State Library Services is pleased to announce the Expanded Learning through Libraries LSTA grantees. With a maximum award of $5,000, these mini grant projects support activity-based partnerships between schools and libraries to help connect students with meaningful out of school time opportunities that improve literacy and academic achievement.
LSTA funding supports the WeDo STEM project, a pilot collaboration between the Hoyt Lakes Public Library and the Mesabi East Elementary school district that will introduce students in grades 2-5 to critical technology skills. The eight-week project will enable students to work as young scientists, engineers, mathematicians and creative writers using the LEGO Educational WeDo. WeDo is a cross-curricular tool that promotes science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) learning.
“I D.E.C.L.A.R.E.! It’s a Library Fair”
The grant award creates the “I D.E.C.L.A.R.E.! It’s a Library Fair” opportunity for 30 students entering 3rd-7th grade of the Ogilvie Elementary Targeted Service summer program, serving students who are below grade level in reading or math or have social/emotional needs. Students who ride school busses for up to two hours a day will gain access to Nextbook tablets and learn how to load eBooks and audiobooks onto the devices so they are able to ‘read and ride’. Students will visit three public libraries across the state over the summer and create group projects that highlight what they learn through their visits. Group projects will be presented to families and the community at Ogilvie Elementary’s “Library Fair Finale.”
“Minnesota Youth Reading Awards in St. Paul Public Schools”
This grant will fund the creation and promotion of literacy programs based on the Minnesota Youth Reading Awards (MYRA) to K-8 students in ten Saint Paul Public Schools. Saint Paul Public librarians will make visit the schools to booktalk, share information about MYRA, and promote public library services. Funding also makes possible the purchase of a set of MYRA-nominated books for each participating school, and librarian-created readers’ guides to aid in school-sponsored book clubs or other book-related programming. A kickoff event for all children across Saint Paul will take place at the central branch of the Saint Paul Public Library in late September, commencing a year-long series of MYRA-themed activities.