Lower Level Commentary, Episode 1

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Welcome to our all-new podcast featuring reviews of movies, television, books, games, music, current events and so much more.

Brought to you by the team behind Popcorn Diaries. After a short hiatus, Joe and Adriana are back with this new revamped format and podcast.

We hope you will enjoy this new approach and continue to support us as we embark on this new adventure. Here’s the first episode:

If you have episode ideas or suggestions or want us to review your favorite book, music, movie, television show, etc. please let us know. We’ll be back soon with all new material!

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!

Easy cart makeover

file_000Once upon a time there was a grey cart that lived in the Vortex. It had a bevy of amazing items that Teens could use to channel their inner artist and get creative.

There was only one problem: the cart was too plain.

Using Studio 300 technology we gave the cart a much-needed makeover. After designing the graphics using Adobe Illustrator, we sent the files to our vinyl cutter, and then installed the finished pieces on the cart. The pictures tell the story.

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Visit Studio 300 and learn about how to use the vinyl cutter for your next project.

Escape from Azkaban

On November 12, 2016, Fountaindale Public Library hosted the Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them event. Wizards of all ages gathered and participated in the various activities that were available. At the end of the day, though, dark forces gathered and there was a mass breakout from the wizard prison Azkaban. Aurors were dispatched on the double, but many of the escaped wizards are still at large. Wanted posters are posted in all major cities and wizards are urged to remain vigilant!

Thank you to all the volunteers and staff that worked on this project and special thanks to all our patrons who participated in the event.

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

Join us for a fun-filled day in the wizarding world of 1920s New York before the highly anticipated Fantastic Beasts film hits theaters. Dress as your favorite witch or wizard and be prepared for a magical experience! Don’t miss this celebration of all things Harry Potter for wizards—and muggles—of all ages!

Studio 300 joins in on the celebration by placing you under arrest! Come down to the lower level between 2-3p.m. to have your very own Azkaban poster shot live on our Tricaster system. Witches and Wizards of all ages are welcome to participate.

Beware of the Demetor lurking around the studio!

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!

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.