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Friends of the Grand Forks Public Library announces STEM focus for 2017

Friends of the Library awarded STEM grant from Wells Fargo

 WellsFargo.PNG  The Friends of the Library would like to  thank Wells Fargo for their commitment to giving back.

Friends of the Library awarded STEM grant from Xcel Energy

 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 community engagement

The 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 forward.

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Pictured from left to right:  Friends' President - Debbie McLennan, Friends' Treasurer - Theresa Brorby, Children's Librarian - Aaron Stefanich, STEM Program Coordinator - Delores Clark

The 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.”

For six 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.

During 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 experiences.

The 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 the library.

To learn 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 .

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