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Makevention 2017

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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:

The Library's Got Things!

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. 

We're no exception, of course—Monroe County Public Library has our own awesome collection of "things" for checkout. Borrow these on your next visit.

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Create Your Father's Day Video Greeting Card in Level Up

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!

Making a video greeting card here is easy and free—and much more fun than scouring the greeting card aisle at the grocery store for a message that fits your dad's unique style. In Level Up, you can choose from our props, find images to add on top of (or behind) your video footage, and even incorporate something you've brought from home into the perfect Father's Day greeting. 

Virtual Reality Development Camp: June 6–10

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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.

Age 12 and up (adults welcome)
Tuesday, June 6—Saturday, June 10
Monroe County Public Library

Please choose a track and register by emailing jlehr [at] mcpl.info (subject: Virtual%20Reality%20Development%20Camp) or calling (812) 349-3050 x1092.

Level Up: Where Do I Start?

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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!).

Create a Unique Video Mother's Day Card

Your Mom's specialshouldn'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.

Making her a Mother's Day video greeting in Level Up at the Main Library is the easy, fun, and free way to personalize your wishes for Mom on her special day—check out the example I'm sending my mother (click to play video):

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