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Lions Club give Emerald Library technology boost

February 8th, 2018

Members of Emerald Library will have greater access to exciting new digital technology following a generous donation of $700 From the Emerald Lions Club for special education kits.

CCL Chief Executive Officer, Chris Buckingham said the library has enjoyed a wonderful relationship with the Emerald Lions Club over many years and thanked the Club for this most recent donation. “The Lions Club does wonderful work in the local community and supports many local endeavours through their fundraising. We are so thrilled that the Emerald Library can be one of the organizations that benefits. We will also pay it forward by using these funds to purchase new computer software that will be made available to library members and school students.”

Acting Emerald Library Manager, Bec Mitchem said: “This latest donation will be used to buy 10 Makey Makey kits – an innovative digital technology that lets users turn everyday objects into a computer touch-screen or keyboard.“Helping to support greater literacy in our community, including digital literacy, is a core part of what we do and that includes supporting the STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Maths) disciplines, that are increasingly critical to the lives and future career paths of young people,” Ms Mitchem said.
“We have also formed a partnership with the Emerald Primary School which will be bringing groups of students to the library to work with these kits and explore what they can do. It makes the students innovators which is very exciting.”

Emerald Lions Club President, Ray Spencer said they were delighted to be able to give young people the opportunity to experience new technology and nurture an interest in science an d the arts.“Playing with technology like this is hopefully the start of a lifelong learning for them, so as they go through school they already have an interest in this area,” Mr Spencer said.“It is so important to get our young people to start to soak up science and technology by osmosis and this is part of that.”