Posts by Erik Carlson

Sch-EDGE-uled Videos

Do you miss the Edge as much as we do? Librarian Erik Carlson has been bringing a bit of the Edge to Instagram and Facebook every day, giving you a daily dose of the Edge while at home. Follow @theedgewppl on Instagram where you’ll find a daily schedule posted each morning around 11:00 a.m. The sch-Edge-ule always has a joke of the day, riddle of the day, and afternoon read aloud. And there is more! Librarian Carlson posts a Which Craft? Wednesday program, he’s working on online Uno games, and is working with Austin Olney, aka Schmiegel, on putting together
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Categories: eNewsletter, Evergreen, Featured, Homepage, Homepage Teens, Library News, and Teens.

Teen Book Review: Sick Kids in Love

Below you'll find a book review of new or upcoming titles submitted by teens in the Edge. If you'd like to place a hold on the book being reviewed, click on the title or cover. Sick Kids in Love by Hannah Moskowitz Review: Isabel meets Sasha in a hospital. They both have illnesses. From the start Sasha is blunt about his feelings for Isabel but she has a no dating policy. Its overall seeing them develop their relationship and how their families and illnesses affect them. At points Isabel was a little annoying too much but Sasha was sweet and
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Categories: Authors & Books, Featured, Homepage Teens, Library News, and Teens.

Life Hacks: Journaling

Erik‘s Life Hacks column gives teens advice on adulting. Journaling is a really great way to keep track of ideas, reminders, emotions, decisions, and goals. Keeping a journal will help you organize your life, relieve stress and remember important events. Here are some tips to get you started and things to write about: • Buy a cheap notebook, no need to make this an expense early on. • Keep it with you, or have it easily accessible. • Set time at the end of the day to write. It’s important to jot things down all throughout the day, but set
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Categories: Evergreen, Featured, Homepage Teens, Library News, and Teens.

Con Edison Maker Camp for Teens

Our first School Break Mini-Camp held at the end of December was a great success. Teens worked with Ashley Perez (engineering major at the University of Buffalo), and Louis Grassi (student at White Plains High School). They worked on a variety of projects showing different ways of creating energy, from bio-fuels to solar panels and wind turbines to perpetual motion. Our second School Vacation Maker Camp—held February 18-21—will focus on Robotics. Teens will participate in a variety of no tech to hi tech activities that will teach basic skills in Engineering, Coding, Design Thinking, and Computational Thinking. Some of the
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Categories: eNewsletter, Events, Featured, Homepage Teens, Library News, and Teens.

Book Reviews by Teens, for Teens

Below you'll find a book review of new or upcoming titles submitted by teens in the Edge. If you'd like to place a hold on the book being reviewed, click on the title or cover. Author: David Yoon Title: Frankly in Love Review: One of my favorite books of the year! It’s more than just a cute romance. It talks about race, a complicated family dynamic, academic standards and with humor as a plus. We get diverse characters throughout the book too! Everyone should read it! A 5 out of 5 star read. David Yoon has brilliant writing and I
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Categories: Authors & Books, Library News, and Teens.

Maker Camp 2016

Teens, be part of Maker Camp 2016, a worldwide, online camp sponsored by Make: and Google. We meet every Wednesday starting July 13 at 2:00 p.m. Each week we will be working on a different project and then sharing photos and videos with other campers around the world. This summer's themes are: Things That Go, Mechanical Wonders, Way-out Sound, Sci-fi, Games and Farmstead. No registration, just pop-in for a session.
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Categories: Classes, Technology, and Teens.

Summer TV Production Camp 2016

Our TV production camp is back with 2 sessions this summer that run from June 27-July 8, and August 8-August 18, 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. Students entering grades 6-9 in the Fall can come and learn all aspects of creating a short news segment for the Global Ambassadors REACT News station, and eat snacks while doing so. Taught by teachers from White Plains schools, students will learn how to write scripts, interview, film and edit a short video. Space is limited, visit the Library's calendar to sign your children up today.
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Categories: Classes and Teens.

Allstate Safe Driving Open House for New Drivers

Join us on Saturday, April 23 from 2:00 – 4:00 PM for our next open house for new drivers. There will be information in English and Espanol for new drivers as well as performances by the White Plains High School Song Writers Club. Other clubs from the high school will be here with information on some of the projects they have been doing this school year. This program was funded by a grant from the Allstate Foundation to the White Plains Library Foundation.
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Categories: Events, Library Foundation, and Teens.

Family Tinker Time

Saturday, January 16 from 1:00-3:00 PM We are inviting tinkerers, DIYers, and makers to come and use the equipment in The Edge-Media Lab with your family. This is a self-initiated learning and practice time, NOT a class. Some of the equipment available will be Arduino kits, Wacom tablets, video and audio editing equipment, 3D printers, CNC machine and sewing machines. If you have experience or would like to learn a little about these come in and bring your kids.
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Categories: Events.

TV Production Camp with the Global Ambassadors

Teens from White Plains will spend two weeks learning the ins and outs of creating a short news clip for R.E.A.C.T. News. Students will learn how to research a story, write a script, interview, tell the story on camera, and edit. There will be a party on Thursday, August 20, at 12:00 PM, to see the news stories they created before they are posted online – all are welcome to the viewing. TV Production Camp is now full. But viewers can see the results on August 20.
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Categories: Classes, Technology, and Teens.

Maker Camp: Explore + Make + Share

The Edge is an affiliate site for Maker Camp, a worldwide, online camp for makers, hosted by Make: magazine. We make a different craft each week following a theme and share our projects globally with other campers. We meet every Thursday at either 2:00 or 3:00 – just drop in. Projects can be a mix of crafts and technology, and are always fun!
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Categories: Technology and Teens.

Intro to Car Maintenance

Saturday, April 18 from 1:00-3:00 PM Are you curious about how your car runs and what you can do to keep it from breaking down? Victor Principe from Bronx Community College will teach you about cars and share some basic tips to keep them on the road. All participants will receive a free gift. This program is part of the Allstate Readiness Series, in partnership with the Allstate Foundation and the White Plains Public Library Foundation.
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Categories: Classes and Library News.

Website Design Class for Teens: Create a Distracted Driving Website

Are you interested in learning website design or how to build a website? In this class we will cover Internet research, web design and building to create a site on the dangers of distracted driving. The site will be uploaded to the Internet so everyone can see it. There will be a launch party at the end. For teens ages 12-18. Wednesdays, October 30-December 4 (except November 27), from 4:30-6:00 PM
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Categories: Classes, Homepage, and Library News.

Fall SAT Prep and College Workshops

This fall get ready to take the SATs and start your college applications at the Library. Princeton Review will be holding two SAT practice test sessions on September 21 and October 12. They will be following up with their SAT 101 Test Review course on October 26. College Planning 101 is coming to give two workshops in September:  Creating Your Path to College on September 23 and Admissions & Financial Aid on September 25. These are for both parents and teens.
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Categories: Classes, Featured, Homepage, and Library News.

Summer Reading Events for Teens

Summer Reading Kick-off Party Saturday, June 15, 3:00 p.m. at The Galleria Join us as members of the WPHS Song Writer’s club perform their original music. Enter to win raffle prizes and play The Deadliest Drive, our distracted driving video game. There will be plenty of giveaways. Summer Reading Events for Teens Here is a highlight of our programs and events for teens this summer: make a light bulb terrarium, all-natural face masks, cartooning, Latin dancing and pizza & a movie Saturdays. Go to our teen page for more information.
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Categories: Events, Featured, Homepage, and Library News.