Creation Club
The Creation Lab, physically housed in the teen space at the Fayetteville Free Library (FFL), has inspired u...
FFL Director of Innovative Family Services
Margaret Portier
mportier@fflib.org
@tophile
Fayetteville Free Library
300 Orch...
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  1. 1. Creation Club The Creation Lab, physically housed in the teen space at the Fayetteville Free Library (FFL), has inspired us to develop creative programming for teens that increases literacy (and digital literacy) skills and ignites a passion for reading. The Creation Lab is a digital media lab that gives patrons the opportunity to create and edit videos, podcasts, images, websites and more using the software and hardware available at the FFL. The lab includes access to Mac computers, MakerBot 3D printer stations, Adobe Suite, a green screen wall, camcorders and digital cameras. This maker space promotes a read-write culture that empowers patrons to become content creators. Book Trailer/Podcast Creation Station Inspired by Scholastic’s “Winning Ideas for Sharing Books”i and the New York Public Library’s 90-Second Newbery Film Festivalii , this workshop encourages teens to discuss the books they are reading through the creation of book trailers and podcasts. This workshop is designed to teach teens how to use the video editing and podcasting equipment in the Creation Lab by creating booktalks. First teens choose a book they want to read. After completing the book the teens (in groups or alone) will create a booktalk script and try to convince their peers to read the book by discussing the subject of the book and their favorite parts (without giving away the ending!). After the script is complete, librarians will help the teens create a video or podcast, using the camcorders, video editing software and podcast software in the Creation Lab. This workshop can occur once or twice a month to encourage collaboration and reinforce the tech skills needed to complete video and podcast projects. During the workshop one can also screen completed projects and allow participating teens to answer questions about the book they are promoting and/or how they created the trailer/podcast. Materials: Camcorder, video-editing software and/or podcasting equipment Book Cover Redesign Workshop Inspired by the teen projects completed at YouMedia, the digital media lab iniii , this workshop provides a creative outlet for teens to share what they are reading through graphic design. This workshop, held once a month, will teach teens how to use the design software in the Creation Lab by redesigning a book cover for their favorite reads. First, the teens will have the opportunity to choose a book they want to read. After completing the book the teens will attend a workshop to learn how to use the design software and create a new cover for the book. After they complete the book cover it will be printed and put on display at the library (either attached to circulating materials or in a showcase). These displays will create a sense of ownership for the materials and teen space at the FFL. This program will also encourage teens to discuss the books they are reading with their peers and improve their digital literacy skills. Materials: Design software (such as Photoshop), color printer
  2. 2. FFL Director of Innovative Family Services Margaret Portier mportier@fflib.org @tophile Fayetteville Free Library 300 Orchard Street Fayetteville, NY 13066 www.fflib.org @fayettevillelib Bringing Symbols to Life - 3D Printer Workshop This workshop is loosely inspired by Sharon Kane’s “Symbolism Circle” program (Kane, 2008, pg. 106), but has been adapted to incorporate the use of the 3D printer stations in the Creation Lab. This workshop, held once a month, encourages teens to design a symbol inspired by the book they are reading and print this symbol using the 3D printer stations in the Creation Lab. First, the teen must read a book and create a list of symbols that represent the book they have read. For example, a teen reading the Harry Potter series may list a wand, lighting bolt, or quidditch snitch as symbols. Then using the software available in the Creation Lab, students will design the symbol and print it on the 3D printer. Librarians and teens familiar with the software will be available to teach new students how to use the design program for the printers. Once the symbol has been printed the teens will write a summary explaining what the symbol means. The printed symbol and summary will go on display in the teen space for other patrons to observe. These displays will create a sense of ownership of teen space at the FFL. This program will also encourage teens to discuss the books they are reading with their peers, promote reading for pleasure and improve literacy skills. Materials: 3D printer and plastic, notecards for display Fan fiction Club This workshop was inspired by Sharon Kane’s “Fan fiction” programiv , but has been adapted to incorporate the use of the equipment and software in the Creation Lab. This teen club can meet twice a month and encourages collaboration and creative writing. At this club, teens will have the opportunity to work in groups or alone to create fan fiction, creative writing works that are developed using characters from different books, and use the software and tools available in the Creation Lab to develop these stories. The club meetings can follow a semi-formal structure to promote a safe and support environment. The beginning of every meeting will start with a brainstorming session, as teens share story ideas and current fan fiction projects. After the brainstorming session the teens will break into groups and begin drafting their stories and developing their projects using laptops and the equipment in the Creation Lab. Projects may be developed over multiple meetings, but it is important to encourage teens to be inclusive of new members. Once the fan fiction projects are complete they can be shared on the library’s website or social media sites. These projects will improve reading, writing and communication skills and promote reading for pleasure. Materials: Paper, pencils, markers, laptops, Microsoft Office i Scholastic. (2012). Winning ideas for sharing books. Retrieved from http://www.scholastic.com/teachers/article/winning-ideas-sharing-books. ii Kennedy, J. (2008). The 90-second newbery film festival. Retrieved from http://jameskennedy.com/90-second-newbery/ iii Chicago Public Library. (2012, October 19). iRemix: a mercy, posts tagged graphic design. Retrieved from http://oboc-amercy.tumblr.com/tagged/graphic-design. iv Kane, S. (2008). Integrating literature in the content areas: Enhancing adolescent learning & literacy. Scottsdale, AZ: Holcomb Hathaway, Publishers, Inc.

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