Sunday, August 25, 2013

Scrap-Cracklings #25

It's that time of year again...

You might be starting at a new school in a new town. Or you might be heading back to the school you've grown to know Either way, it's been a while since you've stepped foot in a classroom, cracked open a geometry book, and maybe seen some of your friends.

Here are some handy tips on making sure that the first day of the rest of your year goes well.

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

OCD and the Library

The video above features an incredible spoken work artist performing his composition about falling in love. It's gone viral, and I keep seeing it pop-up everywhere. Neil Hilborn has Obsessive Compulsive Disorder. The way he incorporates his tics and compulsions into his work is breathtaking.

OCD affects about 3% of the general population of the U.S., including about 1 in 200 minors. People usually begin displaying symptoms between the ages of 6 and 15. That means that someone you know, perhaps even someone close to you, has some degree of Obsessive Compulsive disorder. In spite of the restrictions the disorder's typical behaviors can place on a person, lots of people with OCD live incredible, creative lives. Want to know more? Try one of these fabulous new books:

OCD, the Dude, and Me by Lauren Vaughn

Danielle Levine has an impressive hat collection and a different pair of Chucks for every mood. She stands out everywhere, even in her alternative high school filled with weirdos. When her unique English essays land her in a dreaded social skills class, she's surprised to meet someone who just may understand her better than she understands herself and introduces her to a community of people who accept her for who she is.

OCD Love Story by Corey Haydu

In an instant, Bea felt almost normal with Beck, and as if she could fall in love again, but things change 
when the psychotherapist who has been helping her deal with past romantic relationships puts her in a group 
with Beck--a group for teens with obsessive-compulsive disorder.

Sunday, August 18, 2013

Scrap-Cracklings #24

Do you love all things geek? How about baking?
Ro over at Nerdy Nummies has combined all thinks geeky and baking.
Enjoy! You might even be inspired enough to make these...

Friday, August 16, 2013

Did you Make It?

Hey, are you a Maker, whether high-tech or otherwise? Did you attend any of our Maker Monday events this summer? Well, come to our final Maker Monday event, the Made It Showcase to show off what you've made, play with our digital instruments one more time, and once again see 3-D printing in action.

Remember, perfection is not needed to achieve beauty. The image above is from a Flickr group of 3-D print fails. Impressive, no?

Sunday, August 11, 2013

Scrap-Cracklings #23

Bubbles! Remember how much fun you had with bubbles when you were a kid? It's OK to still enjoy the fun of bubbles now that you're practically a grown up! Maybe you babysit and need a littel inspriation on how entertain the youngsters. Or maybe you just like good clean fun (pun intended). Check out this HowToons tutorial

Saturday, August 10, 2013

Surprise Videos

One of my co-workers just stumbled across this awesome set of teen-made videos about the library. Thank you, Jennie Sheila McCarthy, for being awesome!


Sunday, August 4, 2013

Scrap-Cracklings #22

Maybe you imagine yourself Katness or Gale. You see yourself running through the forest with your bow and arrow hunting your own food. No? Well how about just the bow and arrow part? This tutorial is amazing and fun. The best part is it really works. While you won't be putting dinner on the table, you might have more fun launching these Qt arrows from and equally cute bow.

For complete instructions, click here.

If you don't have a pocket knife, scissors work well, too!



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