While summer’s not quite over, many summer reading programs will be wrapping up this month. If you’ve had a great time with science experiments this summer, continue the fun the rest of the year with other resources to help you bring science into the library. You can start by checking out the science literacy resources from Reading Rockets.
Reading Rockets is “a national multimedia literacy initiative offering information and resources on how young kids learn to read, why so many struggle, and how caring adults can help.” The goal is obviously bigger than just science literacy, so be sure to check out the rest of their site as well!
Start with a Book is an initiative of Reading Rockets that “offers parents, caregivers, summer program staff and librarians lots of engaging ideas for getting kids hooked on reading, exploring and learning all summer long — and beyond.” Again, the site has many resources to investigate, but start with their Summer Science themes.
There are downloadable activity packs for the following themes:
- The Night Sky
- Think Like an Inventor
There are also tips and related resources for other activities, as well as themed reading adventure packs for many other topics that you can use for library programming all year round, or distribute for parents and children to do together at home.
Of course they have a page with resources specifically for librarians as well!
What are your planning for continuing to offer STEM programming at your library beyond your summer reading program? Do you have other science resources to contribute? Share your ideas in the comments!