Food and electronics don't usually mix well—unless you're cake hacking. Come learn how to embed electronics safely into cakes with Betty Hacker a.k.a Alicia Gibb the founder of Lunchbox Electronics. It’s hacking with a twist of Betty Crocker!
Alicia has been hacking and embedding electronics into edible cakes for several years. Most cakes she’s put electronics in have been for friends' birthdays. She’s made cakes with LED candles, cakes with motorized candles (fun flame effects!), singing cakes, and even a Game Boy cake with Mario Bros sounds. Generally, she uses open hardware Arduino microcontrollers to operate the cakes!
I have heard so many great things about Six of Crows, by Leigh Bardugo, that I was hesitant to start it. Every time some reviewer tells me that it is ABSOLUTELY THE BEST BOOK IN THE WORLD, I shudder. We Were Liars, by E. Lockhart, was supposed to be ABSOLUTLEY THE BEST BOOK IN THE WORLD and I was very “meh” about it. You all know my Harry Potter aversion even though I am told that is ABSOLUTELY THE BEST SERIES EVER!!!! I can go on and on about books I was supposed to love but am very blasé about…
Unitl Six of Crows.
Wow. Seriously – WOW! This book has everything – six unscrupulous characters who think nothing of gambling, stealing, and killing; a planned heist from a super secure and dangerous location; betrayal, magic, romance, and friendship; and enough plot twists to keep you on your toes. Oh, and those six unscrupulous characters who think nothing of gambling, stealing, and killing…? They are all TEENAGERS!
You see, Kaz is hired to “retrieve” the inventor of this amazingly dangerous super-drug from the most guarded and locked-down place in the world. Now this super-drug is nasty – the kind of drug that can destroy everything if it falls into the wrong hands. Kaz and the gang he recruits are criminals who live in the slums. They don’t trust each other and they don’t have the same final goal in mind. They all know that this mission is (more than likely) a suicide mission but the reward of millions of dollars – and freedom – is worth the risk...
The characters in this book are wonderful. Sure, they are criminals, manipulators, and thieves but they have REASONS for how they are. Throughout the chapters, you get flashbacks of their lives and the turning points that led them to a life in this crime-ridden world. And you develop feelings for them. You want them to trust each other. You want them to succeed. You want them to rule the world! At least I did.
I admit that when reading the first couple of chapters, I was angry at the reviewers who said this is the ABSOLUTELY BEST BOOK IN THE WORLD because it started off slow. But when I realized that each chapter was told from a different character’s point of view (which was totally obvious and my mistake for missing it), I was hooked. This will be a two-book series (as of now) and I am anxiously awaiting the release of Crooked Kingdom in Fall 2016. That is, like, at least NINE MONTHS AWAY!!! ARGH!!!
(For a bit of background to Six of Crows, check out Leigh Bardugo’s “prequel” series: The Grisha Trilogy. Although it sets the stage for Six of Crows, Six of Crows is a stand-alone series.)
BPL Librarians had the opportunity to hear about some great new reads featuring (of course) diverse main characters at the We Need Diverse Books panel. These YA books feature LGBTQ main characters and main characters with disabilities. We can't put these books down!
Check out these new reads coming to BPL soon!
This is Where It Ends
This book takes place over only 54 minutes. 54 harrowing minutes of terror. Because at 10:05 a.m., the gunman stars shooting in the school auditorium.
Marieke Nijkamp says, "It is a queer story. It is a tragic story. But it is not a tragic queer story".
The Girl From Everywhere
Sixteen year old Nix wants to please her father, so she ventures on a time-traveling pirateship with him. However, when her father wants to desperately return to a time before she was born, he gambles with her very existence.
Heidi Heilig says, "I couldn't imagine writing a story without people of color, without mixed race people, without crazy people because I see them everyday, I am one, we are all around"
This is a story about friendship. Best friends. So when Bo shows up in the middle of the night, with police sirens wailing in the distance, Agens doesn't hesistate to take off with her. Together, they must run away, stay ahead of the authorities and uncover some dark secrets.
Kody Keplinger says, "I rarely found characters who were legally blind like me, so I wanted to write a story about a character with disability that had nothing to do with disability"
More Happy Than Not
One day Aaron Soto discovers a too-good-to-be-true revolutionary memory relief procedure that's happening right in his home town. Things like this don't just pop up in the Bronx. Aaron has something he needs to forget - he needs to forget that he's gay, even at the expense of forgetting who he is.
Adam Silvera says, "I'm not going to scrub away his ethnicity to be more marketable."
Are you ready for a timey-wimey adventure? Learn how to make duct tape bowties (because bowties are cool), create Doctor Who buttons, and be ready to make your own sonic screwdriver! But make sure not to blink during trivia or you won’t win the weeping angel trophy! Please feel free to come dressed as your favorite doctor, companion or anything in between!
Confession time: I am a logophile. I love words. I love reading words. I love saying words (even if I do tend to mispronounce them a lot!). I love sentences and how words flow together. I love words so much that I once thought I would write THE NEXT GREAT NOVEL. Alas, only three paragraphs into THE NEXT GREAT NOVEL, I realized that my love of words would not magically help me create an interesting plot. How unfair! So now, instead of writing words, I surround myself with reading words. (And aren’t I lucky that writing a blog is pretty easy to do in three paragraphs!?!?)
Do you also love words? Do you love writing words? Do you want other people to enjoy the words you write? If so, we have a wonderful opportunity for you…
We are looking for contributors for our Teen Blog! If you are in grades 6-12 and want to participate in the writing fun, contact me for more information: email@example.com. What can you write, you ask? Here are some general ideas:
· Short Stories
· Book Reviews
· Movie Reviews
· Event Reviews
· And… SO MUCH MORE!
(What about the teen photographers out there? Send me your artistic shots and we will post those too!)