Announcing NEMO

The Nameless Writer’s Group @ FPLD will publish a print and online journal (called The Nemo Journal) for the Fountaindale Public Library community to include original creative works written and made by our patrons. We are accepting the following from FPLD patrons aged 14 and up:

  • Short stories (5K-word maximum)Poetry
  • Comics
  • Non-fiction (journalism, memoir)
  • Art / Graphics
  • Photography

Submit your work

(up to two submissions per person only)

The deadline for submissions is March 31, 2018.

Solar Eclipse August 21 2017

The August 21 solar eclipse was witnessed by millions in the United States as towns along the path were flooded with spectators scrambling to find the right vantage point and a pair of glasses to watch the eclipse. Patrons at Fountaindale Public Library eagerly awaited this event, but unfortunately for much of the time there was a dense blanket of cloud cover. We did manage to have a few breaks in the clouds that allowed us to watch the moon’s progress. At the same time, the clouds and haze made it difficult to take good picture from lenses that struggled to focus, to trying to find the sun to snap a quick shot. Hopefully, you had some good luck and here’s the the best of the bunch we took. Let’s hope in April 2024 when the next eclipse moves across the US we’ll have better luck and clear skies.

Customize your electronics with Studio 300

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Create a custom look using vinyl.

These days our electronics are always close at hand. We take them everywhere and use them for everything from work to play. With such an abundance of devices in use you may want yours to stand out.

There are many ways to customize the look of your device: laptop skins or decals, customized cases, and more. The wide range of choices makes it difficult to decide. Or you may not get exactly what you want. At Studio 300 there are a few ways to easily customize your own device.

The Studio 300 KNK Zing Computerized Cutter allows you to cut vinyl into the design of your choice. These can easily be applied to your devices and will last a long time.

Another quick and easy way to customize your cell phone is to buy a clear case and then design an insert. You can change these up whenever you wish to update the look. You  create the design and print it using the different paper stocks available at Studio 300. (Examples below).

Ready to get started? Studio 300 has two upcoming classes that can teach you how to use the tools and software to create your own designs.

Vinyl Design & Computer Cutting Basics
Thursday, July 13, 7 p.m.
Create and cut custom designs that can be applied to different surfaces.

Photoshop 101
Tuesday, July 25, 6:30 p.m.
Learn essential Photoshop tools and basic techniques.

The next time you feel like supporting your favorite band, game, sports team or just want to create something that represents YOU, visit Studio 300 and take advantage of all the tools and software available to you.

Photography Week at Studio 300

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Whether you’re a seasoned shutter bug or just want to improve your photography skills, join us for a week of classes for those who love being behind the camera ready to catch special moments.

Macro Photography
Monday, February 13, 6:30 p.m.
Gain a unique up-close perspective of objects and people to reveal fine details within your pictures.

Photography Basics
Wednesday, February 15, 6:30 p.m.
Improve your photography skills by learning camera and composition techniques.

Flash Photography
Thursday, February 16, 6:30 p.m.
Use flash and flash adapters to move your photography forward. This class is better suited for experienced DSLR photographers.

Portrait Photography
Saturday, February 18, 2 p.m. 
Learn lighting, posing and other techniques for when working with a live model.

The above classes require registration.

Want more photography help?

Drop in to Studio 300 on Thursday, February 23 for All Things Photography & Video to get answers to your pressing photography questions from our Studio 300 experts!

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.

 

 

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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