Durham County Library Partnerships

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Techno Saturdays is a part of a grant-funded collaboration between Durham Housing Authority, Durham County Library, WiderNet, and the United Way.  The project is designed to connect targeted populations with new technologies to help improve information and digital literacy skills.

The project will culminate with WiderNet training youth to install an eGranary Digital Library with Wi-Fi access points at Oxford Manor, as well as supplying young residents with refurbished laptops to access the eGranary.

Meanwhile, the folks at the Durham County Library are seeking volunteers to assist with an innovative project, Techno Saturdays, that gives low-income kids hands-on experience with technology and information.

SILS Clinical Professor Cliff Missen will be participating several days and can provide transportation from campus to downtown Durham.

Volunteers will work with 4th-12 graders on technology-based projects that focus on electronics and programming.

Some of the kits that will be used include: Makey, Makey; Dash and Dot; Kano Kits; Bee Bots; Raspberry Pi and more.

The dates for the series are Saturdays, 10/3; 10/10; 10/17; 10/24; 10/31 and 11/7, from 10:30 am-12:30 pm. There is no limit to the number of days people can volunteer.

Two groups (4th-8th grade and 9th-12th grade) will meet simultaneously at two different locations in the Bragtown community: at a local church and in the at Oxford Manor housing community.

Volunteers will gain experience teaching basic computer and job seeking skills, initiating and supporting STEAM programming for children, and teaching teens to build a network hub for their community.

Interested?  Contact…

Cliff Missen
Director, WiderNet@UNC

DeLois Cue
Branch Manager, Bragtown Library Literacy Center