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Kent libraries take in share of £3.9million fund to create ‘digital playgrounds’

PUBLISHED: 14:24 22 March 2017 | UPDATED: 14:24 22 March 2017

The new 'digital playground' project is targeted at children from disadvantaged backgrounds

The new 'digital playground' project is targeted at children from disadvantaged backgrounds

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The Arts Council has issued grants across the country

Youngsters visiting libraries across the county’s will soon be able to explore their creativity through technology.

Kent County Council has received £104,119 from the Department for Culture, Media and Sport’s (DCMS) Libraries Opportunities for Everyone Innovation Fund. as part of a national programme.

The money will go toward creating ‘digital playgrounds’ in libraries all-over the county.

Spaces will be set up to create safe, fun and stimulating environments for a range of activities, while also running workshops on things like coding, robotic modelling, digital image making and circuit building.

According to the Arts Council, the project will be open to all, but have a strong focus on creating opportunities for children from disadvantaged backgrounds.

Libraries minster Rob Wilson said: “Libraries are important local assets that not only provide access to books, but are places where people can come together, be inspired and learn new skills.

“This programme is a fantastic example of how 21st century libraries can offer a range of services that benefit communities across the country and help build a shared society that works for everyone. We want libraries to think differently about how they serve people in their local areas. I have been impressed by the innovative projects put forward and I can’t wait to see them in action.

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