New Library Idea Lab

The Naperville Public Library had a grand opening for its new Idea Lab.

Visitors got the chance to explore the state of the art digital media lab and test out its many attractions, like a 3D printer and scanner.

Staff demonstrated other equipment, like the VHS and vinyl record convertor stations. There are also about a dozen iMac computers equipped with software for making videos, and iPhone and Android applications.

For the musically talented, the facility has a keyboard, microphone, and software, like Garage Band, for creating music.

“My kids are just old enough that we have some photographs that aren’t digital so the photograph scanner is a pretty neat thing. I can see myself coming here to do the mom thing and get those digitized,” said resident, Stephanie Vospette. “And I’m looking forward to finding some things that I’ve never thought to do.”

The goal behind it all: putting technology into the hands of library patrons to encourage creativity.

“We are really hoping this will attract all kinds of patrons,” said Sue Karas, Computer Lab Supervisor for the library. “The patrons we’re focusing on are the businessmen and women who are starting their own businesses and we’re working on making a business lab in Nichols Library so hopefully we can integrate the two labs together.”

To continue teaching the public about the lab’s services, the library will present an adult summer tech and teen summer tech program both starting in June.

For more information, visit naperville-lib.org.

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