Teenagers in Pottawatomie County will get the chance to try out their acting abilities this June, when video expert Geoffrey L. Smith will teach how to compose a video project through his “Express Yourself Video Workshop” at hometown libraries. The workshop is offered as part of the Pioneer Library System’s teen summer reading program, “Express Yourself.”

Smith will speak at the McLoud Public Library, at the American Legion Hall, 10 a.m. June 3; at the Shawnee Public Library, 101 N. Philadelphia, 2 p.m. June 10; and at the Tecumseh Public Library, 114 N. Broadway, 2 p.m. June 15. Space is limited to the first 12 teens who register at their library.


Teenagers in Pottawatomie County will get the chance to try out their acting abilities this June, when video expert Geoffrey L. Smith will teach how to compose a video project through his “Express Yourself Video Workshop” at hometown libraries. The workshop is offered as part of the Pioneer Library System’s teen summer reading program, “Express Yourself.”
Smith will speak at the McLoud Public Library, at the American Legion Hall, 10 a.m. June 3; at the Shawnee Public Library, 101 N. Philadelphia, 2 p.m. June 10; and at the Tecumseh Public Library, 114 N. Broadway, 2 p.m. June 15. Space is limited to the first 12 teens who register at their library.
“With two hours of workshop I hope to give the students the experience of how a video project is put together from start to finish,” Smith said. “The students will learn basic camera composition, how a story is put together and the editing process.”
Smith is a graduate of the University of Oklahoma with a degree in media arts. He has been teaching for eight years at Harding Fine Arts Academy High School and for the Oklahoma Arts Council. In 2002, and subsequent summers, Smith taught video production camps for the Oklahoma City Museum of Art.
The programs are free and open to the public thanks to the support of Pioneer Library System, the Friends of the Libraries and the Oklahoma Arts Council. Teens using their library’s punch card to document participation in the Summer Reading Challenge may enter the drawing for a grand prize at the close of summer. The prize is an iPod Touch. The Sam Noble Oklahoma Museum of Natural History in Norman will grant free admission June 27 when Pioneer Library System summer readers show their library card. Summer readers also get free admission to the Aug. 5 Redhawks game with a coupon from their library. 
For more information about any of the Summer Reading Program activities for children, teens and adults, call or visit your hometown public library, or log on to www.justsoyouknow.us.