Library’s Teen Robotics Program, Adult Services Coordinator Win Awards at State Directors Conference

Monday, May 15, 2017

​At the annual conference of the Virginia Public Library Directors Association, held April 20 and 21 in Staunton, Va., Ashley Barrineau, adult services coordinator at Virginia Beach Public Library (VBPL) was named "Outstanding Library Staff Member" and VBPL's Sphero Code Club received an award for "Most Innovative Outreach."

Ashley BarrineauBarrineau was recognized for her commitment to the library profession and creativity in providing innovative programs and services to benefit the community. With her leadership, VBPL's adult services team grew community program offerings from 500 to more than 2,100 from 2015 to 2016 and attendance leapt from 6,800 to nearly 22,000. Barrineau oversaw the implementation of many large scale library programs in the last year, including a $66,100 grant to provide financial literacy programming for Virginia Beach residents. Barrineau is the second VBPL staff member to be named "Outstanding Library Staff Member" since 2015, when Katie Cerqua, VBPL's youth and family services manager, received the award.

Designed by VBPL teen and technology services staff members, the Sphero Code Club is an afterschool program that library staff take on the road to Green Run High School each week. The goal of the club is to demystify computer science for teens and to spark interest in coding and robotics as hobbies and career paths. VBPL staff members supply mobile devices and robots. They encourage the teens to learn independently and in small groups and to set and achieve their own goals. Tablets used during the club were provided by the Virginia Beach Library Foundation through a grant from Best Buy, and the Sphero ball robots were funded by a grant from the Friends of the Virginia Beach Public Library.

Sphero Club 

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