Library encourages STEM learning

Courtesy photo Lynesse Wicker of Claysburg shows her Lego creation of an archeology team discovering a pyramid full of gold. The Lego Club meets at 6 p.m. Thursdays at Claysburg Area Public Library.

CLAYSBURG — The Claysburg library is encouraging children to experience STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) concepts.

The library is participating in the Franklin Institute’s “LEAP into STEM” program.

The project was made possible by a grant from the Institute for Museum and Library Services as administered by the Pennsylvania Department of Education through the Office of Commonwealth Libraries.

It consists of four different workshops geared to elementary school children.

They are “A Balancing Act”; “Air is Everywhere”; “Do You See What I See”; and “Design It, Build It.”

The first class was held on Feb. 23.

The library is also preparing for the Summer Reading Program. The theme this year is “Build a Better World.”

There will be more opportunities to explore STEM concepts.

Ideas such as environmental studies, building a bridge over the generation gap, building a better ship than the Titanic and other topics will be explored.

Lego Club meets at 6 p.m. every Thursday. January’s club considered ancient Egyptian structures. Some built pyramids with rooms and others a sarcophagus.

Adult crafts are offered each month at the library.

On March 9, participants made mesh ribbon wreaths with Jill Knisely.

At 6 p.m. April 13, the library will feature jewelry making with Terri Lingenfelter.

For more information, call the library at 239-2782.

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