Thursday, October 1, 2015

Make LED cuff bracelets in Craft Lab

Our next Craft Lab project is making LED cuff bracelets. We will use felt, conductive thread, snaps, LEDs, batteries (and battery holders) to make cuff bracelets that light up. Sign up for the program at Dundee (Saturday, October 3 at 3 p.m.) or Randall Oaks (Thursday, October 15 at 6 p.m.).

Here is how you make LED cuff bracelets:

Once each component is sewn onto the felt, snap on the bracelet and the LED should be illuminated!

You can also add more decoration with felt, buttons, sequins, and thread!

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Hack Your Notebook at the library!

Our first Craft Lab project this fall is Hack Your Notebook (September 23 at the Dundee Library, and September 30 at the Randall Oaks Library). Draw, sketch, or doodle something and then light up your creation with copper tape, LED stickers, batteries, and binder clips. We will start by making a simple circuit and move on to assembling parallel circuits and simple switches. I made some quick drawings in my notebook to use as examples.

This is a simple circuit:

I know what you're wondering-- It's a funfetti cake with vanilla buttercream frosting... covered in sprinkles.
The copper tape runs from the positive side of the battery to the positive side of the LED sticker, and then another piece of copper tape runs from the negative side of the LED sticker to the negative side of the battery. When the corner of the page is pressed down on the battery with a binder clip, the circuit is closed and the candle in the birthday scene drawing lights up!

Here are two examples of parallel circuits:
Winter is coming, and Squirrel and Chipmunk have a bright idea of what to do with the acorns.
I knew I wanted the light from the LEDs to be lightbulbs over the heads of the squirrel and chipmunk, so I planned the circuit accordingly. I drew straight lines connecting the positive side of the battery to touch the tops of LEDs, and the other line connects the negative side of the battery to the points of the LED stickers. It's important to press down on the copper tape and stickers to ensure the connection is closed.

In the next drawing I used the LED stickers as the eyes of a fox enchanted by the promise of free, delicious pizza! Because the LEDs are closer together in this drawing, it was a little easier when planning this circuit.

Mr. Fox can't believe his luck.
The last example is of adding a simple switch to a drawing:

Lonely Bench
In the above drawing I wanted to put the switch under the hand of the person on the ladder. In this way, when I press down on that part of the drawing, the street light turns on.

The possibilities are endless for how you can hack your notebooks! 

Don't forget to register:
Wednesday, September 23, 6:30 p.m. - Dundee Library
Wednesday, September 30, 6 p.m. - Randall Oaks Library

Friday, September 11, 2015

Make something in Craft Lab this fall

We have some cool projects planned for our Craft Labs over the next couple months. If you are 11-18 years old and enjoy being creative and making things, check out the programs we will have at the Dundee Library and Randall Oaks Library. Please register by clicking on the links below, calling the library at 847-428-3661, or in person!

Hack Your Notebook
Create simple or parallel circuits to light up drawings, sketches, or words in your notebook pages. Notebooks and materials will be provided.
Wednesday, September 23, 6:30 p.m. @ Dundee Library
Wednesday, September 30, 6 p.m. @ Randall Oaks Library

LED Cuff Bracelets
Use conductive thread, LEDs, and felt to make light up cuff bracelets.
Saturday, October 3, 3 p.m. @ Dundee Library
Thursday, October 15, 6 p.m. @ Randall Oaks Library

Make a Zombie
Use paint and other recycled materials to transform old toys into creepy zombies.
Thursday, October 22, 6:30 p.m. @ Dundee Library

Duct Tape
Make flower pens, bracelets, phone cases, wallets and more out of colorful duct tape.
Saturday, November 14, 3 p.m. @ Dundee Library
Thursday, November 19, 6 p.m. @ Randall Oaks Library

Sunday, July 26, 2015

Teen recommendations from summer reading

Out of My Mind by Sharon Draper
"It is a perfect book for anyone! There's a little bit of everything, drama, sadness, happiness, betrayal, but most of all HOPE. This is such an amazing book that once you start reading you just can't stop."

-- Lizet

Wild Cards by Simone Elkeles
"I recommend this book because it connects us teenagers to the book and how it really is. It's filled with excitement and wanting more."

-- Brenda

The Testing by Joelle Charbonneau
"It wins for me against The Hunger Games in the category of dystopian future. Though the books were similar in many ways, The Testing had a more intriguing depiction of what the future might entail. Like The Hunger Games, you could not become attached to a character, for they might die suddenly."

-- Liam

Six Months Later by Natalie Richards
"It has a lot of mystery, romance, and suspense. This book makes you not want to stop reading it. It was one of my favorite books and I highly recommend reading it."

-- Jasmine

Four by Veronica Roth
"This book was exciting and kept making me want to turn the page to find out more and more about Four before he met Beatrice."

-- Jenny

Asylum by Madeleine Roux
"It has many high tension moments and epic cliff hangers that just make you read more. I definitely want to read the sequel!"

-- Jocelyn

Flipped by Wendelin Van Draanen
"I liked the way the perspectives switched each chapter."

-- Colleen

Camo Girl by Kekla Magoon
"I do recommend this book because it's a good story about friendship. It tells you that everybody is special."

-- Elizabeth

Bounce by Natasha Friend
"I recommend this book to people who need to figure how to bounce back from their problems and show they can't let people get to them! They need to stand up to the 'Mean Girls' or 'Popular'!"

-- Grace

I Hunt Killers by Barry Lyga
"It was intriguing to see how Jaz (main character) thought after being raised by a dad who was a convicted serial killer. Lyga uses a style that always keeps the reader guessing even after the last page."

-- Keri

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Teen recommendations from summer reading

The Drowned Cities by Paolo Bacigalupi
"It shows a very possible future of America and is very vivid."

-- Kylee

The Boy Who Dared by Susan Campbell Bartoletti
"It is a fictional story about a real historical figure that most people don't know about. This book was inspirational to me."

-- Abrah

A Long Way Gone by Ishmael Beah
"We usually do not see the horrors that go on or have gone on in third world countries or countries in war. This book educates the reader on what went on during Sierra Leone's civil war."

-- Ernesto

The Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken
"It provided an interesting (and more than a little horrifying) story of what could happen to our country in the future. The characters were equally likeable and distainable. This book's ending and climax provided to be more surprising than that of a mystery I recently read."

-- Liam

Because of Mr. Terupt by Rob Buyea
"It is such a sweet story. This story is for everyone. I like how the class doesn't like Mr. Terupt at first but then he means the world to them. Overall I definitely recommend this AMAZING book."

-- Lizet

The Eye of Minds by James Dashner
"It is what the technology can become, but with a little bit of mystery and action."

-- Kylee

Fear Itself by Matt Fraction
"It had a good plot and wonderful art. I am usually a DC fan but I thoroughly enjoyed this title."

-- Nathan

Still Alice by Lisa Genova
"It really opens your eyes to Alzheimer's disease, and the readers get to see it through the perspective of the actual victim rather than the caregiver's. It was emotional so if you bawl easily with books, keep a tissue at bay…"

-- Deniz

Light by Michael Grant
"It's full of excitement and action. This is also the sixth and last book in the series. There were many suspenseful moments and cliffhangers that I couldn't stop reading! However, there are some gory details, in my opinion they made the story better, but if you're sensitiveto that it may not be for you."

-- Jocelyn

Whispers at Moonrise by C.C. Hunter
"It is an amazing story filled with suspense, thrills, excitement, and includes more than one love story."

-- Jessica

Throne of Glass by Sarah Maas
"This book is an action book written by a female that does not rely soley on love interests to carry the plot. Simply a fasinating read."

-- Kate

Unwind by Neal Shusterman
"I recommend this book because it really makes you think and shows the growth and journey of three people who end up together and try to stop the government. This book is good for you if you enjoyed The Maze Runner series."

-- Ellie

Nimona by Noelle Stevenson
"The plot was great. The author managed to make it begin with comedy and slowly morph it into an adventure story."

-- Nathan

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

New books and graphic novels out today

Gotham Academy. Vol. 1: Welcome to Gotham Academy by Becky Cloonan
Gotham City's most prestigious prep school is a very weird place. It's got a spooky campus, oddball teachers, and rich benefactors always dropping that weirdo Bruce Wayne. But nothing is as strange as the students! Like, what's up with Olive Silverlock? Is she crazy or what? Where did she go last summer? And what's the deal with her creepy mom? And how come that Freshman Maps is always following her around? And is she still going out with Kyle? P.S. Did you hear the rumor about the ghost in the North Hall?! Collects Gotham Academy #1-6 GOTHAM ACADEMY is a new teen drama set in the shadow of Batman and the craziness of Gotham City, with new characters and old plus a secret tie to Gotham's past..

Ms. Marvel. Vol. 3: Crushed by G. Willow Wilson

Ant Man Prelude by Will Corona Pilgrim

Emmy & Oliver by Robin Benway
Sheltered seventeen-year-old Emmy's childhood best friend Oliver reappears after disappearing with his father ten years ago.

A Book of Spirits and Thieves by Morgan Rhodes
A mysterious book and ancient magic bring together four young people in modern-day Toronto and the ancient kingdoms of Mytica.