Posted by bbednarek on 05.03.16

Greetings fellow meat machines!
I've been told my name is Bryan and I'm okay with that name. You may call me that. I'm one of your new Teen Services Advisors and I am pretty excited about it. After 3 years working the Tech Help desk (you may recognize me from the Studio), I'm looking forward to fostering smiles on some new faces-- your faces.
Betweens sips coffee and to the soundtrack of a podcast or an audiobook, I play in a band or two, compulsively clean, or explore some technology. I'm a grammar enthusiast who likes Photoshop, writing and recording the occasional song, and maybe even some video editing here and there. 
My favorite escape though, is camping. Gimme wilderness. GIMME. Hiking, campfires, kayaking, or perhaps some fishing if I'm feeling dangerous. Do you know any good locations? I'm always looking for some place where airplanes and automobiles cannot be heard.
I want to learn things so tell me stuff! 

Posted by meyoung on 04.27.16

Hi, hi! I’m Megan, one of the new Teen Services Advisors. I’ve been working at the Arlington Heights Memorial Library for about a year in Info Services, and I’m super psyched to be working in the Hub now.

Word vomit about me:

I read. A lot. Last year I read 63 books, for funsies, including everything from graphic novels to creative non-fiction. All book recommendations are highly appreciated, especially if we talk about it afterwards. I read ALL THE THINGS. The first series that got me into reading was, none other than, Harry Potter. When I’m not powering through books or being a lump on the couch, watching Netflix, I’m outside as much as possible. It doesn’t matter what I’m doing outside; I just love being outdoors. I enjoy being active, but hate running. I dabble in staying up as late as possible and gaming, as well as imagining my life with a French bulldog (whose name will be Watson).

Stop by and we’ll chat about 90s grunge, our shared love of accents, and spit movie quotes.

Posted by alice on 04.25.16

3 Kinds of Test Takers
Are you getting ready for your AP Exams? Don't be like Harry on the day of your test, be like Hermione!
The good news is, we've got practice tests you can take from home! Of course, you can always come by the Hub and study, and we're happy to help if it's not AP Calc BC. But below are some instructions to get you access to free AP Tests with your library card (and even without)!
1. Go to the library’s Teen page ( and login to your library account on the top right
2. Click on the “Study” tab at the top of the page
3. Scroll all the way down to Testing & Education Reference Center (TERC) and click
4. If this is your first time using it, register or sign in to your account
5. Under “High School Tools”, click on “Advanced Placement Exams (AP)”
6. Under “Online Practice Tests”, choose a subject and get going!

You can also check out TERC by using the Access My Library APP if you don't have a library card!

Posted by red_sonya on 04.22.16

Take a look at some of the issues facing our planet and how you can solve them!
Earth Day

Posted by tspicer on 12.23.15

Looking for something to do this Winter Break? Why not mess around with new Hub STEM Kits. Ask at the Hub desk for details! This Kit is called 'Electric Message'. While working with this kit, you will learn about circuitry, electroluminescent wire, and more. You'll shoot video of your message and send out to a friend on Social Media!

Posted by emather. on 11.19.15

Have you ever rushed to the library first thing after school to grab up a copy of the latest teen book release, hot off the presses, only to find all the copies have been checked out and you need to go onto the waitlist? It is seriously the worst.
Well, have we got news for you! We've installed a new Teen Marketplace, chock full of the newest and hottest teen fiction, nonfiction, and audiobooks. We have tons of copies in easy to browse shelves, so you can easily find the latest best seller or discover the next sleeper hit.
(Don't worry: we still have our awesome and extensive Teen Fiction and Nonfiction collections, now located by our main fiction collection. With even more room, too!)
So come by and check out the new Teen Marketplace. It's chock full of all the newest teen books just for you. We can't wait to hear what you think!

Posted by alice on 11.07.15

Calling all writers! NaNoWriMo is in full swing here at The Hub! If you don't know what NaNoWriMo is, it stands for National Novel Writing Month. That's write right, we're taking up the challenge of writing an entire novel in one month. That's 1 novel in 30 days! That's 50,000 words in 1 month! Whew...
Our teen writing club members, Inklings, have officially started their novels at our November meeting on 11/4. But if you're a teen writer and you want to join us in this literary endeavor, sign up here for NaNoWriMo and email us your username at and we'll add you to our classroom!
The winner of our NaNoWriMo classroom will get a very special prize... a signed copy of Rainbow Rowell's Fangirl which was originally a NaNoWriMo novel! Read a pep talk from Rainbow Rowell here where she talks about her experience participating!
If you need inspiration, want to talk through your novel, or have questions about NaNoWriMo, feel free to email us at or come by The Hub!
We'll also have write-in sessions on Mondays and Thursdays in November from 7-9 p.m. at The Hub if you need a place to write!
Best of luck, writers!

Posted by red_sonya on 09.03.15

Best Overall
Checkmate by Brandon M.
Best Comedy
The Prop Hunt by Jared C.
Best Documentary 
The Same Molecules by Rhegan G.

Best Experimental
Trigger Warning by Kathleen O.

Best Animation
Over the Phone by August G.and Ben K.

Best Music Video
Geronimo by Tess T.

Congrats to all our winners and a big thanks to everyone who submitted a film! You can watch the 21 films submitted for the 9th Annual Teen Film Fest here!

Remember to keep those cameras rolling. Next year's Teen Film Fest will be here before you know it, and we'd love to see what you can create!


Posted by Trixie on 08.18.15

Come in to the HUB and make a disco ball to hang in your locker this upcoming year!
Image credit: WikiHow, how to make a disco ball with cd’s
It’s a super easy project, all you need is:
1 Styrofoam ball (2.5 inches)
1 CD
A hot glue gun
A small wooden rod
Here is how it works:
  1. Use a wooden rod to poke a hole sideways throw the top of the ball.
  2. Cut a piece of string to be 9 inches and thread it through the hole you just made (taping the ends of the string may help it go through)
  3. Using scissors, cut the CD into small pieces of varying sizes (WEAR SAFETY GOGGLES, they sometimes fly all over)
  4. Use a glue gun to glue the pieces onto the ball
  5. Hang in your locker and party the year away!

Posted by Trixie on 08.13.15

Over the weekend, we welcomed professional photographer Rebecca Reuland to the HUB. She presented a photography and Photoshop program resulting in teen-made movie posters.

First, we examined popular movie posters, how they use film stills and text to grab your attention and convey what the movie is about.

Next, we broke into groups to brainstorm supposed films and possible shots we could set up in and around the library.
Then, the fun part, we set up shots based on the genre and setting of the films. Using existing lighting, reflectors, aperture speed, and other effects, each team took multiple shots to manipulate for their movie’s posters.

After a brief tutorial on Photoshop, teens made posters for films that featured Freddy Fazbear's Pizza, killer books that come to life at the library, a ukulele wielding killer, a documentary about books, and more!
Image Credit: Anubhav A. & Ryan D.
Image credit: Clarissa G. & Emma K.

Interested in photography or Photoshop? Check out the library’s program calendar for upcoming classes or stop by the HUB!