The Community Foundation for Palm Beach and Martin Counties will be presenting a grant to the Friends of the Palm Beach County Library System today at 2:00 pm at the Main Library.
The Community Foundation for Palm Beach and Martin Counties awarded the $35,689 grant to the Friends of the Palm Beach County Library System for the development and implementation of a “CreationStation.” The grant is from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation Fund, of the Community Foundation.
The funding will allow the Friends of the Library System to design and develop a digital media lab and recording studio at the Main Library. The project, which will be completed in early 2014, will provide a space for residents to learn how to use the equipment for sound mixing, video sharing and podcasting for free. Staff will be trained to provide weekly orientations and topic-based workshops.
An online site will be developed to showcase content created in the CreationStation. A CreationStation blog will be developed to share the process with other libraries and community organizations.
“We’re very excited that, thanks to the generosity of the Community Foundation, the Library will offer a place where community members can, at no cost, increase their digital literacy, create local content, and have a platform to share their knowledge with the community. CreationStation will take the technology training that we’re currently offering to a new level by offering training that will enhance patrons’ job skills as well as their personal fulfillment,” said Elizabeth Locke, the Electronics Resources Coordinator for the Palm Beach County Library System.