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New library space features technology tools for all

The Marysville Library’s “Creative Commons” features tools to create, record and edit digital media, for individual or group projects.

 


The Marysville Library will celebrate the opening of its new “Creative Commons” area, a place for technology-based creativity, with its “TECHcitement” event on Nov. 2.

The new Creative Commons area is a 1,700 sq. foot area in the center of the library that features a variety of gadgets for use by students, groups or entrepreneurs. The bulk of the construction for the space happened in September, said Jill Wubbenhorst, assistant managing librarian.

The area features many tools for creating digital media, including iMacs loaded with the full Adobe Creative Suite 6 (photo, image, design and video editing software), Whatcom drawing tablets, microphones, cameras, video cameras, tripods, a lighting kit and a portable green screen.

“That ties in well with a number of our teen tech programs, because we do have Teen Tech Month, with contests for photography and videos,” said Wubbenhorst. “In the past years they’ve used their own flip recorders, but now they can use some of their equipment or borrow our equipment and do editing right here on the iMacs.”

Some of the tools for digital media creation are things that people often don’t have for personal use, she said.

“The new tools that we offer, like the Adobe Creative Suite, are something that many people know how to use but don’t have themselves. Maybe they’ve used it at school or at a previous job, but now they can come here and use those items for free,” she said.

Everything in the Commons has wheels, meaning the space can be rearranged to serve many purposes. Two large digital touchscreen whiteboards hang against the wall of the space, for group collaboration work.

A ‘reproduction lab’ is also available, which includes document and photo scanners, converters and equipment to digitize VHS and DVD, and a digital turntable.

The Creative Commons offers a place for groups that is more inviting than the library’s meeting rooms, said Wubbenhorst.

Affordable Care Act volunteers have already begun to use the area to help people navigate the new health insurance marketplace, because it allows for easy collaboration and is easy to access for library visitors.

“The full meeting rooms are out of sight in the library. This area offers a better opportunity for groups who want their events to be open,” she said.

The upcoming Nov. 2 TECHcitement event is meant to celebrate the opening of the new space.

“Knowing that we were going to have the center put in place and knowing that there would be a lot of planning, we wanted to celebrate it somehow,” said Wubbenhorst. The event is an invitation to come to the new space and see it in action, she said.

The day will feature many different programs.

The Pacific Science Center will present “Engineer It,” an interactive exhibit about the wonders of today’s engineering.

The Sno-Isle Libraries present “Learn for Life: Repair or Replace” which will help participants learn when appliances and technology should be repaired and when it should be replaced.

“Lego Animation” will explore stop motion animation. Lukas Allenbaug from the Clay Animation Network will show participants how to bring Legos to life using iPads.

The final program, “Essentials of the Online Job Search” is about strategies to help locate jobs online. It is presented by Goodwill Industries. Space is limited for this program and registration is recommended.

Presentation of TECHcitement is made possible with support from Gellerson Memorial Programming Endowment, Friends of the Marysville Library and Goodwill Industries.

For more information about TECHcitement call 360-658-5000 or toll free 877-766-4753, or visit http://www.sno-isle.org and click on ‘Classes & Events.’

 

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