STEM programs rolling out again for AACPL

| September 20, 2014 | 2 Comments

Anne Arundel County Public LibraryThanks to two generous grants from the Community Foundation of Anne Arundel County, the Anne Arundel County Public Library (AACPL) will once again be able to present an exciting series of STEM events across all 15 of its libraries this fall.

In its second year, the fall STEM [Science, Technology, Mathematics, Engineering] initiative will include 27 unique programs targeting a wide range of topics. From zoology and botany to robotics and astronomy, kids of all ages will have plenty to choose from to match their areas of interest.

The Community Foundation’s two grants totaled $6,000 for STEM programming, consisting of a $5,000 contribution from the Calliope Tsoulias Morfessis Braun Memorial Fund paired with a $1,000 offering from the Baum Jackson Investment Group Charitable Foundation.

A portion of the donations will be used to pay for a special series of STEM computer classes at the Odenton Regional Library. One class, scheduled for October 4 and 18, will teach students how to use a 3D printer by creating objects of their own design. During the other class, scheduled for October 11, children will learn how to create professional-quality stickers using computer design programs.

“These special classes at Odenton Regional Library mark an important step for the Library, because we want to put the ‘T’ [Technology] in STEM,” said Shelley Davenport, AACPL Programming & Outreach Coordinator.

The grants will also help the Library create STEM resource kits that will allow library staff to enrich their STEM programming. These reusable resource kits will give AACPL staff the tools they need to conduct ongoing educational STEM programs for children across Anne Arundel County.

“We are so grateful for our ongoing partnership and support from the Community Foundation of Anne Arundel County, which helps us connect donors to our mission to develop sustainable support for a model library system beyond public funding,” said Amy Bartholomee, President of the AACPL Foundation. “If you would like to join the Community Foundation and make a donation to your library, visit www.libraryfirst.org to see how you can help us meet the enhancement needs of our library system in Anne Arundel County.”

For a complete listing of the Library’s STEM offerings this fall, see pages 4 and 5 of the latest issue of Library Happenings!, or search online at www.aacpl.net/events.

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