Last week throughout the county, teens participated in the summer reading program at Delta County Libraries. Last week's event focused on the creation of stop-motion animation.
Stop-motion animation was first implemented in 1897 by Stuart Blackton and Albert Smith in their short "The Humpty Dumpty Circus." It was later made famous by Willis O'Brien in the 1933 feature film "King Kong." In both cases they used clay as their medium of choice. This type of animation later became known as Claymation. Utilizing this art form, the teens utilized clay and props to create their short films. They were given hundreds of words, some obvious and others less so, to help inspire their story. Popular words included socks, SpongeBob, Barney, earthworms and Bilbo Baggins. They created short videos on iPads using the iMotion HD app. "The technology that the libraries are able to offer the community is amazing," said Jessica McGrath, library assistant. "The iPads are great tools for kids to express their creativity."
Participating in programs like this has really made a difference. "Parents come up to me and say 'My child never could get excited about reading, but now I cannot get them to put the book down. The library is making reading and learning fun again.' That is why I love being a librarian," said Kit Stephenson, North Fork regional manager for the library district. "Watching the kids as they animate a clay figure putting on a sock, or a dinosaur playing fetch is just amazing. They are telling their friends and we are seeing more and more teens show up every week." Getting the teens into the library is critical. They come to the library, they learn and have fun, and then they check out a book. "It is important that we emphasize that reading can be fun. Making the library cool again makes it cool to read," says Stephenson.
Programs like this one are being offered at every library in the county. They range from "Making Time Capsules" to "Learning the History of Graffiti." These programs are all geared toward the advancement of literacy through fun and unique projects. Whether the teens are writing a letter to a future civilization or learning how people have communicated through art, they are learning important life skills.blog comments powered by Disqus