Hi, I’m Maria. I am the Social Media-er for TAB. I had the awesome opportunity to interview Come February, the winners of the Battle of the Recorded Bands contest. The members include Carly, Hannah and Sarah.
How did you get the name of the band?
HANNAH: We were downtown [Chicago] and we were talking about how come February I’ll be legal to drive more than 1 friend and someone said “hey, that’s a cool band name” and I was like “What? I’ll be legal to drive a person?” and they said, “No, Come February” and it just sort of stuck.
What have you accomplished in your months together as a band?
HANNAH: We won a contest at the library
CARLY: Yeah, we did that. And we wrote half a song. We are starting to write more songs now because we are getting everything together.
HANNAH: We got a cellist?
SARAH: YEAH WE DID
Biggest pet peeve?
SARAH: Are we talking about biggest pet peeve in general or in the band alone?
HANNAH: When Carly gets to play the musical box thing
SARAH: Yeah that’s mine as well.
CARLY: My biggest pet peeve is when they won’t let me play the box thing.
So the box thing is the source of a lot of conflict?
CARLY: Yes, it’s tearing our family apart.
Can I play the box thing?
CARLY: Don’t touch the box thing
World-wide pet peeve then?
CARLY: Racists and homophobic people.
HANNAH: Unwanted and unnecessary touching.
SARAH: The Patriarchy or when old men at the golf course call me “Honey”
(The box thing is called a Cajon)
CARLY: Snapchat faces
SARAH: Snapchat faces
CARLY: Hannah’s hidden talent is mothering people on accident
HANNAH: In a bad way or a good way?
CARLY: Good way.
Favorite dumb movie?
CARLY: Does it have to be a dumb movie? I only like quality movies.
HANNAH: Um, Carly, are you forgetting the thumb movies?
CARLY: OH WAIT, YEAH. Bat Thumb, Thumb Wars: The Phantom Cuticle, Frankenthumb…
SARAH: …The Blair Thumb?
CARLY: Yeah, the Blair Thumb
What is The Blair Thumb supposed to be?
SARAH: The Blair Witch Project
CARLY: …Thumbtanic. They are so perfect.
[Hannah, Carly and Sarah begin non-stop quoting of the movies and it goes on for quite a while]
Preferred brand of toothpaste?
CARLY: I don’t know if it is preferred but the Colgate one with the little bits of mouthwash in it
HANNAH: I don’t know what mine is called? It’s minty
SARAH: Colgate Total
CARLY: I just learned something about all of you and I feel like our relationship is so open right now. I love how raw this conversation is.
It’s summer and I haven’t held a pencil in forever. When was the last time you held a pencil?
HANNAH: This morning.
I’ve used pens pretty often, just not pencils.
CARLY: I like to use pencils.
HANNAH: I use pencils at work.
SARAH: Yeah, I use them at work too.
So you guys are pencil people?
I would not have known that.
CARLY: I use a blue pen at school to take notes.
SARAH: Your blue pen ink is all over everything.
For the record Come February is made up of pencil people?
CARLY: It dePENds.
Who is the best rapper out of all 3 of you?
HANNAH: Carly. **starts the beginning of a rap that Carly made**
CARLY: **finishes rap**
How punk rock are you guys?
CARLY: Not very.
SARAH: Hannah I would say is the most punk rock out of all of us.
HANNAH: My mom actually told me I was punk rock as I walked out the door
SARAH: I’m like 2% punk rock.
So like milky punk rock?
SARAH: Yeah, pretty much.
Inklings is a the Hub’s creative writing group. At our last meeting, we talked about writing scripts for comics, plays, and movies. Then members paired up and wrote their own short film scripts. Teens only had an hour, and they turned out pretty awesome! Read them below:
Wyoming Smith and the Egyptian Book of Legends
by Jack and Allie
MAIN CHARACTER: Wyoming Smith
ASSISTANT: Jessica Anderson
VILLAINS: (Evil Twins) Bartholomew and Lydia Qilmerd’r
Wyoming and Jess are studying for a school project about ancient Egypt at a table in the library
Who ruled Egypt after King Tut?
I don’t know, we checked all of the ancient Egypt books in the library.
(looking through a book)
It says here that there is a book of legend hidden deep in the library that has all answers about ancient Egypt.
Bartholomew and Lydia walk up to them
So…. I hear you are looking for the Egyptian book of legends that is hidden deep in the library
That’s what Wyoming just said.
Well, your efforts to find it will be stopped short, because we already have a map. And once we find it, the library will be of no use to us, and we will explode it.
(Bart and Lydia leave)
We have to stop them.
Look what I found! A piece of paper with a riddle written on it. The riddle is “In the world of children, your next clue will be found behind the seating place library superiors lies your next clue”
JESSICA: I think that’s the librarian’s desk in kids world!
WYOMING: To Kids World!
Scene 2: Kids world
They go up to the librarian desk and find a big picture of a bird
JESSICA: I think this is a clue! But what type of bird is it?
WYOMING: It’s a Mockingbird!
JESSICA: Like that book To kill a mocking bird. Maybe we’re supposed to go find it!
(Bartholomew walks up)
I see you’re still going after the book. It is a hopeless attempt. Now, I have hacked into your google docs account, and if you don’t tell me where the next clue is I will delete everything you have so far on your project.
Wyoming don’t tell him!
I have to! My social studies grade depends on this project being good. Alright Bartholomew, the next clue is in a copy of To Kill a Mockingbird.
Lydia and Bartholomew run out of the room cackling. Wyoming and Jessica walk out defeated. Jessica accidently knocks over the book Mockingbird and a map falls out.
Looks at this! The clue was in this book all along! We can still find the book before them!
Scene 3: Cookbook section
WYOMING: Why is the map leading us into a bunch of cookbooks?
Maybe we have to make a food sacrifice to find the next clue
(Random book cart comes out of nowhere Bartholomew and Lydia are heard cackling in the distance)
(They dive out of the way)
What was that?
I think Bartholomew and Lydia are trying to sabotage us
Cart nocks over all the cookbooks
Now we’ll never find the book!
Wyoming leans over and picks up a book with a paper falling out
I think this is the clue
All it says is “4:00 pm-short hand”
Its pointing to that Egypt book Display
They run over to the display, Bartholomew and Lydia pop up
We’re not going to let you win so easily!
Bartholomew and Lydia race Wyoming and Jessica, Bartholomew trips
Wyoming grabs the books and cheers
We have the book! Yayyyyyy!
NOOOO!!!!!! Now they’ll get a better grade!
Why didn’t we just google the answer?
Fiona the Ogre’s Quest to Kill Gilbird
by Sriman and Claire
INT. High School- Library- Day
Fiona is an ogre. She gets angry very easily, so it’s best not to set off her temper. She believes terror is the best solution to many problems.
The librarian is a normal person. She likes to remain calm and help people when she can. When she can’t, well, it’s not her problem.
Shrek is also an ogre. He also gets angry very easily. He gave Fiona the philosophy that terror is the best solution to many problems.
Gilbird is a German canary. He doesn’t have the best grammar. He likes to keep what’s his and isn’t good at sharing. He used to be known as the Germanator.
Fiona the Ogre is looking for a book adaptation of the movie “Shrek 2.”
Fiona the Ogre
What do you mean there’s no Shrek 2 book?!
Fiona, please, we only have the first “Shrek” book.
Is that because the second one didn’t win any Academy Awards? That’s not my fault!
Oh, Fiona. Books don’t win Academy Awards. Movies do. Also, there is no Shrek 2 book in existence. They were all terminated 6 years ago by Gilbird the Gruesome.
What’s a Gilbird? Oh my gosh, you’re confusing me!
FIONA IS SPRAYING SPIT ALL OVER THE PLACE.
LIBRARIAN WIPES HER FACE.
I will hunt down this “Gilbird” you speak of! I will bring Shrek 2 back to this earth! What does this guy have against Shrek 2 anyway?
It’s not a guy. It’s a bird. Gill-Bird. Get it?
FIONA SCRATCHES HER HEAD.
Oh well. It will make no difference when I have Shrek 2.
FIONA LEAVES THE ROOM.
INT. SHREK’S HOUSE- DAY
Honey, do you know there’s no book of Shrek 2?!
WHAT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!?????????????? Is that because we didn’t win any Academy Awards?!
Yeah, probably. But no matter! I shall bring back Shrek 2! By slaying the foul beast they call Gilbird!
It was the one that terminated every copy of Shrek 2 the book.
We shall hunt him down!
BOTH OGRES LEAVE.
FIONA AND SHREK ARE STARING UP.
How will we ever get up that tree to slay Gilbird?
SHREK KNOCKS DOWN THE TREE TO FIND GILBIRD LYING IN HIS NEST.
We have come to retrieve Shrek 2 from your evil clutches!
Me terminated all Shrek 2 books. Only one left. You never find it.
It’s in your nest, isn’t it?
Me fight you. Me big bir-
SHREK KNOCKS OUT GILBIRD.
We’ve got it Fiona! The book adaptation of Shrek 2!
FIONA PICKS IT UP AND FLIPS THROUGH IT. HER FACE IS STUNNED.
It’s a Graphic Novel!
Why Aren’t You Talking?
By Allie and Rachel
EXT. COFFEE SHOP- DAY
ARIANNA, SERAPHINA, OLIVIA, and LILY walk out of the busy coffee shop
Sweets always make me want to go shopping! Who wants to go to the mall?
ARIANNA turns abruptly, and walks away off the screen.
SERAPHINA, OLIVIA, and LILY
(says in snobby way)
What’s up with her?
Who cares, let’s go shopping!
ALL GIRLS TURN AND EXIT STAGE
SERAPHINA, OLIVIA, and LILY
Was something wrong with Arianna? She wasn’t talking to me at the coffee shop.
I don’t know. Hey, what do you think of think of this blouse?
I’ll just have to find out myself.
ARIANNA is looking at books
(No sound, just action music.) Camera pans to the right, across the bookshelf. LILY is peeking through books, staring at ARIANNA. LILY is poorly disguised, following her.
ARIANNA picks out a book and sits down to read. Arianna leaves to go to the bathroom.
LILY sneaks up to the chair and table, and looks through her purse. LILY holds up diary, Looks around, then runs away.
ARIANNA comes back and reads again.
LILY is awkwardly sneaking around the library.
(music stops, replaced by squeaking noises) LILY’s feet against the wall, moving side ways.
Camera zooms out. LILY is sneaking across the wall. SERAPHINA and OLIVIA are staring at her.
What are you doing?
Shhh! You never saw me
LILY LEAVES THE STAGE
LILY reading the diary. She is angry. She storms over to ARIANNA who is still reading.
Why didn’t you write about me in your diary so I knew what was wrong?!
What do you mean?
You haven’t been talking to me! What did I do?
(Stands up, Screaming dramatically)
At the coffee shop, You Ate My Cookie!!!
Screen goes black
By: Daniela O and Bridget M
On the outskirts of New York at night, AMELIA’S house is completely black, except for the static glow of the TV screen. Inside, AMELIA is preparing to watch a horror movie when she calls her friend.
Hey, Katelyn! Do ya wanna watch a horror movie with me, ‘y know, because you can only watch horror movies with more than one person?
That’s a very bad excuse, Amelia. Considering how long I’ve known you, I know that you absolutely despise ghosts and other horror creatures.
Besides, I can’t come over tonight. I have a school club to go to.
…Alright, then. I’ll just be the heroine of this screenplay, then! I’ll watch as many horror movies as I want!
Amelia! You can’t break the fourth wall!
I didn’t! I subtly chipped off a corner of the wall! You were the one who blew a hole in it!
…Never mind, just get back to the script.
About two hours pass after Amelia hangs up the phone. KATELYN is walking to AMELIA’S house.
I wouldn’t believe it if she made it through one movie without getting scared; although she’s probably watched an entire marathon by now, considering how fast she goes through those.
KATEYN arrives at AMELIA’S house and knocks on the door.
Amelia! I’m here! The school club was cancelled!
KATELYN waits for a few moments.
KATELYN tries opening the door to the house, surprised to find it unlocked. KATELYN walks into the house, closing the door behind her. She walks into the living room, where the TV static is the only sound in the house.
Amelia? Are you here?
Something crashes in the dining room, and KATELYN flinches away from the sound.
KATELYN finds herself walking towards the source of the sound, and enters the dining room. Everything seems to be in order, except for a broken vase with flowers spread haphazardly across the dining table, the water soaking them. All of the chairs around the table were in their correct positions.
Except one of the chairs was occupied.
…Amelia? Is that you?
The occupant of the chair was in hamburger print pajamas, with a white teddy bear with a nametag that read ‘Kumajirou’. After KATELYN finished speaking, the chair’s occupant slowly started to turn around in the dim light. The ‘thing’ got up from the chair and stumbled toward KATELYN.
KATELYN backed away from the horrendous creature, its rotted flesh green with mold. KATELYN tripped backwards over a random metal pipe and is backed into a wall. The zombie lumbered closer to KATELYN, who was about to scream in terror. The zombie reached out to touch KATELYN and…
Before the zombie could touch KATELYN, it started laughing.
The zombie falls to the floor in a heap of hysteria and talks.
Kateyn, it’s me! Amelia! I’m the zombie!
AMELIA pulls off the zombie mask that covered her face.
Pretty good Halloween costume, right?
KATELYN sits, stunned.
I bought this yesterday for Halloween. So? Do you like it?
KATELYN recovers from the shock.
Halloween is six months away.
We received another book review for our summer reading program. If you haven’t signed up yet, do so here!
Here is the book review by Reed M.
"In my opinion, the Harry Potter series is one of the most addicting, magical, and superior stories. They’re filled with adventure, a long journey, and a battle between good and evil. I feel strong connections with the characters, and I picture everything that’s happening as clearly as if I were there. It’s fun for the reader, since it seems as though they’re being taken along with their adventures.
I really like all the juicy adjectives, and the well thought out word choices. I always laugh at the hilarious similes and connections, and anticipate what’s coming next when something interesting happens. I especially enjoy all the magic that takes place throughout the books. Out of the seven, thick volumes, I can’t choose which is my favorite. They all have different adventures that tie together in some way. As soon as I pick up one of the books, I can never put them back down. I definitely recommend this series to people who love fiction, magic, adventure, mysteries, and friendship.
To me, Harry Potter doesn’t have to Stay in the pages of a book. I’ve collected all the movies, and lots of Harry Potter knickknacks. When Universal Studios opened up Harry Potter World, I badly wanted to go. However, it wasn’t until much later that I got to see it. I went on all the rides, drank butterbeer, and pumpkin juice, visited all the shops, and bought a wand. The experience made me so excited that even the heat didn’t bother me! (The rest of ny family was annoyed with the outrageous heat, but I didn’t really feel anything out of excitement.) It was just the thought of being somewhat closer to their world that made me happy enough.”
For our book discussion on Friday, June 27th, we read The Shortest Stories in the World, a collection of 55-word-or-less short stories. The attendees tried writing their own super-short micro-fiction stories, with some great results. Check them out:
Girl Meets Boy
Ashley’s friends had left early from the Starbucks, leaving her alone in a sea of strangers. Seeing her sitting alone, Grant walked over to keep her company. They had sparked immediately, laughing and grinning for what seemed like forever. Finally, at the end of the day, they exchanged their numbers. As Grant walked her out the door of the coffee shop, she seemed iridescent. Then she turned around to face him and paused for a moment. Both had something they wanted to tell each other before the day’s end.
"Oh, and by the way, I’m gay."
What was it like, living in the spotlight? The bat would never know.
A note that was slid under the door:
Had an amazing time spending this evening with you. Hope we could do it again sometime. Bye!
Trying to get out, it’s locked from the outside.
Can’t open the door.
Pounding and yelling won’t aid me; it’s night.
Jennifer is on her merry way home.
A little girl and a man sat down for dinner. The waitress took their order and could not help but smile at how well the man treated the child. The girl, spoiled over with cakes and sweets, smiled sweetly but with glazed-over eyes. Families around them stared in envy, for they had never seen a happier pair. During the dinner, a stranger came over and handed the man a check and said he would wait outside. As the man and child walked out the door, the little girl mouthed one word to their waitress. “HELP.d”
Do you have a cell phone? Are you allowed to attend boy-girl parties? Are you allowed to wear makeup or shave your legs? Well, these are all the things Rory can do when she turns 12. If you’re like me, my mom tells me I can do something when Im a certain age, and then forgets about it, and it doesn’t happen. But Rory has been making a list and scribbling down the words that her mom promised she could have once she turns 12. Rory’s list is full of things she just can’t wait to do, but what if the list doesn’t turn out as she expected it to be? What if the lady with the birthmark shaped as a duck had good advice? This book has a really wild ending, which you shouldn’t miss, so pick up this book today!