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PPLC Program Guide

"Curiosity Creates" Grant Program
Nurtures the Imagination!

By Chad Mairn, Jill Storm, and Michael Bryan, Seminole Public Library

What parents wouldn't be interested in an activity for their children that fosters imagination, originality, flexibility, decision-making, communication, self-expression, collaboration, and motivation? And when it's combined with fun and fascinating technology, it's a sure winner!

The Seminole Community Library at St. Petersburg College recently completed the implementation of such a program with a "Curiosity Creates" grant of $7,500 from the Association of Library Service to Children, a division of the American Library Association. The grant program was funded by the Disney Corporation through a gift of $800,000. Seminole was one of 79 U.S. libraries to be awarded the grant from a field of more than 400 applicants.

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The "Curiosity Creates" grants are targeted for the development and implementation of programs to serve children ages 6 to 14, and focus on one or more of the critical components of creativity as mentioned above, and which have been outlined by the Center of Childhood Creativity. Visit the Center for Childhood Creativity Here

Seminole Community Library is one of several "joint use" libraries in PPLC – both a public library (City of Seminole) and a college library (St. Petersburg College) in one facility. For the grant, both public and college library staff members worked collaboratively to develop an outstanding series of programs which was dubbed "Maker Boot Camp." The series included six monthly sessions from November 2015 through May 2016. Each monthly session was presented three times: once for the general public, and twice for homeschooling groups. Using the Innovation Lab, a "maker space" provided by St. Petersburg College inside the library, and the library's own Teen Room, library staff and other presenters rolled out hands-on workshops on Video Game Design, 3-D Design/Printing, Circuitry, Robotics, Virtual Reality, and Video/ Audio Editing. The workshop series wrapped up with a "Maker Fest" and the premier of a short documentary produced about the series as it happened over the six-month period. Find the Documentary Here

"Maker Boot Camp" served approximately 450 participants and proved to be an unqualified success. Children and parents alike were thoroughly impressed by the technology they were learning about, in an environment that was fun and noisy! Equipment was running, music was playing, and loud kids were getting excited. The contemporary public library has books and much more. Technology is essential in today's world and the public library is an important community center for learning about it and experimenting with it!

 

Library Closings for July 4, 2016

All Libraries are closed on July 4, 2016

  • Dunedin Public Library: Closed 7/3, 7/4
  • Dunedin Friends Branch: Closed 7/3, 7/4
  • Seminole Community Library: Closed 7/3, 7/4
  • Tarpon Springs Public Library: Closed 7/3, 7/4

 

Please click here to see the complete listing of Library closings and time changes.

 

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