Stan “The Man” Bell and John Best did a live remote from the Memphis Central Public Library’s Cloud901 celebration.  The City of Memphis and Voice of SCS united to bring this event to the public. So many people came by to say how they enjoy 88.5FM and C19TV and Stan and John interviewed parents, students and also Mark Baker, a jazz artist, came by and spoke with us and was impressed with Cloud901 as well.

From wall to wall, CLOUD901 is 8,300 square feet of learning space filled with 3-D printers, laptops, iPads, audio and video equipment, MacBook Pros and Airs, X-Boxes and PlayStations, keyboards and more – all for free and all available for teens to check out and explore.

More than a year ago, the Memphis Library Foundation teamed with a group of partners to fund the $2M space that covers two floors and serves as the largest of its kind nationwide. Diane Jalfon, executive director of the Foundation, says the lab is an ongoing investment in the lives of Memphis youth – worth every penny. “CLOUD901 has definitely made a positive impact on its users. You can see it in their faces, the ways they interact with the staff and peers, and we hear it from their parents as well. Teens who have attended programs inside CLOUD901 over the past year have become more confident, engaged, and equipped with technical skills, critical thinking, problem solving, creativity, and even soft skills that the work world demands,” Jalfon said.