Secret Lab Online: Making Games with Scratch

Learn the basics of video game creation with the online program Scratch! Just because it's fun and easy, doesn't mean it's just for kids (but they will love it, too). Build up code by dragging blocks and fitting them together. Choose your sprite and animate it. Then pick some music and sound effects. Best of all, there's nothing to download and you can run your game in your browser.

This program is live and not recorded. True beginners are welcome!

Secret Lab Online: Making Art with Code

Join library staff in a non-recorded Zoom meeting to learn how to make art with a computer. No prior coding knowledge is necessary but to get the most of this you will need a computer (Raspberry Pi, Mac, or Windows). We will go through several designs using the language Processing and learn how to randomize artwork to create startling new patterns every time you run your code.

How to Catch a Meteor in your Photo of the Night Sky on AADL.TV

Learn how to take a photograph of the night sky that will capture a meteor!

Try out your new skills during the Geminids Meteor Shower, one of the best meteors of the year, which peaks December 13-14 with over 120 meteors per hour!

This includes a brief introduction to using a DSLR camera and tripod for night sky photography.  For more help getting started, check out this video.

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Chapter 3 | Quiet as a Mouse: An Interactive Text Adventure

Play Chapter 3 of the new interactive text adventure game from the Library: Quiet as a Mouse: Of Mice and Men!

Use your home computer to play a choose-your-own-adventure-style story, starring you! – an intrepid mouse who has to sneak into a house and get past the cat! Players can type commands in English and the game will respond, with new chapters of the story released throughout the Winter Game!

Chapter 2 | Quiet as a Mouse: An Interactive Text Adventure on AADL.TV

Play Chapter 2 of the new interactive text adventure game from the Library: Quiet as a Mouse: A Better Mousetrap!

Use your home computer to play a choose-your-own-adventure-style story, starring you! – an intrepid mouse tasked with solving a devious puzzle. Players can type commands in English and the game will respond, with new chapters of the story released throughout the Winter Game!

Missed chapter One?  It's not too late to play!

Good luck!

Chapter 1 | Quiet as a Mouse: An Interactive Text Adventure

Play Chapter 1 of the new interactive text adventure game from the Library: Quiet as a Mouse: The Best Laid Plans!

Use your home computer to play a choose-your-own-adventure-style story, starring you! – an intrepid mouse tasked with delivering a package through the perilous forest.  Players can type commands in English and the game will respond, with new chapters of the story released throughout the Winter Game!  

Good luck!

A Tour of the Universe - Live Telescope Viewing (from New Mexico!) on AADL.TV

Join local amateur astronomer Brian Ottum as he remotely controls a telescope located at Dark Sky New Mexico to present a live and interactive "Tour of the Universe."  Explore different galaxies, nebulas, clusters, and more.

Dr. Brian Ottum is a member of the University Lowbrow Astronomers. Follow Brian on Instagram: @astropicsdaily

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