Brooklyn Public Library Skillshare
On Saturday, May 2, 2015 the Shelby White and Leon Levy Information Commons at Brooklyn Public Library hosted our second annual all-day skillshare, where different community members shared their skills and interests with others in a day of learning and creativity. (You may remember the previous year's Skillshare, which included workshops on WordPress, backstrap weaving, email encryption, origami and oral history recording.) This year, we offered workshops in zine-making, DJing, creating handmade plastic flowers and origami animals, secure web browsing and much more. Check out the descriptions below for more detail.
|Lab||Recording Studio||Room 3||Room 5||Room 6||Room 7||Plaza|
|Block 1 * 10:00am-11:00am||Robin Lester Kenton - Basic Tap Dance||Diana Plunkett - DIY: Simple Paper Machines||Judy Kamilhor - Graphic Art Poetry for Non-Poets and Non-Artists||
Nina Browne (Brooklyn Botanic Garden) - Growing a Greener Block (10:00-2:15)
Lynxe Catastrophe, Josslyn Riot & Rachel Schneider - Bike Repair and Maintenance (1:15-3:30)
|Block 2 * 11:15am-12:15pm||Benjamin Zorn - From Your Garden to Your Glass: Cocktails with herbs and flowers||Jack Wright and Stephanie Elstro - Studio Basics for Audio Recording||Alicia Goodwin - Jewelry Making||Stephanie Genkin - 5 money habits to improve your finances and increase your happiness||Lindsey Ibarra - Adult Beginner Knitting||Hans-Christoph Steiner - Securely Browse the Web|
|Block 3 * 1:15-2:15pm||George Clyde - The Art of DJing: An Introduction with DJ Big Brooklyn||Devin Balkind - Build a Website with
|Lina Ding - Action Origami with Googly Eyes||Clara Aguilar - Use and Recycle: Flower Art with Recycled Materials||Anne Pope - MicroStories: Short Form Digital Storytelling Workshop|
|Block 4 * 2:30-3:30pm||Eric Pellerin - Beginning Break-dancing||Devin Balkind - Share Files, Visualize Data and Collaborate with Google Drive||Alex Chipkin & Becky Chipkin - Printmaking Workshop||Shawn Smith - Let's make a Zine!|
|Block 5 * 3:45-4:45pm||Fixers Collective - Fixing Session (3:45-5:45)||
T4 Tech Interns Deanna & Sherrese - Picture It: Save Your Images with Pinterest
|David Huerta (CryptoParty) - Securing and Encrypting Your Email with PGP|
Block 1 * 10:00-11:00AM:
Nina Browne (Brooklyn Botanic Garden) - Growing a Greener Block (10:00-2:15)
Urban Gardening Clinic will provide instruction in tree bed gardening as well as other urban gardening practices.
Robin Lester Kenton - Basic Tap Dance
Learn how to make fun sounds with your feet! In this session, you’ll learn a few simple tap dance steps that serve as the basic foundation for most tap dance routines. Then we’ll put them all together in a short routine. Please wear flat, hard-soled shoes for the best floor noise (which will also make it easier for you to move!). This session will be for absolute beginners, but all are welcome.
Diana Plunkett - DIY: Simple Paper Machines
Learn about simple machines by making one of your own using only paper (and some glue and tape). This is a fun and easy project, though younger children may need some help.
Judy Kamilhor - Graphic Art Poetry for Non-Poets and Non-Artists
Learn how to use Microsoft Word to create your own graphic art poetry. Some familiarity with Word is helpful, but no poetry experience necessary.
Block 2* 11:15 AM - 12:15 PM:
Benjamin Zorn - From Your Garden to Your Glass: Cocktails with herbs and flowers
Spring is here, and with it lots of new smells, sights and sounds. As the world starts to bloom around us, let's celebrate it and use these fresh buds and herbs to do a little drinking. Learn how to incorporate flowers and herbs into your next cocktail party with local bartender Benjamin Zorn.
Jack Wright and Stephanie Elstro - Studio Basics for Audio Recording
A beginner's introduction to recording and mixing. Learn how to set up the microphone in our studio to get a professional sound, and the basics of mixing your tracks in GarageBand.
Alicia Goodwin - Jewelry Making
Stephanie Genkin - 5 money habits to improve your finances and increase your happiness
Organizing your money can make a big difference to your bottom line and reduce stress. This skills class will teach you useful tricks to become a better saver and help you reduce credit card debt, increase retirement savings and align your money with your values -- all with the aim of creating happiness and inner peace.
Lindsey Ibarra - Adult Beginner Knitting
Hans-Christoph Steiner - Securely Browse the Web
What are the real threats to privacy and security when browsing the web, and what the best tools to maintain privacy while browsing? Bring your laptop to set it up.
Block 3* 1:15-2:15 PM:
Lynxe Catastrophe, Josslyn Riot and Rachel Schneider - Bike Repair and Maintenance (1:15-3:30)
Stop by to learn how to do basic fixes and repair to get your bike ready to ride this spring.
George Clyde - The Art of DJing: An Introduction with DJ Big Brooklyn
Come for a little history, stay for a live demo. Learn basic tips and techniques and then try your hand at scratching, mixing and beat matching.
Devin Balkind (Sarapis) - Build A Website with WordPress
Learn how to go from 0 to your own, independent WordPress website on your own, independent server in 60 minutes. This training session will show you how to:
Set up a WordPress website, add pages, posts, categories, tags, and move menu items around.
- Install plugins to extend functionality, set up a calendar, send out a newsletter.
Lina Ding - Action Origami with Googly Eyes
Learn the fundamentals of action origami in this hands-on class.
Clara Aguilar - Use and Recycle: Flower Art with Recycled Materials
Learn how to make beautiful floral art with recycled bottles. This is a hands-on workshop intended for adults.
Anne Pope - MicroStories: Short Form Digital Storytelling Workshop
Learn how to combine photos, audio, and text to share your story with the world!
Class Project: create a digital mini-story using your photos, artwork, audio, and text to share on Cowbird. Stories about projects created at the BPL InfoCommons are especially welcome. We will learn how to set up personal accounts on Cowbird and publish one or more stories during the class.
Materials required: Camera, audio recorder (a Smartphone can work as both), and/or media you've already created. A limited number of computers will be available. Personal laptops are welcome.
Here's an example of a story: http://cowbird.com/story/111578/Ilha_De_Paquet/
Block 4* 2:30-3:30 PM:
Eric Pellerin - Beginning Break-dancing
This class is for beginners, with no prior break-dancing experience, or for those that have some rudimentary experience with breaking. It will cover basics like top rock, spins, basic freezes, the sweep, and possibly the six step.
Devin Balkind (Sarapis) - Share Files, Visualize Data and Collaborate with Google Drive
Google Drive is the a very popular and free collaborative document editing and file sharing system. During this training session we show you some features, tips and tricks to get the most out of Google Drive for yourself and for the groups with whom you collaborate. This training will show you how to:
- Create and share documents and folders, create folder hierarchies and share them with Google Groups
- Build forms to collect data, create basic reports, active "Fusion Tables" to visualize your data in maps and tables, and embed these visualizations into a website.
Alex Chipkin and Becky Chipkin - Printmaking Workshop
Printmaking is a great way to distribute your artwork and ideas! Join the Proletarian Printing Press, a mobile art making collective, for a beginners printmaking workshop. We will get our hands dirty making linoleum block prints!
Shawn Smith - Let's make a Zine!
Come with writing, magazines, markers, paper, or come with nothing at all but your ideas on making raw publications. Together, we will form the skeleton of your next zine. We'll cover the question, "What is a zine?" Examples of newly created zines will be on hand. We'll discussing how zines live in the world - the culture of zines, and how to get your zine out there. Afterwards, we'll clear the tables and go to work. Be prepared to walk out with a newly formed zine and ideas for additional zines.
Some materials will be provided. This is a hands-on workshop for all ages that can safely uses scissors without supervision.
Block 5* 3:45-4:45 PM:
The Fixers Collective - Fixing Session (3:45-5:45)
For our Fixing Sessions, people bring in their broken items and they participate fully in the repair process - they will be the ones to unscrew, pry open, glue together, etc.
T4 Tech Interns Deanna and Sherrese - Picture It: Save Your Images with Pinterest
Learn how to use the social media platform Pinterest to save, organize and share online images for all your projects, hobbies and inspiration.
David Huerta (CryptoParty) - Securing and Encrypting Your Email with PGP
Learn how to use PGP (Pretty Good Privacy) to securely send and receive emails. Bring your laptop to set it up.
The Shelby White and Leon Levy Information Commons at Brooklyn Public Library consists of public meeting rooms, a training lab, and an open workspace, each equipped with resources to facilitate individual and group work, learning, and creativity.