On Saturday, September 9th of 2017, People's Media Collection hosted their first live broadcast with much excitement and anticipated preparation.
We were so glad to have Peter Lehu, the librarian who spoke about all the programs that make the NE Library so appealing to the community. He shared with our small audience about the various programs that are offered, he specifically spoke about the Passport Facility, as well as the ESOL and citizenship classes. The library is truly a house for new americans. We were also very glad to have two young woman from the Brazilian community come out and speak about their outreach work in the Kensington area of Philadelphia. They shared that once a month a group of Brazilians in the community feed and clothe the homeless people and how important this has become for them. We also had a local author Reginald Murray, who read and shared an excerpt from his latest book titled “A successful Formula.” Lastly, to jazz up our midday broadcast we concluded with a great live performance and interview with Katelyn Cyril, a young Violinist and her friends from the Jazz Jemzz (names here). All who shared similar stories about their young experiences with instruments at their schools and how their interest to learn more about music outgrew beyond the classroom doors. Lastly, we want to say thanks to our friend Ralph, our show host, who since they one when we started was always helpful. He outdid himself by overcoming his fear of being on camera just minutes before we went live and while the show was going on, he became someone else. Thanks again Ralph, we appreciate you and all you do for everyone at the library.
Overall, the diverse small audience enjoyed listening to the talented youth from Jazz Jemzz, even from the second floor hallway, we saw people recording with their cellphones and singing along to the songs. People also seemed interested about the information provided by Peter Lehu and Cris Polato and her friend from the Brazilian community. The author was also very happy to have shared his recent work, and was very appreciative of our program for allowing him a platform to speak about his book. After the broadcast we all enjoyed some networking while we waited for the delicious food provided by El Balconcito. A local Peruvian Restaurant that gave us with very tasteful seafood, a delicious salad and some rice, beans and our staff favorite tostones :)
The experience of having a Live Broadcast at a local library was unique for the whole team. From the staging of the interviews and live band, to figuring out the correct sound for the interviewees and host. Also, to finding the perfect place for the proyector that display what we were seeing on the channel. The experience was great as a team, as Nora stepped up to do camera, Rose did an outstanding job as an interviewer, while I served as the Production assistant, keeping up with time and assisting our director Laura who needed to communicate with cameras how to frame the shots via hand signals and much more. The lessons we learned from the mistakes that were made during our first broadcast, allowed us to do much better at the West Oak Lane library.
The N.E Library it’s definitely a place for learning and where people are committed to having fun and help each other out. Even though we wished to see more people from the community, we were glad to bond with the staff and also strengthen the relationships we had build with those who participated or contributed to the success of our workshops during our past three months. Without their support and help the broadcast would have not been the same. Again, thanks for the staff, volunteers and everyone who made this possible. We hope more libraries become interested in using this community spaces for more events like this to take place.