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With just some pegboards, planks, clothespins, pipe cleaners, and funnels, kids and teens made amazing marble machines! You can see the talented designs that were made below.

Want to learn more about marble machines? Check out the Exploratorium's post on marble machines.

We had so much fun "painting" with light! The room was buzzing with creativity.  If you want to light paint at home, find a dark room, put a digital camera into manual mode, change the shutter speed to 15 seconds or long exposure setting, and use bright flashlights with focused light to "paint" in the air. It's that easy! Try out light painting at home and make sure to share your photos with the librarians!

More details about light painting and other cool projects can be found on the Exploratorium's blog.

 

In the summer edition of stop-motion animation, kids and teens (grades 2-4 /5-8) combined their imaginations with technology to create some wonderful movies.

The librarians were extremely impressed with the attention to detail displayed by each group and their ability to work as a team. Their hard work was apparent, as each video is a masterpiece! Great work and remember, you can make a stop-motion video at home. Click on the links below to get specific instructions for your computer.

Step-by-step instructions: Windows Movie Maker
Step-by-step instructions: iMovie (Mac)

1:00 Stop-Motion Animation Class











3:00 Stop-Motion Class

 

 











Barrington Area Library teens had a blast creating a stop motion animation video on the library's light bright wall!

The librarians were impressed by the creativity and collaboration demonstrated by the teens. Great work and remember, you can make a stop-motion video at home. Click on the links below to get specific instructions for your computer.
Step-by-step instructions: iMovie (Mac)
Step-by-step instructions: Windows Movie Maker