Posted by ldraftz on 03.05.18

Hello Human Beans!
My name is Lauren and I am the new Teen Services Advisor. I’m excited to start working in the HUB and even more excited to meet all of you!

Some fun facts about my life:
• I love to eat.  Specifically anything with lots and lots of cheese (it is estimated that I have consumed well over 2,000 boxes of Kraft and counting).
• When I’m not eating, I’m cooking.  Let me know any recipe ideas you have.  I am always up for a Food Network-style challenge.
• I also love reading, trivia, hanging out with my dog, doing yoga, and watching movies!
Come talk to me about your favorite Harry Potter character or tell me about your favorite Youtuber!

Posted by meyoung on 01.26.18

Looking for a state-of-the-art gaming experience? 
The HTC Vive program is open to all teens. The HTC Vive is a fully immersive, virtual reality headset.  And on the following days from 3-4:20 p.m., you can play the HTC Vive in the Hub!
  • Thursday, March 8
  • Friday, March 16
  • Tuesday, March 20
  • Thursday, April 5
  • Monday, April 9
  • Wednesday, April 18
  • Friday, April 27
  • Tuesday, May 1
  • Monday, May 7
  • Thursday, May 17

Here are some games that you can play!

  • The LabVR
  • Lightblade VR
  • Tilt Brush
  • Google Earth
  • And more!

(Five-minute turns are on a first come, first serve basis.)
Ryan T. is an intern for the Hub. He is a Senior from Rolling Meadows High School, as part of the District 214 Internship Program.

Posted by Trixie on 12.13.17

My name is Ryan. For the past four months, I have been an intern for the Hub. Today, I will talk (actually type) about my experiences in District 214's internship program.
Before I prattle on, I would like to say that this internship is truly the best first job I could ever have hoped for. In addition, I would without hesitation recommend it any teenager, even if they only go to the library while cramming for finals.

No, I am not paid. Yes, I am okay with it. If I had income, the job would lose part of the reason I like it. Since nothing I do at the Hub costs them money, it is less detrimental if I am running late due to traffic. This makes my job less stressful, and it makes a difference in my hefty senior year.
A day in the life of a teenage intern is normal until I leave school early to go to work. Then, after signing in, I open the glass door into the Hub. Sometimes I go to tech services as an extra pair of hands. Other times I help set up the HTC Vive in the Hub.
The 'cab company' (which shall remain nameless) was the only inconvenience in this rather harmonious situation. They were often late, sometimes on time, and rarely early. This, in turn, caused me to receive less hours than I could have. Despite this, the library was incredibly understanding of the cab issues, and I will return to them in January.
In conclusion, the District 214 Internship Program has been a great experience for me. I have enjoyed working at the library because it helped me get a glimpse of working life.
I have enjoyed working at the library.
Ryan T. is an intern for the Hub. He is a Senior from Rolling Meadows High School, as part of the District 214 Internship Program.

Posted by Trixie on 11.08.17

Stop by the Hub to craft this month's DIY Kit Emoji Pouch! Too busy to drop in? Here are the instructions so you can make it at home.
  • Two yellow felt circles
  • Two red felt hearts
  • One black felt mouth
  • Scissors
  • Yellow thread
  • Sewing Needle
  • Zipper
  • Glue gun
1. Lay zipper flat, right side up.Line up one yellow circle and sew small stitches, affixing the zipper to the circle.

2. Sew the other circle onto the other side of the zipper.

3. With the pouch inside out, sew the circles together along the outer edge.

*Leave the zipper partially unzipped so you can flip the right side out once done sewing.

4. On the outside of the pouch, use hot glue to attach the heart, eyes, and mouth.
Use your pouch to stash earbuds, charger cable, or loose change!
Ryan T. is an intern for the Hub. He is a Senior from Rolling Meadows High School, as part of the District 214 Internship Program.

Posted by Trixie on 10.25.17

image credit: VR Source
The HTC Vive is a fully immersive, virtual reality headset.
And on the following days from 3-4:20 p.m., you can use the HTC Vive in the Hub!
  • Friday, October 27
  • Thursday, November 2
  • Friday, November 10
  • Thursday November 16
  • Friday December 1
  • Thursday December 7
  • Friday December 15
Here are some games that you can play!
(Five minute time slots are made the day of, on a first come first serve basis.)
  • Lightblade VR
  • Tilt Brush
  • Google Earth
  • And more!
Ryan T. is an intern for the Hub. He is a Senior from Rolling Meadows High School, as part of the District 214 Internship Program.

Posted by meyoung on 08.14.17

On Friday, August 11th, we celebrated teen filmmakers at the 11th annual Teen Film Fest. We had an insane amount of entries this year and it's all thanks to you! Lookit our millions (exaggeration) of photos! Didn't make it to the red carpet showing, but still interested in seeing what teens brought to the table? Watch all the films here and watch the winning films below.
Best Animation:
Lightlife in the Woods by Valerie Depa
Best Comedy:
5 Steps to Getting Your Teacher to Like You by Allison Flondro
Best Drama / Documentary: 
Soldier's Journey Home by Andrew Wisniewski
Best Experimental / Music Video:
wanderlust by Kathleen Oku
Best Horror: 
E.D. by David Petratos
Best Overall: 
Epic Rap Battles of History: Woodrow Wilson vs. Theodore Roosevelt by Jeevan Archarya
Again, a thank you to everyone who participated. We wouldn't have a festival without all of you. This was a great year for film and we can't wait to see what filmmakers create for next year!

Posted by Trixie on 08.10.17

Every summer the annual Teen Film Fest marks the end of summer vacation and the start of the school year. This year, we received 25 entries for the festival!
Join us tomorrow to celebrate these awesome teen-made films and filmmakers!
Friday, August 11 / Hendrickson Room
Red Carpet Reception and Screening from 6–7 p.m.
Teen Film Fest from 7–9 p.m.
Glow Party from 9–10 p.m. in the Hub

Posted by meyoung on 07.31.17

We've been whipping through cat toys, so here's a cat teaser. Remember: by completing this volunteer project, it gets you one step closer to finishing the Summer Reading Program.
Step 1: Take two non-bendy straws or a wooden dowel
Step 2: Grab a t-shirt scrap (approximately 4” by 6”) and cut it into ¼“ wide and 4” long strips
Step 3: Lay out a piece of tape about 7 inches long
Step 4: With the sticky side up, lay out the strips on the top (leave some space at the top of the tape)
Step 5: Place the straw onto the end of the tape covered with fabric strips
Step 6: Roll the tape until the tape is wrapped around the end of the straw.
Follow these steps and you'll have the .... wait for it... purrrrrfect... cat toy.

Posted by meyoung on 07.03.17

Volunteer up in here! Create cat toys and we’ll donate them to animal shelter. By doing this, you’ll get one step closer to finishing our Summer Reading Program. We have two different designs for you to create. Make a puff ball; make a braided toy; make both. Stop by right meow!
- One old shirt (we have scraps at the desk)
- Scissors
1. Cut the shirt into skinny strips. There will be a lot; we know
2. Separate out one strip – this will be what you use to tie it all together
3. Bundle the rest of the strips all together. (Some of the strips might have folds on one end. That’s ok.)
4. Tie them all together with the strip you separated out.
5. Cut the folded strips to make more fringe ends
6. Give your completed toy back to the HUB desk
- Old old shirt (yep, we still have scraps at the desk)
- Scissors
1. Cut the shirt into skinny strips
2. Take four of the strips (or more)
3. Gather up the ends of the strips you’re going to use and tie a knot
4. Braid, knot, wind, weave, the strips together
5. Knot the end, but make sure there’s a lot of fun fringe for the kitty to play with
6. Give your completed toys to the HUB desk

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!