GibsonLibraryGrant ForWeb
Elevate Advanced Manufacturing, a statewide outreach campaign to promote careers and training in advanced manufacturing, announced Gibson Memorial Library in Creston, is the recipient of a $500 grant to implement programming to educate young people and their parents about the varied career opportunities in advanced manufacturing.


According to Marilyn Ralls, Gibson Memorial Library director, the grant funds were used to purchase an iPad loaded with advanced manufacturing apps such as iEngineer, Robots, BrainPop, VideoScience, FillTheCup, and more.  The iPad will be available for checkout to be used at the library. 

Fifteen public libraries and museums in Iowa were selected to receive grant funds from Elevate.  All of the grantees are collaborating with their local community colleges and with local advanced manufacturers to educate students and build better perceptions of advanced manufacturing careers while addressing misconceptions of work environment, safety, and wages.

To learn more about Elevate, please visit

Pictured (L to R):  Kay Raymond, Friends of the Library board member; Jean Ide, vice president, library board; Connie Hardin, Friends of the Library board member; Amanda Kissell, coordinator, After Thoughts Library program; Robyn Denson-Ormsby, Elevate Advanced Manufacturing; Ann Coulter, president, library board; Valerie White, Workplace Learning Center coordinator, SWCC; Cecily Lumbard, teen coordinator, After Thoughts Library program; Kelly Roach, Iowa Works; Dr. Barb Crittenden, president, SWCC; Tom Lesan, vice president for economic development, SWCC; and Marilyn Ralls, library director.