After the debut of Compton Turns the Tables (CTTT), a free DJ course for beginners age 15 to 21, in February 2017, LA County Library has launched a spin-off program, South Whittier Turns the Tables (SWTTT), at the South Whittier Library. A free, live concert showcasing the graduates’ new skills, hosted by Mistress of Ceremonies Melanie Eke and featuring DJ panelists providing feedback on student performances, will take place at South Whittier Library on Saturday, November 18, 2017 at 2 p.m.
Based on the original program format developed at Compton Library, SWTTT offers a 10-week workshop taught by professional DJ Lynnée Denise, a professor at California State University, Los Angeles. Students learn DJ skills, gain hands-on experience using state-of-the-art equipment, and participate in a showcase to celebrate students’ achievements.
The success of CTTT led to additional funding from Los Angeles County Fourth District Supervisor, Janice Hahn, to bring the workshop to South Whittier Library.
By creating a DJ lab and offering professionally-instructed classes, the program was designed to inspire a future generation of creators and cultural influencers, while offering students the practical tools necessary to launch successful small businesses and careers.
“Through this DJ course, our young customers can gain valuable skills, receive business training, and enjoy a collaborative creative experience with their peers,” said Skye Patrick, LA County Library Director. “After the successful run of the program in Compton, and a high enrollment in our South Whittier program, our goal is to expand the DJ workshop series to other communities in our service area,” said Patrick.
In addition to South Whittier Library, the Turns the Tables series will expand to San Fernando Library—with the course beginning January 5, 2018—and then to East Los Angeles Library. LA County Library hopes to offer the program at even more locations in the future.
For more information about the DJ workshop series, visit http://www.colapublib.org/DJLab.