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The Albion Area Public Library has been awarded a Computational Thinking and Robotics Kit through a statewide initiative that focuses on engaging children’s natural curiosity about the world.

The kit was funded by a Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services as administered by the Pennsylvania Department of Education’s Office of Commonwealth Libraries.  The library will be able to use the materials in the kit with groups and individuals who are interested in building Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math (STEAM) skills.

The kit includes items such as Einstein Robots, Ozobots, BeeBots, and Bloxels and is meant for use by kids in grades two to seven. As kids have fun playing, they’ll learn essential skills that can help them succeed in school and in life. They’ll get an early start on concepts, like critical thinking, problem solving, and familiarity with simple technology.

However, due to COVID-19 the library is not able to do face-to-face programming at this time. When we are able to begin programming again we will be able to create programs centered around this wonderful kit!!


The library now offers Wi-Fi Hotspots for checkout for a ten day period! Also, starting January 1st, 2020, all materials checked out to your library card will be automatically renewed, unless another library patron has requested the item, or the item does not have any more renewals available!!!

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      The Albion Area Public Library is pleased to announce that we have been awarded the Children’s Book Project Grant for 2020 from the Pilcrow Foundation. This grant gives small rural public libraries the ability to keep literacy alive in our communities. Our library was selected to be sponsored through the generous donations of Pennsylvania resident Ms. Barbara Reimers. We would like to give a big thank you to Ms. Reimers for her support of our little library and the literacy of our children. Through her donation, the help of the Pilcrow Foundation and Albion Area Public Library’s Friends of the Library organization, we were able to purchase 35 new juvenile fiction and non-fiction books. As an extra bonus, we received books purchased through donor-sponsored programs.

The first program provided us 2 books from Shout Mouse Press. These books are written by teens from marginalized backgrounds who tell their own stories, in their own words. The second program provided us with an additional 22 math and science juvenile books. These books were provided by the generous donations from Mr. & Mrs. Hal Berenson and Laura Ackerman from Colorado. We would like to give a big thank you to Shout Mouse Press for inspiring and encouraging young minds through reading and writing. Also, thank you to Mr. & Mrs. Hal Berenson and Ms. Ackerman for supporting our children through the math and sciences.

  • For more information on how you can help support the Children’s Book Project through the Pilcrow Foundation, Please Contact:

Karren Timmermans, Executive Director

343 East Washington Avenue

Cottage Grove, OR 97424

pilcrowfoundation@gmail.com

 A list of the books that we received from these wonderful donations is provided on the New Arrivals Page, so that you may put these titles on hold or check them out at your convenience: