Plymouth library is awarded Bosch Community Fund grant
The Friends of the Plymouth District Library have been awarded a technology funding grant from the Bosch Community Fund. The grant will support exciting STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math) learning tools, and hands-on STEAM experiences for the Plymouth community.
The first category of funding covers three online resources including: Continued funding for LinkedIn Learning, an online learning tool that supports high school students and adults in expanding their technology skills. Courses cover Microsoft Office Suite, Adobe Creative Suite, operating systems, coding languages, business skills, data analysis, cloud computing, server management and much more; the Creativebug database,which offers more than 1000 video classes in drawing, painting, sewing, quilting, knitting, jewelry making, and more - taught by the world's top artists, designers and crafters and Lerner Maker Lab, a database of hands-on projects, experiments, crafts, and recipes, geared toward elementary-age kids and featuring easy-to-follow projects with step-by-step instructions and images
A second category of funding supports exciting additions to the for-loan “library of things” including a Go-Pro camera and mount, a mini projector and screen, and a telescope, as well as fun hands-on science kits for kids. Also funded will be several new items for use in the Creative Lab - the library developing maker environment. Projected purchases include a laser cutter, sewing machines and a heat press.
“This grant enables incredible potential for growth and exploration in our community,” said Shauna Anderson, library director.
“We are so excited to bring these great instructional and hands-on experiences to our patrons and we are so grateful to the Friends and to the Bosch Community Fund for being the driving force to make it happen!”
Library personnel will be purchasing and preparing these new tools over the coming months, Anderson said. For updates and introductions, patrons can watch the library website and social media or sign up for the e-newsletter at plymouthlibrary.org.