Through a generous gift from the Kendrick B. Melrose Family Foundation, the Library developed the Dorothy Lumley Melrose Center for Technology, Innovation and Creativity. The Melrose Center is a 26,000-square-foot digital technology center located on the second floor of the Orlando Public Library. In addition to technology-related classes, it offers audio, video and photography studios along with simulators (flight, driving, construction), a fab lab with 3D printers and a large interactive media wall. There are also other services such as access to a conference room, printing and a wireless multi-display presentation gateway that presents wirelessly using laptops and mobile devices.
Learn to fly with a professional flight simulator using realistic flight controls. Instruction will cover the use of the equipment and software. After completing the instruction take an assessment that will allow you to reserve the flight simulator during scheduled lab time.
ASSESSMENT REGISTRATION REQUIREMENT: To register for this orientation and/or assessment, cardholders must attend the General Orientation for the Melrose Center and must be at least 18 years of age. Children under 18 years of age must be accompanied by an adult (18+ years of age).
You must be present at the scheduled start time to be admitted.
This class will introduce microphones and their use in the studio. Students will learn the difference between condenser and dynamic microphones, learn to apply phantom power and essential practices for microphone use and care. This class helps prepare students for the Audio Assessment covering these topics. Recommended Audience: Adult.
This orientation is your key to accessing the creative and collaborative spaces in the Melrose Center. Get an overview of the Photography Studio, Video Production Studio, Audio Production Studio, FabLab and Simulation Lab. Explore upcoming classes and workshops and learn about the best practices to maximize your experience. This orientation is free to out-of-county residents, but registration is required. Call 407.835.7323 to register. You must be present at the scheduled start time to be admitted.
This class will introduce you to the basics of modeling, rigging, and animating a 3D character using Blender. With hands on exercises you will learn the production workflow, animation concepts and commonly used tools. With the skill learned, you can bring your ideas to life. Recommended Audience: Adult
This class will introduce signal routing in the studio, including how to send cues and use the talk-back system. This class helps prepare students for the Audio Assessment covering these topics. Recommended Audience: Adult.
Get hands-on experience with our photographers and professional talent in a session designed to give you real-world experience. Practice studio set up, photo taking and retouching with industry standard equipment in the Photo Studio.
REGISTRATION REQUIREMENT: To register for this session, cardholders must have successfully completed the Photo Studio Orientation and Assessment and must be at least 18 years of age.
Students will be introduced to Pro Tools and provided a foundational overview of the software. Learn how the Pro Tools environment is organized, how to create and set up a session, how to edit audio files and how to apply basic effects.
Recommended Audience: Adult
Are you stuck on a maker project? Do you need help with circuits, soldering, 3d design, or programming? Do you simply need ideas to get you started? Or, are you bored and curious about what other people are making? Come to the Fab Lab at the Melrose Center. Every Thursday 5-7 and Saturday 3-5, we now have an Ask A Tech: Fab Lab. Bring your projects, questions, and curiosity. A specialized instructor will be available to try and assist you.
Please note: Questions are handled based on the topics discussed in any of the classes offered at the Library.
What We Have
• A Fab Lab Instructor to either answer your questions, or point you in the right direction
• PC Laptops
o 3D design software (123D Design, Makerbot Desktop)
o Programming software (Arduino, Processing, Python, Scratch)
• Makerbot Replicator 3D Printer
o Prints are limited to 1 hour
o Payment must be taken before prints
o Prints cost 35cents per gram
• Makerbot 3D Scanner
o Scans are limited to 30 mins
o Scans are free
• Silhouette Cameo Cutter
o Must bring own material
o Can choose either markers or the blade
o Cuts are free
• Soldering Irons
o Must be approved by the Fab Lab Instructor
o Only two people can solder at a time
• Assorted Hand Tools