The Dayton Metro Library invites creative teens to show off their photography skills by entering the 2014 Teen Photo Contest sponsored by the Friends of the Library. Entries will be accepted February 3 through March 3, 2014, from any teen in grades 7-12 living in the greater Dayton area. The contest categories are Color, Black & White, Digital Enhancement and Phone Photo.
All photos must be submitted by email to [email protected]. Please put “Photo Contest Entry” in the subject line and include name, contact info, school, grade, photo title and category in the body of the email. Teens may enter up to three photos. If entering separate categories, please send separate emails.
All photos will be printed and placed on display in the Main Library’s auditorium and an awards/reception will be held on April 22. Prizes will be awarded for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place in each category. Winners will receive $100 for first place, $75 for second place, and $50 for third. Amy Kollar Anderson, Artist and Gallery Coordinator for the Rosewood Gallery, will judge the entries and select the winners.
A popular choice award will also be offered. All viable entries into the contest will be featured on Pinterest and votes can be cast by liking a picture (with a Pinterest login). The Pinterest link will be announced in early March. The winners of the Popular Choice Award in each category will win a $25 gift card to a photo store.
The Dayton Metro Library is one of the oldest and largest public library systems in Ohio, consistently ranking among the best in the nation. The DML consists of 20 branch locations in Montgomery County, Outreach Services and the Main Library in downtown Dayton. In order to fulfill its mission to inform, inspire and enrich the community, the DML offers programs, materials and services for all ages and stages of life. It is funded in part by a portion of the state income tax and local levy support. Specialized services and resources are available for schools, small businesses, nonprofit organizations, literacy providers and job seekers. The library houses a unique collection of local history materials. Computers are available free of charge for public use and computer instruction is available at many library locations. In November, 2012, Montgomery County voters passed a $187 million bond issue to fund new construction and renovations for the DML. Highlights of the multi-phase, multi-year project include consolidating branches from 20 to 16, establishing an offsite operations center and completely renovating the Main Library. When the project is complete in 2017, library users will enjoy modern, efficient facilities providing superior services and technology for the 21st century. Progress on the project is posted regularly on the DML website atDaytonMetroLibrary.org.
When I was growing up, scrapbooking was what mothers and grandmothers did to preserve the memories in a family. It was a crafty way to enhance a photo, or relive a moment in their loved ones life. I remember having scrapbooking parties at my friend’s house – decked out with the latest in polka-dot stationary, crazy corner hole punches, and cheesy stickers.
Since those days, the scrapbook era has long faded. That is until a few months ago when a new social networking site popped up and spurred the interest of scrapbookers and vision board makers across the globe. Pinterest has become Scrapbooking 2.0 – and it’s reign has just begun.
What is this site all about anyways? Pinterest offers users the joy of “pinning” photos found on the web or other users boards to a plethora of personal boards (board = online scrapbook category). These boards can contain anything from recipe ideas, clothing ideas, DIY projects, places you want to travel to, and more.
The social aspect comes in as you pin items and other people can comment on your photos or “repin” your photo to their boards. You can even follow other users to get instantly inspired each time you log on.
To get started, you will have to get an invite to join. Here are some tips on how to get an invite quicker, in case you don’t want to wait the several days it usually takes to get one. Once you get an invite, decide what boards you want to start collecting, and start pinning!
You can find items to pin by looking through the Pinterest web site, or by surfing the web. They offer a browser toolbar “Pin it” button that makes it quick and easy to add something to a board. There is even an iPhone app that allows you to take photos and pin them to your boards.
I will forewarn all you eager to get started with using Pinterest. It is a bit of a time sucker and is very easy to get addicted to. But that’s not always a terrible thing, right? 🙂