Teen Tech Week 2014: March 9-15

Teen Tech Week is March 9-15, and this year’s theme is “DIY @ your library” to raise awareness about how libraries create a place for teens to learn beyond the classroom.

The purpose of Teen Tech Week, a national initiative of the Young Adult Library Services Association, is to encourage teens to take advantage of all that the library has to offer.

Local libraries have ongoing DIY projects, technology demonstrations and other activities scheduled for the week. All are free and open to the public.

Central Arkansas Library System

The Main Library Level 4 Teen Center is screening “The Fifth Element” on Monday, March 10 at 4:30 p.m.

Other Level 4 events include a 3D Printer Demo on March 11 at 4:30 p.m., Technology Petting Zoo on March 12 at 4:30 p.m., National Pi Day on March 14 at 4:30 p.m. and Vid Rhythm Video Making on March 15 at 2:30 p.m.

Here’s what’s going on at CALS branches:

  • Brooks Library – Cassette Tape Wallets, March 10 at 5 p.m.
  • Dee Brown Library – DIY Recycled Bags, March 10 at 4:30 p.m.; DIY Pancake Art, March 12 at 4:30 p.m.
  • Maumelle Library – Robot Demonstration, March 11 at 3:30 p.m.
  • McMath Library – Pi Day Celebration, March 14 at 4:00 p.m.
  • Nixon Library – 3D Printer Demo, March 29 at 3 p.m.

Get more details HERE.


Laman Library

The William F. Laman Public Library in North Little Rock is holding DIY @ Your Library crafting events on March 12 and 14 at 4 p.m. Teens, ages 12-18, can make crafts from outdated technology and gadgets.

Tech Bingo & Charades is scheduled for March 15 at 2 p.m. Both activities are centered around technology.

Make Your Own Baby Sling

Savvy Kids partnered with Cynthia East Fabrics (1523 Rebsamen Park Rd., Little Rock; 501-663-0460) to make this months’ Savvy Project. Stop in to find trendy fabrics, get tips from their experts and become inspired!


  • 2 Yards of Fabric (should be at least 44 inches wide)
  • Matching Thread
  • Sewing Machine
  • Measuring Tape
  • Fabric Marking Pen
  • Iron
  • Scissors


Prior to making your sling, you will need to get some measurements from the person you are making it for. Measure from the right shoulder to the left hip bone, where the baby will sit. Unfold your fabric and cut it lengthwise. It should measure 2 yards by 22 inches. Put one piece aside for future use or another sling.


Next, fold your fabric lengthwise once, then fold it in half widthwise. Make sure the open sides are facing up and to the right.


On the top, open side, measure from the fold to your hip to shoulder measurement. You will want to ad a ½ inch to this measurement.


Now measure along the bottom from the fold to the next measurement and mark. Take the original measurement and add three inches to it. After marking both measurements, you will want to cut from the bottom to the top with a curve.


Unfold your fabric and heat up your iron. Measure a ¼ of an inch fold using your measuring gauge on the length of your fabric. Iron this fold down on both sides.


Fold this over again and iron down an additional ¼ of an inch on both sides.

Step 6A

Sew down the fold on top and bottom.


With the sides sewn and finished, fold the fabric in half widthwise with the right side of the fabric facing up. Make sure you adjust your stitch width to a tight stitch. This will increase the strength of the seam.

Step 7A

Sew along the curve a ¼ of an inch in.


Turn the sling inside out. You are going to sew along the curve above the seam you just made. This will encase the previous seam.


Finally, open up the sling and sew down this encased seam to the front or back of the fabric.

Pictured above is the finished baby sling! Drop by Cynthia East Fabrics to browse the many available patterns, ask any questions about this project, or just get to know the staff and store!

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