Animation by Teens

Screen Shot 2014-07-17 at 6.01.29 PMThis time around it was our Teen patrons taking advantage of the Studio 300 Summer Animation Camp. Patrons in grades 7-12 learned about the animation art form and made several animated projects during the week-long camp. They experimented with different styles including pixilation, stop motion, and computer-based animation. Below are the results of their highly creative work:

Tween Animation Camp 2014

TweensAnimation 002The Fountaindale Public Library held its first Tweens Summer Animation Camp with help from Studio 300. Patrons in grades 4-6 learned the techniques and history of animation. During the week they explored different animation styles including pixilation, stop motion, and computer-based (using Stykz software). It’s always fun to share the hard work they did with the video below:


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Choosing a Domain Name

Yellow_Pages_111003_003Finding the right domain name to identify your website can be beneficial  in so many ways. Here are some quick tips to follow:

  • Keep it simple: Short, easy to remember and spell, and fewer than 20 characters. Longer domain names are fine – they can be up to 67 characters! – if they are not hard to spell.
  • Avoid numbers and special characters.
  • Match your domain name to your website name. If that domain name has already been taken, look for something similar. Or if the name of your company is obscure and doesn’t say what it is your selling or what your website is really about then maybe try to incorporate that into the domain name.
  • The .com is usually more valuable, but depending on your needs, you may be able to use .net or .org
  • Check out domain name generators such as Lean Domain Search, or Domain Typer where you can see what domain names are still available. You don’t have to buy domains from these websites, but they are a great place to start generating ideas for domain names and then later purchase it from your registrar of choice.

Come to Studio 300 for more web-related resource suggestions and advice.

Photographing Fireworks

file000872653120This how-to article explains ways to capture amazing pictures of fireworks this holiday weekend. Read the full article here.

The Fourth of July is now just a couple days away and that means cookouts, friends, summer fun, and… fireworks! Do you want to preserve the memory of that awesome neighborhood fireworks show? Let’s discuss the best ways to try to make a memorable photograph commemorating the event. Read more …

Tweens & Teens Photography

This week Studio 300 hosted two Photography Summer Camps for Tween and Teen patrons. They learned tips and techniques for taking better photos and manipulating them using Adobe Photoshop. They took photos outside, portraits inside, and product shots using the Studio 300 photo tent. Below are just a few  examples. See more of their work on our Flickr page by following this link.

Tweens make TV

Screen Shot 2014-06-14 at 11.57.56 AMThis past week Tween patrons in grades 4-6 came together in our Summer 2014 Tweens TV Camp. The week-long program saw the Tweens make three TV programs. They selected topics – Minecraft, Tae Kwon Do, and Drawing – and then used the Studio 300 Tricaster-based TV studio to make these videos. Enjoy their hard work:


Patrons at the Heart of Studio 300

reenergize24_1The June 2014 Imagine Your Library newsletter published by Demco features an article about Studio 300 by our very own Jeffrey Fisher. The story highlights how our patrons are at the center of everything we do in Studio 300.

“Digital media labs and makerspaces continue to be relatively new and popular additions to public libraries. While there is never a typical day at Studio 300, there is a common theme. Patrons use lab resources to curate, create and share their own stories.”

Read the rest of the article here.