By Kay Whatley, Editor
Recent grant awards to Wilson County Public Library (WCPL) have funded creation of a new Makerspace on the second floor of the Main Library, and new resources for youth programs. Grants totaling $59,063.75 are being used to teach STEAM — science, technology, engineering, art, and math.
According to Amanda Gardner, Assistant Library Manager, funding came from two source:
- A Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) grant awarded ($44,343 plus 25% matching funds from WCPL totaling $55.428.75) to Wilson County Public Library for the creation of a CrAFT Studio (Creativity, Art, Fabrication, and Technology). The CrAFT Studio will combine the MakerSpace movement with STEAM subjects through robotics, coding, crafts, electronics, and more. A mobile unit will travel with STEAM supplies to all Wilson County Public Library branches, as well as local nonprofits that target at-risk youth.
- The grant from the Wilson Rotary Club ($3,635) for STEAM resources. Funds were used to purchase equipment and materials including Snap Circuits, LEGOs, and basic toolkits.
STEAM equipment available for library programs includes:
- 3D printer
- Cricket cutting tool
- Sewing machine
- “Teacher Geek” with motor/electronics components & tools
- Lego blocks
- Keva planks
- Sculpting clay
- and more!
Visit WCPL online and view the calendar of STEAM (and other) events.
In addition to the Wilson County Public Library’s STEAM programs, the library is now taking reservations for two-hour time slots to use Makerspace equipment. Reservations may be made up to one week in advance by calling Adult Services at 252.237.5355 x.5028 or emailing the Reference Department.
With questions regarding Youth STEAM programs, contact Scott Houston, Youth Services Manager, at 252.237.5355 x.5055 or via email.
The Makerspace grand opening was held at the WCPL main library (249 Nash Street W, Wilson, NC) in January 2020, with a variety of activities using the new space and supplies.
The Teacher Geek shelving holds a variety of electronic components, including motors, gears, leads, and the tools to work with them.
Source: Wilson County Public Library