How many of you have old VHS tapes or 8mm cassettes lying around that you can no longer watch? How many of you are like me and want to show your significant other how cute you were when you were little, or want to relive those special moments from years ago?

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Well, did you know that the library has a VHS to DVD converter?!

We have had our VHS to DVD converter for some time, but now we have a new policy! Before, you would sit with your VHS while it ran its course and you would do the process yourself. Now, you can drop off up to three VHS or 8mm cassettes at a time and WE WILL DO THEM FOR YOU FOR FREE!

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There are a few other notes that need to be mentioned. The items we convert must be non-copyrighted items. So that means no Disney movies or old TV shows, but we will do your home videos! For your first time coming in, we will give you a policy to take with you, and then you must sign a user agreement. As mentioned, you can only drop off three at a time, but you can drop off three more when you pick up your newly converted ones. You have two options for the conversion: straight conversion or editing. Straight conversion is plain and simple: convert right from the VHS to the DVD. With the editing, we upload it to one of our computers and you come in to edit what you want, we cannot make edits for you. You can add title/end screens, cut parts of the clip out, or add fun sounds. If you need training on the editing process, one of our technology staff will be more than happy to show you how to use the software! Just make sure to set up an appointment whenever you get the call to tell you it is ready for you to come in, by calling 314-821-5770 ext. 1027, or going HERE to fill out a Grab-a-Geek form online. Once everything is done, one of the technology staff will call you to let you know when to come pick up your items!

If you have any questions, feel free to look at our website or call us at 314-821-5770!


Nick O'Neal is the Director of Technology & Online Services for the Kirkwood Public Library. He has been with the library since July 2012. He enjoys playing video games, listening to Classic Rock, and watching movies. His favorite authors include Douglas Adams, Michael Crichton and Clive Cussler.