Memory Lab brings home movies to the digital age

Can you recall the last time you watched a home movie? Perhaps around the time you still had a VHS player?

Now at the Memory Lab located inside La Jolla/Riford Library, 7555 Draper Ave.,  you can preserve all of those family memories and bring them into the digital age.

“We took these tapes and never watched actually them because we figured we would do it later, when we have time,” said Micki Olin, who was one of the early users of the Memory Lab. “This is such an amazing addition to our community.”

With the help of trained volunteers and a $10,000 donation from Las Patronas, visitors to the Memory Lab can digitize and archive media from VHS, VHS-C, DV, audio cassettes and floppy disks, as well as photographs and slides. The media can be updated and saved on a thumb drive or it can be stored on the cloud.

“Our kids will laugh at how we’re dressed and what our furniture looked like then,” said Olin. “That’s what all these videotapes are about, they’re about family, they’re about memories, maintaining a history.”

The first of its kind on the west coast, the Memory Lab opened in early April 2017 and is available for use free of charge. During just the first few months of opening, more than 100 people have already used the service and appointments are now being filled three months out. For more information and to make an appoint, call 858-552-1657.