Posted by emather on 06.29.18

Hey everyone! I’m Evan, and I’m the new Teen Librarian here in the Hub. I’m so excited to get to know all of you! Some fun facts about me:
 
 
• I like a good video game, but I’m usually a few years behind on those. What I really love are tabletop games, especially Dungeons & Dragons. Once you get me blabbering about the custom campaign I’m DMing for friends, it’s hard to get me to shut up about it.

• In addition to loving books, I’m also a huge nerd for movies and music. I love talking about the biggest blockbuster or indie band, and always want to hear about your new discoveries.
 
• I love traveling and eating weird food. From black tea ice cream to scotch eggs to bone marrow to basil donuts, I want to go to all of the places and eat all of the things.
 




Posted by ldraftz on 06.15.18

It's summer time, which can only mean one thing: Summer Reading in the Hub!!
 
Sign up for Bravo! Create Your Summer at the Hub desk or by following this link: https://ahml.beanstack.org/reader365
 
Looking for a good beach read or a great way to pass the time during a long car or plane ride? Check out our recommended books here:
 
You can find more information on your summer reading homework by following the links below:
Information on Summer Reading Assignments
 
Check out a book from the lists below and get a jump-start on your reading!  If all copies are checked out try downloading an e-book version or ask at the Hub desk and we can help you borrow a copy from a partner library.
Required Summer Reading Book Lists




Posted by meyoung on 05.06.18

This month, stop by the DIY area to make popsockets! Super easy and fun to make, these are perfect to upgrade your phone for free.
 
You will need:
2 Suction cups
Hot glue
Decorative paper
Scissors
Pen/Pencil
 
Directions:
1. Remove metal hooks from suction cups
2. Hot glue the two suction cups together (little end to little end).
 
 
3. Use the suction cup wide end as a stencil for the decorative paper. Cut out.
4. Glue paper to the wide end of one of the suction cups.
 
 
Rock it.
 
 
DIY, DIY, popsocket




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

Attention!
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.
 
 
Supplies:
  • Two yellow felt circles
  • Two red felt hearts
  • One black felt mouth
  • Scissors
  • Yellow thread
  • Sewing Needle
  • Zipper
  • Glue gun
 
Instructions:
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.
DIY




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