Cosplay Tutorial: Woodland Creature Transformation

Posted on Wednesday, October 5, 2022 by Megan

Do you daydream about escaping into the woods and wonder what it would be like to be a woodland creature? Or do you want to know how to give up a boss life for a moss life? We recently hosted a program where we did all that and more! In our ongoing how-to cosplay series, we transformed ourselves and our patrons into fantastic woodland animals. Don’t worry if you missed our program, we’ve got tips below to help you become a majestic creature! And be on the lookout for more cosplay fun in December! Continue reading “Cosplay Tutorial: Woodland Creature Transformation”

@dbrlteen Instagram

Posted on Friday, August 12, 2022 by Megan

Exciting things are happening over here at the library! You can now find us on Instagram @dbrlteen. Here you’ll find the latest information about library and community events as well as what we’re reading! Smash that follow button or better yet set us as a favorite so you get the most up-to-date info.

Tiny person points to "add to favorites" star on Instagram profile.

Teen Photo Contest: 2022 Winners

Posted on Wednesday, July 27, 2022 by Megan

We are excited to announce that we have the winners of this year’s Teen Photo Contest! We had 33 entries and they were all outstanding! The teens have submitted their photographic interpretations of this year’s Summer Reading theme “Oceans of Possibilities” and after much deliberation, we have selected this year’s winners. Below are the top three winners. Continue reading “Teen Photo Contest: 2022 Winners”

The Selector’s Selections: July 2022

Posted on Thursday, July 21, 2022 by Brianna

How’s that To Be Read pile looking? Dangerously low? Now’s your chance to squeeze in as much reading as you can before school starts back up, but don’t worry, I’ve got you covered! Not gonna lie, most of my picks this month have some romance, but if that’s not your thing I’ve also got a thriller with an unreliable narrator.

Into the Sublime” by Kate A. Boorman

In case you couldn’t guess from the cover, this is the thriller. The story begins at the ending, as three girls emerge from a cave. Two are immediately rushed to the hospital, one is covered in blood that isn’t hers, and begins to tell their story to the police. And one girl is missing. The four of them were part of a thrill-seeking group that was following local legends about an underground lake. Rumor says that anyone who faces their greatest fear at the lake will have something big changed for them. The story unravels as it unfolds, with an increasingly untrustworthy narrator and claustrophobic psychological and supernatural horror. Pair this book with a trip to the Devil’s Icebox trail and Connor’s Cave if you really want the full experience. Continue reading “The Selector’s Selections: July 2022”

Reader Reviews: Fantasy Edition

Posted on Thursday, July 7, 2022 by Megan

Summer reading is in full swing and we are getting tons of recommendations from our teen readers! Here are a few books highlighting our teens’ favorite fantasy novels. Warning: Some of these books may be part of a series so you may need to do some catch-up reading before you dive into one of these recommended reads.

Image of "Song of the Current" book cover with 5 stars and a pink and purple cloud background. Continue reading “Reader Reviews: Fantasy Edition”

Merperson Makeup Tutorial

Posted on Wednesday, June 29, 2022 by Megan

Person with long blue hair and blue scales on face and shoulders

Summer Reading is upon us!  With a theme like “Oceans of Possibilities,” how could we not think of merpeople?

We are so lucky to have our very own siren, Dana! She loves cosplay and makeup effects, so we wanted to share her talent with you in this video tutorial so you can play along at home.

Here is what you’ll need to get started.

  • Eyeshadow pallet. Any colors or brand you want to use, but the higher the pigmentation, the better.
  • Brush or sponge. Dana used a makeup sponge in the tutorial, but a large makeup brush would work, too!
  • Wig cap or fishnets. The wig cap is what gives you the scale pattern effect.

If you feel like going all out, combine a costume and a watery location! 

We would love to see your finished look! Snap a pic and send it to us at teen@dbrl.org.

May the Fourth Be With You!

Posted on Wednesday, May 4, 2022 by Megan

Two people dueling with lightsabers.

Happy May the Fourth! I love just about everything Star Wars has to offer — from the amazingly independent Princess Leia to the fierce, but cuddly Chewbacca, to the adorable Porgs, and don’t get me started on my obsession with Grogu (aka The Child or Baby Yoda)! Here are some fun things you can do at home to celebrate May the Fourth and the Revenge of the Fifth.

We’d love to see what you make, so send us pictures or videos to teen@dbrl.org.

Woman holding many Baby Yoda items.
How many Baby Yoda’s do you see in this picture? The correct answer is not enough.

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Start Off the New Year With a New Hobby!

Posted on Tuesday, January 25, 2022 by Stellan Harris

paint brushes with paint on themJanuary has almost come to a close, but that doesn’t mean it’s too late to start the new year off by taking your life in a new direction. The start of the year is the traditional time for making life changes, thought most of us aren’t always able to keep to these resolutions for the whole year, but you don’t have to commit to making massive life changes to shake up the coming year. Meet new people, try new music or foods, or even take up a hobby that you haven’t tried before (or even one you might have tried and fell off of for some reason!) We here at DBRL have come up with a list of some books covering a couple potential hobbies that you could look into for the new year, from hiking the great outdoors to taking up sewing, from gaining some skills in the kitchen to exploring boxing for fitness. You can find the list, both the fiction and non-fiction titles, at the link here. Don’t see something that interests you on that list? No problem! DBRL has plenty of other resources to check out. Want to learn a language or brush up on some skills? Check out Mango Languages for a free platform to learn a new language. Want to get into some more general crafting? Creativebug has video tutorials for a variety of projects. Is your family thinking about taking some trips in the coming year? Global Road Warrior has maps aimed specifically at travelers and students to help chart out your course. So start this year off with an exciting new direction!

New to the Kitchen? Check Out These Cookbooks!

Posted on Tuesday, November 23, 2021 by Stellan Harris

It’s the time of year where the ovens are on, the smell of warm spices waft through the air, and many home kitchens will be buzzing with activity. Getting involved in the kitchen can be an intimidating prospect, though, especially if you don’t have too much experience cooking for yourself, let alone others. Well if you’ve ever thought about getting some more experience in the kitchen, I’ve collected a few cookbooks that are great resources to consult to get you started. The books range in difficulty, from books for those of us who are more familiar with a microwave than a pan on the stove, to books for those of use looking for the next fancy dish to post for your friends and followers, so wherever you land on the culinary spectrum you should find something for you on this list. Good luck, and happy cooking!

The Complete Cookbook for Young Chefs

For our readers who are absolutely brand new to cooking, who’ve lived off family meals, take out, and things from a microwave, this is the book to start with. It’s aimed at a slightly younger audience than the other books on this list, but for the aspiring chef who’s just starting out? You’d struggle to find a better introduction to cooking for yourself. With a wide variety of recipes, clear and basic instructions, and recipe delineations for difficulty and equipment required, this cookbook does its absolute best to set you up for success in the kitchen. So, if you’re brand new to cooking outside of a microwave and want to have a bit more say in what you’re eating? Start here. 

Recommended Recipe: Spicy BLT Wrap, pg. 82. Simple ingredients, quick prep time, and delicious!

 

Super Easy Teen Cookbook

This is another cookbook for our less-experienced chefs, holding 75 recipes aimed at teens with step-by-step instructions for a wide variety of recipes. This book handles some areas that the previous book did not cover, namely a number of recipes for meatless meals, and the general writing level is a bit higher than the previous title. Still, while it lacks a clear delineation of difficulty on a recipe-by-recipe basis, this cookbook covers a breadth of recipes at a level that should help any aspiring chef begin their culinary career. Use this book after, or in tandem with, the previous cookbook to build a solid foundation of culinary skill until you feel comfortable enough to branch out a little bit, in which case the next book has you covered. 

Recommended Recipe:The Perfect Omelet, pg. 19. Mastering a good omelet opens up a whole world of delicious breakfasts for you and anyone you want to impress!

Hack Your Cupboard

This cookbook is one of my favorites, because it aims to solve one of the most common barriers that teens can bump up against when they decide they want to start cooking: buying the ingredients. While not as expensive as eating out on a regular basis, it can be expensive buying specialty ingredients to try out recipes that, in the end, you might find you don’t even particularly like. That’s where this cookbook comes in! Centered around building straightforward recipes with things that you can acquire relatively cheaply and easily, this book also spends some time teaching you techniques that you can apply more widely once you’ve got some room to experiment. This cookbook serves as a nice intermediate step for our burgeoning step, with a little less handholding and a few more techniques to present, so give this book a shot when you’re looking for the next step!

Recommended Recipe: Drop Biscuits, pg. 95. While a bit more complex, these biscuits come together with only a few ingredients and will beat the heck out of Pilsbury any day of the week!


Speedy Bosh

This cookbook is definitely for the more intermediate chefs among us, but even a book like this has some great tips and tricks that we can all use to improve our cooking. Focusing on recipes that are simple, easy, and plant-focused, this cookbook will help both chefs who are living with dietary restrictions and those who are just looking to eat a bit more vegetables without resorting to steamed mush or less than appealing salads. My biggest problem with eating vegetables has always been I never learned how to cook them properly, so a book like this will definitely help make incorporating more plants into my diet less of a chore, with a side benefit of giving me some valuable recipes for when I want to have my vegan friends over for dinner. If that sounds useful to you, or if you just want to check out some quick and easy tips to improve your cooking, check out this book. 

Recommended Recipe: Salsa Gnocchi, pg. 83. A homemade salsa-inspired sauce, crispy gnocchi, and options to expand in ways that fit your tastes? It’s hard not to recommend this recipe for your first meat-free outing. 

Binging with Babish

So, this last book recommendation is a bit of an outlier. This cookbook isn’t aimed at teens, isn’t aimed at beginners, and has some recipes with rather complex preparation. Think of this cookbook more as a gateway to further culinary experimentation. This book, and the associated youtube channel, feature recipes inspired by, or sometimes taken directly from, pop culture properties like movies, tv shows, video games, and books. With recipes from Spongebob, Stranger Things, Game of Thrones and the Godfather (some of these references run old, the author is in his 30s) there are a lot of quality recipes in here. Plus, the author’s youtube channel has videos of him cooking every recipe in this book, for all of the chefs who are more visual learners. So, for all of our more experienced teen chefs, this book has some things to show you to help you elevate your food game when you’re ready for the challenge. 

Recommended Recipe: Chicken Parm Heros, pg.260. Fried chicken, melted mozzarella, tomato sauce, all on garlic bread? While far from healthy, this meal will ask a bit of skill from you to get everything together, but the final result is a delicious italian-american staple that will delight your friends and family alike. Or make some really great lunches for a while, it’s up to you. 

Looking for more books to help get your culinary kicks? Check out our blog post featuring a book list chock full of books and cookbooks to satisfy your foodie fix here