Oakes Room Media Lab

The Sir Harry Oakes Room was home for many years to our collection of Local History books, Oakes Room Guitarbut, to preserve the historic volumes better, they were moved to climate-controlled storage. The Oakes Room has been repurposed as a Recording Studio, Video Editing Lab, and 3D Printing Makerspace. 

We have professional quality software on two new 27" iMacs, along with condenser mics, lighting, a green screen and other equipment for recording and editing music and videos. A Yamaha Digital Piano, and acoustic and electric guitars are available. It's all absolutely free at the library!

There are three models of 3D printers available - MakerBot 2 and Lulzbot 2 Mini, for plastic prints and Formlabs Form 2, a resin printer. Make jewellery, figurines, tools and whatever else you would like! Order a print below!

Everything old is new again! We have equipment to convert your 8mm & super 8 movies, VHS & VHSC tapes, slides and vinyl LPs to digital.

There are even 2 1/4" and 1" button makers available to use! 

The Oakes Room will also host our ongoing computer classes, Maker programs & tech training. Be sure to drop by soon and check it all out.

*Bonus - we have a Janome sewing machine set up, and a 61-key Casio keyboard, free to use in our small Auxiliary Media Lab.

There are groups of equipment that can be selected after the Media Lab has been booked:
1) Yamaha Digital Piano
2) Audio Recording and Editing workstation, which includes 27" iMac with Audacity and Garageband software, Studio Speakers, Mics with cables and stand, mixer, audio interface.
3) Video Recording and Editing workstation, which includes 27" iMac with iMovie,  Blender, GIMP and Inkscape software, Canon Vixia HF G20 Video Camera, Green Screen and Lighting kit.
4) Guitar, electric  & amplifier
5) Guitar, acoustic
6) 8mm film conversion equipment
7) Turntable
8) VHS to digital conversion equipment
9) Slide & negative conversion equipment

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*The Oakes Room Media Lab may be booked for use of the Media Lab workstations, digital piano, guitars, button makers, conversion equipment and video camera. It is not available for private study or business meetings.

Please allow 24 hours for online booking confirmation. If the room is needed with less than 24 hours notice, please phone for assistance. 905-356-8080

Introduction to 3D Printing

In this one-hour introduction, attendees will learn how to use our 3D printers (a Formlabs Form 2 stereolithography resin printer and our two plastic filament printers) and get a run-through on some commonly available free 3D design software while examining the accompanying media lab resources. This session will also assist potential users in getting the most out of our on-request 3D printing service.
All ages.

Victoria Avenue Library
Tuesday, January 8th
5:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.
Registration is required.

3D Design and Prototyping Parts 1 & 2

For those with moderate computer knowledge and skill. Transforming a design into a physical object has never been easier or faster. Get an overview of 3D design and modelling techniques for modern rapid prototyping applications. Participate in a hands-on project that will allow you to apply what you learn. Create your own design and see the process through to the final printed production.
All ages.

Tuesdays, January 15th and 22nd
5;30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.
Registration is required.

3D Design and Print Drop-In

Drop in and design a 3D object, then watch it print on one of the Oakes Room Media Lab printers. Each session will have a theme (jewellry, seasons, fictional characters etc.) and a design template - staff will provide instruction, but it's up to you to get creative. Prints will be free of cost during the program, but availability may be limited.
All ages.

Victoria Avenue Library
Monday, February 18th (Family Day theme)
11:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.

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