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$15,000 Anonymous Gift to Foundation Funds Laptops for Sequoya Library Programming

An anonymous donor gave Madison Public Library Foundation a $15,000 gift in late 2016 to support the purchase of laptops for Sequoya Library programming.

The laptops were purchased in November and have already been put to use for coding programs for youth and teens, said Sequoya Library Supervisor Marc Gartler.

"The laptops enabled us to host Hour of Code sessions in 2016, and so far this year, they are allowing us to introduce computing into after-school programming, including the Gryffindor Commons series, Maker Mondays, and a STEM club we do with Midvale Elementary students," he said. "Those will continue into the spring, when we’ll offer kids the opportunity to learn MIT’s Scratch programming language."

Gartler said library staff are having discussions with two community centers about bringing the laptops outside the library and into their programs, as well as planning how to use the laptops in summer library programming.

"The laptops have really broadened our range of options and allow us to teach computer programming skills that are increasingly needed," he said. "We’re very grateful to the donor.”

An anonymous donor gave $15,000 in late 2016 for Sequoya Library to buy new laptops for its programming inside and outside the library. Photo by Shanna Wolf/S. Photography & Styling.

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