Posted by meyoung on 06/19/17

Here's another opportunity for you to fulfill your volunteer step in the Summer Reading Program. We're making sleeping mats out of plastic bags, and then donating them to homeless shelters. Come on over to the HUB and we'll get you started!
Materials Needed: 
 - Plastic Bags (Lots and lots of plastic bags)
 - Scissors
How to make Plarn (Plastic Bag Yarn)
1. Lay bag flat
2. Cut off the bag
3. Cut off the handles. (Cut all the way across)
4. Squish together to make a loop

**Pro tip: You can cut more than one bag at a time**

How to Continue a Started Mat (Start at 10:27)
1.  Curve braided end so that you’ll be working side-by-side with the already completed row
2. Take your weaver (this is the plarn that was not included in the braid) and weave over the plarn that it’s closest to, under the next, and then over and around the last one.
3. Keep your weaver moving by going back toward the completed row (over the first and under the last one)
4. Find an opening in the completed row and pull your weaver through
5. Repeat steps 2-4 until you reach the same length as the completed rows.
6. When you get the length you want, weave your weaver away from the completed rows (do not weave back in)
7. With the weaver separated, braid the remaining three plarn 6 times. You just finished a row!

**If your plarn is getting short, attach a new plarn by tying a knot (start at 4:07)**
Of course, if you need help, stop by the desk!

Posted by meyoung on 06/12/17

Part of our Summer Reading Program includes volunteer projects! Come to the HUB to get volunteer credit, and make a toy for a doggo or pupper at a shelter.
Materials:  One Old T-Shirt
1. Cut the shirt underneath the arms (about 18 inches from the bottom hem), all the way across length-wise
2. Discard the top part of the shirt in the Discard Bin at the HUB desk
3. Cut your block of fabric into four equal strips
4. Cut your strips, so they are no longer loops. You should now have four longer strips of shirt
5. Gather your strips together and tie a knot at one end
That was all prep work. Now the weaving begins!

1. Hold your chew toy so the knot is at the bottom and the strips are dangling over it.
2. Take two strips that are opposite sides and make a bridge over the knot. (Pro tip: It helps if you make the bridge semi-small and hold on to these strips.) You should have two strips that are dangling on the side that you have not touched yet.
3. Take one of the dangling strips and we are going to weave through the bridge. Go over the first, and under the second. Pull through.
4. Take your last remaining strip and do the same thing. We are going to weave through the bridge. Go over the first, and under the second. Pull through.
5. Pull all strips to tighten. It should look like a box when you look at it from the top.
6. Repeat steps 2-5 until strips become short.
7. Tie a knot to finish your toy

Posted by alice on 11/10/16

Printz Award Winner and Honor Books of 2016

Bone Gap by Ruby Laura - Printz Winner!
Bone Gap is the type of town where people just up and leave. When Roza goes missing, no one is surprised and no one is looking for her. Finn and Sean O’Sullivan have gone through this loss before when their mother left to start a new life in a new place with a new man. However, Finn is convinced that Roza was taken by a mysterious man in the cornfields. He cannot remember his face, and even Sean doubts this story. Follow the different perspectives of Finn, Sean, and Roza as we peek into their pasts, presents, and uncertain futures.
The Ghosts of Heaven by Marcus Sedgwick - Printz Honor

Split into four "quarters" and spanning several genres, this book epically tells stories about madness, obsession, and creation across generations and moments in time. From a girl creating cave drawings, the trials of the 17th century witch hunts, and a 1920s insane asylum, Marcus Sedgwick connects them in an unexpected way that will keep you thinking.

Out of Darkness by Ashley Hope Pérez - Printz Honor

Growing up in New London, Texas in 1937, Naomi and Wash are well aware of the lines that you just do not cross. The color line is one of them, but their attraction is just too strong and the two of them are willing to cross it. With a backdrop of the New London school explosion—the worst school disaster in American history—this story is about love, loss, family and our past.