STEM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math. Collectively, these subjects are receiving a lot of attention. Interdisciplinary in nature, each individual topic influences another (ie. math is used in engineering, technology is used with science). According to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, occupations within these fields are expected to add over one million workers between 2012 and 2022*. There is a renewed emphasis to prepare today’s students for tomorrow’s careers, many of which don’t even exist today.
As your Community Place for Lifelong Learning, the Library is committed to the STEM value. CLPL is now offering STEM kits for children ages 5-10. Each kit contains 2-3 books and a hands-on manipulative on a theme. Wooden blocks, a candy-themed math game, and simple machines are the themes used with the first grouping of 10 kits. Many of the kits are architectural blocks, allowing the students to build an Egyptian Pyramid, the Leaning Tower of Pisa, or a Japanese House. Adding the creative element of art, STEM becomes STEAM. Designed for both structured and open-ended play, these kits will be useful for individuals and small groups.
Pictured below: Youth Librarian Christine Ticknor demonstrates the candy-themed STEM kit.
March 7th will be here before you know it.
See those empty boxes in the picture below?
The FRIENDS need you to fill them with books you no longer
want or need at your house.
Here's the game plan:
1. Find a box.
2. Fill it with book donations.
3. Bring the box to the FRIENDS STORE, beginning Saturday, March 7th,
4. For more Used Book Sale details, click on the HOME tab above.
Join us at Crystal Lake Library, January 19th, 7:00 pm, to hear a presentation on "The Power of Play", followed by our regular business meeting.
Jennifer Drinka, Head of Youth Services, has put together a 30 minute presentation which explains some of the decisions the Barrington Area Library made in their Youth Services Department and will give us some ideas we should consider when planning for our own new Library.
Pictured below: Jennifer Drinka, who usually has a parrot on her shoulder, has switched to a penguin to advertise the Winter Reading Program this month. How fun is that!
Join us for FOCLL’s first book social of 2015! We will be discussing Mary Lawson's novel, Crow Lake.
FOCLL member and book discussion leader, Deb Wright, describes the book as a short novel that takes place in northern Ontario. It centers on the Morrison family, whose hardships and challenges we see from Kate's viewpoint. The book is beautifully written with flashes of humor, insights into the natural world and surprising glimpses into the complexities of family life. It is rich with discussion topics – we should have a really engaging conversation! The book was published in 2002 and is available through the library, Barnes & Noble, Amazon used books, etc.
We will meet at 7pm on Monday, February 16 at Colonial Café & Ice Cream on Hwy 14. Come a bit early to enjoy dinner and chat, but you can also order food at any time. We hope to see you there!
Baby, it's cold outside. When I laid down, I had a book. I'll look for it right after this nap. And no, my name is not Jack.
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