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Creativity Lab Coming to Peabody Library

Library patrons will be able to record their own music, do some 3D animation, tinker with gadgets or robotics or numerous other types of projects.

Want to get creative with video, music or electronics? Pretty soon, you'll just be able to head down to the Peabody Institute Library for some quality lab time.

The library is launching an ambitious new project this week, a "Creativity Lab," which is aimed at creating some accessible community space, along with some necessary tools, for library patrons who want to work on anything from music recording and animation to gadgetry and robotics.

A library announcement says the project will be driven, of course, by community interests and could include music recording, film and animation, video game creation, webpage design, computer-aided design, 3D printing, fabrication, electronics, robotics, models, gadgets, up-cycled projects or other user innovations.

A number of local business, educational, nonprofit and government agencies are also partnering with the library to keep the lab up and running.

Those partners include Salem State University, Montserrat College of Art, Northeast Arc ArcWorks Community Art Center, North Shore Workforce Investment Board, Peabody Access Telecommunications, Peabody Community Development Department, Peabody Public Schools and North Shore Community Action Programs.

A formal kickoff event and informational session will be held at the Main Branch of the library on Jan. 16 (3-4:30 p.m. in the Suttom Room.). If you'd like to attend, sign up here, or email Melissa Robinson with any questions at mrobinson@noblenet.org or call 978-531-0100 ext. 14.

Any organizations interested in joining the collaborative behind the lab should contact Robinson as well.

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