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Monday, August 27, 2018

New Science Kits in Youth Services

About two years ago, we won a grant from the IEEE to help us create a new collection for children and young adults.  This was the birth of the science kits!  It was an exciting time for us.  We got to go shopping for materials that would provide opportunity to explore and pique children's interest in science.  When the materials began to come in, it was like Christmas morning.  We all gathered around and tested out the new kits (hey, library staff like to play, discover and explore too!).  We had a big open house so the community would have an opportunity to come and try out all the new kits.  Ever since then, the kits have been available for patron use and continue to be a popular item to check out and take home.

I'm excited to tell you that we have added two more kits to our collection in Youth Services and hope to add a few more this year.  We know that children love to learn about animals (the nonfiction 500 section is quite popular), so it was only natural that we add a kit about animals and their habitats.  Explore the different habitats through books, sorting activities, and games and find out which animals live in these habitats.

Who loves space?  ME!  Our other new kit is about the solar system.  Take a trip through space with the Smithsonian Planetarium where the planets rotate around you.  Then look up interesting facts in the First Book Encyclopedia or watch The Cat in the Hat Knows a lot about Space DVD.  Test your knowledge with the fun game that is included.  This kit is the total package for family fun!

Next time you are in the Youth Services area, take another peek at our science kit collection.  We'd also love to hear if you have any ideas for future kits so feel free to stop by the YS Ask Me desk and chat.  In the meantime, "be a science girl or guy, always ask what and why."

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