ELIZABETH, NJ – The Clark Public Library recently received a grant for $3750. from the Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders. The award will be used to fund the cost of a new 3D printer which will live in a Community Room being set up in the basement of the library according to Clark’s Library Director Megan Kociolek.
Kociolek said the library will be offering more 3D printing classes for kids and teens and will also allow for adults to be certified to use the printers too. Her vision is that people can book the printer and come in and use it on the weekend.
The remainder of the grant will be used to buy stem project materials, supplies for makers-classes and books.
Clark was one of 20 public, municipal libraries in Union County to receive a grant. The grants are designed to assist public libraries with funding that enriches and supports children’s programming according to county officials.
“Our community is stronger when we all work together to provide every child with opportunities to learn and grow,” said Freeholder Chairman Sergio Granados. “Public libraries exemplify this community spirit, and the Freeholder Board is proud to help strengthen local library services in our municipalities.”
“The Library Grant program helps to ensure that public libraries in Union County have the resources to foster a contemporary learning environment for the next generation. Up-to-date programming and equipment is especially important in terms of helping children to prepare for careers in STEM and related fields,” said Freeholder Bette Jane Kowalski, who initiated the grant program in 2016.
The 2018 Library Grants are funded by non-tax dollars through the Union County Kids Recreation Trust Fund.
“Hands-on learning through individual and group activities is the foundational experience that libraries provide, and they are an essential part of the recreational resources for children in Union County,” said Freeholder Alexander Mirabella, Chairman of the Union County Open Space, Recreation and Historic Preservation Trust Fund.
The Library Grants Program supports the goals of Chairman Granados’s 2018 Moving Union County Forward “Plant a Seed” initiative to encourage lifelong learning, individual empowerment and giving back to the community.