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Toontastic is a fun and creative way to teach young readers about story arcs. Using the iPad app, authors are able to narrate and animate their characters in order to tell a story. The prescribed scenes are presented in an easy-to-follow outline, beginning with the setup and progressing through conflict, challenge, and climax before the resolution scene. After the scene is complete, music can be added to perfectly compliment the action.

To download the free app to your iPad touch the following link: Toontastic App

The stories below were created by kids in a library program over winter break, and are fantastic examples of what a finished product looks like.

The Monkey & The Squid

Bug Day


Horse and the Princess


The videos below were made in the library's animated movie making program. Kids had the opportunity to select their cast, scenery, and write their own script. All of this was possible thanks to a pretty cool website called Xtranormal. To try Xtranormal at home, create an account on their website.

Enjoy the videos!

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The Celebrity
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Presidentz Movie
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I am so so lost
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The Garbage Voodoo
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If you were one of our movie-makers, don't forget to count this program as one of your activities for the Winter Library Club. Great work!


Light painting is a neat way to create unique photographs. No editing is needed, just some crafty kids with the right tools. Before class, Aly and I adjusted the camera setting so the shutter would stay open for 15 seconds. Normally, the shutter opens and closes quickly, but with the adjusted setting, artists had enough time to draw a picture or create an effect. All we needed was a camera with manual settings, flashlights, and a dark room.

For more on light painting, visit The Tinkering Studio Blog, presented by The Exploratorium, in San Francisco.

Click on the photos to see the full catalog of pictures.

Spencer and Tanner Part 1

Spencer and Tanner Part 2

Elizabeth and Prasanth Part 1

Elizabeth and Prasanth Part 2

Diego and Philip

Tej and Alex

Remember, this takes practice. The first few times may be challenging, but after a while, you realize how much you can get done in just 15 seconds. Try it out at home and send us copies of your light paintings!