Roscommon Library Service “Discover Your Library” Video Project
Roscommon County Council Library Service, supported by the Dormant Accounts Fund worked with a group of teenagers from Ballaghaderreen on a video project about the library service.
The video was made for Teenagers created by Teenagers. The project was both innovative and modern and engaged with local teenagers, in a bid to make the library service more accessible to them.
The Library Service worked in partnership with Foróige and young people from various backgrounds from the Ballaghaderreen area to participate in this project. Local media company Spicy Dog Media to worked with the participants, giving them the skills, experience and equipment needed to develop the video.
As part of the process the teenagers visited all the libraries in the County, they received training in all aspects of the production process, which included planning, filming and editing. Some of the highlights included the use of drones for aerial footage, interview training techniques, team working, digital technology, research, communication skills and working to deadlines.
Launching the project, Cathaoirleach of Roscommon County Council, Councillor Laurence Fallon, offered his Congratulations to everyone who was involved in the making of this video
Discover Your Library. “Firstly, to the Teenagers from in and around the town of Ballaghaderreen who participated in the programme, to Foróige, and to the Library Service for all their hard work. Discover your Library video project was funded by the Dormant Accounts Fund and is a wonderful example of the great work that can be done by combining our resources. The participants were involved in all aspects of film production and they worked closely together as a team from the planning stage to the final production of the video. Many of the teenagers didn’t know one another before commencing the programme but they learned to work together, support others in the team and to listen to and give useful feedback in order to set up, record and edit shots. They received training from a professional video production company, Spicy Dog Media, on the use of different types of cameras, filming techniques, editing and the use of drone technology. The participants received insight into the services available through Roscommon Library Service and it gives me great pleasure to launch this video “Discover your Library”, a video by Teenagers for Teenagers!
Sean Fleming, Foroige Youth Worker is very proud of the young people's work and professionalism shown throughout the whole programme. He is “very happy that the young people from the Ballaghaderreen area got an opportunity to take part in a film making programme which highlighted the unseen benefits and qualities the libraries possess. The participants got the chance to use cameras and learn about new areas they otherwise would not have gotten the opportunity to do without this programme. This can inevitably give them a potential to move onto film making as a career in the future. It was a great experience to watch and see first-hand their hard work being displayed in the public domain for everyone to see.”