Partners in Reading is a Normal Public Library success story, with many families participating from one generation to the next. Now NPL will offer Partners in Technology, a technology mentorship program for older children.
The continuation of a successful pilot program launched last year, Partners in Technology encourages participants to work together to build computer science skills and engage each other’s scientific curiosity. As technology education grows increasingly important, Program Coordinator, Danny Rice, believes Partners in Technology could have the same positive legacy as its namesake.
“Partners provides an opportunity for kids and adults to broaden their horizons and learn together. It will also give our young patrons the chance to explore the library’s tech resources with someone there to guide and support them,” Rice said.
Partners in Technology is the latest innovation in NPL’s ongoing effort to increase the technological literacy of its young patrons. While STEAM Club and Tech-It-Out offer drop-in opportunities to learn about coding and robotics, Partners in Technology will allow children to explore these topics with greater depth and focus. Participants between the ages of 10 and 14 will be partnered with professionals and college students in the fields of science and technology for a period of 8 weeks.
The program will also provide a meaningful volunteer opportunity for mentors. “We received feedback from several adult mentors who told us that they were surprised that they learned as much as the kids did,” Rice said.
Partners in Technology will run from January 21, 2019 to March 14, 2019. Registration is now full for students but remains open for mentors. Suitable applicants are encouraged to apply now at www.normalpl.org/pit.
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