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Teen Hour of Code

Today HCPL had its own Hour of Code. We got on Code.org and played games that taught us how to code video games, web pages, and apps. If you are interested in learning to code, below are some free resources that will help you get started!

Online

Lynda

This is free through the library. If you go to HCPL’s website and click the link, you can log in for free using your library card. Then you can find awesome tutorials on how to code (amongst other things).

 

Code.org

This is the site that we used during our Hour of Code program. This is for many grade levels and teaches coding through games with popular themes, like Moana, Star Wars, and Minecraft. No downloads needed.

 

Alice

This is a free download that provides space for you to create your game using blocking code. The site has resources that will help you learn to use this space and, thus, learn coding.

 

Code Academy

This code academy gives you options of different coding languages to learn. Then it takes you through guided, interactive lessons.

 

Free Code Camp

While this one requires a lot of set up before you get to the meat of the program (two different free accounts, lots of introductory material, ect.), the actual program is great. It takes you step by step from the beginning and has you coding right away. Also, the projects you do are used to help charities!

 

Scratch

This is a great, free site that allows you to practice basic coding. Plus, no download needed!

 

Code School: Try Python

This teaches you Python through short videos and challenges. You do have to set up a free account though.

 

Bonus: Erase all Kittens is a story line game that teaches you to code as you go on a quest to find the missing kittens. It is quirky and funny. HOWEVER, only the short demo is free. The full game must be purchased.

 

Books at the Library

Young Adult

Coding for Beginners

Girl Code: Gaming, Going Viral, and Getting It Done

Invent your Own Computer Games with Python

Python Hunting: A Beginner’s Guide to Python Programming and Game Building

Scratch 2.0 Programming for Teens

Juvenile

How to Code in 10 Easy Lessons

Coding Projects in Scratch

Coding Games in Scratch: A Step-by-Step Visual Guide to Building Your Own Computer Games

Adult

Coding All-in-One

Programming for the Absolute Beginner

Coding for Dummies

Beginning Programming with Python for Dummies

Beginning Programming for Dummies

Make Pillow Cases for Peyton Manning Children’s Hospital

Yesterday many of you came out to the library to make pillow cases for kids in Peyton Manning Children’s Hospital. These kids often stay there for months and being able to personalize a bit of their room might make it feel more comfortable.

If you are interested in making a pillow case for these kids, follow the instructions below and bring them to the desk in the Children’s Room by the end of July. We will take them to the hospital for you.

Supplies

  • Fabric 44″ x 29″  (or 22″ x 29″ when folded in half length-wise)
  • needle
  • thread
  • scissors

Threading the Needle

Look for the eye of the needle (the hole). Then put the thread through this hole, making sure that there are two sides to the thread. Pull the thread until the two sides are hanging either side of the eye of the needle, matching up in length. Tie a knot with the two ends.

 

 

Sewing a Backstitch

Poke the needle down into the fabric, over about a quarter inch and back up again. Pull the thread taut so that the knot lies against the fabric.

  1. Poke the needle down by knot then over and up a quarter inch to the left of the previous needle up position.
  2. Pull thread taut so that thread lies smooth against the fabric.
  3. Put needle down into the fabric at the left hand end of your previous thread loop.
  4. Slide the needle over to the left, underneath the fabric, through the fabric approximately a quarter inch to the left of your last “up” position. Pull the thread taut to get the thread to lay smooth against the fabric.

Note: When you are at the end of a thread, anchor the stitch by weaving the end back through the previous stitches and cut off the extra. Then thread another needle and do it again, starting where you left off.

 

Making the Pillow Case

  1. Fold the fabric in half. Fold it length-wise with the finished sides, or “right” sides, of the fabric together. The unfinished sides, or “wrong” sides, should be facing out.
  2. Stitch the long side and one short side. Use a double threaded needle to make a straight backstitch up the long side of the fabric. Turn the fabric and continue backstitching one of the short sides. When you’re finished, turn the fabric right side out.
  3. Hem the open side. Start by folding the fabric back to create a 1/2-inch hem. Iron the fabric to create a crease. Fold the fabric back again, this time creating a 3-inch hem. Iron the fabric again and use a needle and thread to stitch around the base of the hem to keep it in place.

 

 

 

*Note: All instructions were found on Wiki-How

Teen Summer Reading Club 2017

Guys, it is that wonderful time again. School is ending, the sun is coming out, and Teen Summer Reading Club is starting!

This year you don’t even have to wait to register for our Summer Reading Club. You can register right now!

The Club

  • For those going into 6th grade to 19 years old
  • Officially starts May 31st and ends August 1st
  • Earn 1 ticket for every book you log. Each ticket can be put in a prize box of your choice.
  • After logging 5 books, you get a free book to keep.
  • Print books, graphic novels, magazines, ebooks, audiobooks, and 10 children’s books can all be logged.
  • Drawings for prizes will take place on August 2nd. Prizes must be picked up by August 10th

 

The Prizes

 

The Programs

This year’s theme is “Build a Better World” so there will be many programs that revolve around that theme.

Some of the programs we have lined up for you are:

You can register right now by clicking on the links!

 

The Volunteer Opportunities

Building a Better World can also mean helping others, which is why we are having some programs where you can earn service hours.

Teens Read the Way: You can help children (age 3 to grade 5) keep their reading skills over the summer by reading with them and doing activities each week. At the end of the 6 weeks, those who volunteered will not only receive signed volunteer service hour letters but also a reward party with pizza and a movie.

Make Hospital Pillow Cases for Kids: Make fun pillow cases for kids in Peyton Manning Children’s Hospital at St. Vincent. Not only will it be fun and bring some joy to a kid, but it will also earn you service time and you get to learn some basic sewing.

 

 

So come join us over the summer for fun programs, reading, and prizes!

Summer Reading Ending Soon!

Do you still have books you need to log? Do you still have slips that you need to pick up and put in the prize boxes?  Have you read at least 5 books and still need to pick out your free prize book?  Do you still need to sign up for summer reading?

You still have time to do all of those things! All books need to be logged, prize drawing entry slips filled out, and prize books picked up by August 1st.  The drawing for our awesome teen prizes is on August 2nd.  If you haven’t signed up yet, you can still do that by clicking here.  Summer reading began June 1st, so you can log any books that you have read since that date.

May the odds be ever in your favor.

P.S. Check out the prize drawing options below.

Summer Reading PRIZES:

 Advanced Limousines Limo Ride

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Japan Loot Crate + No Face Character Backpack

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$50 Hometown Comics Gift Card

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Star Wars BB-8 droid by Sphero

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 Kindle Paperwhite (latest gen)
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 Summer Reader – (pick 4 books from YA book stash) + $25 Starbucks Gift Card
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 18×24 Drawing Pad, 23×26 Sketch Board, Prismacolor Pencils & Markers

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Senior Photo Shoot Package – Shawna Marie Photography

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$100 Walmart Card
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4 Skyzone Passes

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Join Us for Wonderland Croquet

Come down the rabbit-hole and join us for a Alice in Wonderland themed croquet match Thursday, June 16th from 5:00 – 7:00 pm.  We’ll have flamingo mallets, rolling-hedgehogs, card-guards, and Mad Hatter tea party snacks.  If you want, come dressed in your favorite Alice in Wonderland-inspired costume! Rain date is June 29th. Click here to sign up!