Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Teen Summer Programs

2014 Summer Programs 
for Teens at the 
Hamilton-Wenham Public Library

Registration is underway for the Library's teen summer programs, and they are filling up fast, don't miss out.  All programs are free; paid for by the Friends of the Hamilton-Wenham Library.  Sign up for your spot in a program at the Reference desk, or call: 978-468-5577, to sign up by phone.

6:30 PM to 8:00 PM
The Teen Think Tank is the Library's teen advisory
board, for ages 11-18.  We meet 11 times a year, on the first Thursday of the month (except July), for 90 minutes.
The Teen Think Tank works with the Young Adult Librarian to improve the library's teen collections (books, audiobooks, music, and films), and to create programs and services designed specifically for teens.
Come share your bright ideas! 
Earn community service credit.
Interested in becoming a member of the Teen Think Tank?  
To participate in the TTT stop by the library and talk with Kim Claire, Young Adult Librarian, or send an email stating your interest to:

TUESDAYS,  5:00 PM to 7:00 PM

Play Minecraft at the Library!  During the summer, starting Tuesday, June 24, the Minecraft Club will meet on Tuesday evenings, 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM.
For all ages who play well with others. No griefing EVER. Bring your own laptop and have an active Minecraft membership. The club is run by a member of the Teen Think Tank (the Library's teen advisory board). Beginners and advance players welcome.

On Tuesday, July 29, at 5 PM, the Minecraft Club will meet in the large meeting room on the first floor for a presentation from Bailey Sostek:  Bailey will demonstrate some of the mods that he has made for Minecraft, and then he will demonstrate what that has enabled him to do independently with the different games he has made. He may also do a walkthrough of how to create a simple base modification to Minecraft. He will conclude with showing the links and programs that he used to create the mods and to learn java.

THURSDAY, JULY 10, 3:30 PM to 4:30 PM
(meet in the Gymnasium next door to the Library)
Narrated by actor Liam Neeson, this production features high-resolution visualizations of cosmic phenomena; the formation of the early universe, star birth and death, the collision of giant galaxies, and a simulated flight to a super-massive black hole lurking at the center of our own Milky Way Galaxy.  Currently in distribution to more than 100 theaters worldwide,Black Holes: the Other Side of Infinity is one of the most successful full-dome shows ever produced.
Audience size is limited to dome capacity.  To attend please register at the Reference Desk located on the 2nd floor of the Library, or call the Reference Desk at 978-468-5577. 

THURSDAY, JULY 17, 2:30pm - 4:00 and
THURSDAY, JULY 31, 2:30pm - 3:30pm

  Join Toni Carolina for a two part 
photography workshop for teens.

1st part meets on:
Thursday, July 17, 2:30pm to 4:00pm
This session will focus on forced perspective photography; a manipulation of objects to look big or tiny without the use of Photoshop.  For example: making a person look as though they are floating in air.  Let your imagination be your guide with the help of your digital camera to create optical illusions.   Bring a camera and a tripod or a couple of bags of rice or beans to steady the camera shots.

2nd part meets on:
Thursday, July 31, 2:30pm to 3:30pm
This session bring your printed optical illusion images to the Library, where you will mount and hang them in a show in the Young Adult area of the Library.
Open to teens 12-18 years old, or to students entering grades 6-12 in 2014.  Limited to 12 participants.  There is no charge to attend. Register at the Reference desk, or call 978-468-5577.

SATURDAY, JULY 19, 9:30 PM to 12:30 PM 

The Library's teen advisory board will be going to Barnes & Noble to shop for items, that the Library does not already own, to add to our teen collections.  To participate in this trip you must have attended at least one previous Teen Think Tank meeting.
Parent/guardian permission forms are due by June 30. 
THURSDAY, JULY 24, 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM 
a PASTEL WORKSHOP for Teens and Adults 

A hands-on experience of basic pastel painting, as well as advanced techniques, using professional grade materials with award-winning artist, Gregory Maichack.
Extensively researched, Maichack teaches participants by lecture, revealing anecdotes, historical context and demo of techniquesThis workshop is designed for beginners to advanced participants. Maichack, a faculty member of the Springfield Museum Studio School, will explain concepts and then start you off by sharing a fearless approach to drawing. Participants will use photos of famous “Sunflowers” artwork by van Gogh, Georgia O’Keeffe, and Monet, and also Maichack’s reference photos, to create their unique sunflower pastel painting.
This workshop includes all materials:  Indigo paper, white charcoal pencils, black paper, Rembrandt soft pastels, Nupastels, French and English pastel pencils, assorted colored mid-toned Canson pastel paper and other materials.
Class size limited to 30 participants.   Open to teens ages 12-19, and to adults.
To attend register at the Reference desk on the 2nd floor of the Library, or call 978-468-5577.

This program is supported in part by a grant from the Hamilton-Wenham Cultural Council, a local agency, which is supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.


TUESDAY, JULY 29, 3:00 PM to 4:00 PM 
iROBOT visits the Library

Curious about robots? A representative from iRobot will bring their robots to the library.  Enjoy a presentation and hands-on demonstration of robots used both in the home and by soldiers and emergency response teams.

For ages 10 and up. No registration required.

7:00 PM to 8:30 PM

This presentation is a combination of lecture/discussion and physical demonstration given by Jeff Goodhind and Jeff Lord. Seeking a correlation between the book and the sword, they include material from the earliest known combat manual (MS I.33 from the early 14th century) to Alfred Hutton's Cold Steel (a manual from 1890) covering over half a millennia of the history of the sword in Western Europe and its use.  This program will include:
  • A chronological presentation of several different eras of sword use, including a physical demonstration of the use of several different types of swords (It is all choreographed and practiced in advance and they only use blunt steel swords.).
  • A question and answer "mythbusters" segment where they discuss the common misconceptions about swords.
  • Some images from historical works (PowerPoint).
  • An introduction to historical interpretation which includes some audience participation (Usually they provide two audience members with foam swords and have them work through a historical combat sequence.)
This program is for all ages. There is no registration required.
    SATURDAY, AUGUST 2, 10:15 AM to 2:00 PM

    Take a practice SAT/ACT (half SAT, half ACT) test, complete with results, provided free of charge by
    Kaplan Test Prep.  A proctored SAT/ACT practice test shows students what to expect in a test-like environment. Students will receive a comprehensive analysis of their performance from Kaplan, detailing individual strengths and weaknesses.
    Bring #2 pencil and a calculator to use during the test. The College Board sets the policy for calculators, here is the link to the policy:
    Limited to 24 participants.  Register at Kaplan Test Prep
    or go to the Reference desk on the 2nd floor of the Library.

    THURSDAY, AUGUST 14, 3:00 PM to 5:00 PM

    Engage in the mystery and the science of a Crime Scene Investigation Forensics Lab. From traditional fingerprinting techniques to DNA sampling and analysis, students will have the opportunity to explore methods used by scientists and detectives to properly identify suspects wrapped up in criminal investigations.

    A small amount of cell biology will be discussed as students extract DNA from fruit cells or their own cheek cells. Historic and modern techniques of fingerprinting will be used as students make their own fingerprint charts and dust for latent prints using magnetic and UV powder.  A microscope and two stereoscopes will be available for further investigation. Students can: identify significant markers on latent prints, study their own fingers and magnify sampled DNA. To end the investigation two - three real crimes that used covered practices will be discussed.
    Open to teens 12-18 years old or to students entering grades 6-12 in 2012. 
    Class size is limited to 14.  Register at the Reference desk on the 2nd floor, or call 978-468-5577.

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