On Tuesday, the Elaine Ione Sprauve Public Library was abuzz with a viNGN Public Computer Center Launch. The purpose of the event was to promote digital literacy, volunteerism, and internet safety.
Children collaborated on spaghetti-and-marshmallow towers and balloon hovercrafts in two makerspaces, as organizer and viNGN Insular PCC Site Manager/School Technology Program Coordinator Pamela Finley cheered them on. Also, adults were treated to seminars on smartphone safety and protecting children from cyber bullies, following up with a lively session on Kahoots, an interactive and collaborative quiz program.
viNGN was established as a subsidiary of the Virgin Islands Public Finance Authority in 2010, as part of a federal program to improve the broadband capacity in the United States, its territories, and the District of Columbia, enabling 33 PCCs on St. Croix, St. Thomas and St. John.
In line with the Libraries Transform campaign promoted by the American Libraries Association, Finley sought to provide a total intellectual and creative experience. She also considered the event as a tribute to Virgin Islands’ past, leading up to today and into a brighter future, with an historic milestone, the completion of the nation’s first fully interconnected, 100% all fiber-optic network: “I wanted to launch this event during the month of March, Virgin Islands History Month, which coincides with the history and impact our company will have on the VI.” she said.
“I’m grateful for the support of the Division of Libraries, Archives and Museums including Territorial Director Ingrid Bough and Sprauve Librarian Ashley Till in making this happen. We all learned and more important we all had fun doing it!”
To get involved in transforming the Virgin Islands by volunteering at a Public Computer Center, contact viNGN at 340-715-8581 or visit the web site http://www.vingn.com, or follow viNGN on social media (@viNextGen).