Former resident establishes major STEM collection at Whiting Library

CHESTER, Vt. – Former resident Warren John Mackensen lived in Chester from 1948 until he left for Annapolis in 1966, but he didn’t forget Chester or Whiting Library.

“As a young boy growing up in Chester, I devoured everything Whiting Library had that related to science and mechanics,” he told Kathy Pellett, chair of the library’s Board of Trustees. He added, “I’d like to give back to Whiting Library for giving me the gift of learning, which contributed significantly to my becoming an engineer.” With that, Mackensen established a significant collection of science, technology, engineering, and math materials, which the library will unveil Monday, May 20 at 11 a.m. The public is invited to attend this event and meet, or as the case may be, renew an old friendship with Warren John, as he was known in earlier days.

When Mackensen called to say that he’d like to add to the library’s STEM collection – what did we need – we were very pleasantly shocked, said Pellett. “I asked Sharon (Tanzer), our director, what do we need. She said, ‘Everything!’”

Even Mackensen admitted the collection back when he was a boy wasn’t extensive, but it was enough to get him started in his love of all things mechanical. He earned a Bachelor of Science in electrical engineering from the U.S. Naval Academy and served as an officer in the nuclear submarine service from 1970 to 1975. We are so grateful for his generosity to Whiting Library.

STEM-trained students experience hands-on problem solving, which enables them to grow new skills with confidence. Analytical skills are required to research, plan, and draw conclusions. Science skills are needed to view complex problems in smaller parts and to recognize cause and effect relationships. Mathematical skills are used for all measurements and calculations as well as attention to detail and data recording; technical skills troubleshoot sources of problems and use computer technology to find the solutions.

The public as well as students from Green Mountain Union High School and Chester-Andover Elementary School will have access to a wonderful source of STEM materials to augment those at the school libraries.

We invite the public to attend the grand opening of Whiting Library’s STEM Collection May 20 at 11 a.m. For more information, contact Sharon Tanzer, director of the Whiting Library at 802-875-2277.

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