Rap and Hip Hop Music

"For many of us, Hip Hop culture saved our lives, or at the very least, gave it a purpose. Our worldviews, politics, social awareness, and sense of self have been shaped by Hip Hop. Some of us have become activists, community organizers, educators, healers, youth advocates and socially responsible entrepreneurs because Hip Hop gave us […]

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Online Learning at your Digital Media Lab

Learn the many facets of digital media design and production in an optimal learning environment. Courses are entirely self-paced and free with your Tacoma Public Library card. For more information send an email to jhargis@tacomalibrary.org Lynda.com is an online education company offering thousands of video courses in software, creative and business skills. Founded in 1995, […]

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Kids’ Code Club every Saturday Morning at the Main Branch

Young people between 7 and 17 can learn how to code, develop websites, apps, programs, games and more every Saturday from 9:30 AM to 10:30 AM at the Main Branch of Tacoma Public Library, 1102 Tacoma Avenue, Tacoma, WA 98402. Working with such programs as Scratch, Minecraft, JavaScript and more, kids learn the basics of […]

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Digital Media Labs: Frequently Loved Software – Coding

Scratch Great for beginners who want to explore the basics of computer coding. With Scratch software, users construct media scripts to create and share their own interactive stories, animations, games, music and art. Scratch’s drag-and-drop code-writing tools look like colored puzzle pieces that interlock with each other, offering a dynamic visual reference for understanding the […]

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Digital Media Labs: Frequently Loved Software – Video, Animation and Film

Final Cut Express Designed for advanced editing of digital video and high-definition video, this software is considered a step above iMovie in terms of capabilities, but a step underneath Final Cut pro and its suite of applications. Final Cut Pro Apple’s flagship video-editing software. Offering a variety of effects, transitions and title-generators, you can create an […]

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Digital Media Labs: Frequently Loved Software – Photography, Images and Graphics

Blender  An open-source 3-D graphics software app used for creating animated films, visual effects, art, 3-D printed models, interactive 3-D applications and video games. iPhoto Great for arranging slide-shows and photo presentations of all types. Also lets you edit, enhance and crop or straighten your images. Need a retouch? iPhoto makes it easy to modify […]

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Digital Media Labs: Frequently Loved Software – Music

Audacity Audacity converts common audio formats to other formats (e.g. MP3 to AIF or WAV) for editing in Logic or Studio One v2.  Also provides normalization, amplify and other essential editing functions. GarageBand  GarageBand is a streamlined digital audio workstation and music sequencer that can record and play back multiple tracks of audio. It allows […]

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