Everybody loves Fridays! School’s out and the whole weekend is ahead of you. It’s time for some fun!
Join us in the Teen Space on Friday Funday each month for a fun activity. Technology, crafts, gaming — we’ll explore something different every time. The main ingredient is you!
Friday, September 21, 4:30-6 p.m. Robot Dance Party
Friday, October 12, 4:30-6 p.m. Stitch Lab: Sewing
Friday, November 30, 4:30-6 p.m. Incredible Giftables
Friday, December 7, 4:30-6 p.m. Perler Bead-a-Palooza
No registration needed. Just drop in!
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 It! : 99 DIY duct tape projects by T.L. Bonaddio
YA 745.5 BON
It’s Your World–If You Don’t Like it, Change it: activism for teenagers by Mikki Halpin
YA 371.81 HAL
97 Things to Do Before You Finish High School by Steven Jenkins and Erika Stalder
YA 646.7008 JEN
Sneaky 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
Wonderbook : an illustrated guide to creating imaginative fiction by Jeff VanderMeer
YA 808.3 VAN
Learn to Speak Fashion : a guide to creating, showcasing & promoting your style by Laura deCarufel
YA 746.92 DEC
Eat Fresh Food : awesome recipes for teen chefs by Rozanne Gold and her all-star team
YA 641.5 GOL
Show Off : how to do absolutely everything one step at a time by Sarah Hines Stephens and Bethany Mann
YA 790.1922 HIN
World of Geekcraft : step-by-step instructions for 25 super-cool craft projects by Susan Beal
YA 745.5 BEA
Punk Rock Etiquette : the ultimate how-to guide for punk, underground, DIY, and indie bands by Travis Nichols
YA 781.6602 NIC
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
by Brenna Yovanoff
by Sean Beaudoin
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 Cuts: 35 Inventive Projects
by Taylor Hagerty
Papercutting Techniques for Scrapbooks and Cards
by Sharyn Sowell
by Helene Leroux-Hugon and Julierre Vicart
The Art of Paper Cutting
by Henya Melichson
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
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
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.
Not only do do we post reviews by you, but we also enthusiastically accept any art that you create and we will post it to the Teen Blog. Whether it’s drawings, photography, or even instructions for creating a cool craft or a recipe. You can turn in your work to the Fiction/AV/Teen desk on the second floor. Once you turn in the work, though, we cannot guarantee it’s return. Please make a copy of your work, if necessary, and turn in the copy to us. Also, we can not guarantee all work will be posted. Check out our most recent submission below:
Drawings by Shivani:
Fleece tie pillows are a very creative craft to do.
1st- you will need to buy 2 pieces of fleece and have measured.
2nd- you need to cut out the square ends on each side.
3rd- you need to start tying the pillow together with the other piece of fabric.
** Also make sure when you tie the pillow that all sides are tied in a knot evenly and connected.
4th- continue tying the pillow but leave one side open to put polyester cotton in.
5th- then you put the cotton in on the open side.
6th- if it is a big pillow then you will need a whole bag, but if its a small pillow 13 by 13 inch then you will only need half of the bag of cotton.
7th- then your pillow is completed and you will be able to take it with you when you travel in the car or have it as a extra pillow for you to sleep on.
craft submitted by Haley
Looking for more cool crafts? Check out Show Off: how to do absolutely everything one step at a time by Sarah Hines Stephens and Bethany Mann!