South Kingstown Public Library Teens

Teen Tech Month–Around the Internet Part 2

It’s still Teen Tech Month here are the South Kingstown Public Library! Last week we highlighted some programs and apps to help with photo and video editing. This week–time killers! These are all short (yet sometimes addicting) way to have some fun and kill some time or boredom.

fantastic-logo Fantastic Contraption
If you build it…will it run? In Fantastic Contraption you build a machine from simple parts to move objects from the start area into a goal area. There’s physics involved but don’t worry, build your machine, press the start button and watch what happens! The simple controls and step-by-step tutorial will have you building fantastic contraptions in no time! Play for free online or download the app. Can’t get enough? Try Fantastic Contraption 2!
Cute_OverloadCute Overload
There are cute animal pictures all over the Internet, but Cute Overload just might have some of the best. I mean, look at these guys! cuteoverloadbunnyAnd just in case you need an excuse to go “Awwwwww, it’s so cute!!!”, the magazine Popular Science recently reported that a study in Japan showed that looking at cute animal pictures can improve concentration skills!
sixwordmemoirsSix Word Memoirs
Can you tell a story in six words? Using the same brevity that is needed for Twitter, Six Word Memoirs is a project started by SmithTeens. Browse topics ranging such as life, love, happiness, and more! See what others have written, and add your own. They also sponsor weekly caption contests.
sixwordbookWant more? Check out the book I Can’t Keep My Own Secrets: Six Word Memoirs From the Famous and Obscure.
My six word memoir of the day? “Need more sleep. Not enough coffee.” (Hey, it’s Monday.)
30_seconds30 Second Bunny Theater is home to 30 Second Bunny Theater…in which a troupe of bunnies parodies a collection of movies by re-enacting them in 30 seconds, more or less…
Watch Jaws, Jurassic Park, Napolean Dynamite, Pirates of the Caribbean, Twilight, and more! New videos are added all the time.
Also, be sure to scroll down and click on The Birchbark Heroes! You’ll be glad you did.
bubble-wrapVirtual Bubble Wrap
Sometimes, you need to let off some stress. While actually popping bubble wrap is definitely more satisfying, this virtual version is still pretty fun.

Finally, how do you keep up with everything happening out there on the Internet? You still have until the end of the week to fill out our Teen Tech Survey–we’ll be randomly choosing a few completed surveys and giving away some prizes!

Look for the Teen Tech Survey in the Teen Area of the Peace Dale Library or print one up now! Fill it out, drop it off in the box in the Teen Area of library.

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Teen Tech Month…Around the Internet Part 1


It’s still Teen Tech Month here are the South Kingstown Public Library! This is the first of two posts that will highlight some of the more interesting things that are out there on the Internet. Our focus today–picture editing. Yes, there is always Instagram, but here are a few more free editing sites to try.

Pixlr-o-matic_Logo Pixlr-O-MaticPixlrexample
Pixlr-O-Matic is a free photo-editing program that lets you quickly edit, filter, and adjust your images. Make it look perfect, or give it a slightly quirky or retro look with filters and frames. Pixlr-O-Matic is also available as a mobile app.
Here’s my quick test of the Pixlr-O-Matic, featuring your friendly neighborhood teen librarian. There were tons of effects to choose from, my picture was a little small to see how all the effects worked.
PicMonkey does a lot of the same things the Pixlr-O-Matic can do…edit your picture, use creative filters and frames…however it also lets you create collages of your favorite pictures! This is my two minute homage to author John Green. If you haven’t read his books before….well…you should. Really. Check out his books here.
Finally, there is Picovico. I know, Picovico isn’t really a photo editor. However, it lets you take all your pictures, add music, themes, and captions to create a video that you can easily share on Facebook or YouTube.

There are many other photo and video editing programs and apps out there (including Animoto, Xtranormal, Go Animate!, and Pixorial.

Don’t forget to tune in next week for Around the Web Part 2: Boredom Busters!

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What’s Happening This Week (and online drawing fun!)

We’re entering week three of the “Own the Night” Teen Summer Program! Last week, we had tons of fun making movies and learning magic…this week, it’s all about drawing:

Wednesday, July 18th, 2-3 p.m. Peace Dale Library

Are the margins of your school notebooks full of doodles? Are you going into Grade 7 and up?

Then this workshop is for you! Learn how to design and illustrate a comic book character from the ground up! Eric Fulford will guide you through the process and provide tips and techniques as you create your character, as well as your character’s unique back-story!

Space is limited, registration required! And don’t forget, every teen program you attend this summer earns you a ticket into the Own the Night Raffle Prize Drawing!

And to tide you over until then, check out these very cool online drawing superhero and manga programs!

Hero Machine Lab

Hero Machine Lab lets you use your imagination to create your ideal superhero. Create classic superhero character portraits to detailed faces to non-human monsters to animal hybrids to supernatural creatures and everything in between.
Face Your Manga

Manga more your style? Create and accessorize your manga avatars!
Draw A Stickman

Draw a stickman. Or stickgirl. Or stick…vampire. Really whatever you’d like. Then watch it come to life as you interact with storylines.
It’s pretty cool. No real drawing skill required. It’s fun. Trust me, just try it. You can thank me later.
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Friday Spotlight: Animation!

The Own the Night Teen Summer Program is well under way! Don’t forget, you can earn raffle tickets for reading, reviewing books, and attending programs! For all the details, check here.

And speaking of programs, the Peace Dale Library has the Rhode Island Museum of Science and Art coming next week. They’ll be doing a hands on program demonstrating the effects and illusions that color can have on animated videos. And the best part of their program? They bring all the materials and cameras and let you film your own video!

To get in the spirit of things, today’s Friday Spotlight highlights a few online tools that you can use to create online animated videos.


Animoto lets you sign up for free and make unlimited 30 second videos. Select from their backgrounds and music, upload your own pictures from your computer or Facebook account and create slideshow style videos.

Draw A Stickman

Draw a Stick Man is just plain hilarious. Draw yourself a stick man. Or stick girl. Or, if it’s more your style, a stick robot. Then choose from two story lines and watch your creation come to life. At various points of the story, you will be prompted to add draw addition things to be incorporated into the animation. So funny. I promise. Just try it.

Xtranormal lets you pick from a variety of animated characters. Pick your “actor” tell them what to say and how to move. I tried it out (very quickly). My video is a bit basic, but the possibilities are endless.

These are just a few of the video and animation tools out there. Don’t forget, join us and RI Museum of Science and Art next week, Wednesday, July 11th, from 2-3 p.m. for even more animation and video fun!

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Scavenger Hunts and Teen Tech Month!

The South Kingstown Public Library will be celebrating Teen Tech Week, a nationwide initiative of the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA). This year’s theme, Geek Out @ your library is aimed at teens to encourage them to take advantage of the technology at libraries for educational and recreational information.

Free computer access, downloadable E-Books, book suggestions, tutoring help and more! Discover all the things the library has to offer through technology to help you meet your information needs. Also be sure to check out the Peace Dale Library teen area for information and tips about staying safe online.

And of course…there is the Teen Tech Month Online Scavenger Hunt!

The questions are below, or you can stop in at any of our branches and pick up a paper entry blank. Use the library website ( and Teen Blog to answer the questions. By March 28th, drop off answers at any South Kingstown Public Library branch or email them along with your name and phone number and grade to Entries with at least 7 correct answers will be entered into a prize drawing! Good Luck!

1. What days is the Peace Dale Library open until 8 P.M.?

2. Using the library website, what is the name of one teen booklist?

3. Using the library website, when is the next Anime/Manga Club meeting?

4. Using the library website, what hours is available for free online tutoring help? (Hint—look under the Homework Help link)

5. Click on the Download E-Books link. Select browse E-Book Fiction-Teen Fiction. What are three teen titles available for downloading?

6. Using the library catalog, who wrote the book The Juvie Three? What is the call number of this book? What is one other title this author has written?

7. Using the Teen Blog, what is the title you are most excited to read on the “New Items at the Library” page?

8. What was the 2011 Winner of the Rhode Island Teen Book Award?

9. What is one title that was reviewed by a teen on the Teen Blog?

10. What is the 2012 Teen Summer Reading Theme?

Remember, entries are due by March 28th at 5 p.m.

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March is Teen Tech Month!

March is Teen Tech Month!

Each week, we’ll be posting about teens, technology and of course, the library. Did you know that the library website has lists of great books for when you can’t really find anything to read? How about that the library lets you download audio books to your I-pod? Or that we have a huge DVD and music selection that you can borrow? All for free?

These are just some of the things that the library can offer you!

So, where online can you find the library? You can visit the library’s website at We also have a Teen Blog ( filled with book suggestions, library programs and fun tidbits about games, movies, books and pop culture….have you heard the rumors about who may play Katniss in the upcoming Hunger Games movie??? Check the blog later this week to find out! Finally, you can search for the “South Kingstown Library’s Teen Central” page on Facebook!

If you are in the library this month, don’t forget to check out our Teen Tech Book display!

And, finally, don’t miss our Teen Tech Sharing Session on March 24th from 3:30-5:00 pm! Have a favorite App? You Tube video? Website? Have questions about downloading audio books or E-books?

Laptops will be available for students in grades 6 and up to share favorite online sites, apps and videos with others! All content shared must be appropriate a middle school audience.

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