Library awarded LSTA grant


Homeschool students get a first glimpse of the new library smart board learning how to combine vinegar and baking soda to blow up balloons.

Homeschool students get a first glimpse of the new library smart board learning how to combine vinegar and baking soda to blow up balloons.

Director Ricky Statham has announced that Oneonta Public Library was recently awarded an $11,500 Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) grant. The grant has allowed the library to purchase a Sharp Aquos smart board and graphic drawing tablets that will enhance in-house capabilities for homeschool students, outside organizations, small businesses, and others who utilize the conference room.

According to Statham, the smart board, which is an interactive whiteboard, has multiple capabilities including being able to project what is open on the computer, as well as allowing up to four people to interact at the same time.

The graphic drawing tablets are computer input devices that enable hand-drawn images, animations, and graphics to be created with a special pen-like stylus, capture data or handwritten signatures, and project this information or images onto the smart board.

The homeschool hangout group that met last Monday got their first glimpse of the smart board as students learned about combining vinegar and baking soda to blow up balloons.

Homeschool mom Jennifer Fallin said she is excited about the use of the smart board and learning about all of its capabilities. Her daughter, fifth grade homeschool student Jenna Fallin, showed great excitement when she learned of the drawing and art capabilities it allows.

Statham said upon being awarded the LSTA grant, it allowed the release of $2,875 from a local match that was built into the library’s yearly budget. He said the library is very fortunate and thankful to have received this grant from LSTA.

Statham invites everyone to visit and learn about all the exciting opportunities taking place at the library. For more information about upcoming events, call 274- 7641 or visit their website at www.oneontapubliclibrary.org.