Thursday, March 30, 2023

Library offering new technology equipment

Plymouth Public Library patrons
can now borrow two new telescopes
purchased with a grant from the
Bosch Community Fund. Library officials
said the telescopes and other video
equipment are limited to users
18 years of age or older. 
The Plymouth District Library currently has four new technology kits available for loan to those 18 years of age or older.

Library officials said the kits include two different telescopes, a GoPro camera and a small projector with screen. These latest additions to the library offerings were funded through a 2022 technology grant awarded by the Bosch Community Fund to The Friends of the Plymouth District Library. 

In addition to these adult technology kits, the Plymouth library now includes computers and hotspots, kids' STEAM kits, and low vision tools - with additional collections coming soon, explained Library Director Shauna Anderson. 

"Our Library of Things represents an exciting area of growth for us right now," said  Anderson., "These developments, along with new tools in our lab, mean we are meeting the needs of our patrons in inspiring new ways. We are grateful to Bosch Community Fund and the Friends for their continued support." 

Also funded through the 2022 Bosch Community Fund grant are: LinkedIn Learning, an online learning tool that supports high school students and adults in expanding their technology skills; the Creativebug database, which offers more than 1000 video classes in drawing, painting, sewing, quilting, knitting, jewelry making; Lerner Maker Lab, a database of hands-on projects, experiments, crafts, and recipes, geared toward elementary-age students and featuring easy-to-follow projects with step-by-step instructions along with S.T.E.A.M. kits for students, with everything needed to engage in hands-on explorations.

Anderson said sewing machines and a Glow Forge laser cutter, now being prepared for use in the lab would soon be available.