When it comes to innovation, Wilton Library is full STEAM ahead \u2014 its Innovation Station maker space has received the Connecticut Library Association\u2019s (CLA) 2015 Award of Excellence in Public Library Service.This annual award honors a public library that has provided an outstanding program or service to its community.The award was presented to Wilton Library staff Mary Anne Mendola Franco, assistant director, technology & training; Thomas Kozak, webmaster\/network services assistant; and Susan Lauricella, head of teen services & maker space coordinator, at the CLA annual conference in Mystic on April 28.\u201cThe awards committee was very impressed not only by your \u2026 Maker Space but by the promotion in the community\u201d said Marjorie Ruschau, CLA regional representative. \u201cWe loved the creative, collaborative nature of this event. It provides an excellent model of an engaging community program.\u201dJudging criteria included creativity and innovation, service to the community, and leadership in creating model programs which will affect the future of the library and its community.Wilton Library\u2019s Innovation Station maker space opened in June 2014 and promotes STEAM learning \u2014 offering classes and one-one-one instruction geared towards science, technology, engineering, arts, and math education. Since then, the library has offered more than 500 programs and opportunities for STEAM learning.\u201cSTEAM learning is a way to teach how all things relate to each other and prepares our community for success in school and in life,\u201d said Wilton Library Executive Director Elaine Tai-Lauria.\u201cOur Innovation Station makes STEAM learning come alive, giving the community a hands-on opportunity to explore new technologies, equipment and avenues of inspiration. We are honored that CLA has recognized Wilton Library\u2019s commitment to innovation.\u201dThe Innovation Station was funded through a generous grant from the Shoff Foundation as well as a series of private donations. Current equipment offerings include a MakerBot 3D printer, an iMac with Final Cut Pro, a PC with Adobe Creative Cloud, a digital scanner, a VHS to DVD converter, a Cricut Die Cutter, soldering stations, a 3D Doodler, an electronic sewing machine, and a variety of crafting supplies. The space also has snap and squishy circuits as well as Arduino and Raspberry Pi components. Atomic Training videos are available to provide training for more than 300 PC and Mac software applications. For those interested in Manga and comic illustration, Manga Studio 5 software is installed on both the PC and iMac.Current offerings include introductory classes in 3D printing, 3D Tinkercad design, die cutting, soldering, electronic sewing, digital scanning as well as VHS-DVD conversion. In addition to small group classes, one-on-one training and open work sessions are offered.To schedule an appointment, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit wiltonlibrary.org. Information: 203-762-3950, ext. 213.