New Science Grant!

We are so excited to have been awarded a grant from (IEEE) the Institute for Electronics and Electrical Engineers ! Mr. Norm Phoenix visited our library to present us with our award.

In the next few weeks, we are going to use this generous grant to purchase circulating science kits! We will have a robot, an arduino board,  and snap circuits, that you can check out from the library and build at home.

We will also have kits where you can learn to use renewable energy sources, like wind, solar and water!

Each of our kits will have their own backpack and will include additional materials like dvd’s and books on the same topic.

These are just a few of the projects you will be building:

(From left to right, Snap Circuits Green : Alternative Energy Kit, Ozobot 20 Bit Robot, and Solar Thermal Lab Science Kit)

In the comments below, let us know which one you will check out first!

Happy Earth Day!

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Be sure to visit the library today for your Earth Day button and show your support for our beautiful planet!

“The first Earth Day was in 1970. After damage done by a 1969 massive oil spill in Santa Barbara, California,  a national “teach-in”  was held that focused on educating the public about the environment.” – LiveScience.com

This Earth Day will also feature marches around the United States to show support for scientists and those who work to save the environment.

Here is more information on how to help our planet.

Here are some fun links of Earth Day activities to do with kids!

Chicago area volunteer activities from The Chicago Tribune

5 ways to celebrate earth with your kids

Back to School

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It feels like we just celebrated the first day of summer, it’s practically the first day of school So that means looking forward to a new year of learning, meeting new friends and most fun, shopping for new school supplies!

For Kids:

STEM Study Tips

Study Tips for Kids

Your First Day of School Outfit

Pack a Healthy Lunch

 

For Parents:

Help Your Child Get Ready for School

First Day of School Checklist

Stay Organized

Healthy After School Snacks

Help Your Child Make New Friends

 

 

The STEM Garden

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Our library has always wanted to create a garden in our lovely unused outdoor space. We received a grant from The Illinois State Library to incorporate STEM principles to foster a love of nature and healthy self-esteem in our young patrons and made our dream come true. We had a special garden-themed story time and then spent the afternoon outside planting with the kids.

The Public Library Association published the story in their magazine PLA Online.  You can read it here. Thanks in advance!

Every Hero Has A Story!! Summer Reading Kickoff June 13, 2015 @ 11 – 1pm

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Join us in kicking off our 2015 Summer Reading Program with our annual block party! Free food, music, face painting (provided by Morton West High School Service Club, photo booth and petting zoo! Special guests The Pocket Circus will be providing entertainment at 11am! Captain America will make a special guest appearance at 12pm, and local garage band New Generation will play at noon as well! Haunted Trails will be here with a prize wheel, too! Andy’s Frozen Custard will be giving away 200 free mini custards to the first 200 people! Sign up for Summer Reading, too! This event will be held outside. The Library will be closed on this day.

Come Help Plant Our Garden!

This Saturday, May 30, 2015 at 12:00 pm please join us to plant our vegetable garden! Please remember sunscreen and or a hat if it’s sunny and help us transform our garden space into a lush harvest once again. See you there!

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