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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

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!

Teen Winter Ball

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Calling all Harry Potter fans – break out your finest Hogwarts robes and dancing shoes and head to the library on Friday, February 26th at 6 p.m. for our first ever Harry Potter-inspired Winter Ball! Dance to your favorite tunes and make HP-style wands under tons of floating candles!

Stop in at any library service desk or click here for a permission slip. Signed permission slips are required at the door for this magical after-hours event!

See you on the dance-floor HP fans!

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The Teen 12 Giveaways of December!

Hey Teens, want some FREE books? We’re giving away book packs containing TWO FREE BOOKS in our 12 Giveaways of December drawing! There’s still time to enter your name to win. Stop by the Main or Sugar Creek branch for an entry slip.  Enter 1 slip per library visit with the prize # you want. Winners will be contacted by Teen Librarian Sarah.

Prize pack list:

  1. Batman: The Dark Knight Saga by Frank Miller & All-Star Superman by Grant Morrison (graphic novels)
  2. Fangirl Collector’s Edition & Carry On by Rainbow Rowell
  3. My True Love Gave to Me by Stephanie Perkins & Let it Snow by John Green
  4. The Blood of Olympus & The Sword of Summer by Rick Riordan
  5. Drama & The Babysitter’s Club by Raina Telgemeier (graphic novels)
  6. Cress & Winter by Marissa Meyer
  7. You pick 2 from the YA stash
  8. Dragon-Ball Full-Color vol. 1 by Akira Toriyama & Scott Pilgrim Full-Color vol. 1 by Bryan Lee O’Malley
  9. Illustrated Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K Rowling & Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them by Newt Scamander
  10. The Lord of the Rings Collector’s Edition by J.R.R Tolkien & You pick 1 from YA stash

 

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Congrats to the winners of our fun end-of-year drawing! 

  1. Batman: The Dark Knight Saga by Frank Miller & All-Star Superman by Grant Morrison (graphic novels) – Emily A.
  2. Fangirl Collector’s Edition & Carry On by Rainbow Rowell – Jenny B.
  3. My True Love Gave to Me by Stephanie Perkins & Let it Snow by John Green – Karen M.
  4. The Blood of Olympus & The Sword of Summer by Rick Riordan – Jonathan B.
  5. Drama & The Babysitter’s Club by Raina Telgemeier (graphic novels) – Mary G.
  6. Cress & Winter by Marissa Meyer – Abby R.
  7. You pick 2 from the YA stash – Jaiden M., Rani B., Sarah B.
  8. Dragon-Ball Full-Color vol. 1 by Akira Toriyama & Scott Pilgrim Full-Color vol. 1 by Bryan Lee O’Malley – Jacob H.
  9. Illustrated Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K Rowling & Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them by Newt Scamander – Alyssa M.
  10. The Lord of the Rings Collector’s Edition by J.R.R Tolkien & You pick 1 from YA stash – James H.

 

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