The Garden City Public Library is grateful and excited to announce that it has received a grant through the Science Kits for Public Library Program. This $2000 grant was made possible by the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineering (IEEE) – Chicago Section. The purpose of the grant is to focus on the development of circulating math and science kit collections.
The Library has already reached success with implementing STEM programs like Maker Monday, an hour long program in which children would learn about specific STEM topics and perform activities or create crafts based off that topic. These programs were some of the highest attended during Summer Reading and, due to their popularity, the Library made the decision to continue Maker Monday during the school year where it has attracted more excited children to learn about STEM.
With the grant generously donated by IEEE, the Library will be creating new science kits in order to continue youth exploration into the STEM fields. These kits will focus on the four branches of engineering- civil, electrical, mechanical and chemical. The Library will also offer kits that will focus on building math skills and kits that address current key aspects in the field, including Women in Engineering.
While the majority of the kits will be aimed at children ages 3-12, there will be kits focused on advanced engineering intended for teens. Every kit will contain a book, an interactive manipulative and a Library created workbook with activities for home. These kits will be used at our Maker Monday programs as well as being circulated to inquisitive minds. To bring focus to the kits and introduce them to the community, the Library is planning on having a Saturday open house where parents and children can come learn about the kits and and try some of the experiments from the workbooks.
The proposal for this grant was painstakingly put together by Garden City Public Library’s Youth Services Librarian Erin Look. Her dedication to raising awareness and interest in STEM programming in the Garden City made this project possible. Keep watching the Libary’s social media, or stop in the building, as more information regarding the kits and their premiere date develops.
The Garden City Public Library is available to answer inquiries during normal business hours in person or over the phone (734) 793-1830. When visiting, enter the Balmoral side of Maplewood Center located at 31735 Maplewood St., Garden City, MI 48135. Library hours are Monday-Thursday 10 AM to 8 PM and Friday-Saturday 12 PM to 5 PM.