Item No: 4.C.4.
Meeting Date: July 22, 2013
From: Lucy Gangone
Subject: Resolution authorizing the Library Department to apply for and accept, if awarded, a grant from Lowe's Charitable and Educational Foundation of $10,749 to establish a Youth Laptop Lab.
Staff recommends approval of the resolution authorizing the Library Department to apply for, and accept, if awarded, a grant from Lowe’s Charitable and Educational Foundation of $10,749 to establish a Youth Laptop Lab.
This application under Lowe’s Community Improvement grant program seeks to improve access to technology by children and teens through implementation of a mobile Youth Laptop Lab. The Youth Laptop Lab will consist of ten laptops transported in a mobile cart within the Library to provide increased access to technology for children, teenagers, and caregivers. The Lab will be used for a multitude of instructional programs serving youth ages 3 to 18 and caregivers. The Library has eighteen public computers available for children and teens, but they are located in public areas where classes and programs cannot be offered without disturbing others. The portability of a Laptop Lab will allow technology instruction for youth to be offered in other locations in the library with Wi-Fi access and with availability of video & audio systems for instructional use.
For preschoolers, “Little Clickers” classes will be offered. Children ages 3 – 7 and caregivers can register for a series of six classes teaching basic computer skills and Internet safety for young children. Lessons will include the parts of a computer, basic searching, how to drag-and-drop, and staying safe online. The objective is to build a foundation for learning more advanced computer skills, while also helping to instill confidence and ease with technology.
The Youth Laptop Lab will be incorporated into the library’s existing programs for tweens (8-12 years old) and teens (13-18 years old). Projects will include photo editing, video editing, and animation. The teens and tweens will learn new technology skills by creating public service announcements, book trailers, bookmarks and commercials for library programs that can be posted on the library’s website and social media accounts. Internet safety will also be addressed by exercises centered on the website NetSmartz to educate youth about basic online safety concepts such as exposure to inappropriate content, cyberbullying, and predators.
1. Approve the resolution authorizing the Library Department to submit a grant application to Lowe’s Charitable and Educational Foundation for a Youth Laptop Lab for $10,749, or
2. Such alternative action as the Commission may deem appropriate
If awarded a budget adjustment in the current fiscal year will be necessary The operating budget for Library in FY2014-2015 will include $2,000 for Information Technology Repair/Maintenance Computer Equipment charges for the ten laptops, and $300 for renewal of the anti-virus software license.
Prepared by: ______________________
Attachments: Yes____ No ______
Advertised: ____Not Required ______
Attorney Review : Yes___ No ____
Reviewed by: Dept. Head ________
Finance Dept. _BLM,____________
Deputy C.M. ___________________
City Manager ___________________
Account No. _001-0000-337-71-00__
Project No. ____LOWES3_______
WF No. ______________________
RESOLUTION OF THE CITY COMMISSION OF THE CITY OF LEESBURG, FLORIDA AUTHORIZING THE LIBRARY DEPARTMENT TO APPLY FOR AND ACCEPT, IF AWARDED, A GRANT FROM LOWE'S CHARITABLE AND EDUCATIONAL FOUNDATION OF $10,749 TO ESTABLISH A YOUTH LAPTOP LAB; AND PROVIDING AN EFFECTIVE DATE.
BE IT RESOLVED BY THE CITY COMMISSION OF THE CITY OF LEESBURG, FLORIDA:
THAT the Library Department is hereby authorized to apply and accept, if awarded, a grant from Lowe’s Charitable and Educational Foundation to establish a Youth Laptop Lab.
THAT this resolution shall become effective immediately.
PASSED AND ADOPTED by the City Commission of the City of Leesburg, Florida, at a regular meeting held the _22nd____ day of _July________ 2013.