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Make it!: No-Mess Tie-Dye Bandanas

Posted on January 21st, 2014 by Becky.
Categories: Art & Craftiness, Events.

What: Tie-dye bandanas

Who: Ages 12-18

When: This Thursday, January 23, 4:00-5:00pm (that’s 1-23, 4-5, for you numerologists)

How: Register here (or call 614-882-7277 x 5006)

Why: Is it possible to tie-dye indoors in the winter without making a huge mess?! We’ll find out when we decorate bandanas in this science-meets-crafting program for teens.

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Teen Read Week is here!!

Posted on October 15th, 2013 by Becky.
Categories: Art & Craftiness, Books, Events.

You guys! It’s that time! That week of the year when we already-crazy librarians get a little more crazed about one of our favorite things: READING! Teen Read Week is all about the celebration of teens reading for fun (raise your hand if your life could use some more fun reading…you too, eh?) and this year’s theme is Seek The Unknown @ Your Library. <cue spooky music>

OK, so even though you could interpret this as a little bit spooky, I love thinking of it as pursuing anything you want to know more about and can read about! What have you learned more about from reading? I’ll tell you one of mine, if you promise not to laugh: interior decorating. Yep. I think it has to do with being an artistic person and also really liking to hang out at home. At one point I got so into reading decorating books that I made my own Goodreads shelf to keep track of them. No joke!

So what about you? What new knowledge have you sought at the library or in books or reading?

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Full Steam Ahead! Books and Programs for Steampunk Fans

Posted on March 12th, 2013 by Mickie.
Categories: All posts, Art & Craftiness.

The new book shelf in the teen room looks awesome these days–full of alternate history and steampunk machinery. New to steampunk? I like Wikipedia’s explanation:

 Steampunk is a sub-genre of science fiction that typically features steam-powered machinery,[1] especially in a setting inspired by industrialized Western civilization during the 19th century. Therefore, steampunk works are often set in an alternate history of the 19th century’s British Victorian era or American “Wild West”, in a post-apocalyptic future during which steam power has regained mainstream use, or in a fantasy world that similarly employs steam power.

Often fast-paced and fun, Steampunk gets a lot of attention…so give it a go! Check out our latest additions or browse our favorite steampunk novels from our catalog or through our Steampunk Explore guide. Want to look the part? Join us next week for our  Cosplay: It’s Easier than you Think! program where we will be crafting steampunk goggles!

Etiquette & Espionage by Gail Carriger. Fans of Gail Carriger’s Parasol Protectorate will be thrilled to know that she has a new series out–in the first book, readers enter  an alternate England of 1851, spirited fourteen-year-old Sophronia is enrolled in a finishing school where, she is suprised to learn, lessons include not only the fine arts of dance, dress, and etiquette, but also diversion, deceit, and espionage.  Gail even has a super neat web site about the book at a special website dedicated to The Finishing School Series. Click on the image for more how-tos…

 

Legacy of the Clockwork Key by Kristen Bailey

A orphaned sixteen-year-old servant in Victorian England finds love while unraveling the secrets of a mysterious society of inventors and their most dangerous creation.

The Lazarus Machine by Paul Crilley

In an alternate 1899 London, seventeen-year-old Sebastian Tweed searches for his kidnapped father, uncovering both a horrific technological secret and a political conspiracy that could destroy the British Empire.

The Friday Society by Adrienne Kress

Cora, Nellie, and Michiko, teenaged assistants to three powerful men in Edwardian London, meet by chance at a ball that ends with the discovery of a murdered man, leading the three to work together to solve this and related crimes without drawing undue attention to themselves.

The manual of aeronautics : an illustrated guide to the Leviathan series by written by Scott Westerfeld

Illustrations and text provide detailed looks at the machines, uniforms, creatures, and characters of the Leviathan book series

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Calling all Cosplayers!

Posted on January 30th, 2013 by Mickie.
Categories: Art & Craftiness.

Have you tried cosplaying yet? Cosplay is short for costume play and it is a fun way to reinvent your self for a day! Come meet with other cosplayers, learn about cosplay events, share ideas and get creative! This month we will be sewing a DIY cosplay faux fur tail! It is free and we’ll supply the materials…don’t miss out!

Space is limited so sign up now!

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Got your library card? You can check out this art. No, really.

Posted on December 14th, 2012 by Becky.
Categories: Art & Craftiness.

Did you know you can check out artwork from the library and take it home for a month…just like a book?!? It’s true! Take a look at our 380+ check-out-able (yes, I just made up that word) art pieces. Some are prints of famous works, while others are originals by local Westerville and Ohio artists. Click each title to see a thumbnail image of the piece. Never whine about your bare walls again!

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Hide Your Electronic Gadget with this Recycled Book Craft!

Posted on April 18th, 2012 by Mickie.
Categories: Art & Craftiness.

Upcycle an old book to protect and disguise your e-reader or tablet gadget! Spaces are still available for this teen craft, but they are going fast! Choose a Nancy Drew or Hardy Boys book from us or bring your own book and let the crafting begin! Sign up here!

A craft in time for Earth Day! Bring in an old book that is a similar size to your tablet, e-reader or Mp3 device or use one of ours to make a recycled holder out of the cover. Trendy, recycled and useful–pretty cool, eh? Please note parents, we will be using craft knives and glue guns for this program under the supervision of the librarian.

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Origami Rhino & Origami Books

Posted on April 3rd, 2012 by Becky.
Categories: Art & Craftiness, Books.

If there’s one crafty thing I’m asked for by all ages at the library, it’s origami. (Sometimes it’s Origami Yoda, but mostly it’s real origami.) I was reminded of its awesomeness when I came across this video of an origami rhino unfolding. I don’t know why it’s so magical, but it is! Enjoy it, and then check out a book on origami. Bonus: if you’re a visual person like me, don’t be afraid to look up instructional videos on how to do the complicated ones…OK…the easy ones, too. It really helps to see someone doing it!

Origami Rhino Unfolding from MABONA ORIGAMI on Vimeo.

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Teen Craft this Monday!

Posted on January 14th, 2012 by Mickie.
Categories: Art & Craftiness.

Join us on Monday, January 19 from 2:30-4:00 and bring an old t-shirt that you don’t mind cutting up to transform into a trendy scarf! Visit our calendar for more details and to reserve your spot!

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From Mysteries to Chronicles: Harris Burdick Gets an Update

Posted on November 10th, 2011 by Becky.
Categories: All posts, Art & Craftiness, Books, Words & Writing.

How many of you have read The Mysteries of Harris Burdick, by Chris Van Allsburg? It’s a fascinating collection of black-and-white drawings with weird captions that just beg to have a story written to explain them (and in fact, many Language Arts teachers have had this same idea for a writing assignment!).

Now The Chronicles of Harris Burdick has just been released, offering 14 authors’ attempts to tell the story behind the surreal pictures — including Walter Dean Myers, Kate DiCamillo, and even Stephen King.

“Mr. Linden’s Library:

He had warned her about the book.

Now it was too late.”

As a cool tie-in, don’t miss Figment’s writing contest, which invites you to submit your story for a chance to win prizes, including a copy of the new book!

Love this kind of book? You may also like other plot-your-own stories, and don’t miss Twice Told: Original Stories Inspired by Original Art.

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Attention artists & designers: Cover contest!

Posted on October 20th, 2011 by Becky.
Categories: Art & Craftiness, Books.

Nerdfighters! Have you seen this? You (yes, you!) can design the next paperback cover for An Abundance of Katherines, by John Green. Read all the details here, or watch the video below. DFTBA!

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Get Graphic @ Your Library!

Posted on October 13th, 2011 by Mickie.
Categories: Art & Craftiness, Events.

Calling all comic, manga and graphic novel fans!

Tuesday 10/18 from 4-5pm

In honor of Teen Read Week Join us in the activity center to talk about graphic novels, comics and manga. Local artist Victor Dandridge of  Vantage:Inhouse productions will show us some tricks of the trade and then we’ll try our hand at making our own! Reserve your spot now!

Not sure what I am talking about? Go read some GNs…seriously…I’ll wait. Pretty cool, right? Now lets make some ourselves. See you Tuesday!

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Monkey Madness!? Must be Teen Craft Time!

Posted on October 10th, 2011 by Mickie.
Categories: Art & Craftiness.

Make a Sock Monkey
Tuesday October 11 from 3-4:30pm

Oh yeah, Miss Mickie loves her a sock monkey (and referring to herself in the third person, it seems).
 So, yeah–I love making monkeys out of old socks to keep or give as gifts and now I want to teach you how to do it too! It is easy and fun–we’ll machine stitch parts of the body out of old socks and then hand stitch the monkey parts together. We’ll add a heart and some eyes and bit of string for a mouth–voila! Instant monkey, just add love!

Join me tomorrow from 3-4:30 and bring a pair of socks that you don’t want to wear anymore to the activity center and we’ll make a monkey out of ‘em! You supply the socks (any socks of any size or any color) we’ll supply everything else! Sign up and read the details here.

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Old Jeans + Stuffing + Bling = Neat-o Pillow Crafts!

Posted on September 9th, 2011 by Mickie.
Categories: Art & Craftiness.

Calling all crafty teens! Next Friday, September 16th from 3:30-4:30pm is our first craft program of the fall. Join us in the Youth Services activity center to make denim pillows.

Bring a pair of jeans that you don’t want to wear anymore and we’ll stitch them up into a cool pillow for your room! Maybe you’ll add a pocket to hold your iPod or maybe some ribbon in your favorite color to match your bedspread–be creative!

Space for this hands on, machine sewing program is limited so sign up today!

Or if you can’t make it, check out these books about fabric crafts or things you can make with scraps.

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Teach an old book a new trick!

Posted on May 2nd, 2011 by Mickie.
Categories: Art & Craftiness.

Do you have some old books laying around wishing they had more to do? Give an old book a new life this Saturday, May 7 from 2-4pm in the Youth Activity Center as we transform old books into hanging pieces of mobile art or super-secret book safes.

 Bring a book that you want to transform or use one of ours. No library books will be harmed in the making of these crafts! Sign up today! Registration is required and space is limited!

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Calling all crafters, Earth Day edition!

Posted on April 20th, 2011 by Mickie.
Categories: Art & Craftiness, Events, Fashion.

Friday, April 22 is Earth Day and how will you celebrate? Start celebrating early and join us in the teen room on Thursday April 21 (that’s tomorrow, dude!) from 3:30-4:30 and make a recycled tote bag out of your favorite old t-shirt! Bring a t-shirt that you don’t mind cutting up and we’ll provide the sewing stuff…want more ideas on how to recycle your wardrobe? Check out these crafty books for Earth Day and everyday!

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