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First Film Lab & Editing Workshop Tomorrow Night!

February 16, 2009

green screenTomorrow night, from 5:30-7:30, at the Fairmount St. Library will be the first film lab and editing workshop for the upcoming Teen Film Fest.  Don’t miss your chance to use the library’s new HD Flip Cameras and the super cool editing software we have set up.  Seriously.  This year we’ll even have a special effects “green screen” set up so that you can do things like fly in your film, or be chased by dinosaurs…and it will look real. 

FlipThis program is perfect for teens of all technological competencies.  If you’re clueless on how to film or edit a video, then you’re in luck…we’ll walk you through each step.  And if you’re an experienced filmmaker, we have the set up for you to exercise your skills and apply advanced techniques to your films.  Either way, it’s bound to be fun.

chroma key effectTomorrow night will be an introductory workshop where we’ll cover all the great tips and tricks you’ll need to get you started and well on your way.  Plus, we’ll demo the aforementioned “green screen” effect; also known as the chroma key technique.  Don’t miss out on this rare opportunity to make a film and see it on the IMAX screen, March 26th, for free.  For further info on this year’s Teen YouTube Video Contest, printable registration forms, and a listing of all the lab dates/times, please visit the links on the DPL homepage.


2nd Annual Teen YouTube Video Contest

February 4, 2009

Quad City area libraries are offering teens an opportunity to hone their video skills this spring with the 2nd Annual “Teen YouTube Video Contest.” 

Libraries Together Film FestBetween now and March 14, teens are encouraged to create a 3-5 minute video, using one of the following themes as related to their favorite book:


-a book trailer

-a missing scene/unwritten scene

Next, they can upload the video to the Quad City Libraries YouTube website:

Finally, to be entered into the contest, teens should submit an official entry form to their favorite library.

Entries will be judged by area library staff, and winners will be revealed at the 2nd Annual “Teen Film Festival Red Carpet Screening Event” at the Putnam Museum and IMAX® Theatre. Two winners will be chosen – one video as the “Librarian’s Choice,” and the another as the “Viewer’s Choice.” Both will receive a $100 cash prize.  Other awards will be given to the makers of the most creative, entertaining, and best quality videos.

To help participants with their projects, there is a one-time workshop and numerous free, “Movie Maker Labs” scheduled at Davenport Public Library’s Fairmount Street location (3000 N. Fairmount Street).

On Tuesday, February 17, at 5:30 p.m., teens can participate in a two hour, hands-on workshop, teaching them how to use video cameras, video-editing software, and other devices that will help them become the next great Martin Scorsese. There are also numerous “Movie Maker Lab” sessions on the following dates/times: Tuesdays, February 24 and March 10, from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.; Thursdays, February 26, March 5, and March 12, from 3 – 5 p.m.; and Saturdays, February 21, February 28, and March 7, from 3 – 5 p.m. The Labs are an opportunity for teens to work on their projects, using the Library’s technology. All of these sessions are free for all Quad City teens.

Putnam Museum & IMAX TheatreThe presentation of the “Teen YouTube Video Contest” winners will happen at the Putnam Museum and IMAX® Theatre on Thursday, March 26, beginning         at 6:00 p.m. with a Premiere Party for teens. Beginning at 7:00 p.m., teens will walk the red-carpet into the IMAX® Theatre, where hundreds of local fans will be waiting to view the world premiere of their videos. More information about this grand event will be forthcoming.

The “Teen YouTube Video Contest” and related hands-on labs/workshops was created in 2008 as a way to promote “Teen Tech Week,” a national initiative sponsored by the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA). This year, Teen Tech Week 09Teen Tech Week runs from March 8 – 14, and is aimed at teens, parents, educators, and other concerned adults that want to ensure teens are competent and ethical users of technologies, especially those that are offered through libraries. Technology includes DVDs, databases, audio-books, and videogames. Teen Tech Week encourages teens to use the Library’s non-print resources for education and recreation, and to recognize that librarians are qualified, trusted professionals in the field of information technology. This year’s Teen Tech Week theme is “Press Play @ Your Library.”

The “Teen YouTube Video Contest” is sponsored locally by Libraries Together, a consortium of the four public libraries in Scott County – Bettendorf Public Library, Davenport Public Library, LeClaire Community Library, and the Scott County Library System. Illinois Quad City libraries are also participating. Contact your local library for more details.

Libraries Together

Teen Tech Lab Tomorrow Night

January 26, 2009

Tech Lab tomorrow night at 5:30 at the Fairmount St. Library.

We’ll be exploring the world of podcasting.

Enter at your own risk!



Tomorrow Night @ Fairmount…

December 22, 2008

be there!


Note to Self

November 24, 2008


Teen Tech Lab Tomorrow Night

October 27, 2008

Teen Tech Lab is tomorrow night at the Fairmount St. Library from 5:30-7:30.  This time around we’ll be discussing social networking.  Teens will help create and contribute to DPL’s teen MySpace and Facebook pages.  We’ll also set up interested newcomers with blog posting capabilities, so that they can create their own entries for the DPL Teen Blog.  At the end, we always like to share the funniest YouTube videos we can find…library appropriate videos, of course!  Join us.  Computers provided, bring your own frog.