Community Foundation of Middlesex County Awards Grant

The Durham Public Library is pleased to announce that they have been awarded a $1,272 grant from the Community Foundation of Middlesex County for the purchase of five LEGO WeDo Robotics sets.

This grant will enable the Durham Public Library to provide programs that encourage children in grades 3 to 6 to explore science and engineering topics in a fun and creative way. The LEGO WeDo Robotics kits allow children to build a variety of simple machines using LEGO bricks, motors, and sensors and then program their creations using a simple drag-and-drop interface that encourages logical reasoning and sequencing skills.

“Elementary-aged children are particularly interested in programs that focus on hands-on learning and creativity,” says Children’s Librarian Christine Michaud, “and they love LEGOs.” The WeDo sets can be used to make many different projects. The Library will run a series of programs beginning in February 2016, with each session focused on a different project. “The demand for these programs is high,” Michaud concluded, “and we are very excited that this grant will enable us to offer them.” A current schedule of children’s programs at the Durham Public Library can be found on the Library website: http://www.durhamlibrary.org/kids/programs/.

The Community Foundation of Middlesex County is a nonprofit organization dedicated to improving the quality of life in Middlesex County, and to helping Good People Do Great Things. Its two-fold mission is: (1) to work with charitably-minded individuals and organizations to build permanent endowments and other charitable funds; and (2) to support local nonprofit organizations through effective grant making, in order to address community needs, as well as Let Good Grow. Since its founding in 1997, the Community Foundation has provided 1,564 grants, totaling more than $4.7 million, to organizations for the arts, cultural and heritage programs, educational activities, environmental improvements, and for health and human services.