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Digital Lab Allows Students to Create Dreams

Prince George's County Library System Open to D.C., Maryland and Virginia

By Victoria Jonas, Howard University News Service
On March 8, 2017

A patron uses the D.R.E.A.M. lab at Fairmount Heights Branch of the Prince George's County Memorial Library System to creatae everything from video to audio programs.

FAIRMOUNT HEIGHTS, Md. --The Prince George’s County Memorial Library System (PGCMLS) D.R.E.A.M Lab is a digital studio space at the Fairmount Heights Branch that is birthing a new generation of creators.  The D.R.E.A.M Lab is a production and learning tool that is expanding the digital space in society by featuring the newest cutting edge digital technology for creators 14-years-old and older. 

The Digital Resources for Electronic Applications in Media Lab is a useful resource for the digital age. The studio space has a large range of inventory such as Apple computers, a Whisper Room Sound Booth, headphones, audio equipment, microphones, video equipment and software. Creators at all levels can construct websites, graphic projects, video projects, audio and live music recordings, still photography and pre-recorded music production. “If you can DREAM it, you can CREATE it,” PGCMLS.com said. 

The PGCMLS took on the initiative of creating a free digital studio for members of the community to learn new skills.

“This media space was created to provide an alternative to locals. It gives them the incentive to do something when there is nothing to do,” Ladonna Smith, of Fairmount Heights Branch Information Desk said. The guests of the D.R.E.A.M lab vary from beginners to professionals. “When I get off work, I spend time in the lab too,” Smith said.

The lab is open to all residents of the District of Columbia, Maryland and Virginia who can obtain a PGCMLS library card. After filling out an application, guests can initiate their two hour creative sessions.

This lab is a hidden gem within the PGMLS. Many residents aren’t familiar with the lab space that has Adobe Creative Suite software, audio and video editing software and media equipment. But those who are familiar use it frequently. “As I grow my YouTube channel, I like creating better quality content. However, software and equipment is very expensive. It’s cool that there is a place where I can go use the latest digital resources,” Benita Idehen, 23, of Laurel, Maryland said.  

Parents of creators are excited that the D.R.E.A.M Lab is available for their children.

“My kids are creative and they need and an outlet. The community made the right decision when they created this place,” said Carol Edwards, parent. 

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