This summer, kids in Erie County will be able to get aboard a train -- a Cyber Train, that is.
A "Summer Cyber Train Camp" will take place in branch libraries throughout the county, now that the Erie County Legislature has provided $100,000 for the new program to the Buffalo & Erie County Public Library.
The county funding will pay for computer-skills camp sessions during July and August. Children in grades four through seven can sign up at branch libraries taking part in the event, which will be held on a special "train" of traveling laptop computers. The camp sessions are free.
"Residents have told us that they value their libraries," said Legislator Lynn M. Marinelli, D-Town of Tonawanda, chairwoman of the Legislature's Community Enrichment Committee. "This investment demonstrates the Legislature's commitment to enhancing services available at community libraries and expanding opportunities for a child's future."
Camps will be located at branch libraries throughout the county
"We are currently developing all details regarding the library's Cyber Train Summer Camp, which will be offered to children throughout Erie County," said Library Director Diane J. Chrisman. "Programs will be fun as well as educational, featuring Internet scavenger hunts, mind mazes and other activities that inform and delight."
The Legislature's $100,000 funding will pay for two intern trainees and 15 intern technical specialists to help run the program. Library administrators will recruit students from local colleges to teach at the camps.
College students with a specialization in computer science and technology who are interested in an internship with the camp are encouraged to call the library's human resources office at 858-7174.