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Level Up
Welcome to Level Up, the Library’s new digital creativity center! Level Up is an all ages space that includes a video production studio with green screen, two audio production studios, and digital creativity workstations for design, coding, and editing. Level Up is a place for video and music production, graphic and web design, and coding and game creation.
 
Level Up is for all ages and is located on the first floor of the Main Library.
 
Level Up is open the same hours as the Main Library:
Monday–Thursday: 9 AM–9 PM
Friday–Saturday: 10 AM–6 PM
Sunday: Noon–6 PM

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The Ground Floor
Come check out The Ground Floor, a giant new space for teens at the Library! At The Ground Floor you can hang out with your friends and other teens; mess around with digital creativity equipment; and geek out! making videos, art, games, apps, music . . . anything—sky's the limit! The Ground Floor is your space to make, create, and hang out. Expect special guests, pop-up programs, and the unexpected!
 
The Ground Floor is open:
Monday–Thursday: 3–9 PM
Friday: 3–6 PM
Saturday–Sunday: Noon–6 PM

The Ground Floor is for ages 12–19 only. Check out our other new space — Level Up — for digital creativity tools for all ages, including reservable video and audio production studios.*
 
The Ground Floor facilitates teen leadership, creativity, collaborative work, quiet study, and recreation.
 
*The Ground Floor is open to all ages on the second Sunday of every month.

 

Five of my Favorites and So Long

 

Keith Carter in Clown MakeupThis Sight and Sound blog post was perhaps the hardest for me to write of all of my posts.  There are two reasons for this.  The first is because I will retire from the library shortly after this post goes up.  I have had almost forty years at the Monroe County Public Library as either a staff member or volunteer and it is time to move on to another adventure.   I still believe this library is one of the best, if not the best library in the state.

Keys to the Candidates: Their Positions, in Their Own Words

Prior to every November election, the League of Women Voters of Bloomington-Monroe County asks area candidates a series of questions to allow for a comparison of their views and positions. This year's questions include:

  • What are your qualifications for the office you are seeking?
  • What are your top three priorities for your office and, if elected, how will you address them?
  • What services for individuals, families, and groups experiencing crisis and trauma do you feel are most critical to support and fund?

Although the candidates’ responses have traditionally been published as Keys to the Candidates, a special section of the Bloomington Herald-Times, only selected responses appear in the October 11 print edition this year, with the remainder available at H-T Online.

Thanks to the Library's partnership with the League, however, you can read the complete Keys to the Candidates right here—see them below, listed by office.

Along with the questions, candidates are asked to affirm that they will adhere to the League of Women Voters’ Code of Fair Campaign Practices.

Candidate Responses:

Inktober Reads!

Calling all artists! It's Inktober, which means it's time to challenge yourself to complete one ink drawing every day for the month of October. This is a great time to improve your drawing skills or to start a new habit. You never know if you might be the next Raina Telgemeier, Lucy Knisley, or Gene Luen Yang. The Ground Floor has drawing pencils, inking pens, and drawing paper. Stop by and create!Image

Need some inspiration? Try one of these amazing graphic novels! Happy Inktober!

El Deafo, Cece Bell

Going to school and making new friends can be tough. But going to school and making new friends while wearing a bulky hearing aid strapped to your chest? That requires superpowers! The Phonic Ear gives Cece the ability to hear--sometimes things she shouldn't--but also isolates her from her classmates. She really just wants to fit in and find a true friend, someone who appreciates her as she is. After some trouble, she is finally able to harness the power of the Phonic Ear and become "El Deafo, Listener for All." And more importantly, declare a place for herself in the world and find the friend she's longed for.

The Dumbest Idea Ever, Jimmy Gownley

At thirteen, Jimmy was popular, at the top of his class, and the leading scorer on his basketball team. But all that changed when chicken pox forced him to miss the championship game. Things went from bad to worse when he got pneumonia and missed even more school. Before Jimmy knew it, his grades were sinking and nothing seemed to be going right.

How did Jimmy turn things around, get back on top at school, and land a date with the cutest girl in class?

Relish, Lucy Knisley

Lucy Knisley loves food. The daughter of a chef and a gourmet, this talented young cartoonist comes by her obsession honestly. In her forthright, thoughtful, and funny memoir, Lucy traces key episodes in her life thus far, framed by what she was eating at the time and lessons learned about food, cooking, and life. Each chapter is bookended with an illustrated recipe-- many of them treasured family dishes, and a few of them Lucy's original inventions.

Tomboy, Liz Prince

Eschewing female stereotypes throughout her early years and failing to gain acceptance on the boys' baseball team, Liz learns to embrace her own views on gender as she comes of age, in an anecdotal graphic novel memoir.

Nimona, Noelle Stevenson

Nimona is an impulsive young shapeshifter with a knack for villainy. Lord Ballister Blackheart is a villain with a vendetta. As sidekick and supervillain, Nimona and Lord Blackheart are about to wreak some serious havoc. Their mission: prove to the kingdom that Sir Ambrosius Goldenloin and his buddies at the Institution of Law Enforcement and Heroics aren't the heroes everyone thinks they are. But as small acts of mischief escalate into a vicious battle, Lord Blackheart realizes that Nimona's powers are as murky and mysterious as her past. And her unpredictable wild side might be more dangerous than he is willing to admit.

Ghosts, Raina Telgemeier

Catrina and her family have moved to the coast of Northern California for the sake of her little sister, Maya, who has cystic fibrosis--and Cat is even less happy about the move when she is told that her new town is inhabited by ghosts, and Maya sets her heart on meeting one.

Boxers and Saints, Gene Luen Yang

In China in 1898 bands of foreign missionaries and soldiers roam the countryside, bullying and robbing Chinese peasants. Little Bao has had enough: harnessing the powers of ancient Chinese gods, he recruits an army of Boxers--commoners trained in kung fu who fight to free China from "foreign devils."

What's on the November Ballot? See It Here

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PHOTO: JUSTIN GRIMES (FLICKR)

You've probably heard that we're electing our next President on November 8. But what about the candidates for other offices we'll see on our ballots? Depending on where you live, you'll get the opportunity to vote on a variety of state and local candidates, a proposed amendment to Indiana's Constitution, and possibly a school funding issue. Are you ready?

With Election Day just six weeks away, now's the time to be sure you're making the most informed decisions about who gets your vote (you ARE registered to vote, right?). That starts with being sure of exactly what's on your ballot.

For a PDF image of the ballot you'll see at your polling place in November, visit monroecountyvoters.us, or just choose your voting precinct from the list below.

Pushing Daisies

Voices are unique, especially in the world of audiobooks.  For years I worked in the Movies and Music area of the library and paid very little attention to the world of books beyond those in my own areas of interest.  One day I began hearing about a series of books that was taking not only the country but the world by storm; books about a young lad named Harry Potter.  I decided to check them out.  Not having much time to read at the time I decided to listen to the first book in the car on my way to work.  The Harry Potter series was read in the United States audio editions by Jim Dale.  His manner of reading entranced me and brought me into the world of Harry Potter.  I could have listened to him read the phone book and been happy.  I know this is a trite overused comparison, but it is accurate.  So imagine my joy when I watched the first episode of the series Pushing Daisies and heard his wonderful and unique voice starting out “At this very moment in the town of Couer d’Couers young Ned was nine years, twenty-seven weeks, six Days and three minutes old.”  I was hooked just by this voice alone, then as the story progressed I was hooked by the whole show

Pushing Daisies started life as rejected script idea for an episode of the show Dead Like Me, in which the character of “George” Lass finds that she cannot collect any souls because someone was resurrecting the dead by touching them.

Radical Fun Project: Stop Motion

Great things can happen when you combine iPads and LEGOs! Monroe County kids participated in our Radical Fun program and used these tools to create their own stop motion animation films.

Stop Motion is a magic filming technique that makes inanimate objects look like they are moving all by themselves. It's so simple, you can even make your own stop motion films at home!

What You'll Need:

  • Smartphone or Tablet with Stop Motion app (We used Stop Motion Studio--it's free!)

  • Something to prop your Smartphone or Tablet up

  • LEGOs, Dolls, Action Figures--almost anything can be an 'actor' in your film!

What to Do:

  • Prop up your smartphone or tablet so that you can take pictures without moving it. Stop Motion works best when you only move the objects you are filming.

  • Place object (we used LEGOs) in front of your smartphone or tablet's camera.

  • Take a photo with your Stop Motion app.

  • Move the object just a little bit.

  • Take another photo.

  • Repeat until you have as many photos as you need to complete your film's story.

  • The Stop Motion app will put your photo sequence together in a rapid progression to make it appear like your objects are moving all by themselves!

 

Check out some of the films our Radical Fun kids made!

 

 

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