2019 Melrose Awards – Now Accepting Submissions!

Calling all creatives! The Melrose Center is accepting entries for the 2019 Melrose Awards. A $250 Prize will be awarded to winners in four categories! A $1000 Prize will be awarded to the Grand Prize winner!

On Saturday, February 16, 2019, the Dorothy Lumley Melrose Center will celebrate its fifth anniversary by hosting the Melrose Creative Expo. The Orange County Library System is pleased to announce the fifth annual Melrose Awards to encourage and recognize creative efforts.

For full contest information, visit http://ocls.info/melroseawards today!





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The Melrose Creative Expo is Back, February 17, 2018!

The Melrose Creative Expo provides the perfect opportunity to explore the Melrose Center as we celebrate our fourth anniversary on February 17.  Come join us for the Melrose Awards ceremony as we honor the best projects completed using Center resources during the past year.  Tag along for tours of the audio, video and photo studios, take a spin on one of our simulators, or try on a VR headset and step into another reality.  Enjoy live music from Beth McKee, E-Turn and Marc With a C, and visit with a number of community exhibitors including representatives from the Orlando Science Center, Apple Florida Mall, Tourist City Ghostbusters and many more.

Since opening in February 2014, the Dorothy Lumley Melrose Center for technology, Innovation and Creativity has allowed the Orange County Library System to expand its role as a provider of technology education. Occupying 26,000 square feet on the second floor of the Orlando Public Library, the Melrose Center allows users to gain the understanding required to be a contributor to and consumer of emerging technologies.  We offer state of the art audio, video and photo studios, fabrication and simulation labs, an interactive media wall, editing bays, sound booths, collaborative work spaces and the means to pursue virtual reality and video game development. Over 9,000 OCLS patrons have become Melrose Members by taking the Center’s general orientation. Last year, Melrose instructors taught nearly 4,500 classes, guiding patrons toward self-sufficiency with an array of equipment and software.  During that same period, Melrose Members reserved over 2,200 sessions in studios, editing bays and sound booths.

The Melrose Center is about fostering an atmosphere of collaboration and community engagement. It is a monthly meetup venue for numerous groups with interests including robotics, podcasts, web development and game design.  Additionally, staff have created monthly meetup groups pertaining audio and video production, photography and digital media design, with combined group membership over 3,700.  Our Family STEM Saturdays and Makerspace Open Lab introduce electronic engineering, 3-D printing and basic robotic concepts to enthusiasts of all ages.  Regularly scheduled events such as Open Mic: The Voice of Melrose, Script Orlando, and Melrose in the Mix: Live Recording Sessions further define the Center as a venue for emerging and established performers as well as inspirational and informative speakers from the community.

Come see for yourself all the amazing resources and activities the available at the Melrose Center, and help us kick off Year Five in style at the Melrose Creative Expo.


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Dear Diary: Script Orlando Kickoff

Dear Diary,

We had our Script Orlando Kickoff last week and it did not disappoint! The speakers, Jim Hobart and Donnie Hamlett were awesome! Though they had quite different topics and presentations, they gave us some insight on a few common things that matter to our community: making an impact, connecting, giving back. Thanks to the Bungalower for their blog piece! We’re excited that more nomination/volunteer submissions are coming in. We can’t wait to see what’s in store for the next one (April 20, 6:00 PM).

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Dear Diary: 1-Hour Photo Studio Reservations

Dear Diary,

Something really interesting is going to happen for Photo Studio Reservations in March. We’ve gotten feedback that our members want shorter reservations in the Photo Studio. So, we’re trying out 1-hour reservations on Thursdays in March.

Access to the Studio hasn’t changed, so members still have to:

1. Complete the General Orientation

2. Complete the Photo Studio Orientation

3. Pass the Access Assessment for the Photo Studio

Also, each 1-hour reservation still counts towards the limit of 3 that our members can have active at any given time, but we hope this will meet the needs of our users!

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