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Residents can get creative

Published 9:48am Friday, February 14, 2014 Updated 11:58am Friday, February 14, 2014

Last week I wrote about our new LyndaKiosk at the library. The kiosk provides library patrons with access to more than 2,300 high quality instructional video courses taught by industry experts.

There is no cost to use the kiosk at the library. All you need is a Viking Library System library card in good standing and a photo ID.

Since the column ran, we have had patrons using the kiosk to learn Final Cut Pro and Adobe Illustrator and we’ve also had a patron who had to discontinue her personal subscription to (an individual subscription can cost up to $37.50 per month) and was happy to be able to access at the library.

I also mentioned in last week’s column that, in addition to the kiosk, the Otto Bremer Foundation grant allowed the library to purchase a MacBook Pro and load it with some great advanced software programs including Photoshop, Final Cut Pro, Adobe Illustrator, Logic Pro, iMovie, iPhoto, InDesign and more.

Library patrons can use the MacBook and the software to create everything from movies to animation to podcasts and more.

So, not only can you use the LyndaKiosk to learn Photoshop, you can also use Photoshop to edit your photos at the library.

In addition to the MacBook, the library has audio equipment, including a MIDI keyboard controller and a Blue Yeti microphone, to support the creation of podcasts, videos and music recordings.

The audio equipment can be checked out for in-library use with the MacBook. To support illustration and animation, the library also has a Wacom Intuos tablet.

The library also has video cameras and a digital projector available for check-out and a new scanner for in-library use.

The scanner can scan documents, photos and film. For a complete listing of software and equipment available in the library’s new portable Digital Media Lab, visit our website at

Seventy-five percent of respondents to the Library Renewal Project Survey conducted last April felt providing access to technology is an important role of the library. We heard you and we’re working hard to provide that access.

In today’s world, being digitally literate and having access to technology is increasingly imperative to success in the workplace and to being connected as a citizen.

Libraries are uniquely suited to provide digital literacy services — our mission is to level the playing field and provide opportunities for self-directed, lifelong learning.

To reserve the Kiosk, MacBook Pro or other 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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