04-06-16: Information Station Column
The Sioux Center Public Library has been honored to receive two grants for programming at the library. Rural Gateways offers a grant program to develop STEM programming for adults. This grant provides library staff with training on implementing an adult STEM program, access to a local STEM partner to co-facilitate the programs & STEM resources for adults. We applied for this grant since it was a part of our strategic plan to offer more dynamic programming and we feel that our community is interested in and will benefit from STEM programs. Sioux Center Public School & Sioux Center Christian School are heavily promoting STEM within their curriculum and we feel that hosting adult STEM programming at the library is a great way for parents in our community to better understand the importance of STEM and further enable them to come alongside their kids in the learning process. We will start planning for this program in the summer of 2016 with programs starting in the fall.
We also received the Día Turns 20 grant from the Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC). This grant is made possible through a generous donation from Dollar General Literacy Foundation. Our Children’s Day/ Book Day, also known as Día, has been a very successful program at our library and the grant money will be put towards this year’s Día Day on April 29. This celebration emphasizes the importance of literacy for children of all linguistic and cultural backgrounds. Our celebration this year includes Lisa Laird’s Pockets Full of Fun puppet show, cultural arts, music, food and a book giveaway. All children and families are welcome to this event.
We are grateful for the monetary support of Rural Gateways, ALSC & Dollar General Literacy Foundation so that we can offer Sioux Center diverse programming that is interesting and educational.