Schiller Park Public Library has been selected to receive an IEEE Chicago Library Science Kit Grant.  The initial portion of the grant award was presented to the library on Thursday, February 22, 2018 during the library’s  Board of Trustees Meeting.  Norm Phoenix was resplendent in a pinstripe suit complete with IEEE badging (several photos attached), and spoke eloquently about the program and goals to instill interest among young people in science and engineering. The IEEE, and in particular the Chicago Section, was definitely well represented.

The board members of the Schiller Public Library were universally gracious and genuinely appreciative of the gift. Kudos to Norm and his colleagues for their work and results.

A program of the IEEE-Chicago Section, “Science Kits for Public Libraries” seeks to make STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) learning available for children regardless of race, gender, or income. Understanding that not all children have access to high quality science educations due to underfunding, resource allocations, poverty, or any other social or economic condition, the Science Kits for Public Libraries program raises capital to provide grants to public libraries to purchase science kit collections and offer them as a lending service to their communities just like a book.