Make your own movies!

Do you have that creative itch? The need to visually document what you see around you? To create what you see only in your mind? We do, too. YouTube and Vine showcase talent every day. You KNOW you have it in you, but how do you edit what you record into something for the world to see?

Below are several apps that will let you take the raw video that you have on your device and create masterpieces! Well, something that is watchable, right? Check out the apps below for both iOS (iPads, iPod Touches and iPhones) and Android (phones and tablets) and see if one of them can make you the next Hitchcock. Or Smosh. Or whatever.

iMotion HD (iOS: Free, Upgrade Available)
This app lets you create time-lapse or stop-motion photography. You combine still photos into a movie. Think growing plants or use toys or action figures. Think the Lego Movie! With the full version of the app, users can add music and get access to extra export features like uploading their movie straight to YouTube.
PicPlayPost (iOS: $1.99)
This lets users combine videos and still images. The videos will play either at the same time or in turns. And the still images will be placeholders in the frame. It’s an alternative to a traditional slideshow. Music can be added, too.
Magisto Video Editor & Maker (Android: Free)
Shoot video from inside Magisto, then edit and create a movie, all in one package. Add some music and you’re good to go. To save the movies, you will need to set up an account.
iMovie (iOS: $4.99)
You can edit video that you have already taken with your iPhone or iPad. You can use the built-in themes and templates to add titles, transitions and music. Features include slow motion and panning over still photos.
Andromedia Video Editor (Android: Free)
This app lets you edit video that you have already recorded on your device. You can organize clips, crop video and apply the “Ken Burns” filming technique to still images and videos. You can record audio and even record a narration using the microphone on the device. This app also has several sharing features, too.

–Michael Perry

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Teen Tech Week 2014

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It’s almost March again! Bring on the sun! Bring on the rain! Bring on the warmer temperatures! Bring on the DIY Tech classes at the Library! Yep!! During the month of March, we’re celebrating the American Library Association’s DIY Tech Tech Week at the library. Not only will you be able to attend some pretty sweet workshops at your local branch, but there’s a great event happening at Central Library, too. And did we mention two free iPod Touches and free 1GB USB wrist bands? Read on…..

Central Library first: Saturday, March 8 from 11-3 p.m., we are going all out with various Tech Art Crafts, a real 3D printer demonstration and you can listen to author Mike Mullin give a presentation on how taekwondo is like writing (complete with book sales and signings!).

Branch workshop details:

DIY Switchcraft - Learn about switches and other components of electrical circuits while you make your very own set of bracelets that light up when you place them next to each other!

DIY Comics – Find out about the basics of creating a drawing a comic. You can bring your own characters to life and turn ideas into stories. You’ll leave with your own six-page comic book.

DIY Permaculture – Learn how to work with nature instead of against it, about sustainable living and make your own solar cooker.

Protect Your Tech with Duct Tape – You’ll create your own protective cover for a favorite piece of portable technology.

3D Printing – Find out about all the great things that can be made on a 3D printer.

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What about the iPod Touches? And the USB bracelets? We didn’t forget… There will be a system wide drawing for two iPod Touches and every branch will give away a copy of one of Mike Mullin’s books. And be sure to ask about the Teen Tech Week puzzle. Solve it and you’ll get a cool 1GB USB wrist band.

 

See you at the Library!

 

– Michael Perry

 

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Happy Valentine’s Day!

heartsFriday is coming and with it, Valentine’s Day! Now you might be one of the ones who are thinking about flowers, cards, gifts and such. If so, congrats! However, you might be one of the ones who are celebrating Un-Valentine’s Day by doing something nice for yourself or with friends. Here’s a few suggestions: Write a list of something that makes you happy and put it on the mirror! Buy one of those chocolates-filled hearts and share with your friends! Or maybe (and yeah, we’re gonna throw it out there, cuz this *is* a library blog) you can read a book! In deference to the holiday, let us present some titles for your romantic reading pleasure!

Historical Heartthrobs: 50 Timeless Crushes from Cleopatra to Camus

 

Historical Heartthrobs: 50 Timeless Crushes from Cleopatra to Camus

 

All I Need

 

All I Need by Susane Colasanti

 

 

The Fault in Our Stars

 

The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

 

 

Eleanor & Park

 

Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell

 

 

Keeping You a Secret

 

Keeping You a Secret by Julie Anne Peters

 

 

Two Boys Kissing

 

Two Boys Kissing

 

 

Matched

 

Matched by Ally Condie (Matched #1)

 

 

Anna and the French Kiss

 

Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins

 

 

This Lullaby

 

This Lullaby by Sarah Dessen

 

 

The Summer I Turned Pretty

 

The Summer I Turned Pretty by Jenny Han

 

 

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The William C. Morris YA Debut Award

Last week, we told you about the Printz award which given by ALA for the best book for teens each year. What’s that? You’d like more? Okay, how about the Morris award? The William C. Morris YA Debut Award is given for a debut book published by a first-time author writing for teens. It celebrates impressive new voices in young adult literature. So it’s gonna be fresh, something you’ve never read and ideal to share with your friends.

Check one out. Read it. Let us know what you think in the comments below or on our Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/teenscene.

Winner
Charm & Strange

Charm & Strange by Stephanie Kuehn

 

 

Finalists:

In the Shadow of Blackbirds

 

In the Shadow of Blackbirds by Cat Winters

 

 

Sex & Violence

 

Sex & Violence by Carrie Mesrobian

 

 

Dr. Bird's Advice for Sad Poets

 

Dr. Bird’s Advice for Sad Poets by Evan Roskos

 

 

Belle Epoque

 

Belle Epoque by Elizabeth Ross

 

 

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The Michael L. Printz Award – 2014

It’s award season. You’ve heard of the Oscars and the Golden Globes for movies and TV. Then you’ve got the Grammys, the People’s Choice Awards, even the MTV Music Awards for music. But did you know there is an award for the best Young Adult book?
It’s called the Michael L. Printz Award. It “honors the best book written for teens, based entirely on its literary merit, each year. In addition, the Printz Committee names up to four honor books, which also represent the best writing in young adult literature. The awards announcement is made at the ALA Midwinter Meeting”* which was today.

So, who is this Michael Printz? He was a school librarian in Topeka, Kansas and was involved with YALSA (Young Adult Library Services Association). He had a passion for books and reading.

Here’s this year’s winner and honor books. Which have you read? Let us know in the comments below.

Printz Award winner –
Midwinterblood

Midwinterblood by Marcus Sedgwick

 

 

Honor –

Eleanor & ParkEleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell

Large Print

Audiobook on CD

Downloadable audiobook

 

Kingdom of Little Wounds

 

Kingdom of Little Wounds by Susann Cokal

Downloadable e-book

 

 

Maggot Moon
Maggot Moon by Sally Gardner

Downloadable e-book

 

 

Navigating Early

Navigating Early by Clare Vanderpool

Audiobook on CD

Downloadable e-book

Downloadable audiobook

 

*from http://www.ala.org/yalsa/printz

– Michael Perry

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