The Khan Academy  
The Khan Academy is a nonprofit organization where you can watch over 3000 educational videos for free. Topics include K-12 math, biology, chemistry, physics, finances, history, and more. They also have practice exercises and assessments.

The videos are short, especially made for internet viewing. In the math videos, you are looking at a blackboard. The instructor writes out the problem while talking you through it. In the other subject areas, there are often pictures accompanying the lesson. The videos have a comment section at the end for viewers to ask questions.

Use this site for homework help or educational recreation! For more homework help, ckick here.

Check out this video from Khan Academy:

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Teen Talent Showcase Auditions  

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Digital Drawing & Painting With the Make Lab  
The Make Lab has been travelling to branches around town this month for imaging programs using our digital drawing pens. Teens can draw or paint on the computer using a variety of brushes that imitate actual paint brushes, pens, pencils, or dry media (like charcoal). The program we use also has a photo painting feature that allows you to create digital drawings and paintings from regular pictures.
Here are some examples of Photo Painting (click each for full size):

The original image is on the left. The image on the right was created using the charcoal brush tool.

The original image is on the left. The image on the right was created using the watercolor brush tool.

The original image is on the left. The image on the right was creating using the pencil tool.

Look for Make Lab programs and other teen programs here . If you have any questions about the Make Lab, call 574-1638 or email

Recommended books for getting started with digital art:

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Skullduggery @ the Library! 
This time of year, we celebrate Halloween and Day of the Dead! The Main Library has put together some fun skull crafts and activities. Stop by any time this week to participate!

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Picture It @ Your Library: A Photo Workshop 
On Wednesday, October 12, the Main Library hosted a workshop taught by professional photographer Lisa Huber. Teen participants took over 400 photographs which are now on display at the Main Library in the Underground Gallery. Stop by and check out this awesome exhibit!

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