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Library offers Photoshop instruction [UPDATED]

Published 10:15am Friday, February 7, 2014 Updated 12:16pm Friday, February 7, 2014

Thanks to a grant from the Otto Bremer Foundation, aspiring app designers, workers who need to update their software skills, and amateur film makers, photographers and designers can now get free online instruction on the latest software at the Fergus Falls Public Library.

The library has been offering tech help and classes on eReaders, tablet computers and smartphones for the past couple of years and now we’re expanding our instruction options to include online video tutorials from provides more than 2,300 high quality instructional video courses taught by industry experts. Topics include everything from Photoshop to creating iPad apps to learning how to use Microsoft Word, really almost anything you would want to learn that is technology-related.

Library patrons can access the video tutorials on the library’s LyndaKiosk.

There is no cost to using the kiosk, which is a substantial savings for library cardholders. A individual membership can cost up to $37.50 per month.

Providing to our patrons directly fits with our mission to level the playing field and provide opportunities for self-directed, lifelong learning.

The LyndaKiosk will offer our patrons access to the training they need to succeed no matter what stage they are at in learning to use technology.

The tutorials available on the LyndaKiosk can help individuals update their technology skills to land a better job, business owners and entrepreneurs create videos and use social media to better market their businesses and ideas, and virtually anyone edit family photos and videos.

The LyndaKiosk can be checked-out with a valid Viking Library System library card for in-library use in one of the library’s study rooms.

To reserve the Kiosk, call the library at 218-739-9387.

In addition to providing funding for the LyndaKiosk, the grant from the Otto Bremer Foundation allowed the library to purchase the advanced audio and video equipment and software necessary to create high-quality videos, podcasts, animation and much more.

Some of the equipment ,including video cameras and a digital projector, is available for check-out from the library.

The library also has a new scanner for in-library use. The scanner can scan documents, photos and film.

Additional equipment, including audio equipment and a MacBook Pro loaded with advanced software applications like Adobe Illustrator, Final Cut Pro, iMovie, Photoshop and more, can be checked out and used within the library.

To reserve equipment, call the library at 218-739-9387.

See you at the Library.


Erin Smith is the director of the Fergus Falls Public Library.

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