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Making Literacy-Innovation Connections - MARKETING the Program

Center for Digital Literacy, Syracuse University
Library Designers, Project Team (see credits)
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MARKETING THE PROGRAM: Under the Resources field below, you can access several products of this IMLS-funded grant that may be helpful as you market the program to parents and children. These include a program poster, sample announcement that you can adapt for your library, and a program postcard that could be printed in bulk. "Making Literacy-Innovation Connections for Rural Public Libraries and Their Youngest Patrons" is a program that was piloted in 10 rural libraries in NYS, NC, AZ, and CO. It was designed by a team of 6 librarians including leaders in the makerspace and innovation areas. Informally, the program is called "Inspiring Invention Through Stories" because of its heavy emphasis on literary and informational texts that inspire inventive thinking. Some libraries alternately call the program "Curious Kids Invent." Literacy is also addressed through the story element in that all the problem-based scenarios in the 24 session plans revolve around an imaginary place called Curiosity Creek. Children must create an invention that solves the problem introduced in the scenario. Return to the project's overview page to access grant products related to preparing the program, running the program, and evaluating it.
Educational Program
Type of Content
literacy-innovation connections, literacy, innovation, public libraries, rural libraries, program marketing
Grades 3-5, Grades PreK-2
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Promotional postcard has two versions, one of which includes a field for your customized text. Both are in print-ready format. The program poster also has three versions. Two are small size posters (11 X17) with one of those including fields for customizable text. The third is 8.5 X 11 and also includes fields for your own customized text.

The Innovation Destination


The Innovation Destination was designed and evaluated by a team from the Center for Digital Literacy at the School of Information Studies, Syracuse University and developed by Data Momentum Inc, in partnership with the Connecticut Invention Convention, By Kids for Kids, New York On Tech, and over 70 school librarians and young innovators.

This site has been serving the youth invention community from 2015 - present.