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GEPL Tweens: 3D Printing

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By: Christina Keasler, Tween Librarian

We’ve had our 3D printer for a couple years now. We’ve seen some awesome prints, and some abominable clogs. Eugene (that’s our printer’s name) and I have visited Hadley and Glen Crest multiple times and Eugene was a main attraction at our first STEAM Fair. We have helped contribute to Cantigny museum displays, model airplanes, and patents.

3D Printer with 3D Orange Fish

The Glen Ellyn Public Library Foundation generously donated a MakerBot Replicator 3D Printer to the library in 2013.

Yes, we’ve done a lot. But GEPL has never been one to be in a rut. We’re shaking things up and want to see more from you! We are currently calling for 3D print designs from students like you. It’s time to practice those drafting skills. GEPL is accepting contest submissions until November 1st. We will have two winners for each age group – 3-5 grade, 6-8 grade, 9-12 grade, and adults – one for complexity and one for creativity. While the designs must be printable, the possibilities are endless!

Judges chosen from within the community will choose the winners, whose designs will be printed in a special gold filament, receive a trophy, and will be featured in a future blog post. Plus, you’ll get some serious 3D design street cred.

I look forward to seeing what you create when you combine your imagination with your skills.

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GEPL Tweens: Top Middle School Reader

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Meet our top middle school reader, Jeff Johnston! He’s an eighth grader at Hadley Junior High and finished up the summer reading program with 171 hours and 45 minutes!
Jeff Johnston Standing By Book Shelves

Wow! His secret: listening to Playaways while doing chores like mowing the lawn and walking the dog. He loves that the library has such a variety, and reads all genres. If he had to pick a favorite, it would be realistic fiction.

Somehow, beyond all that reading, Jeff, a former GEPL volunteer, has had a very eventful summer. When he’s not reading or listening to books he’s playing sports. He enjoys soccer and basketball, but soccer is his favorite. He visits the Glen Ellyn Park District Rec Center to play basketball, ultimate Frisbee, and wall ball with his friends.

He even went to Europe for three weeks in July, and made it back in time to compete against the Glen Ellyn firefighters in our tug of war.

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GEPL Tweens: Tween Book Review – The Maze Runner

Tweens Blog Purple BannerThe Maze Runner by James Dasner Book CoverWhat’s your first name and school?: Joey; Glen Crest.

What are you reviewing?: Maze Runner

What did you review?: A book.

What did you like about it?: I like that when there was a calm part James Dashner always makes it exiting. I would rate this book 5 stars because of all the excitement, you are always wanting to read on after the first words of the book.

Who would like this?: Thrillseakers.

On a scale from yuck to best ever, how much did you like it?: Best ever.

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GEPL Tweens: Tween Movie Review – Dark Knight Rises

Tweens Blog Purple BannerThe Dark Knight Rises Movie PosterWhat’s your first name and school?: Andrew; Hadley

What are you reviewing?: Dark Knight Rises

What did you review?: A movie.

What did you like about it?: The Dark Knight is about Batman hen is hated for being the bad guy in the Dark Knight. Ban is the bad guy who try to hurt Batman and take over the city. He is the guy who came out of the hole as a kid and tried to hurt the people who put him there.

Who would like this?: Everyone.

On a scale from yuck to best ever, how much did you like it?: Good.

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GEPL Tweens: Tween Movie Review – Chasing Mavericks

Tweens Blog Purple BannerChasing Mavericks Movie PosterWhat’s your first name and school?: Eric; Hadley Jr. High

What are you reviewing?: Chasing Mavericks

What did you review?: A Movie.

What did you like about it?: I liked that the book was about surfing in the ocean, and I don’t really like surfing but I like to swim in the ocean. Also it was a little scarey at the end because he almost dies but he did not. And that is why I like the movie.

Who would like this?: People who like the ocean and surfing.

On a scale from yuck to best ever, how much did you like it?: Amazing.

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GEPL Tweens: Tween Book Review – The Missing Pieces of Me

Tweens Blog Purple BannerThe Missing Pieces of Me by Jean Van Leeuwen Book CoverWhat’s your first name and school?: Merry Lai; Hadley

What are you reviewing?: The Missing Pieces of Me

What did you review?: A book.

What did you like about it?: I like everything about it. I liked that it was a mystery book. It was my favorite book I have read. I felt bad for Winnie because her mom was always mad at her because she never did anything right. Even if she tried to do something right, it always turned out wrong.

Who would like this?: Ages 8-12.

On a scale from yuck to best ever, how much did you like it?: The Best Book

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GEPL Tweens: Tween Book Review – Red Thread Sisters

Tweens Blog Purple BannerRed Thread Sisters by Carol Antoinette Peacock Book CoverWhat’s your first name and school?: Aisha; col

What are you reviewing?: Red Thread Sisters  

What did you review?: A book.

What did you like about it?: I liked how it talked about sisterly friendship,and how a red thread connected Wen to her new family. I also liked how Wen works so hard to find a family for her best friend. Even when Wens new sister Emily was begging for her to play she found a way to do both.

Who would like this?: My best friend.

On a scale from yuck to best ever, how much did you like it?: Best.

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GEPL Tweens: Tween Movie Review – Minions

Tweens Blog Purple BannerMinions Movie PosterWhat’s your first name and school?: Quinn; Hadley

What are you reviewing?: Minions

What did you review?: A movie.

What did you like about it?: The movie Minions is about the minions from Despicable Me 1 and 2 with out their leader Gru. Unfortunately the movie wasn’t as good as I expected it to be. For example one of the reasons was that the movie couldn’t get me to really get my hopes up when one of the minions was about to get hurt.

Who would like this?: Someone who likes Penguins of Madagascar.

On a scale from yuck to best ever, how much did you like it?: O.K

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GEPL Tweens: Tween Book Review – One for the Murphys

Tweens Blog Purple BannerOne for the Murphys by Lynda Mullay Hunt Book CoverWhat’s your first name and school?: Quinn; Hadley

What are you reviewing?: One for the Murphys

What did you review?: A book.

What did you like about it?: I liked the book One for the Murphys by Lynda Hunt because of how it relates to a foster child’s life. It’s mainly about a girl named Carly’s live when her mom gets in trouble and she has to go live with the Murphy family. I hope you like this book that has many twists and turns.

Who would like this?: Someone who likes sad stories.

On a scale from yuck to best ever, how much did you like it?: Good.

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GEPL Tweens: Tween Movie Review – 21 Jump Street

Tweens Blog Purple Banner21 Jump Street Movie PosterWhat’s your first name and school?: Eric; Hadley Jr. High

What are you reviewing?: 21 Jump Street

What did you review?: A movie.

What did you like about it?: I liked that the movie was very funny and it had a lot of action in it. There was a lot of shooting and it was about these to friends from high school cops and save a lot of people.

Who would like this?: People who like action and humor

On a scale from yuck to best ever, how much did you like it?: Amazing

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