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Item No:                    4.C.4.

 

Meeting Date:           July 22, 2013

 

From:                          Lucy Gangone

 

Subject:                      Resolution authorizing the Library Department to apply for and accept, if awarded, a grant from Lowe's Charitable and Educational Foundation of $10,749 to establish a Youth Laptop Lab.

 

 


Staff Recommendation:

Staff recommends approval of the resolution authorizing the Library Department to apply for, and accept, if awarded, a grant from Lowe’s Charitable and Educational Foundation of $10,749 to establish a Youth Laptop Lab. 

 

Analysis:

This application under Lowe’s Community Improvement grant program seeks to improve access to technology by children and teens through implementation of a mobile Youth Laptop Lab.  The Youth Laptop Lab will consist of ten  laptops transported in a mobile cart within the Library to provide increased access to technology for children, teenagers, and caregivers.  The Lab will be used for a multitude of instructional programs serving youth ages 3 to 18 and caregivers.  The Library has eighteen public computers available for children and teens, but they are located in public areas where classes and programs cannot be offered without disturbing others.  The portability of a Laptop Lab will allow  technology instruction for youth to be offered in other locations in the library with Wi-Fi access and with availability of video & audio systems for instructional use. 

 

For preschoolers, “Little Clickers” classes will be offered.  Children ages 3 – 7 and caregivers can register for a series of six classes teaching basic computer skills and Internet safety for young children.  Lessons will include the parts of a computer, basic searching, how to drag-and-drop, and staying safe online. The objective is to build a foundation for learning more advanced computer skills, while also helping to instill confidence and ease with technology.

 

The  Youth  Laptop  Lab  will  be  incorporated  into  the  library’s  existing  programs  for  tweens (8-12 years old) and teens (13-18 years old).  Projects will include photo editing, video editing, and animation.  The teens and tweens will learn new technology skills by creating public service announcements, book trailers, bookmarks and commercials for library programs that can be posted on the library’s website and social media accounts. Internet safety will also be addressed by exercises centered on the website NetSmartz to educate youth about basic online safety concepts such as exposure to inappropriate content, cyberbullying, and predators.

 

Options:

1.  Approve the resolution authorizing the Library Department to submit a grant application to Lowe’s Charitable and Educational Foundation for a Youth Laptop Lab for $10,749, or

2.  Such alternative action as the Commission may deem appropriate

 

Fiscal Impact:

If awarded a budget adjustment in the current fiscal year will be necessary  The operating budget for Library in FY2014-2015 will include $2,000 for Information Technology Repair/Maintenance Computer Equipment charges for the ten laptops, and $300 for renewal of the anti-virus software license. 

 

Submission Date and Time:    7/17/2013 3:15 PM____

 

Department: ______________________

Prepared by:  ______________________                     

Attachments:         Yes____   No ______

Advertised:   ____Not Required ______                     

Dates:   __________________________                     

Attorney Review :       Yes___  No ____

                                                

_________________________________           

Revised 6/10/04

 

Reviewed by: Dept. Head ________

 

Finance  Dept. _BLM,____________                                     

                              

Deputy C.M. ___________________                                                                         

Submitted by:

City Manager ___________________

 

Account No. _001-0000-337-71-00__

 

Project No. ____LOWES3_______

 

WF No. ______________________

 

Budget  ______________________

 

Available _____________________


 

RESOLUTION NO._______________

 

RESOLUTION OF THE CITY COMMISSION OF THE CITY OF LEESBURG, FLORIDA AUTHORIZING THE LIBRARY DEPARTMENT TO APPLY FOR AND ACCEPT, IF AWARDED, A GRANT FROM LOWE'S CHARITABLE AND EDUCATIONAL FOUNDATION OF $10,749 TO ESTABLISH A YOUTH LAPTOP LAB; AND PROVIDING AN EFFECTIVE DATE.

 

BE IT RESOLVED BY THE CITY COMMISSION OF THE CITY OF LEESBURG, FLORIDA:

 

            THAT the Library Department is hereby authorized to apply and accept, if awarded, a grant from Lowe’s Charitable and Educational Foundation to establish a Youth Laptop Lab.

 

             THAT this resolution shall become effective immediately.

 

PASSED AND ADOPTED by the City Commission of the City of Leesburg, Florida, at a regular meeting held the _22nd____ day of _July________ 2013.

 

 

 

                                                                            __________________________

                                                                             Mayor

 

ATTEST:

 

 

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City Clerk