Wednesday, December 17, 2014

YA Books to Look Forward to in the 2015



It's almost a new year, and if you're anything like me, you have all sorts of big plans for your reading list for 2015.  Are you going back to the classics?  Are you going to catch up on some recent books that may have passed you by?  Will you be reading the 2nd and 3rd books in the trilogy you just started?  Or do you want the newest of the new? 

Whatever your plans are (and most especially if you answered yes to the last question) you may want to keep some of these books, compiled by Epic Reads, on your list.  (All are scheduled to come out in 2015.)

http://www.epicreads.com/blog/20-books-you-should-save-your-holiday-gift-cards-for/

Thursday, April 24, 2014

Looking for New Ways to Volunteer?



If you're looking for new ways to get involved or to bulk up on your community service hours, check out the Long Island Volunteer Center site!

http://www.longislandvolunteercenter.org/

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.) 

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