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Durham Library Foundation Awarded $25,000 Grant from Duke Energy Foundation

Durham – Duke Energy Foundation has awarded Durham Library Foundation a $25,000 grant to fund the launch of a Teen Tech Learning Lab – a one-year program offered at the Main Library that puts digital technology in teens’ hands and pairs them with experts, tutors and mentors who provide training and support.

Teens will explore web and game design, film animation and videography. The program also includes a foundation of life skills training including job readiness, academic success, financial literacy and digital citizenship. The use of technology like tablets, DSLR cameras, online tutorial services and 3D printers is aimed at making learning fun for teens.

“The tagline for our Teen Tech Lab is ‘where science and imagination collide,’” said Tammy Baggett, Durham County Library director. “With this grant, Duke Energy Foundation has opened up a world of creativity and learning for our teens.”

The lab supports achievement in teens and young adults, ages 13-19, and reinforces STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) topics through hands-on projects and real life scenarios. The lab’s program structure connects everyday life experiences to STEM, while addressing the need for a nurturing and supportive out-of-school environment.

The Duke Energy Foundation grant will support Durham Library Foundation’s Campaign for the Library, which includes outreach to children and teens as a major funding goal. The library will launch the Teen Tech Learning Lab in 2014, and will expand the program as additional funds are raised.

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Durham County Library encourages Discovery, connects the Community and leads in Literacy. As a department of Durham County Government, the library furthers Goal 1 of the county’s Strategic Plan by enhancing cultural, educational and creative opportunities.

The mission of Durham Library Foundation is to raise funds to provide a margin of excellence for the Durham County Library.

Duke Energy Foundation makes charitable investments on behalf of Duke Energy, the largest electric power holding company in the United States with 7.2 million customers in six states. In North Carolina, Duke Energy Foundation invests $16 million annually for community support and charitable contributions. In 2013, the foundation will make an additional one-time commitment of $20 million to support low-income energy assistance and workforce development in North Carolina. To learn more about Duke Energy Foundation, visit

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