Digital Media Lab at the Main Library
We are excited to open a new Digital Media Lab for the public this spring at the Main Library! The original computer lab has been retrofitted to provide more opportunities for the community to create digital content and learn new technologies. In addition to the regular computer classes offered in the lab, it will have open hours on a weekly basis for people to come in and work on their own projects. The Digital Media Lab has 4 new stations: one for audio conversion; one for digital photography and video editing; a recording space; and a green screen studio area for filming videos. Need ideas for projects or help getting started? Staff will be on hand during lab hours (see calendar below) to teach you how to use the equipment and offer assistance. Patrons will be able to convert personal LPs or cassettes to MP3 for greater listening ease. Have things to sell on Etsy or Ebay? Visit the lab to use the professional tabletop photography studio to produce great images for online commerce. Want to start your own podcast, or narrate your novel into an audiobook? The recording space is perfect for you! Learn how to make A+ videos for class using the green screen and Final Cut Pro. The lab is also available for private use on request for recording projects. Please fill out form below to request the space.
Equipment In Lab:
- 3 Apple iMac ME086LL/A 21.5-Inch Desktop Computers
- Samson C01U Pak - Recording / Podcasting Microphone
- Vinyl to MP3 Converter
- Cassette to MP3 Converter
- Light Box & digital Camera for Micro Photography
- Green Screen
- Samsung HMX-F90 Camcorder
- Software available:
- Final Cut Pro
- Photoshop Elements
- Premier Elements
- Garage Band
Computer Classes at the Main Library
The Library offers free computer classes at the Main Library in LaGrange. Classes are offered on a monthly, rotating basis. All are welcome to attend, but registration is required. Children under 16 must be accompanied by adult. Several classes are offered in multiple parts and cannot be joined mid-session. If you are unable to make it to the first class in a session, please wait to register.
Description of Classes:New Classes Coming Soon! See side bar for summer registration of current classes.
- Basic Computer Skills: A three week course designed to introduce computers to the beginning user. Class will cover parts & functions of computer; how to use basic applications; and how to access the internet and browse safely.
- Microsoft Word 2010: Introductory course for using Microsoft Word. Class covers formatting, inserting images, and mail merge.
- Microsoft Excel 2010: A course that introduces formulas and functions of Microsoft Excel. Topics included are graphs, basic calculations, simple tables, and Pivot tables.
- PowerPoint 2010: Introduces the functions of PowerPoint and how to create presentations. Class includes how to insert graphs, Youtube video, and multimedia.
- Photo Editing: A 2 hour class that teaches basic to advanced skills in digital photo editing using GIMP, a free open source software program.
- Overdrive: Learn how to use mp3 players and e-readers! Digital media covers music and e-books and also teaches how to use the Library digital lending service, Overdrive. Patrons are encouraged to bring personal MP3 devices and e-readers for if they wish, but personal devices are not necessary for the class.
- Social Media: A two hour class teaching the basics of the most popular social media sites. Learn how to navigate Facebook & get started on Twitter. Learn the basics of protecting your privacy online.
- Google Services: A two hour class that teaches how to use Google services such as the calendar, Drive, and more.
- Best Free Apps: Load up your smart device with the most useful free apps. Learn the basics of tablet computing.