Ever wanted to design a poster, or make your own GIF? Or maybe you want to learn the basics of audio recording?
What are “makers,” exactly? Literally anyone who makes something! Tinkerers, inventors, programmers, artists, designers, scientists, and many other creators make up this diverse, DIY-spirited group. And there will be quite a few of them at this year’s Makevention, 10am-4pm on Saturday, August 26th,at the Bloomington/Monroe County Convention Center.
Makevention is a free event showcasing the work and imagination of regional and local makers. Here’s a short list of the many awesome makers participating this year:
Have you heard about Libraries of Things? From cooking appliances to musical instruments—and even to plant seeds and laptops—libraries around the world are lending all kinds of different items beyond traditional collections of books, movies, and music. If people want it, the philosophy seems to be, libraries should lend it.
Father's Day is June 18th. Show your Dad how much you care by creating him a personalized greeting card in Level Up's video studios at the Main Library!
Be part of developing a Virtual Reality environment at this hands-on, week-long camp. Learn how graphics, images, and the HTC Vive headset work together to create an awesome 3D experience—then help demo the results.
So much great stuff is in Level Up—free to use with your Library card—for people of all ages and skill levels. But how do you know how to match up your creative interests with the amazing equipment and software here waiting for you?
Level Up’s useful Resources page is what you want. We've scoured the web for the best free guides to digital creativity and posted them there for beginners, experts, and everybody in between (and don't forget collection of books and magazines in Level Up!).
Your Mom's special—shouldn't her Mother's Day card be too? Mother's Day is next Sunday, so you've got a week to find a message that really captures your love and appreciation for all Mom's done for you.
Did you know that FREE workshops are held in Level Up every week on different digitally creative topics? Every Thursday from 7-8:30pm, experts from throughout the community volunteer their time to lead participants through different software, hardware, and all kinds of creative topics. These are usually hands on experiences that get you experiementing and practicing these skills from the start.
Did you know that we have a Blackmagic Production Camera 4K (EF mount) available for checkout and use in Level Up’s video production studio? After taking a required training for the advanced gear (which includes training on numerous other advanced production equipment), you will then be able to check out this awesome camera to produce high quality videos in our studio. Please ask staff about the next training session to get started!
One thing that makes Level Up a great place to do all of your digital creativity projects is the abundance of software options available. In addition to the full Adobe Creative Cloud Suite, we provide numerous other software such as Final Cut Pro X, OBS, Ableton Live, Audacity, FMOD Studio, Logic Pro X, Gimp, Unreal Engine 4, and much more. We also add new software a couple of times a year and guess what - now's that time!