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Library receives Community Trust Fund
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Thanks to the Steve and Kate Smith Community Trust Fund and David Marttala, Magness Library is a recipient of the grant for another year. Library staff and officials are able to start a makerspace for area children to learn a variety of STREAM skills. Shown with some of the fun learning tools are, from left, library director Brad Walker, Mac McWhirter, assistant director Merissa Chapman, Justin Tanner and Marttala. - photo by Margaret Hobbs

Magness Library has once again been the beneficiary of the Steve and Kate Smith Community Trust Fund for the fourth year. In past years, the funds have been used to completely renovate the Young Adult Space and the Children’s Room. 

“This year we are fortunate to be able to realize a long-held dream and start on a makerspace for our community,” said library director Brad Walker. “This space will allow children, preschool through high school. To learn STEM, STEAM and STREAM core skills, from the basic building blocks of Legos through coding, including a 3-D printer.” 

Based around STREAM (Science, Technology, Reading, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics), this makerspace will provide an invaluable opportunity for the children and parents of Warren County and McMinnville. It also ties in with the library’s Capstone project of online children’s books.

“This grant also made it possible to update the children’s room, lowering the commode and sinks to match the children’s height levels, and a water fountain for them,” said Walker. “We are very appreciative for the Steve and Kate Smith Community Trust and to Dave Marttala for selecting Magness Library.”