Local Libraries Receive Funding for STEAM from Wells Fargo

The Kinston-Lenoir and Greene County Libraries have received funding in the amount of $2,500 from the Wells Fargo Foundation Community Partner Program to provide STEAM programming to young patrons.

The Kinston-Lenoir County Public Library will use this funding to acquire 3D printing pens, which are devices that allow children to engineer free standing structures and create artwork on the fly, as well as Bloxels, a set of colorful blocks and software that allows students to create their own digital sprites and video games.

The Greene County Public Library will use this funding to develop new programming geared towards children ages 5 to 12 called Kids Meet. Kids Meet includes STEAM programming by providing hands-on experience with science experiments and engineering Legos and Magna-Tiles, as well as coding and programming with Dash and Dot robots and various other technology and literacy-based games and activities. Each weekly program will allow participants to learn important skills while having fun.

“We are delighted to receive this grant award from such a well-regarded business,” said Agnes W. Ho, Director of Libraries.  “Wells Fargo and its Charitable Foundation are pillars of our community and we are extremely grateful for their continued support of our mission.  Their contribution will greatly assist us in providing local citizens with diverse programming that will promote STEAM throughout Lenoir and Greene Counties.  We look forward to continuing to work with Wells Fargo towards improving the educational landscape of our community.”