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Menominee Indian Tribe of Wisconsin
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Recipient Type: 
Native American Library Services
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Enhancement Grants

The S. Verna Fowler Academic Library/Menominee Public Library, under the direction of the College of Menominee Nation, will create makerspace areas for participatory learning, implement makerspace programming as well as increase the number of youth patrons from middle and high school utilizing the community and youth circulations statistics. The project responds to an assessment of patron statistics, which indicated that only 350 resident children (23 percent of the youth population) use the library and checkout an average of 240 library resources each month. Project activities include designing and furnishing spaces; developing monthly programming around movie-making, stop animation, and photography; surveying participants; and tracking library use pre- and post-project. Formative evaluation activities will document the development and implementation of the program; assess the degree to which the project met its goals and the major learning from project implementation; determine the value of the project to families and national efforts; and describe what was learned that can be transferred to other similar efforts.