Did you think that you saw a Wild Thing walking around town last week?
Don’t worry, you weren’t imagining things: That was real!
Thank you to our partners from Pittsfield CFCE, Berkshire Music School, Berkshire County Head Start, and Berkshire County United Way for organizing and coordinating yet another successful Curiosity Day event at the library on Saturday, September 23, 2017. The kids were loud, excited and engaged, and everyone enjoyed State Representative, Tricia Farley-Bouvier‘s fantastic reading of “Where the Wild Things Are” by Maurice Sendak. Local Photographer, Susan Geller, also stopped by to share in the fun and take some beautiful photos of this special event (Disclaimer: Photos by Susan Geller are for promotional use by the library only and are protected by copyright).
Curiosity Day is a popular event held in the Children’s Library to celebrate Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Mathematics (S.T.E.A.M.), learning and the importance of literacy. Children were engaged with a number of fun activities to promote S.T.E.A.M. Some of the activities included: making crafts; engineering a boat; learning about buoyancy; dressing up in the Imagination forest; designing binoculars; playing musical instruments and even meeting reptiles thanks to our friends from the Berkshire Museum.
The Berkshire Athenaeum was especially proud to host this family event as we are Full STEAM ahead at the library. The Berkshire Athenaeum’s received a grant from the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners (MBLC) under the Federal Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA), which has allowed for us to make available 25 STEAM kits available for check out from the Children’s Library and make a number of improvements in the Children’s Library.
Our 25 S.T.E.AM. themed kits contain: books (fact and fiction), activities, manipulatives, props, music, arts/crafts ideas, tools and terms for ages infant to grade 6 on topics that include Force and Motion, Life Cycles, Magnets, Matter, Rocks and Fossils Sink and Float and many more. These kits support exploration and learning at one’s own pace.
To borrow one of these amazing kits, please visit the Children’s Library where we will happily check out to you a S.T.E.A.M. kit with your library card for a two-week loan period. To view our offerings, please visit our catalog. Educators, parents and the curious minded will certainly discover something new!
Curiosity Day was a huge success thanks to all of the hard work from members within our community. The Berkshire Athenaeum remains committed to education, growth and literacy being a fun, accessible opportunity for all. Thanks to the generosity and support of the Friends of the Berkshire Athenaeum and sponsors, we were able to provide every child with a free book on Curiosity Day, which will keep young minds engaged every day.