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We love to share stories at the library, but we also love to make up our own. Toontastic is an app that allows kids to author their own stories, while teaching them how to follow a traditional story arc. The app works with the iPad, iPad Mini, and iPhone. You can learn more about Toontastic here.

Below are the stories made by Barrington Area Library kids in our latest program on October 24th:

I'm the Lucky One


The Princess and the Pirate 


So many great stories were created using the Lego Story Starter. Barrington kids created scenes and characters with Lego pieces, and then added them into the story visualizer software on our iPads. You can find more about Lego Story Starter here.

3:00 Class:

Christian's Story:


Jorgan's Story:

A Space Story!

4:15 Class

Cole's Story:

Cooper's Story:

Eugene and Emily's Story:

Jeremy's Story:

Ryan's Story:

Shido's Story:

Barrington Area Library teens had a blast creating a stop motion animation video on the library's light bright wall!

The librarians were impressed by the creativity and collaboration demonstrated by the teens. Great work and remember, you can make a stop-motion video at home. Click on the links below to get specific instructions for your computer.
Step-by-step instructions: iMovie (Mac)
Step-by-step instructions: Windows Movie Maker

Everyone brought out their amazing artistic talents during our program Art with Apps. We used the following apps on the iPad to create amazing masterpieces!

Brushes 3
Kids Doodle
123D Sculpt
Faces iMake
Auryn Ink

2:00 Art with Apps class:

Jeremy's art:

Chloe's art:

Cooper's art:

Kathleen's art

3:30 Art with Apps class:

Yuky's art:

Nancy's art:

Anthony's Art:

Zack's art:

Eva's art:

Paul's art

Adnan's art:


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