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ideaLAB gives teens access to technology

The Denver Public Library has opened ideaLAB, a digital media studio created for teenagers.

Located in the Community Technology Center of the Central LIbrary at Broadway and 14th streets, the lab includes four workstations and equipment that will allow teens to create videos, music, video games, web sites and digital artwork. The project was funded in part through a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services, which administers the LIbrary Services and Technology Act.

"ideaLAB creates a safe, open, supportive and inspiring environment in which teens can explore their interests and learn new skills," says City Librarian Shirley Amore.

Music enthusiasts will have access to microphones, keyboard, mixing station, DJ controllers and an electric guitar. Video equipment includes cameras, tripods, a lighting kit and a green screen. Macintosh and PC workstations will have the full Adobe Suite, including Photoshop, Premiere, AfterEffects, as well as specialized software for video game creation, creating comics and cartoons, Sonar and FL Studio for music creation.

The lab will be open to teens in grades 6-12 from 3 to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturdays. Trained staff and volunteers will work with teens to help them navigate the tools needed for their projects.

The library also offers classes on digital media software and hardware, in addition to one-on-one appointments and open lab times where teens can learn through a project-based approach.

Contact Confluence Denver Development News Editor Margaret Jackson with tips and leads for future stories at margaret@confluence-denver.com.

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