Library to offer STEM education


Through a partnership with Science North, the Fort Frances Public Library and Technology Centre (FFPLTC) brought a special installment to the community in November of last year.

The library launched its permanent “Northern THINK Hub” centre, which offers a hands-on environment for users to have fun while learning about science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM).

“Something new this year is that school classes have begun and students are going to be exposed to the libraries new STEM centre,” Coun. Hallikas noted.

“We have quite an impressive STEM activity centre at the library. I encourage all Fort Frances residents to check it out.”

Personnel from Science North in Sudbury will be training library staff and board members in mid-February, so they are fully educated on all the uses of the THINK Hub.

“The library staff and board are also working on a new marketing plan for the library and I’d like to take this time to remind residents that the library is much more than books,” Coun. Hallikas said.
“All library’s these days are not like the libraries your momma knew.”

FFPLTC in particular is a “technology centre,” where users can access free wifi, use computers, tablets, 3D printers, and virtual reality technology.

“We also have traditional things like newspapers, magazines, talking books, ebooks, movies, the latest music, and all is available at no charge,” Hallikas noted.

“The library is a great comfortable space to relax where everyone is welcome and everything is free.”