Maker Faire Highlights

On Saturday, March 11, Fountaindale hosted our first Maker Faire. The event had huge support from our community and featured a bevy of activities including Spaghetti Bridge Building. Check out the highlight video below. And head to our Flickr page for even more pictures.

Easy cart makeover

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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.

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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Digital Date Night

Dads joined their daughters in Studio 300 for our inaugural digital date night program. The families worked together creating a variety of media projects: photography, Photoshop, TV production, podcasting, music, animation, and more. Enjoy these photos that highlight the evening’s activities.

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Mommy-Son Digital Date Night is May 16. Sign-up here.

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.

Great Thanksgiving Listen

TGL-Horizontal-w-backgroundStoryCorps is hoping to use the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday to continue their mission to “archive the wisdom of humanity.” If you are unfamiliar with StoryCorps, read about them here.

They are asking you to make history by interviewing an elder and sharing it. The process is simple. As their website says:

  • “Choose someone to interview.
  • Pick great questions. Find a quiet place to record. Listen closely.
  • When you’re finished, share your interview with the world.”

Their new, free StoryCorps app gives you all the tools you need to complete and share an interview. You just need to supply the smartphone.

This year is a pilot program for high school students, but really anybody can be part of the Great Thanksgiving Listen project (or contribute to StoryCorps anytime). Here is a free educator’s guide about the pilot program.

If you prefer not to use their app, Studio 300 has recording equipment, both for use in-house and that you can checkout to record anywhere. The Studio 300 staff is available to help you make sure your interviews go smoothly.

Here is a video we did as part of a similar Illinois Veteran’s project, helping to preserve memories for future generations.

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