Library to design modern ‘learning lab’

The public library will design a new learning lab for young people thanks to a $98,000 grant. The Lynn library was among 12 libraries and museums nationwide selected by the Institute of Museum and Library Services and the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation to share in $1.2 million to plan for and design the labs, which create space where teenagers can connect with mentors and peers, as well as access new media and traditional materials to pursue their interests. The funding was the second round of grants in a national competition to create 21st-century labs in museums and libraries around the country. The planning and design will be done by teen library users, working with mentors from Salem State University’s Center for Teaching Innovation. Students will learn computer programming as well as digital and traditional media while working on the project. The library plans to use the design while seeking grant money to create the lab. “This fits in perfectly with our objective to better serve our teen population,” library director Theresa Hurley said. “It’s important for us to provide the resources they need.”

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