Monthly Archives: June 2013

Friday Crafternoon- T-shirt Scrap Pillow

Here is another great project if you have a ton of old t-shirts that you can’t bear to throw away! At this website you can see instructions to do this with lots of sewing tools, but there is a simpler way if you don’t have those tools on hand. Cut the t-shirt up in to scraps of the parts you want to save. Cut little slits all around the four edges of the scrap. Tug on the fringe pieces that are created by the slit snips, until they stretch out and get longer. Then, tie the fringes to the fringe of another scrap piece. Measure out the scraps so you will end up with two perfect squares of the same size. Then, tie together three of the large square’s edges and HALF of the fourth edge. Take some stuffing (sold at craft stores!) and fill your new pillow case to the fluffiness level you want. Then, tie up the remaining ends, and lay pack on your new custom pillow!

Below is a photo of the sewn version, but it should look pretty similar to this if you use the tying method. Enjoy!


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Library Summer Reading 2013

It’s time for Summer Reading at the Library!

Teens entering 7th through 12 th grades are encouraged to come in to the Library and register to partake in our Summer Reading program. This program involves recording what you are reading throughout the summer and getting rewarded for it!

It’s simple: when you sign up you will receive an information packet that includes a bookmark log. On the bookmark, you keep track of the books you are reading and how much time you spend reading by checking off a star for every 30 minutes- once the bookmark log is full (after 5 hours), return it to the library to receive a prize!

There are five prizes you can win, including an Applebee’s coupon for a free sundae, and a free book from Rutger’s Barnes & Noble. Once you submit five bookmarks (25 hours) you will be invited to come to our Summer Reading Fair on August 17th and enjoy free food, games, extra prizes, and a water slide!

Call or come in to the library today to find out more and get a calendar of summer events!

YA Book Review- Ender’s Game

This book is science fiction and dystopian of some of the best kind. The movie based on this book is due out in November of this year, so grab it in print before you enjoy it in theaters!

I’m going to let the Goodreads description tell you the details:

“In order to develop a secure defense against a hostile alien race’s next attack, government agencies breed child geniuses and train them as soldiers. A brilliant young boy, Andrew “Ender” Wiggin lives with his kind but distant parents, his sadistic brother Peter, and the person he loves more than anyone else, his sister Valentine. Peter and Valentine were candidates for the soldier-training program but didn’t make the cut–young Ender is the Wiggin drafted to the orbiting Battle School for rigorous military training.
Ender’s skills make him a leader in school and respected in the Battle Room, where children play at mock battles in zero gravity. Yet growing up in an artificial community of young soldiers Ender suffers greatly from isolation, rivalry from his peers, pressure from the adult teachers, and an unsettling fear of the alien invaders. His psychological battles include loneliness, fear that he is becoming like the cruel brother he remembers, and fanning the flames of devotion to his beloved sister.
Is Ender the general Earth needs? But Ender is not the only result of the genetic experiments. The war with the Buggers has been raging for a hundred years, and the quest for the perfect general has been underway for almost as long. Ender’s two older siblings are every bit as unusual as he is, but in very different ways. Between the three of them lie the abilities to remake a world. If, that is, the world survives.”

If you like to read about aliens, futuristic space wars, kids saving the day, or even if you like video games, definitely pick this up.

Enders Game


Friday Crafternoon- Paper Wrapped Pencils

Creating covered pencils will make that summer homework a lot more fun. This craft is simple and requires few supplies. Grab some round, neutral-colored pencils for your base. Make sure you have Mod Podge and a paintbrush available. Find some paper in a funky pattern, a pretty print, or your favorite color. Then follow the instructions on this blog! The result is a writing utensil uniquely you. Make them for friends and family, too!

covered pencils

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YA Book Review- Fire by Kristen Cashore (of the Graceling Realm series)

Imagine a world where there are not only regular animals and humans, but brightly colored monster animals and humans that are vicious and beautiful and can compel you to do anything they want you to do? This is the world where Fire lives, and she is one of these monster humans, with hair all shades of reds and pinks and beauty so stunning that men and woman alike will do unreasonable things, like try to kiss her or kill her on sight. Fire has always hated her abilities, but she is the only monster human left ever since her greedy and scheming father, Cansrel, killed himself. Monster human blood attracts monster animals, and so she is in constant danger of attacks- the only thing that saves her is her ability to manipulate creature’s minds, which is something her father delighted in but she has always felt made her a terrible person. When mysterious attacks by blank-minded men make her home estate an unsafe place, she happily takes the invitation to visit the King’s city, even though it means having a constant steel-minded guard with her and trusting herself to the sullen younger brother of the king, Prince Brigan. The dangers are many and the longer she is away from home the more mysteries present themselves. Can she help a kingdom that is quickly falling apart, a good king who cannot control himself around her, and a damaged prince who seems to be the only one to understand her?

Once again, this author does a wonderful job of world building. This book is part of the Graceling series but is set in a land that knows nothing of the Graceling-filled kingdoms, separated from them by a treacherous mountain range. You do not need to read Graceling in order to understand the story- Fire actually takes place before Graceling and is considered a companion novel. Fantasy lovers, you will not be dissapointed!



Friday Crafternoon- Fun Jewelry From Dollhouse Minis

If you’ve been thinking your jewelry looks a little boring lately, this is a great project to update your collection. Head over to the craft story and grab the basics: ring blanks, pin backs, pendant blanks, or earrings backs (in the jewelry section) and some very strong glue (like superglue or E6000 fabric glue). Then find the dollhouse section and have a great time picking out all of the miniature pieces you want to make jewelry with! This crafter has examples like using a tiny teacup or paint pallet. The possibilities are only as limited as the store’s selection!


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YA Book Review- Graceling by Kristen Cashore (of the Graceling Realm series)

In the land where this story is set, there are humans that are Graced with special abilities, and they are clearly marked by having two differently colored eyes. In most kingdoms, the Graced are bound by law to be given to the kings as soon as their Grace shows itself.  Katsa has always known herself to be Graced with the art of fighting, and as the niece of King Randa she was close enough to the crown when this was discovered that she was immediately put to work as one of his thugs. She hated to be used by him in this way, so she started a Council of trustworthy people throughout the kingdoms that secretly work against the ignorant kings and lords. Despite Katsa’s good heart and selflessness, her general distrust only allows a very small circle of people close to her heart. When the Graced prince from a local kingdom comes to her court in order to solve the mystery of his missing Grandfather, Katsa cannot decide whether or not to trust him- especially because he is the first man to ever get under her skin.

If you have ever been a lover of fantasy, you simply MUST pick up this title. The world that the author builds is dazzling and intriguing, and the mysteries that Katsa works to solve will have you guessing until the last pages. This is also a great pick for anyone who likes to read about strong, independent female characters! Once you read this, you will be excited to know that there are two more books set in this world- Fire and Bitterblue.