The Mansfield Public Library is developing a space where visitors can get hands on with science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. This new space was made possible after the library received a $23,500 grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) and the Texas State Library and Archives Commission (TSLAC).
Library officials are using the funding to create a Mobile Makerspace that will allow members of the community to learn and gain experience in different STEM related subjects, increase access to technology, and create hands-on experience.
“The Mansfield Public Library continues to provide more opportunities for us to learn and grow,” says Mansfield Mayor Michael Evans. “I thank our hard-working staff for applying for grant opportunities to bring the latest technology and innovative education to our city.”
Based on feedback from patrons, the library is investing in the makerspace, improved technology, and a nutrition-based education program. Based on existing program success and partnership opportunities, the library will focus on three main subjects: STEM exploration, crafting creation, and nutrition literacy.
We’re very excited to offer more to our community,” Library Director Yolanda Botello says. “Staff is working hard to plan these new programs and the library hopes to have the new resources available sometime late fall.”
This project is just one of 42 made possible this year by a grant from the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services to the Texas State Library and Archives Commission under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act.
“TSLAC is proud to support public libraries throughout the state as they deliver critical information services to their communities that support education, access to technology, and workforce development,” says TSLAC Director and Librarian Gloria Meraz.