What they say
Here are some testimonials from participants of various programs and projects designed by SiliconGlades.
“Learning how the entrepreneurs had started their business, hearing about the inspirations and ideas had inspired my children to think and find their own passions. The opportunities of asking questions and interacting with the entrepreneur has enhanced their process of thinking and gain confidence in public speaking. It’s very interesting to know how each business launched. It has helped ignite my entrepreneurial passion as well. I have noticed that my kids seem to think more maturely and persevere more with school works, sports with programs like this. Since attending AlligatorZone, my daughter has wanted to seriously do a lemonade-stand in our neighborhood, sell birthday cards or paintings at local weekend markets.”
– A mother who brings her kids to AlligatorZone.
“The programs and services offered by SiliconGlades spread greater awareness of the library to local entrepreneurs and small businesses. They introduce both kids and adults to entrepreneurial ways of thinking while at the same time foster conversations and collaboration among entrepreneurs, all in the context of the public library. AlligatorZone and Product Hunt Meetup programs have given us the opportunity to highlight library resources available to entrepreneurs and attendees, as well as connect business start-ups to helpful information and one another.”
– Andrew Breidenbaugh, Director, Tampa-Hillsborough County Public Library, Tampa Bay, FL.
“I wanted to thank you for bringing the AlligatorZone program here to Radnor Library. The presentations were fascinating, especially the BioBots group, and it was clear that both kids and adults really enjoyed it. In fact, I had one mom call me afterward to thank us for offering the program and ask when we would host again! She loved the STEM connection, and her daughter found it very inspiring and thought-provoking.”
– Carrie Sturgill, Head of Children’s Services, Radnor Memorial Library, Wayne, PA
“Fear of the unknown is a huge obstacle to overcome in life. AlligatorZone exposes children to an entrepreneur’s behind-the-scenes challenges, before they learn that their dreams are far-fetched or out of reach. While the realities and missteps are not glossed over, each personal story reveals a passion for that business. The deepest lesson taught at each program is that ideas can be made to come true.”
– Ellen Book, Branch Manager, Pinecrest Branch Library, Miami-Dade County, FL.
“AlligatorZone is a brilliant idea. We have had three sessions at our Library and it has been exciting to see how engaged the children and families are with the entrepreneurs.”
– Karin Bricker, Library Manager, Youth and Outreach Services, City of Mountain View Public Library, Mountain View, CA.
“Some of the best library programs result when librarians collaborate and support community-driven grassroots efforts and ideas. The leadership at SiliconGlades has proven that this is so. SiliconGlades has been a great friend to the Hillsborough County libraries – we enjoy working with them and admire their ideas and inspiration.”
– Megan Danak, Principal Librarian, Library Services, Hillsborough County BOCC, Tampa Bay, FL