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Animated Movie Making

The videos below were made in the library's animated movie making program. Kids had the opportunity to select their cast, scenery, and write their own script. All of this was possible thanks to a pretty cool website called Xtranormal. To try Xtranormal at home, create an account on their website.

Enjoy the videos!

Lost
by: balwebcrawlers6

Misunderstanding
by: balwebcrawlers11

The Celebrity
by: balwebcrawlers7

Awesome
by: balwebcrawlers8

Presidentz Movie
by: balwebcrawlers10

I am so so lost
by: balwebcrawlers12

The Garbage Voodoo
by: balwebcrawlers13

Stop-Motion Movies: January 3

If you were one of our movie-makers, don't forget to count this program as one of your activities for the Winter Library Club. Great work!

 

Light Painting

Light painting is a neat way to create unique photographs. No editing is needed, just some crafty kids with the right tools. Before class, Aly and I adjusted the camera setting so the shutter would stay open for 15 seconds. Normally, the shutter opens and closes quickly, but with the adjusted setting, artists had enough time to draw a picture or create an effect. All we needed was a camera with manual settings, flashlights, and a dark room.

For more on light painting, visit The Tinkering Studio Blog, presented by The Exploratorium, in San Francisco.

Click on the photos to see the full catalog of pictures.

Spencer and Tanner Part 1

Spencer and Tanner Part 2

Elizabeth and Prasanth Part 1

Elizabeth and Prasanth Part 2

Diego and Philip

Tej and Alex

Remember, this takes practice. The first few times may be challenging, but after a while, you realize how much you can get done in just 15 seconds. Try it out at home and send us copies of your light paintings!

 

Tech Open Lab

The December Tech Open Lab was one of the best, yet! Imagination was the key ingredient in this program. Older kids experimented with LEGO WeDo, Photobooth, and GarageBand, while future tech all-stars had fun playing with Sifteo cubes and specially selected storytime apps for the iPad. Make sure to join us for our next Tech Open Lab on February 12.