EBPL News and Features http://www.ebpl.org EBPL News and Features RSS Feed Tue, 03 Mar 2015 18:45:50 GMT Digital Filmmaking Classes in March http://www.ebpl.org/main/polNews.cfm?doc_id=17887 Join us for three Saturdays in March to learn screenwriting, film composition, and Final Cut Pro skills.<p>Join us for three Saturdays in March to learn screenwriting, film composition, and Final Cut Pro skills.</p> <p><u><strong>Screenwriting:</strong></u></p> <p>The screenwriting workshop is going to be an immersive crash course into telling a story for the screen, starting with crafting a concept and leaving participants ready to begin writing. &nbsp;The focus will be on character-driven narratives that utilize want and conflict as the building blocks of drama. &nbsp;Participants will explore the elements of three-act structure, proper screenwriting formatting and technique, as well as methods to draw inspiration from their own lives. &nbsp;It will be beneficial if students attending the workshop have a strong interest in telling stories, and come to class with an idea they wish to write.</p> <p><strong><a href="http://ebpl.org/main/polCalendarEvent.cfm?Event_Date={d%20%272015-03-07%27}&amp;Calendar_Code=Library&amp;Event_Id=62341">Register here.</a></strong></p> <p><em>Zack Morrison is an award-winning writer, director, and cinematographer; currently pursuing his Master of Fine Art degree in screenwriting and directing at Columbia University. &nbsp;He has created many short films, both fiction and documentary, that have screened at festivals in New York, New Jersey, Los Angeles, and Cannes. &nbsp;A proud alumnus of Rutgers University, Zack was a key contributor in the development of a new BFA degree program in digital filmmaking at Mason Gross School of the Arts. In 2014, Zack was awarded the &quot;Poo Industries&quot; collegiate Lifetime Achievement Award from Campus Moviefest, the world&#39;s largest student film festival. &nbsp;His professional credits include work for the ESPN 30 for 30 documentary You Don&#39;t Know Bo and various projects with MTV. &nbsp;Zack graduated from East Brunswick High School in 2010, and is currently writing his first feature film.</em></p> <p><u><strong>Film Composition:</strong></u></p> <p>Learn the language of film. This program will cover the basics of shot composition and show you how to turn your ideas into a digital film. Learn how to avoid common mistakes and build a foundation for successful filmmaking.</p> <p><strong><a href="http://ebpl.org/main/polCalendarEvent.cfm?Event_Date={d%20%272015-03-14%27}&amp;Calendar_Code=Library&amp;Event_Id=62342">Register here.</a></strong></p> <p><em>Paul D&#39;Amico is a digital filmmaker and teacher with a number of network television and film credits.</em></p> <p><u><strong>Final Cut Pro:</strong></u></p> <p>The Library is embracing the &quot;maker culture&quot; by creating a new space and giving you toold to bring your creativity to the next level. We have 5 Mac computers with Final Cut Pro X, a non-linear digital editing software so that patrons of all ages can edit and produce their own movie masterpieces. &nbsp;This workshop is designed to introduce beginners on how to use the software. &nbsp;The workshop is limited to 5 people. &nbsp;We have two sessions on March 21st at 12pm and 2pm. &nbsp;Space is limited.</p> <p><strong><a href="http://ebpl.org/main/polCalendarEvent.cfm?Event_Date={d%20%272015-03-21%27}&amp;Calendar_Code=Library&amp;Event_Id=63481">Register here.</a></strong></p> Wed, 04 Mar 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.ebpl.org/main/polNews.cfm?doc_id=17887 41st Annual Friends of the Library Book & Media Sale http://www.ebpl.org/main/polFeatures.cfm?doc_id=17886 The 41st Annual Friends of the Library Book & Media Sale will be held from March 2nd through March 8th at the Centre Court in the Brunswick Square Mall (755 NJ Route 18, East Brunswick). The 41st Annual Friends of the Library Book & Media Sale will be held from March 2nd through March 8th at the Centre Court in the Brunswick Square Mall (755 NJ Route 18, East Brunswick). The sale, which annually draws thousands of people from the region, is much anticipated by book bargain lovers. Thousands of books, videos, audio books, DVDs, and CDs for all ages and interests will be available for purchase. All proceeds benefit the East Brunswick Public Library. An exclusive Preview Sale will be held on Monday, March 2nd from 8:00-9:00 a.m. The cost is $25 per person at the door. The full Sale opens to the public at 10 a.m. On Tuesday, March 3rd, there will be a free children’s event at 7 p.m. Tue, 03 Mar 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.ebpl.org/main/polFeatures.cfm?doc_id=17886 NJ Makers Day at East Brunswick Public Library http://www.ebpl.org/main/polNews.cfm?doc_id=17881 To celebrate maker culture, the East Brunswick Public Library, an official location of NJ Makers Day, is hosting its first “Maker Fest” on Saturday, March 21st from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.<p>To celebrate maker culture, the East Brunswick Public Library, an official location of NJ Makers Day, is hosting its first &ldquo;Maker Fest&rdquo; on Saturday, March 21st from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.</p> <p>&ldquo;This is going to be a fun day, with the opportunity for residents to come to the Library to learn and participate in a bunch of different demonstrations and hands-on activities. We want everyone to get out of their comfort zone and try something new, whether it means attending an arm knitting session or a class on 3D modeling,&rdquo; says Maryann Ralph, the Library&#39;s Assistant Director.</p> <p>NJ Makers Day is designed to be a statewide single-day event that celebrates, promotes, and introduces maker culture, as well as the values associated with making, tinkering, and STEM-based learning. The East Brunswick Public Library is one of over 100 participating sites across the State.</p> <p>Maker spaces across the state are having a significant impact on education and job skills development by providing access to people, information, resources, and tools that facilitate making to a wide variety of skill levels. Popular equipment in these spaces include 3D printers, single board microcontrollers like Arduino and Raspberry Pi, digital media production, computer programming, textile and handicrafts and more.</p> <p>The East Brunswick Public Library will offer maker-themed programs, including hands-on electronic and circuitry projects for kids, arm knitting for adults and teens, demonstrations on how to make marshmallows at home, 3D modeling, Final Cut Pro training sessions, and much more.</p> <p>For more information about the East Brunswick Public Library&rsquo;s NJ Makers Day programs and events, visit <a href="http://www.ebpl.org/make">www.ebpl.org/make</a>, and more about NJ Makers Day at <a href="http://www.njmakersday.org">www.njmakersday.org</a>.</p> Sun, 01 Mar 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.ebpl.org/main/polNews.cfm?doc_id=17881 2015 Record.Play Film Festival http://www.ebpl.org/main/polNews.cfm?doc_id=17888 The East Brunswick Public Library [EBPL] announces its second-annual Record.Play Film Competition and Festival. This year’s competition is broadened to accept film submissions in three categories: youth (12 and under); teens (12 to 18); and adults (19 and older).<p><strong>The East Brunswick Public Library [EBPL] announces its second-annual <em>Record.Play</em> Film Competition and Festival. This year&rsquo;s competition is broadened to accept film submissions in three categories: youth (12 and under); teens (12 to 18); and adults (19 and older).</strong></p> <p>The 2015 <em>Record.Play</em> Film Competition&rsquo;s theme is Heroes. &quot;The <em>Record.Play</em> committee chose the theme Heroes because it can be interpreted in so many ways and is accessible to the different age groups that have been added to the competition this year.&nbsp; We are very excited to see how our local filmmakers run with it,&quot; says Assistant Director Maryann Ralph.</p> <p>A panel of three judges will select a 1<sup>st</sup> and 2<sup>nd</sup> place winners in each age category.&nbsp; &nbsp;All the films entered must be original work. Entries will be evaluated on how they interpret the theme, visual and audio quality, and editing skills. Films must be a minimum of 5 minutes and not exceed 15 minutes in length. &nbsp;The 1<sup>st</sup> place &nbsp;winner of each age group will receive a prize valued at $100 and 2<sup>nd</sup> place winner of each age group will receive a prize valued at $50.&nbsp; Additionally, all films will be screened publicly at the 2015 <em>Record.Play</em> Film Festival on Thursday, June 25<sup>th</sup> at 7:00 p.m.</p> <p><strong>Submissions must be received no later than Tuesday, May 26<sup>th</sup>.&nbsp; Rules and complete submission guidelines can be found online at <a href="http://www.ebpl.org/recordplay">www.ebpl.org/recordplay</a> .</strong></p> <p><strong>Upcoming programs that tie into <em>Record.Play</em> include workshops on screenwriting, film composition, and Final Cut Pro.&nbsp; To register, please visit the Library&rsquo;s website at <a href="http://www.ebpl.org">www.ebpl.org</a>.</strong></p> Sat, 28 Feb 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.ebpl.org/main/polNews.cfm?doc_id=17888 New All-Ages Language Learning Resource http://www.ebpl.org/main/polFeatures.cfm?doc_id=17882 The East Brunswick Public Library is pleased to announce the launch of a new all ages language learning resource. Pronunciator is one of the fastest-growing online resources for language learning, and now East Brunswick Public Library cardholders can use it to learn 80 languages, or learn English from 50 native languages<p>The East Brunswick Public Library is pleased to announce the launch of a new all ages language learning resource.&nbsp;<br /> Pronunciator is one of the fastest-growing online resources for language learning, and now East Brunswick Public Library cardholders can use it to learn 80 languages, or learn English from 50 native languages. It can be accessed from any computer or device through the Library&rsquo;s website at www.ebpl.org.<br /> Users can practice pronunciation, conversation, and grammar with structured lessons that can be taken at a user&rsquo;s own pace. Multimedia features such as audio and video help to make a comprehensive learning experience. Lessons are arranged by age group, so even the youngest learners can follow along.&nbsp;<br /> Pronunciator also offers assessment tools, trackers for progress, and features that help users become comfortable with the sounds of a new language. Audio lessons are taught by native speakers, and in-depth pronunciation analysis and drills will refine your accent.</p> <p><br /> For those on the go, fully- functional apps are available for mobile devices (Apple, Android, and Kindle Fire) to registered users.&nbsp;</p> <p><br /> Another feature of Pronunciator also includes workforce-specific exercises that simulate real-world professional use.</p> <p><br /> Tutors and instructors can also design their own courses of any length and size in the Course Designer feature, which can track students and their progress.&nbsp;</p> <p><br /> Pronunciator was purchased with funds from the American Library Association Dollar General American Dream Starts @ your library grant. East Brunswick was one of three recipients in New Jersey, and will be embarking on a year-long program called Global Connections @ your library, which aims to bring advanced cultural and business immersion ESL to the community. Look for programming and workshops to be announced soon!</p> Fri, 20 Feb 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.ebpl.org/main/polFeatures.cfm?doc_id=17882 16th Annual Phyllis Noar Puppetry Festival http://www.ebpl.org/main/polNews.cfm?doc_id=14854 Sponsored by the Friends of the East Brunswick Public Library, the 16th Annual Phyllis Noar Puppetry Festival's second performance is on February 22nd. Tickets cost $4 each and are available for purchase at the Library’s circulation desk. Ticketholders must be ages 3 and up.<p>On Sunday, February 22, at 2 p.m., Spring Valley Puppet Theatre will present &ldquo;Jack and the Beanstalk,&rdquo; for families with children ages 3 and up. This show is a re-telling of the story in which Jack makes his own wishes come true. Following the performance there will be a demonstration of some of the puppets.</p> Fri, 20 Feb 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.ebpl.org/main/polNews.cfm?doc_id=14854 41st Annual Friends of the Library Book & Media Sale http://www.ebpl.org/main/polNews.cfm?doc_id=15860 The 41st Annual Friends of the Library Book & Media Sale will be held from March 2nd through March 8th at the Centre Court in the Brunswick Square Mall (755 NJ Route 18, East Brunswick). <br/> <a style="background:#EEE;border-radius:5px;padding:2px 5px;color:#0077BB;font-weight:bold;" href="/pdf/registration-form-for-vendors.pdf" target="_blank">Exclusive Vendor Registration Form</a><p><strong>The 41st Annual Friends of the Library Book &amp; Media Sale</strong> will be held from March 2nd through March 8th at the Centre Court in the Brunswick Square Mall (755 NJ Route 18, East Brunswick). &nbsp;The sale, which annually draws thousands of people from the region, is much anticipated by book bargain lovers. &nbsp;Thousands of books, videos, audio books, DVDs, and CDs for all ages and interests will be available for purchase. &nbsp;All proceeds benefit the East Brunswick Public Library.</p> <p>An <strong>exclusive Preview Sale</strong> will be held on Monday, March 2nd from 8:00-9:00 a.m. &nbsp;The cost is $25 per person at the door. &nbsp;The full Sale opens to the public at 10 a.m. &nbsp;On Tuesday, March 3rd, there will be a<strong> free children&rsquo;s event</strong> at 7 p.m.</p> <p style="text-align:center"><strong>The Friends need volunteers to help run the event. &nbsp;To sign up, please visit <a href="http://ebpl.org/Requests/Booksale_Volunteer_Signup.cfm">http://ebpl.org/Requests/Booksale_Volunteer_Signup.cfm</a></strong></p> Wed, 18 Feb 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.ebpl.org/main/polNews.cfm?doc_id=15860 Blind Date with a Book Month! http://www.ebpl.org/main/polNews.cfm?doc_id=16871 Feeling a little lonely this month? Ready for a new adventure? Come to the Library and try a "blind date" with a book throughout the month of February! Look for our Blind Date with a Book displays around the Library and pick up a festively wrapped book to check out. Read the clues on the outside of the book to determine if this potential "date" is for you. Do not unwrap your date until you get your book home, and be sure to "rate your date" when you return it to the Library! Who knows, this could be the beginning of a new and beautiful book love affair! Mon, 02 Feb 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.ebpl.org/main/polNews.cfm?doc_id=16871 EBPL Maker Fest http://www.ebpl.org/main/polNews.cfm?doc_id=14856 The Library will be hosting its first Maker Fest in celebration of NJ Makers Day on Saturday March 21st. <a href="http://www.ebpl.org/main/ebpl-maker-faire.cfm">Apply Here</a><p>The Library will be hosting its first Maker Fest&nbsp;in celebration of NJ Makers Day on Saturday March 21st. The Maker Fest&nbsp;is a family-friendly showcase of invention, creativity, and resourcefulness&mdash;and a celebration of the maker movement: people not just happy to talk about the next big thing, but to make it!&nbsp; The Maker Fest&nbsp;offers tech enthusiasts, crafters, scientists,&nbsp;tinkerers of all ages and backgrounds a platform to share their passion projects with the public.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Interested in sharing your passion project?</p> <p style="text-align:center"><a href="http://www.ebpl.org/main/ebpl-maker-faire.cfm"><span style="font-size:16px"><strong><span style="color:rgb(0, 0, 255)"><span style="background-color:rgb(211, 211, 211)">Submit your Maker Fest&nbsp;proposal form</span></span></strong></span></a>.</p> <p>Deadline is January 31st. Help the library celebrate the maker in all of us!</p> <p>Questions? Email Aaron Pickett @&nbsp;<a href="mailto:apickett@ebpl.org">apickett@ebpl.org</a>.</p> Thu, 22 Jan 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.ebpl.org/main/polNews.cfm?doc_id=14856 3-D Printing & Modeling Tech Session http://www.ebpl.org/main/polNews.cfm?doc_id=14821 Learn about 3-D printing as the Library continues its efforts to embracing maker technology! Sunday, Jan. 18, 1 p.m.<p>Interested in learning what 3-D printing is all about?&nbsp; On Sunday January 18<sup>th</sup> at 1 PM Jeffrey Keiffer of 3D Artefice and Trent Welcome, Brookdale Community College Professor of Architecture, will be hosting a lecture, exhibit, question and answer session and 3-D modeling workshop.&nbsp; This afternoon tech session will be a fun and interactive way to stay current.&nbsp; Adults, teens and families are welcome to participate. &nbsp;While studying architecture eight years ago, Jeffrey Keiffer was first introduced to the world of 3D modeling and 3D printing. Since then he has developed his business 3D Artefice, which offers 3D modeling &amp; 3D printing services and custom product creation. More recently he has been featured as a Shapeways&#39; Community Crew Member as well as one of their Designers for Hire. &quot;Our goal at 3D Artefice is to provide services that help bridge the gap between the admirer and the maker.&quot;</p> <p>Trent Welcome began studying architecture at Spring Garden College, and continued his career working at SOME Architects in Red Bank. He then received his Master of Architecture from SCIARC, where he studied architectural design and advanced 3D modeling. As a professor of architecture at Brookdale Community College, he has influenced students and professors alike with his knowledge of contemporary digital design processes and how they can translate into contemporary manufacturing methods.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> Wed, 14 Jan 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.ebpl.org/main/polNews.cfm?doc_id=14821