The Roselle Public Library District (Roselle, IL) is among fourteen other libraries across the United States to receive the 2019 ALSC Strengthening Communities Through Libraries mini-grant in the amount of $5,000. The grant funds will be used to purchase the Library's first 3D printer, as well as supplies and accessories. The new device will be a focus point for the Library to encourage the Roselle community, youth in particular, to learn about this exciting technology and use it to design and create at their public library.
Additionally, the grant will enable the Library to begin new outreach initiatives to students at area schools. Teachers in area schools will work with librarians to promote in-library 3D printing classes to students. In one nearby school, librarian-provided 3D printing lessons will be integrated into a pre-existing after-school program. This will eliminate the need to make a special trip to the library for students who would otherwise be unable to do so.
The grant proposal was written by Kristen Lawson, Youth Services Department Manager, who will oversee the project which will involve staff across Youth, Teen, and Adult Services. Roselle is a village of 23,000 residents in the Chicago suburbs.