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Makevention 2017

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What are “makers,” exactly? Literally anyone who makes something! Tinkerers, inventors, programmers, artists, designers, scientists, and many other creators make up this diverse, DIY-spirited group. And there will be quite a few of them at this year’s Makevention, 10am-4pm on Saturday, August 26th,at the Bloomington/Monroe County Convention Center.

Makevention is a free event showcasing the work and imagination of regional and local makers. Here’s a short list of the many awesome makers participating this year:

The Library's Got Things!

Have you heard about Libraries of Things? From cooking appliances to musical instruments—and even to plant seeds and laptops—libraries around the world are lending all kinds of different items beyond traditional collections of books, movies, and music. If people want it, the philosophy seems to be, libraries should lend it. 

We're no exception, of course—Monroe County Public Library has our own awesome collection of "things" for checkout. Borrow these on your next visit.

Level Up: Where Do I Start?

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So much great stuff is in Level Up—free to use with your Library card—for people of all ages and skill levels. But how do you know how to match up your creative interests with the amazing equipment and software here waiting for you?

Level Up’s useful Resources page is what you want. We've scoured the web for the best free guides to digital creativity and posted them there for beginners, experts, and everybody in between (and don't forget collection of books and magazines in Level Up!).

Create a Unique Video Mother's Day Card

Your Mom's specialshouldn't her Mother's Day card be too? Mother's Day is next Sunday, so you've got a week to find a message that really captures your love and appreciation for all Mom's done for you.

Making her a Mother's Day video greeting in Level Up at the Main Library is the easy, fun, and free way to personalize your wishes for Mom on her special day—check out the example I'm sending my mother (click to play video):

Level Up Highlight - Korg Minilogue Synthesizer

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It's a Synth, Not a Keyboard

Did you know Level Up now has a real synthesizer? Did you know you can borrow it for use at Level Up’s iMac workstations and Audio Production Studios? Synthesizers are not just instruments of the 1980s—they’re coming back into style (if they ever went out!), and are more fun to play than you can imagine!

Teen Tech Week - March 5-11

Teen Tech Week is March 5 – 11th here at MCPL. Get hands-on all week with the great digital resources and tech the Library has to offer—all designed to help you succeed in school and prepare for college and 21st century careers. Whether it’s a video of you and your friends discussing your favorite TV show in the video studio, an attempt at producing your first song in one of the audio studios, or a quick digital drawing in Adobe Illustrator, come create a tech project in Level Up—the Library’s digital creativity center—then show it to staff and win a prize!

Teen Tech Week - March 5-11

Teen Tech Week is March 5 – 11th here at MCPL. Teens can get hands-on all week with the great digital resources and tech the Library has to offer—all designed to help them succeed in school and prepare for college and 21st century careers. Whether it’s a video with friends, an attempt at producing a song for the first time in one of the audio studios, or a quick digital drawing in Adobe Illustrator, teens can come create a tech project in Level Up—the Library’s digital creativity center—then show it to staff and win a prize!

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