Monday, August 13, 2018
Like many other cities, Mountain View is growing. With the population increase comes a crucial question: where are we going to put all the people?
Our city is far from alone in this issue. Many major cities are running into a housing crisis, including Hong Kong, Tokyo, and London. Sometimes, it seems that there simply isn't enough space for everyone.
Instead of cutting back on the people, however, many designers are proposing innovative housing solutions that provide people with a comfortable living space without taking up too much, well, space. Here are just a few.
Opod Tube House by James Law Cybertecture
If you think New York is too crowded, try visiting Hong Kong! Due to the island nature of the city and its gigantic population, Hong Kong is jam-packed. Some people have to resort to sleeping in tiny individual cubbies! This potential solution to HK's housing problem is built out of an "upcycled" concrete pipe, and it functions as a completely livable residence. The designers propose stacking the units in the leftover bits of space in the city.
Shipping Container Homes
This is, surprisingly, a pretty popular housing option! As the name suggests, shipping container houses are made out of old shipping containers, which can either be kept as is or welded together to create a larger space. Some are up to 1400 square feet in space! While many favor them for their trendy industrial look, these houses also have the potential to be a cost-effective and practical form of compact housing due to their stackability.
The idea for stackable apartments has been floating around for a while: basically, they are inexpensive modular housing units that can be easily assembled or disassembled according to need. Many praise them as the solution to affordable housing crises worldwide. They come in many different forms, but the one pictured to the left is a prototype for potential developments in San Francisco, which authorities hope can be used to combat homelessness.
Those are just a few examples of how innovative designers are trying to create space for our ever-growing cities. As the world population continues to grow, the scramble for housing solutions may soon turn these quirky homes into a fact of city life.
Written by Coral C., Homework Assistant
San Francisco Chronicle
Rise Home Design
Monday, August 6, 2018
Despite all of the cringe-inducing articles and books written by all sorts of people, the people who know teens best are ultimately other teens. That's why we have the Teen Advisory Group, which is a group of middle and high school students that gather every month to discuss how we can make the Mountain View Library and the Teen Zone a more welcoming place for teens. The TAG meets once a month to come up with activities and work on projects aimed at improving the library's teen resources. Members also get community service hours, and more importantly, COOKIES!
If you're considering joining the team, please come to our info session on August 13 at 6:30 in the Teen Zone. Returning TAG members will be there to talk, and we'll also have snacks!
(If that link doesn't work, try this: bit.ly/2JjbryG)
Thursday, August 2, 2018
Thank you to everyone who participated in the Teen Summer Reading Program!
If you remember, we were raffling off six $25 Amazon gift cards to those who completed the Teen Summer Reading Program. The winners have been chosen and contacted. Please check your email to see if you're a winner! Thank you again for participating and reading!!!
-signed the Teen Librarians
Monday, July 30, 2018
If you're running out of beautiful and intriguing decorations in your room and around the house, come to the Teen Zone on August 6th to learn how to make folded book art! We're going to be repurposing old books by folding down the pages in specific patterns to create interesting designs like the ones below.
To attend, please Click here to register!
(If that link doesn't work, try this: bit.ly/2pPMNwy)
Thursday, July 26, 2018
For decades, comic book superheroes have captured the imagination and admiration of people worldwide. Not only are these characters truly heroic in their motivations and actions (well, maybe not Deadpool), but they're also really cool-looking! Have you seen Black Panther's suit??
If you'd like to learn how to draw all kinds of ionic superheroes, join us in the Teen Zone on July 30th at 6:30! We're holding a free class to teach YOU how to bring your favorite characters to life.
(Despite the picture, we promise we do not discriminate against DC fans.)
(If that link doesn't work, try this: bit.ly/2GgDaSK)
Monday, July 23, 2018
Need I say more? Join us on June 16th and July 28th at 3 in the Teen Zone for K-Pop Club!! Listen to music with fellow fans and stans, and maybe even get some free gear!
To attend, please Click here to register for June 16th and Click here to register for June 28th!
(If the link doesn't work, try this: bit.ly/2GZSOBs for June 16th or bit.ly/2IvUNL6 for July 28th)
Monday, July 16, 2018
As far as body art goes, henna, or the art of mehndi, is one of the best options out there. You can make beautifully intricate designs that last for several days or weeks, without the hassle that face paint brings or the pain and permanence of tattoos.
Henna is a plant that can be dried and crushed to create a natural dye that has been used in North Africa, the Middle East, and South Asia for centuries to dye anything from skin to hair. Mehndi refers to the traditional Indian practice of painting intricate designs on the hands and feet for special occasions such as weddings.
If you'd like to learn how to decorate your own extremities, come visit us on July 23rd at 6:30 in the Teen Zone for our henna class!
(If that link doesn't work, try this: bit.ly/2Gzzafp)