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Intersection: Tech & Innovation At The Orange County Library’s Melrose Center

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Plastic models crafted at the Melrose Center. Photo: Matthew Peddie, WMFE

At the Orange County Library’s tech hub in downtown Orlando, you can record a song, fly a simulator and build something with a 3D printer. As the Melrose Center gets ready for their creative expo Saturday, we tour the state of the art studios and talk about the library’s tech revolution with Melrose Center director Jim Myers. 

“The expo started off as an anniversary celebration,” says Myers.

“The Melrose Center has been in existence for 3 years, this week. The first year and the second year we just called it the anniversary, but we decided to brand it the creative expo this third year.”

The three hour expo features game designers, drone demonstrations and live music.  And the library will present awards to projects created at the Melrose Center.

The 26,000 square ft. center features recording studios for audio and video, airplane and heavy machinery simulators and a fabrication studio where you can learn to use 3D printers.

“Five years ago the space we’ve been walking around was just filled with books,” says Myers.

“This was the second floor where most of our non fiction was housed. So it’s a bit of a culture shock. We’re moving fast, but we’re very lucky to have this center and to be able to offer it to our patrons.”

The Melrose Center's interactive media wall. Photo: Matthew Peddie / WMFE
One of the recording booths. Photo: Matthew Peddie / WMFE
The editing rooms still have the original doors. One of these rooms used to be a smoking room. Photo: Matthew Peddie / WMFE
The recording studio sees about 2000 sessions a year, says Jim Myers. Photo: Matthew Peddie / WMFE
The video studio's green room. Photo: Matthew Peddie / WMFE
Melrose Center Manager Jim Myers. Photo: Matthew Peddie / WMFE
Learn how to drive a backhoe in the simulation room. Photo: Matthew Peddie / WMFE
...or take flying lessons. Photo: Matthew Peddie / WMFE
A 3D printer in the Fab Lab. Photo: Matthew Peddie / WMFE
The fab lab. Photo: Matthew Peddie / WMFE
The fab lab. Photo: Matthew Peddie / WMFE
The fab lab. Photo: Matthew Peddie / WMFE





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Matthew Peddie

About Matthew Peddie

Host of WMFE's Intersection & Assistant News Director

Matthew Peddie grew up in New Zealand and studied journalism at the University of Western Ontario. After graduating with an MA in Journalism he returned to Christchurch, working as a reporter for Radio Live and Radio New Zealand. He’s reported live from the scene of earthquakes, criminal trials and rugby ... Read Full Bio »