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Creation Station

The Creation Station is a self-serve lab located on the main floor at Portage District Library. It offers the space, equipment, and software for patrons to get creative with video, audio, and graphic design. The Creation Station also offers equipment and software for converting outdated media formats and digitizing print and analog materials from your personal/family collections.

Schedule a visit to the Creation Station to explore the creative possibilities!

What can you do at the Creation Station?

• Digitize slides, print photos, 35 mm film, and negatives.
• Design cards, collages, invitations, calendars, or other printable objects.
• Convert VCR tapes to a digital format.
• Design a logo or other graphics.
• Convert audio cassettes to a digital format.

Who can use the Creation Station?

Portage District Library Card Holders and reciprocal borrowers may use the Creation Station. Patrons 16+ may use the Creation Station unassisted, while anyone younger must be accompanied by an adult.

The Creation Station is a self-directed working space.

It is the responsibility of all of our patrons to learn how to use the resources and develop their own project ideas. Librarians will be available for limited assistance if they are not working at the desk or busy helping other patrons.

We have excellent resources for you to learn how to use the powerful software at the Creation Station. In addition to print resources, all Portage District Library resident cardholders have free access to LinkedIn Learning (formerly Lynda.com). Go to LinkedIn Learning and sign in with your library card to start your learning today.

Creation Station Hours

Monday – Thursday: 9:00 AM – 8:30 PM
Friday: 9:00 AM – 5:30 PM
Saturday: 9:00 AM – 4:30 PM

Reserve a time to use the Creation Station:

You can use the Creation Station for up to one hour per day. Reservations can be made a month in advance. You can reserve a time online or call the Adult Information Desk at 269-329-4544 to secure a spot. You should bring your own personal digital storage device for your work or store your work on your preferred cloud storage system. A library card and a picture ID are needed in order to use the Creation Station.

Reserve time at the Creation Station online

Creation Station Resources

Hardware

Microsoft Surface Studio 2 – all-in-one

Core i7 7820HQ7820HQ
This computer uses the Windows 10 Operating System. It has 32 GB of RAM. It comes with a Microsoft pen for on-screen drawing.

Epson Perfection V800 Scanner

Epson FastFoto Scanner

Ion Tape Express Plus Tape-to-Digital Converter and Player

Vidbox Video Conversion for PC

GoPro Hero 7

To learn more about checking out a GoPro, click here.


Software

Creating with Text, Images, and Video

Adobe Acrobat Adobe After Effects Adobe Animate
Adobe Audition Adobe Premiere Elements Adobe Illustrator
Adobe InDesign Adobe Lightroom Adobe Photoshop
Adobe Premiere Pro GIMP Adobe Photoshop Elements
Inkscape Microsoft Office Adobe Premiere Rush

2D and 3D Creations

Autodesk Blender Meshmixer
Tinkercad Sketchup

Creating with Music and Sound


Audacity Camtasia

Is there software, hardware or other equipment that you would like to see at the Creation Station? Do you have a comment or a suggestion? Let us know! Email our STEAM Librarian, Jane Fleming at jfleming@portagelibrary.info.