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Editing Home Movies

Tonight's Maker Monday is Editing Home Movies. Let's say you've used our VHS-to-DVD converter or our Super8/8mm film converter and now have your memories saved in a digital format, and now you want to edit them.

Transfer Super 8/8mm Film to Digital

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We had another great turnout for the "Transfer Your Memories To Digital" class at our last Maker Monday. In previous blog posts, we described the different formats you could transfer to digital formats here- vinyl records, audiocassettes, VHS tapes, slides, and photographs (or anything else that can be scanned on our copiers to a USB drive).
New since last time is the addition of a Super 8/8mm film converter. Read on to see how it works!

Electronics & Making

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This month's Maker Monday, "Arduino & Raspberry Pi," was full, but you can still use them both right here at Westlake Porter Public Library, even if you haven't taken the class! Just ask for either kit at the Reference Desk, and you're welcome to try them out in the library.

Total Eclipse of the Heartland

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Exciting programs in STEAM this August, including the return of a favorite class, as well as an astronomical astronomical event!

Transform Your Memories Into Digital Formats

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Westlake Porter Public Library has a wide variety of technology that will help you transform your memories stored on slides, pictures, videocassettes, audiocassettes, and records into digital formats! We had a (full plus waiting list!) Maker Monday on the subject back in April, but don't worry, you can just stop by the Reference Desk to sign up and use the equipment at any time!

Introducing the Silhouette Cameo 3!

Introducing the newest addition to our Makerspace technology, the Silhouette Cameo 3! Tonight's Maker Monday shows how to use the Silhouette Cameo to cut out custom designs from the computer onto heat transfer vinyl, which can then be ironed on to T-shirts and other clothing, tote bags, pillows, and more!

Maker Monday: Transfer Videocassettes to DVDs

There are still some spots left for 12/12’s Maker Monday: Transfer Videocassettes to DVDs!

If you just want to transfer your home movies on VHS straight to a DVD, the process is simple with our new Maker Station. Just request a slot (up to 4 hours) at the Reference Desk. (Test your VHS at home first. The library is not responsible for damaged tapes). Turn on the TV and the recorder, then put in a videocassette and a blank DVD-R (the library has some available for purchase).

Fun Things to 3D Print

Tonight's Maker Monday, "Fun Things to 3D Print," may inspire you to create your own 3D-printable objects. Some of those techniques have already been described in this earlier blog post (including how to access the tutorials on how to use them through Lynda.com). Read that post to learn more about designing objects from scratch on the computer with Tinkercad, Meshmixer, or Blender. You can also learn how to scan real-life objects with your smartphone with 123D Catch.

Movie Maker Mondays!

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For the next three sessions, Maker Mondays are "going Hollywood!" Ever wanted to make a movie using just your smartphone? Or maybe you just want to learn about how you can create better home movies? This series for all ages will show you how!

"Planning Your Movie" on Monday, August 1 from 7:00-8:30 pm in the Dover Room will show you moviemaking secrets- the proper way to write a script, create a storyboard, and plan how you want your movie to be shot! Register here.

STEAM Week!

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July 17-23 is STEAM Week! Previously known as Science Week, STEAM Week incorporates plenty of programs promoting science, technology, engineering, the arts, and math. Click on each link to see if you have to register or not.