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Sunday, March 9 – Saturday, March 15 is Teen Tech Week!!! Teen Tech week is the annual celebration of all things teens and technology at the Library. The 2014 theme is “DIY @ Your Library,” and we’re going to show you all the things you can do yourself when you visit us in person or online.  Check out the list below of some great nonfiction titles that can help you find things to DIY!

Stick ItStick It! : 99 DIY duct tape projects by T.L. Bonaddio

YA 745.5 BON




It's Your WorldIt’s Your World–If You Don’t Like it, Change it: activism for teenagers by Mikki Halpin

YA 371.81 HAL




97 Things97 Things to Do Before You Finish High School by Steven Jenkins and Erika Stalder

YA 646.7008 JEN




Sneaky UsesSneaky Uses for Everyday Things : how to turn a penny into a radio, make a flood alarm with an aspirin, change milk into plastic, extract water and electricity from thin air, turn on a TV with your ring, and other amazing feats by Cy Tymony

YA 608 TYM



WonderbookWonderbook : an illustrated guide to creating imaginative fiction by Jeff VanderMeer

YA 808.3 VAN




Learn to Speak FashionLearn to Speak Fashion : a guide to creating, showcasing & promoting your style by Laura deCarufel

YA 746.92 DEC



Eat Fresh FoodEat Fresh Food : awesome recipes for teen chefs by Rozanne Gold and her all-star team

YA 641.5 GOL




ShowOffShow Off : how to do absolutely everything one step at a time by Sarah Hines Stephens and Bethany Mann 

YA 790.1922 HIN




World of GeekcraftWorld of Geekcraft : step-by-step instructions for 25 super-cool craft projects by Susan Beal

YA 745.5 BEA




Punk Rock EtiquettePunk Rock Etiquette : the ultimate how-to guide for punk, underground, DIY, and indie bands by Travis Nichols

YA 781.6602 NIC

Teen Book Cover Art: Papercuts

These covers are actually pretty cool looking and got me wondering– how does someone actually make papercuts?  I checked out some of the books we have in the Library on paper cutting and let me tell you, you need some serious scissor skills.  However, they aren’t as complicated as you might think.  Part of the trick of papercutting is folding the paper to make more than one cut at a time.  There are also different cutting tools you can use to create more detailed cuts.

Here are some of the most recent Teen novels that feature papercuts on their covers, click on the cover or the title link to find more information about the book:


Shadow and Bone
by Leigh Bardugo


Paper Valentine
by Brenna Yovanoff


The Infects
by Sean Beaudoin


Pretty Monsters
by Kelly Link


Shiver, Linger, Forever (The Wolves of Mercy Fall trilogy)
by Maggie Stiefvater

If you want to find out more about how to create papercuts, check out this books at the Library!  (just click on the cover or title link to find it in the Library):

paper cutsPaper Cuts: 35 Inventive Projects

by Taylor Hagerty

736.98 HAG




Paper Cutting TechniquesPapercutting Techniques for Scrapbooks and Cards

by Sharyn Sowell

736.98 SOW




Paper CutoutsPaper Cutouts

by Helene Leroux-Hugon and Julierre Vicart

736.98 LER




Art of Paper CuttingThe Art of Paper Cutting

by Henya Melichson

736.98 MEL

Crazy-Cool Duct Tape Projects by Marisa Pawelko

Crazy-Cool Duct Tape Projects by Marisa Pawelko

Award winning, indie crafter, Marisa Pawelko  shares 24 of her best DIY Duct tape ideas.  Each craft comes with step-by-step instructions and how-to pictures. You’ll learn how to make fashionable wearables like gloves, leg warmers, a kilt and a halter top. You’ll also find crafty ideas for items like a vase or an awesome night light.  Crazy-Cool gives you a list of recommended tools and materials along with teaching you some of the basic skills needed to create with duct tape.  There are projects in here for all skill levels, from the “I live for crafting”  level to the  “what’s crafting”.  Check out Crazy-Cool and get your craft on!

Teeny-tiny Mochimochi by Anna Hrachovec

Teeny-tiny Mochimochi by Anna Hrachovec

If you know how to knit and love tiny things, then you should checkout the book Teeny-tiny Mochimohci!  You’ll find over thirty different tiny creations to make.

There’s tiny animals, tiny edibles, tiny humanoids, and more.  There are a ton of photos of these cute creations, as well as step by step instructions on how to create most of them.  Even if you are still learning to knit or if you don’t know how to knit at all, these creations are so cute and fun to look at!  For example, here’s the tiny cupcake:

And the tiny gnomes:

You can also check out the Mochimochi Land website: http://mochimochiland.com/

There’s a blog that you can follow, some additional how to instructions for all things knitting and stitching, and a gallery that features some of Anna Hrachovec’s creations as well as creations submitted by fans of Mochimochi.  Right now the results of the Mochimochi Land photo contest have been posted on the blog.  Here’s the winner:










Handmade Chic by Laura Bennett

Handmade Chic by Laura Bennett

Project Runway star, Laura Bennett, shares tips and techniques on how to make 35 high-fashion projects. The beginning of the book explains a variety of techniques from finishing leather to dyeing feathers.  Bennett gives the reader helpful information on where to buy different materials, using faux fur, and even sewing terminology. The projects are divided into four sections, Small Luxuries, Fashionably Organized, Stylish Carryalls, and Evening Extravagances. Each project comes with great instructions, a lot of pictures and even patterns. Plus, helpful tips to encourage you along the way.

This is a great book for anyone interested in creating designer quality belts, bags, bracelets, and even a beaded dress.  The author stresses the point that “handmade” does not have to look “homemade” and her quality projects show this.  Another benefit of the book is that there are different project levels.  You can start with a simple key ring tassle and work your way up to a feathered evening clutch. Whatever your skill level, you can find fun, fashion projects to work on this summer, that will look great.

If you like fashion and creating your own clothes or accessories, just click one of the book covers below to find it in our catalog.