Celebrate technology and try new things with the ERCPL Mar. 22-28! Our staff have put together 7 activities to introduce young adults to new activities from coding to making emoji bookmarks with the help of YouTube.
Remember to sign up for READsquared to win up to 2 prizes!!
Getting started with Libby:
Libby is an online app that allows patrons to checkout ebooks and audiobooks online. Anyone with an Elkins-Randolph County Public Library card can login to a vast collection of materials.
Don’t have a library card?
Apply for a card on our website: https://elkinslibrary.com/library-cards
Step 1: Download the Libby app on your phone or tablet
Step 2: Log in by selecting the Upshur County Public Library as your library and entering the library card number found on the back of your card under the barcode.
Step 3: Search for a book to check out. You can use this curated list as a guide: https://elkinsreads.readsquared.com/readinglistpublic.aspx
Getting Started with READsquared:
READsquared is an app that allows you to access reading lists, log reading, complete missions, and even win prizes from your local library.
1. Visit the Elkins-Randolph County Public Library READsquared page:
2. Pick a program: Try out the Women’s History Month Program, the Poetry Month Program, or the 2021 Teen Tech Program.
3. Register for a program by filling out the registration forms.
4. Begin exploring READsquared. Look for missions to complete.
Remember to sign up for the 2021 Teen Tech Program to win prizes from the Elkins-Randolph County Public Library!
The Elkins-Randolph County Public Library is partnering with Vidcode! What does that mean for you? You can sign up for courses and tutorials to learn how to edit videos, create memes, learn Java, and create games!
Don’t know anything about Java? Perfect! Vidcode allows you to drag and drop features and functions to see exactly what the code looks like, so you can learn how to do it on your own.
2. Click on create account
3. As you are creating your account join the ERCPL’s Coding Section by entering the code: take ten fast beds
4. Find the Java 101: memes course in the course library and begin. The course takes approximately 1.5 hours.
Today's activity is as simple as watch a YouTube tutorial and folding some paper. These work great in textbooks!
1. Watch the Red Ted Art tutorial:
2. Gather supplies.
3. Create an emoji bookmark!
1. Pick a book and decide whether you want to make a trailer or review it.
2. Write a script for your trailer or review. Decide what sound effects and music to use and when.
3. Record yourself. You can use a smart phone or a computer microphone.
4. Explore different programs and apps for editing audio. There are a variety of editing apps you can use. You can find tutorials on YouTube and elsewhere to explain how to use them.
5. Edit your sound files. You can cut mistakes, add sound effects, add music, and stitch different recordings together.
5. Share your recording as you see fit on social media. We’d love to hear your production. You can email it to us at firstname.lastname@example.org
If you did the emoji bookmark activity, you're a pro at using online tutorials. Here are a few tutorials we found about recording and editing recordings:
How to record and edit audio on an iPhone:
How to edit audio on Audacity:
How to edit audio with Hindenburg:
At the Elkins-Randolph County Public Library we love music as much as we love books, so for this activity we're asking you to show the love by putting together a mixtape...well...a playlist honoring your favorite book.
There are plenty of online platforms where you can create playlists: Spotify, YouTube, Soundcloud, Mixcloud, Great.dj, Soundsgood, Openwhyd, 8tracks, and more. You can use any of these platforms to put together a playlist and then share it on social media.
Once you pick a platform, you have to decide what songs to include. There are so many different ways you can make selections! You can include song based on a shared feeling the song and the book give you. You can include songs that are about similar themes, types of people, or images. You can include songs that are mentioned in the book or songs you associate with the book for personal reasons.
If you prefer, the soundtrack can be for a book that you read recently instead of your favorite book.
For more ideas, read this New York Times article “How to Make the PerfectPlaylist”: https://www.nytimes.com/2020/04/10/smarter-living/make-the-perfect-playlist-spotify-apple-music-pandora.html
The library staff couldn't resist. We put together a compellation playlist of some of our favorite books.
You can listen to it here:
Books featured include:
Can you guess which songs belong with which books?
The Hour of Code Dance Party allows you to create an animal house style dance party video by dragging and dropping preset commands. You can then view the code you’ve created.
What to do:
1. Visit https://code.org/dance
2. Click “start”!
3. Watch video lessons as you go along. The lesson can are listed at the top of the screen.
4. Create! Play around with different settings, functions, and combinations of characters!
5. Take a screen shot of your Dance Party. Submit the image to get credit for this activity.
Help us pick a name for our new media lab and decide on technology and equipment to fill it with!
This is a great time for you to tell your librarians what you would like them to buy for the library. Keep in mind, we're building a brand new media lab. What equipment would you like the lab to include? A 3D printers? A camcorder? Audio recording equipment?
Click on the link below and select your favorite name for the Elkins-Randolph County Public Library's new media lab/maker space/creativity closet....As you can see, we have no idea what to call it!