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Spark! Digital Media Lab Debuts At Burbank Central Library

Burbank Central Library debuted the new Spark! Digital Media Lab on Thursday, January 16. The lab officially opens to the public on Wednesday, January 22.

Users must be 14 years of age or older, attend a short orientation and sign an agreement in order to be able to use the new Lab. The Library will also offer formal instruction, which launches the first week of February with a class on video production.

With the support of federal grant funds for training, the Library plans to offer group classes in 3D design, along with individual or small group mentored sessions with expert trainers, to allow people to build on what they already know and gain more skills.

City and Library officials and staff open the Burbank Central Library’s Spark! Digital Media Lab on Thursday, January 16. (Photo By Ross Benson)

The Spark! Digital Media Lab is stocked with a 3D printer, green screen and additional “equipment to engage and inspire creativity, developing the skills to succeed in the media industry,” said Joan Cappocchi from the Library Marketing department.

City Councilmembers Jess Talamantes, Emily Gabel-Luddy and Tim Murphy were on hand for the ribbon-cutting along with City and Library staff and members of the community.

The Burbank City Council approved funding for the construction of Spark! Digital Media Lab using a Community Development Block Grant.

“The City Council was interested in creating a digital media lab in Burbank to support the needs of teens and adults who need more advanced tools in order to succeed in their education and improve their prospects in the workforce,” explained Talamantes.

City Manager Justin Hess takes a tour of the world through 3d goggles and is amazed by the 360-degree views. (Photo By Ross Benson)

“Burbank is the media capital of the world, and we’re well on our way to becoming a world-class city. We have built on our history to ensure a bright future where we are creating movies, TV shows, games and experiences that fuel the imaginations of people around the world,” Talamantes said at the ribbon-cutting.

“As part of this, we want to make sure members of our own community have the chance to explore the technology that makes this possible, develop their skills and succeed as part of this exciting and growing field of work.”

“Libraries are all about access. At one point in time, that meant primarily books. Twenty years ago, we were in the early stages of adding computers to the mix.”

(Photo By Ross Benson)

“Today, we’re moving fully into the future, providing a free and supportive space where people can learn, explore and produce videos, music, games, apps and 3D printed objects in the Spark! Lab,” he also said. “Not only will Lab users be able to get access to equipment and software – much of which is far beyond the budget of the average person – but they will be able to learn from experts and each other.”

“Spaces like this at other libraries have helped people start successful businesses by prototyping parts on the 3D printer, obtain funding for a creative project or discover a passion for work in the media industry. Who knows what might start here?”

Library Services Director Elizabeth Goldman called the opening of the Spark! Digital Media Lab “a big moment for the Library and the City of Burbank.”

(Photo By Ross Benson)

“The Spark! lab is going to help people develop the skills and access the technology needed to be successful in the media industry that is such a big part of Burbank. This project has been several years in the works and has been a real team effort to bring to fruition.”

At the ribbon-cutting, Goldman thanked the many people from the Library and City Public Works Departments who joined forces to put the Lab together.

In addition to the Block Grants approved by City Council that paid for the construction, the California State Library approved federal grant monies that paid for the equipment and software, as well as provided funds for training.

“By providing many ways to use the space – self-directed work, formal training and consulting – we are able to extend the value of the lab to a wide variety of users, truly making an impact on the community,” Goldman added.

“With the opening of the Spark! Lab, Burbank Public Library and the City of Burbank are making a commitment to developing a skilled workforce for our local businesses while ensuring the opportunities of media industry work are accessible to all.”

The Burbank Central Library is located at 110 N. Glenoaks Boulevard in Burbank. The hours of operation are 9:30 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. Monday through Thursday, Friday from 9:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. and Saturday 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. The Burbank Central Library is closed on Sundays.

Coping With Burbank’s Latest Heat Wave

The last week of August is proved to be a hot one, with temperatures reaching into the triple digits. Many of Burbank’s residents are feeling the heat throughout the day, as evidenced by an relatively empty town center in the afternoon.

Photo by Kelsie Hernandez

With the temperature hike, it’s important to know key information to ensure you and your pets stay healthy.

Find Your Nearest Cooling Center

Cooling centers are available around Burbank for anyone stuck in the heat. The most popular place to escape the heat is the Burbank Town Center. While it is undergoing a makeover, there is an open and operating food court located at the bottom floor of the mall. If you’re looking for a longer term solution, AMC 8, also located in the mall, now serves as a dine-in theater.

You can also visit Burbank’s official cooling centers located at each of the city’s libraries:

Buena Vista Library
300 N. Buena Vista St 91505
(818) 238‐5620

Central Library
110 N. Glenoaks Blvd 91502
(818) 238‐5600

Northwest Branch Library
3323 W Victory Blvd, Burbank, CA 91505

Keep in mind that these libraries MAY have extended hours. To find out more information regarding extended hours, please call your nearest library.

According to the Red Cross, here are some useful tips when going through a heat wave:

  • Listen to a NOAA Weather Radio for critical updates from the National Weather Service (NWS).
  • Never leave children or pets alone in enclosed vehicles.
  • Stay hydrated by drinking plenty of fluids even if you do not feel thirsty. Avoid drinks with caffeine or alcohol.
  • Eat small meals and eat more often.
  • Avoid extreme temperature changes.
  • Wear loose-fitting, lightweight, light-colored clothing. Avoid dark colors because they absorb the sun’s rays.
  • Slow down, stay indoors and avoid strenuous exercise during the hottest part of the day.
  • Postpone outdoor games and activities.
  • Use a buddy system when working in excessive heat.
  • Take frequent breaks if you must work outdoors.
  • Check on family, friends and neighbors who do not have air conditioning, who spend much of their time alone or who are more likely to be affected by the heat.
  • Check on your animals frequently to ensure that they are not suffering from the heat.

You can find more information about heat-related illnesses on their website.

Lastly, Burbank residents can expect temperatures to drop starting Sunday, September 3. Stay safe out there!

Author Discusses California Aviation Pioneer

Author Craig S. Harwood visits the Burbank Central Library Thursday evening to talk about aviation pioneer John J. Montgomery, the subject of his book Quest for Flight. Montgomery and a group of Californians turned their ideas and dreams into reality with the first flight of a heavier-than-air craft in 1883 near San Diego.

questforflightWhile the Wright Brothers have collected much of the fame and recognition for the first flight, the true story of Montgomery and his associates has been largely ignored, even though the story was made into the 1946 historical movie Gallant Journey. The movie, starring Glen Ford and Janet Blair, followed the aviation pioneer’s efforts to build and fly gliders from childhood through his death in 1911.

Quest for Flight compiles historical fact and context to bring the truth of the earliest American aviation pioneers to light.

“Our purpose in writing this book was 1) to define John J. Montgomery in history, and 2) redirect the focus of traditional American aviation historical narratives (geographically speaking) from the east to the west to show that California based men and women made pioneering contributions in the aerial fields (aeroplanes, ballooning and airships) around the turn of the nineteenth century,” Harwood commented.

“Another intriguing aspect of the narrative of Quest For Flight is how it draws out of obscurity the role that women played in this visionary field of aeronautics and the resulting impact it had on societal attitudes toward women engaged in a male dominated and high risk field,” he added.

Co-written with author Gary Fogel, Quest for Flight has won a number of prizes and awards and garnered acclaim from reviewers. Harwood, a distant relative of Montgomery, will also sign copies of the book after the program.

The Central Library is located at 110 N. Glenoaks Boulevard and the program runs from 7 to 8:00 p.m. Copies of Quest For Flight will be available for purchase.

 

Brick Thrower Arrested at Burbank Central Library

Burbank police Officers received a call a around 10:15 pm Thursday night at the Central Library (110 N Glenoaks) regarding an assault with a deadly weapon in progress. An anonymous caller stated they observed a male wearing a white t-shirt and blue jeans throw a brick at another male several times and the men were still fighting.

As officers arrived on scene, they observed a group of males arguing in the outdoor seating area of the park. One of the men was wearing a white t-shirt and blue jeans.

Upon seeing the officers, the man started to walk away from the seating area and away from the officers. Based on the description provided by the caller and the clothing he was wearing, the officers believed he may be the suspect who threw the bricks during the altercation.

The man, Alfonso Delacruz, 42, who resides in Burbank, was detained by officers, pending their investigation, and later, based on witness statements, placed under arrest for 245 PC (assault with a deadly weapon).

Officers checked the surrounding area for the victim, but were unable to locate the male who was struck by the bricks as he had left the area prior to the officers arrival.

There were reports of residents seeing a man with a possible head injury in the area of the 600 block of East Olive but area checks by officers were unable to find a victim.

Officers sent out a “MED Alert,” to all local hospitals in an attempt to locate the victim who may have a head injury. The victim is described as a 22 year old male transient.

Burbank’s Main Library Opens Dedicated Teen Scene Section

Burbank Library's new 'Teen Space' opens at Main Library. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Nestled in the front doors of Burbank’s Main Library at 110 N. Glenoaks Blvd. there is a new Teen Section, called the ‘Teen Space’ where there are new chairs, comfortable seating, and computers that are for teens use only. The new section was put together courtesy of a LSTA grant from The California State Library. Burbank’s youth librarian Melissa Elliott who office sits right behind the section, she can monitor the area, answers questions and be of general help to teens.

The section contains books that the library had in a set of shelves that were only 10-15 feet long and now stocked with plenty more. The closed off section has quotes on the wall that are so fitting for youth and the library.

Burbank Library's new 'Teen Space' opens at Main Library (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

The teens that came into the library prior felt uncomfortable using computers next to some adult patrons, now they have 4 of their own dedicated computers, with time restrictions.

( Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Burbank’s main library hours are 9:30am to 9:00pm. Friday: 9:30am to 6:00pm. Saturday: 10:00am.and closed on Sundays. The Teen Scene Section is open whenever the Library is open.

Attending the opening were Burbank’s Mayor Jess Talamantes, Burbank Librarian Sharon Cohen, and Cindy Mediavilla from the California State Library and others guests from Burbank High School, along with Deputy City Manager Joy Forbes.

 

 

 

Cindy Mediavilla from the State Library, Melissa Elliott, Teen Librarian,and Mayor Jess Talamantes, look over the new 'Teen Space' (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

 

Burbank Library's new 'Teen Space' opens at Main Library. This pictures shows the old section for 'Teen Books' (Photo by Ross A. Benson

Operation Gratitude Teams With On Gratitude

BurbankNBeyond Host Deborah Dodge spent an Evening in Honor of US Troops with Operation Gratitude, which was held Monday, September 26 at the Burbank Central Library in conjunction with Burbank Read’s book, On Gratitude. No matter your politics, expressing gratitude to the men and women who serve and defend our country is an act of truth and love. Representatives of Operation Gratitude, the nonprofit organization that assembles and ships care packages to United States service members deployed overseas, let residences pen your own note of personal thanksgiving. These notes will be sent in time for this year’s holiday season — a warm and loving connection for these brave soldiers. Todd Jensen and publisher Adams Media recently donated 1000 copies of ON GRATITUDE to Operation Gratitude. If you’re interested in making a larger donation of signed books for the holidays, please contact the author: todd@thegratitudelist.org. For more information on Operation Gratitude: www.opgratitude.org

Operation Gratitude Teams With On Gratitude

BurbankNBeyond Host Deborah Dodge spent an Evening in Honor of US Troops with Operation Gratitude, which was held Monday, September 26 at the Burbank Central Library in conjunction with Burbank Read’s book, On Gratitude. No matter your politics, expressing gratitude to the men and women who serve and defend our country is an act of truth and love. Representatives of Operation Gratitude, the nonprofit organization that assembles and ships care packages to United States service members deployed overseas, let residences pen your own note of personal thanksgiving. These notes will be sent in time for this year’s holiday season — a warm and loving connection for these brave soldiers. Todd Jensen and publisher Adams Media recently donated 1000 copies of ON GRATITUDE to Operation Gratitude. If you’re interested in making a larger donation of signed books for the holidays, please contact the author: todd@thegratitudelist.org. For more information on Operation Gratitude: www.opgratitude.org