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We’ve been loving some of the DIY bookends we’ve seen around the internet, and the fact that so many of them are made from things found just lying around the house (or Dollar Store/flea market!) makes them even cooler. You might even have the supplies on hand to make some yourself!

Here are five of our recent favorite ideas:

1. Use toys! (via Brassy Apple)


This DIY-er took a plastic toy elephant and spray-painted it pink to make her bookshelf a little on the wild side. Here’s the how-to.

2. Use an old vinyl record! (via homesessive)


Dip a record in boiling water to bend it, making it the perfect shape for your shelf! Here’s the tutorial.

3. Use rocks! (via Design Sponge)


Collect rocks from around your house, spray paint them gold, and glue them together! Full instructions here.

4. Use phones! (via A Beautiful Mess)


Two flea-store phones + metal + screws = this gorgeous addition to your shelf! Get the step-by-step.

5. Use garden decorations! (via Sweetsuite10)


This craft-er took two lion figurines, intended to grace a garden, spray painted them white, and let them guard her shelves instead! Instructions here.

Which ones are your favorites? Do you think you might try any of these out at home? We’d love to see them, if so! Happy crafting!

THAT’S IT! I’m making everyone bookends as gifts from now on.

Look at them! So cool! Old records! Rocks! Wow!

We’re Comic Crafting tonight!

Join us at 6:30 in the basement meeting rooms ^_^


I’m baking a Dauntless Chocolate Cake :D

Was it Umbridge with the Mandrake in the Divination Classroom? Join us tomorrow at 7 for Harry Potter Clue to find out! #OLPL


Best of a library 3-D printer ever? Sixteen-year-old Mason Wilde used a 3-D printer at the Johnson County Library (KS)  to craft a prosthetic hand for nine-year-old Matthew who was born without fingers on one hand. “When he outgrows this hand, we’ll print him another.”.


Ellie Goulding talks about the Divergent soundtrack! Read more from MTV News.



How a 3D printer gave a teenage bomb victim a new arm – and a reason to live

When Mick Ebeling read about a boy in South Sudan who had lost his arms, he set off with a 3D printer to make him a prosthetic limb. Now the project is bringing hope to the country’s other 50,000-plus amputees. Read more

Photograph: Not Impossible/Project Daniel

This is amazing.


Teens…In Space! (An official reading list) [x]


Teenager buys £600 worth of shopping for 4p and donates food to charity

A teenager collected hundreds of supermarket coupons to buy £600 worth of shopping for 4p so he could give the food to families.

Jordon Cox, 16, scoured endless websites and magazines and gathered hundreds of coupons for dozens of products.

After spending hours each day searching the internet for coupons, he managed to collect 470, which he took to his local supermarket, and filled three trolleys with food and household items.

The bill came to £572.16, but once the coupons were factored in the bill was reduced to just 4p - a saving of 99.81 per cent.

The teenager, of Brentwood in Essex, donated all his food to the charity Doorstep which gives food to disadvantaged families.

More at the link.


Series You Probably Missed as a Kid, (But Should Read as an Adult)

[via The Millions]

Here are five picks from The Millions for children’s series worth reading as an adult. We’ve added 3 picks of our own to the list - what would you add?

1. The Wolves Chronicles by Joan Aiken (starting with The Wolves of Willoughby Chase)

2. Howl’s Moving Castle and Castle in the Air by Diana Wynne Jones

3. The Stanley Family series (starting with The Headless Cupid, ) by Zilpha Keatley Snyder

4. The Half Magic Series by Edward Eager (starting with Half Magic)

5. The Vesper Holly series by Lloyd Alexander (starting with The Illyrian Adventure)

3 more that we’d add to the list:

6. The Time Quintet by Madeline L’Engle (starting with A Wrinkle in Time)

7. The Dark is Rising sequence by Susan Cooper (starting with Over Sea, Under Stone)

8. The His Dark Materials trilogy by Philip Pullman (starting with The Golden Compass)

(via brkteenlib)


Kids Won’t Listen

Why I’m sick of articles about teenage girls written by grown-up men.

Words by Hazel, collage by Beth.


(same goes for clueless people who review YA)

  • January 7, 2014: Pretty Little Liars midseason premiere
  • January 8, 2014: People's Choice Awards
  • January 12, 2014: Golden Globe Awards
  • January 15, 2014: Melissa & Joey midseason premiere
  • January 16, 2014: Critics' Choice Movie Awards
  • January 18, 2014: Screen Actors Guild Awards
  • January 21, 2014: The Course of True Love (and First Dates) by Cassandra Clare
  • January 26, 2014: Grammy Awards
  • January 28, 2014: Up From the Grave by Jeaniene Frost
  • February 14, 2014: Vampire Academy: Blood Sisters
  • March 2, 2014: Academy Awards
  • March 4, 2014: Lea Michele - Louder album
  • March 14, 2014: Veronica Mars
  • March 21, 2014: Divergent
  • March 29, 2014: Kids' Choice Awards
  • April 4, 2014: Captain America: The Winter Soldier
  • April 13, 2014: MTV Movie Awards
  • May 2, 2014: The Amazing Spider-Man 2
  • May 16, 2014: Godzilla
  • May 23, 2014: X-Men: Days of Future Past
  • May 27, 2014: City of Heavenly Fire by Cassandra Clare
  • June 6, 2014: The Fault in Our Stars
  • June 10, 2014: The Retribution of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin
  • June 13, 2014: 22 Jump Street
  • June 17, 2014: Top Secret Twenty-One by Janet Evanovich
  • June 27, 2014: Transformers: Age of Extinction
  • July 18, 2014: Dawn of the Planet of the Apes
  • July 29, 2014: Silver Shadows by Richelle Mead
  • August 1, 2014: Guardians of the Galaxy
  • August 10, 2014: Teen Choice Awards
  • August 24, 2014: Video Music Awards
  • September 19, 2014: The Maze Runner
  • October 7, 2014: The Blood of Olympus by Rick Riordan
  • November 7, 2014: Interstellar
  • November 21, 2014: The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1
  • November 23, 2014: American Music Awards
  • February 22, 2015: Academy Awards
  • March 20, 2015: Insurgent
  • May 1, 2015: Avengers: Age of Ultron
  • July 17, 2015: Batman vs. Superman
  • July 31, 2015: Ant-Man
  • November 6, 2015: James Bond 24
  • November 20, 2015: The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2
  • December 25, 2015: Mission Impossible 5
  • March 18, 2016: Allegiant
  • May 27, 2016: X-Men: Apocalypse
  • June 10, 2016: The Amazing Spider-Man 3
  • June 17, 2016: Finding Dory
  • May 4, 2018: The Amazing Spider-Man 4


Super Heroine: An Interview With Lorde

In which we talk about songwriting, Tumblr, Beyoncé, Kanye, Miranda July, clothes, crying on planes, and…pretty much everything.