EVPL Communities: smackdaisley@evpl's Blog Postshttp://evpl.org/community/blogs/All of smackdaisley@evpl's blog posts on the EVPL Communities site.en-USCommunityServer 2008 SP1 (Build: 30619.63) <![CDATA[Facebook Scavenger Hunt Starts Today!]]> http://evpl.org/community/blogs/research/archive/2011/09/26/facebook-scavenger-hunt-starts-today.aspx Mon, 26 Sep 2011 09:46:00 G9T 2323 smackdaisley@evpl Posted to the <a href="http://evpl.org/community/blogs/research/" target="_blank">Research Blog</a> on EVPL Communities. View the original post at http://evpl.org/community/blogs/research/archive/2011/09/26/facebook-scavenger-hunt-starts-today.aspx to post your comments!

Facebook Scavenger Hunt: National Banned Books Week

National Banned Books Week is held each year during the last week in September. It celebrates our freedom to read and highlights the importance of the First Amendment as it concerns censorship. The American Library Association describes National Banned Books Week as our right to access information and express ideas, even if those ideas are considered controversial, unorthodox, or unpopular. Libraries all around the country annually celebrate National Banned Books Week in an effort to promote freedom of creativity. Help us celebrate National Banned Books Week at EVPL by participating in our Facebook Scavenger Hunt.

If you're interested in participating in the scavenger hunt, the rules are simple. The scavenger hunt is open to teens and adults. Through the week of September 26-30th, staff members from EVPL will be reading banned books at different locations throughout the city. There will be a different staff member at each location on a different day of the week. Starting Monday, tune in to our EVPL Facebook page and Teen Scene Facebook page to locate clues. The clues will begin posting between 3:00-4:00 PM each day. Based on these clues, teens and adults will be asked to find the staff member reading their banned book throughout Evansville. The first person to locate the staff member, identify the banned book he or she is reading, and remember the catch phrase from the clues, will receive a $10.00 Barnes and Noble gift card.  

Sound simple enough? If so, then participate in our first ever National Banned Books Week scavenger hunt. It will be fun and exciting and you may discover some of your favorite titles have been banned. If you can't find the time to participate, then support the right to express ideas openly and with understanding. Make sure books are available to read, challenge, change, and enjoy!

Note: Please check the EVPL Facebook pages daily for any updates or changes.

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<![CDATA[Laser Light Photography for Teens]]> http://evpl.org/community/blogs/teens/archive/2011/08/04/laser-light-photography-for-teens.aspx Thu, 04 Aug 2011 12:22:00 G8T 2311 smackdaisley@evpl Posted to the <a href="http://evpl.org/community/blogs/teens/" target="_blank">Teens Blog</a> on EVPL Communities. View the original post at http://evpl.org/community/blogs/teens/archive/2011/08/04/laser-light-photography-for-teens.aspx to post your comments!

Laser Light Photography for Teens

 

In 1949, LIFE photographer Gjon Mili visited the artist Pablo Picasso in the south of France. He showed Picasso some images of ice skaters with lights fixed to their skates. The skaters were photographed in a darkened room and the lights trailed to the back of their skates like little comets. Inspired by these images, Picasso soon began work on his own series of photographs known as his “light drawings.” The drawings were made with a small flashlight in a dark room and ranged from faces to bulls, people, flowers, and abstract shapes.

 

Light photography, also known as light painting or light graffiti, is a photographic technique in which exposures are made at unusually long intervals. This is done by slowing down the shutter speed on the camera.  Basically, a camera is a lightproof box with a lens at one end and light sensitive medium at the other (film, digital card). Today we typically use digital cards, and then upload the images from the card to our computers. The light enters the lens and after a certain amount of time the image is recorded on the card, resulting in an exposure. The time it takes for the image to be recorded on the card is determined by the shutter speed.

 

The cool thing about digital cameras is that you can manually control the time it takes to record the image. It’s as easy as pressing a button or setting a dial. A short shutter speed is like pointing and shooting your cell phone. Click. Your picture is done. A longer shutter speed could take up to several seconds or minutes depending on how long you set it. If you’re crafty like Picasso, you could set the speed to 30 seconds, grab your flashlight, and start drawing in a darkened room. The camera will follow the movement of the light as it records the image. The result is whatever you want it to be. Draw hearts, stars, Pac-Man symbols, peace signs, or trace your friends’ silhouettes. Better yet, try “writing” your name or launching a fireball from your palm.

 

If this sounds like something that interests you, then come join us on August 13th in the Browning Room at Central. Experiment with light photography in an altered light room. It’s free and open to the public. Use black lights, glow sticks, flashlights, laser pointers, and other light sources to create interesting exposures. Be creative, bring some friends, and have fun. We hope to see you there!

 

Date and time: http://www.evpl.org/events/search/event.aspx?id=25724

 

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<![CDATA[Road Trips and Road Warriors]]> http://evpl.org/community/blogs/research/archive/2011/07/27/road-trips-and-road-warriors.aspx Wed, 27 Jul 2011 09:14:00 G7T 2309 smackdaisley@evpl Posted to the <a href="http://evpl.org/community/blogs/research/" target="_blank">Research Blog</a> on EVPL Communities. View the original post at http://evpl.org/community/blogs/research/archive/2011/07/27/road-trips-and-road-warriors.aspx to post your comments!

Well, less than a month now and I’ll be flying to Holland, hiking the mountains of southwest Turkey, and swimming in the cool waters of the Mediterranean. My friend and I plan to bike into the country side of Holland, to scale an epic cliff known as Butterfly Valley in Turkey, and to drink sweet tea on the historic streets of Istanbul.  I’m already packing my bags and thinking of the strange events that lie ahead: currency exchanges, jet lag through numerous countries, sea sickness, tips, hotel bills, last minute details, musty hostels, and other incidental expenses. From the sounds of it, this hardly functions as the average person’s definition of a vacation. So then why go through all this trouble to explore different parts of the world?  Because in order to find happiness and personal comfort you sometimes have to avoid comfort. This means avoiding the convenient relationships we have with people, places, and things, and plunging head first into something new.

Where have you been this summer? Have you taken any recent vacations or road trips? Have you discovered anything different about yourself?  Whether you’re running from the bulls in Spain, eating Italian pizza at a restaurant in Sicily, or people watching on the streets of Paris, there are always things to explore in new places.

EVPL’s Road Trip: Art and Travel Series is currently a free program being offered on Tuesday evenings from 6:00-7:30 PM at Central Library (8/9 and 8/23). Consider it traveling on a budget. Each evening we explore a different part of the world. Our adventure takes us through large cities like New York, to foreign countries like France or Japan.  Sometimes we look at bizarre sites, while other nights are spent learning pointillism and Japanese printmaking. Each night is accompanied by a unique art activity that reflects the place we visit. Join us if you consider traveling an important part of your summer.

If you can’t make the program, then I suggest checking out EVPL’s Global Road Warrior database (http://www.evpl.org/research/databases/db.aspx?id=101). Don’t be thrown off by the often daunting and boring term database. If you’re interested in sites like Wiki Travel, then you’ll enjoy this too. Choose a country and discover its national cuisine, favorite night spots, museums, sports teams, and a variety of other odd ends and curiosities.

For example, did you know that in China hanging temples are built into the west cliff of the Jinxia Gorge? Due to their unique location, these architectural wonders are said to maintain an important Taoist belief of absolute quietness. Elsewhere, travelers could visit the Blue Lagoon in Iceland. The Blue Lagoon is a world-famous "supernatural" spa located in a lava field. Steamy waters, milky waterfalls, white silica mud, lava caves, geothermal beaches, and winter snowfalls make it one of the most serene and sought after tourist destinations.  Water temperature, on an average, in the bathing and swimming area is 40°C (104°F). Images of these sites could be found by searching the Global Road Warrior database.

EVPL’s Road Trip: Art and Travel Series and Global Road Warrior database are two solutions for traveling on a budget this summer. They also provide unique alternatives to those often stereotypical American getaways:  the family vacation to Disneyland, the quintessential snapshot at the Grand Canyon, or the hangover in Vegas. Sure these hot spots and getaways have their moments of excitement too, but the world is filled with interesting alternatives. Buy the ticket, take the ride this summer and perhaps learn something different about yourself.     

 

 

Blue Lagoon, Iceland

 

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