Discovery on the Go team is the winner of the 2019 John Philip Outreach Award

Released On: 8/2/2019

The Lorain Public Library System’s Discovery on the Go team has been selected as the winner of the 2019 John Philip Outreach Award from the Ohio Library Council. 

The Discovery on the Go vehicle is designed to introduce children to science, technology, engineering, arts and math, or STEAM, in order to gain background knowledge, vocabulary and critical thinking skills. Children have the opportunity to check out STEAM-related books from the vehicle.

Stephanie Brown, an outreach associate with LPLS, said it’s exciting to be recognized for the hard work and creation that has gone into Discovery on the Go programming.

“The greatest reward is seeing children who are excited to have fun learning with the library,” she said. “I hope that more libraries will look closely at this unique opportunity to reach their community and continue to expand on the true idea of outreach.”

The Discovery on the Go program also has tools such as Legos, Keva Planks, art supplies, Ozobots and Snap Circuits in keeping with the STEAM theme. 

Outreach Librarian Brittany Labinger, the other half of the Discovery on the Go team, said it’s an honor for our library to be recognized for this unique approach to outreach services in libraries.

“I feel deep gratitude to Elaine Betting, LPLS’s director of community engagement, who conceptualized the Discovery on the Go program, for giving Stephanie and me the opportunity to have fun bringing it to fruition,” she said. “We can't wait to see what's next for Discovery on the Go!”

The award will be presented at a luncheon at a later date.