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Central Library opens Innovation Studio to the public

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The Calcasieu Parish Public Library held its grand opening celebration for the new Innovation Studio and 3D printer on Saturday, January 11.

The Innovation Studio provides a space for everyone in Calcasieu Parish to learn about emerging technologies and bring their creations to life. Graphic arts design, film editing, 3D design, app creation and coding are just a sample of what this space will provide.

"It is a collaborative space for all ages and includes 3D printing technology, high end audio/visual software, state of the art computers and more," said Clare Coleman, Central Library branch manager. "The purpose is to encourage patrons to become creators and makers, inventors and engineers, artists and designers."

The interior of the room was designed by local graphic artist and Sowela instructor Erik Jessen. Jessen's past work with community art installations include the rebuilding of Millennium Park where he oversaw creative direction and fabrication of various design elements such as the Crossed Dueling Pistols, Candy Cargo, Eagles in the Nest, Flying Tiger, Sleeping Alligator, and the Tot Wall with the Crew of Animal-Pirate Critters. Along with the aesthetics of the park, Erik Jessen also designed the logo of the park and wayfare "signage, which is installed around the park."

The Innovation Studio was made possible by a grant by the Institute for Museum & Library Services.  The studio is free and open to all ages.

For more information, contact Central Library at (337) 721-7116.

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