NaNoWriMo @ FPLD

Download the newsletter about all the activities for writers here at FPLD.

Are you a writer? Fountaindale Public Library has several upcoming classes, workshops, and events just for you. Download the PDF newsletter for details. Here is what’s in store for the Fall 2016:

NaNoWriMo Meetups

National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) is a fun, seat-of-your-pants approach to creative writing. On November 1, participants begin working towards the goal of writing a 50,000-word novel by November 30. Valuing enthusiasm, determination, and a deadline, NaNoWriMo is for anyone who has ever thought about writing a novel.

Get an overview of the NaNoWriMo process, meet other writers, start planning for the big fall event, and then write, write, WRITE!

  • Get Ready: Thursday, September 22 , 7:00 p.m.
  • Pre-Launch: Thursday, October 27, 6:00 p.m.
  • Come Write-in: Sunday, November 6, 2:00 p.m.
  • Mid-month Check-in: Tuesday, November 15, 7:00 p.m.
  • Come Write-in: Saturday, November 19, 2:00 p.m.
  • Wrap-up: Tuesday, December 6, 7:00 p.m.

Indie Author Day

An in-person and digital gathering with writers, agents, and other industry leaders featuring presentations for our Fountaindale writing community about all the tools available to use at the library. Don’t miss out on this opportunity for authors to connect.

  • Saturday, October 8, 12:30-2:30 p.m.

Moving from Concept to Completed Manuscript

Mystery writer and former writing instructor Patricia Skalka discusses the three key elements of the novel and shows how to weave them together into a step-by-step road map of the story that takes you from start to finish.

  • Wednesday, October 12, 6:30 p.m.

Great Beginnings: How to Hook Readers and Keep Them Turning the Pages

Join author Carmela Martino to learn the “implicit promise” concept and four key elements to both improve your writing and please your readers.Don’t miss it!

  • Thursday, October 27, 7:00-8:30 p.m.

Macro Photography

PROD-SHOT_10-2012_60Tamron_28947In a world full of big dreams sometimes it’s the smallest details that may change your perspective. Or, at least, that’s what a macro lens can reveal. Recently, Studio 300 acquired the Tamron 60mm f2 macro lens, and, of course, we created a class for its debut. All of the patrons who participated in this hands-on class really enjoyed the extreme close encounters they had using the macro lens and a DSLR camera. Take a look at some of the great photos they took in the video below or by visiting our Flickr site.

 

 

Practical Tech with Tony – Episode 16 – A Cornucopia of Topics

I regret to inform you, dear reader, that this is the final Practical Tech with Tony podcast. Why? You’ll have to listen to the podcast to find out!

So, for this final Practical Tech with Tony podcast, I thought Jeffrey and I would touch on a number of topics that we have covered in previous podcasts. Here are links to items discussed in this podcast:

Internet of Things Defined

Ring Video Doorbell – the one my wife and I got is the $199 one. We also subscribe to the cloud video storage for $3/month or $30/year. The reason we got this particular unit is that it runs on an internal, rechargeable battery. Other units from other companies we looked at required being hardwired into the home’s existing doorbell system, which we could not do as the previous owners of our home had cut the wiring off for the doorbell that had been part of the home when it was built. Ring is also compatible, or is working on becoming compatible, with a host of other home automation systems.

Tech Support Scam Companies Taken Down

iPhone Rumors

Pokemon Go!

Two guys walk off a cliff playing Pokemon Go

Chromebooks – link takes you to the page of the particular model the library is using.

Photography Bootcamp 2016

July 11th dawned bright and sunny, so the tweens set out on their photo adventure! During this Photo Bootcamp our young patrons learned about photo composition and using the rule of thirds to take better pictures. Their objective was to complete a photo scavenger hunt. Laughing and jumping, dancing and making silly faces, they spent the morning having fun while learning to be better photographers.

The afternoon was sweltering so as the heat index rose, the teens explored the library with its comfortable A/C. The teens learned how to compose pictures and to apply the rule of thirds. With their scavenger hunt they explored the four floors of Fountaindale Public Library.

Both groups did a phenomenal job and had fun while learning photography techniques. Take a look at some of the great photographs they took that day by visiting our Flickr site.

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Room updates

GCRStudio 300 recently completed upgrades to four of our rooms to better assist our patrons. Our three Group Collaboration Rooms are used by businesses, students and community groups for meetings and classes.  The media:scape tables make it easy for groups of up to six to share content and collaborate.  The update converted our tables to a new all-digital switch that greatly simplifies the system while increasing the resolution of the screens. This new switch will better detect connected devices and scale readily resulting in a better and more streamlined experience for our patrons. Additionally, we replaced the original monitors with crisper, brighter, and larger dual 48″ screens.

The control room for the two Tricaster television production systems also saw an update. We rearranged the room to better help patrons with the production workflow. We augmented the talkback system for better communication between the control room and the studio itself. Also, we added a duplicate program monitor that can be seen from inside the studio. This monitor greatly assists on-camera talent especially when working with green screen and virtual set technology.Tricaster

Stop by or contact Studio 300 for details about these updates and how you might use them for your own personal and professional projects.

Making at Studio 300

Studio 300 has added new equipment for our patrons to explore the makerspace world and a club to build projects together.

Adult Makers Club

This club is for our adult patrons to get together and geek out with Arduinos, Raspberry Pis, coding, and other electronics. Our first project (June 28) will be setting up a “Simon” emulation game. You can also experiment with other kits and projects. Join us for the club and let’s discover together. The Adult Makers Club meets June 28th, July 26th, and August 31. Sign-up here.

New Equipment

The SparkFun Inventors Kit

  • A basic Arduino kit that comes with a variety of sensors, LEDs, and motors. There’s even an instruction guide with 16 different projects to get you started with basic wiring and coding.12060-01

The SainSmart Ultimate Arduino Starter Kit

  • Includes a larger variety of sensors and input devices along with 20 different projects to try out. The coding can be more challenging than the SparkFun projects.

Raspberry Pi 2 and Raspberry Pi 3

  • These tiny computers run Linux and plug right into a monitor and use a keyboard and mouse. Includes some basic software so you can get started experimenting on this platform.

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