The library has worked hard over the last two years to offer more and more STEAM programs to our patrons. All branches currently offer STEAM programs regularly, from STEAM-based book clubs to monthly STEAM programs that focus on a certain theme.
STEAM Reads each month for grades 3-5 and combines STEAM activities with chapter books and stories. The Cumming Library also recently launched STEAM Rollers, which features crafts, activities, and discussion based on a book and meets once a month with grades 3-5.
February book selections include Charlotte’s Web by E.B. White at Sharon Forks, where participants learned about spiders and engineered webs of their own using supplies such as wire hangers, string, tape, and hula hoops. Cumming’s STEAM Rollers will meet today, February 25, and will discuss Absolutely Almost by Lisa Graff. This program will focus on art and participants will create paper self-portraits and brainstorm technical ideas for creating a brand new reality TV show, as it relates to the book selection.
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Staff prepared three learning stations for the children, including Humming Hangers, where children used strings attached to metal hangers to help the sound travel through the string and directly into their ears. Stephanie Hampson noted that she thought the vibrating hangers sounded a bit like gongs, but the children thought they sounded like church bells, drums, and “beautiful music.”
To learn about upcoming STEAM programs at the library, please visit our website or pick up a copy of Beyond the Books at your local FCPL branch.