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Local library offers new technology

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A local library is seeing success with some new technology it has been offering the past few months. The Fayetteville Free Library recently opened a "Creation Lab" which offers library goers the chance use digital media in ways like never before. Our Brad Vivacqua is at the Fayetteville Free Library and joins us now with more on what this technology can do.

FAYETTEVILLE, N.Y. -- Anyone who has been to the Fayetteville Library over the past few months knows that some of the amenities here at this facility aren't going to be found in too many other places.

The library opened a Creation Lab last summer in which the public can use to make their own three dimensional designs, podcasts, and videos.

The library received a $250,000 state library construction grant last year to build a Fab Lab and a business center.

Currently, you can sign out a two-hour block to do things like 3D printing on a plastic mold, or perhaps make a professional video from your cell phone.

Officials say the library is one of the first in the country to offer this equipment as it evolves and offers the community free access to it. They credit getting the community involved to share ideas to help bring along new opportunities.

FFL Executive Director Susan Considine said, "This idea of creating access to public libraries to technology equipment that's not accessible to the public in other ways, is most certainly a direction that public libraries are taking and if they're not, they need to be thinking in that direction."

Considine says some of the equipment in the "Creation Lab" will move to the Fab Lab when it opens in the Spring. She recommends other libraries find out more about what's out there and do what they can to bring it into their own facilities.

Some of this equipment has been very popular among teenagers after school and is expected to stay that way.

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