Beat Making Workshops

Our Summer Camps continue and once again our young patrons gathered in Studio 300. This time they experimented with basic beat making in a half-day bootcamp. Listen to their fine work.

Tweens

The Tweens collaborated on this project using GarageBand software.

 

Teens

Our teen patrons worked together using the Native Instruments Maschine hardware/software instrument.

 

Songwriting Workshop

Studio 300 kicked off this year’s Summer Camps for our Tween and Teen patrons with a Songwriting Workshop. The young patrons gathered for a creative collaboration in Studio 300. Together they selected a background music track, composed their melody, wrote their own lyrics, rehearsed the song, and then performed the track in one of our soundproof audio booths. Enjoy the results of their hard work:

Tweens:

Teens:

Introducing Bolingbrook: Project Music

Listen to fresh new music created by our very own Fountaindale Public Library patrons in Bolingbrook: Project Music. This special collection features only local content creators who share their music and more.

Our aim is to capture, curate, and share the knowledge and artistic creations that YOU produce and make them available to FPLD patrons through our local collection. Visit this link for details. To submit your own work to Bolingbrook: Project Music, visit this link.

Fresh Community Content

Browse new creative content made by our very own Fountaindale Public Library patrons in the Community Content Collection. This special compilation features local content creators who share their podcasts, videos, artwork, and more. Also, several local authors share their ebooks.

Our aim is to capture, curate, and share the knowledge and artistic creations that YOU produce and make them available to FPLD patrons in our Fountaindale Public Library Community Content Collection. To submit your own work, visit this link.

 

Celebrating Five Years

It’s been five years since Studio 300 debuted in the Lower Level of Fountaindale Public Library. Here’s a look back at that grand opening celebration from March 16, 2013.

Join us for our celebration on Saturday, March 24 from 1 to 4 p.m in Studio 300. Enjoy cookies, prize drawings and discover how to unleash your creativity in this amazing space. All ages welcome.

 

Throwback Thursday

It’s been five years since Studio 300 debuted in the Lower Level of Fountaindale Public Library. Here’s a look back.

First up is our sneak peek video launched before the Studio doors opened.

And next, the original overview video we made once the Studio opened for our community.

Join us for our celebration on Saturday, March 24 from 1 to 4 p.m in Studio 300. Enjoy cookies, prize drawings and discover how to unleash your creativity in this amazing space. All ages welcome.

Staff Pick: Cintiq & Photoshop

Artwork courtesy of FPLD patron Chris Relo from ChrisRelo.com

A person’s hands can do amazing things. Computers can do amazing things. But often there is a disconnect between the two. The Cintiq drawing tablet bridges that gap.

Combined with software such as Photoshop opens up endless possibilities. Pressure sensitivity, screen mirroring – it’s an amazing feeling to work with a pen.

This Staff Pick brought to you by Steve. Stop by Studio 300 and try this device for yourself.

Staff Pick: Portable LED Lighting

Proper lighting can be an afterthought when you’re busy taking a photo or making a video. In Studio 300 both our A and B/C spaces have terrific preset lighting. But what do you do if you need lighting in the field? Choose from one of our two LED light kits (one 3-light or one 4-light kit). Both provide bright, dimmable light so you can get the right look.

This Staff Pick brought to you by Steve. Stop by Studio 300 and see these lights in action.

Editing Tips for Writers

Writers the world over nod when hearing what Hemingway said: “The only kind of writing is rewriting.” Rare is the first draft of anything ready to unleash on the public. Writers continue to rely on skilled, professional editors to catch mistakes and add that final sheen to a manuscript. And while self-editing your work will never replace working with an actual editor, there are basic steps to take that will lead to stronger drafts. Also, technology can assist via editing software that helps tweak your writing.

Sign-up for our upcoming class, Self-Editing Tips for Writers, on Wednesday, January 17 at 7 p.m. You’ll walk away from the program with many ways to take your writing project further.

Also, Studio 300 provides free access to the premium ProWritingAid app. This cloud-based software makes numerous suggestions, catches errors, offers grammar tips, and magnifies common problems–many of the areas a real-life editor would address. To use the full version, stop by Studio 300 and we’ll log you in. Then, paste in your text and run the ProWritingAid reports to start making a real difference in your writing.