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New Science Fiction (part2)

Maker Mondays at Main

YAS Orange

At Main Library in Young Adults’ Services, we’ve got a mini Maker Lab for people in grades 6-12. There’s a 3D printer, music recording room, sewing machines, digital media workstation, scanner, and iPads. And there are many fun activities to try out in the Maker Mondays series. These programs run from 4-5:30. There’s also one special event from 6-8:45 on Tuesday, October 14th.

PS. We also have a Minecraft Club. Minecraft sessions will take place most 1st and 3rd Wednesdays from 7-8:30.

Please call 421-1255 to sign up for any of these activities.

September 8th Introduction to 3D Printing Learn how 3D printers work, create a basic object with Tinkercad, and explore Thingiverse. For beginners. Email address required.
September 22nd Intro to Coding We’ll use Code.org and Scratch to learn some basics of computer programming. For beginners. Email address required.
September 29th Beginner Tote Bag Learn how to sew a simple yet customizable tote bag.
October 6th Finch Robots Learn how Finch can help you get started programming .
October 13th Basics of Soldering Make a blinky robot badge (there will be two sessions: 4-4:30 and 5-5:30pm; please choose one).
October 14th Ada Lovelace Day: E-Textiles with AnaMarie Celebrate the holiday that celebrates the achievements of women in STEM–science, technology, engineering, and math! In honor of the day, we’ve invited engineer Anamarie to visit the library to offer a free beginner’s workshop on electronic fashions, just for teens. Bring a piece of fabric or garment that could use a little bling.
October 20th Ductigami We provide the tape; you provide the creativity.
October 27th Sew a Pillow Supplies provided to make a decorative toss pillow.
November 3rd Garageband Basics Studio D is available to you. Learn how to get started recording with Garageband.
November 10th Meet Raspberry Pi We’ll talk about what Raspberry Pi is, set some up, and get started programming. For beginners.
November 17th MIT App Inventor 2 We’ll make two easy yet customizable Android apps (You will need a Google account to use App Inventor or ask your parents to lend you theirs).
November 24th Green Screen Make funny, short videos in front of our green screen. Remember: don’t wear green!
December 1st No Sew Fleece Scarves Make an easy, colorful scarf to help you stay warm this winter.
December 8th Basics of Soldering Make a blinky robot badge (there will be two sessions: 4-4:30 and 5-5:30pm; please choose one).
December 15th Dog Bandanas Make one for your own dog or for a shelter pooch.
December 22nd Toothbrush Robots These simple mechanical bots are supercute and supereasy to make.
December 29th iMovie for iPad Learn how to use iMovie for iPad while completing a fun scavenger hunt!

p.s. We also have books!

So what are you doing now that the summer reading program is over? What? You have to go to school? Oh. OK-go to school, but that doesn’t mean that the library has stopped planning awesome things for you to do. If you click on events on our home page and then limit the events to teens, you’ll find that some branch of ACPL has a teen event planned for you nearly every day, you just have to find what interests you and is coming to a library near you!

If you like book groups, there are several at the Main library in Young Adults.  There is also one at Aboite that meets monthly at 7:00 on the third Thursday of the month.  Check out our Book Talk section on ACPL‘s home page.

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We also offer crafts, arduino, 3-D printing, code club, Adobe illustrator, adobe video editing, sewing, and video games just to name a few programs that are available.  If you are looking for ways to have fun outside of school, the library is the place to be!

Creativity and duct tape at Woodburn Branch.

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Seventeen-year-old Cassie is a natural at reading people. Piecing together the tiniest details, she can tell you who you are and what you want. But it’s not a skill that she’s ever taken seriously. That is, until the FBI come knocking: they’ve begun a classified program that uses exceptional teenagers to crack infamous cold cases, and they need Cassie.

What Cassie doesn’t realize is that there’s more at risk than a few unsolved homicides—especially when she’s sent to live with a group of teens whose gifts are as unusual as her own. Sarcastic, privileged Michael has a knack for reading emotions, which he uses to get inside Cassie’s head—and under her skin. Brooding Dean shares Cassie’s gift for profiling, but keeps her at arm’s length.

Soon, it becomes clear that no one in the Naturals program is what they seem. And when a new killer strikes, danger looms closer than Cassie could ever have imagined. Caught in a lethal game of cat and mouse with a killer, the Naturals are going to have to use all of their gifts just to survive.

M: This is going to be hard, because I don’t remember it.

R: I think we’ll do just fine! For those of you playing along at home, today we’re reviewing a book that we read almost a year ago, because the sequel is coming out soon and Megan and I were fortunate enough to get a copy before publication. Yay!

M: And it was very very good and we wanted to share it with you!

R: So, on to reviewing book one! I like the cover in that it gets your attention and makes you wonder what the book is about. Does it perfectly fit with the story? No.

M: Can I just say I probably would not have read it, had you not recommended it. However, it’s not because it’s a bad cover, it just doesn’t scream “Megan!” and that it’s not really my preferred genre. I did really enjoy it though and I’ve switched to more mystery since, but with YA mystery you just never know whether it’s going to be good.

R: My absolute favorite part of this series has to be the interludes between the chapters where it’s set in second person. They’re so well done and they add a deliciously creepy factor to the story.

M: Definitely and this book had creep factor that was pretty high anyway. Do not read before you go to bed. Just a warning.

R: Yeah, the creepy bits sneak up on you. It definitely appeals to people who watch Criminal Minds.

M: I can see that. There were some good not creepy parts too.

R: And funny!

M: Funny?

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