New tech

Shown here with new technology at the Milton Public Library are Karl Senger, School District of Milton technology department; Aaron Herrington, Milton High School iCadet; Ashlee Kunkel, assistant library director; and Justin Watson, SDM technology department.

New technology will be available in Milton Public Library’s SPARK makerspace and throughout the library as a result of a partnership with the School District of Milton Tech Department. While the equipment is new, the district has a long-standing relationship with providing technology to the library.

District staff and students from the high school’s iCadet program installed two iMacs and 10 iPads last week. The iMacs will be housed in the SPARK and will be used for a variety of science, technology, engineering, art, and math (STEAM) programming, including movie making, music mixing, website building, and much more. Additionally, like most of the equipment in the SPARK, the iMacs will be available for patrons to create something on their own.

Four of the iPads will be docked at the computer table located in the children’s area. These iPads will have a variety of educational apps, including those that students use in their classrooms. The remaining iPads will be used for enhanced programming in the SPARK and for bringing STEAM programs to schools, day cares, and the youth center.

The library’s expansion could not have been completed without community partnerships. The library has been working with the Milton School District for many years, more recently the library has been visiting classrooms with SPARK programs, and has introduced a program for high school students to teach classes in the SPARK.

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