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STEM-Rich and Library Broke: Crash Course in Funding Innovative STEM Children’s Programs (ALSC Virtual Institute Archive)—INDIVIDUAL USER

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Over the past few years, children’s librarians have been embracing the benefits of STEM programming. Everything from circuits to maker-spaces to soldering kits can now be found at your local library. Unfortunately, STEM programming can be an expensive endeavor for public libraries to fund. Learn from two Silicon Valley Public Libraries how they funded out-of-the-box innovative STEM children’s programs, by using alternate funding methods without dipping into their library budgets.

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Cheryl Lee

Cheryl Lee is the Branch Manager at the Santa Clara City Library’s Northside Branch Library. She was a 2014 Library Journal  Mover & Shaker in the area of Marketing. She is passionate about creating partnerships with local start-ups and businesses to provide STEM programs in public libraries. Cheryl has been a Librarian for the past 9 years and additionally has worked in Public Libraries for 20+ years.

Sharon McClintock

Sharon McClintock is a Children's Librarian at Mountain View Public Library where she has developed and presented hundreds of inventive and popular programs, including a Rubik's Cube Club for children and teens, over her 15 years with the library. Sharon holds an MLIS from San Jose State University.

Angela Ocana

Former Grant Coordinator and current branch librarian Angela Ocana has worked for the Santa Clara City Library for the past 17 years. Her work includes large and small scale grants, taking them from conception to completion. Her grant work has garnered her awards for excellence in publicity with the California Library Association and the John Cotton Dana award through the American Library Association. She creates dynamic and fun programming for all ages and is secretly a unicorn.

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