Delaware Libraries honored as Community Group of Year

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Accepting the Community Group of the Year Award were, from left, Carl Shaw, Inspiration Space coordinator of Wilmington Public Library; Beth-Ann Ryan, deputy director of Delaware Division of Libraries; Sarena Fletcher, emerging technologies librarian of Delaware Division of Libraries and state librarian Annie Norman. (Submitted photo/Delaware Division of Libraries)

The Delaware Division of Libraries has announced Delaware Libraries were voted Community Group of the Year in Delaware’s inaugural Delaware Innovation Awards.

Delaware Libraries were recognized for their expansion of 3D printing and STEM — science, technology, engineering, math — literacy to many libraries throughout the state. Delaware, a statewide online technology news network, announced the award winners at the closing reception celebrating Delaware Innovation Week, which was Nov. 13-21.

“This is a real testament to the division’s efforts to ensure universal access to technology resources and leveraging that technology to inspire their patrons,” said Secretary of State Jeffrey Bullock.

The Division of Libraries has encouraged innovation statewide through the ever evolving Inspiration Space – mini-makerspaces in libraries where people can learn about and experiment with technology, entrepreneurship and do-it-yourself activities. The division has provided libraries with 3D printers, green screens, video cameras, software and training for the public to use or attend. Libraries also have partnered with several organizations to present classes on computer coding, 3D modeling and more.

“Libraries are making experiences come alive, off the page, for our communities,” said state librarian Annie Norman. “Libraries are a linchpin for discovery in all subject areas, and we are working with partners and experts to make available a greater array of experiences for our communities. So Delawareans have the opportunity they might not have otherwise to discover a passion, to develop an expertise, and to make connections to support invention and innovation.”

Emerging Technologies Librarian Sarena Fletcher said, “We’re thrilled to be recognized as a leading contributor to Delaware’s innovative growth. We provide Delawareans opportunities to explore emerging technologies while working together to create a thriving community.”

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