Press release: Film-maker presents strong case for the Family Library

A young film-maker has highlighted the services provided by the Family Library and the Mobile Library in two videos that are gathering attention on the internet.

Daniel (Kenny) Chan, 25, is a freelancer at Bare Hare Productions, and is in the process of setting up D Valley Media, for which he is operations director.

The digital film productions graduate made the five-minute films of the Family Library and Mobile Library earlier this year.

Daniel Chan 2Daniel explained how he became involved: ‘I was an intern for the Manx ICT Association for web designing. My main strength is film production. It’s basically a word of mouth: I have previously created a video for Code Club which provides a focal point for people of all ages to develop coding skills, share their knowledge and experience and teach others how to leverage the technology that surrounds them.

‘I started filming for these videos at Easter. I felt that this was the best time to film, because there were had so many activities including crafts, animals, cake sales et cetera.

‘Originally, it was going to be all in one film of both the Family Library and the Mobile Family Library. That would have been about 10 minutes in all. I felt that it was necessary to split it into two films, because the target audience was different. Promotional videos are supposed to be quite short.’

Bare Hare Productions was set up via the MICTA and a website is in the process of being created.

In the meantime, if you want to see Daniel’s work, you can do so at

While launching his media career, Daniel has also been working as a waiter at Paparazzi restaurant.

He has high hopes for the future. He said: ‘As well as Bare Hare Productions, I am working with D Valley Media with Donald Sweeting who is a licensed Google Maps Photographer, where you can bring your businesses onto StreetView, acting as a virtual tour, and working with Catherine Robertshaw and Karen Bernard as my colleagues within the Google Maps Service. If you can look at a business on Google Maps, you should be able to access the virtual tour.’

Daniel added: ‘I would like to say a huge thank you to all the staff from the libraries, it has been a working together with these videos. Also a huge thank you to MICTA, especially CEO Kurt Roosen and membership and events manager Tracy Kinrade for all the opportunities and allowing me to showcase my skills as a film making and a photographer. Without you all, where would I be?’

Librarian in charge of the Family Library Mary Cousins is delighted with the results.

‘We love what Daniel has done with these videos, a really professional job,’ she said. ‘You can see the videos on the Family Library and Mobile Family Library pages on Facebook and we hope we get enough interest to make them go viral!’

Sandra Henderson, the librarian in charge of the Mobile Library, added: ‘We are very grateful to Daniel for his work.

‘These videos are a great way to demonstrate the many services we provide and will be a valuable tool in our ongoing fundraising efforts.’

The two libraries are run by Family Library Services as a charity. Half of the £250,000 annual running costs for Family Library Services is being met with a donation by a family trust over the next three years, with fundraising taking place to meet the other half.

Anyone wishing to stage a fundraising event is asked to contact 640650, or

You can also make a donation via the website

The summer holiday sees no let-up in the services on offer at the libraries, with extra events on at the Family Library including the Summer Reading Scheme, which this year has a Wonderland theme. To find out more about the reading scheme and the many regular workshops and craft sessions that are held, check out the Family Library page on Facebook or visit — where you can also check out the available books and the timetable for the Mobile Library — or call the library on 640650.

The Family Library is next to the children’s playground in Westmoreland Road, Douglas.

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