Library Receives Odd Fellows’ Technology Grant

Holly Chang, new executive director of the Pottstown Regional Public Library, was warmly received Monday night at the Lower Pottsgrove Board of Commissioners’ meeting

POTTSTOWN PA – Story-telling and educational technology programs for children are expected to be improved and expanded at the Pottstown Regional Public Library, thanks to a $10,000 grant received by its Children’s Department from the Home for Orphans of Odd Fellows of Pennsylvania, the library announced.

That news, recently reported on the library’s Facebook page, was followed with a visit Monday night (March 2, 2020) by library Executive Director Holly Chang and three members of its Board of Trustees to the Lower Pottsgrove Board of Commissioners’ meeting. Commissioners welcomed Chang to her new position, and congratulated the library on its recent accomplishments.

Digital literacy, and experience with technology tools, are as important to young people as traditional books and reading, library youth services coordinator Lisa Kraljevich explained. Its goal “is to ensure all children in our area have equal access to these new tools. It is critical that kids in our area do not fall behind their peers in digital literacy experience,” she said.

The library emphasizes story-telling to teach communication, whether to one person or to a group, it noted. Cameras and animation software are already used to allow children to take on the roles of writer, director, costume designer, art director, and animator as they produce their own film to tell their story. The grant will be used to enhance that programming, and also add virtual reality technology.

The Independent Order of Odd Fellows is a worldwide organization of more than 600,000 members across 10,000 local lodges, including those located in Boyertown, Norristown, and Spring City. Its Home for Orphans of Odd Fellows of Pennsylvania is an independent non-profit corporation founded in 1884, which now promotes children’s literacy and care programs in under-served communities.

The library, 500 E. High St., serves residents of Pottstown borough and Lower Pottsgrove, Upper Pottsgrove, and West Pottsgrove townships.

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