stop learning.  As someone who is older and wiser than... some other people, I can say with complete confidence that it's true, you don't.  But why would you want to?  Anyway, do you get your edutainment fix somewhere else besides the sites mentioned above?  Let me know about it in the comments! 
 
 




Posted by Trixie on 06.16.13

 
That smile of hers had tipped me off. I'd seen it more times than you could count on an abacus, and it always meant the same thing: she had an idea, something sneaky or secret; she was up to something, and any second I'd be up to something right along with her. That's how she'd always been with me. She knew I got into trouble more often than most people got out of bed, and she usually took a minute or two to remind me all about it when we were alone. But that never stopped her from egging me on, coming up with pranks or stunts I could pull just for the hell of it, convincing me to do them.
 
 
 
 
 
Eugene “Huge” Smalls doesn’t have much going for him. He’s middle schooler whose reputation as a violent troublemaker precedes him. His teachers have written him off and even his family seems to be working against him. Except for his dear grandmother, who supported him through his tribulations and introduced him to important role models that helped shape who he is today: Philip Marlowe, Sam Spade, and of course, Sherlock Holmes. So, you may have guessed it…this is a coming-of-age, mystery novel. Set in 1980s, suburban New Jersey, Huge finds himself in the midst of investigating a mystery that seems to be getting him into more trouble than it’s worth. Just as he is getting to the bottom of it, he must decide between solving the mystery and losing his precious, teenage freedom.

Fuerst creates a credible and witty character in Huge. He taps into the volatile and impulsive psyche of a lonely, middle school outcast. Huge’s character has a distinct hard-boiled detective feel as does the tone of the novel. A black comedy and mystery with a twist, Huge explores friendship, love, family ties, and interdependence. Laugh out loud humor, a memorable protagonist, and the evocative imagery in this whodunit will engage most readers. Not one of the best books I’ve ever read, but would definitely suggest it and it’s a great summer read!

**Warning: This book contains mature themes and profanity. Suggested for readers in high school and up.**




Posted by Trixie on 06.13.13

 
We’re launching another activity in the Hub: the Take Apart Cart!

The Make It summer program is in full swing - we’ve signed up over 170 teens and some participants have already earned 2 of the 3 required stamps to be a finisher. Here’s another activity that can earn you a MAKER stamp.

An important step in making something is understanding how it works: the mechanics, the components used, design based on function, etc. A great way to learn about how something works is to thoughtfully take it apart or unmake it. Without further ado, we’d like to introduce the Hub’s Take Apart Cart: a library cart overflowing with old tech and other stuff for you to take apart and learn from! Join us in the DIY area, Monday-Friday between 2-4 p.m. The Cart, tools, and staff will be available for your unmaking needs. Learn about how a clock works or what components go into making a laptop.

What will we do with the pieces you've taken apart? You can either try to remake it or repurpose the parts to make something new. Hopefully, this has piqued your interest enough to come check out what we have for you to unmake beginning on Monday, June 17th.
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Posted by alice on 06.13.13

Come on by The HUB and say hello to Mary Ellen!  She'll be around The HUB this summer, keeping cool and being cool like the rest of us.  If you show her an awesome handshake, your best air guitar, or a funny YouTube video, you'll get some candy.  Yup... CANDY!
 
 
ME Podmokly - Volunteer
Likes: words, winks, accents, espionage, cool breezes, pretzels
Dislikes: gas prices, illegible handwriting, being photographed, my laugh
Loves: music, reading (dystopian, mystery, historical), sunshine and patios, water, festivals
Superpower: teen lie detector
Superpower wish: invisibility
 
Want to learn more about our other staff?  Click here, come in, and say hi!
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Posted by Trixie on 06.06.13

 
Finals are wrapping up so I think we can officially say that summer is here! Registration began for our Make It summer reading program on Monday and we’ve already had over 50 teens register. Don’t fret – it’s not too late to get registered and start earning stamps on your MakerPad. It’s simple: either come into the Hub and ask one of our awesome teen services staff or register online. Once you have your MakerPad created, you’re ready to start earning stamps. Wondering how you earn stamps? There are five different categories.

MAKER: Register and attend one of our film making, DIY or maker programs.
DIY-ER: Drop in to the Hub and complete one of our Do It Yourself Kits. June’s DIY Kit begins on the 10th. We’ll have 3 different projects throughout the month: Collage Your Favorite Maker, Quick & Easy iPhone/Pod Speaker, and DIY Wax Stamper. We’ll also have designated times (stay tuned for details) where you can take apart an object on our Take Apart Cart.
BOOK REVIEWER: Submit at least three book reviews to ahmlteen@gmail.com.
ONLINE CONNECTOR: Follow us and post something to at least one of our social media accounts – Instagram, Facebook, Twitter or comment on our website. A submission to the Tweet a Tale contest counts for a stamp!
FILMMAKER: Make and submit a film to the 7th Annual Teen Film Fest.

Once you earn 3 stamps, you’ll receive a totally rad finisher stamp on your MakerPad, an extremely odd prize, and be eligible for a $50 gift card to Etsy or Maker Shed. Sounds fun, right? Hope to see you in the Hub this summer!




Posted by alice on 06.04.13


Attention all you writers out there!  Ready to get your creative juices flowing?  The Hub wants to challenge you to write an awesome, epic story!  The catch?  It has to be exactly 120 characters: no more, no less.

The Challenge: Write a comedy or horror story that consists of exactly 120 characters.

Requirements: Follow us @HUB500 and tweet it to us with the hashtag #ahmlwriter.  That should leave you 120 characters to write your story!

The Prize: A $20 gift card for AMC Theaters will be awarded to two winners.
  • 1 winner for Best Comedy Story
  • 1 winner for Best Horror Story
 
Submissions accepted from Now - June 30, 2013

Challenge accepted?  Challenge accepted!
 




Posted by amypelman on 06.03.13

 
 
Today's review comes from Jon K. who selects and purchases books for the library!  See the offbeat and interesting book he reviewed below:
 
 
 
“Yaqui Delgado wants to kick your ass.”  Wow, feels like a kick to the gut doesn’t it?  Sure does to me, and I don’t even KNOW Yaqui Delgado!  The problem is, neither does Piddy Sanchez.  But it’s just one more thing to add to her list of why her life sucks.  First, her best friend Mitzi moves away from their apartment building and neighborhood out to the suburbs where she’s building a new life WITHOUT PIDDY!!!  Two, her overprotective Mami has had it with their apartment building and moves them across Queens to a new apartment which means she has to leave her school and all of her friends.  And then, one day before school, Vanesa walks up to Piddy and tells her “Yaqui Delgado wants to kick your ass.”  Soon the threat escalates to the level where it takes over Piddy’s entire life.  She can’t concentrate on her studies, begins to skip school and starts acting out at home.  She knows the situation can’t continue as is, but isn’t sure what to do.  If she narcs on Yaqui to the school authorities, she’s as good as dead both physically and socially.  As the situation escalates, Piddy finds that she’s a lot stronger than she ever imagined and takes control.  Realistic characters that you can relate to (who is the Darlene or Rob at your school?) and a story that hooks you from the beginning make this a good choice for a great fast read.  
 
Name:  Jon K.
Department:  Collection Services
Years at AHML: 14
Favorite thing you do at work:  Buying Books!!!!
Best place to read your book: Either at Starbucks with a Venti Iced Americano or at home in my Big Comfy Leather Chair and Ottoman with a Venti Iced Americano.  Either place, the Venti Iced Americano is must.
Why you like reading YA: Great characters and realistic story-lines.
 
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Posted by mkrueger on 06.03.13

For May we had a DIY project that was a bit of a throwback, string art. String art has been around since the early 19th century but didn't really become popularized until the 1960's. Using cork board, some map pins, and embroidery floss you can create really interesting mathematical and other geometric designs. You can see a gallery below of what our attendees created.
 
 
Would you like to create your own string art? Take a look at the video below to find out how!
 
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Posted by Trixie on 05.30.13

 
 
 
Once I had feared that telling the truth would be like falling, that love would be like hitting the ground, but here I was my feet firmly planted, standing on my own.
 
We were all monsters and bastards, and we were all beautiful.
 
 
 
 
 
Rachel Hartman’s Serphina takes place in a world where humans and dragons coexist. Dragons are able to take human form and walk amongst humans. Previously, humans and dragons warred against each other, but they are celebrating 40 years of peace when the novel begins. The nearly four decades of peace has not completely dispelled the uneasiness either species feels regarding the other. Serphina, the main character of the story, finds herself in the middle of a mystery that threatens the very treaty the Royal Court and the leader of dragonkind have gathered to celebrate. Not to mention the danger to her life and exposure of a terrible secret she’s kept her entire life.

A well-written debut novel, this book has it all: action and adventure, mystery, a doomed love story, impeccable fantasy world building, a fearless heroine, and DRAGONS! Hartman weaves a believable, rich page turner. It starts out kind of slow, but persevere. It’s well worth it!
 




Posted by Trixie on 05.30.13

 
Summer is right around the corner! You know what that means: it's almost time for the library summer reading program. As you can tell from the graphic above, this year's theme is Make It: Read. Discover. Create. This summer we have a ton of fun stuff planned. From opportunities to read and write reviews, to "maker" programs and the Volunteer Summer Squad, the Hub has it all! Check out the Mozilla Popcorn Maker video we made to promote the summer reading program below.