Saint Paul Public Library was one of 12 winners of a national competition to build 21st Century learning labs in museums andlibraries around the country. The 12 recipients of this round of grants were selected out of a pool of 98 applicants from 32 states. Applications were evaluated by professionals with relevant expertise in digital media and learning & museum and library management. Support for this project comes from the Institute for Museum and Library Services (IMLS) and the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation.
The Saint Paul Learning Labs Project will enable Saint Paul Public Library and its partner, the Saint Paul Parks and Recreation Department, to create a comprehensive plan integrating best practices for digital engagement for youth. The project will include a shared facility, a mobile lab, and the online iRemix portal. These new spaces will help provide safe, resource rich environments where youth, especially "at risk" urban youth, can "hang out, mess around, and geek out" on projects that help them gain 21st century skills.