In 2012, a Broadband Technology Opportunities Program (BTOP) grant was awarded to Delta County Libraries via the state. The purpose of the award was to bridge the technological gap in rural America.
Through the grant Delta County Libraries was able to offer state-of-the-art technology to the community.
Since being awarded, the libraries have become a hub for business development, technology training and the like. Part of the grant funds were utilized at the Paonia Library to purchase an iMac, HD cameras, audio devices and photo/audio/video editing software and make it available to the public. The "Creation Station" is now live, and is the anchor offering in the library's brand new Neighborhood Factory. The Neighborhood Factory includes the aforementioned Creation Station, a sewing station, green screens for video recording and iPads. All of these are available to patrons for use and checkout.
"The 'do-it-yourself' space is meant to foster creativity," says regional manager Kit Stephenson. "It is the melding of technology, community and art. We have been able to offer everything from dress making classes, to writers' workshops, to utilizing the Adobe Creative Suite. It really has been amazing." The patrons agree.
Kids go straight to the Creation Station and string together songs, make custom ringtones and create music utilizing Garage Band or edit their videos for use on Facebook, all while a dress is being created right next to them. Right before the kids arrived, a local businesswoman was utilizing the station to meet her graphic design needs. Earlier in the week, local designers Robin Paz and Leah Morris were helping patrons learn how to make dress forms out of duct tape, then create clothing from recycled T-shirts.
"From making your own duct tape dress form, then a full outfit made from recycled T-shirts, the Neighborhood Factory is fun and functional," said Laura Lee who modeled her own creations which inspired a number of popular programs.
"We are beginning to look at our library as a creative space and explore how to provide the tools to help patrons create their own videos, dresses or masterpieces," says Stephenson. Additional classes and trainings that will soon be available include "How to Produce an eBook," "Video Production and Film Editing" and "Utilizing Adobe Illustrator."blog comments powered by Disqus