By Gord Bowes, News staff
Dianne Mayens and her relatives are getting to look at decades-old photos Mayens thought would end up lost to time.
Until the digital media lab opened recently at Terryberry library, Mayens thought she might never see the images on the old Kodak slides ever again.
The lab offers her the ability to scan the old images and convert them to digital files she can view on TV or share with relatives — which she has.
“They said, ‘Where did you get those pictures? This is amazing — look at how young we are,’ ” said the west Mountain resident.
“That was what really made me want to try (the lab) because I’ve got slides going back 45-50 years.”
Images — from scanning to retouching to creating graphics — are just one part of the things patrons can do in the lab.
There are video cameras, a green screen for special effects and video editing software for budding film directors, and drums, a keyboard and sound editing tools for the musically inclined. All in a soundproof room on the second floor of the Terryberry library.
“You can’t hear anything,” said library assistant Linda Kamzic.
The lab opened July 15. Anyone with a library card can book it at no cost for up to two hours a session. One-on-one sessions can be requested.
She says the Hamilton Public Library system has been changing with the times — offering eBooks, movie rentals and videogames — so the multimedia studio is just one more way it is reaching out.
“We’ve changed so much in the last few years and it’s appealing to a lot more people. We’re not the quiet ‘sit here and study and don’t make a peep’ place — it’s very noisy sometimes.”
“It’s great. We’re bringing in people from the community who may not have come to a library in a few years … It doesn’t always have to be just about books and reading.”
Mayens, a regular Terryberry visitor, said she’s not surprised at the latest change by Hamilton Public Library.
“It’s a great service and it’s just an extension of what they do.”