Nashville library hopes to attract teens with tech, music studio

Nashville library hopes to attract teens with tech, music studio (Image 1)
Nashville library hopes to attract teens with tech, music studio (Image 1)

The Nashville Public Library is trying to attract teenagers by opening a technology and music studio inside its Green Hills location.

Studio NPL is offering teens the use of a 3D printer, laptop bar, robots and studio musician soundboard.

Billed as “a place for teens to learn, create and collaborate,” Studio NPL sits off the main area of the library in a glass encased room with new state of the art technology.

“It is an example of where we think libraries of tomorrow are going,” said library spokesperson Andrea Fanta.

Students are using a 3D printer to primarily print plastic toys, but that will change, according to librarian Joanna Roberts, as students begin designing three dimensional plans themselves.

“They're used to designing things in 2D through Photoshop or Illustrator. Now, they're just taking it to that next level and printing things 3 dimensional,” Fanta explained.

Studio NPL is open now at the Green Hills branch of the Nashville Public Library. Fanta says they have plans to add similar studios at other branches.

“We've asked in the current budget proposal that we just submitted, for funds to open other studio NPL at our new southeast and Bellevue which are under construction,” said Fanta.

For more information on Studio NPL, click here.

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