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Keene Public Library Offers STEM Series for Young Children and Families

The Keene Public Library announces a series of learn at-home STEM programs for children ages two through six and their parents and caregivers. Children will explore engineering and other STEM concepts through play and hands-on exploration. These programs are for families; an adult caregiver must accompany children.

This four-week program is designed for children and parents or caregivers to learn together. It begins with an introductory virtual meeting for parents and caregivers to explain the program’s benefits and offer tips for how parents and caregivers can facilitate STEM play hands-on exploration. For more information on the Little Makers at home program and see if it is a good fit for you and your family, please join us for this short presentation and Q&A session, sign up for an informational session on Wednesday, January 13, 2020, at 6:30 p.m. or Saturday, January 16, 2020, at 10:30 a.m. To sign up, call the library at 603-352-0157 or visit the library’s online calendar at https://keenepubliclibrary.evanced.info/signup/Calendar.

During the introductory session, if parents and caregivers wish, they can enroll in the free Little Makers Play and Learn at Home session, which will begin the week of January 30th. During this program series, young children ages 2 to 6 will play with materials and real tools. Families will receive a bag full of materials, tools, and learning materials that parents and children can use together to explore the various weekly themes and concepts.  Librarians will guide caregivers with suggested activities, book lists, materials, and support through weekly Zoom meetings on either Saturday or Monday at 10:30 a.m. The Zoom meetings will help build a community and are a fun way for your child to share their experiences with others. Activities we will explore are engineering and building imaginative homes, building and playing with ramps, and exploring light, shadow, and sounds.

The Keene Public Library’s Little Maker’s project is funded through a three-year Community Anchors National Leadership g grant (#LG-95-18-0191-18) through the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS). IMLS projects address significant challenges and opportunities facing the library and archives fields and can advance theory and practice with new tools, research findings, models, services, methods, or alliances. For more information, please call the Youth Department at 603-757-1856.

The first 15 families to register at keenepubliclibrary.evanced.info/signup/calendar will receive a bag with age-appropriate tools, materials, and other possibilities for STEM and TINKER PLAY.

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