We are excited to announce our Children’s Library has been awarded a “Full STEAM Ahead” grant by the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners (MBLC). The $7,500 grant, funded under the federal Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA), promotes libraries working within their community toward increasing children’s interest and skills in the important areas of Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math.
Athenaeum librarians are designing a STEAM activity station in the Children’s Library. (You may have already noticed that some furniture has been rearranged in preparation!) Moving forward, library staff will be collaborating with early childhood specialists in the community to incorporate more programming designed around the STEAM curriculum.
While families with young children are primarily targeted for these services, library staff are also reaching out to childhood educators with information about new circulating STEAM programming kits stocked with books, music and learning activities intended for infants, toddlers and early elementary school students.
Be sure to stop in often and see the progress that is being made!