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Library gets grant for youth learning

Rochester Public Library, in collaboration with Nazareth College and ArtPeace Inc., will receive one of 12 grants from the Institute of Museum and Library Services and the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation to design a Learning Lab.

The lab will be a space where young people can connect with mentors and peers, as well as new media and traditional materials to pursue their interests more deeply and connect new skills to academics, career and civic engagement.

Inspired by YOUmedia, a teen space at the Chicago Public Library, and innovations in science and technology centers, these labs will help young people create content.

The 12 winners — five museums and seven libraries — will receive a total of $1.2 million in planning grants to plan and design the labs. Rochester Public Library will receive $100,000 for the development of Cypher Productions @Teen Central. The grant is part of a second round of winners in a national competition to create 21st-century labs in museums and libraries around the country.