Smart phones, 3D printers, robotics, online media — it’s all happening at 10 public libraries that have just launched new services for children and youth.
The new services are supported with small grants (up to $20,000) from the EIFL Public Library Innovation Programme (EIFL-PLIP). They serve children and youth aged up to 24 in developing and transitioning economy countries in Africa, Europe and Latin America.
The libraries use a wide range of hardware and software —computers, the internet, smart phones, social media tools, 3D printers, websites and more — to teach young people valuable literacy, media and technical skills, to increase their creativity and confidence, and to meet their needs in the areas of health, literacy and communication.
“We live in an increasingly high-tech world and children and youth in developing and transitioning countries, where access to information and communication technology (ICT) is still problematic, struggle to learn ICT skills. These new projects show how innovative public libraries can help meet young people’s technology and many other learning needs,” said Ramune Petuchovaite, EIFL-PLIP Program Manager.
Award recipients include:
- Bulgaria – Lyuben Karavelov Regional Library : Fun financial literacy classes for young people.
- Burkina Faso – Friends of African Village Libraries: Four rural libraries create ‘mobile health clubs’ for teenage girls.
- Chile – Biblioteca Municipal “Pablo Neruda” de Padre las Casas: Citizen’s digital media project to give young people a voice in their communities.
- Croatia – Rijeka City Library: 3D printing project to build imagination and confidence of young ‘makers’.
- Ethiopia – CODE-Ethiopia: E-books project tackles desperate need for pre-school literacy materials.
- Latvia – Valmiera Public Library: Social media app to make reading trendy for teenagers.
- Poland – Piekary Slaskie Municipal Public Library – using the methods of games to spark youth passion for digital technology.
- Romania – “Alexandru D. Xenopol” Arad County Library: ‘App Library’ to develop teenagers’ information, media and critical thinking skills.
- Serbia – Public Library “Dušan Matić” Ćuprija: Using robotics to build a new generation of computer programmers.
- Uganda Community Libraries Association: Health and technology camps for children in five rural communities.
EIFL-PLIP advances community development by enabling public libraries to implement innovative ideas that use information and communication technology to improve people’s lives. Since 2010, EIFL-PLIP support has sparked creation of 49 new and innovative public library projects leading to creation of new services in over 300 public and community libraries.
Read more about the EIFL-PLIP grants program and the ten new services.