Ivan Jaime, director of public affairs for Union Pacific, presents Hannah Farmer, youth services librarian at the Seguin Public Library, with a donation check for a new Teen Maker space program.
(Seguin) -- Seguin's new public library is on its way to being even more teenager friendly. That's all thanks to a recent $7,500 donation from the Union Pacific Foundation to the library. Youth Services Librarian Hannah Farmer says the library is excited to receive the funds in hopes of creating a Teen Maker space program. Farmer says the money will first only expand the offerings it currently has for those kids ages 12 to 18.
"We want to expand the programs and events that we offer to teens. We have a pretty robust group of events for children, but teens didn't always have stuff to do at the library. We've been having a good turnout at our Teen Tuesdays and other teen events. So we just wanted to expand what we offer to them," said Farmer.
Secondly, Farmer says the grant will help kick start other exploration and project based learning programs for kids and adults.
"As libraries adapt to children's' needs in the 21st Century, we wanted to provide more technology. We are starting a Maker Space for the teens, but we hope to expand that to other ages as well. In the future, we would like to use the maker space equipment with children and adults as well," said Farmer.
Farmer says the purchase of technology resources will no doubt help to encourage community learning and foster critical thinking among teens.
"The idea of a maker space can encompass a lot of different things say on 3D printers, creating their own code and even just creating all sorts of craft, which we already do regularly so for the teen makers space will be doing crafts as well as high tech stuff. So we'll be using a stop motion animation station to create cool videos that can be used just for fun or I have an idea for teens to create a video to promote the Summer Reading Program using a stop motion animation station. The same with the grant money, we'll be purchasing things like 3D Pens that mix technology with art to be able to create kind of like a sculptures out of this 3D pen material. We'll be looking at purchasing robotics kits as well. Lego has some great robotics products, again to teach coding. So it will be a wide variety of things that we do," said Farmer.
The Seguin Public Library was one of 141 Texas nonprofit organizations to share a total grant award of $1.1 million. The next application period will open in April 2018, with grants awarded in September 2018. Interested organizations are encouraged to visit the UP Foundation website throughout the summer for official updates.