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Get Fired Up for Reading - Winter Reading Program
In partnership with Target and Chicago Wolves Hockey
It's time to get fired up for reading! Kids from birth through grade 8 can register for the Winter Reading Program. With each level you finish, you receive a prize. CLPL cardholders only. Visit the Library Youth Services Desk or click here to register through March 7.
STEM Kits are Here!
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 above: Youth Librarian Christine Ticknor demonstrates the candy-themed STEM kit.