Lamination now at Studio 300

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Scotch Laminator

Need something laminated?  Studio 300 can help you.  We just added the Scotch TL901C to our inventory.

This device can laminate up to an 8.5″ x 11″ sheet in less than two minutes. The cost is $1.00 per sheet. If you need to laminate something smaller, we can help you trim it to size with our cutter.  Stop by Studio 300 when you need lamination services.

 

Wildlife Photography

wildOn October 4th, 2016  at 6:30 p.m., photographer Mike Smith comes to Fountaindale Public Library to share his knowledge and experience. Since 1985 Mike Smith has been creating stunning imagery through his photographic skills. Your pre-safari workshop will consist of instruction on how to achieve stunning wildlife images. You will learn tips and tricks—such as how to work with fences and glass that come between you and the animals—to improve your composition for shots taken in both the wild and zoo environments.

You don’t have to be a pro to learn, anyone with an interest in photography will benefit from this informative workshop. Registration is open for this event. Sign-up today!

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.

 

 

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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Stories Matter

campgardenWrite your novel in 30 days! How? Other writers-people just like you!-from around the globe do just that as part of National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo).

The official event begins in November, but this April you may dip your toe into the waters with a lighter “writer’s retreat” known as Camp NaNoWriMo right here at Fountaindale Public Library.

Camp NaNoWriMo is for anyone who has ever thought about writing a novel. Is that you? Sign-up today and join us for the program on these three dates:

All three programs will be at the Fountaindale Public Library, in Studio 300.Camper

BTW: Fountaindale Public Library will be hosting the November NaNoWriMo event, too. Sign-up for this Spring “taste” and see where your writing might take you. Then, get ready for the Fall!

Teen TV Bootcamp

Check out what our Teen patrons created after learning TV Production in a 3-hour Studio 300 Bootcamp. They created stories, recorded them using our sophisticated Tricaster TV production system, and they all took turns playing crew roles – Director, Technical Director, Audio, Camera, Floor Director, and Talent. They learned proper television control room lingo and studio hand cues, too. Here are the results.

Top 5 Best Video Android Apps

VideoAppsTo continue with Studio 300 in Your Pocket app recommendations, here are the top five Video Apps for Android devices. Click the image to the left for details. These are the best video creating, editing, and playing apps for those times when you can’t get to Studio 300. Search for them on your favorite Android app platform.

Get a list of best overall apps here.

Sharing part of YouTube videos

StarWarsHere’s how to share only part of a longer YouTube video. This trick is perfect for when you want others to start viewing at a certain point. First, go to the YouTube video you wish to share and pause it at the desired start time. It’s best to do this on the actual YouTube site. Next, click Share on the bottom left of the video information.  Then, check the “Start at” box in the bottom left corner of the video player. YouTube will update the link (the highlighted one above the “Start at” check box). Copy and paste that link anywhere (e-mail, social media, etc.) and when someone clicks the link, their video will start at that point.

You might want to try this with the Jump to Lightspeed videos from our Star Wars Celebration.



 

Practical Tech with Tony – 013

Studio 300 is proud to begin hosting the popular technology podcast – Practical Tech with Tony – on our blog. This episode is all about gift ideas for the tech enthusiasts on your lists. Enjoy:

Here are links to items and topics mentioned during the podcast:

Google Chromecast

Video converter – Diamond VC500 for Windows and Diamond VC500 for Apple computers.

Logitech Harmony 650 Remote – This is the one I am most familiar with. Retails for $79.99 but you can usually find them on sale at Amazon or other retailers for around $65, especially after the holidays, which is when my parents bought theirs after getting their new TV, Blu-ray player and surround sound system. The Logitech Harmony Elite is the remote that I mentioned in the podcast that can control all your home automation and media center functions. It retails for $349.99.

Bluetooth speakers – This is a recently published (November 17, 2015) article at TechRadar.

Drones/Quad Copters – There are a lot of articles out right now about the best Drones/Quad Copters, and this one has a nice mix of low and high cost models. All the models mentioned show up on other “best of” lists that I have seen.

Acer Chromebook 15 and Acer Chromebook 15C910 – There is a sub-$200 model available in the lineup, but it doesn’t sport a true HD screen (true HD is 1920×1080 pixels per inch) and this is also true of some of the other lower cost ones. The lower cost ones also have “slower” processors, less memory and less storage. The library currently has this particular configuration available for in-house use at the Children’s Services Desk, if you would like to take a look at it. Other manufacturers have other models available, and you can find out more about Chromebooks at Google’s website here.

Mobile Device Gaming Pads – There are lots out there and the prices run the gamut from just under $20 to well over $100. I think it is most important to find something sturdy that fits comfortably in your hands, especially if you are going to be using it extensively. Most game controllers now mimic the shape of Sony’s Playstation console controllers or Microsoft’s Xbox console controllers. Also be aware that not all gamepads may be compatible with all devices, so a device compatible with Android may not be compatible with an Apple device.

Nest Home Automation

Philips Hue Lux – The link takes you to the starter kit page of the Philips website.

Happy Holidays from the staff of the Fountaindale Public Library!

– Tony L.

Library Events

Help Me! Tech Support!! Event – Tuesday, January 5 from 7-8:30 p.m. and Sunday, January 17 from 2-3:30 p.m. in Studio 300

Received a tablet, phablet, camera, laptop, or other tech gadget recently and you’re still not quite feeling comfortable with it? Get the help you need at our Practical Tech drop-in event. Bring your gear and your questions and get ready to learn from our staff of tech experts.