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!

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.


Posted by Trixie on 08.23.16

Last Friday, we celebrated a decade of teen films and the creative minds behind them!
This year we had 24 films submitted by 16 teen directors! Here are the winners from the 10th Annual Teen Film Fest:
Best Animation - Living Colors by Valerie Depa
Best Comedy - Pranks [A Short Documentary] by August Graham 
Best Drama - Inside Guy by Rhegan Graham
Best Music Video - Vast Transit by Garrett Strother
Best Overall - The Dark Theorem by Daniel Carpenter
Want to watch all of the films submitted? You can find them in this playlist!

Posted by bbednarek on 07.07.16

Come to the Hub this month to make a crafty phone accessory. Don't forget, making one gets you one step closer to completing the Summer Reading Program!
What you need:
  • Hot Glue
  • Toy Dinosaur
  • Suction Cup

What you do:
  1. Select your favorite dinosaur
  2. Stand it up and determine a good angle to cut
  3. Carefully slice that dinosaur in half
  4. Glue a suction cup to it and let it dry
  5. Stick it on the back of your phone, a window, a mirror... really any hard, non-porous surface