First there was STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) and now STEAM has added the much needed Arts into the heavily left-brain subjects. STEAM is more important than ever in our digital age. Sure, many children are born with a tablet in hand, but do they know how to use the vast resources that they have been given to develop skills for future careers? STEAM helps develop these skills and whether they are learning in an analog or digital setting, the broadening horizons of their minds will translate well into the future.
Mockingbird Branch library has gone whole hog (or should I say whole pigeon) with STEAM this summer Starting today, Monday June 11 at 4PM, Mockingbird will have Mo STEAM for ages 7+. Each program will link stories by the beloved author, Mo Willems, and different STEAM topics. Our first program will focus on engineering things that fly, hover, and roll. Then on June 25, Mockingbird will explore earth science by making tornadoes, clouds, thunder, and much much more. July 9th, Mockingbird will combine this year's summer reading club theme of Libraries Rock! and focus on the musical and sound elements of STEAM.
Also you can come by Mockingbird Branch library anytime and see our new friendly tadpole. In fact, you might help us name him, because during our July 23 program he should be well on his way to becoming an adult frog and we can't wait to tell him the name you chose for him. Other than our friend frog, we will be learning all kinds of interesting facts and experiments about animals and living things. Then, before you head back to school, make sure to come to our last Mo STEAM program because we will explore the best subject of all...Math! Okay, so maybe math isn't everyone's favorite, but we can show you how to make it fun by integrating math with art and games.
As with all library programs, Mo STEAM is completely free and all supplies are provided. Come check out these programs and so many more at your local library, and pick up your Summer Reading Club logs for all ages. From the youngest kiddos to the most seasoned adult, we have events and programs for you, and when you read, you have the opportunity to win prizes! If you are interested in finding out more, call your favorite library location, or take a look at our website and click on the Summer Reading Club banner. A full schedule of events is available there - there's no reason to be bored this summer when you can come to your Abilene Public Library.
Article Contributed by Marianne Vadney, Mockingbird Branch Librarian