City of Annapolis Awards Community Grant

Child in a spotted coat playing with a SMART Table
Grace F., 8, of Annapolis, tries out a SMART Table at a recent library event.

The Library Foundation received the welcome news recently that it received its first-ever grant from the City of Annapolis. The Community Grant program makes awards to non-profits providing “activities and services which sustain and enhance the quality of life of City residents.” The Library Foundation received $12,100 for the purchase and installation of two SMART Tables, one each for the Annapolis and Eastport-Annapolis Neck branches.

SMART Tables are collaborative learning centers where up to eight preschool and early elementary students can work together at the same time. These large, horizontal, interactive computer screens with preloaded software (think iPad with table legs) are designed to be used by one or multiple learners. SMART Tables enable young children to build literacy, problem solving and collaborative learning skills.

A widely used and popular addition at children’s areas in libraries around the country, and in preschool and early elementary classrooms nationwide, SMART Tables are another facet to AACPL’s Every Child Ready to Read initiative as well as providing the latest technological tools for learning to customers.

The horizontal 3600 surface of the 2’ x 4’ tables makes it easy for students to work either solely or collaboratively. While there is a large amount of ready-made content already available, new activities can be created by using software available from the manufacturer. The two new SMART Tables will be located in the children’s area of both branches.