CRETE | The Crete Public Library District, 1177 N. Main St., now has a variety of creative technologies available for patrons to use. Audio recording (for music or podcasts), video recording, digital animation and graphic design are some of the things that can be done with the new equipment.
The Crete Library received a $1,000 grant from the Young Adult Library Services Association, funded by the Best Buy Children's Foundation, to promote and enhance the technology available to teens at the library. With this grant, the library has purchased items to make digital creation a free resource to all patrons. A digital drawing tablet lets you draw with your hand, instead of a mouse, directly into the software. The USB interface for musical instruments allows you to record your electric guitar without making a sound — add audio loops and record your voice to make a complete song. You can even make your own short film with the library's video creation and editing materials.
"We are very excited to offer these new technologies to our patrons," says Kelly Campos, public information coordinator for the Crete Public Library District. "Not everyone has the disposable income to purchase this type of equipment for themselves, and having experience with a variety of advanced electronics is extremely valuable — both as a college application boost for teens, and as a resume building skill for adults — so we are very happy to be able to provide this service to our community."
If you would like to find out more about the digital media equipment available, or make an appointment to use the technology, contact the Crete Public Library District at (708) 672-8017.