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DEL RIO,TX–The Val Verde County Library announced it's participation in the 'Bots & Books @ Your Library grant that will provide the library with the supplies and training needed to place hands-on robotics programs for students 3rd grade and older.  

The Bots & Books Program event took place on November 21 through November 23rd at the Val Verde County Library, located at 300 Spring St.  The program offered Lego education WeDo 2.0 robotics kits for children building robots using Lego bricks and learning computer programming as they write code to allow their robots to complete tasks.  

The Robotics program initiates the sequence for children to gain interest in in science and technology careers in STEM(Science, technology, engineering, and math)subjects.

In collaboration between the Val Verde County Library, Connecting Texas Libraries Statewide, and the Texas State Library and Archives Commission, the program provided fun informal learning for students.  The project was made possible by a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services to the Texas State Library and Archives Commission under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act of 2015.  

The Val Verde County Library received over $5,000 in grant money to assist children with the program.  After pursuing the grant for the past two years, the program finally took off in October of this year.   

"Getting the children involved in these technical fields is necessary for when they become a part to the workforce," said Ms. Reba Benavides, Children's Librarian at Val Verde County Library.  "We would like to see us continue to receive more grants so that we may expand our age group to possibly up to High School Students."

Benavides stated that not only do the children get the opportunity to have fun while learning, but it aids them in grammar and problem solving.

"We are planning to offer a two week after school program currently," said Benavides.  The library plans to extend the program till 2017.

The program is Free of Charge to students.  

For more information about registering your child for this program, please contact the library at (830)774-7595 or visit them at www.valverdecounty.texas.gov/181/Library