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Millvale Communiy Library Wins Limitless Libraries Grant from Microsoft

Millvale Community Library was recently selected as one of 20 recipients of the new Microsoft Limitless Library Fund. The Limitless Libraries grant is designed to enrich the learning experience at public or school libraries and foster Mixed Reality adoption in education.

Susan McClellan with equipment
Susan McClellan

The grant provides libraries with all the resources for getting a Mixed Reality program up and running, including:

    • Two Windows Mixed Reality headsets and two computers to operate them
    • Technical training of staff and administration
    • Assistance with marketing resources and program scheduling
    • Email support to answer any questions going forward
    • Access to other grantees
    • Updates about new content rollouts

Twenty public and school libraries across the U.S. were selected.

Millvale Community Library Director, Susan McClellan, said she had a wonderful visit from the Microsoft representative who delivered the equipment.  “It was fascinating,” McClellan said.  “We have downloaded 13 apps so far.  The staff and I plan to practice with the software before we can use it with others. The apps are for ages 10 and up.”  She added that she took a tour of Rome with the equipment.

Susan with equipment
Board Member Chad Elish and Library Director Susan McClellan

The full list of recipients of the first Limitless Libraries grants are below, in no particular order:

  • B.F. Terry High School, Rosenberg, TX
  • Broward County Public Schools, Fort Lauderdale, FL
  • Bryan High School, Omaha, NE
  • Chicago Public Library Foundation, Chicago, IL
  • Clinton Public Library, Clinton, IA
  • Detroit Public Library Foundation, Detroit, MI
  • East River High School, Orlando, FL
  • Franklin High School, Seattle, WA
  • Hamburg Community School District, Hamburg, IA
  • James Madison Middle School, North Hollywood, CA
  • Leadership and Public Service High School, New York, NY
  • Mandel Public Library, West Palm Beach, FL
  • Mill River Unified Union School District, Clarendon, VT
  • Millvale Community Library, Millvale, PA
  • New York Public Library, New York, NY
  • Pasadena Public Libraries, Pasadena, TX
  • Pueblo City County Library, Pueblo, CO
  • Queens Borough Public Library, Jamaica, NY
  • San Mateo County Library, San Mateo, CA
  • Tacoma Public Schools, Tacoma, WA

Grant applicants whose programs provided exposure and increased knowledge in STEM, and where a high percentage of participating youth are considered underserved, were given priority.

The equipment from this grant will be used to introduce the virtual reality learning experience at Millvale Community Library for local youth.

submitted by :
Susan McClellan, Executive Director
Millvale Community Library

 

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