The Foundation of the Twinsburg Public Library has made another significant gift to the Twinsburg Public Library this summer by making major improvements to the audiovisual systems of the main meeting rooms. 

The ability for all audience members to fully participate in programming and inadequate technology for presenters and performers has long been an issue. Fundraisers and recent donations to the foundation from the estates of Charles and Carolyn Crouse and Dick and Mary Lou Sheller made the upgrades possible. This will impact the thousands of visitors who use the library’s meeting room spaces every year.

The project included the purchase of a state of the art podium that is electronically adjustable to the height of the presenter and includes a frosted plexi glass top that slides open to reveal storage for a laptop or tablet with extended wings for speaker notes. Speakers will be able to adjust a gooseneck microphone and a halogen note light to their preferences. The second half of the project provided improved sound with ten new speakers and two audio amplifiers and new wireless microphones.

A new control panel operates the motorized screen, 5,700 lumen projector, input source switching, BluRay player and volume for all mics and audio inputs. A wireless media gateway will allow speakers to deliver presentations from laptops, tablets and smartphones. Wall plates will provide microphone, audio, HDMI and VGA inputs for wired presentations. A sensor will allow sound to be contained to one of the three meeting rooms that are divided by movable walls.

The most anticipated part of the project is the inclusion of a sound hearing assistance system that provides ADA compliant hearing assistance for patrons in need. It operates on FM frquencies. Patrons who own a hearing device with a t-coil will be able to borrow a neck loop, and others will be able to borrow headphones. Often, hearing assistance devices don’t just make the audio louder, but help drown out background noise and allow the listener to enjoy the movie or speaker in a more relaxed state.

The Foundation has several events in the second half of 2017. The first is Aug. 25 from 6 to 9 p.m. "It’s A Sock Hop" is another "Decades" social event at Twinhaven Reception Hall. Tickets are $30 per person and are availabe at the library or online via twinsburglibrary.org/foundation-sockhop. The second is Oct. 1 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. The Super Silver Showcase is an event focusing on health and wellness, both physical and mental, for those ages 55 and older. It will not only provide information and resources for seniors but also for caregivers and families. 

There will be speakers on a variety of subjects, health screenings, resource information and vendor booths covering such topics as elder care, retirement and financial planning, senior wellness, and memory care. The foundation will also be recognizing local "Super Seniors" for their community contributions and extraordinary age-defying deeds. Those interested in nominating a senior or becoming a sponsor or vendor can find more information at twinsburglibrary.org/foundation-silvershowcase or by calling Laura Leonard at 330-425-4268 ext. 5.