E-Newsletter: “Big News: We’re Launching Our Very Own Code Club!”
Champlin Grant Will Repair Foster Public Library
A generous grant received by the Libraries of Foster from The Champlin Foundation will make possible much needed repairs to the exterior of Foster Public Library and provide for new paint on the exterior as well as restoration of the 19th century schoolhouse belfry. The bell rope still hangs in the library’s children’s room much to the delight of the children visiting the library who enjoy ringing the bell. The trustees and staff of the libraries are very grateful for the library support provided by the Champlin grant.
The award letter best explains the foundation’s goals:
Champlin Foundation grants are awarded on a competitive basis and our grant to the Libraries of Foster is a reflection of our confidence in the organization’s ability to improve the lives of Rhode Islanders in significant ways. Since 1932, The Champlin Foundation has awarded more than $550 million to fund capital projects and equipment for Rhode Island non-profit organizations. These investments have fostered better medical care, improved education, expanded access to social services, conservation of open spaces, preservation of historic buildings, enrichment of the arts, advancement of animal welfare and more. Quietly and steadfastly, The Champlin Foundation helps those who do good do more – to the benefit of all.
A New Coding Club for Foster Public Library
The library will begin a coding club this February thanks to a grant from The Institute of Museum and Library Services. The libraries received free access to online coding programs, equipment and free staff training. The winter meetings of the coding club, open to children and teens, ages 7 and up, will be on Thursday afternoons. Sign up at Foster Pubic Library.
The Libraries of Foster were one of just fifty rural libraries nation-wide to receive this grant. It is part of an Institute of Museum and Library Services grant “Code Club for Small and Rural Libraries.” The grant provides free resources to run a code club including online training for library staff, free code club software, Ozobot and Sphero robots and ongoing coaching and support. The grant is designed to assist youth at rural libraries learn coding, helping them gain the skills needed for college and career readiness and life success. Additionally, it will build the competence and confidence of library staff in small and rural communities, showcasing that coding knowledge isn’t necessary to successfully facilitate code clubs. According to library research, coding is not for a niche technology industry: two thirds of computer programming jobs are outside of the tech sector, and this trend is growing as computer science concepts are applied to many disciplines.
A Gift to the Libraries In Memory of Augustine Lusignan
The Board of Trustees and staff of the Libraries of Foster would like to express our deepest condolences to Augustine F. Lusignan, Jr.’s family and loved ones. Mr. Lusignan passed away in late December 2019. He was an avid reader and a lifelong friend to The Libraries of Foster.
His family requested that gifts in his memory be made to The Libraries of Foster. Because of the generosity of friends and family, over $800 in donations have been made in his name. We would like to thank him, his family, and friends for supporting a cause so close to his heart. The Libraries of Foster honors him and his legacy of providing public library services to his neighbors and friends.
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Foster Public Library: 397-4801
Tyler Free Library: 397-7930