There are Digital Creation Spaces at two Plano Public Library locations. The Teen Digital Creation Space at Haggard Library is for teens in grades 6-12. The Digital Creation Space at Parr Library is for patrons 13 and up. All users are required to have accepted the Digital Creation Space policies on their library card application.

Both spaces come equipped with digital creation tools (cameras, drawing tablets, scanners, and more) as well as computers with Adobe Creative Cloud (Photoshop, Illustrator, and more). Both libraries offer introductory classes so patrons can learn more about the tools and software in the Digital Creation Spaces, and you can become more comfortable working on digital projects.

Making Music

The DCS at our Parr location has Ableton Live Suite installed on its computers. Ableton is professional quality music production software, but can be used by beginners as well. By plugging MIDI instruments and controllers into the computer, you can use Ableton to create almost any instrument sound, control musical clips, create DJ sets, or compose music from scratch.

On November 13, 2017, at 7pm, Parr Library will offer an Ableton Basics class to get you going. You can also check out the tutorial on this page. 

Podcasting from September 23, 2017

Several times per season we teach Podcasting 101 in the Plano Public Library DCS labs. On September 23 we taught it in the Teen DCS at our Haggard Location. Participants learned about various kinds of microphones, file formats, editing software, editing techniques, and most importantly — WHAT IS A PODCAST.  They produced a short podcast clip using Adobe Audition, and uploaded the file to a free test account on https://librarytest.podbean.com.

Besides podcasting, the audio recording and editing skills taught in the class can be quite useful for school projects and other hobbies.

You can play the short file here…

DCS Intern Videos

In February 2017, Haggard Library began a DCS Intern Program. Interested Teens applied via the Volunteers In Plano office, went through interviews, and were selected based on their interest in digital creativity.

For their first projects, the nine interns split into teams of three, and each team produced a video using the equipment and software available in the Teen Digital Creation Space.

iPad Stop Motion

This past summer during the week long Summer Tech Camp, we spent an afternoon doing stop motion animation with the iPads, using the Stop Motion Studio app and lots of craft materials. Here are some of the creations…

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iPad Stop Motion Summer 2016
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Tutorials

Three times per year the Digital Creation Spaces offer classes to introduce you to Adobe Creative Suite and Camtasia. These introductory classes will show you how to navigate the workspace, do some basic work, and give you the tools you need to begin your digital creation journey. While the instructors are available for one-on-one meetings, you should also check out the Tutorials page for more information on how to do basic things in Adobe Creative Suite and Camtasia!