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Scratch Day @ CLP Main- Teen: Saturday 5/19 from 1 to 4


Are you interested in creating digital videos, games, and animation?  Do you have a vision and passion for digital art, but lack the technical skills?  If you answered yes, then  Scratch is the perfect programming language for you.  Scratch is a visual programming language that was developed by MIT students in order to offer beginner programmers a simple way to create their own interactive stories, games, animations, music, and art.  Scratch is free to download, easy to learn, and offers a safe and supportive community of Scratchers to share your creations with.

Scratch DaySaturday, May 19, 2012– is a worldwide network of gatherings, where people come together to meet fellow Scratchers, share projects and experiences and learn more about Scratch. Last year, more than 125 Scratch Day events were held in 36 countries around the globe.  Scratch Day @ CLP Main- Teen will feature tutorials for newbies, games to help you hone your Scratch abilities, skill sharing for advanced Scratchers, a project showcase, Scratch the Cat button making, peer Scratch tutors, fun, community, and more!

Pittsburgh teenagers (grade 6-12), mentors and educators are strongly encouraged to bring a laptop to the event.  But don’t despair if you can’t bring your own equipment- you will NOT be left out.  A limited number of laptops will be provided for use during the program.

Scratch Day in Pittsburgh is presented by Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh, Chevron Center for STEM Education and career Development at Carnegie Science Center, The Ellis School and Girls, Math & Science Partnership (a program of Carnegie Science Center). This event is sponsored by The Ellis School and Spark, Supporting the Kids+Creativity Network.

Event web site: http://day.scratch.mit.edu/event/554

Presented by: Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh, Chevron Center for STEM Education and career Development at Carnegie Science Center, The Ellis School and Girls, Math & Science Partnership a program of Carnegie Science Center

Event fee: FREE

Sponsor: The Ellis School and Spark, Supporting the Kids+Creativity Network

Some refreshments will be provided.

Saturday, May 19, 2012
1:00 pm to 4:00 pm

Teens- Main
4400 Forbes Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA   15213

For more information, contact:

Create Your Own Digital Story

Everyone has a story to tell. But not everyone feels confident with writing or illustrating. In fact, you might be a lot more comfortable playing with images, music, and video clips on the computer. If digital media is more your style, try experimenting with digital storytelling as a way to create and share your stories.

What exactly is a digital story?

photo of computers

According to the Center for Digital Storytelling, it’s “A short, first person video-narrative created by combining recorded voice, still and moving images, and music or other sounds.”

But really, a digital story is any story you tell using digital media. It could be a personal narrative, nonfiction, or fiction. You could use music, photos, drawings, video clips, sound effects, and narration.

Check out some of the teen-created stories posted at the Center for Digital Storytelling and some of the stories hosted at DigiTales.

photo of what's your digital story t-shirt

Your story can be as simple or complex as you want to make it, and there are lots of tools that can help you along the way.

Websites like Storybird and Xtranormal provide some of the basics for you, like artwork and sounds, and all you have to do is add in your story.

Other websites allow you to add your own images, music, and narration, but help you put the whole package together in an easy-to-use format. Examples include VoiceThread and Animoto.

If you want to delve deeper into the creative aspects of media and technology, you can use software such as Windows Movie Maker (for PCs) or iMovie (for Macs) to build your digital stories. Sound editing tools (Audacity), photo editing tools (Photoshop, GIMP, Picnik, Pixlr, Splashup), and video editing tools (Final Cut Pro, Pinnacle Studio, VideoStudio) can all be used to put the elements of your story together.

Want to give it a try but not sure where to start? Come to the digital storytelling workshop on Saturday, July 23rd from 2 to 4 pm at CLP – Main. Space is limited to 10 teens, so please register on the events page or email teensmain@carnegielibrary.org to reserve your spot!

~Amy, CLP Main Intern

CLP QuickFLIX: teen video creation contest & workshops

“Are you the next great film director?”

I’m very happy to announce that the annual QuickFLIX video creation contest is back and better than ever! Not familiar? Here are some details about the contest and how it works:

  • Make a short film (under five minutes) using this year’s Teen Summer Reading theme “You Are Here” or teen Hear Me stories for inspiration.
  • Work on your own or in a group!
    • Team an individual entries will be accepted, though prizes for group entries must be shared.
  • Don’t know how to make a video? Sign up for a free video workshopat one of five CLP locations.
    • Workshops will be taught by video artists/instructors from Pittsburgh Filmmakers. (See “Workshops” for more information.)
  • Your video will be judged on:
    • Originality
    • Style
    • Entertainment Value
  • Don’t have a camera? Don’t worry! Talk to the teen specialist at your local Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh to learn about using one of our flip cameras.
  • We will allow the filming of videos on Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh property, including inside the Library (branches and Main). For more information and usage details, contact Corey Wittig, Digital Learning Librarian – Teen Services, at 412-622-3140. You must have permission prior to filming inside the library and abide by all Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh policies!

This year, Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh Teen Services is partnering with Pittsburgh Filmmakers whose resident artists will be hosting two unique and informative filmmaking classes at four CLP locations. Teens who take part in these classes will leave with a QuickFLIX contest-ready movie.

Stop-motion animation workshop
3-hour session
Number of Participants: 9

This hands-on workshop will provide students with a foundation in the popular art of stop-motion animation. Using digital cameras and Mac laptops, participants will collaborate to create short animated movies.
Examples from essential films will be screened and discussed as a lead-in to the topic and techniques.

Digital Filmmaking

Quick Flix/Flip Cam Workshop
Two 3-hour sessions
Number of participants: 10

This hands-on workshop will provide a foundation in the basic aesthetic and technical skills essential to creating digital movies. Composition, camera work and editing are some of the concepts that will be covered. In-class screenings and discussion of short films and videos including narrative, documentary and experimental will enable students to gain new skills in understanding the language of filmmaking. Using Flip Cams and editing software, participants will collaborate on in-class exercises and make a short digital film. Outside-of-session time will be necessary to complete the short film.


Individual Entries:

Grand Prize: Flip UltraHD Video Camera and $100 Best Buy gift card
2nd Prize: Flip UltraHD Video Camera
3rd Prize: $50.00 Best Buy gift card

Group Entries:

Grand Prize: $200 Best Buy gift card
2nd Prize: $100 Best Buy gift card
3rd Prize: $50.00 Best Buy gift card

Workshop Dates & Locations:

CLP – Main

Stop-motion workshop, Wednesday, July 6th 1-4 PM
Digital Filmmaking workshop Part I, Thursday, July 7th, 1-4 PM
Digital Filmmaking workshop Part II, Friday, July 8th, 1-4PM

CLP – Allegheny

Stop-motion workshop, Thursday, July 7th, 1-4 PM

CLP – East Liberty

Stop-motion workshop, Saturday, July 9th, 1-4 PM

CLP – Squirrel Hill

Digital Filmmaking workshop Part I, Tuesday, July 12th, 1-4 PM
Digital Filmmaking workshop Part II, Wednesday, July 13th, 1-4 PM

CLP – Hazelwood

Digital Filmmaking workshop Part I, Thursday, July 14th, 1-4 PM
Digital Filmmaking workshop Part II, Friday, July 15th, 1-4 PM

Now, all you have to do is register for the workshops!

Corey, CLP-Main

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