Reading Public Library Awarded Federal Grant
The Reading Public Library has won an important grant from the federal Institute of Museum and Library Services through the Library Services and Technology Act administered by the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners.
The $7500 IMLS/LSTA “Science is Everywhere” mini-grant will be used to help ignite the interest and encourage the natural science curiosity of students in grades 3-5.
Research and local experience show that many upper elementary students can lose interest in science in those years. Using a hands-on strategy with STEM topics, we will focus on boys and girls alike. Led by David Williams, an experienced science teacher in the Reading Schools, students will have opportunities to experience firsthand the wonders and fun of science and gain confidence in their growing skills and abilities.
The federal funds will be used for 12 hands-on science enrichment programs, supplies, equipment and STEM related materials for the Reading Public Library Children’s Room collection. Also planned for 2013 are field trips and family science programs during Vacation Weeks.
Head of the Library’s Children’s Services Division Corinne Fisher reports that the Reading program will be known as “Curious Science” in a nod toward Albert Einstein who said “I have no special gift- I am perpetually curious”.
Watch the Library website: http://readingpl.org/kids and Edline for announcements regarding the upcoming 2013 programming.