The below blog post was written by Lia, a Make Do Share Intern at our Bainbridge Island location. Make Do Share internships are supported by a grant through the Institute of Museum and Library Services and provide teens and young adults (ages 16-25) with the opportunity to gain real world job experience while developing 21st century skills. They also help to make the Library's youth STEM programs more awesome.
I’m Lia, the Bainbridge Public Library’s STEM programming intern. I have been a long time library user and it has been a great experience to be an intern in the field I love for a public place I love. For the past four months I have been organizing and leading STEM oriented events for all age groups. I have tailored my internship to my interests: engineering and art.
I have been able to work with elementary school kids up to high school students. I have helped Carmine (children’s librarian at Bainbridge Public Library) incorporate STEM activities into her story time sessions. For my lock ins (teen events) I got to create fun, captivating group activities with Dash and Dot robots and simple technology stations with 3D pens and ipads. This internship has given me the opportunity to share my interests, connect with the community, and help the library move into the digital future.