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The Rochester Public Library and the Poughkeepsie Public Library District have been chosen to receive grants from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) and the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation.

A total of $1.2million in grants was awarded to twelve libraries and museums across the country. Recipients will use these grants to plan and design 21st century Learning Labs. These Learning Labs will support a research-based education model known as “connected learning,” which attempts to bring together academics and the interests of young people with the help of digital and traditional media.

The Rochester Public Library will use this grant to bridge the digital divide and reach out to underserved youth. The library’s Cypher Productions @ Teen Central will bring in professional filmmakers, media artists, musicians and animators to teach workshops, allowing underprivileged youth to learn more about video and animation production.

The Poughkeepsie Public Library District will create a MediaLab, pairing young people with adult mentors and media technology. The library plans to update their Teen Room to focus on the interests of young people. In addition to this physical space, the library will also develop an online space where young people can share ideas and post projects via social media. This combined use of physical and online space will allow young people to learn more about the digital world and will serve as a pilot program for the region.

For more information on these twelve grants, and to find out more about IMLS and the MacArthur Foundation’s Digital Media and Learning Initiative, visit: