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2:38 PM Thu, Nov. 15th

Digital Media Lab coming to Prescott Valley Library

The Prescott Valley Public Library, 7401 E. Civic Circle, was awarded a $30,000 grant from the Arizona State Library Archives and Public Records. The funds will be used to create a Digital Media Lab (DML). In the DML the public will be able to edit and post an array of digital video, photo, and film projects online to develop job skills, to promote local businesses, to complete school projects, and to enhance an individual's personal image in an interactive and educational setting.

The library's original "Virtual Reality Room" will be modified to host these individual or group projects, which are expected to run September 2013 through June 2014. These projects will be conducted in partnership with Yavapai College-Thatcher Bohrman, the town's cable TV Channel 15 and the Sedona Film School.

The Digital Media Lab will offer space, Apple computers, software, cameras, professional lighting, training for the public and educational video productions. Casey Van Haren, who wrote the grant, says, "The Virtual Reality Room was such a great idea, but it was never fully executed and became underutilized space. Now it will be filled with furniture, fun high tech equipment, and we have true solid partnerships."

Questions can also be directed to Casey Van Haren, Circulation Supervisor, at 759-3061 or e-mail cvanharen@pvaz.net.