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By Natalie Gorsuch
Williamsburg Correspondent 

Grants Help Library with Projects


Provided by Natalie Gorsuch

Jennifer Hoffner, a volunteer at the Williamsburg Public Library, stands beside the advertisement for the Buddy the Dinosaur event that was to be held at the library on June 18. The library recently received two grants that will help them expand their summer programs for children.

The Williamsburg Public Library recently announced it had received two grants to help boost its summer programs.

The first grant, funded by the State Library, is titled "Techsplorers." Every Tuesday in June from 4 to 5 p.m., third- through sixth-grade students are invited to come to the library to work on technology such as robots, programming and 3D printing.

The second grant looks to fill a void left by the loss of Williamsburg's community-wide summer recreation program. This grant for $2,500 and is sponsored by Miele Manufacturing – those that produce the Pennsylvania Skill games. This "Summer Quest" will be held at the library Mondays through Thursdays from 1 to 2 p.m. and will feature robots, STEM activities, crafts and more. This program will run to Aug. 15, except for the week of July 4.

Head Librarian Roane Lytle thanked State Rep. Jim Gregory for being instrumental in the library receiving this grant.

"We wouldn't know about it without him and we ultimately thank him," Lytle said.

Gregory said, "This is an example of what make this job of representing people so fulfilling. Knowing I could play a role in getting the Williamsburg library, a severely under-funded library, these funds is exciting.

"Being able to help Lytle do their job and know the joy that he will see in the faces of the people this money will help is a blessing. I said I would get libraries money during my campaign and this makes the fifth library in the county that has received these funds."

Gregory also praised the Games of Skill Foundation for "working with me to fulfill that promise."

The Library is also working with PBS this summer to promote some of the PBS programming in Blair County. On Tuesday, June 18, Buddy the Dinosaur was at the library with a short program and a photo-op.


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