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Bloomfield library receives donation and grant to boost STEM materials

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

The Bloomfield-Eastern Greene Public Library will soon have the opportunity to offer more materials after two donations.

The McKean Defense Group donated $500 to the library to purchase materials related to the science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) fields.

The library will also receive a $1,300 grant through the Smithville Foundation to buy a Lego Story Starter, a program where children build a scene with Legos and take a photo of the scene which is uploaded to a program where they can write a story about the scene.

NWSC Crane STEM Coordinator Brandy Frady, who worked with the library to get the grants, said the new materials will help introduce children to STEM subjects while also helping them integrate other skills.

Bloomfield children's librarian Linda Peterson said the donations help enhance the library's material on STEM subjects which are being brought to the forefront in many ways, while also helping the library prepare for next summer's reading theme of "Fizz, Boom, Read."

"It's a sciency theme so the grant worked perfectly," she said.

With limited budgets, Peterson said any help the library can get from the community is very appreciated. She said the McKean Defense Group not only donates money to the library, but also donates people and time to support programs at the library.

"They're things we may not have the ability or time to prepare," she said. "It makes a big difference."

Peterson said just having someone who knows the field and the subjects at the library to direct children can completely change the way a child interacts with the materials.

"Sometimes they just need encouragement," she said.

Frady said McKean Defense Group donates to organizations in the community each year. She said by doing so the company helps influence their workforce and their future workforce.

"Education is our future," Frady said.

With so much of our society turning to technology, Frady said it's important for children to learn how that technology works,

"They need to understand how something works and how to change it to make it better," she said.

For information of STEM materials at the Bloomfield-Eastern Greene Library or its branches contact Peterson at (812) 384-4125.

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