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Thursday, November 16, 2017 03:03 PM

South Central Library System Foundation honors Sun Prairie's media center and library

On November 2 the Sun Prairie Media Center and Sun Prairie Public Library were honored by the South Central Library System Foundation as recipients of the 2017 "Giddy Up Partner Award."

The pair has been working together to bring creative programming to residents over the past few years. "In 2017, we created several recordings, including a whimsical feature on Sun Prairie's "Georgia Cow'Keeffe", one of the cows from the Wisconsin Cow Parade," said Library Director Svetha Hetzler. "In addition, the media center attends library events, including our Foundation's fundraising events to interview patrons about how the library has transformed their lives."

This year the library and media center created a focused plan for collaboration that will be mutually beneficial to both city departments. "We have been working with the public library to produce a monthly radio show called 'The Tallest Building in Town' and a quarterly television show called 'Connect at the Library," said Sun Prairie Media Center director Jeff Robbins. "In addition, we have begun collaborating on PSAs and trying to increase the amount of library programming that is recorded and aired on our channels."

Another new project, Media Maker Labs, is specifically aimed at library patrons who may not be that familiar with the Media Center.  Media Maker Labs are workshops offered to both children and adults who want to learn the art and skills needed to produce video and radio programming. The single-class workshops give patrons a taste of what it's like to create media and the opportunity to decide if they'd like to pursue full-length workshops, produce regularly-scheduled programming, or otherwise volunteer at the Media Center.

"This project is an example of how city departments can work together for mutual benefit, and to enhance the lives of residents," said Janet Pugh, SCLS Foundation Board President.