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Create Video and Audio Recordings at Library's Media Lab; Final "Changing America" Event Aug. 18; All Ages Enjoy Summer Reading Program

Do you have a club that could use some public awareness? Need a video to train employees? Consider telling your story through a video or audio recording you can make at the new Media Lab in the Edge Community Technology Center.

The Edge, a public computer training facility inside the Midtown Carnegie Branch Library, takes appointments for individuals wanting to record something for clients, classroom or family. There’s no charge for use of the equipment; bring your own DVD or flash drive to store the recording.

Recently, a businessman used the editing software to correct the audio on his existing video; another used editing software through the Media Lab when his computer failed at home.

Three nonprofits have already recorded video PSAs about their services, including Springfield author David Harrison who did a two-minute video about the Family Voices project. Once it’s edited, he hopes to post the video on social media and have it available to show to civic groups and school PTAs. For details call the Edge at 837-5011.
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The Changing America series concludes with a 7 p.m., Aug. 18, program at the Library Center auditorium, “Slavery in America: The Final Chapters, 1863-1865. Greg Renoff, Drury University associate professor of history, says Abraham Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation marked the beginning of the end of slavery, but it took more years to disappear from American life.

The exhibit “Changing America: The Emancipation Proclamation, 1863 and the March on Washington, 1963” in the long entry hall of the Library Center ends after Aug. 22 and heads to the next city on its national tour.
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Congratulations to all the participants in the annual Summer Reading Program, which ended Aug. 2.

The results, recorded differently depending on age group, were impressive: 8,248 children age 19 months to 5th grade read 62,015 hours; another 6,421 children participated in the program at 116 outreach sites across Greene County through Summer Reading To Go. Some 2,713 teens in grades 6-12 read 64,060 hours; and 1,278 adults read 10,859 books.
 

Kathleen O’Dell is community relations director for the Springfield-Greene County Library District. She can be reached at kathleeno@thelibrary.org.

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