11 3, 2018

It’s electric! Making circuits with play-dough

By |2018-11-03T06:00:01-04:00November 3, 2018|

Ms. Robin helps Sarah make a circuit with play-dough, clay and two light-emitting diodes.

Ms. Robin helps Sarah make a circuit with play-dough, clay and two light-emitting diodes.

Our STEAM club got a charge out of learning about electricity. (No more puns? OK, we’ll stop.)

The kids made circuits out of play-dough, clay and LEDs, which stands for light-emitting diodes. While we usually use metals to conduct electricity, other household items like play-dough or a potato can also carry enough charge to light a bulb.


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For those who aren’t familiar with the acronym, STEAM stands for Science Technology Engineering Art and Math. And here are five resources we have for any family that want to learn more about these topics.

  1. Our Picking Up STEAM Club meets each month at our Lake Branch to explore the weird and wonderful world of science and math. The next meeting is 2 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 10. We’re using LEGO blocks to learn about engineering.
  2. Our Lake Branch also has a STEAM station where fledgling scientists as young as two can learn about science, tech and more by playing with our educational toys.
  3. Additionally, kids can check out the STEAM kits at our Main Branch. Experiment with magnetism, electricity and the water cycle with our physics kit. Design a race car or an amusement park ride. Learn the basics of coding with an Ozobot. Kids can use any of our kits in the library. (Sorry, they’re not available for lending.) Peruse your options at our Children’s Desk.
  4. Our Main Branch is hosting another STEAM program at 4 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 27. This time we’re focusing on engineering.
  5. We have a brand new coding club at our newest location — The HUB (which is inside Mentor High School.) Join us at 3:30 p.m. on the first Tuesday of each month. In this self-paced club, kids (fourth grade and higher) can earn badges as they reach certain milestones. Earn all the badges to become a Programming Wizard! Our next meeting is Nov. 6.

Finally, don’t forget about the thousands of books and videos we have to offer. Whatever niche of science, technology or art your child cares about, we can help them learn more about it.

04 29, 2018

Learn by playing with our new STEAM kits

By |2018-04-29T06:00:45-04:00April 29, 2018|

Kids can learn about science, engineering and technology with our new STEAM kits.

Kids can learn about science, engineering and technology with our new STEAM kits.

Kids can learn by playing with the new STEAM kits at our Main Branch.

Experiment with magnetism, electricity and the water cycle with our physics kit. Check out slides with our microscope. Complete circuits; build a motor, telegraph, radio or compass.

Design a race car or an amusement park ride.

Learn the basics of coding with an Ozobot.

Kids can use any of our kits in the library. (Sorry, they’re not available for lending.) Peruse your options at our Children’s Desk.

Then play, learn, and play some more.

Additionally, kids can play with the new STEAM station at our Lake Branch.

Children as young as two can learn about science, tech and more by playing with our educational toys.

Practice colors and counting with the Color Chameleon. Improve your motor skills with the EMIDO blocks, puzzles, and MagnaDoodle Sketch Board. Learn about science with our Insect Exploration Kit and My First Microscope.

They’ll have fun and learn something too.

12 11, 2017

Lake Branch opening STEAM station for kids

By |2017-12-11T06:00:47-05:00December 11, 2017|

Kids can explore the microscopic world at Lake Branch’s new STEAM Station.

Kids can explore the microscopic world at Lake Branch’s new STEAM Station.

Kids can combine play and learning when they try out the new STEAM Station at our Lake Branch.

(If you don’t know, STEAM is an acronym that stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math.)

Fledgling scientists as young as two can learn about science, tech and more by playing with our educational toys.

Practice colors and counting with the Color Chameleon. Improve your motor skills with the EMIDO blocks, puzzles, and MagnaDoodle Sketch Board. Learn about science with our Insect Exploration Kit and My First Microscope.

The toys are available for play at the Lake Branch. So the next time you’re visiting for story time or to borrow a book, stay awhile and play.

Your kids will have fun and learn something too.

Nolan builds an iguana and a star out of the EMIDO blocks at Lake Branch’s new STEAM station.

Nolan builds an iguana and a star out of the EMIDO blocks at Lake Branch’s new STEAM station.

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