Robots may be in the works for Sherman Public Library. New Youth Librarian Allie Barton wants to make sure that children in Grayson County have access to new educational equipment.
Barton took on her position at the library this summer.
Along with access to robotics equipment, Barton believes having access to the latest science, technology, engineering and mathematics equipment is important to the direction she would like to take the children’s section of the library.
“We are also purchasing launchpads,” she said. “They are kind of like iPads. They do not have the internet on them. They have pre-purchased educational applications for kids on them. We will have those when the library reopens.”
Barton grew in Ada, Oklahoma, earned her bachelor’s degree from East Central University, and her master’s degree in library science from the University of Oklahoma.
“While I was volunteering at the East Central library, we were giving out a lot of information, and we were doing a lot of interesting programs that the children got to be a part of,” Barton said. “When I was at Oklahoma University, I worked at the Metropolitan Library System at the Choctaw branch where I worked specifically with tweens, ages 9-12.”
Barton said she enjoyed her time at with the Metropolitan Library System because they had access to robotics equipment and other STEM programming.
“I knew that was what I was meant to do,” she said. “I got to hang out with kids and be a part of the learning and education process.”
Barton’s job interview in Sherman was originally scheduled for the day after the fire at the Sherman Public Library on April 26.
“I just saw the outpour from the community,” she said. “This community really sees the value of its library. I have been talking with the Grayson County Extension about ways that we can take ownership of the library even in this temporary space. We are going to be doing a gardening program to beautify this building. We want to feel like this is our space.”