STEM Focus for 2017
Friends of the Grand Forks Public Library announces STEM focus for 2017
Friends of the Library awarded STEM grant from Wells Fargo
Friends of the Library awarded STEM grant from Xcel Energy
|| The Friends of the Library would like to thank Wells Fargo for their commitment to giving back.
| The Friends of the Library would like to thank Xcel Energy for their commitment to giving back.
Library volunteer group pledges $1,500 to program to enhance
Friends of the Grand Forks Public Library (GFPL) is doing its part to help
spread the wonder of science, technology, engineering and math-based learning
(STEM). The volunteer group has voted to make the library’s growing STEM
program its Friends Focus for 2017, pledging $1,500 to help move the program
Pictured from left to
right: Friends' President - Debbie McLennan, Friends' Treasurer - Theresa
Brorby, Children's Librarian - Aaron Stefanich, STEM Program Coordinator -
Friends will further support the STEM program by pursuing additional donations
within the business community, writing grants for the program, and helping with
this year’s off-site STEM activities. Last year, the library put on 94 STEM
activities with more than 2,250 participants.
"While 2016 was the Friends' most productive year
to date, with the community's help we hope to increase our impact for the
library in 2017 by making the STEM program our Friends Focus this year,” said
Friends President Debbie McLennan. “We're excited to be able to raise and
provide funds for STEM products and materials.”
years, the GFPL STEM program has been a partnership between the library, the
Dakota Science Center (DSC), and the University of North Dakota that teaches
classes and provides outreach opportunities for other schools and libraries.
The program began with a robotics club, but has since expanded to include
exercises with space exploration, geology, archaeology, brain awareness,
history and much more. The library sponsors and mentors competitive LEGO
robotics teams, which have participated in recent state tournaments.
the school year, the STEM Makerspace program features activities revolving around
a different science discipline each month. In the summer, STEM activities are
often incorporated into the popular Thursday afternoon Summer Reading Program
events. The Robotics Club and Garden Club also meet during the summer, and STEM
Kids classes are provided for students who sign up for more intensive science
Friends of the Grand Forks Public Library is a group of community members that
help to expand, enhance and promote the public image of the library. The
Friends raise funds that are used to supplement the library budget for
programming, staff enrichment and other activities that engage people who value
more about the STEM program, Friends of the GFPL and other opportunities, visit
the Grand Forks Public Library website or contact the Friends via email at