Thursday, April 10, 2014

Volunteer Opportunity- New York Blood Center and Long Island Greenbelt Trail Charity Hike

Looking for another community service opportunities?

The 8th Annual Hike For Life event sponsored by New York Blood Center and Long Island Greenbelt Trail Conference will be taking place this year on May 10, 2014.

Non-hiking volunteers are needed for activities such as: picnic assistance, car shuttles, welcome greeters and general publicity.  To volunteer, please email Natalie at volunteers@nybloodcenter.org or call 516-478-5006 or fill out a short form on the NY Blood Center site. 


Friday, March 21, 2014

Community Service Opportunity: Games at the Arbors



Teens in grades 6-12 are welcome to join us Saturday, March 22nd at the Arbors (West) Assisted Living in Islandia from 3-5pm.  We'll be assisting the staff in their weekly ice cream party by helping to serve the guests delicious treats.  And after the ice cream, we'll play some group games with the residents.  Two hours of community service will be given for anyone who attends.

We will have two more sessions of "Games at the Arbors," taking place on Saturday, April 26th and Saturday, May 17th as well.  You can sign up for these volunteer opportunities and more at the Hauppauge Library!  Just speak with a Youth and Family Services Librarian. 

*Please stop by to fill out a permission slip and photo release form for this program.  We will be meeting directly at the Arbors (West) on Saturday- I will bring extra copies of these forms with me if you don't get a chance to fill them out prior to that.  Any questions?  Speak with Ms. Catherine!


Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Take a Ride with Superman

Have you ever wondered what it would feel like to be Superman, flying through the streets, saving people from burning buildings, helping the good guys fight the bad guys?  Well here's your chance to see it thanks to a cooler than cool video!  Get ready for a wild ride!


Monday, March 17, 2014

All hail the know-er of things and the press-er of buttons

If you have a knack for technology and have gotten a reputation among your "less than technical" friends and family as the "go-to" guy or girl, then you may find this short animated film rather funny. 

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Saturday, March 15, 2014

Teen Tech Week- DIY Maker Space Creations





 DIY Maker Space Creations

So, you've probably heard the term "maker space" thrown around in the past year or two.  If you don't know what it is, here are a couple of brief definitions:

Makerspace.com definition:

To describe them simply, makerspaces are community centers with tools. Makerspaces combine manufacturing equipment, community, and education for the purposes of enabling community members to design, prototype and create manufactured works that wouldn’t be possible to create with the resources available to individuals working alone. These spaces can take the form of loosely-organized individuals sharing space and tools, for-profit companies, non-profit corporations, organizations affiliated with or hosted within schools, universities or libraries, and more. All are united in the purpose of providing access to equipment, community, and education, and all are unique in exactly how they are arranged to fit the purposes of the community they serve. 

Wikipedia (of all places) describes it quite nicely:
The maker culture is a contemporary culture or subculture representing a technology-based extension of the DIY culture. 
Here are some places you can look for cool projects:

Make: Projects

Howtoons

Instructables

*Remember: for Teen Tech Week, if you send us a picture of a DIY project you've done, we'll enter you into our raffle for a Barnes and Noble gift card! (Your photo and project explanation must be submitted to us no later than Saturday, March 15th. See a librarian for more details.) 

Friday, March 14, 2014

Teen Tech Week- DIY Writing Creations





 DIY Writing Creations





Black out Poetry or Newspaper Blackout
Both of these poetry styles use the idea of taking an existing text and covering up the words you don't want to see by blacking them out, leaving only the poetry behind.  Some examples are straightforward sharpie-to-the-paper, while others have a more artistic approach.  Either way, the idea that the poem was there in the text the whole time is kind of neat.  You're like a sculptor of words, chiseling away the unwanted parts.





Six Word Memoirs
As anyone who texts and/or tweets knows, sometimes it can be challenging to be brief.  We all have a lot to say, right?  Well, try writing an autobiography using only six words.  What six words strung together would give us a sense of who you are, where you've been, or what you're feeling right now?  'Smithteens', the teen portion of 'Six Word Memoirs', is dedicated to just that. 


*Remember: for Teen Tech Week, if you send us a picture of a DIY project you've done, we'll enter you into our raffle for a Barnes and Noble gift card! (Your photo and project explanation must be submitted to us no later than Saturday, March 15th. See a librarian for more details.) 

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Teen Tech Week- DIY Music and Dance Creations



 DIY Music and Dance Creations

DIY doesn't always mean creating a physical product that you can hold in your hand.  Sometimes it's about creating an experience.  

And with all of the music and dance related shows on TV today, you can't help but be inspired.  Whether you have formal training or not, you can still join in the fun!  

The Cup Song has been going around the internet for some time now, and although it looks really hard to do, when you break it down... oh, who am I kidding- it's hard!  Doesn't mean you shouldn't try it though!  Here's a tutorial:


And here's proof that many, many people have mastered this rhythm!  All ages, guys and girls!


And there's always a good old-fashioned flash mob- done so many ways, all across the world, the idea of people getting together to surprise others with seemingly spontaneous entertainment will never get old.  So many cool ones are out there.  Here are just a few for inspiration!

Classical Flash Mob:


College Campus Flash Mob:


Broadway Show in a Mall Flash Mob:


And just for good measure, here's a song and video that can't help but inspire you to sing and dance!  Go out there and show the world what you've got!  Be brave!


*Remember: for Teen Tech Week, if you send us a picture of a DIY project you've done, we'll enter you into our raffle for a Barnes and Noble gift card! (Your photo and project explanation must be submitted to us no later than Saturday, March 15th. See a librarian for more details.) 

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