Shrinky Dink fun!

Yesterday we had 6 teens show up to make stuff out of Shrinky Dinks! For those that don't know, Shrinky Dinks are this odd material that starts off like a paper-think plastic sheet that you draw and color on, then after being baked they shrink down to about a third of their original size and get much thicker! Everyone was welcome to draw whatever they wanted, though I had some sheets on hand for people to trace over if they needed suggestions. There were lots of different kinds of things made, and everyone was able to make several pieces. There were also things like keychains and necklace cords if people wanted to make them into something. If anyone missed it the first time but wanted to try making some, we'll be doing the Shrinky Dink art again at Municipal Library on Tuesday, December 9!

They shrink fast and curl up before flattening back out!

After baking they are tiny! There's a Mockingjay, pokeball, enderman, creeper, rupee and TNT!

a chest and rupee size comparison before and after being shrunk


Book Hedgehogs!

Last week we had a small group come in to make and decorate hedgehogs out of books! The five of us folded each page of the book to give it a round, spikey appearance. Then we used duct tape, buttons, googly eyes and markers to give the guys some personality! The group may have been small, but we all had a good time hanging out and making something! Our next craft event will be October 22, when we'll be making Shrinky Dink art!


New books! Graphic novel edition.

More new additions this week, almost all graphic novels! Come check out some new books at Sellers!

  • The Mark of the Dragonfly by Jaleigh Johnson
  • Guardians of the Galaxy/All-New X-Men: The Trial of Jean Grey by Brian Michael Bendis
  • All-New X-Men vol 3: Out of Their Depth by Brian Michael Bendis
  • X-Men: Battle of the Atom by Brian Michael Bendis
  • Kingdom Hearts: Chain of Memories by Shiro Amano
  • Kingdom Hearts II  by Shiro Amano (vol 1)
  • Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles by Kevin Eastman and Tom Waltz (vol 6-7)


What's going on for Fall 2014!

This has been available to pick up at the library for about 2 weeks now, but I wanted to make sure that even if you haven't come in yet, you know what's going on for students in grades 6 to 12 at Sellers Library! Click the pages below to enlarge them!

New books post!

  • Illusions of Fate by Kiersten White
  • Of Metal and Wishes by Sarah Fine
  • 100 Sideways Miles
  • A New Darkness by Joseph Delaney
  • The Opposite of Love by Sarah Lynn Scheerger
  • Mortal Danger by Ann Aguirre
  • Yolo  by Lauren Myracle (book 4 of TTYL)
  • Heir of Fire by Sarah J. Maas (a Throne of Glass novel)
  • Kinda Like Brothers by Coe Booth
  • Rumble by Ellen Hopkins
  • Some Boys by Patty Blount
  • On a Clear Day by Walter Dean Myers
  • God Loves Hair by Vivek Shraya
  • Tap Out by Eric Devine
  • Words and Their Meanings by Kate Bassett
  • Reclaimed by Sarah Guillory
  • Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson (replacement copy)
  • Minecraft: Combat Handbook by Stephanie Milton
  • Ghostbusters: Total Containment by Eric Burnham
  • Sword Art Online Aincrad by Tamako Nakamura and Reki Kawahara
  • Sisters by Raina Telgemeier (sequel to Smile)
  • Fullmetal Alchemist by Hiromu Arakawa (3-in-1 of vol 13-15)
  • Fullmetal Alchemist by Hiromu Arakawa (3-in-1 of vol 16-18)
  • The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time by Akira Himekawa (vol 1)
  • The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time by Akira Himekawa (vol 2)


The complete Sailor Moon manga is now available!

This is actually a late edition to the previous listing of manga and graphic novels we added to the collection lately. Sailor Moon volumes 7-12 are now in the teen graphic novels section, which means the complete Sailor Moon series is now available!


New graphic novels!

To go along with the tons of new books we got in last week, this week brings us a collection of new manga and graphic novels!

  • Dragonball by Akira Toriyama (3-in-1 of vol. 4-6 and vol. 10-12)
  • Fullmetal Alchemist  by Hiromu Arakawa (3-in-1 of vol.7-9 and vol. 10-12)
  • Attack on Titan by Hajime Isayama (vols 4-5)
  • All-New X-Men: Yesterday's X-Men by Bendis and Immonen
  • All-New X-Men: Here to Stay by Bendis, Marquez and Immonen
  • Ghostbusters vol 1. The Man From the Mirror by Burnham, Shoening, Jones and Delgado
  • Kingdom Hearts Final Mix by Shiro Amano (vols 1-2)
  • Ashes by Ilsa J. Bick
  • So, So Hood by L. Divine (part of the Drama High series)


lots of new books!

Looking for something new to read during the month of August? We've got some new stuff in this week to check out!

  • Heartbeat by Elizabeth Scott
  • Marvelous by Travis Thrasher
  • Let's Get Lost by Adi Alsaid
  • A Mad, Wicked Folly by Sharon Biggs Waller
  • The Song of the Quarkbeast by Jasper Fforde (book 2 of The Chronicles of Kazam)
  • Four: A Divergent Collection by Veronica Roth
  • Not a Drop to Drink by Mindy McGinnis
  • Conversion by Katherine Howe
  • We Were Liars by E. Lockhart
  • Breathe, Annie, Breathe by Miranda Kenneally
  • Hungry by H.A. Swain
  • Teen Idol by Meg Cabot
  • The Kiss of Deception by Mary E. Pearson (book 1 of The Remnant Chronicles)
  • Splintered by A.G. Howard (replacement)
  • Unhinged by A.G. Howard (sequel to Splintered)
  • Ruin and Rising by Leigh Bardugo (book 3 of The Grisha Trilogy)
  • Say What You Will by Cammie McGovern
  • The One by Kiera Cass (book 3 of The Selection series)
  • Shackleton: Antarctic Odyssey by Nick Bertozzi
  • Say What You Will by Cammie McGovern
  • Four by Veronica Roth (a Divergent companion book)
  • Four: The Son by Veronica Roth (a Divergent companion book)
  • The Dream Thieves by Maggie Stiefvater (book 2 of The Raven Cycle)
  • Sinner by Maggie Stiefvater

Week 5 and 6 Summer Reading Club Winners!

Week 5 

Shanice Whittock, grade 7
won a $15 Barnes and Noble gift certificate!

Week 6

Abbey Liu, grade 10
won a $15 gift certificate to Effin Comics, our local comic shop!

Congratulations to our winners, and keep participating in the Summer Reading Club for a chance to win a weekly drawing!

Teen Reading Survey!

If you're a teen and have been to Sellers Library this Summer, consider clicking the link below to fill out a short 6-question survey!



pics from July programs!

I'm playing a bit of catch-up here, as I was sadly neglecting posting pics of the Summer events as they were happening! But here's some of the stuff that went down in July!

On Wed, July 2, 12 teens came to check out the MaKey MaKey Workshop! I've described MaKey MaKey on the blog previously, but simply put, it allows you to hook up anything to your computer and as long as it conducts electricity, the computer will think it's a keyboard button or a mouse button! This allows for some pretty creative contraptions, and I made sure there were lots of various supplies on demand to use, such as chopsticks, tin foil, pennies, marshmallows, bananas and paper and pencils (pencil graphite is a bit conductive, so your drawings can become buttons)! We had a good time using various inputs to play Flappy Bird, Canabalt, and other simple games, as well as using a simple drumming program to make different items play sounds when touched! We'll be doing this program again in August at the Municipal branch.

Using drawings to operate a Dance Dance Revolution game!

On Wednesday, July 23, we had 16 teens show up to throw things out the second story window!! We had an Egg Drop Contest, where everyone got into five small groups and designed contraptions to protect an egg from a two-story fall. They had one hour to build whatever they wanted from the materials given. I was surprised that all five survived the drop!! That's it, next time I'm giving less stuff to use, I want to see some broken eggs here!
The view out the 2nd story window!

parachutes were a popular theme!

On Tuesday, July 29 at the Municipal branch we had a Minecraft Craft day! There were four stations of different Minecraft-related crafts of various difficulty. There were Perler Beads out to make Minecraft-themed necklaces, duct tape, markers and Velcro to make creeper bracelets, papercrafts of various monsters and items from the game, and Minecraft coloring sheets! In addition we had some iPads running the Pocket Edition and my PS3 was running Minecraft projected onto a screen for anyone that wanted to play. Almost everyone made a Perler Bead necklace and papercraft and we all hung out and talked about Minecraft with each other, which was cool.

Finally on Wednesday, July 30th we had 16 teens show up for the Build a Brush Bot program! Using a small motor, a AAA battery, some wire and a glue gun, we made little vibrating bots. (They're close to Hex Bugs, actually). This was a fun program and everyone's bots came out looking a little different!

Here's my example Brush Bot that I made

Summer programming is winding down a little bit for August, but we've still got some cool stuff coming up! As I mentioned, we'll be doing the MaKey MaKey again at Municipal. And we'll also be doing the Minecraft Craft event that took place at Municipal at Sellers on Tuesday! I'm even planning to add one more special papercraft to the event, if you give your Minecraft username, I'll print out a papercraft of your character! We've been doing teen movies every month for the past couple months, and at the end of August we'll have a special screening of Minecraft: The Story of Mojang, a Minecraft documentary by 2 Player Productions. The movie is drop-in, but the other events do require registration, so if you think you'd like to come, be sure to sign up, it may be waiting list only pretty soon!


Week 4 Summer Reading Club winner!

Tony Faijue, grade 7
won a $15 gift card to Effin Comics, a local comic shop on Burmont Rd in Drexel Hill!

Congratulations and keep reading for a chance to win more prizes!


Week 2 and 3 winners of Summer Reading Club 2014!

So I've been announcing winners on Fridays, and last Friday we were closed for the 4th of July and it threw me off! So here's the winners for both week 2 and week 3 of the Summer Reading Club random drawings!

Jaspinder Singh, grade 8
won a movie pack of Despicable Me 2 and The Croods on DVD, plus candy!

Shanique Clarke, grade 7
won a $15 gift card to AMC Theaters and candy!

congratulations to our winners for weeks 2 and 3!

It's slime time!

On Friday, June 27th we had 25 teens show up to make slime! This was a fun (and messy) craft, with some really great results! We used a recipe that involved Borax, glue, food coloring and water. It's simple, it's easy, and it's pretty fast! There were a couple of different kinds of glue on hand, and each had different results: clear Elmer's, regular white Elmer's, and a transparent colored Elmer's that had glitter in it! Oddly enough every time I tried to make slime, mine came out pretty awful! But there were some really impressive ones here! I took some pictures of the various kinds of slime we turned out!

The slime lasted from 5 to 6. At 6 we brought out the projector and watched Ghostbusters, which is celebrating it's 30th anniversary this Summer! It also felt an appropriate title to match with slime!