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Sugar Grove library has hopes for $8K technology grant

Published: Wednesday, July 10, 2013 5:30 a.m. CDT

SUGAR GROVE – The teen section of the Sugar Grove Public Library might get an electronic boost of video equipment if an $8,000 grant comes through, officials said.

Library Executive Director Carol Dolin said she and Pat Graceffa, of the regrouped library friends organization, collaborated on a grant proposal to Best Buy, through the electronics company’s community grants program.

“It is to make a creation lab in the current Teen Zone,” Dolin said. “We’re hoping to increase the usage by having upgraded equipment.”

What is being sought is funds for a video camera, green screen and software for video editing and a computer to manage video editing, Dolin said. 

“It’s very exciting because the middle school does one class a semester, and we’re making sure our equipment is compatible with theirs,” Dolin said. “The kids who can’t get into the class can use it, and those who go through the class can use the library to continue on with their projects.”

If the grant comes through, the equipment would be available to the public and businesses as well as to create videos to put on YouTube. 

The library does not have to match the funds, but it would provide the staff, installation of equipment and infrastructure, because it already has a server capable of taking the data, Dolin said.

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