Stone Memorial Library has been awarded a Design, Create, Play Kit through a statewide initiative that focuses on engaging children’s natural curiosity about the world.
The kit was funded by a Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) as administered by the Pennsylvania Department of Education’s Office of Commonwealth Libraries (OCL). The library will be able to use the materials in the kit with groups and individuals who are interested in building Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math (STEAM) skills.
The kit includes items such as a Silhouette Portrait 3 Digital Cutting Tool, a Sewing Circuits kit, a Paper Circuits kit, Brackitz Structures Base Kit, an Animation Studio, and more. These tools are intended for use by kids in grades two to seven - but surely can be used by kids of all ages! As kids have fun playing, they’ll learn essential skills that can help them succeed in school and in life. They’ll get an early start on concepts, like critical thinking, problem solving, and familiarity with simple technology.
We humbly thank LSTA, IMLS, and OCL for affording our library the ability to offer such unique tools for our community and its youth. We look forward to developing ways to integrate these items into our library services and future programming.